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- Posted on Feb 10th 2011 10:35PM by Benjy Eisen
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But some fans didn't see it that way -- using the comment forum on his official website, a handful of them accused Rock of being greedy, going on with the show for simple monetary gain while willingly letting his fans risk their lives in getting to and from the venue. Other fans complained that even if they wanted to, the weather just prevented them from being able to make it to the concert. Some major roadways were closed and, indeed, there were several fatal crashes in the area earlier that day.
Never one to be silenced by criticism, before taking the stage, Rock took to his official website to lay it down: "It's this simple -- if you bought tickets to tonight's show and can't make it, YOU WILL BE GETTING A REFUND, STRAIGHT OUT OF MY POCKET," wrote Rock. "I've never ripped any of my fans off, EVER!!! I have also NEVER missed a show."
Rock went on to explain that he was well aware that people had to drive in white-knuckle conditions, some all the way from neighboring states, putting their lives in danger -- "the same as me and my band have the WHOLE TOUR." He also expressed an understanding that others simply couldn't make it or wouldn't take the risk. Hence, the unusually generous offer for a refund.
BUT... "You so-called fans on my website bitching and moaning and saying I'm greedy can GO F--- YOURSELVES, plain and simple," he writes. "Throw out my CDs and lose my number. I don't want drama kings and queens like y'all anywhere around myself, band, crew, family or my fans."
An update on his website on Thursday, the day-after, included a photograph of one of Rock's tour trucks jackknifed on the side of the road. "Glad our driver Timmy is OK," writes Rock. "Trust me when I say we understand people's frustrations with travel to see the shows; we are dealing with it too..." He then assured fans that, indeed, tonight's show will go on. As always.