Four disgruntled fans of American 'modern rock' group Creed have filed a law suit against the band, its management and Ticketmaster over a show played on December 29th last year at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, during which they claim singer Scott Stapp was inebriated to a state of uselessness.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that the jock-rock loving foursome are asking for the reimbursement of their four tickets at a combined cost of $227, plus parking fees. The concert-goers have also asked the judge to consider a class action suit that could cost the group upwards of $2m.
According to documents filed in the Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday, the claimants - Philip and Linda Berenz, and Wendy and Chad Costino - say that Stapp was, "so intoxicated and/or medicated" during the show that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song, which they believe is equal to the show being cancelled. The suit also claims that "Stapp left the stage on several occasions during songs for long periods of time, rolled around on the floor of the stage in apparent pain or distress, and appeared to pass out while on stage during the performance."
If the class action is successfully certified against the group, it would allow the 15,000 or so gig-goers to claim refunds for their tickets. The band did not offer a refund on the tickets, but did issue an apology to fans in January, which read, "The band has heard that you are unhappy with the quality of the recent Creed show in Chicago. We apologize if you don't feel that the show was up to the very high standards set by our previous shows in Chicago . . . There has been much concern about Scott's health, and we want to assure everyone that he is doing very well and is taking a much needed break at home in Orlando."
The law suit throws up many questions about how fucking dull, po-faced and financially brainwashed people in America are and whilst at the same time being immensely laughable, amusing and embarrassing, it does throw up serious questions about the validity of the claim. Can you claim to be in a right, sane mind when you're complaining about the performance of Creed? DUDE! YOU WENT TO SEE CREED.
We'll keep you posted on how the case transpires. That last paragraph was an opinion by the way. Would Philip and Linda Berenz, and Wendy and Chad Costino please not sue me?