Posted in music | tour dates on March 23, 2011

view of the fight from the audience (photo by John Obeidin)
Ben Weasel Fight

Ben Weasel already apologized for his involvement in an altercation during SXSW at Scoot Inn, but now his Screeching Weasel band members have responded by quitting the band and writing their own letter. Read it in full below...

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LETTER FROM SCREECHING WEASEL

The members of Screeching Weasel (Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin, Justin Perkins, and Drew Fredrichsen) would like to offer a sincere apology to our fans, our management (Ben Perlstein @ Motivation Management), Chad and Vanessa @ Fat Wreck Chords, Deborah Toscano @ Devil Dolls Booking, The Scoot Inn and it's employees, all the support bands, and anyone else negatively impacted by the scene that developed in Austin last Friday night, March 18th.

The un-calculated act put forth by Ben Foster leading up to and including the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing. The sentiments and actions expressed were completely out of our control and in no way represent the band members' view points or moral compasses. As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that as a group we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as "Screeching Weasel" in the for-seeable future. We each look forward to re-evaluating our involvement in the band as we move forward if we are given the opportunity.

Collectively, as musicians, we feel that it is imperative that the music do the talking. We have made every effort as a group to ignore the gossip, Internet feuds, and general negativity that has (at times) overshadowed what we believe being in a band is really about. It is pointless to try to place the blame where those actions are concerned and we don't care to get involved other than to say we don't condone or support any of it. We are very proud of the effort we put forth in creating what we believe to be a fantastic new album in "First World Manifesto" and it deeply saddens us that we will not be able to bring that excitement to audiences around the world in the form of a live show in the coming months.

We all feel extremely deflated following this public spectacle and would no doubt be doing the music an injustice if we were to force a performance. As friends and band mates, we are absolutely positive that Ben regrets his actions last Friday night. We have no doubt that his apology is sincere and that if he could take it all back, he would. We don't wish to place any more hardship upon him with our decision to discontinue our involvement at this time, but it is something that can not be avoided.

In the future we would love to see these wounds heal and for the opportunity to play together in a positive light materialize. If Ben feels the need to immediately carry on with a new cast of characters--we support his right to do so. Again, we would like to thank our fans for all of their past support and hope that they will continue to support us should the opportunity to perform as "Screeching Weasel" present itself again in the future.

Thanks for everything,

Dan, Adam, Justin, & Drew
[via Punknews]

Yikes. No word on whether the below list of sold out shows will still happen, Screeching Weasel 25th Anniversary Weekend in Chicago included. Here's that video again...

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Ben Weasel gets in a FIGHT!!!!

SCREECHING WEASEL - 2011 TOUR DATES???????????????????
April 7 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero - support TBA
April 8 - Greensboro, NC @ Green Street - support TBA
April 9 - Atlanta @ Masquerade - support TBA
May 27 - Reggie's Chicago, IL
May 28 - Reggie's Chicago, IL*
May 29 - Reggie's Chicago, IL
* Riverdales show

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Comments (86)

Would've been nice if they mentioned some sort of apology to the poor girl that got sucker punched in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:13 PM

mark e. smith imploding at the fall gig at brownies was more fun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:17 PM

Remember when punk was dangerous? When did music subculture become so weak?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:20 PM

the band just stood there when this was going on...fucking vaginas.

this band's best days ended in 1990.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:26 PM

i had no idea this band was still around

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:34 PM

This sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:57 PM

anyone else have the feeling that if this hadn't happened at SXSW it wouldn't have gotten any attention? maybe ben was right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:00 PM

"mark e. smith imploding at the fall gig at brownies was more fun."

THAT is rock and roll hall of fame worthy. Unfair to even mention this in the same breath.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:08 PM

Ben Weasel is an arrogant prick...always has been, always will be! He ended it for himself and his four bandmates...5 careers finished! BEN FOLDS FIVE!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:08 PM

Is this "how to make enemies and irritate people"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:09 PM

I have never heard of this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:14 PM

who is this band? fuck em

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:17 PM

I still haven't heard of this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:19 PM

it is a great band name. RIP Screeching Weasel

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:21 PM

singer wrote for mrr. known for being a shithead. partly responsible for mall-punk with green day. no one knew they were still around.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:22 PM

crappy band name / crappy band leader / crappy band.
When the hell with the Descendants make it to the east coast ??!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:30 PM

"When the hell with the Descendants make it to the east coast ??!!"

