As reported in the comments of a previous post, Monday night's RTX show at Springwater got kind of interesting. According to various accounts, RTX frontwoman Jennifer Herrema physically confronted Alcohol Stuntband singer Chris Crofton. Alcohol Stuntband guitarist Brandes Holcomb tells Cream via email:
[Herrema] wrestled the mic out of his hand and shoved him away. Chris went out into the audience to watch in a sort of "playing along" manner and Todd (our drummer) and I decided to start a song and ignore the crazy woman sitting back on our drum kit yelling nonsense about Chris's bald head. We broke into "Bell Witch" and she stood up and started yelling at Chris again—but into the mic while we played this time. Chris came up on stage and grabbed another mic to sing and she tackled/drug him into the crowd and made several clear attacks towards his injured shoulder—his arm was in a sling while we were playing.
Read more from the Stuntband's perspective after the jump. As of this posting, RTX's publicity contact has not returned an email asking for comment.
Last Friday, the Alcohol Stuntband played in Chattanooga with the Monotonix and Giant Tiger... and somebody from one of those bands (I can't recall whom) warned us from personal experience that the Royal Trux chick, whom we would be playing a show with on Monday, was crazy as bat shit. So Chris was more excited about the show than normal because he likes crazy people... and we were excited too as we had gotten comfortable playing a few shows with Chris and his broken shoulder/arm not playing guitar. We felt that we we're playing quite well together for the first time in a while and were truly looking forward to the show.
Chris was talking about this as he and I were driving to the show (around 9:30) when Mike Raber, who books the Springwater, called Chris. He said RTX wanted us to play last. Chris said we'd talk to him when we got there and had talked to the rest of the band. Upon arrival we learned from several people that the reason she wanted us to go last was because she was "very superstitious" and did not want to start her show after midnight. We did not want to go last because we had previously told our own friends/fans who payed $8 (or whatever it was) when we were scheduled to play. We said we would like to stay in our previously assigned second-of-four slot and would play a short set if the Altered Statesmen would hurry up and start and play a short set themselves. The later, of course, didn't happen... but whatever, it is the Springwater.
We (the Stuntband) got on stage around 11, set up and started playing as soon as we could. The crowd grew larger and by the end of the 4th song we were rolling along pretty good. People were clearly enjoying the show. At this point, the RTX chick came up to the front of the stage and yelled that it was time for us to quit playing, etc. We just stood around for a second and then Chris made a comment about her resemblance to a strung out Courtney Love and she came up on stage and started yelling at him. He then mockingly pointed out to the crowd that she had been in the Royal Trux and she was also a supermodel. This infuriated her and she wrestled the mic out of his hand and shoved him away. Chris went out into the audience to watch in a sort of "playing along" manner and
Todd (our drummer) and I decided to start a song and ignore the crazy woman sitting back on our drum kit yelling nonsense about Chris's bald head. We broke into "Bell Witch" and she stood up and started yelling at Chris again—but into the mic while we played this time. Chris came up on stage and grabbed another mic to sing and she tackled/drug him into the crowd and made several clear attacks towards his injured shoulder—his arm was in a sling while we were playing.
Holcomb, by his own account, stood directly in front of Herrema during RTX's set and stared intently at her the entire time.
[After about 7 songs] I guess, the guitar player started rolling his chords up and [Herrema] started yelling, saying they were pussies and they wouldn't be getting paid for the show. I kept staring. She got up and stormed off the stage. I waited until I was sure they were done and went up to the guitar player and drummer and said their band was awesome. They were really...if you like that stuff. I turned around to walk away and had to turn down several offers to buy me beer. The bar wouldn't let me pay my tab either.
I went up to the bass player to tell him his band was good even though the circumstances were a bit inauspicious. He told me that I needed to leave. I said ok but that I really thought the band was good.
I went and talked to some people about softball and then I decided I wanted to say something to her and then leave. I wanted to tell her, like I told you, that I would probably like to fuck her but otherwise I wasn't impressed. I was a bit drunk I guess and I thought this was a real zinger. I'm probably lucky I didn't get the right opportunity for that. Eventually i went over and introduced myself to her and she said she knew who i was. i told her i didn't know who she was - i really didn't know her name until this morning. she then went on this drunken tirade about everything that happened and how chris wasn't very "cool" and what have you. i let her talk and did the staring thing again. this lasted another 5 minutes or so. when she was done talking i told her i had no idea what she was talking about... which was true. ben martin of lone official (who was yucking it up with me 10 minutes earlier) was sitting next to her and he then told me that i was now freaking him out. i apologized to him and left.