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Screeching Weasel incident at SXSW

SXSW may have ended up this weekend but it did not finish smoothly for some!
The band Screeching Weasel canceled their show at the White Rabbit in San Antonio Texas, because of an altercation between frontman Ben Weasel and some female fans the day before at SXSW’s Fat Wreck Chords.

From what was reported, on Friday night, a female fan (can you still call her a fan?) threw ice cubes at Ben Weasel’s face, he then jumped into the crowd, the woman spat beer into his face, and he punched her in the face. This prompted a fight, another woman (from the venue) tried to intervene, and the fight was interrupted by the venue security. 
There is even a video which captured the whole thing, because everything is videotaped these days. Police came but Weasel and the woman had already fled the club, and the LATimes is reporting that no police action was taken.

It does not look good for the guy… punching a woman? What’s the matter with him?
But on the other hand, I don’t know what this woman was trying to do, provoke him? In some website comments, someone described the woman as ‘proud and even challenging’ him until he reacted!

SXSW seems to be a gathering of wasted/drunk people, always ready to jump on each other…

According to some bloggers who were present at the Friday show, before the incident Weasel spent most of his time ranting against the media, labeling journalists as ‘parasitic’, characterizing the SXSW festival as ‘a carnival of schadenfreude’ and saying he regretted to have come. He complained about been paid only $250 to appear at the Scoot Inn, and dedicated the song ‘You’re the Enemy’ to the SXSW organizers! Apparently, he was already pumped up and angry, and this crazy woman was just the straw that broke the weasel’s back.

Screeching Weasel’s tour has been suspended for now and the label representatives are saying they had not had any contact with the band since the incident.

But, as expected, Ben Weasel posted the following apologies on his website, on Sunday:

‘I want to apologize to both the club owner and audience member involved for my actions during our show at SXSW on Friday night. While their actions were outside of my control, my regretful reaction is wholly my responsibility. Whatever my feelings are about fans crossing the line like that, I wish I could have that moment back and deal with it in the same spirit as I did the preceding 60 minutes. Since I can’t, an apology is all I’ve got and I sincerely hope those people will accept it. Up front, I wish to say that I am sorry to the fan and any others who were involved. As a husband, father, and a musician on the public stage, I understand that it is my duty to always take responsibility for my actions in a socially acceptable way, and most especially in the face of confrontation.

I want to apologize to the San Antonio fans, also, for having to cancel that show. I hope we can make it up down the road. I’ve obviously already talked to my band about it but I also want to publicly apologize for putting them in a bad position, as well as my manager, booking agent, label, and the support bands. My actions were unprofessional and unfair to the people I work with.’

This is the video capturing the incident:


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