Phil Labonte calls widow of Oli Herbert a 'garbage human being'Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:58 PM PT / 9,547 views
All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte had some unflattering things to say about the widow of late guitarist Oli Herbert during a radio show appearance this week, ultimately calling her a "garbage human being." (The details surrounding Herbert's alleged drowning death have yet to be clarified, but the matter remains under investigation.) Speaking on "Rover's Morning Glory" radio show, Labonte was noncommittal regarding Herbert's manner of death: "I think when it comes to the circumstances surrounding Oli's death, the best thing for me to say is there's not a lot I can say 'cause there is an investigation ongoing'." Labonte was asked if Herbert had been heavy drinker, to which he responded: "No one in the band really does drugs. We've got some pot smokers and we've got some people that drink. He was never into drugs. He loved playing guitar. Our drummer is the big drinker in the band. Our drummer used to be, like, 'Oli, c'mon! Do shots.' And Oli would be, like, 'Shots are for adolescents'. He would have mixed drinks or whatever. He liked good beers, but he wasn't into the drinking and stuff. He would have some drinks, but I don't ever recall Oli... in 20 years, I think I saw him hung over two or three times. He just wasn't into it. It wasn't his deal. He loved playing guitar." Labonte added, "Oli Herbert did not do the types of drugs that you would assosiate with an overdose — period. I never saw him do any of the drugs that you would associate with someone that overdoses and dies." When the conversation turned to Oli Herbert's wife, Elizabeth, Labonte revealed that, "Beth was never allowed to be on tour" with the band. "She would come to the local shows, because we couldn't stop her from showing up," Labonte said. "Everyone else in the band... wives, girlfriends, whatever... they would come out on tour, stay for a couple of days, stay for a week. Everybody got along." As for why Elizabeth wasn't allowed on tour, Labonte explained, "we made the decision, and she wasn't allowed because she's a garbage human being." Labonte went on to say that he encouraged Oli Herbert to seek a divorce, but Herbert demurred. "I can't tell you exactly why he wouldn't do it or what the circumstances [were] surrounding his resistance," he said. "I don't know. But I can say that I personally talked to him multiple times and said, 'Look, if you need a place to stay, I've got plenty of room. Come to my house." Finally, Labonte was asked if he had an opinion on how Oli died. "I do have an opinion on it, but I'm not gonna say," Labonte offered. "There is an ongoing investigation by the Connecticut state police."
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