Radio Moscow Implodes w/Onstage Fight


Frontman Parker Griggs
after receiving 14 stitches to the forehead last Saturday night.


By Blurt Staff


Last month we reviewed the mighty Radio Moscow’s recent
album The Great Escape of Leslie
(Alive), noting that it “feeds from the teat of late sixties and
seventies Nuggets comp forefathers, vocal effects and hallucinogens
dripping from the speakers and the psychedelic, heavy, effects-driven guitar of
Parker Griggs.”


Apparently all that heaviness and aggression went into
overdrive Saturday night at the start of the band’s North American tour when
the members had, in the label’s words, “a physical meltdown onstage during their hometown record
release show in Ames, IA. With internal friction between the
threesome apparently boiling over, the band made it to the final song of their
setlist before things came to a head. Literally. The drummer grabbed Griggs’
guitar and, according to Griggs, hurled it as hard as he could at the
guitarist, leaving a gaping wound in his forehead and blood everywhere. Griggs
was then rushed to the local emergency room, where he received 14 stitches.”


Watch the implosion, below:



Interestingly, if you check the viewer comments below the
at YouTube, some of the notes were apparently penned by fans who were in
attendance and saw the events go down. For example, “BluesPills” wrote, “Nice
editing… you left out all the parts where parker was bashing his band on
stage on the mic to all the friends and family in the audience. You also left
out the the guitar actually hit Cory in the neck, Cory just reacted, there was
no time for aim are you serious… oh one more thing… just so its clarified.
The night before Parker threw a beer can at a womans face. That woman being The
bassists girlfriend. That woman being the singer of Blues Pills.”


Another commenter, “somewhere646,” added, “I think you
should post the uncut version from Saturdays second set. Let people hear all
the shit parker was saying about the bassist and drummer before he threw the
guitar at the drummer. Can tell your friends with Parker. Because everyone
else who was there thought Parker was the ass.”


So clearly there is a divergence of opinion here. But that’s
none of our business, and besides, Griggs has already put together a new
version of the band. According to the record label:


“Needless to say that
was the end of this particular incarnation of Radio Moscow
(but then Parker always has toured with an ever-changing set of guitarists and
drummers in the past, not to mention that he plays all of the instruments on
Radio Moscow’s
albums).  With only one day before their Chicago
show, Griggs enlisted two new musicians into the band – bassist Billy Ellsworth
from San Diego and drummer Lonnie Blanton from Salt Lake City, who flew into Chicago yesterday and arrived at the venue
just hours before their gig. Radio Moscow
is reborn and once again ready to rock the nation… hopefully now with a lot
less bloodshed.”


As the tour will continue, Alive is also offering a
previously unreleased Radio Moscow track, “The Stranger,” which is featured on
Alive’s new various artists sampler Where
Is Parker Griggs
. Good luck to Radio Moscow, and here’s hoping they make it
through the tour. Dates are below.



01/10/12 Ace of
Cups, Columbus OH (without Graveyard)
01/12/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
01/13/12 Middle East, Cambridge MA
01/14/12 North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
01/15/12 Golden West, Baltimore MD
01/16/12 DC9, Washington DC
01/17/12 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
01/18/12 Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC
01/19/12 Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC
01/20/12 Exit / In, Nashville TN
01/21/12 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
01/22/12 Hi-Tone Café, Memphis TN
01/23/12 Dave’s Skate Park, Texarkana, TX (without Graveyard)
01/24/12 Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX
01/25/12 Mohawk, Austin TX
01/27/12 Yucca Tap Room, Tempe AZ
01/28/12 Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA
01/29/12 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz (without Graveyard)
01/30/12 Café Du Nord, San Francisco CA
01/31/12 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
02/01/12 The Tractor, Seattle WA
02/21/12 Humboldt Brews, Arcata, CA (without Graveyard)



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