Posted in music on August 26, 2009

Jesse of GGD @ WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Zach Dilgard)
Gang Gang Dance

"On Saturday night at Pukkelpop as the festival was coming to a close Jesse [Lee, drummer for Gang Gang Dance,] was singled out and attacked by three security guards as he was attempting to walk to the artist backstage area to get the shuttle to the hotel. Security denied him access although he was clearly wearing an artists wristband and immediately dragged him to a darkened area that was not on the close circuit TV network and forced him face first into the ground, they then pulled his arms behind stamping on them trying to break both arms whilst repeatedly shouting at him, 'We are going to show you what real pain is.' They handcuffed him and continued the unprovoked beating. The three thugs then took Jesse to the police where they accused him of throwing a bottle at them." [GGD's publicist via Pitchfork]
The rest of the publicist's statement is below....

Note from GGD's publicist continued...

"Jesse was drinking from a plastic cup, as you have to decant any drinks on entrance to the main arena. I was with him only moments before the attack so can confirm this. I went to the toilet which is why I was not with him at the time of attack unfortunately.

Jesse was happy to be taken to the police for his own safety and was driven to the station where he was told not to make a scene or a formal complaint. He spent 45 minutes with the police, who gave him a lift back to the hotel.

Jesse sustained injuries to the head, a large bump and bruising, and multiple bruising to the body. This made it painful and difficult to play the following days show. He was badly shaken up and it marred what was a wonderful performance and day for the band. Up until that point we were all saying how brilliant the festival was."

That sucks, and they need to stay out of Europe!

Gang Gang Dance - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 28 - Troubadour w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Los Angeles, California
Aug 29 - Henry Miller Memorial Library w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Big Sur, California
Aug 30 - Rickshaw Stop w/ Amanda Blank + Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti San Francisco, California
Sep 1 - Harlow's Sacramento, California
Sep 2 - Depot w/ Extra Golden Arcata, California
Sep 3 - The Works @ Washington High School Portland, Oregon
Sep 4 - Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, British Columbia
Sep 5 - Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, Washington
Sep 5 - Bumbershoot Music Lounge Seattle, Washington

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Comments (26)

We gonz to PUMP you up!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 10:38 AM

Muscles from Brussels.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 10:40 AM

Ha Ha!

Posted by Nelson Muntz | August 26, 2009 10:42 AM

I hope he has a speedy recovery, wonderful band

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 10:48 AM

you have to carefully pour a solution from a container in order to leave the precipitate in the bottom of the original container before entering the main area? WOW - that's harsh rules! No wonder he got detained.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 10:58 AM

f*ck belgium- bunch of europeon faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:03 AM

well he shouldnt have been walking minding his own business...i mean c'mon

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:24 AM

"Jesse was happy to be taken to the police for his own safety and was driven to the station where he was told not to make a scene or a formal complaint. He spent 45 minutes with the police, who gave him a lift back to the hotel. "

who told him not to file a complaint or "make a scene"? the security goons,or the police?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:39 AM

The attack on him was unfair but there's usually two sides to every story... just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:43 AM

"We are going to show you what real pain is."

Payback for having to listen to a Gang Gang Dance show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:51 AM

that'll teach him for gettin' all uppity

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 12:10 PM

@11:51

Nice Work!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 12:23 PM

jeez these guys have the worst luck :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 12:31 PM

Why would they single him out and no other artist playing?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 12:39 PM

"We are going to show you what real pain is."

Payback for having to listen to a Gang Gang Dance show.
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FTW!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 1:01 PM

GGD shreds live

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Watje!

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Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 9:25 AM

HAHAHA!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 10:40 AM

they rocked at lolla. and it made me happy that all the tweens waiting to mosh for passion pit (a phenomenon i still cant make sense of) were confused by their stellar performance.

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