Rotting Christ vocalist/guitarist Sakis Tolis and drummer Themis Tolis were apparently arrested in the country of Georgia on April 12, due to suspicion of terrorism related to their band name, which led authorities to assume they were Satanists. Fortunately, the other two members were not arrested and were able to work with the local promoter to help free them.
The group’s label Season Of Mist posted the following:
“Rotting Christ have been arrested in the country of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band’s name!
Frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: “We arrived in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country.
Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be ‘confidential’. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.
Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.
Luckily, only the names ‘Tolis‘ were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released.
We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!”
ROTTING CHRIST were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.
ROTTING CHRIST live
21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
04 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
05 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
02 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
07 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 Cervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate Festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates”
According to CBS Los Angeles, American Head Charge’s Cameron Heacock was arrested on April 11 after he was pulled over in an allegedly stolen van full of stolen gear. After the arrest, authorities were led to a storage space where more stolen items were discovered. They included more than a dozen guitars, nine of which were taken from a Guitar Center in Fountain Valley, CA, and a motorcycle. Heacock remains in custody at Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, CA, and is expected to make his first court appearance today (April 13).
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,
UPDATE: Craig has now been released with the charges having been dropped.
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.
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.”
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)