The Ridglea Theater On Recent Security Controversy: “We Are Banning Terror, And Maybe All Hardcore”

As previously reported, Terror recently called out the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, TX after taking issue with a security guard for pushing crowd surfers and taking the microphone away from vocalist Scott Vogel during their May 5 show with The Black Dahlia Murder, Frozen Soul, etc. Now, the venue has fired back saying that they are planning to ban Terror and “maybe all hardcore.”

The Ridglea Theater told Lambgoat the following:

“Ridglea Theater complex has a zero tolerance for
Stage diving
Kicking, punching, windmilling

The people in the crowd were attempting to jump the barricades to get on the stage, only one ejection for kicking a minor in the front row.
Our security did a great job and exhibited a lot of restraint after being hit, punched by a very rowdy crowd.”

The venue’s own Gerald “Jerry” Shults also commented:

“We are banning terror, and maybe all hardcore. Don’t know of a venue in dfw that will allow stage diving, punching, kicking and crowd killing, all the while bitching about everything”

He continued:

“Terror worst excuse for a band I have seen in 20 years, lead singer sucks”

Shults also claims that viral footage from the show was taken out of context:

“(it was) in response to the lead singer saying we get everyone to rush the stage ( stage diving) so Brian said ‘I don’t think so’ lololol”

He also added:

“I clearly don’t want the hardcore scene, its a disaster. All metal is great, wish they didn’t mix the two genres together. No problems with black dahlia people, this insanity of people have a right to stage dive, kicking and punching, crowd killing is the problem.

I admit we could always do better, but in case terror decided they wanted to incite a riot maybe for publicity?

So it’s no problem:) terror is banned. Hardcore know our house rules, no stage diving, kicking, punching, crowd killing period. Knocked loose and others know this and don’t try to cause a riot like terror did. Doubt there is a venue in dfw that will take them.

Basically I didn’t know a hardcore band was on the bill when third string booked the theater, thought it was all death metal. Btw we just rent space and depend on the people booking to tell the bands and tour manager our policies. I told them right before the show and the tour manager dropped the ball

Basically mixing metal and hardcore on the same lineup just invites disaster. Metal wants to mosh, core wants to kick, punch, stage dive and crowd kill. They don’t mix

Mosh was awesome, crowd surfing cool, barricade’s jumping and attempted stage diving were the problem. , plus continued punching at security”

Third String Entertainment, the company who booked the show, have since responded:

“We will no longer be booking any shows at Ridglea Theater or Ridglea Room. I think the reasoning is obvious, we want nothing to do with their actions and views on the music we promote and the culture we love.

We were optimistic we would be heard and be able to turn things around from their past issues but last weekend was proof they are stuck in their ways and we want no part of that.”

Terror also added:

Notably, MyChildren MyBride also moved their June 6 show from the Ridglea Theater to The Rail Club. One of the opening acts, No Cure, said the following about that:

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