Entries tagged with: drugs
DJ Spinn's set in honor of Rashad at P4K 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
DJ Rashad sadly passed away earlier this year, and though an initial autopsy proved inconclusive, and an inaccurate cause of death was reported soon after, it appears the actual cause of death has now been revealed. NBC Chicago reports (via Pitchfork) that it was a drug overdose. A statement from the medical examiner's office says heroin, cocaine, and alprazolam (Xanax) were found in his system.
A tribute to DJ Rashad will take place at this year's AfroPunk Festival.
a scene from The Molly
EDM festivals can't catch a break lately. Every week there seems to be another overdose story in the news, including last week's news that a drug dealer was arrested in connection with deaths at the NYC Electric Zoo fest in 2013. Despite the setbacks, Electric Zoo is returning to Randall's Island this year, but with heightened security and new education measures which now include a campaign called "Come To Life":
"Come To Life - or CTL - is about rolling life, not face. It's about not missing one moment of the lights, the music, the celebration. It's about connecting with music lovers from around the world who've come together to experience the time of their lives. It's about being present and making the right choices. Every moment of Electric Zoo is for you - don't miss any of it!"They go on to say that "Electric Zoo strongly advocates against the use of drugs", and there's a PSA video called "The Molly". Watch that and read the press release below...
You may remember that there were two drug-related deaths at last year's Electric Zoo Festival in New York, causing the final day to be canceled. Jeffrey Russ was one of the fatalities and now Federal prosecutors in Mahattan have brought charges agains the person they believe sold him the drugs. From the NY Times:
Patrick Morgan, who at 23 is the same age that Mr. Russ was when he died, was arrested on Wednesday in Buffalo on charges of narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy, after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration that zeroed in on the group of friends involved in the alleged drug deal as recounted in the criminal complaint against Mr. Morgan. Both charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.Morgan is currently out on a $100,000 signature bond.
One of the friends, who was not identified in the complaint, cooperated with the D.E.A. special agent leading the investigation, Louis Schmidt. In March, the friend met with Mr. Morgan and discussed the drugs that Mr. Morgan allegedly sold the three, according to the complaint. After the meeting, the two exchanged text messages.
"Hey it was great to see you last week," the friend who was working with the authorities texted Mr. Morgan, the complaint states. "Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much."
Hudson Project 2014 (via er_duh)
Inaugural upstate NY music festival The Hudson Project went down this weekend (Friday, July 11 - Sunday, July 13) and seemed to get off to a good start with positive reviews of Kendrick Lamar, The Flaming Lips and more, but eventually things to a little sour. Daily Freeman reported that dozens were arrested on drug charges, and though the bit of rain on Saturday didn't put too much of a damper on the festival, the weather on Sunday caused the rest of that day to be cancelled. From a press release that went out yesterday afternoon:
Festival-goers were evacuated this afternoon (Sunday, July 13 at 4:45 PM, ET) from the event grounds and were directed by staff and New York State, Ulster County and Saugerties town officials to seek shelter in vehicles until the storm safely passed. "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, artists and staff," said Jonathan Fordin, partner of MCP Presents, the promoter behind THE HUDSON PROJECT. "We regret having to cancel any performance, but safety always comes first."This caused sets from Action Bronson, Cults, STRFKR, Bassnectar and more to be cancelled. Did you go to any of the three days? What was your experience like?
Watch a video of The Flaming Lips at the festival, below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
The Medical Examiner's Office of Richmond, Virgina has confirmed Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie, former GWAR frontman was in fact 'drug related'. The man, who in 2010 started throwing crack fundraisers, died of an accidental heroin overdose. Brockie was 50 years old at the time of his passing on March 23.
Months later, Brockie's passing is still felt throughout the metal community. GWAR set up the Dave Brockie Fund to honor their mate, "a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts." An official send-off will take place on August 15 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, location of the annual GWAR-B-Q which will still be taking place and includes a live set from the band despite the void left by Brockie. GWAR's Riot Fest date has also been kept on the books. And recently, one of Dave Brockie's dreams, GWARbar, announced a fundraising effort to help out in refurbishment costs (currently at $12,664 of the $50,000 goal).
