Fyre Pageant is prone to go down as one of many nice boondoggles in music fest historical past, stranding a bunch of upwardly cellular celebration goers in their very own non-public, wristband-powered model of the Starvation Video games. However whereas organizer Ja Rule—and particularly his co-founder, not too long ago arrested New York entrepreneur Billy McFarland—have been the most important targets of criticism for the Fest’s disastrous tent-city consequence, one other perpetrator has come ahead to just accept a few of the blame: Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio singer-guitarist Matt Skiba, and his wonderful sorcerous powers.
Per Rolling Stone, Skiba not too long ago gave an interview during which he disparaged the pageant—which Blink-182 dropped out of shortly earlier than it was set to kick off—saying, “I had a foul feeling about that occasion.” Thus wigged out, he introduced the darkish magics which can be his proper—because the scion of not only one, however two pop punk establishments—to bear on the Caribbean pageant. “I think about myself a pagan and a witch,” Skiba stated. “With each inch of my vitality I wished Fyre to not occur. I put all of the electrical energy and vitality in my physique in opposition to that factor occurring.” And never occurring, it did. (Not?)
Skiba says his dislike for the pageant—which listed ticket costs beginning at $5,000, and solely went up from there—stemmed from extra than simply unhealthy vibes; he additionally stated he was disgusted by its flaunting of opulence in entrance of the poverty-stricken members of the non-partying-tourists inhabitants of the Bahamas. “It’s classist and racist after which they determined to park a bunch of yachts with fashions to indicate off in entrance of those poor individuals, taking place there with all of your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts,” Skiba stated, including that he’s glad to take the credit score for the pageant’s collapse. “I’ll take accountability and everybody can blame me. Shazam. I used to be on my sofa feeling considerably responsible, however very relieved that I wasn’t there with individuals stealing from one another.”
It’s price noting that the preliminary interview the place Skiba stated these things—to NME—seems to have have been pulled, probably on the behest of some poor publicist, who’d lastly satisfied themselves that the “Blink-182 singer saying loopy stuff in regards to the supernatural” portion of their profession was nicely and really finished.
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