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Jered Threatin Claims To Have Booked More Shows For Fake Bands; Threatin Documentary & Film Allegedly In The Works


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Jered “Threatin” Eames, the musician behind the infamously disastrous European/UK tour last year, is back in the headlines again. He first gained some notoriety after booking a 2018 European/UK tour under fairly fraudulent means. To that end he and his wife Kelsey are thought to have impersonated a label, publicist, booking agency and manager. They also went as far to employ paid for social media likes, doctored video footage and fake websites to further the scheme. The end result was a series of shows featuring single digit attendance and alleged lies served to promoters, his own touring bandmates and more.

After several shows the tour fell apart, as his backing musicians began to exit the tour mid-run. Threatin would later go on to reveal in an interview with Rollingstone that the scheme was a “publicity stunt”. In December of last year it was revealed that one of the venues he originally booked for the scrapped tour had booked him for a proper show.

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Indeed, he will apparently be playing The Underworld in London, England on November 01st, hoping to capitalize on the infamy he generated roughly a year back. While his touring bandmates from the original trek would go on to win lawsuits against him earlier this year, there hasn’t been much mention of Threatin since.

A recently posted investigative feature from Kerrang! featuring an interview conducted with Threatin and his wife finds him portraying himself as an evil genius of sorts, claiming to having masterminded the entire debacle to go viral in response to an industry that previously spurned him.

Other findings in relation to the origins of the money he used to fund the tour (Kerrang! suspect his wife’s wages and loans were used to fund it,) his current employment (they were unable to find any record of him having a job) and more dug up by Kerrang! seem to paint a sadder picture. They did apparently verify that he graduated from college with a degree in in psychology however.

For his upcoming show, Eames has managed to rope in a new backing band, recently telling Ultimate-guitar.com

“My backing band for this event is Elijah Stavely on drums, Chris Jaxon on bass, and Brandon Herrin on rhythm guitar. On my last tour, I had the tour booked before I even hired a backing band.

So, I ended up hiring some low-level people that would effectively just stand there, hold instruments, and pose as a band. I knew we were playing to no one, so I wasn’t particularly concerned with their musical abilities.

This time around I had more time to audition musicians and assess skill. It was a much different process.”

Speaking further to the latter publication, he also claimed that in addition to a new album, there are a documentary and feature film on him and his elaborate touring scam both in the works:

“My second album “Infamous‘ is nearly complete and will be released in 2020. It will be nothing like my previous record. Every record I create will be vastly different.

I partnered with The Gotham Group, the producers of the Maze Runner films, to release a Threatin documentary and a Threatin feature-length, scripted film as well. I will be coordinating my album release with the release of the first film.”

As for his other future plans, Threatin claims to have booked more shows for fake bands, including some at the venues he previously tricked on the 2018 run. He told Ultimate Guitar of that:

“I have already begun booking my next concept tour; The Threatin Incognito Tour. I have created 10 fake bands, all with their own band names, backstories, and the right image and social media numbers to fool booking agents and venues. I have already booked two shows at two of the venues I fooled during my stunt last year; the Bristol Exchange and The Asylum in Birmingham.

Hiding in the event schedules of these two venues are bands that do not exist. But, they were booked solely on image and social media numbers. We’ll see if these venues are able to identify the fake bands before the day of the event where I will otherwise arrive and perform a surprise show. I have done this just to show it could be done, again. 8 more venues in the US and UK will have the same quarrel. The industry is built on lies, so, lies is what you feed it.”

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