Filter Frontman Says Wife Was Harassed + Nearly Run Off Road by ‘God Proclaiming Gun Nuts’
During an interview with Filter frontman Richard Patrick about the band’s upcoming album ‘The Sun Comes Out Tonight,’ the musician shared an unnerving story about his wife. As Patrick’s wife was driving her Prius, which sports a ‘Ban Assault Weapons’ bumper sticker, the singer says a car full of “God-proclaiming gun nuts” began to throw trash at her car, almost running her off the road.
As a father of two young kids, the Filter frontman was deeply affected by the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings, which left 20 children and six adults dead. “Back in the ’90s, we thought AIDS was as bad as it was going to get, but things are so much worse right now,” Patrick tells Noisecreep. “I’ll tell you what, as a parent of two young kids; Sandy Hook was absolutely like 9/11 to me again. For all parents with toddlers, that was a scary day.”
In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Patrick and his wife slapped an anti-gun bumper sticker on their car, and as a result she was apparently almost run off the road during a drive in Southern California. “My wife was driving in our Prius, and we have a ‘Ban Assault Weapons’ bumper sticker on it. So this big Ford pickup truck pulls up next to her and the passenger starts throwing garbage at wife’s car, and they tried to throw also throw stuff at her windshield. She almost got ran off the road in the process, cause they were so busy trying to throw stuff at her and flip her off.”
Patrick continues, “This is what this country has turned into. The Tea Party and the extreme right are literally turning into the new terrorists. These are gun nuts like Timothy McVeigh was. It’s f—ing insane. I’m trying to understand my fellow humans, but it’s hard. These pickup driving, God proclaiming gun nuts tried to run my wife off the f—ing road! This was over a f—ing bumper sticker! Thank God our kids weren’t with her.”
The Filter frontman goes on to speak about ‘The Sun Comes Out Tonight,’ calling the record “much angrier than our last one.” “I’m continuing to raise my voice,” declares Patrick, “and I don’t care if I piss my fans off doing it. I took so much s–t for supporting Barack Obama. I think it’s important that we talk, but it’s also important that we all listen. No one is listening right now. Bill O’Reilly? He’s isn’t f—ing listening. Alex Jones? He’s an extremist, terrorist nut. I hate elements of our country. I really do. But that’s where I am now. I am out there and I’m saying what I feel. I always worried about being too political on our records since I didn’t want to alienate my fans. But I’m over it. That’s where I’m living now.”
‘The Sun Comes Out Tonight’ is set for release on June 4. Check out a trailer for the album below, and read the full interview with Richard Patrick at Noisecreep.
Filter, ‘The Sun Comes Out Tonight’ Album Teaser