Re: your Times Union report of Putnam Den concert
My compliments on your “bizarre” reporting! Please see my corrections on your errors of fact in bold.
“staged a musical protest against what was to have been her own concert inside.”
I was occupying my own concert, which was advertised as mine even as the cops arrived and the marquee stated as much, where I was threatened with trespassing if I entered the venue.
“Shocked, whose touring career was largely derailed three years ago after she made what were interpreted as antigay comments during a show in San Francisco,”
I was targeted and persecuted by a group called NO H8 which operates as a reputational exploitation profiteering extortion racket
“Instead, according to witnesses and participants in the events, after a falling-out with her musical and business partner,”
I arrived for a soundcheck at 7pm, gave my gear to the soundman who offered to set my levels and was then met outside by Josh Chambers who informed me that if I performed, he and his sidemen would be packing up and leaving instead.
“she sat in the back of Chambers’ Jeep, playing songs and refusing to get out.”
I sat in the back of Chambers Jeep to have an opportunity to resolve the conflict. Instead, he called the cops.
“After police convinced her to exit the vehicle, witnesses said, Shocked put up a banner in the alley behind the club and began to play again.”
After police requested that I step outside to talk with them, one of the officers went in to talk to Josh Chambers and emerged to report that the venue owner would have me arrested for trespassing if I went inside. I left and returned briefly with a banner stating that an “Art Project” was taking place and that I was occupying my own concert
“Putnam Den owner Tiffany Albert backed a truck into the alley and began blasting heavy metal music to drown out Shocked, Chambers said.”
After police spoke to the venue owner, she began harassing me by taking video footage. I reminded her that she had stolen $150 from the previous engagement as she was verbally abusing me and disparaging my reputation. I began performing for the fans that were gathering, many whom had driven considerable distances to attend my concert. This was the catalyst for Tiffany to attempt to drown out the performance. It didn’t work. I sing in a gospel choir.
“Shocked answered her cellphone Friday afternoon but refused to comment, referring a reporter to her Twitter account.”
A reporter called my cellphone after my private number was posted publicly on Twitter and I was inundated with harassing callers.
“Thursday’s Putnam Den concert was to have been their third performance, after the earlier show at the Saratoga venue and one in Syracuse.”
The show in Syracuse was live streamed without authorization and Josh Chambers was responsible. The links were removed from YouTube via DMCA notice shortly before I arrived for soundcheck. Josh Chambers should have taken responsibility for the infringement as it is the entire basis for our understanding as an artist collective that unauthorized bootlegs are exploitative of artist rights and not to be tolerated. As a matter of fact, the comments that were interpreted as antigay three years ago were also in response to unauthorized bootlegging and not directed at the LGBT community in any way.
“According to Chambers, events that led to Thursday’s scene started earlier in the week, when Shocked texted photos to Chambers that suggested she had gone through his parents’ house and found a number of bottles of medications that had been prescribed to him as part of treatment for mental-health issues. “
Nothing happened earlier in the week. The only event related to Thursday’s scene took place Wednesday afternoon when Josh Chambers and Luke Ruedy drove to Saratoga to open bank accounts and I discovered the live streaming links on YouTube from the Syracuse show. Furthermore, Josh’s prescription medication was not the cause of alarm but rather notes containing quantities of prescription drugs and dollar amounts and addresses and names in Mexico.
“One photo shows the bottles, another a handwritten list of medications from 2014, a third with several empty bottles of alcohol. Shocked later posted them on Twitter with the caption, “Addiction: A Triptych,” and texted them to Chambers’ mother.
When he returned to his parents’ home that evening, Chambers said, Shocked was locked in her room. She later left on foot, he said, and refused to get in the car when he followed her.”
Your timeline here is completely reversed. When Chambers returned home Wednesday evening after opening the bank account in Saratoga earlier that day, my bags were already packed and I was hoping for a ride as there is no public transportation in Greenwich. When I left the house with my packed bags, Josh Chambers mother tried to stop me from leaving and so I began to depart on foot instead. Later that evening, she texted me stating “You’re not who I thought you were.” I replied, “That’s alright. Neither is your son” and sent her the photographs that indicate narcotrafficking to anyone with two brain cells and lacking a mother’s complete capacity for denial of her son’s substance abuse problems that landed him in the hospital earlier this year. As for Josh following me in the car, at no point did he offer to give me a ride out of town but instead was satisfied to leave me stranded in Greenwich. At no point was I ever locked in my room, and there was no lock on the door. The report given seems contrived to appear as if I was upset or causing a drama, but I merely left the house with my packed bags and made no statement concerning my departure. Luke Ruedy was a witness to this departure and suggested to Mrs. Chambers that I simply had “a different path to take” and that she stop trying to detain me.
