Sam Riggs Crew Lied to Larry Joe Taylor Fest About Flaming Guitar – Sam Kicked Out of Fest
UPDATE: Sam Riggs Releases Statement About Larry Joe Taylor Fire Incident
Texas music artist Sam Riggs was kicked out of the Larry Joe Taylor Festival for lighting his guitar on fire and smashing it on stage on Wednesday night (4-26) of the annual music event. Furthermore, Saving Country Music has confirmed that the Sam Riggs camp had requested six months prior to the performance that Sam be able to incorporate fire into his show, and was expressly told by the festival “no.” Even after the denied request and concerns from the Larry Joe Taylor staff, the tour manager for Sam Riggs lied to the stage manager of the event after the stage manager became concerned fire would be used in the show.
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Arguably the largest festival in the Texas music scene, the Larry Joe Taylor Festival sees over 50,000 attendees over the week long event at the Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, TX. Despite strong weather that moved through the area on Saturday, accounts from the festival are that 2017 was another successful year.
One of the most talked-about events of the week was at the end of Sam Riggs’ set Wednesday night when he doused an acoustic guitar with gasoline and lit it on fire, holding it up in the air while he flashed devil horns and beat his fist against his chest before smashing the guitar on the stage. Videos of the incident were shared far and wide via social media, and Saving Country Music criticized the event for being tasteless.
Though numerous fans and surrogates for Sam Riggs have been insisting that prior approval from the Larry Joe Taylor Fest had been secured for the guitar lighting, according to Larry Joe Taylor’s wife Sherry, this was not the case, insisting they told Sam Riggs management six months prior, “No, no fire.”
“When [Sam Riggs’] tour manager was setting up for his show, he brought a fire extinguisher on stage,” Sherry Taylor explains to Saving Country Music. “John Tadlock, our stage manager (and ironically a fireman in the Metroplex) asked what he was going to do with the fire extinguisher. The tour manager said they were having issues with their equipment and it was a safety precaution. Tadlock immediately responded, ‘Well, when I see a fire extinguisher I’m thinking there is going to be a fire.’ The tour manager promised it was just a safety measure.”
In videos of the incident, Riggs is seen carelessly dousing the acoustic guitar with an accelerant, with much of the liquid pouring out on the stage before tossing the still opened bottle to the side, liquid pouring out of it the whole time. Often fire codes, especially for live events such as Larry Joe Taylor Fest, along with insurance regulations, prohibit the use of fire in live shows, even if it is in a controlled environment and handled by professionals. In the case of Sam Riggs, the carelessness was cause for even greater concern. Sherry Taylor also confirmed that it was gasoline used to light the guitar on fire, and not a safer, more appropriate liquid for such performance uses.
“Larry Joe told [Sam Riggs] he had no respect for music, our event or our family,” says Sherry Taylor. “He was immediately thrown out of the festival by Larry Joe Taylor. Both Larry Joe and Zack [Festival Production Manager] told Riggs to get off the property. When he realized they were serious Riggs asked one of our festival managers if she could send a film crew to film them getting kicked out of the LJT Festival.”
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— Andrew James Chapman (@Chapstickthehic) April 27, 2017
April 30, 2017 @ 6:12 pm
So first off, the Sam Riggs camp asked for permission to light the guitar on fire, and were expressly told not to. Then the tour manager lied to the Larry Joe Taylor fest stage manager and told him they wouldn’t light the guitar on fire, fully knowing they would. They recklessly used gasoline as opposed to a proper accelerant for such a task on stage. And then after the incident, fully knowing they were wrong, fans and surrogates of Sam Riggs spread the lie that Larry Joe Taylor personally signed off on the whole thing, potentially putting Larry Joe Taylor and the festival in hot water with the local fire authorities and their insurance company for condoning fire on stage.
This really goes beyond being a jack wagon for lighting a guitar on fire and smashing it. That can be written off as a stupid stage move. But to lie, and then try to make other people culpable for your actions is beyond the pale.
