Ongoing Gay Rights Issue Sparks Brawl Between Band And Security

Written by Mike Hohnen on 28th January, 2013

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The ongoing situation between a handful of bands and the renowned live music venue Rocketown in Nashville, TN has come to a head overnight, after performing band Volumes clashed with the venue’s security over the continuing issue of the venue’s stance against gay rights.

According to Volumes frontman Michael Barr, he was jumped by venue security during the performance, shortly after dedicating a song to a homosexual friend and highlighting the recent issues with the venue. According to a number of tweets, Barr emerged unhurt, but the damage is clearly done, with the backlash still continuing from fans and punters.

The original furore started after employee Wes Breedwell was fired from working at Rocketown for wearing a T-shirt from band Hostage Calm, which rocks the print ‘I Support Same-Sex Marriages’. The venue’s organisers are devout Christians and against equal-choice sentiment.

The ex-employee was friends with Hostage Calm, who heard about what happened and straightaway began slamming the venue and its owners. News spread like wildfire and resulted in bands scrapping their scheduled performances at the venue in protest, with many bands, including soon-to-be Soundwavers The Wonder Years, vowed never to play the venue again.

Also included in the long list of artists to scrutinise the venue are Into It. Over It., Issues, Make Do And Mend, Transit and The Story So Far, all of whom have posted statements with AP.

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