NEWS: The Word Alive tour manager allegedly jumped by local band in Pensacola, Florida!


Whilst at their recent Pensacola, Flordia date during their current headline tour across the UK to promote their new record, ‘Dark Matter’, metalcore troupe The Word Alive‘s tour manager was allegedly jumped and attacked by a local support band, Rainey’s Revenge, reportedly due to a conflict surrounding set times that evening. Though an official statement as such has not been issued by The Word Alive, the venue, or any of the tour support acts, a series of tweets have highlighted the situation.

You can read a series of tweets posted by The Word Alive frontman Telle Smith below:

Along with the above, Ryan Joseph Kirby, vocalist for fellow tour support act Fit For A King, also made the following tweets about the situation:

Initially, Rainey’s Revenge, the local support act accused of committing the assault against The Word Alive‘s tour manager, posted two statements via their Facebook page regarding the situation, which have since been deleted and removed.

However, a new post has now been made by the band, explaining the removal of said statements along with their side of the events that took place below:

“Ok, clearly the time has come to comment on this situation that took place with us last night with The Word Alive’s tour manager. FIRST, we would like to extend our gratitude to all our friends that have had our back and stuck up for us through out all this. As I’m sure you all can imagine, it’s been a very interesting day to be in this band. So we shall start with the removal of our previous two posts made on the subject. We were asked to by some of the venues employees in light of how the situation was playing out at the time. We did so out of respect for them because the biggest shame in all of this is how sadly Vinyl’s name is getting dragged through all this. So moving to the fight that took place. Let’s get one thing straight The Word Alive’s tour manager was not jumped by any of us in the band. That was what some of the bands that performed last night just decided to say. I’m pretty certain if we straight up jumped a person especially in his line of work we would have been arrested, which did not happen. In fact ZERO legal actions were taken.

We have played numerous shows over the last 5 years and have NEVER had anything close to something like this happen. With that being said I’ll post a statement from our drummer seeing as I personally wasn’t around for this “fight”.

“Before the member of the band could tell us what he said, he threatened to shut the PA off. We played one more song and quickly got off stage. We were all very irritated about the situation but I for one understand that that’s how these things go. However, I don’t think he needed to be so condescending and unpleasant with his delivery. While we were getting our stuff off the stage as quickly as possible, I heard the tour manager say these exact words: “just shut up and get the fuck off the stage.” By that time, I knew about the time issue. Even after he said that, I still looked at him and got his attention and said, “I am sorry.”

We took our equipment outside and put it away. Some of the members were in the audience watching the next band. Myself and another member of RR went out the side door where the tour buses are and had a cigarette and talked about what happened. We were both fairly irritated. We were outside so we could be alone for no one to hear us as well as being able to hear each other. Our conversation was heated. At that moment, the tour manager stuck his head out of the door because it was slightly ajar and said, “are you still talking shit?! Get the fuck out of here!”

Now, I have never been in a fight in my life. I usually talk my way out of violence or arguments. I’m not a violent person. I use logic and reason every day.

After the tour manager said that, we all started getting loud with one another. At one point, we all said let’s stop and speak like adults and handle it maturely. And we did just that. Briefly. He grew more and more condescending and got louder and stated that we were nobodies and asked if we’ve ever been on tour. He also said that we have no idea what it’s like to be on tour. His attitude had us all yelling at each other again and he was nose-to-nose with the other member of RR that I was with. When it looked like things were about to escalate, I put my arms between them and pushed to try to separate them. He then began to yell, “he hit me!! he hit me!!” WHICH I DID NOT. Then I saw him pull his arm back and throw a punch. He punched me in the face. He then started to come at me with more punches. The other member of RR with me stopped him by grabbing him and pulling away from me. We all went to the ground. I found myself sitting on top of him with my hand on his chest. The other member of RR was also holding him down. The security guard told us to stop and let him up. The other member of RR got up. Then I started to get up and the tour manager punched me again in the face. THAT’S TWICE HE HIT ME. I started hitting him back so he would stop hitting me. He was covering his head and not hitting me so I got off of him. He then tried to kick me in the groin. He quickly got up and tried to punch me again. That’s when the security guard stopped him and told us that we had to go. We complied. Shortly after the other members of RR were asked to leave.”

So, that would be our side of the story. We are all fully aware of how the internet works and are sure we will continue to receive more hate mail and what not. Trust me, we’ve seen plenty of it today. Hell, we had someone send us a message saying and I quote “I hope everyone in your band gets cancer”. Real nice, right?

One thing we want to make VERY CLEAR to everyone reading this. We are not breaking up and we are not changing our name. We will carry on. It will take a lot more than having our name dragged through the mud by people whom haven’t the slightest idea of what really went down to stop us.

Lastly we just want to sincerely apologize to Vinyl Music Hall for all of this. Your staff has been nothing short of amazing to us since the first time we played there opening for Hatebreed in 2011. We can’t thank y’all enough for all the amazing shows we have been fortunate enough to play there.

In the end, you have not heard the last from us.

-Rainey’s Revenge”

At this time, The Word Alive and/or any of the other support acts, the venue, or any other party are yet to release an official statement on what has happened. We will post any updates on the matter as and when they develop.

The Word Alive‘s new full-length album, ‘Dark Matter’, is available now through Fearless Records.



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