Bloodclot’s John Joseph has responded to the controversy surrounding a recent hardcore show at New York City’s Tompkins Square Park in which Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, Wisdom In Chains, and The Captures reportedly played to nearly 3,000 people amid the coronavirus pandemic. As previously reported, that event is currently under investigation by the New York City Department Of Parks and Recreation due to violations of COVID-19 safety protocols including an ignorance of capacity limits and a lack of social distancing and masks.
Joseph said the following:
“Of course the media tried to put the spin on the show. So people said “It wasn’t a protest – it was bands playing. Comparing that to BLM is insane.” So here is my rebuttal. When I initially approached Cuz to set up a show. This is exactly what was discussed. First and foremost people need some music – lets put a free show on for them. To enjoy getting back to the life we know
Then the conversation immediately went to taking a stand against all the bullshit. Draconian lockdowns, peoples small businesses being destroyed by politicians who don’t even follow their own guidelines. In fact they are total hypocrites. How many of our friends and family lost everything, committed suicide, relapsed into drugs and alcohol, OD and died.
This was a pushback against government over stepping their reach, telling people they cant gather in public, or a church, mosque, temple etc, while they did whatever they wanted. Now Cuomo passing a bill requiring a passport of your medical history to enter certain businesses. Which will become more of a thing – guaranteed.
And finally we have a Governor – caught several times not following his own damn guidelines and who killed over 10,000 seniors in nursing homes, while being a fucking pig to women around him, and a mayor who took in 800 million from tax payers for the homeless – him and his wife gave the $ to their friends charities (of course), and I’m told there’s an investigation into it – especially when the homeless situation is as bad as it was in the seventies and eighties.
So you may not have a dog in this fight – or care – or pay attention or have no problem with whats happening right now – but this is what was said on stage at the show. As musicians we did our job – we spoke up about it – we rallied, we protested, we gigged, unlike these other bands who sold out to the bullshit. Waiting for greedy politicians and corrupted industries and Government organizations bought and paid for to tell them what they can and can’t do.
It was about bringing people together – but of course the media did it’s job & put a spin on it to get clicks and divide people. All in all it was an amazing day – and those who didn’t want to come – didn’t. Those who did – did. Now Im deading this issue.”
Black N’ Blue Productions, who planned the concert, also responded to a report from pix11.com that claimed that the event was billed as a “September 11th memorial” and that it would include a “political rally with music and speakers”:
“I’m sure most people know the media lies almost all the time. But just for shits and giggles the permit says nothing about 911 Memorial on it!! I have the permit in my hand. Fucking asshats . Had look at it again to make sure but there’s nothing on it that says 911 Memorial . Get pix 11 to post it since people suck the dick of the media these days obviously. Permit that we received says nothing of any sort. Cmon you fools … you took that and Swallowed it pretty quick. Sadly not surprised. We see you”
Organizer Chris Flash also commented during an interview with Ev Grieve:
“Nowhere did it say anything about September 11. We did apply for a September 11 memorial event, but it was for September. Why would we apply for a September 11 memorial in April?”
He also added:
“We were given a 3-page list of things the Parks Department wanted us to comply with — we complied with all of the stipulations. We were required to provide gloves, masks, sanitizer and a clipboard if someone wanted to voluntarily provide contact tracing. We provided two tables with all the necessary supplies. We cannot enforce rules, we can’t — we’re not the police. Even the police said they can’t enforce.”
“We put down 100-plus. The application is put in 6 to 12 months ahead of time. At the time we filed, we didn’t know who was going to play. We have the total and utmost reverence for our beloved Tompkins Square Park. It is the last bastion against creeping gentrification. We fought for it: in the media, in the streets and in the courts. We will never trash the park, and we will do everything right and everything in compliance. We have a track record going back to 2006 — every show is without incident.”
[via The PRP]