How does a talented person manage piss off the people who love him the most?
By taking their money and making empty promises.
This is the case with the Scott Weiland ‘PledgeMusic fiasco’.
The singer and his band ‘The Wildabouts’ were using the crowdfunding site to help raise cash for their new album.
The campaign generated a lot of interest amongst fans, some who gave hefty sums of cash for donation incentives that included signed items (like the iconic megaphones Weiland is known for using on stage).
But soon a couple months passed after said items were supposed to be delivered to fans and it became apparent that Weiland and the band weren’t delivering on their promises.
After an uproar from fans, including some who said they were thinking of taking taking legal action against the band, Weiland took to Facebook to assure fans their prizes were on the way and to thank them for their support.
ANOTHER two months went by and fans still didn’t receive what was owed to them. Needless to say, this man is losing the love and respect of fans at an unbelievable rate.
BUT – there’s finally a silver lining in this sh*t storm.
A PledgeMusic customer service representative has finally responded to complaints on Weiland’s page, and as it turns out, PledgeMusic are just as pissed at the Wildabouts frontman as the fans are.
In an official statement a PledgeMusic rep said:
“We are aware that many of you are still waiting on items and updates on outstanding orders. We have been checking in with Scott’s team constantly for confirmed shipment dates and updates and do hope to have answers for you all soon. We want to advise that we will resolve every issue for you in due time, unfortunately it is an increasingly busy time of year and there are many issues on the campaign. Pledgers who’d prefer a refund can tweet @pledgemusichelp to get in touch with their customer service team.Thank you so much for your patience throughout this campaign, we certainly understand and appreciate your frustration and hope any open issues can be resolved for you soon.”
But is it too little too late?
Oh! And if you think this is just a miscommunication, and that Scott Weiland and his camp are in the dark about all of this, think again.
An online music magazine called Alternative Nation has been reporting on this entire scandal from day one and say that Scott Weiland’s team have reached out to the magazine to tell off the writers.
According to Alternative Nation’s Brett Buchanan, “We never had received e-mails with profanity and the term ‘WTF’ from the representatives of any musicians before, or been called ‘an angry baby who can’t have their rattle’”… until now, that is.
Perhaps the Scott Weiland team should focus their time and energy on communicating with PledgeMusic and fans who haven’t received their merchandise.
Take heed, music fans.
If you’re going to pledge to a crowdfunding campaign, make sure you do it with a reputable service where you know you can get your money back… and avoid any of Scott Weiland’s campaigns.
Read more about the Weiland PledgeMusic scandal HERE.