Also note that SCM was done reporting on this incident until Larry Joe Taylor’s wife expressly reached out to me after reading the misleading comments on my original article from Sam Riggs fans insisting they had prior approval from Larry Joe Taylor to light the guitar on fire. It was their lies that put gasoline on this fire, so to speak.
April 30, 2017 @ 6:22 pm
Did no one learn anything from the Great White incident?
April 30, 2017 @ 6:35 pm
Was that something else or are you referring to the time the stage collapsed where Sugarland was performing?
April 30, 2017 @ 6:51 pm
I was talking about the incident in Rhode Island when Great White had a pyrotechnics disaster. Obviously, like Trig said, that’s an extreme case in an indoor venue but using pyrotechnics irresponsibly is how people get hurt or killed. Just stupid all the way around.
May 1, 2017 @ 3:17 pm
Aye the first time I’ve seen my state mentioned on this site!…..and ofcourse it is a terrible thing…
April 30, 2017 @ 6:36 pm
100 people dead, 230 injured.
Yes, that is an extreme case in an indoor venue, but this is the reason festivals HAVE TO make sure they follow the insurance and fire regulations, or they risk getting shut down, fined, let alone if people get injured or killed. Look what just happened in Oakland.
There’s actually a right way to do Pyro on stage, with professionals and the right materials. Bad move all the way around.
April 30, 2017 @ 6:40 pm
When he realized they were serious Riggs ask one of our festival managers if she could send a film crew to film them getting kicked out of the LJT Festival.”
Oh my dear sweet zombie jeebus, WHAT A FUCKING TOOL.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:47 pm
PS.. Sam Riggs wife was the film crew he asked for. True story
April 30, 2017 @ 6:48 pm
The Taylor family goes to unbelievable lengths to support these artists and Texas Music. They also take every precaution they can to keep the festival goers safe. It was like a disobedient kid went berserk and thinks it’s funny. If he can’t respect the very people that try to support him, he doesn’t deserve to have the privilege of being invited back. I think he’d be lucky if they don’t press charges.
April 30, 2017 @ 8:03 pm
If he can’t respect the very people that try to support him, he doesn’t deserve to have the privilege of being invited back.
Considering that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney got kicked off the George Strait festival tour in 2000 for something that didn’t put nearly so many people in danger, I would be very surprised if Sam Riggs gets invited back by LJT after this.
May 1, 2017 @ 9:03 am
McGraw and Chesney did not get kicked off the Strait tour over the drunken Mountie incident in Buffalo. They finished the tour. Strait never commented on the incense, but I’m sure he wasn’t happy.
May 1, 2017 @ 3:52 pm
I know they finished the tour, as I saw it in Houston the week after that went down, but I have always had a difficult time believing that incident didn’t play a role in them getting replaced the next year.
May 1, 2017 @ 9:11 pm
Maybe. I think it had more to do with the success of Murder on Music Row and wanting to tour with Alan Jackson. We saw the tour that year (2000) in Nashville, and the highlight was Alan coming out and doing that song with Strait.
After three years in a row, McGraw and Chesney was feeling stale.
May 2, 2017 @ 7:36 am
perhaps LJT should rethink his invitations next year. Talented musicians don’t need these childish dangerous acts to perform.
April 30, 2017 @ 6:48 pm
what does Riggs do for an encore, wear assless chaps?
