Nachdem Trapt-Sänger Chris Brown in den vergangenen Wochen Twitter mit seinen geistigen Ergüssen vollgemüllt hatte und sich mit einigen Bands anlegte, meldet sich nun auch Danny Diablo aka Lord Ezec zu Wort. So forderte der von Bands wie Skarhead, Crown Of Thronz, Icepick oder auch seinen Soloprojekten bekannte Künstler Brown über Twitter zu einem Charity-Boxkampf heraus.
Bereits zuvor reagierte unter anderem auch Power Trip-Frontmann Riley Gale auf die Postings von Brown. Riley schlug vor, dass Power Trip und Trapt beide am gleichen Tag in ihrer Heimatstadt in Los Gatos, Kalifornien eine Show spielen, um zu sehen, wer die meisten Besucher ziehen kann. Der Verlierer der Challenge erkläre sich dann bereit, die aus der Show erzielten Erlöse an eine Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, die der Gewinner auswählen darf, zu spenden. Gale dazu:
„I felt the need to step in and say you’re an idio. I was bored cause of the quarantine, otherwise I would have never engaged. But I saw this guy saying all this hateful stuff. When I grew up, I was in an all-male high school and when someone was being bullied, there was always a group of people to step in and defend them and I was one of those people. I saw this dude putting people down for being poor [or] promoting socialism, calling people ugly, saying anti-Semitic stuff, and now he’s climbed the ladder, saying [Trapt are] more successful than Body Count.“
Der Power Trip-Frontmann weiter:
„He’s clearly trolling cause he’s irrelevant. A ton of people haven’t even heard about the band until this beef popped off. What’s funny is he talked about his one hit and people under 25 don’t know his band and some people I know over 30 don’t. He’s trying to use this as a way to get supporters, say his band is relevant and get new supporters out of sheer curiosity, which is probably working cause some people are streaming his band like, ‚Who the fuck is this guy?‘ I have a feeling this guy is just broke cause he’s spent his days attacking everybody, strangers, celebrities for no rhyme or reason and looking for a reward for having blind loyalty to Trump.“
Nach einiger Zeit mischte sich dann Danny Diablo ein, um seine Freunde, wie Body Count oder Power Trip, gegen die Aussagen von Brown zu verteidigen. Danny schickte anschließend den ein oder anderen Konter zurück, wie zum Beispiel „you are a massive loser who contributes nothing to this country! Get the fuck out… you damn freeloading POS“.
Diablo beim Revolver Magazin zum Online-Beef:
„I’m not really into politics, even though I’m from the hardcore scene, which I know those guys were fighting about. Power Trip is a great band. Riley is a sweet dude. Then I saw the same dude was fucking with Ice-T, blatantly disrespecting him. How do you talk to Ice-T like that? I’m very influenced by him, how we came up, his music, how we changed his life, so I chimed in and he talked some shit. In my world, no one speaks to me this way.“
„I’m stuck in this house, I’m thinking about smashing this guy’s face. Me and Ice-T were texting about it and how we don’t know this guy, laughing about it. He did have one hit, he did have fans at one point, but it was when record labels were still able to pump lots of money into the band, the radio stations, etc. But the sad thing is not a single fan has written me to defend this dude.“
Burn– und Absolution-Gitarrist Gavin Van Vlack, der auch ein Muay Thai- und Jiu-Jitsu-Lehrer ist und ein eigenes Studio in Brooklyn hat, meldete sich dann auch zu Wort, um Partei für seinen Kumpel Danny zu ergreifen und kam mit den Vorschlag, den Online-Beef in seinem Studio in Brooklyn in einem Charity-Box-Kampf auszutragen.
Van Vlack bei unseren Kollegen von Revolver:
„There’s shit talk and there’s shit talk — I’m a firm believer that you don’t ever let a good crisis go to waste. What we have is a stalemate, a war of texts. It makes two people look like how we talk in the fight game, ‚arm-chair champions.‘ Guys saying, ‚I would’ve done this … I would’ve done that.‘ In my opinion, I saw this and here’s two guys with an extremely high amount of star power, how we do make something good out of this, like, how John Oliver, who is donating proceeds from fights to food banks. Violence by any means is not a great thing, but you have two consenting male adults. The ’shit talk,‘ back and forth is turning into ‚mom jokes.‘ In my opinion, the scene that I come from is ’stand up or shut up.‘ What we need is action. Let’s give you a venue to express this. Let’s put it in front of people. How can we raise charity for something worthwhile, whether it’s to stop domestic abuse, benefit first responders in the medical field, we can get something good out of this.“
Van Vlack erklärte weiterhin, dass er mit den Vertretern der Friday Night Fights in New York gesprochen habe, die Interesse an der Ausrichtung des möglichen Kampfes hätten. Diablo sagte dem Vorschlag von Gavin, wie zu erwarten, direkt zu:
„Fighting is second nature to me my entire life. I’ve boxed. Everyone knows my reputation in the streets. All you have to say my name and people know what I can do, in and out of the ring. But look, I would never want to hurt this guy for real. Look, I would train with Gavin, and Craig Setari from Sick of it All, and fight for charity, donate money towards the children’s tumor foundation. Diablo loves the kids. I want to help the kids. Most people talk, I’ve challenged people to fights and most people haven’t showed up. If he shows up and accepts, I’d shake his hand and be cool, mad respect.“
Auch Riley Gale findet die Idee eines Boxkampfes super und kündigte bereits an, dass er mit Power Trip dabei wäre, um dort im Rahmen des Events aufzutreten. So Gale:
„I love the idea of a charity fight,“ he enthuses. „If they can sell tickets and do it, Power Trip will play the damn thing. It’s time for this guy to stop talking numbers and say either I have money or I’m full of shit. Put your money where your mouth is. The loser should take their money and donate it to a charity. I think that guy is full of shit, though. Every time someone puts hard reality in his face, he turns his attention to something else. He won’t directly tag me anymore because he knows I’ll call him on his bullshit …
He only wants to with me cause I’m a little guy. Anyone I’ve fought is bigger than me. I’m not scared of this guy whatsoever. You’re afraid to fight two middle aged men and you want to fight me? I’m not going to step in a charity boxing ring. We’ll step into an alley and do it the old way. I grew up learning from guys like Danny and Ice-T. If this person doesn’t shut the fuck up and violence is what you want, violence is what you’ll get, but you won’t set the rules or circumstances. It will happen the way I feel like it. He bit off more than he could chew with us. Leave it to Danny, who would love to kick the shit out of this guy.“