Stevie Rachelle responds to Rock N Skull organizer Justin Murr’s comments about him
Metal Sludge principal and Tuff frontman Stevie Rachelle has responded to Rock N Skull organizer and founder Justin Murr‘s comments about him in the latter’s recent interview with Sleaze Roxx.
Murr and Rachelle worked together during three prior Rock N Skull editions but the duo have not teamed up for Rock N Skull‘s now last edition, which will be taking place at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, Illinois, USA from October 27 to 29, 2017. In his interview with Sleaze Roxx, Murr accused Rachelle of making it his own personal vendetta to bury the Rock N Skull event, which had admittedly suffered in ticket sales. The prior Rock N Skull editions as well as this year’s coming edition have had multiple line-up changes.
Rachelle‘s response is below and can also be found on the Metal Sludge Gossip Board:
“I WILL BREAK THIS DOWN, AND ADD MY TAKE ON THIS IN ALL CAPS, OLD SKOOL STYLE LIKE METAL SLUDGE FROM THE HEYDAY!
Justin Murr: Rachelle was never a partner.(CORRECT) He was just someone who pocketed free money to help promote a show. (WRONG. FREE MONEY = NO., I EARNED MY SHARE) When the money stopped, the loyalty stopped. (WRONG AGAIN, I JUST GOT FED UP WITH HIS BULLSHIT FROM OVER A 3 YEAR STRETCH) I KNOW MORE ABOIUT JUSTIN MURR THAN 99% OF THOSE READING THIS, LOYALTY AND HONESTY ARE 2 WORDS MURR SHOULD NEVER UTTER OUTLOUD) We paid Tuff $3,000 to perform at three different Rock N Skulls. (CORRECT) He took $1,500 for his band and $1,500 for advertising on his site. (ALSO CORRECT) He also pocketed an additional $15,000 total besides the performance fee the last three years to put his website’s name on a certain VIP. (15K? WRONG AGAIN! I’D SAY THAT # IS OFF. MY RECORDS SHOW IT WAS CLOSER TO $20K, NOT INCLUDING THE MONEY I MADE SELLING MERCHANDISE AT THE EVENT EACH YEAR). When the ticket buyer bought one of those passes, he was paid half the ticket price. (CORRECT, BUT WHAT MURR FAILS TO ACKNOWLEDGE, IS THAT WITH SAID TIX PURCHASE, I WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE TO SEND (GIVE) THE TIX BUYER MERCHANDISE. FOR THE GENERAL ADMISSION METAL SLUDGE TIX ($135.00, OF WHICH I REC’D $ 67.50, I WOULD GIVE THE BUYER 1 TEE, 2 DVDS, 2 CDS OR 5 ITEMS IN TOTAL. I ASK ANYONE TO GO BUY 5 OF ANYTHING FROM ANY BAND FROM A LIVE SHOW, OR ONLINE STORE, AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT ROUGHLY THE MONEY I WAS COMPENSATED. WITH THE METAL SLUDGE SUNSET SUPER SLUDGE (VIP) TIX PRICED AT $ 500.00, I SUPPLIED TIX BUYER WITH THE FOLLOWING; 3 TEES, 6 CDS, 4 DVDS, 1 VINYL. OR 14 ITEMS. ONCE AGAIN, DO THE MATH ON ALL THAT AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT UPWARDS OF $200.00 W/ PRIORTYSHIPPING. SO THE TERM “FREE MONEY” IS PRETTY MUCH NONSENSE.
*ALSO MURR FAILS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TIX HE SOLD OUTSIDE OF HIS TIX HUB, WHERE HE WOULD HAVE FANS PAY PAL MONEY DIRECTLY TO HIS DAUGHTERS PAY PAL ACCOUNT. AND ASSSUMING I WOULD NEVER KNOW. BUT WHEN THE FANS (7 OF THEM) CAME TO ME AT RNS16 AND INQUIRED AS TO WHERE ALL THEIR STUFF WAS, I ASKED WHO THEY WERE AND INFORMED THEM I NEVER REC’D ANY OF THEIR INFO. THEY THEN PULLED OUT IPHONES AND SHOWED ME TRANSACTIONS, SCREEN CAPTURED AND SHARED WITH ME. WE’RE NOT TALKING 50 OR 100 BUCKS. WE’RE TALKING THOUSANDS, ANYWAY, MOVING ALONG HERE.