many artists never rise above the literal. this guy can’t even rise above a cliché
April 30, 2017 @ 6:50 pm
Ha! Just looked at Sam Riggs Facebook and a guy asked him if he was escorted out and is banned from coming back. Sam replied “no”. Then Larry Joe Taylor replied yes lol
April 30, 2017 @ 7:58 pm
And then some fangirl went off saying that LJT had bigger things to worry about, which I will not repeat here lest her borderline libelous allegations show up in a Google search.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:20 pm
No, no, this was “a moment”, completely unstaged, sturgill… i mean sam was just feeling it and this was an expression of the music. Doesnt matter that he ruined his telecaster… i meant acoustic guitar. Fire safety be damned. This was a moment…
Yeah, come on larry dont rain on sturgills, i mean sams parade. This was as real as it gets, no way an artist would do something like this to get social media buzz. Why, I remember a time some guy did something comparable on SNL and when a bunch of people, his own fans the majority, pointed out how fake and forced it obviously was, you jumped right on the ol’ band wagon headin to trendy Hipsterville. Now it looks like you were riding a “jack wagon”?? the whole time and it ended up in Hypocrite city, population… you!
This was a not so subtle attempt at humor and self gratification, not to be taken personally. But i apologize ahead of time in case the truth stings too much.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Not sure I understood half of what you wrote. But if you are trying to equate the fire debacle with Sturgill throwing his tele on the ground on national TV, I can only hope you are doing so in sarcasm. Nothing about Sturgill’s performance was done for social media buzz. People have been smashing guitars (and Sturgill’s wasn’t smashed or ruined…teles are built like tanks), and doing so isn’t shocking at all.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:31 pm
“Smashing guitars for decades”, I mean.
April 30, 2017 @ 8:02 pm
Entirely done for buzz… built like tanks that cant handle the slightest bit of humidity, like uhh, all guitars… People have been setting them on fire for decades aswell. Everytime was for attention. It is hypocritical to call out this douchebag for doing what the other guy did. Sure, the main theme seems to be the disrespect to LJT, but there is obviously an undertone in this and first article especially of “who does he think he is”, so i redirect that question back. No choice, had to mention it, cause that SNL performance was lame.
All aboard, the next band wagon heading for Sturgill Simpson’s nuts is pulling out of the station, so far just Trigger and JTrpdx got tickets.
May 1, 2017 @ 4:22 am
I think you’re missing the point of the article. It’s not that he did something for attention, it’s that he did so in an unsafe way and lied about it beforehand.
May 1, 2017 @ 5:58 am
What was Sturgill supposed to do, just stand there and play?
May 1, 2017 @ 7:13 am
You’re being a tool here.
Once I figured out where you were headed with this rant, you are even more a tool.
Even if Sturgill did it for attention, smashing his guitar did not endanger lives or have the possibility of leading to a bad bad outcome.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:41 pm
Sam Riggs then went on to lose to the Undertaker in the Casket Match.
April 30, 2017 @ 7:50 pm
Is there anyone that still thinks lighting a guitar on fire is actually something awesome? He should have been kicked out for thinking he was playing in the 80’s
April 30, 2017 @ 8:07 pm
It was awesome
April 30, 2017 @ 7:55 pm
Is that all you got? Sincerely, Jimi Hendrix.
April 30, 2017 @ 8:06 pm
Sam Riggs is nothing but a class act. Much respect for him not backing down from Larry Joe (don’t even understand why he has a music festival named after him) Sam was told to apologize and he refused. Sam is an amazing artist and performer. He does everything he can to make sure his fans get thier money worth. From singing in a packed crowd to waiting til everyone that wanted to meet him got the opportunity.
Ppl who are offended by this are nothing but snowflakes
April 30, 2017 @ 9:13 pm
Matt, if the biggest insult you have to me is to call me a snowflake then you have a lot to learn about name calling. Sounds like something a pansy would say.
Larry Joe has a festival named after him because he started the fucking thing. It’s not really that hard to understand. I wouldn’t think so anyway.
Sam played a large festival and was told not to use fire for safety reasons… argue that if you want.. I think there’s a case to be made that it’s not that big of a deal. Regardless.. he was told not to by the folks paying him to be there. He disrespected them by doing it anyway.. was thrown out and then tried to lie to his fans saying he didn’t get thrown out. He might be the best guy on the block when it comes to performing, but disrespect and lying makes you a shitbag in my book.
