In these waning days of dead-tree media, one might expect that more than ever the topics that do make their tortured way between covers to sit on the dwindling number of bookstore shelves are more worthy than ever.
In the ongoing drama in the wake of the punch heard 'round the (punk-rock) world at SXSW, Ben Weasel has announced that the 25th anniversary celebration of Screeching Weasel at Reggies on Memorial Day weekend will go on--at least until there's further word that it won't.
"Screeching Weasel fans around the world who are wondering if Weaselfest will happen, please be assured that everything is being done to ensure that it goes off as planned," according to a note recently added to the Reggies Website.
Apparently Foster is trying to put together yet another new version of his groundbreaking band and replace several of the opening acts that have dropped off the three-day bill as a protest of his actions in Texas. Several other road gigs for the group had to be canceled, however, after all of Foster's current bandmates quit following the altercation at the Scoot Inn.
With the videos going viral and punk message boards and Twittering fans almost universally condemning him for the fracas that ended Screeching Weasel's show at South by Southwest on Friday, frequently omitting the messy context as presented in this blog and the Los Angeles Times, Chicago native Ben "Weasel" Foster finally has broken his silence and issued an apology via the Weasel Manor Web site.
The short but seemingly heartfelt statement follows.
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.