I really have no problem with this gig. Really. A benefit gig in someone's name isn't a bad thing per se, but with the huge backlash going against it on social media, I feel I gotta say something... both sides are right, both sides are wrong, but the thought was a good one. Wasn't it?
I'm not gonna rehash the whole Spit thing. There is a reason why he was killed, and there is a reason why everybody thinks he was killed, and the 2 couldn't be farther apart if they tried. I got my opinion, you got yours - who cares? This gig was put together to honor him in some weird way, and it seemed to upset a lot of people. I don't think that people are mad ABOUT the gig, more like, they're mad at the way it's been handled, and there are numerous reasons why - the immediate family not being included, who's the benefit for and where the money is going and why, and the choice of bands being allowed to play. This was my main gripe against the thing. Most of the bands on the bill would be playing the benefit gig whether it was to build a well in Africa or to raise money to save an orphanage in Istanbul (not Constantinople), or just for the chance to play at Triple B's for the first time, and only a minute few of the bands actually have a connection to Spit, and it's not like people that Spit considered friends and family still aren't in bands gigging around here in LV, either - the problem with is that most of them are in Punk bands, and the people behind this 2 day Peace festival (because Spit was such a peaceful guy, right? LOL) wanted only nice, safe, sedate, non-dangerous and non-threatening bands to play, in other words, no Punks! But hey, there is a Pink Floyd cover band playing, because you know Spit was such a huge Pink Floyd fan. ;) Only 17% of the bands playing can be considered 'Punk', and for a festival in some guys name who was a loud and proud Punk, that's pretty shameful. Maybe next year they can get in actual contact with Spit's friends and family to make the festival more about the Man and what he loved and lived for than about some self-serving, feely-goody everybody gets a trophy for participating kind of thing. Ugh.