This is a story that is both surprising and sad. As someone who owes a great deal of thanks to The Ataris’ for the impact of their material on their life, it sucks to now be writing about frontman Kris Roe coming unhinged in front of a New Jersey crowd over the weekend, but it happened (and we have the video).
“Your Boyfriend Sucks” is a longtime staple of The Ataris’ live show, and when the band began performing it last night in Asbury Park, New Jersey things seemed to be going fine. Then the set took a turn for the worse when frontman Kris Roe took off his guitar and threw it in the direction of the band’s drummer near the end of the performance. The drummer, who appears off camera in the video found below, continued performing while Roe proceeded to apologize to the audience for the drummer’s poor performance before picking up pieces of the drum kit and throwing them off stage. Roe went on to tell the audience that he would remain on stage to perform solo, then grabbed the kick drum and threw it in the direction of the drummer (who was now off stage), while other members asked him to stop. We have no further information at this time, but you can view the entire event after the jump (skip to 4:00 if you’re in a hurry).
At this time, no comment has been released by Roe or other members of The Ataris. We will update this post as (if) things develop.