RIP, Oderus. Video of GWAR's The Next Mutation, featuring a young Brockie, appears below.
Michael Alig's so called friend Scotto was there to pick the released murderer up from jail and to accompany him to dinner that night, selfieng and getting press for himself all along the way. Now he appears to be trying to get even more press for himself by quickly throwing Alig under a bus. As you can see in the screen shot Tweet above, Scotto is trying to be the one who gives Perez Hilton a scoop that Alig could already be headed back to jail for drug use after just one night free. We don't know what details the NASA co-founder since direct-messaged Perez, but we'll hear soon enough if there's any truth to it.
by Wyatt Marshall
Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2013 edition.
The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.
The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.
While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.
"I woke up this morning and thought the whole MSG run was a dream." - @SoYeahBrah
Phish @ MSG (via @phishfromtheroad)
2013 marked 30 years since Phish first formed on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Keyboardist Page McConnell mentioned the occasion on New Year's Eve 2012-2013 and then there was little talk of the anniversary throughout the year...until last night. The quartet finally celebrated their anniversary last night at Madison Square Garden as part of their New Year's Run finale at the NYC venue. The members of the band loaded on top of a truck made to simulate a stage of a club from early in their career for Tuesday night's second set. Phish also tipped their hats to the band's first gig by using hockey sticks as microphone stands and an extremely basic gear setup. Furthermore, in between the end of the third set and the encore, a montage showing scenes from the past 30 years was displayed on The Garden's scoreboard. With the exception of the "Auld Lang Syne" that signaled the start of 2014, Phish didn't play any covers throughout the four night run. [JamBase]Phish played their four-night run at Madison Square Garden starting on December 28 and leading up to New Year's Eve. Like the review quoted above mentions, they only played one cover over the course of the four nights, which were in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band. You can check out the setlists from all four nights below.
At least 228 people were arrested or received summonses at shows on the first three nights of a four-night stand that was to end Tuesday with a New Year's Eve performance and undoubtedly more arrests.The article also points out that Phish fans were handing out a pamphlet which included, among other things, a plea for Phish to play New Year's Eve in a different venue:
While ticket scalping and public urination accounted for some of the arrests over the first two days, most were linked to narcotics possession and sales. Undercover officers have confiscated marijuana, hash, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA or ecstasy, amphetamine and prescription drugs like Oxycodone, OxyContin and Xanax, among other drugs, the authorities said.
Most of the offenders were charged with misdemeanors or given summonses, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. So far, 10 people have been charged with felonies, most of them for attempting to sell drugs to undercover police officers.
"How about visiting some other great Northeast venues?" the pamphlet said. "You know the ones that have affordable accommodations, easy transportation, and where Our Community is thoroughly welcomed by the Local Community?"Setlists from all four nights below...
In the time since Chief Keef's breakout song, his career has mostly consisted of lots of mishaps that weren't exactly legal, and some of which resulted in jail time and juvenile detention. The latest development: after being sentenced to 90 days in rehab, a judge is allowing him to do the sentence in California. ABC reports:
A judge approved a request by Chicago rapper Chief Keef on Friday to serve his sentence in a treatment facility in California, rather than the Haymarket Center in Chicago.--
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, pleaded guilty Wednesday to testing positive for drugs while on probation and was ordered to serve 90 days in rehab after receiving a stern lecture from the judge.
Cozart told Judge Earl B. Hoffenberg that as an 18-year-old musician with children and many others depending on him, he needed to take drugs.
''I'm a rapper," Cozart said Wednesday. "You don't kill anyone on weed. To be a rapper, sometimes weed is the thing.''
Cozart had been released after being sentenced to jail for 20 days for a previous positive test for marijuana.
The Englewood-born Cozart, who has a Northbrook residence in his name, has been in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff's Dept. since Wednesday. He likely will be headed to California by Friday evening, according to his manager, Rovaun Manuel
Manuel said it will cost Keef $250,000 to serve his sentence at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu.
