There are two sides to every story, and the latest incident from Rocketown is looking pretty hectic. Last night, the word was Volumes front man Michael Barr was attacked by following his dedication of a song to a homosexual friend (with No Country For New Nashville originally reporting that reasoning, but they have since updated their page to reflect a lack of concrete knowledge on it). Some people posted on their Facebook page saying Barr needed to show more respect and the like, but there was no concrete report on what actually happened.
While no video of the incident has arrived, PropertyOfZack got an exclusive statement from Mark Mosley, the head of Music City Booking in Nashville, TN. He was the promoter for the show and is not an employee of Rocketown. He had this to say:
“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 [sic – a verb implying him saying something is missing from that sentence]. 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.”
It should be noted that this does not outright imply a reason for why Barr was getting removed in the first place, but this story goes deeper than originally thought. Perhaps he is just a volatile individual; one AlternativePress commenter said “Barr got the band kicked out of Trees in Dallas last week because he was kicking a fan and spitting in the crowd.”
There’s likely more to come on this story, and we’ll keep you updated as it progresses.