April 30, 2017 @ 9:58 pm
Larry Joe Taylor is the one who started it. It’s on his land. He’s big in the Texas Country music scene. Therefore, it’s his festival. “You don’t Mess with Larry Jo”. Never saw any where that Merle did this to his guitar. It’s called respect and that’s what Sam Riggs should have had.
May 1, 2017 @ 7:04 am
“don’t even understand why he has a music festival named after him”
And there ya go…everything anyone needs to know about your thoughts on this matter have been summed up in this one ignorant statement.
May 1, 2017 @ 3:53 pm
I had that exact thought. I’d like to think Texas music once upon a time had better fans than this.
May 1, 2017 @ 7:34 am
Nothing but a class act? Much lulz. Does a “class act” do things against the wishes of a land owner and event founder, then lie about doing them, then after getting called out for lying about, does he then try and deflect the blame by lying yet again? Sheeeit, if that’s the case your knob slobbin’ self needs to get on the phone to Merriam-Webster post-haste, and tell them you have them a new definition of “class act”
Or maybe start your own festival. Yeh, that’s it! I can see it now…. “Welcome to the 2018, and first ever, Matt Westerman’s Knob Slobberin’ Festival!”
May 7, 2017 @ 5:43 pm
What a jack wagon
April 30, 2017 @ 8:19 pm
Ok…so let’s place the blame on Sam for making LJT an unsafe environment. I call BULL SHIT! Sam was entertaining the crowd it may not have been right, but that by far is not the biggest concern for LJT!! How about the thousands of festival goers getting plastered, doing drugs, etc etc etc. Many of those being under aged. It’s uncontrollable! It makes Woodstock look like a rookie festival! It’s encouraged to party and have a good time meanwhile putting others at risk due to their behavior. There has been stabbings, rapes, alcohol poisoning, theft, drunk driving accidents etc etc etc and nothing is being done about that other than the occasional arrest, but those same people will be back the following year as long as they purchase a ticket! So it’s just kind of ironic to me that Sam Riggs has been kicked out for being a fire starter but nobody is paying attention to what is truly causing an unsafe environment! Priorities right? GEEZE! Go ahead Sam get the film crew and make sure to film every single unlawful act that happens at LJT year after year!
April 30, 2017 @ 9:02 pm
Rene, so in your mind because there’s other things that are illegal or unsafe then Sam should be allowed to do what he wants? That’s sounds silly.
This was a production issue and was kicked out of the festival for those reasons.
Sure you bring up great issues, but I fail to see how any of them make Sam less guilty or a shitbag for trying to act like he didn’t get kicked out to his fans
April 30, 2017 @ 9:18 pm
There has been stabbings, rapes, alcohol poisoning, theft, drunk driving accidents etc etc etc and nothing is being done about that other than the occasional arrest,
You know what the big difference is between your allegations and Sam Riggs’ asshattery is?
There’s proof of the latter.
I mean, I’m sure there are people getting drunk and driving, drinking underage, and all that, but stabbings and rape? Yeah, I’m calling bullshit.
April 30, 2017 @ 9:59 pm
From someone who has gone multiple years, the whole stabbing and rape thing sadly isn’t BS :/ people have been found dead in the port-o-potties from alcohol poisoning / I’m sure ODing as well.. Rule #1 of LJT: It’s unadvisable to go alone. Especially as a girl, people hand out ruffied (misspell?) Jell-O shots amongst other things! I had a (male) friend get ruffied from a Jell-O shot because the whole batch was tainted in what I can only assume was an attempt to ensure some girl or another would be an easier target. Rule #2 of LJT? : don’t accept a drink of anything that isn’t in an unopened container (beer cans, glass bottles not allowed) from people you don’t know, male OR female. And that goes towards either sex.
May 1, 2017 @ 2:17 am
Those aren’t just LJT lessons, those are life lessons.
May 1, 2017 @ 4:18 am
If that’s true, it’s a shame, and something LJT and his people need to get out in front of. I just find it ever so convenient that these allegations are trotted out in the context of this incident by butthurt Sam Riggs fans, as if they justify his little stunts.