''You have to respect authority and you haven't done that," Hoffenberg said Wednesday. ''You're 18 years old and I'm really concerned about you, and I'd like to see you get some help.'' [...] ''I don't think jail is good for you, but I do think you need some treatment,'' he said.
DIIV at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Sky Ferreira were arrested late Friday night in Saugerties, NY after a traffic stop. Smith was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all of which are misdemeanors. Ferreira was charged with misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. From The Daily Freeman's police blotter (via P4k):
Officers stopped a 1990 Ford pickup truck with New Jersey registration after the driver made several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Police said a registration check showed the license plates on the truck were stolen and the driver, Smith, was wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin, police said. Police said Ferreira, a passenger in the truck, was found in possession of Ecstasy and resisted arrest. Smith and Ferreira were arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail -- Smith in lieu of $2,500 bail and Ferreira in lieu of $1,500 bail.Smith and Ferreira were out in time for DIIV to play Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday, where Ferreira joined the band to cover Cat Power's "Nude as the News" which you can watch a bit of below.
Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.The Daily News adds:
During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event
The electronic dance music festival, in its fifth year, was scheduled to conclude Sunday with headlining deejay sets by Armin Van Buuren, Sebastiona Ingrosso, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke.Our condolences go out to the families and friends of Jeffrey and Olivia.
But over the first two days of the festival, two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA, nicknamed molly, an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in Ecstasy pills, officials said.
Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, was rushed to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. Saturday but could not be saved.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was taken to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and died about 50 minutes later, police said. Six hours before she was rushed to the hospital, the University of New Hampshire student posted a final message on Twitter.
(photo via @cherrick21)
Paradiso Festival drug cocktail called "Molly" made the rounds this weekend in Washington State's Gorge Amphitheatre killing one and sending 100 other concert goers between the ages of 18 and 26 to Quincy Valley Medical Center with drug overdose conditions, according to a June 30 report from KOMO News.com.The Paradiso Festival, which happened at The Gorge, WA and was billed as "where digital meets nature," featured such EDM artists as Tiesto, Kaskade, Designer Drugs, Infected Mushroom, and more.
Drug overdose victims had been told they were getting Ecstasy, which contains the same synthetic drug MDMA as Molly, but instead Quincy Valley Medical Center's chief nurse, Sarina Fahrner, said what they got was a more potent form of Ecstasy, which contains cocaine, LSD and meth. - [Examiner]
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by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Sabbath on 'CSI,' no joke
Via Ozzy's Facebook:
For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.Best to Ozzy. If he has made it before I'm sure it can happen again.
Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I'm just trying to be a better person.
I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period.........and my fans.
Catch a sober Ozzy Osbourne with his reunited band Black Sabbath on the road this summer, including at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 4. Tickets go on presale Thursday (4/18) with a presale code of "SABBATH," and regular sale on Saturday at noon.
As discussed, the first Black Sabbath single from the new album 13, "God is Dead," will be released Thursday (via Clear Channel radio stations) and another will be performed on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (no shit) which airs May 15. Iommi recently described the LP as one that "sits comfortably with our first three albums - Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master Of Reality." That would make my year, but we'll see.
To quote High Times,
Colorado's Amendment 64, which will regulate marijuana like alcohol and remove civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, has passed.Wow! And Washington sort of legalizes it! Seattlepi says:
Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana.
Amendment 64 will also allow adults to grow their own cannabis - up to six plants in an enclosed space.
Washington voters on Tuesday passed Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amounts of marijuana to adults, a measure that flies in the face of federal law and policy that still treats possession of cannabis as a crime.As that article also points out, Massachusetts now accepts medical marijuana! Maybe Romney can get a prescription to deal with his defeat tonight by Barack Obama.
A similar measure in Colorado was ahead, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Washington, by its vote, became a national pacesetter in the drive to reform drug laws. The reform effort was led by former federal prosecutors, the Seattle City Attorney and an ex-top FBI agent -- all former warrior in the 40-year "War on Drugs."
Oregon also has weed on the ballot, but Measure 80 didn't pass there.
