Threatin’s Now Former Touring Drummer Dane Davis Speaks Out On The Band’s Disastrous European/UK Tour


Should you want an inside look at the controversy surrounding Los Angeles, CA act Threatin‘s ill-fated European/UK tour, the band’s now former live drummer Dane Davis has given an interview about the trek and his brief time as part of the band to Classic Rock.

Davis was one of a trio of musicians hired to tour with Threatin mastermind Jered Threatin on the tour. It’s been alleged that Jerred managed to book the tour after paying for fake likes on Facebook, creating a fake label, a fake booking agency, a fake management company and sharing doctored live footage. It’s also been alleged that Jered crafted a fake rock news site, which gave the band an award in an apparent bid to legitimize them, among other claims. Davis himself states he was none the wiser until the trek started going sideways.

Davis went on to reveal that while all the expenses for the tour were paid for in advance, he was paid $300 for his time on the tour. He later found out  that money was to cover his food budget while on the trek. He also mentioned that the tour was originally presented to him as a North American trek, though those plans eventually shifted to Europe.

Regarding the first show of the largely unattended tour, which later saw venues publicly slam the band for allegedly lying about advance ticket sales and more, Davis recalled:

“It was at the Underworld in London. The venue was great, all the staff there, the sound there was awesome, everything was very professional, we had a back room to ourselves. Nothing was really too suspicious about how anything was going, up until we were playing the set.

We had two bands opening for us. I looked at the audience for the first band and there’s hardly anyone there – there’s maybe seven or eight people. I’m, like, ‘Well maybe this band’s not too popular.’ I didn’t know too much about them.

We didn’t even get names for the bands so we couldn’t look up information to do research. I just thought, ‘Maybe they’re not too popular and that’s okay. I’ve seen shows like this where it’s because hardly anyone shows up until the last act.’

It only really got weird when we played and there was no one there. Three people, max. I thought to myself, ‘This is very odd. This is supposed to be a sold-out show. What’s going on?’ The whole time as the show went on, Jered kept saying, ‘This is sort of strange. I’m used to more people being here.’”

He continued:

“He was playing it off as something weird going on. He mentioned that the promotions company was supposed to promote this, and the venues were supposed to promote this and stuff like that.

So we started thinking, ‘OK, there’s been a problem with the promotion company, this show was improperly promoted right.’ I looked at it and was, like, ‘That’s not good, but maybe the next show there’s going to be more people. Maybe not hundreds like we were originally told, but maybe 50.’”

When asked about the draw at the other shows and if attendance ever reached double figures, he replied:

“No, it was like, the other bands showed up and brought a few people, but that was the max. As everything was going on it became more and more defeating. I knew every show, no one was going to be there.

The band had started talking about it. Everything would be set up to have a good show, but we knew that no one was going to be there. It was always, ‘The promotions company right didn’t do their job.’

Jered was saying that he usually expects a bunch of people coming up to him, wanting autographs and stuff. Just a large crowd being there.

So we were suspicious about why this was occurring, but we just kept thinking, ‘The promotion company really just screwed up and someone is going to get fired for this.’”

As to when he found out about the alleged scam and made a decision to quit, he stated:

“It was on Friday, as soon as we got to Ireland. We took the ferry over to Ireland – it was maybe a two hour ride. It was all great, it was fun, and then my phone got signal and we got off the ferry and I got a couple of messages from people saying, ‘Sorry to hear about the scam.‘ Someone sent me an article, saying I should read this.

It was shocking. I just thought, ‘What do you mean this is a scam?’ I had no idea. I read the first article – you know, the whole tour is fake, the fans were faked, the views were fake, the comments were fake.

When I originally looked at social media, he had less likes and comments then I get on typical posts, but way more fans. I was a little bit, like, ‘That’s weird, how’s he this popular but he’s not getting comments?’

Again, in hindsight, you look at it and say, ‘Now it all makes sense.’ But in the moment, when things are going along fairly smoothly and you’re, like, ‘We’re going on tour’…”

You can read a whole lot more about the tour, the audition process and his departure from the band over at Classic Rock. Both guitarist Joe Prunera and Davis exited the tour last week once the news went wide of the apparent deception at play. Jered Threatin himself meanwhile has since reactivated his social media accounts and is promising to apparently make an official statement on the matter.

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