Yet another band has run afoul of performing live with Otep on the road.
After that ugliness during the “Civil Unrest” tour a few years back and a handful of instances in the interim, The Convalescence has now been kicked off the “Resistance” tour by Otep.
The Convalescence issued this statement about the situation:
“We will no longer be a part of the remaining dates of ‘The Resistance Tour’ with Otep. After years spent on the road touring worldwide and never having a problem, this is a first. Otep kicked us off the tour after already loading in for tonight’s event in Pittsburgh. This stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in Michigan two nights previously where claims were made that we sold merchandise during the intro of their set.
“This was not the first time being threatened to remove us from the tour. First happening in Jacksonville, FL after their driver accused us of buying weed from venue staff the night before and went as far as to say we forced a venue runner to drive with him and a kid in the car to pick it up. This was in an attempt to take the heat off the driver himself because he called the police on the band’s guitarist after an argument between them that morning.
“In both instances, we were unable to explain or make any attempt to approach the situation since even after 50+ dates as direct support – unless she felt the need to threaten to kick us off the tour and belittle us, we weren’t even allowed in the same room.
“After being told we were not needed on the tour, that we were not helping the attendance, we were simply a time filler and countless other negative comments about us being part of this tour we came to a mutual decision that we could no longer share a stage together.
“We are all about being team players on the road. After going out of our way with things like covering her merch table every night during their set, helping the band with security at understaffed venues, and helping her band and crew load in and out daily. We were met with only disrespect from Otep herself.
“We have no hard feelings towards her hired band and crew but Otep is an absolute nightmare to work with. Again, we apologize to any of our fans that had planned to see us on this tour. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you on the road this Fall!”
Otep, of course, had a different take on the situation, issuing this video response:
A member of the band also commented on the video: “Let’s be clear on something, while the whole incident with selling of merch is going to be looked at as the straw that broke the camel’s back, Otep wasn’t looking to kick the Convalescence off the tour. In fact, Otep instead came up with that the Convalescence and Brand of Julez switch places in the lineup for the last few days Brand of Julez was on the tour.
“Brand of Julez was only playing selected dates on the tour, and they only had 5 or 6 shows left with the tour. After that, everything would have went back in terms of the lineup, but the Convalescence was having none of it. So this isn’t people trying to say Otep got pissed because they sold merch during Otep’s set and thus kicked them off the tour. They’d still be on the tour with Otep if they just did the lineup change for a few shows.”