We’re pretty sure that at this point in time, everyone has heard that Front Porch Step (Jake Mcelfresh) was allowed to perform at the Acoustic Basement stage on the Vans Warped Tour in Nashville yesterday (July 1). This resulted in several artists dropping off the stage (Aaron West) and others telling attendees to stay clear from that stage during the set (Senses Fail).
Almost as quickly as it was revealed that he would be performing, the internet went crazy over his presence at the festival. Accusations began that it was all a stunt to sell more tickets to the show that day or it was the festival condoning the presence of an alleged pedophile at a show full of minors.
To say that Warped Tour concert-goers (or now former concert-goers?) were upset about the singer’s inclusion on the line-up would be one of the biggest understatements of the decade. We’ve read too many articles from writers giving their opinions about the situation in the last 24 hours.
Things definitely got heated with many commentators on those posts repeatedly calling Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman an “asshole” and telling him to “go fuck himself” and straight up telling him he needs to be “kicked out of the scene.”
Around the time that the video footage of Mcelfresh surfaced online, Lyman went to Alternative Press and spoke to them, exclusively, about letting Mcelfresh onto the Nashville line-up. We’re sure that just ignited people even more than before.
According to Lyman, it was part of Mcelfresh’s “therapy.” Lyman claims he spoke with Mcelfresh’s counselor who recommended that playing a set at the festival would help with the singer’s recovery.
“He was only supposed to be here long enough to play his show,” Lyman revealed to Alt Press.
“[But] the weather today has been putting us behind schedule. He wasn’t added to the tour, so those claims that he was ‘added to sell tickets’ are completely groundless.”
Lyman also pointed out that Mcelfresh still has not been formally charged with any misconduct, which led to him agreeing with the performance.
“If he was a legitimate danger to anyone, he simply would not have been here.”
We beg to differ and apparently the court of opinion has already ruled him as guilty.