Also, there’s something you people seem to be overlooking: unlike all these alleged incidents, this asshattery with the gasoline and the guitar was all at the hands of one of the artists themselves. Which would have put a much bigger bullseye on LJT had it gone sideways, even though LJT said no to it being done. Not being able to control a crowd is one thing, but not being able to depend on the artist not to do something stupid and dangerous that you didn’t approve of is something else entirely.
May 1, 2017 @ 7:27 am
No one has ever fucking died at LJT. Those rumors have been going on for years and are complete bullshit. You are an idiot for even believing them. Yes they have found people passed out in port o pots but never dead. The ignorance of people is amazing. I’ve been going for 15+ years and personally know the group that runs the port o potties out there so know first hand no one has been found dead in one. As far as all the other things that happen out there yes in sure they are all true but that’s why they hire tons of security and off duty police for.
May 1, 2017 @ 8:45 am
My thoughts exactly. Haven’t been recently but went 5 years straight and never heard of anybody dying in the port o potties. Passed out, yes, died, no. The comments from Balie are typical of society today, blame some body else and not take responsibility for your actions. Last I read, this article had to do with Sam Riggs lying and going against LJT orders. If you can’t handle the outcome of your actions, than don’t do it. But don’t blame others for poor choices.
And for the comments about drug OD’s, rapes, ruffies, while all of them are terrible these are all risk that the festival goers take when going to ANY festival. And no, nobody deserves to go through any these awful things but this stuff happens at the local bar, not just festivals. Its up to the individual to be responsible when going to events like this and to take friends they can trust in case something bad does happen. There are known rules when going out period and they apply in all situations, not just LJT. Again, be responsible. LJT cannot be responsible for everything that happens at the festival, he can only hire the right people to enforce the law, which he does. And Last I checked, LJT has multiple transportation options to and from LJT that are free.
May 1, 2017 @ 7:39 am
“I know my guy did wrong, but I cant let him take heat for this… because he’s my guy. If he gets in trouble, and his career falls apart, that signature he gave me on a CD wont be worth nothin’. He told me I was awesome. Said I was badass. Sam Riggs is the best, man!”
May 1, 2017 @ 9:44 am
Really, rene is kinda right. At least in a glass house kinda way. Probably more of a pride thing than a “this is an important issue” kinda thing. Sam still sucks either way, and festivals are getting disgusting.
May 22, 2017 @ 1:29 pm
There were other people kicked out for other reasons, too. One man escorted out, had been a beer tosser (into the air and over everybody, including photographers and videographers who are working just as the musicians, stage hands, etc., are, which I have never figured out why that was fun!). This man ran up to a complete stranger, a woman, and socked her, with fist, in the throat. He got evicted.
April 30, 2017 @ 9:08 pm
No way that was gasoline…just saying.
May 1, 2017 @ 8:13 am
I dunno what it was, but Sam DID say himself that it was gasoline in a video he did with Justin Frazell’s Facebook yesterday. Sadly, that video has been removed.
April 30, 2017 @ 9:36 pm
They should charge his ass with Arson, wait, he’s a nobody and won’t have bail money to get out, nevermind, bad idea. At least his Mom and wife love him. He definitely doesn’t have to worry about a return show at LJT
May 1, 2017 @ 2:05 pm
A nobody lol you are a fool and I bet you he will be back next year
Don in Waco
May 1, 2017 @ 5:04 am
Just breaking the guitar, in and of itself, should be enought to get kicked out of any music festival. Sure, the fire stunt was irresponsible, but how is destroying a guitar EVER a good thing? I seem to recall something about Garth Brooks smashing guitars also and perhaps he started the stupidity. Good grief, use some prop and give the guitar to a deserving fan or a charity. Such a waste.
May 1, 2017 @ 6:12 am
John Hiatt agrees with you! “Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars smashing a perfectly good guitar.. I don’t know who they think they are…smashing a perfectly good guitar.”