Last year, five Queens cops were hurt trying to stop an onslaught by gang members who attacked them with brass knuckles, knives and a baseball bat, court papers state.Does anyone else here party with them all the time?
Even Bushwick's hipsters ran afoul of the Forbidden Ones, who had a clubhouse on the ground floor of a three-story loft building at 15 Thames St.
"My roommates said they got assaulted by members of the biker gang," said Wendy Scher, a 33-year-old resident of the building. "Two of them won't come back because they're afraid."
But other residents got a kick out of the outlaws.
"They're really nice guys. "They're really chill. I party with them all the time," said Alex Syner, 25.
But even the most free-spirited bohemian might have been uneasy to know that a two-wheeled cannon was loaded and aimed at the front door of the Forbidden Ones' lair, ready to fire at infiltrators, according to the prosecutor.
"The defendants wear the 'patch' to make it known that they are 'outlaws' who reject mainstream society and live outside the law," wrote Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen. [Daily News]
Man these Texas cops have it out for touring musicians!
Rapper Nelly was detained last night in Texas while police officers searched his tour bus -- and found HEROIN in addition to a loaded gun ... and MASSIVE amounts of weed ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.That was nice of Brian Keith Jones to take the fall.
According to law enforcement sources, Nelly's bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca -- and a police canine detected the presence of drugs.
We're told cops pulled the bus over -- and after performing a search, they found 36 small baggies of heroin (totaling .64 ounces) and over TEN POUNDS of marijuana inside a large green duffel bag (an amount roughly the size of a large bed pillow).
Cops also say they found a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
There were seven people riding on Nelly's bus at the time -- including the rapper -- and they were all detained during the search.
According to law enforcement sources, one of the passengers -- a guy named Brian Keith Jones -- admitted the drugs and the gun were his. He was subsequently placed under arrest.
Nelly and the remaining five were let go. Calls to Nelly's reps were not returned.
And just when we were starting to wonder if Billy's freak out was a PR stunt, Green Day announces:
Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.As AP points out "Sunday's announcement by the band's rep comes after the rock frontman had a meltdown onstage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas."
Which appearances are being cancelled is unclear, but the band is supposed to be on Kimmel and Ellen this week along with some other California gigs. Their proper tour with Best Coast doesn't start for a while though. Take care Billie Joe.
Watch the on-stage freakout HERE.
Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
TMZ reports that Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas yesterday (9/19) for possession of hash. She's currently beind held at Hudspeth County Jail.
Free Fiona! UPDATE: she is actually free at least.
Apple spent the night in the Hudspeth County Jail, and was ordered released this afternoon on $11,000 bond.Legalize it!
Apple was arrested at the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer were arrested on similar charges. What does Dean-Walker think of all of the celebrities being arrested in her remote county, which is in the Big Bend between San Antonio and El Paso?
"I think the reason we're catching so many celebrities there is they are going through there with stuff they shouldn't have," she said. [WOAI]
You can see her mugshot, via TMZ, below...
Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dude falling from wooden Coachella art and more Youtube fun from this year's festival, below...
Madonna has added a Madison Square Garden show to her tour that already included two shows at Yankee Stadium. Tickets for the November 12th show are on pre-sale now (password: Madge). General sale begins 3/30 at 10am.
In related news, Madonna was just down at Ultra Music Festival where she asked a giant crowd how many of them have "seen Molly". She has since denied it was a drug reference, though as Deadmau5 pointed out after hearing it, it obviously was (even if she didn't realize it). Watch in the first minute of the video, below...
Buzzov-en at Maryland Death Fest (more by BBG)
Posted to Facebook on Wednesday evening:
I am the singer and man who started buzzoven.I am in recovery from drug addiction and would love to share my journey with anyone who wants maybe to stop drinking or using drugs. This helps me!!The above comment was left by Kirk Fisher on the Buzzov-en Facebook along with another shared statement. The Buzzov-en frontman has battled addiction for sometime now, so glad to hear he's doing well and best of luck to him. Find him on Facebook...
Meanwhile, I'm waiting anxiously for new music when he's ready, and some of his bandmates are out on the road in Hail Hornet.
