Down Punches Out Adema Guitarist Backstage at Ozzfest
Seems that there is even more action going
on behind the scenes at this years Ozzfest than fans are seeing on the
stage. It appears things got heated backstage at Ozzfest in St Louis, Mo
where one of the guitarist for Adema got punched in the mouth while he
was on Downs tour bus and it almost led to a showdown between Phil Anselmo
and the Down boys and Jonathon Davis little brother Marky Chavez and his
It is unclear whether it was Mike Ransom
or Tim Fluckey who got punched in the mouth by someone on the Down tour
bus, but here is the story as it was related to antiMUSIC by an eye witness
to the incident.
At about 11:30 Monday night, a few of the
band members and crew were hanging out next to the ill nino bus, where
a BBQ was happening. At about that time Marky Chavez and one of the guitarists
for Adema rolled past in a golf cart, about a bottle of Crown Royal to
the wind. The reportedly drunk duo from Adema proceeded to the tourbus
housing the members of Down, which was near by.
A few minutes later the Adema guitarist
emerged from the Down tour bus with a bloody mouth and proceeded to throw
a glass bottle across the parking lot in anger according to an eyewitness.
Then the members of Adema descended on
the scene ready for a fight, apparently looking for who punched their
boy in the mouth. The members of Down and their entourage arent
exactly small guys so it took a lot of liquid courage to confront them.
Then things turned to a yelling match with Marky Chavez yelling for the
guitarist from down to come down off the bus. By this time most of the
people backstage had gathered around to watch the mayhem unfold.
The yelling from the Adema camp apparently
worked because soon Pepper and Phil Anselmo came off their bus to confront
their antagonist. Pepper playing the calm cool and collective music and
touring veteran took Marky aside to try and discuss the situation with
him without resorting to violence.
Then the head of security "Big Val" showed
up and apparently things calmed down at that point with each band going
back to their tour buses to cool off. So a major rumble was just barely
averted backstage at Ozzfest but you can be sure there will be no love
lost between the members of Down and Adema from this point on.
This wasnt the only violence backstage
that night, apparently in an unrelated scuffle Joe Schigel the drummer
of Switched was wrestling with one of Downs t-shirt guys and it got a
little heated and punches were thrown. The message here for other Ozzfest
bands is dont mess with Down!
on Down and Adema
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