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BTBAM comments on cancelled show

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 9:59 AM PT

As some of you may have heard, Between The Buried And Me, Glass Casket, and Beloved cancelled their show in Long Island last night. Not suprisingly, there is now a small controversy surrounding their reasons for the cancellation. Consequently, Between The Buried And Me have released a statement detailing their perspective:

"As most of you know by now, we regretfully had to cancel our show tonight in Long Island, NY. This decision was made as a result of a majority vote by all the members of this 3 band tour (over 20 people in all). How all of the disappointment and hateful comments got directed squarely and solely on us is beyond me. What I will say is this... we stayed in the venue parking lot in Syracuse, NY last night until about 2 am looking at maps, calling people we know in NYC and even calling several law enforcement agencies in order to get information regarding our scheduled trip to Long Island. After being told by virtually all of these sources that we were going to have problems crossing into Long Island regardless of what route we took, and that we may potentially have problems getting off the island after the show, depending on the status of the so called “escalated terror threat,” we made a judgement call. We did what we thought was the right thing to do at the time. For those of you questioning our passion as a band and our passion for hardcore I’ll say this... I’m 25 years old and I still live with my parents. I probably have less money in my bank account than most of you have in your wallets. We don’t do this for money and we don’t have rock star attitudes. We do this because we love playing music for people. Trust me, there is very little joy in living in a
passenger van 7 or 8 months out of year other than knowing that we get play our music in front of hundreds of kids every night. In the four years that we have been a touring band we have only cancelled 2 shows, one due to a blizzard in Wyoming and the other one being the show tonight. Some of you are probably basing your opinions of us on the post made by the Downtown on their website. Obviously, the venue has a personal agenda against us, since they made no bones about the fact that their interests in the show were strictly financial. We are aware that the venue lost money on this show and we apologized to them repeatedly for that. Apparently that wasn’t good enough so they’ve opted to slander us on the Internet. That’s cool I guess. We lost money too, and I’m almost willing to bet that the financial blow was far more damaging to us than to them, seeing as how we live on a day to day income. Again, we made a judgement call. We aren’t happy about not playing Long Island. We love playing there. I’ve been playing shows there for over 6 years now in several different bands and have always considered Long Island a second home. For those of you that care, we are already planning a rescheduled LI show for late October/early November that will cost very little, if anything at all, to get in. You will see detailed info on our website about this in the near future. Until then, please do not believe everything you read on other websites. Ninety percent of the time it’s bullshit. We were not “afraid” to come to Long Island or whatever the venue claims that we said. If you want the truth about our band, come to our site. If you have questions about why we did what we did, don’t hesitate to email us... we will be glad to tell you what’s up. Take care and we hope to see you all very soon. - Paul/BTBAM"

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