Alex McCormick, a 23-year-old hardcore fan from Colorado in the United States, has released a statement via his personal Facebook page, in which he insists that a balcony jump that injured three people at a Bring Me The Horizon concert is merely part of “hardcore and punk culture.”
McCormick attended the BMTH show in Denver on 13th February in order to see the opening act, post-hardcore outfit Letlive. The night ended with McCormick being tracked down by police and charged with three counts of third degree assault and subsequently spending a week in jail.
“Not that being in jail is cool or anything but its [sic] definitely hilarious, to me, to see how people twist things,” opens McCormick. “Its a hardcore/punk culture atmosphere. If you didnt [sic] come to the show to get wild and have a good time then why would you even show up? Stay home, n–ga.”
According to Kill Your Stereo, McCormick’s stunt resulted in two fans suffering head and neck trauma, with minor injuries sustained by a third. However, McCormick insists the assault charges were “bogus” and that the three victims were released from hospital with “no injuries.”
“People are moshing;punching each other in the face, kicking each other. People crowd surfing on people i.e. Far more wreckless behavior than my incident; ‘i jump. You catch me,'” he writes, adding that he doesn’t regret the incident and will remember the events of the night “for as long as i live.”
“Welcome to genuine hardcore and punk culture, colorado!” he concludes. After the statement was picked up by hardcore and metal blog Lambgoat, McCormick delivered another missive in which he insists that he is being “slandered” and “taken out of context” for having more fun than others.
Australian band Thy Art Is Murder recently came under fire for an incident in which they encouraged fans to rush the stage during the inaugural leg of Soundwave 2014. But according to Triple J‘s Lochlan Watt, the incident was standard metal show fare “blown out of proportion.”
Bring Me The Horizon Balcony Jumper Facebook Statement
Not that being in jail is cool or anything but its definitely hilarious, to me, to see how people twist things. Its a hardcore/punk culture atmosphere. If you didnt come to the show to get wild and have a good time then why would you even show up? Stay home, n–ga. People are moshing;punching each other in the face, kicking each other. People crowd surfing on people i.e. Far more wreckless behavior than my incident; “i jump. You catch me”. Lol cant believe I spent a week in jail for this bogusness considering the “victims” were released from the hospital with no injuries according to a DT. Pff what ever dude. I gotta mic handed to me and got to help close out a set to one of my favorite bands (letlive) i got to jump off a 20ft balcony and be caught by numerous, eager, fellow funtime havers. I dont regret it. Ill remember that day for as long as i live. Welcome to genuine hardcore and punk culture, colorado! #508
Bring Me The Horizon Balcony Jumper Response
How to get slandered, taken out of context and harassed: Go to see letlive. have more fun then most people just standing around, not reacting to the band they came to see. lol.