Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Released Following Scottsdale, AZ Arrest, Band Comments

As previously reported, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested for criminal damage and disorderly conduct during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. However, those charges have now been dropped, and Craig has been released.

The band commented:

“To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale, AZ.

As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.

Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.

We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.

We’ll see you again soon,



Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Arrested At Scottsdale, AZ Show

UPDATE: Craig has now been released with the charges having been dropped.

Original Story:

According to Lambgoat, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. The frontman was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. He will remain in custody until he is arraigned.

Geezer Butler Arrested After Bar Fight

Black Sabbath bassist, Geezer Butler was arrested after an apparent bar fight at the Corkscrew Saloon, on Furnace Creek Ranch, in Death Valley, CA. The 65-year-old was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. He has been released “after detox and citation.” His mugshot can be seen below courtesy of TMZ.


The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department issued the following press release:

“Shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation — resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler, a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, California, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.

Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.”

Scott Weiland Arrest Drama

TMZ reported that Scott Weiland (ex-Stone Temple Pilots, ex-Velvet Revolver) had been arrested for possessing Meth and trying to steal some razor blades. Later, Weiland posted a video, on his Facebook, from the studio saying that TMZ were lying and that they would be hearing from his lawyers. TMZ have since retracted their statements, saying that the person arrested wasn’t really Weiland.

Here is TMZ’s latest statement:

“L.A. County Sheriffs are now confirming the famous Scott Weiland is NOT in custody … and have launched an investigation to find out who exactly they have locked up.

This story is unbelievable — Sheriffs tell us they believe a Scott Weiland impersonator is currently behind bars … and claim he looks identical to the singer … including his trademark red hair.

We’re told once TMZ called cops after the real Scott posted online video calling BS on his arrest — they went and confronted the unknown man and established he was a knockoff.

The sheriffs — who are in charge of the jail — claim the Beverly Hills PD made the arrest and ID’d the guy as the former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland. Pseudo Scott was processed and has been in jail since July 26th.”

So there you have it, there has been a lot of drama, but Scott Weiland is a free man, and the imposter has been identified as 44 year old Jason Michael Hurley.

(Image from Wieland's Facebook)

(Image from Wieland’s Facebook)