May 1, 2017 @ 6:12 am
Yes, liars suck. But so did seeing creager on Thursday. Sam Riggs does that at every show RN. He did it the next night at the hunt county fair too. Liars still suck I just don’t find it so shocking
As the rest of the week. I have been coming to LJT for 18 years. It is a family tradition we love dearly. But in all honesty, this was the weakest LJT Saturday I have ever experienced. I came and tent camped alone for two days so I didn’t miss whiskey Myers and Randy Rogers who played on Tuesday??!!! WHAT??!!!! Why?!!!! They are huge and put on a killer show that would have really ended this week with a bang and I also felt like we all deserved an actual explanation as to why creager played on a Thursday. He’s done Saturday for a loooooong time and played this festival forever too. We all assume (since it was not addressed) that he and the rest of us are being punished because the festival can’t control some of these young kids who throw full beers through the audience and at the stage, which has been going on for years and years at this event. Other artists stated why they played a diff day. RC did not. He just said thanks for coming to see me on Thursday when I usually play Saturdays which confirmed my feelings that he was being punished for what the stupid kids do not just too busy on LJT sat night. And I seriously wonder when everyone is taping and drones are everywhere, why video can’t be freezed and used to identify these kids to security and law enforcement authorities? I understand safety is important BUT Please don’t punish us ALL for a few stupid kids. And by the way I spend a lot of time down in the front where the cattle corral gate is to keep us in, I would assume that is there with the new rules implemented to stop kids from throwing beer. So I don’t understand why kids next to me were being handed beers from the people on the other side of the cow corral with giant coolers? The gate is there to stop the beer throwing, is it not? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out those are probably the very kids throwing beers. And even if they aren’t, this would still be counterproductive. Soft coolers and limited beers shouldn’t be refilled from one side of The fence to the other. Might wanna address that lapse in security protocol cuz I watched it all week. AND If it is a marathon not a sprint as the man himself says, then why did we have to party hardest with the best bands at the start of the week? We love the LJT fest and always will. But Sat was the most underwhelming one I can ever recall. I miss the days when guys like willie Braun of reckless Kelly would just jam out for thirty min or so after their set with Larry Joe and the other bands. This year security was such a buzzkill they literally ran me and my daughter out of the front within ten min of the concert ending. We were looking for guitar pics, which we told them and not hurting a soul. Meanwhile multiple couples were making out pretty intensely against the stage rail at the same moment. Clearly me and a 16 yr old girl were the ones who needed to move along though. Weird how security messes with people like us so often and I never actually see them messing with the stupid kids that throw beer cans standing five feet in front of me and them with only 40 people in the pit and ten security guards around us on a Tuesday.
My daughter saw Larry Joe himself and got all excited. She waited for him to finish talking to his staff and introduced herself and told him she’s never missed a year in her life!!! To which he didn’t really say much at all or really even acknowledge her which hurt her feelings. He pretty much ignored her altogether but one of his staff said her story was neat and thanked her for sharing. I hope he was just in a bad mood because of this story breaking, and doesn’t treat all his fans that way! Esp young ones. It made us feel very unwelcome. I told her some rich people just think they are above the rest of us peons, even if it’s taking us peons money that made them rich. Don’t take it personal. I am going to have her read this story and suggest that is why he was so rude and I hope it’s true. I also hope next year these problems are fixed and that thirtieth annual LJT fest is the best one ever!
May 1, 2017 @ 8:16 am
“I didn’t miss Whiskey Myers and Randy Rogers who played on Tuesday??!!! WHAT??!!!! Why?!!!!”
Because they can book a show that pays 3 times as much on a Friday/Saturday night.
May 1, 2017 @ 10:13 am
And Randy stated he had to head to California for the Stagecoach fest.
