POZ Exclusive: Statement From Rocketown Promoter On Volumes Controversy

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 27, 2013


Last night we reported that a fight broke out between Volumes and Rocketown over a gay-rights issue linked to last week’s controversy. The story was originally painted in the light that Volumes’ frontman was jumped by security for talking about a gay friend. While that may or may not be true, PropertyOfZack has received a statement from Mark Mosley, the head of Music City Booking in Nashville, TN that was promoting the show and experienced a vastly different event outside the venue. Mosley, who is not an actual employee of Rocketown but has promoted shows there for years, feels that what he experienced first hand from from Michael Barr should be read by those that have paid attention to the Rocketown story over the past week. It should be noted that Mosley was not inside the venue while the original fight broke out, but was spit on and called a “faggot” by Barr, among other things. We’re sure there will be many more stories that pop up from last night, but you can read Mosley’s statement to POZ below by clicking “Read More.”

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From Mark Mosley:

Tonight, for the first time in my career I experienced, well, I don’t even know how to describe it. I was the promoter for the Volumes/Of Mice and Men show tonight and got to experience the “incident” with Mr. Barr first hand.  As Mr. Barr was being removed from the venue I was standing next to the exit having a conversation with a friend. As an extremely agitated Mr. Barr tried to re-enter the venue, I calmly stepped in front of him and as calm as could be (people get excited at shows often)  to please stay outside and cool off for a minute. Mr. Barr then proceeded to verbally attack me calling me “faggot” repeatedly as well as accusing me of being a Christian (I am neither gay nor a Christian). He then proceeded to spit on me 2x before being escorted away by security. All the while still calling me a “faggot”, “Christian faggot”, and so on.

I think it’s important that you know more of the story seeing as how its being presented that he was the victim. I do not believe for one second that he was attacked or removed for any reason relating to gay rights.

For me personally, I take gay rights very seriously and fully support equality for all. Anyone who knows me or has worked with me over the years will vouch for my professionalism. 

As for the rest of the members of Volumes, they were very courteous and professional and I look forward to working with them in the future.

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    You’ve really got to love straight “allies” who call people faggots and try to demean people by likening them to...
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    he wasn’t duping anyone. people jumped to conclusions before details came out. the guy didn’t mention anything about...
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    It makes me really upset that someone would start a fight like this, and then try to use the negative press the venue...