- Posted on Mar 23rd 2011 8:58PM by Benjy Eisen
Daniel Boczarski, Redferns
The statement, which PunkNews posits as a resignation letter and which is signed by all four members of the band's current lineup (minus Weasel, of course), explains that "the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing." Furthermore, it states, "As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that, as a group, we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as 'Screeching Weasel' in the foreseeable future."
Prior to the resignation, Weasel apologized to his band -- as well as SXSW, a club owner and a fan -- for his actions at an official showcase on Friday, March 18. During that set, Weasel was said to badmouth SXSW before punching a female fan, in response to her allegedly throwing an ice cube at him. In the ensuing melee, Weasel then threw a punch at the venue owner -- also female -- who valiantly came onstage to diffuse the situation.
Ironically, SXSW seems to have halted any momentum that Screeching Weasel recently gained in their comeback push. Their brand new album, 'First World Manifesto,' was released during the same week as their SXSW showcase.