THE SCENE: ROCKETOWN PROMOTER RELEASES OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING VOLUMES CONTROVERSY
According to a post from PropertyOfZack, Mark Mosley, the head of Music City Booking in Nashville, TN, has released an official statement regarding the Volumes incident which took place last night at the Rocketown music venue in Nashville. Originally, it was reported that Michael Barr (vocalist for progressive metalcore outfit, Volumes), was jumped by venue security after dedicating a song to a gay friend.
However, Mosely had a slightly different take on things, which happened outside of the venue. It should also be noted that Mosely is not an official employee of Rocketown.
You can check PropertyOfZack’s original post here, and Mosley’s official statement below:
Tonight, for the first time in my career I experienced, well, I don’t even know how to describe it. I was the promoter for the Volumes/Of Mice and Men show tonight and got to experience the “incident” with Mr. Barr first hand. As Mr. Barr was being removed from the venue I was standing next to the exit having a conversation with a friend. As an extremely agitated Mr. Barr tried to re-enter the venue, I calmly stepped in front of him and as calm as could be (people get excited at shows often) to please stay outside and cool off for a minute. Mr. Barr then proceeded to verbally attack me calling me “faggot” repeatedly as well as accusing me of being a Christian (I am neither gay nor a Christian). He then proceeded to spit on me 2x before being escorted away by security. All the while still calling me a “faggot”, “Christian faggot”, and so on.
I think it’s important that you know more of the story seeing as how its being presented that he was the victim. I do not believe for one second that he was attacked or removed for any reason relating to gay rights.
For me personally, I take gay rights very seriously and fully support equality for all. Anyone who knows me or has worked with me over the years will vouch for my professionalism.
As for the rest of the members of Volumes, they were very courteous and professional and I look forward to working with them in the future.
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