BRET VON DEHL

Lead singer of The Relapse Symphony, Lead drinker of whiskey. The Relapse Symphony debut album, SHADOWS in stores/online NOW! Instagram/TWITTER: @BretVonDehl
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Who wants to see us on Warped? Vote now! vanswarpedtour.com/survey #therelapsesymphony

Fucked up from the left side down with @alexfoxx13 @raynadecaro!

Fucked up from the left side down with @alexfoxx13 @raynadecaro!

Empty beer house… 😢

Empty beer house… 😢

Belated Birthday beers with @alexfoxx13. Looks like we’re gonna have fun ruining stranger’s fun in NOVA tonight. #TripleBs #ThatsNotAThing #IMadeItUp #ImAnInnovator

Belated Birthday beers with @alexfoxx13. Looks like we’re gonna have fun ruining stranger’s fun in NOVA tonight. #TripleBs #ThatsNotAThing #IMadeItUp #ImAnInnovator

On the topic of banning stage-diving…

So, I’ve noticed this is a hot topic right now. My opinion? Fuck that.

Since when has the danger element been ABSENT from Rock N’ Roll? Never. It’s been unpredictable since day one and I have a feeling it’s going to stay that way. That’s what made me like it in the first place! I also want to say early on here, so no one gets confused, if you DON’T stage dive, that’s all fine and good! But, everyone likes to have their fun and I’ve always had a blast stage diving at shows. If you’ve ever seen The Relapse Symphony play, you know that I’m jumping out there to say “Hi!" at some point. I’ve never hurt a soul while crowd surfing. There’s a FUN way to do it and there’s a reckless way to do it. You can get hurt at any moment in your life, I could get up from this computer after I’m done typing this and stub my toe or trip and break my nose. Am I gonna sit here for the rest of my life? Nah, I got shit to do, risks to take, fun to have and memories to make. Now, I know opinions are like assholes, everyone has them and they usually stink but, I believe that there’s a time and place for everything and everything has it’s place. I grew up LOVING punk rock as a kid and I still do. In the words of one of my heroes, Tim Armstrong: “Punk Rock ‘till I DIE!”. I would never expect to go to a Rancid show, an AFI show, a Casualties show, a Misfits show etc. and expect there to NOT be a pit or stage-diving just because it may or may not be my thing. Just avoid it. It is possible. You can’t tell me you don’t expect that, if you’re gonna push your way to the front and end up in the middle of the crowd (where the pit happens) that there’s NOT gonna be a pit (Unless you’re at a Dave Matthews concert, then I’d understand if a pit broke out and you were surprised.). If slamming or diving isn’t your thing and you’re afraid of getting banged up there’s room in the back or maybe in the balcony where you can enjoy the tunes and have fun with your friends and if you’re at a TRS gig, I’ll see you after and we’ll hang! 

I get it, if you’re a grown-ass man and you’re surrounded by teenage girls maybe throwing your weight around isn’t a great idea. I think idiots like that should be tossed out the door onto their dumb asses. But, I think it should be said that banning stage diving at a rowdy Rock N’ Roll or Punk Rock gig where people have waited weeks or months to blow off some steam with their friends and jump around to their favorite band is bullshit. That’s what it’s for, you get bossed around your entire life. Rock N’ Roll is about NOT being told what to do! There’s room for everyone, no matter what you go to shows to do (within reason). Just be smart about it, No one should ever go to a show to hurt someone else and mostly, they don’t! They’re just there because that music moves them. 

I say: Have your fun, make your memories and Rock Like Fuck! 

If you come to a TRS show, just know that your screams, your jumping, stage-diving, and your singing are all more than welcome! It fires me up knowing you’re having fun! if you’re not into that stuff then, fuck yeah too! Just watch out for those that are and Vice Versa.

-BVD

A big-ass, huge-ass Happy Birthday to one of my best friends and brother in this world, @alexfoxx13. Hardest working guy I’ve ever met with the biggest heart known to man and beast. If Alex isn’t your friend, I’m sorry your life sucks! Love you brother, I tried to find all the pictures of us doing stupid stuff together but, you wouldn’t believe how many there actually are! Ha! So here’s all these throwbacks! 🍻

A big-ass, huge-ass Happy Birthday to one of my best friends and brother in this world, @alexfoxx13. Hardest working guy I’ve ever met with the biggest heart known to man and beast. If Alex isn’t your friend, I’m sorry your life sucks! Love you brother, I tried to find all the pictures of us doing stupid stuff together but, you wouldn’t believe how many there actually are! Ha! So here’s all these throwbacks! 🍻

Re-bought this and am currently cranking it now. One of the best punk rock records and one of my favorites of ALL-time! If you don’t have this, fix your life. #DGeneration #NoLunch

Re-bought this and am currently cranking it now. One of the best punk rock records and one of my favorites of ALL-time! If you don’t have this, fix your life. #DGeneration #NoLunch