“After two days of no communication from Shocked, Chambers said, he and his fellow band members, drummer Sam Zucchini and bass player Luke Ruedy, decided Thursday evening to perform a free show of Chambers’ music at Putnam Den and to refund pressed tickets for what had been billed as an evening showcasing all of Shocked’s second album, “Captain Swing, from 1989.”
It was less than 12 hours between my departure from the Chambers residence and the soundcheck at Putnam Den. I had tried calling Putnam Den several times from my Saratoga motel but after no answer, went over for the soundcheck. I’d had no contact with Josh Chambers at this point. As I said before, he did not indicate that tickets had been refunded. Also, as I stated before, the marquee was displayed with my name on it even at 7pm, one hour before the doors were to open. Also, as I stated before, he inquired whether I was performing that evening after the soundman was given my equipment to check.
“The doors were about to open and the sound guy told me, ‘I just ran into Michelle. She said she’s going to have a mic check in the alley in five minutes,’ ” Chambers said. He said he went outside and found her sitting in his Jeep, playing music.”
The factual errors in this statement are critical. I will divide them in smaller sections:
“The doors were about to open”
I arrived at 7. The doors opened at 8. The show was at 9.
“and the sound guy told me, ‘I just ran into Michelle.”
After conferring with the soundman, I went across the street to the motel to get my equipment.
“She said she’s going to have a mic check in the alley in five minutes,’ “
What does this even mean?!? I think what you were trying to say was that I told him five minutes ago in the alley that I was coming back to do a mic check in the club. Or are you saying I was planning to do a mic check in the alley?!
“I championed her and celebrated her eccentricities,”
As a feminist, I quite object to this characterization. “Eccentricities” is a dog-whistle term for a strong-willed woman.
“but when they started to land in such a way that was personal and abusive — when she was verbally abusive to my mother, who had given her a place to live and had been feeding her for more than a month — it crossed way over the line.”
I did quite the opposite of this. Josh’s mother was very upset that I was leaving the house with my packed bags and wouldn’t say anything. When she asked, “Was it something I did?” I replied, “Of course not.” For Josh to use his mother as slander when I have been witness to her desperation and tears in regard to his substance abuse and addiction is quite irritating to me. This, I call a Dick Move.
“The Chambers-Shocked war escalated Friday on Twitter, with Shocked seeming to refer to him as a drug addict”
Sheesh. There is a real war in Syria. A coup attempt in Turkey. A neo-nazi putsch in the Ukraine. Get a grip. There is no Chambers-Shocked war. I am a seasoned Twitter user, having been engaged for three years continuously to defend my reputation and I am well aware of the limits of 140 characters for conflict resolution. Using subtweets was a diplomatic opportunity to speak to Josh when he would have much preferred to engage by text message. I did not mention him by name and was discrete to blur out any identifying features of the prescription drugs. It was entirely his over-reaction in a volatile situation to identify himself as the subject of the ‘Addiction: A Triptych’ subtweet.
“and Chambers responding with insults and, in apparent reference to what he see as Shocked’s hypocrisy, photos showing her support for socialist politician Bernie Sanders juxtaposed with an ATM receipt listing a bank balance of more than $81,000. “
Yes. Yes he did. But I have learned during our brief collaboration that the over-reaction and what you refer to as insults (which I am clear is emotional abuse), is almost always fostered by a drug and alcohol related toxicity and I refuse to take them personally, even as my reputation is slandered. As for the $81,000 ATM receipt, it isn’t mine. Sorry, I wish it was.
“By midafternoon, Chambers deactivated his Twitter account. He said he felt Shocked was baiting him, adding, “I just can’t respond in a civil manner.”
He really can’t. Abuse is to an addict what gaslighting is to a narcissist.
Hey, Steve, you’re a food critic. Don’t blame yourself if your investigative journalism isn’t up to snuff. You got played by a junkie. Here’s a cool watermelon gazpacho recipe to cheer you up.
notorious provocateur and recovering alcoholic