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Arv
• 01.04.11 09:51 pm


The New York Post, The Huffington Post and New York Press, among others, are reporting that Japanther’s set at Lincoln Center last night erupted into a riot, pitting innocent concert-goers and security guards against hardcore punks.

The New York Post, The Huffington Post and New York Press, among others, are reporting that Japanther’s set at Lincoln Center last night erupted into a riot, pitting innocent concert-goers and security guards against hardcore punks.

“People were crowd-surfing and jumping on each other,” Jessica Resler, the event’s co-producer, commented in The New York Post. “It was like, what the hell just happened?”

“Oh, my God, it was crazy,” said a teenage attendee in the same article. “I was off my feet for a whole minute. I thought I was going to die in there.” [My emphasis]

“Last night was the unfortunate result of a couple die hard fans that ruined it for everyone,” one of the event’s promoters told Gothamist.

Here is some footage of the riotous, life-threatening behavior of Japanther’s “hardest-core,” “die hard” fans:

… Relax grandpa, they’re just moshing. If you consider that a riot, what’s this? Genocide?

UPDATE: I sent Ian, Japanther’s drummer, an email asking him about the show and this was his response:

To us four songs, clown surfing and an imaginary riot is a success. We wanted to emulate The Who at the Rock and Roll Circus but ended up mimicking the Stones at Altamont. It’s also important to report I stopped the show due to sexual assault and violence towards women by Big Apple Circus security. We were not shut down. When the punks didn’t jump through their hoops, the house began blasting a high C note, effectively torturing everyone still on the floor, including performers and employees — putting the B.A.C. on par with Dick Cheney. However we’re gypsies too and we ain’t new when it comes to disappearing into the night. This requires a quick jump under tense circumstances and can often end with casualties. Last night our employees and manager did everything precisely right and we all danced until 5 A.M. with beautiful women. The End.

UPDATE #2: Here is some better footage of the show from Superchief:

JAPANTHER AT THE ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS from Scott Cramer on Vimeo.

-ARV
@ArvSux


Comments
  1. mrpoopyface says:

    Looks like being too cool to mosh finally came full circle back to being too pussy to mosh. New York is always ahead of the curve.

  2. MXWL says:

    cool fucking picture of not the bassist.

  3. Arv says:

    @MXWL: I know, I know. It’s hard to get good pictures when there are like ten security guards between you and the band.

  4. Snake. says:

    I do not understand Japanther whatsoever.

  5. Beef says:

    Everyone and everything involved with this “story” is a garbage dump.

  6. Im Confused says:

    Since when is japanther anything related to punk? maybe mall punk?

  7. Zed Zzipco says:

    check it out, video of the whole shebang:

    http://www.vimeo.com/18446938

    (you doods get quoted, fyi.)

  8. gabelord says:

    HARDCORE PUNKS!

  9. Tempest in a Teapot says:

    My advice to all you drug-addled children who think this Japanther shite matters: Either:

    1) Sober up, save your pennies, and go teach English in Shanghai. I 100% promise, nay I guarantee, that if you do that, you’ll be a way way way way way way way way more interesting and better person when you’re 40 or 50 years old and have to live with the consequences of what you did in your 20’s and 30’s. You’ll also have way more money and fun and have laid way way way way more exotic ppl too.

    2) Stay local, and fight the REAL power. YES, YOU CAN!!!!! See link. http://reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/

    3) Make a difference in one person’s life: freetheslaves.net

    Or, go on jumping around to shitty rhythms and scribbling with crayons and embarrassing yourself and fighting off miserable soul-destroying hangovers until you’re too old and tired and pathetic to do anything except wait to die or inherit your parent’s boring house outside Cincinnati…whichever comes first.

  10. iwontslowdown says:

    cool story Arv

  11. cam says:

    wow, mr. diy activist.

    you must be the most unfun sounding person ever. i hope i never ever have to talk to you at a dinner for my girlfriend’s friend where i don’t know anyone.

    i’ll stick to talking to the bartender.

  12. cam says:

    also, fuck china.

  13. Universal Bartender says:

    ^^ Wow, @cam, you are deliriously, ‘riotously’ gaga for Japanther? Me too! ::Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap!:: How coolio are wee wee wee all he way home to our shwaggy bongs!! [Repeat until 39 years of age. Then go kill yourself.]

  14. uhh... says:

    pushmosh


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