Replace: After the publication of this report, organizer Wealthy Hopkins instructed the Tucson Sentinel that Maultsby has been dropped from the invoice and won’t be enjoying the live performance Saturday.
A secure of native music legends will take the stage at Lodge Congress on Saturday evening, however together with the River Roses, Sidewinders and Big Sand there was to be one performer who’s turn into extra infamous for his posting of antisemitic screeds and pro-Nazi memes than any music he is lately made.
The web site of Chuck Maultsby — the titular head of longtime Tucson group Chuck Wagon and the Wheels — is a torrent of anti-Jewish posts, Holocaust denial, appreciations of Adolf Hitler and excuses for the horrors of focus camps.
After the Tucson Sentinel started asking questions on Maultsby’s deliberate look at Saturday’s “The Entire Enchilada” live performance, he was “dropped,” mentioned one of many organizers, Wealthy Hopkins, guitarist for the Sidewinders.
There will not be a substitute act, Hopkins instructed the Sentinel. “The present will go on with out his participation.”
“It’s more durable than you assume to maneuver shortly on one thing like this, even when it’s clearly the correct factor to do,” mentioned David Slutes, the leisure director for Lodge Congress and the frontman for the Sidewinders, after this report was first printed. “Everybody feels embarrassed, responsible and dangerous about it. However studying in regards to the depth of Chuck’s madness was tough.”
“I’ve labored for this Jewish-run enterprise for 25 years and they’re like prolonged household. This was not going to work for any of us,” Slutes mentioned.
Lots of the musicians concerned within the present did not reply to the Sentinel’s requests for remark, however one performer known as Maultsby a “hateful Nazi” and mentioned he’ll ask his companion to recite a Hebrew prayer on stage after his set.
Maultsby’s brazen on-line statements embrace his web site of greater than 250 separate, prolonged pages of hate claims, together with that Jews had been behind a COVID-19 “plandemic,” that Jews deliberate the 9/11 assaults, and that “Hitler was a great man.”
Moderately than being an notorious focus camp torturer generally known as the “Angel of Demise,” SS doctor Josef Mengele’s “tireless efforts saved the lives of ten hundreds of inmates (sic),” Maultsby’s web site says. “Jews Killed the Kennedys.” “Jews Killed Gen. Patton.” “Kamala Harris is a Communist.”
A Nazi swastika banner, labeled “If this flag offends you, you want a historical past lesson,” is among the many many memes on the positioning.
His Fb profile was apparently eliminated a number of years in the past, however on it Maultsby would often submit antisemitic rants and deny the info of the systematic homicide of tens of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis throughout World Battle II.
“Is the Holocaust a Hoax? Quick Reply: OF COURSE. Inside 5 minutes,
any clever, open-minded individual could be satisfied that the Holocaust
gassings of World Battle II are a worthwhile hoax,” started one such 2017 screed, which was (because the Sentinel reported on the time) re-posted by perennial fringe political candidate “Inexperienced Get together Dave” Croteau.
“Even The Diary of Anne Frank is a hoax,” that submit claimed.
Included within the lineup on account of his late-’70s minor hit with novelty tune “Disco Sucks,” in addition to the persistent gigging of the Wheels all through the ’70s and ’80s, Maultsby’s set is scheduled because the third-from-the-top efficiency at “The Entire Enchilada” on Sat., April 16 — which is coincidentally the second evening of Passover.
The occasion is a tribute to the native “desert rock” scene, that includes a dwell lineup of bands from the heyday of that Tucson style. A profit for the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen — lengthy supported by Sidewinders guitarist Wealthy Hopkins — the live performance additionally marks the discharge of a documentary movie, and an LP and e-book set in regards to the bands.
Headlined by Big Sand and the Sidewinders/Sand Rubies, the present will even embrace Bare Prey, River Roses, Caitlin von Schmidt, Gila Bend, Billy Sedlmayr, and extra. The multimedia venture consists of some 27 bands who put Tucson on the musical map within the years 1978-1994, with The Pedestrians, Dusty Chaps, Inexperienced on Pink, Black Solar Ensemble, Al Perry and the Cattle and others featured, in addition to these performing Saturday.
