As you’re no doubt aware (because the story damn near broke the punk rock internet earlier this evening), there was an incident at last night’s Street Dogs show at Anaheim’s House Of Blues. Long story short, a few neo-Nazi showgoers decided to disrupt the evening’s events. As you’d imagine, they were met with fierce resistance from not only the crowd but the band itself, as guitarist Lenny Lashley jumped boot-first into the crowd to help clear out the aforementioned idiots, and took a chair to the eyebrow in the process.
While messages from the band have circulated on their individual social media pages over the course of the day, the band’s frontman, Mike McColgan, issued a statement through the Street Dogs’ Facebook page to discuss the incident. Here it is in its entirety:
At this time I would like to officially address what happened in Anaheim. Last night at our show in Anaheim at the House Of Blues while we were playing our song Final Transmission for a dear departed fan and friend of ours USMC Jordan Stanton when we noticed a group of Neo nazis rough housing and intimidating our fans and throwing up sieg heil salutes in the air. Their very presence, their hateful,bigoted and ignorant ideology is odious to us and completely unacceptable. We with fans, friends and the assistance of security removed them from the crowd and in the process of mitigating them out some of us sustained superficial injuries. We can attribute those injuries only being superficial in nature to the House Of Blues and their exceptional staff, our fans and our friends. After they were removed we continued with our show and finished the show without incident. In closing we submit this no neo nazis are allowed at our shows. We have always believed in equality and that all people are created equal. We will not suffer or tolerate bigotry in any manifestation. PERIOD!!!!
The story we posted earlier had a video from the crowd, though it was pretty dark and you can’t see much ’til the aftermath. A second video shot and uploaded by Michael Coughlin is available below, though it seems to be shot from just a hair too far away. We can confirm that Lenny was bloodied (and finished the set in Gwar-esque fashion), but has been stitched up and is otherwise no worse for the wear. It’s been said before, but it no doubt warrants repeating; good on ya, fellas!
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