Whilst at the final date of their headline North American tour in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday (March 12th 2018), Slaves frontman Jonny Craig was arrested and charged with both Criminal Damage to Property and also Disorderly Conduct.
You can read our report of Craig‘s arrest via the initial article documenting the news (here).
The band have now issued a statement addressing the events that unfolded, explaining that the police were called due to an altercation that unfolded with tour support act Ghost Town, that the criminal damage was related to dropping a microphone, and that Craig has been released with all charges against him being dropped.
You can read the full statement that was issued by the band below.
“About last night…….
To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale Az.
As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.
Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.
We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.
We’ll see you again soon,
News of the events that took place were also reported on the local news reporting network ABC 15, which features a short interview with Craig following his arrest.
The band’s third full-length album, ‘Beautiful Death’, is available now via The Orchard/Sony Music.