Certainly one of them is eccentric songwriter Terry Owen — who underneath his stage title Fish Karma is scheduled to open the live performance and act because the MC.
“How do you assume I really feel about having to introduce a hateful Nazi?,” Owen posted rhetorically on Fb on Thursday morning.
“I cannot introduce him, what with my late spouse Jennifer and her household (whom I contemplate my household) being Jewish, and what with my very own private loathing and whatnot,” Owen mentioned. “After his set, I’ve induced my companion Kay Sather to return onstage and recite a quick prayer in Hebrew.”
Whereas many individuals with longstanding connections to the Downtown music scene had publicly indicated they deliberate to boycott the present if Maultsby performed, others mentioned they deliberate to picket exterior Lodge Congress. A couple of individual privately instructed the Sentinel that they had been more likely to bounce onstage and punch him within the nostril.
Weeks in the past, folks at different media organizations had instructed the organizers of the present that they refused to incorporate Chuck Wagon and the Wheels in any promotions for the live performance, they later instructed the Sentinel.
Hopkins, the pressure behind the venture celebrating the desert-rock years of Tucson’s music scene, instructed the Sentinel on Thursday morning that “I had heard about him denying the Holocaust which is unhappy.”
“My perception is that all of us have some regrets in life, issues we’re ashamed of or admitting, or possibly not — however I’m not the Decide. Jesus teaches me to like my enemy which admittedly is a tough factor to do however it’s nonetheless his commandment,” Hopkins mentioned.
“I’ve been engaged on this venture for a number of years which is about our collective musical histories right here in Tucson. It is a terrific venture and I’m grateful for everybody’s participation,” Hopkins instructed the Sentinel, previous to informing Maultsby that he wouldn’t be enjoying. “I can say this, we aren’t angels. Let God be the Decide. I hope you’ll take a look at the album and e-book.”
The director of the movie a part of the “Enchilada” venture, Maggie Rawling Smith, mentioned it was “stunning” to study of Maultby’s opinions Thursday.
“I had no thought,” mentioned Smith, who’s herself Jewish. “He isn’t one of many musicians within the movie I made so I’ve had no contact with him.”
Chris Holiman of the River Roses instructed the Sentinel that “it makes me unhappy how many individuals that I revered have fallen into these on-line conspiracies, however you may’t speak them down so I simply keep away from it.”
Whereas chuckmaultsby.web, with its compilation of years of anti-Jewish hate and pro-Hitler memes, together with hyperlinks to notorious neo-Nazi tracts comparable to “The Turner Diaries” and “Behold A Pale Horse,” grew to become now not out there at that URL earlier this yr, Maultsby’s web site is archived at a number of places on-line. A full copy of it, with a extra nameless URL, seems to have been up to date within the time for the reason that web site grew to become inaccessible from the deal with together with his title someday after early February.
Nonetheless posted on the positioning, which we’re selecting to not hyperlink to, are memes of images of Hitler, together with these labeled “They skilled you to hate the one man with the balls to face as much as them” and “Should you assume I’m evil, it means you’ve got by no means did any analysis however you’re totally brainwashed by the Jewish written Historical past.” (sic)
“If you’re white you’re focused for extermination” reads the all-caps high of 1 meme posted on the positioning.
The location additionally promotes a self-published e-book by Maultsby, “Who Ought to Go Down In Historical past: The Fact About 9/11” — which he claims was “banned by Amazon — so you already know it is true.”
Brian Smith, previously of The Capsules and who edited “The Entire Enchilada: The Historical past of Desert Rock” e-book portion of the venture, mentioned Thursday that Maultby’s opinions are “fucking pure filth. I had no thought the lengths to which his hatred spewed. Bummed out to study this shit.”
“No matter Chuck’s political beliefs, it gave me no pleasure to cancel him,” Hopkins mentioned later in Thursday afternoon. “I favored his music and that was the explanation he was on the venture.”
Maultsby way back blocked this reporter on Fb for mentioning his sharing of Holocaust denial and hate propaganda. We didn’t waste our time trying to contact him for remark for this report, as his actions communicate for themselves.