Well, I'm no English teacher but for the life of me I can't figure out WTF you are attempting to say. Wanna try that again, only in English this time?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:33 PM

a breakdown for 10:33

the Descendents are a band.
10:30 would like to see them play on the east coast.
you are an idiot if you could not figure that out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:38 PM

sorry I don't speak Asswipe, which apparently is your mother tongue. wiping your mother's ass with your tongue ... that's nasty, son! you're nasty!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:42 PM

"As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that as a group we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as "Screeching Weasel" in the for-seeable future."

kind of hilarious that they felt dignified playing in such an awful band before this happened!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:48 PM

screaming females?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:50 PM

Ben Folds Five FTW!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:55 PM

Ben Folds Five for the meh

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:57 PM

i guess no one knows about screeching weasel since pitchfork has never given them best new music

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:58 PM

How punk rock.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:09 PM

Yeeeessssssssss!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:10 PM

The second person he hit was the venue owners wife. way to go..

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:11 PM

Maybe Ben Weasel will tour for a while with his wannabe Ramones band, the Riverdales, waiting for this to blow over. And then he'll punch more women.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:12 PM

I watched the video again after I read the apology. Sorry. Still an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:18 PM

What does this have to do with Ben Folds Five?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:20 PM

^^ what's the idiot's first name? How many band members resigned? Get it?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:23 PM

@9:20AM there is "punk rock" and "dangerous" and there's punching girls in the face for spitting soda at you. This guy is a dick and he just totally ruined his career.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:48 PM

If this didn't happen at sxsw we never would have heard about it because people at real punk shows don't take camera phone videos.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:52 PM

Now when do the Strokes apologize for sucking?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:54 PM

And Weasel folds five. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:59 PM

I don't condone this kind of shit by any means, but 11:52, you have a point.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:05 AM

Ben Weasel is opening a hummus shop on a forlorn street in the flyover zone. It's called 21st Century Schizoid Man.

Posted by anon | March 24, 2011 12:05 AM

A new hummus shop? Please tell!
That's what I call important news!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:07 AM

"what's the idiot's first name? How many band members resigned? Get it?"

Ben Folds Four?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:14 AM

They really were a solid band in the early 90s. Jughead's gotta be pretty glad he sat this go-around out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:25 AM

never heard of this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:50 AM

Ben Folds Five broke up!!!!


fml

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:55 AM

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly...

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 1:12 AM

what do you say to a woman with two black eyes? Nothing that you haven't told her twice already! but no seriously rip screeching weasel....

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 1:12 AM

...hmmmm, I don't think I would appreciate a chick spitting soda on me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 1:44 AM

Jay Reatard is laughing at these screeching females.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:10 AM

I find it very funny that indie rock nerds need to chime in "who? I never heard of this band" at every post about a classic punk or metal band.

It is all of us in the know laughing just as they did when no one knew who Arcade Fire was.

Asking these questions makes you look stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 4:00 AM

saying "remember when punk was dangerous" is a fucking cliche and a half. good lord.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:43 AM

the whole "pop-punk" scene consists of scrawny babies writing on message boards and wearing stupid t-shirts and worshipping the ramones. not that worshipping the ramones is a bad thing (as they are one of my all time favorite bands), but basing an entire scene on the sound that ONE band got right is kind of pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:44 AM

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:10 AM

"pop punk" = suburban pussies

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:11 AM

Saw the members who quit in the mall this morning opening a new spot in the food court...I think it was called Screeching Orange Julius.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:22 AM

WRONG it was called Screeching Chickpea

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:32 AM

Ben Weasel is now crying in his beer...

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:35 AM

dignity and screeching weasel performances?

Posted by nygrump | March 24, 2011 9:40 AM

Weird that the only news to come out of SXSW of any interest seems to be just boring gossip. There doesn't seem to be any excitement about any new bands playing there. It seems like maybe the era of artists breaking at CMJ or SXSW is kind of over.

Look at Salem last year. They already felt like has-beens by the time they took the stage.

And didn't the dude from NOFX or something make a scene last year serving the audience his piss? Seems like SXSW's major benefit these days is to remind us that all these shitty, washed-up punk bands we outgrew in high school are still trying to make a go of it.

