What the hell is going on with Warped Tour right now? First, the longstanding traveling punk festival booked an alleged predator, inspiring protests from other bands on the bill. Organizer Kevin Lyman brushed off those critiques, essentially indicating that he was totally OK with his event becoming a toxic environment. But a new series of events suggests there is, in fact, behavior that can get you kicked off Warped Tour.
Slaves, not to be confused with the UK buzz band of the same name, are the current project of Dance Gavin Dance/Emarosa frontman Jonny Craig. As MusicFeeds points out, they’ve apparently been voted off the tour after a Town Hall meeting of Warped Tour performers in Columbia, Maryland. Warped Tour has yet to provide an official statement about Slaves’ dismissal, but a document obtained by Lambgoat suggests that Craig drunkenly bullied and sexually harassed a female crew member named Colleen. Here’s the document:
Other rumors indicate that Slaves were selling and/or buying drugs at their merch table and dumping toxic sewage out of their tour bus. A statement posted on Slaves’ Facebook page denies all these allegations and suggests that the band was voted off as a means of punishment because Craig, who has struggled with addiction, got drunk:
I’m going to keep this as short as i can, first i’m going to address the rumors that are NOT true.
There were NOT drugs involved nor was anyone in our band looking to buy, or sell drugs.
There was NO RAPE or any forceful sexual harassment, no woman was ever touched or even spoken to, just felt uncomfortable by our behavior.
We NEVER agreed to Warped Tour, Or to Colleen that we would not drink on this tour.
We did NOT empty our non existent sewage tank from our bus all over
Let me make it %100 clear that we are not continuing Warped Tour because we were voted off because the opinions of certain people who believe that since Jonny drank, despite his success getting clean, will lead to his relapse.
This band has been under a microscope for everything we have done, we have had to bite our tongue for every completely twisted story that hits the internet, and are now being called rapists for something the internet doesn’t know about, all of this is because of what people have read about Jonny’s past instead of what people KNOW about who Jonny is.
We aren’t the people you have read about, if you would take the chance to get to know us you would see that every situation isn’t what you read of it online.
Our first merch person was a very attractive girl whom remains to be our very good friend. You can read her statement here.
We stood by jonnys side the last year, we stood by his side last night and we will stand by his side this morning. because we KNOW the truth.
This is all we are going to say about this situation.
Craig himself offered this statement to Lambgoat:
I have 0 problems admitting I drank but i WILL not say I used drugs. Last nights meeting was a railroad about how I’m still high. I got drunk and treated our Merch girl like she was one of the dudes and I understand this was not respectful behavior and I’m sorry very sorry to Colleen but this isn’t worth all this? I don’t think the word rape is funny and I don’t think anyone should just toss that around. I would never hurt anyone of the opposite sex. I’m sorry for breaking my streak of not drinking and have no problem picking right back up. I have spent a year putting my life back together will REAL change for once and I don’t deserve this. Neither do my band who have done nothing but take care of me and picked me up time and time again.
There is also this:
Proud to be one of those bands with literally the best fans in the world. You guys are what keep us going. Thank you for that. ?? you all.
— SL?VES (@SLAVESOFFICIAL) July 20, 2015
Believe it or not, this actually might not be the most dramatic incident in the band’s recent history. Two members of Slaves were stabbed in an anti-gay hate crime last month in Sacramento. Guitarist Weston Richmond broke his hand protecting bandmate Alex Lyman, and the injury caused Richmond to miss Warped Tour.