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    Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:17:46

    Four Members of Screeching Weasel Quit After SxSW Incident - Only Ben Foster remains

    After Screeching Weasel singer Ben "Weasel" Foster struck two women at a SxSW concert after one of the women reportedly spit ice at him, the other four members of the punk group have announced up and quit.

    Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin, Justin Perkins and Drew Fredrichsen published a letter on PunkNews.org, which reads as follows:

    "The un-calculated act put forth by Ben Foster leading up to and including the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing. The sentiments and actions expressed were completely out of our control and in no way represent the band members' view points or moral compasses. 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 for-seeable future."

    Foster struck a venue patron, and then hit the venue's female owner as she tried to diffuse the situation. The singer was bitching and moaning about the music business nature of SxSW and called music journalistic "parasitic." Thanks, Ben!

    Foster also posted a bit of an apology after the incident, via his website: "I want to apologize to both the club owner and audience member involved for my actions during our show at SXSW on Friday night. While their actions were outside of my control, my regretful reaction is wholly my responsibility. Whatever my feelings are about fans crossing the line like that, I wish I could have that moment back and deal with it in the same spirit as I did the preceding 60 minutes. Since I can't, an apology is all I've got and I sincerely hope those people will accept it. Up front, I wish to say that I am sorry to the fan and any others who were involved. As a husband, father, and a musician on the public stage, I understand that it is my duty to always take responsibility for my actions in a socially acceptable way, and most especially in the face of confrontation."

    What do you think of Ben Weasel's actions?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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