The Lemonheads played their first of two full-album shows at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (10/9), sort of. Eric wrote in:
"I just hope you make it known that they FAILED to deliver tonight...after waiting for way too long, they did not perform Its a Shame About Ray...they just FAILED...I have lived in NYC since early 2001 and have gone to MANY MANY shows...and I have never been so completely disappointed and never felt so totally ripped off. Evan seemed like he didnt even care that they didn't perform the album as marketed. I went down to the men's room halfway thru their set and everyone downstairs was like, "WTF are they doing...this is total BS..." It was such a let down...even the merch girl was sorry about them NOT PLAYING THE ALBUM AT ALL...they played more of come on feel the...I don't know...I feel like my time and money got totally wasted..and I loved this band and that album...WTF...BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. I hope I am not the only one who felt this. "He's not the only one who felt that. Benard Shakey tweeted that, "#Lemonheads show was total disaster. #EvanDando comes onstage rambling incoherently into mic & "attempts" 2 play. Walked out after 20 min." GiGi wrote "that was sad. like going to the zoo sad." That said, Shannon Lorraine tweeted that the "band finally joined evan. Most bizarre show ever. But still great." She also called "Bogus" on one person who wrote "This is your band. This is your band on drugs. Any questions? #lemonheads."
Missed out? They do it again tonight! (though it is currently sold out)
"Just hours before his band was to open for Soundgarden on Sunday, the bass player for Coheed and Cambria, the alternative rock band from Nyack, N.Y., was arrested on charges he robbed a pharmacy in Massachusetts to get prescription painkillers, the Associated Press reported.The band have found a new bassist which means the Jones Beach show on Saturday was Mike Todd's last.
The police said the bassist, Mike Todd, entered the Walgreens pharmacy in Attleboro, Mass., on Sunday afternoon and showed the pharmacists a note on his telephone claiming he had a bomb. Mr. Todd, who is 30, was said to have demanded six bottles of OxyContin and then caught a cab to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., where his band was to play the opening set before Soundgarden took the stage. He was arrested at the concert hall before the show and charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance, the police said. The band played without him." [NY Times]
Update: Pictures from the Jones Beach show (though none of Coheed), HERE.
Two New York men who got arrested here Friday never made it to Bonnaroo. That's because law officers allegedly found they were carrying over a pound of cocaine, 1,000 ecstasy pills, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.Bonnaroo happened this weekend. Pictures of Karen Elson from Day One are HERE, with the rest of Day one HERE. Pictures of Decemberists from Day Two HERE. Days 3 & 4 & stuff coming soon. The rest of Day Two below....
Alberto R. Almonte, 40, and Joseph Cruz, 29, both of the Bronx, N.Y., are charged with possession of drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Almonte is also charged with speeding.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it was around 2 p.m. Friday when Trooper Matilda Mahaney clocked a 2006 Chevrolet Impala doing 83 in a 55 mile-per-hour zone on Highway 111 in Putnam County.
The trooper stopped the car "and discovered that the two occupants were enroute to Bonnaroo in Manchester," says a news release from the THP. [Herald Citizen]
Coachella ferris wheel Friday night (more by David Andrako)
The LA Times reports...
"A young woman who attempted to jump out of a Coachella Ferris wheel gondola was saved from almost certain injury late Friday evening when a nearby companion grabbed her legs and held onto her until the gondola could be lowered, an Indio Fire Department spokesman has confirmed. A potentially major crisis was averted as the woman was unharmed....Video of what it's like to ride the ferris wheel in question can be watched below...
....Indio police were first to the scene, said Talbot, and the would-be jumper, "a young lady mentally altered on substances," said Talbot, was taken off-site for further care. It was unclear whether the jumper was saved by someone riding in the same gondola, or was caught by someone in the gondola below her. (Rumors of the latter version include someone in the second gondola yelling "I will catch you" before the attempted jump.)...
...The Ferris wheel is running Saturday afternoon, and the woman selling tickets, who identified herself as the owner, refused to speak to a reporter. "I haven't heard that and don't know anything about what you're talking about," she said. "No comment."...