NewsJune 23, 2014 8:59 AM ET11,867 views

Eyehategod, Ringworm, more ripped off by promoter

Several bands are understandably ticked off following a weekend show in which the promoter is alleged to have disappeared without paying anyone. The Saturday show at the Dollhouse in Savannah, GA was dubbed "The Savannah Metal-Punx Birthday Bash" and featured eight bands, including Eyehategod, Ringworm, and Enabler. According to DoSavannah.com, promoter Floyd Lionel has "guaranteed a large sum of money for the headliners, Eyehategod, and Ringworm, as well as the other touring bands." Tickets for the show were sold for $25, however, Lionel apparently left with all the proceeds, failing to pay the bands and venue. Ringworm took to Facebook last night to complain:
"So, yeah, us, Enabler and Eyehategod got ripped off in Savannah, GA. The promoter, Floyd Lionel, left and didn't pay any of us. His email is [redacted] and phone is [redacted] (although it appears to be shut off)."
Both Eyehategod and Ringworm had signed contracts with Lionel and are now considering legal action. They may be forced to do some detective work though, as Lionel told DoSavannah in an interview last week "that this was his last big bash in Savannah before moving to New York." show flyer
UPDATE: This morning promoter Floyd Lionel issued the following statement via Facebook:
"First apologies all around for Saturday not making excuses but I suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) what you witnessed Saturday night was a person having a full blown mental breakdown due to a lot of undue stress from what was already a very long and stressful day, My departure was not based upon any attempt to avoid responsibilities or as some corners have said 'run off with band money.' But to prevent a situation that could have quite easily deteriorated into a far worse harmful situation for myself and others around me. Again apologies to all whom were directly adversely affected by my breakdown."
Ringworm says they've now been paid. Additionally, one of the opening bands, The Day Of The Beast, claims that they have been paid by Lionel via PayPal.

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anonymous 6/23/2014 6:07:23 AM

You'll never catch me! -Floyd

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:07:41 AM

Nobody cares. First. Piss off.

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:37:09 AM

go read somewhere else, no one asked you

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:38:37 AM

expected gross for each band $130 cry yourselves a river All the money went into the poster and promotion. Clearly you gayrons

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:40:18 AM

LETS RAGE - Floyds mom

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:43:10 AM

he will fit right into New York, with all of it's Ego ridden promoters...

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:45:46 AM

"expected gross for each band $130 cry yourselves a river" You clearly know nothing about show promotion. Any deficiency between how much the show actually made and how much he agreed to pay comes out of the promoters pocket.

anonymous 6/23/2014 6:46:13 AM

I'm down with this.

RickRock 6/23/2014 7:17:26 AM

I doubt this dude's name is even Lionel Floyd. It's he's not completely retarded, he would have provided a fake name well in advance if he had planned all along to bail with the dough. It's always weird when venues don't have their own door guy. You're just asking to be ripped off.

anonymous 6/23/2014 8:42:30 AM

It is not he is not completely retarted? I think you are completely retarted....

anonymous 6/23/2014 10:33:49 AM

oh he gone.

anonymous 6/23/2014 11:37:17 AM

If you sign something and dont pay it ecpect to have consequences either court or getting the shit kicked out of you

brassknuckleromance 6/23/2014 1:40:02 PM

not the first time I've seen this before with this particular gentleman, from others' experience and my own. promoters that don't pay up pay up pay up get a brick in their windows..all of them.

anonymous 6/23/2014 3:52:48 PM

Seems like having social anxiety and trying to be a concert promoter isn't the best choice.. but what do I know.

anonymous 6/23/2014 3:53:07 PM

YOU JUST GOT MERAUDERED!!!

anonymous 6/23/2014 9:33:50 PM

When I get super stressed I spend other peoples money on strippers, but you wouldn't get it cuz your not stressed, ok.

Snoopy2 6/24/2014 7:49:11 PM

How is this a fcking news piece you dumbasses? Bands' been paid and there's no issue. Shut down this fcking website.

Snoopy2 6/25/2014 8:18:14 AM

How is this a fcking news piece you dumbasses? Bands' been paid and there's no issue. Shut down this fcking website.

anonymous 6/26/2014 7:58:15 PM

One would think a man named Lionel Floyd would be less of a bitch.

anonymous 6/28/2014 2:30:31 PM

Oof. These bands ever heard of deposits and advances? Try it sometime fellas. If you're guaranteed money, why wait to get it after the show? You're getting paid guaranteed money whether the promoter breaks even or makes a profit. D




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