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What’s the price of freedom? For As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, it’s $160,000. According to court documents, that’s what he paid to be released from the Vista Detention Facility in Vista, CA last week after posting bail. While his bail had been set at $2 million, he was unable to afford that, so he turned to All-Pro Bail Bonds, who fronted the money.
Lambgoat explains the way the bail works: Bail agents usually accept 10% of the bail amount in return for guaranteeing that the person arrested will show up at all hearings. If the person doesn’t show up, then the bail company pays the full amount to the court. Apparently, Lambesis was given a 20% discount, which resulted in an 8% fee, or $160,000. Lambesis will not get that money back under any circumstances, so even if he’s found innocent, he’s out a ton of dough.
While fans had a blast this past weekend at the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis, TN, the night didn’t end too well for Vektor’s David DiSanto. The singer was reportedly detained and charged with disorderly conduct after splashing a beer on an alleged Christian protestor at the event.
Municipal Waste was actually among the first to reveal the news, posting the picture above of DiSanto getting arrested on Facebook along with the tag “This is Dave from Vektor. He got locked up for throwing a beer on a christian protester at our gig last night. If you see this man buy him a beer. He seems to have lost one.” A few hours later, Vektor released the following statement about the arrest:
“Alright alright alright. As many of you know it was an intriguing evening in Memphis after the show itself (which did rule, thanks to you all, by the way). We’d like to clarify a bit though, the blurb going around is sounding a bit misleading. 1. ‘Threw a beer’ does not mean ‘chucked a glass bottle,’ or even a can/cup. (allegedly) beer was splashed out of a plastic cup, no violence. 2. He’s not locked away or anything, only a misdemeanor… We are getting a well needed chuckle from all the FREE DAVE/FREE VEKTOR stuff though. Even though you guys have put a somewhat positive spin on it, it was a stressful ordeal for everyone involved last night, and all before an early morning flight. He is safe and sound though.
We are still missing details, as none of the 3 of us actually saw what happened and haven’t been able to communicate with him whatsoever since. Thanks for your amusing support, nothing remotely like this has ever happened to him (or us) so we’re kind of dizzy. Pretty absurd, but not the end of the world or anything. We probably shouldn’t say much more yet, and we have yet to see if or how this will affect things. It is unfortunate, but what’s done is done and hopefully the consequences are as mild as the (alleged) act.
Vektor (minus David, but only briefly)”
DiSanto’s mugshot has also made its way online, while another photo of the arrest itself was also posted by Vektor’s label Earache. Metal Insider contributor Nathan Katsiaficis was at the fest, and explains that there was a heavy police presence on Beale Street, which might have made it easier for him to be caught. “The venue that Vektor played, the New Daisy Theater, is just one or two buildings down the street from a police station, with heavy police presence all along the street, including just outside the venues,” he says. “The street was blocked off in the evening and age-restricted because visitors are permitted to purchase and walk around with alcohol in the area.”
While getting arrested is probably something he’ll never want to experience again, at least now DiSanto will get a crap load of free drinks from fans on the road for the incident.
The saga of former White Zombie/Last Crack drummer Phil Buerstatte might have drawn to a close last week with his unfortunate death. However, the death of Buerstatte, who played in the band from 1992-1994, has brought a strange coda, as a man that had been impersonating him to get free stays in rehab has been arrested and is going to jail. Loren Breckenridge had booked himself into two different rehabs under the name Phil Buerstatte, passing checks for $75,000 that were later determined to have insufficient funds.
After those incidents, which took place last August, Breckenridge missed several court appearances, leading a Marin County CA judge to issue a warrant for his arrest, the Marin Independent Journal says. He was arrested in December in San Clemente at another rehab facility after trying to pass himself off as actor Loren Jovicic. Breckenridge was sentenced to three years and four months, but he’ll only be in jail for 16 months, with the rest being served as “mandatory supervision” by the probation department. From the look of the above picture, which shows Breckenridge and Buerstatte from left, Breckenridge looks a lot more like Rob Halford than anyone else he’s trying to impersonate.
