In business, you can one day find yourself kicked out of your own company – just look at Steve Jobs. Now this same heart-wrenching maneuver is hitting the dance world as Live Nation has taken the step of kicking out HARD Events‘ Founder and President, Gary Richards aka Destructo. HARD was acquired by Live Nation in 2012.
Current rumors explain that Live Nation does not want to book Destructo on events like Holy Ship and are making moves to force him out of the company. This is troublesome as Gary Richards is to HARD what Pasquale Rotella is to Insomniac.
— AlexMuffinn♬ (@AlexMuffinn) August 2, 2017
However, HARD Events has come upon bad fortune of late. HARD Summer had a rough few years and Hard Day of the Day was cancelled last year. HARD Summer has also been forced to change venues for many years now, and obviously Live Nation has had enough.
The thing Live Nation doesn’t realize is the love that the community has for Destructo, as he has built quite the community with HARD’s events. Think, for example, the family that exists with Holy Ship – notably known as the #shipfam.
DJs like Boys Noize and Skrillex are showing their support for Richards on social media, and we can imagine that the hashtag #nogarynoship will only continue to grow in popularity today. A petition has also already been started to show support against the maneuver.
Check out some of the supportive tweets from fans and artists alike below. You can sign the petition here.
— Boys Noize (@boysnoize) August 2, 2017
— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) August 2, 2017
— Whitney Stout (@Witneyasinhustn) August 2, 2017
— Katherine Schober (@kschoyouknow) August 2, 2017
— Dani⚓️DND till 🐣🏕 (@danivelasquezz) August 2, 2017