Roadrunner Records staff vow to fight
More than three dozen people were given their marching orders when Warners closed Roadrunner’s UK, Europe and Canada offices in a move that saw founder Cees Wessels departing too.
The move was a surprise to fans of the imprint which boasts a roster including Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush, Slash, the Cult, Ratt, Dream Theater and Airbourne, and Queensryche.
In his regular Facebook question-and-answer session the social media spokesperson for Roadrunner US faced a barrage of queries from worried rock and metal fans.
Responding to their comments he wrote: “It was heartbreaking – but we’re soldiering on with extra resolve.”
He couldn’t answer specific queries about whether bands would be dropped from the label’s roster, saying: “None of us honestly know, but I can tell you that we don’t intend to change. I’m hoping none.”
In a previous session he explained: “All any of us know is that we’re still going to exist. Those of us still here have this sense that we have to kick everyone’s ass a little bit harder now. And we will.
“I pursued my undergrad degree in marketing specifically so I could work here. Ask around and I think you’ll find everyone who works here does so because they have a passion for our bands and the legacy we have.
“None of us are going to let that die without a huge fucking fight. We’re all determined to keep Roadrunner the company it has always been.”
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