Trapt have had quite the last 12 months or so. Hilariously, the band was accused of fudging their first-week sales numbers for their new album, Shadow Work, which was their first album since 1999 not to debut in the Billboard Top 200. Combined with vocalist // bandleader Chris Brown’s antics and unrestrained tirades on social media, and you have a recipe for commercial disaster.
Of course, the band likes to pretend the coronavirus pandemic – which has crippled the live events industry – doesn’t exist. As far as touring and playing shows goes, anyway. Still playing shows and “bringing it” with whoever will have them (the list is pretty short), Chris Brown continues to harp on the fact that their streaming numbers are still standing up. Pretty easy to do when your biggest single, “Headstrong”, has over 200 million Spotify streams more than anything else they’ve ever released. Amusingly, the band were booked for a show at the end of October in Fairbanks, Alaska, which the band announced a short time ago – and judging by the title of this article, you can guess what happened next.
Originally, the band was set to play a Back The Blue show at The Spur, a venue in Fairbanks. The band attempted to sell the tickets – which started at $25 each – but less than 24 hours later is when the real action started.
However, The Spur – the venue in question – weren’t having it, promptly kicking them from the show not even 24 hours later. The Spur claimed Trapt “has taken away from the intent of our establishment”, yet amusingly, the show is still going on in October. Just without Trapt.
Hilariously, that wasn’t the end of it, though. Trapt accused the venue of a “HARD virtue signal flex”, whatever that means. With many venues refusing to book the band entirely (the ones that are open, anyway), Chris Brown seemingly has no apologies for this.