[via Metal Sucks]
A preliminary hearing has been set for July 10th for As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, who pled not guilty to one count of solicitation of murder at his arraignment earlier today in a San Diego courtroom. Lambesis is being held on $3 million bail for allegedly plotting to hire a hit man to kill his wife, Meggan. According to UTsandiego.com, the prosecutor had wanted him held on $20 million bail, stating that he is a flight risk and danger to the public. KFMB/SanDiego reporter Angie Lee live-tweeted the arraignment, which was packed with fans, his family and the band themselves, who were there in support of him.
We’ve learned a little more about how everything happened, according to the prosecutor. According to him, Lambesis gave the undercover agent $1,000 cash, pictures of Meggan, their gate code and the dates to kill her, telling the agent he wanted her “gone.” He also told the agent to kill her when he was with his kids so he had an alibi. Apparently, there’s an audio recording of this. Lambesis’ attorney. Los Angeles attorney Anthony Salerno, denied anything happened, stating that the singer didn’t intend to harm anyone and calling what’s happened a “scum bag snitch set up.” Salerno claims that bail is being worked on, so Lambesis might be free until July.
UPDATE: Video of Tim Lambesis’ arraignment, including prosecutor Claudia Grasso detailing the accusations against the singer, has been posted by an NBC affiliate in San Diego and can be seen below. Read more »
As Tim Lambesis prepares for his arraignment later today for plotting to hire a hitman to murder his wife, the San Diego Union Tribune has uncovered court papers from his wife Meggan when she’d filed for divorce in September 2012. Citing “irreconcilable differences,” she claimed that she’d seen changes in his behavior that concerned her regarding the ability to care for their children. The pair had three children, all Ethiopian, that they’d adopted in 2009 and 2011.
“Specifically,” Meggan Lambesis wrote, “he has become obsessed with bodybuilding and spends a great deal of time lifting weights, hanging out in the gym, and being unavailable to the children.
She said her husband had fallen asleep while supervising the children at the beach or near the pool, and would ignore them while texting or talking on the phone.
Further, she said that Lambesis was away on concert tours about six months a year, had twice visited his then-girlfriend in Florida, and was staying at his parents’ Del Mar Country Club home. She said he spent thousands of dollars on tattoos for himself last year and purchased high-end vehicles.
Meggan Lambesis had been a private school teacher, but quit to be a stay-at home mother. In the proceedings, she’d submitted their 2010 tax return showing they’d made $233,000 in gross income. That’s probably taking her salary into account, but that’s still a relatively comfortable living. More recently, Lambesis launched an indiegogo campaign for a third Austrian Death Machine album. The campaign had a goal of $63,000, but made $78,170. That’s a lot of money, especially considering that Lambesis has his own studio. Wonder how those three people that paid $500 to have Tim be their personal trainer for a month feel?
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of Tim Lambesis apologists, and while he hasn’t been formally charged yet, many are taking to Twitter to say essentially that Meggan Lambesis deserved to die because she’s a bitch. Tumblr account Public Shaming has compiled the tweets of some truly ignorant dickbags (and yes, dickbags, they’re almost all male) condemning Meggan. The “Free Tim Lambesis” movement probably isn’t going to go far, and if these tweeters are trying to be funny, they’ve failed miserably.
Is this Metal Insider or a police blotter?! Turns out Tim Lambesis isn’t the only metal musician currently being held in prison. Allen West, who logged time in Six Feet Under, Massacre and Lowbrow, but is best known for spending almost 20 years in Obituary, is currently being held for operating a meth lab. This actually happened over a month ago, but news is just coming out now. The best/worst thing about it? West called the police on himself.
On Monday, March 25, West called the police stating that two men kicked in his front door, and he ran out the back door into the woods. That’s where police met him and asked if they could search his house for the subjects. Once inside, they smelled an acidic odor coming from the master bedroom. Upon entering, they found soda bottles with tubing protruding from them, which meant either that West found a new and exciting way to drink soda, or that he was manufacturing meth. They then found more evidence:
Allen West was called back into the residence. As one of the Deputies began to question West another Deputy discovered some of the above items had been removed and placed in an “Igloo” cooler. West advised the Deputies that he hid the items in the cooler to avoid getting in trouble. He advised the items were not his stating “They were cooking it” without giving any other details. Allen West did confess that he had manufactured and smoked methamphetamine in his home as recently as two weeks ago.
Cops found more items used in the manufacturing of meth, dismantled the lab, and arrested West. According to Lambgoat, the 45 year-old West is currently being held at the Sumter County Jail in Bushnell FL. Allen hadn’t played with Obituary since 2006. This isn’t his first time in jail – he’d been incarcerated for nearly a year starting in 2007 for getting arrested after his fifth DUI. Far be it from us to kick a man while he’s down, but doesn’t he look a little like this jailbird?
via Lambgoat by way of The Village Sun Times]
Wow, they don’t fuck around in Philly. Yesterday, Reign Supreme guitarist Dave Heck was hanging out in his backyard when someone stabbed him. Unfazed by the incident, he got stitches and was still able to play their show last night in Phoenixville PA. When asked by Lambgoat for more clarification, the band issued the following statement.
“Dave walked out of his house into his back yard. Some dude, we don’t really know who, jumped him. Dave thought it was a friend, joking, then realized it was actually an assailant. Guy pulls out a knife. Dave goes, “What the fuck are you going to do with that?”. Guy stabs Dave in stomach. Dave goes to hospital, gets some stitches. He’s totally ok, thank god. Nothing serious, injury-wise, just a flesh wound. Now, hopefully kids who are into pretending they are from the streets will give our stupid fucking band a listen. Thanks.”
A statement on the band’s Facebook page stated “Yes, Dave got stabbed last night, got stitched up, and we played anyway. He is fine, and we are not cancelling any shows.” That’s a pretty insane chain of events. I’m not sure how someone could randomly get stabbed by someone they didn’t know while in their back yard. Seems a little suspect, but hey, it’s hard to think of anything more hardcore than getting stabbed and still playing a show.
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, currently sitting in jail as he awaits his trial on his plans to rape a child. will be sitting there even longer. London newspaper Mirror reports that Watkins’ bail has been denied, and he’s to remain in custody until his plea hearing later this month.
The singer was arrested last month along with two women, 20 and 24, on conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13. He was initially remanded in custody until March, but it looks like his attorney tried some legal wrangling. Thankfully that didn’t work out. He appeared at the Cardiff crown court via a video link from prison, a place he’ll probably need to get used to.
A long time ago, a charismatic cult leader named Charles Manson convinced several of his followers to murder some people. A little bit more recently, a charismatic musician named Marilyn Manson convinced goth and metal kids that they could co-exist, if only for a brief moment in time. The younger Manson took the latter half of his name from the elder one, who has spent the last 42 years in prison. Somehow, word of Marilyn Manson’s music, or at least his cult of celebrity, must have made its way to Charles Manson, as a handwritten letter from Charles to Marilyn has leaked to a (Charles) Manson fan site. It’s rambling and doesn’t make much sense, but then again, the guy’s batshit crazy.
It’s taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson. Now I got a card to play – you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got coming – the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I’m SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got. It’s a far out balance. Beyond good and bad, right, wrong. What you don’t do is what I will do – what you did a sing-along, and let it roll and said how you saved me a lot of steps – I don’t need, it’s not a need or a want. Couped – coup. Ghost dancers slay together and you’re just in my grave Sunstroker Corona-coronas-coronae – you seen me from under with it all standing on me. That’s 2 dump trucks – doing the same as CMF 000007
The postcard was allegedly sent last month. There’s no word on whether or not it actually made it to Marilyn Manson, but he’ll definitely see it now.
He may be best known for playing bass on “Holy Diver,” but now he has many saying “holy crap.” According to TMZ, former Dio and Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain was arrested Tuesday night (August 28) for DUI and illegally possessing prescription meds.
Bain was reportedly in a minor car accident in Burbank, CA around 9:30 that night. Not only had Bain failed a field sobriety test, but police on the scene found Vicodin pills that were not prescribed to him. And as it turned out, the bassist already had an outstanding drug warrant on him. After getting arrested and booked for misdemeanor DUI and felony possession of prescription medication, Bain was released on a $60,000 bail. According to The Burbank Leader, Bain is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom on Sept. 19.
As we mentioned before, Bain is best known for his time in Dio (having played in the group from 1982-1989 and again from 1999-2004). In fact, Bain has most recently been jamming with some of his former Dio bandmates on a new “tribute” project. How or if his recent DUI will affect those plans has yet to be seen.
[via TMZ by way of Loudwire and Blabbermouth]