It’s probably safe to say that Story of the Year will never again play on the same bill as Godsmack. On Tuesday, the main news piece on Story of the Year’s Web site carried the headline “F— Godsmack and their f—ing crew.”
The story, written by guitarist Ryan Phillips, detailed an incident at a May 29 radio festival in Noblesville, Indiana, in which Godsmack’s road crew allegedly jumped and pummeled Story of the Year and their road manager.
Photos of two of the bandmembers’ bruised and bloodied faces were posted along with the piece, in which Phillips claims Godsmack’s crew attacked the band because they were mad that Story of the Year singer Dan Marsala asked fans sitting on the lawn to come to the front of the stage and rock out.
“We walked offstage excited because we turned a sh–ty show into a f—ing rock show,” wrote Phillips. “Within 10 seconds of us finishing our last song, Godsmack’s ugly d—-faced production manager had his hands all over Dan, screaming at him, saying, ‘Get the f— out of here, you’re not getting f—ing paid.’ ”
In response, Marsala reportedly replied, “Who the f— do you think you are? You’re not f—ing rock stars. Yeah, rock and roll! Wahooooo.”
At that point, Story of the Year’s tour manager allegedly told Godsmack’s production manager not to touch the bandmembers. So, according to Phillips, “Three Cro-Magnon jock f—s grab our tour manager and hold him still so one guy could pummel his face. Four of them jump on [bassist] Adam [Russell] and pummel his face. Dan, [guitarist] Phil [Sneed] and I got hit, but not half as bad as they did.”
The only bandmember to escape the fracas was drummer Joshua Willis, who went into the dressing room moments before the fight. In his post, Phillips admitted that the members of Godsmack were not involved, but he added that they also weren’t the least bit sympathetic. “Not one member of that f—ing band bothered to come and apologize for it,” wrote Phillips. “[Singer] Sully [Erna] walked by our dressing room, looked at us, and gave us a dirty look. No ‘Sorry my Hoosier-ass crew jumped you,’ no ‘Sorry my band hires irresponsible f—ing criminals.’ Nothing.”
Godsmack’s management didn’t return phone calls, and the Clear Channel representative at the event had no comment.
Phillips added that after the fight, police detained Story of the Year but let Godsmack’s crew off. “We were held in a room, then held in our bus,” Phillips fumed. “Then, the icing on the cake: An inbred cop with a handlebar mustache tells us he’s ‘not putting up with our kind,’ and ‘the whole thing’s a joke’ and he ‘can personally guarantee that nothing will happen to anyone that kicked our ass.’ ”
There were no arrests from the incident, and the Noblesville Police Department had no record of anything having taken place.
Story of the Year’s account of the fight has been removed and replaced with a note reading: “I took the Godsmack post down because we are going to ask them to go get some ice cream with us.”