No, The Dickies were not kicked off Warped Tour for front man’s verbally abusive rant

Controversy in Punk Land, everybody! LA punk legends The Dickies were the center of quite the publicity shit storm after a video of front man Leonard Graves verbally eviscerating a crowd member during a set on the Vans Warped Tour made its way around the interwebs last week. Said attendee was apparently protesting the band’s raunchy stage antics and Graves undoubtedly went too far in his own retaliation but rumors that the incident got The Dickies kicked off the tour have turned out to be false per a statement from Warped Tour head honcho Kevin Lyman.

Check out Lyman’s full statement below and read Grave’s semi-apologetic one here.

Kevin Lyman Statement:

“Dear Music Community,

I thought it was time to put the facts out since I have watched false information floating around. A video has been circulating of a confrontation between Leonard from the Dickies and a Fan.

Fact- it was not a Fan, but a member of the touring party.

The member of the touring party was standing next to the PA with a sign protesting some of the things they found offensive about the bands jokes, and props on stage. During one of the last songs they went towards the barricade and directed the sign at the band.

After a verbal barrage from Leonard, the member of the touring party threw the sign at Leonard, and left the area. I do not condone verbal or physical violence, whatsoever.

The Dickies, last day of the tour was that Sunday, which had always been scheduled.

These are the facts of what took place and this is why I ask anyone who has an issue with anyone else on tour, to come sit under my tent with me and express their views diplomatically. On this years tour we have many people who may not agree with each other, but as humans we should be able to express our points of view in a civil manner.

If we have any hope to progress as a society, communication will be key in moving forward.

Regards,
Kevin Lyman”


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