DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan has posted a statement on the band's official message board explaining his side of the story behind the altercation between DISTURBED and FINCH at this past weekend's Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, PA. His statement reads as follows:
"There is some truth and a lot of false things being said. I will clarify a few things. First of all, this all started with death threats from [guitarist] Randy [Strohmeyer] and [the rest of] FINCH to [DISTURBED] and David [Draiman] that we take very seriously. There was no attempt from anyone from FINCH to apologize or clear things up. We had never met them or done any shows with them before so we didn't understand what their problem was. If someone says they don't like our band, I really don't give a fuck. But as soon as comments were made threatening to put a bullet in one of our heads, I don't see the humor in that and I take it very serious. Randy did not say sorry or hold out his hand for me to shake, nor was I interested in doing so. They huddled up laughing, thinking it was funny when they noticed that we were there. I confronted Randy to ask about his comments and then did what any man should do, defended my family and band from anyone who thinks it is okay to threaten someone's life. When all hell broke loose, it was FINCH members and their crew members against only me, David, and my manager. We did what was necessary. This was not premeditated obviously, because David was walking his dog when he came up and Mike and John were not anywhere near. My fiancee was holding my eight-month old daughter when a father of a FINCH member pushed her and my daughter so he could get involved. I guess it runs in the family and shows what kind of men they are. His son shouldn't run his mouth and make threats if he can't be man enough to stand up and fight the battle he started. After the chaos, they asked for security to walk them to their bus where they hid until the state troopers came to escort them off of the property. Fucking cowards. Most of these comments and rumors are so far off. This is not the new East Coast vs. West Coast or Emo vs. Metal. It is a simple life lesson, there is consequences for your actions. We just finished the battle they started."
A couple of photos of the onstage brawl have been posted at the MusicOhio.com web site. Check them out here.