This weekend was full of Halloween revelry at the annual Voodoo Experience festival down in New Orleans, which I can’t wait to hear more about once our very own LMB NOLA crew gets their act together and gets some posts published from the weekend. I did get a few texts here and there saying “eclectic…you should definitely come next year” but I haven’t gotten the full lowdown yet.
Our very own Julia Pretus just hyped me to this, though; it appears that the dudes in ODD FUTURE weren’t having all of this “media” access on their set so they decided to rough up the photographers in the media pit during their set. They made this clear from the get-go…
Vyron Turner, aka “Left Brain,” got physical with the less than two-dozen photographers in the pit area. He slung water at them, and then pushed and kicked cameras. The truly shocking moment was when he slapped freelance professional photographer Amy Harris across her face, knocking her camera to the ground.
Hey “Left Brain,” let’s be entirely clear about this — you guys allowed photographers into the media pit which is a decision left up to the band’s discretion, but because you guys didn’t like it and thought you’d win a few brownie points with the crowd, you got all hands and elbows and feet with a bunch of my friends. And all kidding aside on that headline, but what the hell were you thinking when you physically assaulted an audience member while standing around a bunch of dudes in cameras?
Part of me says that I would have never allowed him within inches of my rig without absolutely taking him down with my sheer 100 pounds on him or so, but the reality of the situation was likely that the band was full of a serious dose of adrenaline and bad energy and they chose to project that outwards.
But then the other part of me says that there’s no doubt these dudes are a bunch of f***ing idiots. Look at this nonsense:
The photographer, Amy Harris, will hopefully get some positive attention out of something that was quite a fluke and nothing any fellow photographer would wish on their photo pit mate. And kudos to Amy for slapping right back at ODD FUTURE where it hurts; she still got a photo of the bastard.
Here’s hoping they find themselves a way back into obscurity really quick…
UPDATE: the band is denying that anyone was “slapped” so despite my funny headline, maybe it’s just he-said/she-said. Who cares? Yep, back to your regularly scheduled programming.