Why do they need a benefit concert? Wasn’t the money just flowing in from around the world? Where’d all the loot go? Hate to seem so out of touch with the modern music scene, but has anyone ever heard of these clowns?
Titus Andronicus frontman, Patrick Stickles, has put together a last minute benefit show tonight at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium (20 Meadow Street, Brooklyn), which will benefit the National Lawyers Guild—those who are currently fighting for the rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters. The lineup features Ted Leo, the So So Glos, and of course Titus Andronicus.
In a post announcing the show, Stickles wrote: “BECAUSE we are now at war. BECAUSE our dear Mother Earth herself screams out for justice. BECAUSE our beautiful Declaration of Independence and our sacred Constitution have been dragged through the dirt by those sworn to protect them. BECAUSE we can no longer depend upon the authorities to defend our basic human rights. BECAUSE they worship a god of greed who feeds the rich while poor people starve…” and so on.
Good grief, dude, get a grip. You’re at war? None of those guys in the photo look like they could crack an egg, let alone fight a war.
But wait, there’s more.
This is what it’s come to:
BECAUSE the most devastating blow to the cause of freedom and liberty in New York City since September 11 has been dealt from within
This has got to be someone who’s dabbled a bit too much in psychedelics.
He also explains why they chose the smaller, DIY venue in Brooklyn, when the bill could fill a much larger space, saying:
Because real, sustainable change will only ever begin at home, amongst communities of people who know each other, who trust each other, and who love each other. I like the people who keep, say, the Music Hall of Williamsburg open for business—I like them very much – but I do not love them. They are friends, for sure, but real change must be made with family. Furthermore, a solitary evening at Shea Stadium demands administrative costs of zero dollars. If there was any other place in town that could maybe make a promise like that, that would be one thing, but I somehow guess that, because they are legitimate businesses (and I respect capitalism in the context of local business), there would have to be some kind of overhead. Because the times are so dire and the urgency of the situation so serious, to allow even one dollar to get mislaid is poison to our hearts.