Earlier today, we reported that photographer Neil Dalton claimed he was attacked last night at Danzig's show, which was held at Le Métropolis de Montréal. Dalton claims, he was attacked by Danzig's security guards and Danzig himself and posted a bloody photo as proof. Danzig has a strict no photos policy.
At the time of the report, we questioned the validity and asked fans who happened to be in attendance to chime in with any first-hand accounts. The response was surprising.
We got an email from a fan identified as Seb who said security were being very aggressive with people trying to take photos:
I was at Danzig's concert in Montreal last night. I did not see Dalton [get] hit but I saw their huge security guard chasing fans in the crowd at multiple occasions. He was standing side stage with his flashlight pointing people and all of a sudden, he was chasing people down, even a guy way back in the venue.
A few comments on our previous post stated they never saw anybody beaten on-stage. Andy writes:
No one was pulled on stage and beaten. Danzig made a comment at one point about “not going into your house to video you” and that was it.
Another fan, identified as Bob says he witness Dalton being called out but not being beat up:
Danzig never left the stage, never hit the guy. He called him off after pausing mid song and beckoned the photographer to come onstage so he'd "break his neck". Naturally the guy never got onstage and the show resumed. The guy lies. If he got beat up it only could have been after the show. A thousand people in the venue could testify to that.
A fan named Kevin noted that the photographer was causing trouble all night:
That cunt in the picture was causing shit the moment Danzig hit the stage at one point he punched my buddy twice in the face for trying to stop a girl that was crowd surfing from falling on her neck. He was taking pictures all night and was told to stop. Between songs Danzig called him out. I was front row, again, so I was literally between Danzig and this idiot. Glenn told him to get on stage, he didn't and security took him out in a restraining arm hold. There was like four more songs after that so I hardly see how it's possible that Glenn had him in holding until he was done the set and then went to beat him up. Even if that was the case this guy was shit disturber all night, did NOT have any merch on him when this all went down and is using you to get attention.
It turns out that Dalton did in fact get beat up after the show.
Metal Injection received one more tip, for a source that chooses to remain anonymous but has provided ample evidence that he was at the show last night and witnessed the entire event. This is his recalling of the event, told exclusively to Metal Injection:
I went outside just before the encores to wait and meet Glenn. I was sitting on the steps outside Metropolis, when I seen a couple of security guards carrying a guy outside. The guy was Neil Dalton. Danzig's bodyguard came outside and began threatening Neil. Neil yelled back and was calling the security and bodyguard pussies and made his claim that he spent all that money to see Danzig.
After about ten minutes of arguing with the bodyguard and being pushed around by him, Neil finally took off. [Neil] re-entered the venue after being told not to come back. That's when things got ugly and sure enough Neil got tossed back out this time bloodied up and shoeless. He kept instigating the security and bodyguards by yelling names at them and not leaving like he was told.
Right after the show ended, Glenn came running out and engaged Neil and threw a kick to Neil's ribs, and connected. He also swung a couple punches that missed before security got Glenn on his bus. Glenn kept calling Neil a motherfucker
As this shows, there are two sides to every story here. With the initial story, it seemed like Neil was innocent and did nothing to deserve a heavy beatdown, but with this outside perspective, it's easy to see how security got agigtated with somebody whom they warned not to come back to the venue.
The moral of the story here is the venue rule is no photos, keep your damn camera down.
Update: Since initially publishing this story, the alleged victim has released a new statement clarifying some inconsistencies.