May 1, 2017 @ 8:21 am
Larry Joe was probably having a bad time. I’ve know Larry Joe for a while and seen him interact with many fans and he’s generally been a class act. I’d chalk this one up to him just having a busy day with his festival and all the headaches that come with putting on an event of that size.
May 1, 2017 @ 11:03 pm
LJT week is long and tiring for the whole Taylor family. I’m sure Larry Joe really was just tired (&possibly a little hard of hearing! ). I know it was exciting for her but imagine if you met thousands of people in a week, I’m sure you’d be a little numb at the end of it too. If it helps you feel better we got a similar response and he even knows my family. Please don’t take it personal and I think it’s awesome that you & your daughter have that special story to share! If the festival isn’t what you are used to anymore, you should look into the trips Larry Joe does. Smaller groups of people and more laid back less of the crazy college kid crowd. Also check out Rhymes & Vines in the fall. Much more relaxed setting. More like LJT used to be in the beginning. Also, they frequently rotate artists days out for a variety of reasons, I am sure they weren’t punishing RC and I expect he’ll have a special place in the 30 yr Festival, as will all of those who have been around since the start. 😉
May 1, 2017 @ 7:47 am
Country just ain’t country anymore
May 1, 2017 @ 7:50 am
It was a brilliant move for Sam Riggs. He has struggled to become one of the Texas elite. Now he got his name out there. Smart PR move.
May 1, 2017 @ 8:09 am
Let me explain, I do not believe Sam was right. He was wrong! He put a lot of people at risk. The only point I was making, was he indeed the worse thing that happened out there? No! Why is this story blowing up? He was asked to leave, he did carry on. With everything that happens out there why the heck are we letting media blow this out of proportion? Yes! I was standing right there this year when a girl stabbed a guy in the face because he wouldn’t share his bong with her. I personally went and got the police and she was gone. Last year a co-worker had to leave because her daughter called her, she had been roofied and 4 guys tried to gang rape her. Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. This festival is suppose to be about the music and it is not anymore! People are so drunk and high they don’t even know who played!
May 1, 2017 @ 10:03 am
The reason this story blew up is because Sam Riggs and his people lied about it at every turn. I posted an article about the incident on Friday, and barely anyone paid attention. As soon as the lies began to be exposed, the story exploded. Sam would have been best served by walking off the property as requested, and never speaking of the incident again. People would have remembered the guitar burning, it would have been a part of LJT legend, and that would be the end of the story. Instead, the lies continued.
Nobody is condoning the other bad behavior at LJT Fest. But that’s an entirely different discussion.
May 1, 2017 @ 2:12 pm
He didn’t lie bout anything ass hat. Larry joe said no pryo fire is far from pyro. Sam Riggs is a legend period
May 1, 2017 @ 4:32 pm
Legend? When people reminisce, if people reminisce about Sam Riggs he will be known as the jackass that got kicked out of the LJT Fest for lighting his guitar on fire. I’d hate to see your list of legends if this clown is on it.
May 2, 2017 @ 2:56 pm
Yet again a new definition for the Merriam-Webster people.
Legend – New Meaning – To commit various forms of douchebaggery, and propagate multiple falsehoods to save face for the dozen or so fans one has attained.
May 2, 2017 @ 9:59 pm
Matt, the word “pyro” is literally the greek word for fire.
May 3, 2017 @ 3:38 pm
You seriously need to go stand in the fucking corner and think about what you just said.
May 1, 2017 @ 11:37 am
Reminds me of a young Johnny Cash. LJT should have just taken him behind the stage, whipped his ass with a newspaper, rubbed his nose in the “acceleratent” and let the week move on… LJT fest and safe and two hilarious words together.
“I’m all out of warnings, pick me up in the morning….” #samriggsisstillthefreakinman
May 1, 2017 @ 5:04 pm
Well, the alternative here was Sam Riggs not lying, not violating fire codes, and just gaining attention by playing a hell of a good show. Too bad we live in a day and age where being petulant gets you more attention than being talented.
May 1, 2017 @ 11:35 pm