Dave Matthews plays in MLB park, says Americans are racist, we 'can take a bike' or walk, and his driver dumps 800 lbs. of human waste into river
- top photo from 2009 Fenway Park concert,
- photos 2 and 3 from 2006 Fenway Park concert
- 9/21/09, CNN: "There's a fairly blatant racism in America...-- I just see it everywhere. There's a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he's black, even if they don't say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it."...
- 5/20/10, CNS News: "people who do not need to travel as much as he does with his band “can take a bike” or walk to help save the planet."
- Mr Wohl, 42, from Selma, Texas, originally denied discharging waste from Chicago's Kinzie Street Bridge.
But a surveillance camera at a nearby health club proved the bus was on the bridge at the time."...
- 3.10.05, "Band driver admits dumping sewage"
- 4.30.05, BBC, "The Dave Matthews Band has agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago.
The band's bus dumped the raw sewage while crossing a bridge over the Chicago River in August 2004.
Last month, the driver of the bus pleaded guilty to the charges.
- The band also agreed to take steps to avoid any repeat incident, by recording when and where its tour buses empty septic tanks."...
- 3.9.05, CBS News, Chicago: "When Wohl was charged, prosecutors said he had talked to investigators and denied discharging waste on the bridge, prosecutors said.
- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has also filed a civil lawsuit seeking $70,000 in damages against the band and driver alleging they violated state environmental laws. That case is ongoing, and the next court date is scheduled for next month, according to Madigan spokeswoman Melissa Merz."
"Dave Matthews' driver: I dumped" by J. Holguin
- 8.26.04, mtv.com "Authorities in Chicago are considering criminal charges against the Dave Matthews Band after reviewing surveillance footage of an August 8 incident in which the group's tour bus allegedly dumped human waste into the Chicago River.
Police Commander Michael Chasen said he's certain that the band's bus is the culprit, thanks to the footage, which was shot from nearby buildings and shows a bus crossing the bridge as a tour boat passes below (see "Dave Matthews Band Sued For Stinking Up Chicago River"). Criminal charges could include violations of public nuisance laws and ordinances to protect public health and safety, according to The Associated Press....
Around two-thirds of the passengers sitting on the upper deck of Chicago's Little Lady were hit with the falling waste, the Chicago Tribune reported. Five passengers went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for testing...The state of Illinois filed suit against the Dave Matthews Band and Wohl on Tuesday, alleging that they violated state water pollution and public they violated state water pollution and public nuisance laws. The suit seeks $70,000 in civil penalties.
Jerry Fitzpatrick, the driver initially accused of dumping the waste, told the Tribune that "the band is very environmentally conscious. We wouldn't want to have anything to do with this sort of thing."
The Dave Matthews Band is on tour through October 8, when the group's bus will stop at the University of Florida in Gainesville for the final show of the Vote for Change Tour (see "Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Springsteen, Others Join Vote For Change Tour").
A spokesperson for the Dave Matthews Band could not be reached at press time."
by A. Rashbaum, "Dave Matthews Band may face criminal charges over bus stink"
8.25.04, "Dave Matthews Band spokesperson John Vlautin said of the incident, "Our driver has stated that he was not involved in this incident," and added that the band "will continue to be cooperative in this investigation."...Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon