There is a hired gun drummer named Dane Davis who was recently hired by Jared Threatin to play drums in his band Threatin for their European Tour. Ever heard of Threatin? Us neither. Talking to Classic Rock here are some things that Dane said about this crazy tour.
“It was at the Underworld in London. The venue was great, all the staff there, the sound there was awesome, everything was very professional, we had a back room to ourselves. Nothing was really too suspicious about how anything was going, up until we were playing the set.
We had two bands opening for us. I looked at the audience for the first band and there’s hardly anyone there – there’s maybe seven or eight people. I’m, like, ‘Well maybe this band’s not too popular.’ I didn’t know too much about them.
We didn’t even get names for the bands so we couldn’t look up information to do research. I just thought, ‘Maybe they’re not too popular and that’s okay. I’ve seen shows like this where it’s because hardly anyone shows up until the last act.’
It only really got weird when we played and there was no one there. Three people, max. I thought to myself, ‘This is very odd. This is supposed to be a sold-out show. What’s going on?’ The whole time as the show went on, Jered kept saying, ‘This is sort of strange. I’m used to more people being here.’”
When Dane was asked when he found out that this whole thing was kind of a scam, he said:
“It was on Friday, as soon as we got to Ireland. We took the ferry over to Ireland – it was maybe a two hour ride. It was all great, it was fun, and then my phone got signal and we got off the ferry and I got a couple of messages from people saying, ‘Sorry to hear about the scam.‘ Someone sent me an article, saying I should read this.
It was shocking. I just thought, ‘What do you mean this is a scam?’ I had no idea. I read the first article – you know, the whole tour is fake, the fans were faked, the views were fake, the comments were fake.
When I originally looked at social media, he had less likes and comments then I get on typical posts, but way more fans. I was a little bit, like, ‘That’s weird, how’s he this popular but he’s not getting comments?’
Again, in hindsight, you look at it and say, ‘Now it all makes sense.’ But in the moment, when things are going along fairly smoothly and you’re, like, ‘We’re going on tour’…”
This whole story is insane, do yourself a favor and read the entire interview.