BETH SCHULDINER COMMENTS ON “DEATH TO ALL” CONTROVERSY
The controversy surrounding the past summer’s Death To All shows just got a little more personal: Beth Schuldiner, Chuck’s sister, has posted her side of the story on the SMNnews.com “Death Metal” forum.
As we reported last week, the musicians and crew on the tour have yet to be paid and the Sweet Relief charity (which benefits musicians in need and was promised 20% of all proceeds) has yet to receive any money. Meanwhile, accusations have been flying back and forth between Death’s manager Eric Greif and the tour’s organizers, Sick Drummer Magazine, in a very public manner (including in our comments section).
Read Beth’s statement below:
I have to step in here. I am Beth Schuldiner, Chuck’s sister. I was at the New York show and all of the guys were UNBELIEVABLE!!!! AND, so were the fans! NO ONE can take this away from them!
Ian and Anton of Sick Drummer approached us; my family and Eric with this idea to do a small tour and aside from getting the band members together, a percentage of the proceeds would benefit the Charity, Sweet Relief; a charity which helps musicians and who did in fact help Chuck. I was initially concerned, as “benefits” have been done in Chuck’s name before, while Chuck was alive and still struggling to survive and the monies were stolen. I was assured by many that this would not and could not happen. You be the judges”
Fact-Our mother, Jane, is contacted each and every day by fans who have to this day NOT received refunds for cancelled shows.
Fact: The charity, Sweet Relief has received NOTHING!!! Not ONE CENT! And, the charity’s name was used in ALL advertising of the DTA tour; the fans, many of them, wrote to me prior to the show stating that they were thrilled to be a part of the show and that some of their money was going to help this charity.
Fact-Ian and Anton (Sick Drummer) have still given NO FULL ACCOUNTING of the tour which was required of them on their own contract signed by them!
Fact-all anyone has are promissory notes signed by them with a promise to pay the charity????!!!
Fact-None of the band members were involved in collecting money or disbursing any money-they simply played and played their asses off they did! Chuck would have been both AMAZED and so very proud of ALL of them!
Fact-Eric Greif went on the tour, but was REFUSED open access to see the accounting and OVER & OVER again was reassured by Ian and Anton that all was well. ONLY Ian and Anto had access to the money and the accounting.
Again-all of you be the judge. Sold out shows-No money for the charity. Mmmm….
I don’t know who “Project genesis” on this forum is, but I can only assume he is either mislead OR a party to Ian and Anton somehow.
There must be laws against this and I have contacted the fraud department of the New York Attorney general’s office to see what recourse we have.
With Kind Regards,
Beth is leveling some pretty serious accusations against Sick Drummer. We still have no way of knowing all of the facts and we probably never will — we’re sure there are things that can’t be revealed publicly that are crucial bits of information — but providing a full, detailed accounting breakdown of the finances behind the Death To All shows to those involved seems like a pretty basic and reasonable request.
As we said previously, the biggest shame here is that the incredible memory of these shows is now forever tarnished. It’s so sad to see such a mess created out of a project launched with the best of intentions.
We’ll report more as we learn it.