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Screeching Weasel

Hometown: Prospect Heights, IL
Latest Release: First World Manifesto
Status: Active
Years active 1986-2011, 2011- present
Current Label: Fat WreckChords
Associated Bands: Riverdales, Dan Vapid and The Cheats
Website MySpace
Vocals, Guitar Ben Weasel
Guitar Jughead
Bass Danny Vapid
Drums Danny Panic
Former Members

Welcome to the Screeching Weasel Wiki!

Screeching Weasel is an American punk rock band originally from the Chicago suburb of Prospect Heights, Illinois. The band was formed in 1986 by Ben Weasel and John Jughead. Since their formation, Screeching Weasel have broken up and reformed numerous times with numerous line-up changes. Ben Weasel has been the only constant member, though Jughead was present in every incarnation of the band until 2009. Other prominent members include guitarist/bassist Dan Vapid and drummer Dan Panic, who have each appeared on six of the band's studio albums, and Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt who was briefly a member of the band.

Screeching Weasel recorded 12 studio albums, splitting time between a number of famous independent record labels such as Lookout! Records and Fat Wreck Chords. Despite never achieving mainstream success, a number of largely popular acts cite them as influential.

SXSW Incident & Aftermath

On March 18, 2011, during Screeching Weasel's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival performance at the Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas, Ben Weasel punched the face of a female audience member who had thrown a beer and ice cubes at him, and also spit in his face. As a result a woman on the stage, believed to be the club's owner, grabbed him from behind, and Ben mistaking her for an attacking fan turned around and punched her twice in the scuffle.

Ben Weasel was then restrained by security and left the venue. On March 22, Weasel apologized, although subsequently on March 23, posted a statement from the four other members of Screeching Weasel, Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin, Justin Perkins and Drew Fredrichsen, announcing their resignation from the band:

"The un-calculated act put forth by Ben 'Weasel' Ben Weasel leading up to and including the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing. The sentiments and actions expressed were completely out of our control and in no way represent the band members' view points or moral compasses. As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that as a group we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as 'Screeching Weasel' in the foreseeable future."

On March 31, Weasel announced the cancellation of "Weasel Fest", a 3-day event in honor of Screeching Weasel's 25th anniversary that had been scheduled to take place at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, after many of the other acts on the bill dropped out in the wake of the SXSW incident.

In an interview published in July 2011, Fat Mike, owner of Fat Wreck Chords, stated that he had no interest in releasing another Screeching Weasel record, although the label might still reissue the band's back catalog

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