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Warped Tour’s Kevin Lyman responds to Front Porch Step controversy (exclusive)

July 01 2015, 8:59 PM EDT By AltPress

In light of the controversy of Jake Mcelfresh's Front Porch Step performance at the Nashville stop of Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman spoke with AltPress to clarify much of the conjecture surrounding the appearance.

Lyman met with Mcelfresh's personal counsellor who recommended that performing a set at Warped (the singer now lives in Nashville) would be part of his current therapy. Mcelfresh was not paid for his performance, nor will he be appearing on any other dates of the tour.

"He was only supposed to be here long enough to play his show," Lyman told AP, "but the weather today has been putting us behind schedule. He wasn't added to the tour, so those claims that he was ‘added to sell tickets’ are completely groundless." Lyman also said only two security guards were near the stage, not five as altpress had reported earlier.

Lyman also stressed that because Mcelfresh has still not been formally charged with any misconduct, he agreed to have him perform. "If he was a legitimate danger to anyone, he simply would not have been here."
 

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