Switchfoot's Jon Foreman Answers Questions About Tampa Incident
August 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM (PT)
SWITCHFOOT frontman JON FOREMAN provided answers to some commonly asked questions from station programmers after SUNDAY night's (8/15) incident in TAMPA in which FOREMAN was removed from an after-concert performance by TAMPA police.
In the YOUTUBE video the cop mentions telling you to leave earlier. Did you know he was there earlier? Or were you playing and unaware of his request? The video is a bit confusing on that note. What really happened?
FOREMAN: Many times on tour I play a few tunes acoustic after our show when time allows. These after-shows are all about the love of the music: all acoustic, no amps, no mics, no tickets, just a couple tunes and whoever wants to listen. I see it as a chance to connect with music in a different way. I was playing in the parking lot outside of the amphitheater we'd just played. There were tons of folks still leaving the venue and the police car didn't really catch my attention until the officer began to yell at us to leave. He references telling me "one more song" but he must have talked to someone else. I had never spoken with the officer before.
If you had the chance to sit down with Officer FISHER today, what would you say to him? What would you want him to know that he didn't get the chance to hear last night as he was pulling you away from the after show?
FOREMAN: I would love to take him out to coffee and try and figure out how each of us could do our jobs better. I wanted to understand the situation, to know why he was yelling at us to leave. Maybe we could find a different place to play. I didn't understand why we weren't allowed to sing our songs for free outside of the venue that paid us to be there.
Does this affect your view of law enforcement?
FOREMAN: The police force deals with very tough situations all the time. I have a lot of respect for law enforcement officials.
Will there be more after shows?
FOREMAN: Of course!