DISTURBED and FINCH got into an onstage brawl at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, PA earlier today. The fight, which took place while FINCH were preparing to take the stage, was reportedly the culmination of an ongoing feud between the two bands stemming from an interview FINCH gave to MeanStreet magazine in late 2002. In that interview, FINCH guitarist Randy Strohmeyer said about DISTURBED singer David Draiman, "I'd shoot him in the fucking head. I'd rip his stupid little piercings out. They're just cheesy. It bums me out because their music is terrible, and what they're about, it's just shit. Hopefully all that music will die out soon, and hopefully it will make room for the good music."
A posting at the FINCH web site regarding today's incident reads as follows:
"To anyone who either witnessed or heard about today's incident at the Rolling Rock Town Fair. While we were setting up, one of the members of DISTURBED, [guitarist] Dan Donegan, was harassing us from the side of the stage. Before we were to play, Randy (our guitarist) walked over to Dan to explain that the comments he made a few years ago were a joke, and to give him a friendly handshake. Dan proceeded to assault Randy and DISTURBED's singer, David Draiman, attacked Mike Herrara (our drum tech), which caused a fight to ensue. We want everyone to know that FINCH did not start this fight. However, we do not take kindly to being assaulted or having our lives threatened. We would like this little conflict to be resolved as soon as possible, but we will not give in to bullying bands threatening us or our fans."
A reporter for the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has filed an additional report from the festival. Listen to the two-minute audio file at this location (Windows Media, 2 MB).
(Thanks: Scoop / The Blitz 99.7 FM)