Sounds like it was all going on down at the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis this weekend, with Vektor‘s guitarist/vocalist David DiSanto getting arrested for throwing/dousing/splashing beer onto a christian protester. Details are thin (I’m sure that won’t stop some people from speculating/jumping to conclusions/using this as a chance to spout some opinion on religion), but apparently DiSanto was arrested on Saturday night, with the band releasing the following statement:
Alright alright alright. As many of you know it was an intriguing evening in Memphis after the show itself (which did rule, thanks to you all, by the way). We’d like to clarify a bit though, the blurb going around is sounding a bit misleading. 1. “Threw a beer” does not mean “chucked a glass bottle”, or even a can/cup. (allegedly) beer was splashed out of a plastic cup, no violence. 2. He’s not locked away or anything, only a misdemeanor… We are getting a well needed chuckle from all the FREE DAVE/FREE VEKTOR stuff though. Even though you guys have put a somewhat positive spin on it, it was a stressful ordeal for everyone involved last night, and all before an early morning flight. He is safe and sound though.
We are still missing details, as none of the 3 of us actually saw what happened and haven’t been able to communicate with him whatsoever since. Thanks for your amusing support, nothing remotely like this has ever happened to him (or us) so we’re kind of dizzy. Pretty absurd, but not the end of the world or anything. We probably shouldn’t say much more yet, and we have yet to see if or how this will affect things. It is unfortunate, but what’s done is done and hopefully the consequences are as mild as the (alleged) act.
Vektor (minus David, but only briefly)
As it turns out though, trouble wouldn’t be gracing the band long, with the band later updating that the case was dropped.
So it’s all a bit strange. I have to admit, reading through, it did give me a little chuckle just due to the sheer absurdity of the situation. Combine alcohol, protesting and a lot of opinions and you’ve got a potent mix, but details will probably emerge eventually. Beyond all that, I’m just surprised people still protest metal shows, you’ve got to be seriously out of touch to think metal is at all dangerous and not just a collection of slightly socially awkward nerds.