As previously reported, some people tried to scapegoat The Acacia Strain after one of their hoodies was found on the body of the mass shooter in Dayton, OH. Frontman Vincent Bennett previously condemned the gunman’s actions on social media and has since commented further during the group’s August 4 show in Cudahy, WI.
Bennett told the crowd the following:
“Before we start, I want to kind of say something about the things that have been happening in the past couple of days. Kinda bullshit. Anybody that knows this band knows that we don’t condone anything even close to the things that have been happening in El Paso–the things that have been happening in Dayton.
It’s disgusting, it’s sad and all I do this for is so you have a safe place to be. So you can have a good fucking time, so you can get your energy out, so you can leave smiling.
All I ever wanted to do was make music. All I ever wanted to do was make people happy. So please, just have a good fucking time tonight. Throw everything else out the window. Smile. Make a new friend. Just have fun. Please.”