The annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally kicked off in Sturgis, SD last week, descending a non-socially-distanced, non-mask-wearing crowd upon the city for 10-days of motorcycle events and concerts.
Amongst the performers on Sunday (9) was Trapt. Photos from the event show a meager crowd gathered for the band’s set. However, Trapt would like you to believe that these are “fake news.”
The first photos to emerge from the set showed a sparse crowd gathered around the stage as the band played. That photo was seen by Consequence of Sound and used in a story about the night’s show (which also featured Smash Mouth), saying that “Even COVID-denying bikers want nothing to do with them.”
Of course, Trapt wasn’t going to take that. They snapped back at CoS, tweeting the photo they posted earlier in the day on Instagram, shot from a different angle where you can see more people (though they still look sparse and unenthusiastic), with the caption “The nerds in @consequence find the moment with least amount of people front of stage, like the first song of an opening set, to prove no one showed up to this. Am I trump or something? These metal/metal core Nerd face music sites are formerly bullied adult kids trying to turn the tables.”
As previously mentioned, Smash Mouth played later that day and drew a way more sizable crowd, so it wasn’t just poor attendance at the festival. The difference between the photos is stunning (and quite a bit disturbing).
Trapt frontman Chris Taylor Brown made headlines earlier this year after going on a three-day Twitter rant in which he defended President Trump’s handling of the pandemic and berated other users of the site.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally continues through August 16 with performances from Buckcherry, Saliva, Drowning Pool, Lit, Quiet Riot, Reverend Horton Heat and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony still to come.
Trapt released their latest album, Shadow Work, in June.