I’m OK with making light of the incident that happened on October 22nd during Broken Hope’s set while on the Deicide tour because there were no fatalities and all three victims have received medical attention. If you haven’t heard, 31-year-old Jesus Ortega was arrested yesterday (October 23rd) for allegedly assaulting three concert goers in El Paso, Texas, at least one of whom had his throat slashed with a box cutter. Ortega has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and multiple outstanding traffic warrants. His bail is currently set at $150,686.
Obviously this puts yet another stain on Heavy Metal that nobody wants to sleep in, and Ortega’s motives have yet to be revealed. It’s probably safe to say that it wasn’t the music that made him do it. My guess, GTA V is responsible.
Broken Hope on Deicide’s Glen Benton
Shortly after the box cutting incident, Broken Hope was removed from the Deicide tour… but not because of the violence. More like because “Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, ego-maniacal bully,” according to Broken Hope’s guitarist Jeremy Wagner.
Here’s the full, shocking account of Broken Hopes removal from the Deicide tour according to Wagner:
Glen Benton is kicking us off the No Salvation Tour. It was a helluva night. Since we started this tour, we’ve had to endure Glen Benton’s constant bitching and ultimatums. He was always trying to snip our balls and demanded that we couldn’t use our fog machines and on some nights, we couldn’t use our backdrops or other production elements because he had issues with all of it.
With respect to the headliner, we abided. Moreover, in efforts of friendship, good tour vibes, and because we’re simply cool fucking guys, we let Glen Benton and his band use OUR BACKLINE because they didn’t want to bring all their gear on tour!
Specifically, we let the headliner use our cabinets and Glen Benton used our entire bass rig — head and cabinet — since his own bass head failed him early on. While we were generous with our backline, not once did Benton thank us, offer us a dime, or even lift a finger to help move anything—and he fucked up our bass head numerous times with his resetting the EQ, etc., despite us politely asking him NOT to mess with the bass tone we dialed in. Gee, with all the money and free gear Benton brags about to us daily, you’d think he’d do something about getting his own rig.
Things got ugly in El Paso when, after we learned Benton had lost our bass rig cables and once again fucked with our bass head, so, we put our foot down and told him he couldn’t use the head anymore. Note: we still allowed Benton to use our cabinets for their show.
That said, Benton threw an EPIC hissy-fit and immediately kicked us off the tour! He booted BROKEN HOPE from the tour simply because we refused to let him use our bass head! What bullshit. Now, even though that lame reason is what Benton used to get rid of us, I believe there’s more to the story here.
During this entire tour Benton has given BH and our crew nothing but a shitty attitude and has tried to sabotage our production every day for no good reason.
Though Benton blocked us from using our fog machines, he couldn’t stop us from using our professional soundman, nor stop us from giving concertgoers an amazing and high-powered show. The fact remains — as all our show attendees have seen — we fucking handed Glen Benton his ass every night of the tour and he couldn’t keep up. Benton and his caravan of mini-van drivers couldn’t touch our live show — even on our worst night.
Benton sent Shaun Glass a text last night, threatening to break his jaw if Shaun badmouthed Benton. Well, I’m calling Benton out right now because his bullshit is old, fake, and he ain’t scaring anyone.
Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, ego-maniacal bully. He menaces everyone from bands and fans, to promoters and booking agents. How he maintains a career is beyond me. And this time, he fucked with the wrong band. Karma is a bitch, Benton.
There’s no telling if this account is 100% accurate, as there are always multiple sides to every story. We’re just presenting what’s been posted. We’ll also keep you informed as further details are revealed about Jesus Ortega.
Rock Hard \m/