Sunday, May 04, 2008

When bands fall out

Sometimes, band splits can come as a relief for everyone involved - the band has run its course, and striking out in separate ways is the best way for the individuals to continue to build a career and develop as artists.

Not always, though. Ervey Ruiz decided it was time for him to leave Denver band Toros de la Sierra, and told band leader Alvaro Alvarado-Amarias. Alvaro didn't take it well. In fact, he tried to persuade Ruiz to remain. By holding him hostage at gunpoint for five hours. Alvaro has pleaded guilty to menacing behaviour in return for the District Attorney dropping false imprisonment charges.