Guitarist Jeremy Wagner of the Chicago death metal five-piece has spoken out after a fan’s throat was slashed with a box cutter during their show supporting Deicide in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday October 22.
Details of what exactly happened remain sketchy, with some reports claiming not just one but three people were injured in the attack and that it may have occurred outside the venue not in it. Whatever the case, at least one fan was seriously injured (thankfully not fatally) and the attacker was arrested at the scene.
Speaking to Metal Insider Jeremy Wagner said: “I have learned that during our set there were a few victims who were cut by the same assailant (wielding a box-cutter). One victim was cut across his throat. Thankfully–by some miracle–paramedics arrived within minutes and tended to the victim’s wound and saved his life. The assailant was subdued and arrested by the police. Crazy shit, guys, I’m glad the victims are going to survive.”
The band also commented on their Facebook page, unsurprisingly condemning the violent attacks. “El Paso: Despite the horrific violence during our set, and the drama afterwards, Broken Hope thanks EVERYONE who packed Tricky Falls and went apeshit for our show!”
Broken Hope have been around since the late 1980s and will have seen a lot, but presumably never anything like this before and they won’t want to again. They released their sixth album ‘Omen Of Disease’ in October this year and according to some reports online, have been “kicked off” the ongoing US tour with Deicide following the attack, though it is unclear at this stage whether their alleged dismissal was as a direct result or not. The investigation into the attack(s) continues. More details from us as the story unfolds.
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