Filter drummer: Brother’s Bar in Denver barred me due to neck tattoo

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Filter Drummer Jeff Fabb said he was denied entrance to Brother's Bar & Grill in Denver after a show on Oct. 9, 2013, due to his neck tattoo. (Photo: Twitter / @shirleyhalperin)
Filter Drummer Jeff Fabb said he was denied entrance to Brother’s Bar & Grill in Denver after a show on Oct. 9, 2013, due to his neck tattoo. (Photo: Twitter / @shirleyhalperin)

DENVER — The drummer of a popular rock band said he was denied entrance into a popular Denver bar and grill because of his tattoos.

Jeff Fabb and his band Filter were in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood for a Wednesday night show at The Summit. The band said they had eaten at Brother’s Bar & Grill, which is just up the street from the music venue, earlier in the day. But when the group went to join fans at the bar and grill after the show, the group says Fabb was denied entrance.

The reason? His neck tattoo, the group claims.

“The door guy … wouldn’t let me in,” Fabb told the Hollywood Reporter. “I went to speak with the manager, and he was confrontational from the moment he saw me. He really didn’t care that we’d been there earlier. I was kind of hurt, since most of the people who were in there at the time were from our show and we wanted to join them.

“I was calm the whole time, though, and when we were walking out, he yelled at the door guy not to let us in.”

Richard Patrick, Filter’s lead singer, said he wasn’t as calm after hearing Fabb had been turned away.

“I got a little heated, but this is ridiculous,” Patrick told the Reporter. “I had wings at noon over there — they were good wings, too. The crew was there all day, eating. This is prejudice, pure and simple.”

Filter posted a video of an exchange with the bar and grill’s doorman on YouTube that had been viewed over 2,500 times as of Friday morning. The band also posted the video on its Facebook page, where it has been shared over 2,200 times and drawn over 800 comments.

Click here to watch the video, but be warned: It contains explicit language.

Several media outlets reached out to the management at the Denver eatery as well as the Brother’s Bar & Grill corporate offices in LaCrosse, Wisc and 16 other locations across the country. Shortly after its initial efforts to contact management were unsuccessful, The Hollywood Reporter said the Denver location posted this response on its Facebook wall:

“We are NOT against tattoos. We are NOT against visible tattoos. Our employees have and display tattoos. Our guests have and display tattoos. That has always been the case. What the tattoo represents or symbolizes and where the tattoo is located is a criteria to entering our location.”

That post has since been deleted.

The Reporter stated that during calls placed to all of the Brother’s Bar & Grill branches, management was asked to explain the company’s dress code. According to the Reporter, only the Denver location maintained that “above-the-neck tattoos” were not allowed and would not specify why.

Neither the restaurant nor the band has elaborated about the content of Fabb’s neck tattoo, but there are several photos of the tattoo available online, none of which appear to show anything overtly offensive about the body art.

Patrick is calling for a boycott of the restaurant until it changes its policies.

Filter rose to prominence with two platinum-selling albums in the 90s, but the group’s record sales have faded since then. Filter is currently headlining the “Self-Inflicted” tour, with bands Red, Otherwise and We As Human.

The Brother’s Bar & Grill’s franchise in Denver is one of newer establishments on Blake Street in LoDo, having opened in May 2010.

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