Unearth’s Ken Susi Aggravates Polish Skinheads; Video Available

In his latest “Jumping Darkness Parade” column on MetalSucks, DAATH guitarist Eyal Levi revealed that Ken Susi of UNEARTH became involved in an altercation with venue personnel in Poland on the band’s current tour with CHIMAIRA, THROWDOWN and DAATH. An excerpt follows:
What happened was that a monitor either fell off-stage or was kicked off-stage. The club said that because of the fall it was broken, but Ken proved to them that this was notthe case. The reason the monitor was broken was because one of the coils connected to the speaker had melted. That doesn’t happen from intense trauma. That happens from driving it too hard with audio signal. So there’s no way, whether Ken kicked the monitor off-stage or if it just fell off-stage, that hitting the ground was the cause of it not working anymore.

Ken went through a lot to prove this to them. He took the speaker apart, he explained it all to them… nothing was sinking in, and things were getting more and more heated. As the argument continued, more and more dudes kept on showing up that looked ready to fight us. I, once again, resumed loading. It was a pretty small loading party that night because most people were watching the argument. At one point the tour manager took all Unearth and Chimaira employees inside. So us in DAATH were stuck outside with all the gear, unsure of what to do with it. That’s when a car sped up and blocked off our bus, and people in front of the bus started spitting on it. We decided that we would just load the trailer for everyone, and if they had an issue with how we packed it that they could cry about it on the ride out of town.

Well as this was happening, the situation inside kept on escalating as the club employee had gone from talking to Ken about the speaker to insulting Ken. At that point it was clear that they had to get out of the club. This was a fight that we as a tour wouldn’t have won. There were too many reinforcements coming in.

So check out how it was solved. After all the back and forth for over an hour, after all the insults, after all the physical reinforcements, Unearth and Chimaira split 100 Euros, the promoter paid 100 Euros, Unearth gave up three T-shirts, and somebody gave them a bottle of Jager. These guys were looking to either fight some foreigners, or get some money towards a new monitor system because their shot ass system was out of gas. Well, they got some out of us. Better to bribe them than get beaten by gangs of Polish skinheads.

Watch video of Ken Susi proving the damage to the speaker wasn’t done by him here.

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