Nice little gig for him but after losing a ton of money at Rock N Skull 2016, we were late paying him and he wanted to be paid right then. (CORRECT, BUT I WASN’T PAID RIGHT THEN. MOST ARTISTS WANT TO BE PAID, AT THE GIG, FOR THE GIG, OR THE RELATED: BE IT CONTRACTED FEES, HOTEL COSTS, FLIGHTS, OR THINGS RELATED TO THE AGREEMENT) It took a few months to recoup after the losses. (CORRECT) We didn’t have the money so we put him off and finally paid him four months after the event. (PUT OFF, OR BLEW OFF) At that time, I told him he would not ever be getting another dime from me and said some heated things to him. (CORRECT) He took those words to heart and caused him to do what he is doing now. ( WE’RE JUST REPORTING NEWS. AND OH YEAH, KARMA IS A BITCH) Funny thing, people send me screen shots of what he says, etc. (SOMEONE SEND HIM THIS TOO, I COULD GIVE A FUCK) He never complained about the event losing bands or being unorganized when he was being paid. (WRONG, I COMPLAINED THE WHOLE TIME, IT WAS A NIGHTMARE HAVING TO CHANGE THE BANNERS, POSTERS, AND RELATED ALMOST EVERY OTHER WEEK) The craziest thing, he has made it his personal vendetta to bury the event and has done a good job. (NO VENDETTA AT ALL. THE EVENT AND MURR HAS BURIED IT HIMSELF) He just leaves out some of the facts like him knowing bands were canceling and why they were cancelling. (I KNOW TONS, THAT’S WHY ALL MY STORIES ARE 100% ACCURATE AND TRUE) Last year, Stryper cancelled last minute and Rachelle advised me and we got a settlement from them for cancelling at Rock N Skull so late. (CORRECT, MURR CALLED ME WEEKLY, SOMETIMES DAILY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID A CONSULTING FEE FOR THE HOURS I SPENT BABYSITTING HIM AND HIS ISSUES. I TRIED TO GIVE HIM ADVICE ABOUT HIS FESTIVALS AND OTHER, BUT HE NEVER TOOK MUCH OF IT) He even helped come up with what he thought would be a fair compensation number. (I SHOULD HAVE COMMISSIONED IT TOO) We would have one on one phone conversations and he would tell me in years past what bands would cancel and why. (CORRECT, LIKE BOOKING TIGERTAILZ, GREAT BAND, BUT I GUARANTEED YOU 100% THEY WILL NOT SHOW. I WAS CORRECT) That’s what is so funny about him and his news stories to me. (ALMOST AS FUNNY AS YOUR CURRENT TIX SALES).
PER THE MERCHANDISE GIVEN TO THE FAN (TIX BUYER). THIS WASN’T JUST TUFF TITLES OR METAL SLUDGE SHIRTS EITHER. SWAG INCLUDED OPTIONS FROM CATHOUSE AND OTHERS, TEES OR BABY DOLLS. ALSO. THE CDS OFFERED WAS A LIST OF ALMOST 100 CHOICES, INCLUDING SEVERAL GOLD OR PLATINUM 80’S ARTISTS. MANY OF THESE ARTISTS APPEARED ON, OR SHALL I SAY, WERE BOOKED TO APPEAR (NOT ALL PLAYED DUE TO THE CONTINUED CANCELLATION OF SELECT ACTS OVER YEARS) AT ROCK N’ SKULL.
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Rachelle provides more comments about Murr and Rock N Skull in another post that can be viewed at the Metal Sludge Gossip Board.
Tickets for Rock N Skull‘s 2017 edition can be purchased at https://rocknskull17.ticketbud.com/rock-n-skull-17.