CORROSION OF CONFORMITY bassist Mike Dean has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"People, please, if someone spills your drink or steps on your foot or hurts your feelings, it might be better to laugh it off and walk away. If someone is really creating a dangerous situation, alert the security people at the show. They are professionals or at least they get paid to handle such situations without you putting yourself in legal or physical danger.
"Many people will act as if you've insulted their alleged honor but will show no honor in settling a situation. They may produce a knife our gun and as in the case of our recent Tampa show, kill or injure unarmed individuals.
"This tragedy is possible anywhere people gather and especially where alcohol is involved. It also is a possibility wherever nihilism sets in, as I'm afraid it has in the world of heavy metal, where we find ourselves categorized, for better, or more likely for worse. I'm not trying to espouse any lofty ideals or spirituality but could we at least aim as high as everyone coming together however briefly, to have a good time without hurting anyone?
"As fans of rock'n'roll, it's up to us to show that we can have these events without violence or unnecessary tragedy. It is important to note that it takes only one wing nut or sociopath to ruin your whole day or end your whole life. Don't be that asshole and most importantly, point him out to security or club management.
"Also an important afterthought: Don't be so quick to criticize media for 'negative reporting' or stereotyping while reporting on this tragedy. There IS a lot of negativity involved in the heavy metal crowd. Of course, the bad seeds are in the minority, but look how much damage one person on one night can do.
"Of course, there are some slight inaccuracies in reporting and reporters are prejudiced by the nihilistic and sometimes violence-glorifying images of some groups and some fans.
"Show that you are above this destructive stereotype. Our band has been committed to a higher standard for some time but it is an uphill struggle to be sure.
"Every day in every situation, the power is yours so use it wisely."