Former Lostprophets Member Speaks Out About Ian Watkins
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:12:00
Former Lostprophets bassist Stuart Richardson has revealed that he smashed a platinum plaque that commemorated his band's success in response to singer Ian Watkins' sickening child sex offenses.
The band split up last year and that perv Watkins is in jail, serving three decades for unspeakable crimes against kids.
Richardson and bandmate Lee Gaze have spoken out about Watkins after remaining largely silent.
Richardson believes their music has been permanently marred by Watkins' actions, and he recently vented his fury by smashing the platinum plaque he received for sales of their breakthrough third album Liberation Transmission.
"I don't know how his badness can't cancel out our music," the bassist told The Guardian. "We had platinum records in our houses, awards. I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they'll probably never come out again."
Gaze said he can never listen to their music either, saying, "I can't. It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
Gaze also spoke about an intervention staged in 2012, before the singer was arrested. "We had an intervention with him to get him off coke, and he denied he was doing it, and then a year later he was addicted to crystal meth. The gigs in 2012 were awful – on tour, he was barely functioning; he'd miss cues for songs and wasn't interacting with (the) audience. He really didn't spend much time with us. I'm quite a loner, anyway, and we weren't close... We were operating on a fractured basis, where we would only get together to do our job."
What do you think of Lostprophets music in light of Watkins' conviction and crimes?