Falling in Reverse front man Ronnie Radke was recently called out online after he posted a video message explaining that his band had to pull out of their appearance at Illinois’ WIIL Rock Fest on September 24 after losing their laptops.
As Radke said in the video, "We walk into rehearsals, and our laptops are missing, that we run all of our show on and stuff. And as a band in 2022, you need your laptops, you know? It's like driving a car without an engine. It's really unfortunate. Supposedly they are lost. Blame it on our crew, I guess. I don't know how that happened. That's never happened before. Pretty upset about it. They were brand new laptops. … I'm very sorry, guys."
Among the many voices that criticized Radke and Falling in Reverse for not playing fully live was Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk, who then wrote on his Facebook page:
“This is astonishing .. First I heard about this I thought it was a joke to wind me up. How much longer are fans, promoters , media, just going to accept the epidemic of live rock shows… not really being live? Paying your hard-earned money to see a band play “live” that’s not truly live?! And there are countless bands in 2022 that hone their craft and play live! Tons! New and old !! Including the one that subbed for them in their slot, Jackyl . No laptop needed there! This is just unreal. But at least I give them credit for being honest. Wow. I am closer than ever to launching my own band. And I can’t sing or play a note .. simply amazing.”
Since this is the internet, Radke responded to Trunk, and, because he could, eventually pulled Sebastian Bach into the conversation, sharing a video of Bach onstage and writing, "@EddieTrunk introducing @sebastianbach using tracks, both idiots talking Shit about me using tracks can't make this shit up."
It was only a matter of time, of course, before Bach himself responded in kind. "Wow dummy are you trying to say that you believe that I use tracks on stage?," Bach tweeted at Radke. "@EddieTrunk how f****** funny is this."
To which Radke responded, "There's a fake audience cheer in your intro tracks and also fake drums the fuck you mean? that shit isn't real you are using a fake audience cheering as you walk out on a fucking track hence you using tracks."
The online back-and-forth continued over the course of several hours, with Bach eventually writing, "It's always so much fun to show someone what the world was like before the internet existed get f****** ready. Virtual reality is so much fun until you have to deal with actual reality. In your face. Can't wait to meet you in person. Name the time and the place and I will introduce you to rock and roll in person man."
For what it’s worth, one ‘80s-era hard rocker who did chime in with support for Radke was Nikki Sixx, who wrote on his Twitter page: "Keep beating that fake bullshit drum. Sounds so 'Get Off My Lawn'. God forbid if some artists use technology as a creative tool on albums and in live settings. I get it. Just open your mind and stop fighting reality. Makes you sound outta touch and I like that you fly the rock flag."
Both Bach and Radke, however, have continued to trade comments and barbs on Twitter – not only with one another, but also with supporters and detractors who have picked a side in the debate. You can follow along on Bach and Radke's Twitter pages.