I thought The Bloodhound Gang was lame during its heyday, such as it was, in the late-90s. Which is probably why they’re playing FSU hotspots like Odessa, rather than the Warped Tour. While in Odessa, the bassist tried to suck up to the western Ukrainians by using a Russian flag as something that is in very short supply in Venezuela. (Perhaps they got wind of stories like this and figured that an anti-Russian gesture would go over quite well right now.)
Not a bright move, given that the band’s next stop was in Russia. They were kicked off the bill of a festival in Kuban/Krasnodar. While hotfooting it to the airport, their car was pelted with eggs and tomatoes (that wouldn’t have happened in the late-90s!, given the economic conditions at the time). When in the airport, they were set upon by a group of self-styled Cossacks, fittingly dressed in black shirts. The band was roughed up before security personnel belatedly intervened.
And of course, the Cossacks needed to celebrate their victory over the evil американцы. And since two wrongs make a right, their response to an insult to the insult to the Russian flag was to insult the American flag. Which I’m sure just happen to be readily available in the Anapa airport. Oh, and that was after the “Cossacks” attempted to smother the bassist with it.
Keep it classy, folks. Keep it classy.
Here’s a video of the confrontation (h/t LL). All those thinking of going to Sochi next February might want to take a look, though if you’re so clueless as to still be entertaining that idea, it probably won’t make a dent.