SXSW has turned into a Dancing With the Stars for the indie set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 10:05 AM

he punches like a girl

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 10:19 AM

Why do women try to get involved in fights? He should have laid that bitch the fuck out.

In all honesty, nothing even happened in this video that people should be "buzzing" about. A guy in the crowd talked shit to the band and got hit.

Stuff like this used to happen all the time, man the fuck folks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 10:45 AM

The whole thing seems overblown. If you look at his "punch," you can see it was pretty lame and looked as if it barely connected. Who drinks soda pop at SXSW anyhow?

Posted by smack | March 24, 2011 10:55 AM

Screeching Weasel was like my soundtrack to high school. Didn't know they were still putting out new music, but they probably should've hung it up back in '99.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 10:56 AM

Although, in no way can this be tolerated, he seriously can't throw a punch for shit. I'm sure that second girl would of kicked his little vagina ass.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:10 AM

what is the band thinking? this is the most press they've had in years.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:29 AM

Seriously, the guitar player just standing there? With his fucking matching guitar and tshirt. What a fucking pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:54 AM

ha,ha. Yeah, Guitar player looked like he was about to cry.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:30 PM

@10:45 it was a girl he punched and the when the 2nd one tried to stop him he elbowed her in the face and tried to punch her in the kidneys. If this were SXSW were Yanked Stadium he'd be dragged out to chants of "aaaaassssshoooooolllleee!"

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:33 PM

yeah i guess he should have just asked her to leave instead of punching her. thats what i do when people spit soda pop in my face.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 1:18 PM

I'd like to punch this appology letter. Reads like emo breakup letters instead of actually directly saying sorry to the victim. Bunch of fucking weasels all of them

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:46 PM

Basically, Ben fucked up..

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:21 PM

You throw ice cubes at someone's face, you might get punched. Girl guy or otherwise

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:24 PM

You don't punch a girl in the face. In the twat, sure I got no problem with that, but not in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 8:59 PM

lol at all of the people (read: dudes who probably beat their girlfriends) in this thread who think it's okay for this shit to happen. plus the girl spit beer at him, big fucking whoop. he's a total baby if that offends him

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 9:14 PM

any guy that punches a chick is a dumb motherfucker, and is likely a few days away from receipt of his own special fist delivery

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 10:36 PM

@ 11:54 'Danny is a wimp, because he is a wimp'

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:03 PM

Don't spit at people...I would punch you in the face if you spit at me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:06 AM

you can actually see the spit in h -fucking- d!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:11 AM

The punk chicks I know would brag for years about getting hit in the face by Ben Weasel. People like GG, Darby & Iggy would call this a junior high dance, not a punk show fight. I lost respect for them for apologizing/quitting. Ben should've showed up the next night and punched more bitches in the face just to prove a point.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 8:36 AM

this ain't punk, son. this is adolescent rock. you want punk, people will get hurt for real. stop whining.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 8:41 AM

4:00am FTW. I was thinking the same thing!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 8:55 AM

@ 8:41. Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 10:00 AM

Is it punk to read Brooklynvegan? Is it real punk to post there?

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 10:31 AM

who actually pays attention to sxsw? they might as well be a z100 jingle ball....wake up. its like waiting on a long line to be spoonfed some hipsters shit.... and regardless of the shit that goes down at regular punk/hardocre shows that arent a part of bullshit festivals, dudes punching girls is not fukkin cool. F U ben.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 10:59 AM

GOOD GOD BABYTOWN, REMEMBER GG ALLIN? - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 1:00 PM

well if you push someone and scream "fuck you motherfucker" in a man's face you get what you..oh wait a minute that's Danzig getting knocked the fuck out in Tuba City. That's WAY better.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2011 2:41 AM

hey 10:59am...ummm there are women out there that would tear your arms completely off your boney, little feminine androgenous pod of a body before you even tried to swing at them. Is it wrong to strike them?
The old time, never strike a women bullshit died with the feminist movement in the 70's.
byaaaatch. Choke on it. Shave your beard, put on a bra.

Posted by my fat cock down your throat for the sake of feminism | March 26, 2011 1:41 PM

she shoulda swallowed instead...ha ha haaa

Posted by mandy | March 26, 2011 2:16 PM

If Weasel punched a dude in the face for spitting on him, we would not be having this conversation right now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 10:32 AM

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