Vital Remains Frontman Defends Cross Incident

Brian Werner claims obvious PR stunt was no stunt at all

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Brian Werner

Brian Werner, the Glen Benton wannabe who fronts Vital Remains, has decided to squeeze the last bit of publicity out of his recent outburst during a show in Orlando, where he blew a gasket over a cross being displayed over the venue’s stage.

Werner writes online that the “incident” was not planned out. OK. He also claims it was not a stunt to generate publicity.

His statement, which reads like it was written by an 11-year-old and is riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes I left in, claims:

“I meant no disrespect to the club, that was never my intention. I was simply going to hold it in front of the crowd, make a joke about it, put it on the drum riser, continue the show, then replace it after we performed. My religious preclivities are quite well known and to be asked to perform under that symbol I find grossly offensive. I didn’t even notice it before the show because I was at the hotel trying to recover form being in the emergency the night before, I didn’t notice it until I was on stage. What if this would have been a Christian band that was asked to perform under a Baphomet or inverted cross?”

Seems like Brian must live life offended. There’s so many fucking crosses everywhere, it must be maddening to be him.

“How about respect for us and our beliefs?,” Werner writes. “More importantly how about the respect of our fans (who clearly agreed with us by their FUCK JESUS chants) that choose to buy tickets to see our performance because they know who we are and what we’re about? How about their right to not have the show disprespected and interruputed by a woman charging the stage screaming at them and refusing to leave the stage?”

Werner claims the club’s owner is “a blatant hypocrisy to stand on a religious soap box while inviting bands like these into their club to pay her bills as long as the fans spend their hard earned money there. After the show I was physcially ejected by security and they told the fans they were not allowed to purchase merchandise, that didn’t stop us I set up merch right outside. She then punched our new guitarist (who had nothing to do with the situation at all) in the back while he was loading gear. Not that is was threatening at all, but the fact that she was willing to take it to a physical level just shows her level of immaturity and unprofessionalism not ours.”

Brian admits the incident was stupid, but that “I meant no disrespect to the club or the promoter, I was simply going to take it down, make a joke out of it and replace it once the show was over. Apparently that was to much to ask from some people who don’t understand the very basic liberty of free speech and religion. Yes there is a time and a place for free speech but if you can’t express your free speech and thought through art then where can you?”

Simply put, this dude’s a fucking joke.

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