Warrant issue press release after cancelling Illinois benefit show.
LOS ANGELES – May 16, 2014 – Rock band Warrant and Freakster’s Roadhouse today announced they have donated $7,500 to a relief fund set up to aid the victims of the Washington, Ill., tornado and $2,400 to Operation Delta Dog <http://www.operationdeltadog.org/> following the cancellation of a concert Saturday that was intended to raise money for these causes. The band didn’t play the show due to a last-minute venue change that raised questions about the legitimacy of the benefit, followed by non-payment and breach of contract by the concert promoter.
The concert was originally scheduled to take place in Washington, Ill., but the promoter failed to secure the proper permits. Freakster’s Roadhouse in Pontiac agreed to combine the Warrant show with a benefit concert scheduled to raise money for Operation Delta Dog that same evening.The $7,500 donation made to Washington Foundation Tornado Relief Fund represents the deposit originally paid to the band by the promoter.
Warrant has also asked promoter to donate the remaining $5,100 still owed the band to the same organization. The $2,400 donation to Operation Delta Dog represents the money the Freakster’s owners contributed – unbeknownst to the band – to try to make up for the promoter’s shortfall.
Warrant has a deep commitment to charity work and it is something the band takes very seriously. Once the legitimacy of the benefit was called into question, the decision was made to cancel the show and send the money to the charities directly. In order to make things right with fans, tickets to the cancelled show will be honored at Farm Rock <https://www.facebook.com/farmrockfest> in Wauconda, Ill. on August 31.