So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about what happened at Rock Fest with Ronnie Radke. A lot of things have been said, and I’m not here to beat a dead horse. I just wanted to tackle a claim he made about the festival that I have to bust here and now. It’s about a tweet he made in regards to the festival referring to how he was treated backstage. Tweet below.
As you can see in the tweet, he claims to have been served raw chicken and made to use “porter potties” that he had to share with the crowd. This is the claim I’m here to dispute as a long time Rock Fest patron who attends as a Corporate VIP.
First off, where the bands reside is backstage, in an area closed off to the public. I can’t even get back there, and again, I’m Corporate VIP. The highest level of access someone can have as merely a spectator. So the claim that he was made to share porta potties with the public is false. No public is allowed back there.
Now, I don’t know what the situation looks like in the area strictly for the bands. Again, I’m not allowed back there. But I can tell you that bands have full access to the entire backstage area, including Corporate VIP where I am. And that area is quite nice, especially since being redone a couple years back. It’s got A/C, an open bar, plenty of good food, and private bathrooms. These are no porta potties. It’s a private bathroom area complete with shower stalls. I know, because I always take a mid-day shower to hose off and refresh for the night at the show. It’s one of the best parts of my day.
Even assuming (as illogical as it would be) that the band area isn’t that good, they still have access to join us in Corporate VIP and hang out with the very people he claims are giving him scraps. I’ve had lunch and dinner with many a band in my time. It’s where some of my best conversations have happened. (Avatar is a particularly cool group of dudes.)
As for the raw chicken? I can say I’ve never been served under-cooked food at Rock Fest, but things can happen. I’ve worked in the food industry long enough to know that mishaps can occur. Nobody’s perfect, certainly not myself. But knowing that he’s lied about everything else in this tweet gives me no reason to believe him here either.
Don’t like the crowd? Fine. Every show can’t be a winner. But don’t lie about the venue and tell them you were mistreated when you weren’t.
So if you are a fan wondering if the bands coming to Rock Fest are facing any kind of mistreatment. I can assure you that they aren’t. This is just a Prima Donna doing Prima Donna stuff.
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