Gruesome fight in parking lot at Phish show captured on video, inspires Facebook outrage

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Update (9/28/11): The follow-up story to this original item has now been posted. While you're certainly free to express your opinion in the comments section below or, better yet, on the story itself, important reminder: please keep the discussion civil. We've deleted several comments that we felt crossed the line.

Update (9/14/11): We've confirmed that Dave Anver was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. We're working on a follow-up story. If you have any additional information regarding the incident, please feel free to reach out via email. In the meantime, while you're certainly free to express your opinion in the comments section below, please keep the discussion civil.

Original Post (9/9/11): There's a gruesome video making the rounds on Facebook right now. Seriously. It's gruesome. If you haven't seen it yet, in fact, you may want to wait until your lunch digests before having a look -- or avoid it altogether if you're even the slightest bit squeamish.

The footage, which first surfaced earlier this week on the Phish section of the Phantasy Tour message board, was evidently filmed last Friday afternoon in the parking lot at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, sometime before the exceedingly popular Vermont-based act kicked off its three-night stand at the Commerce City venue last weekend.

The nearly two-minute long clip captured a skirmish in progress between two men, who are first seen squaring off with one another, which leads to one of the men chasing the other, who is barefoot, shirtless and bloodied, through the parking lot, where he corners him before fellow concert goers step in and then eventually security intervenes.

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The reaction to the video has been swift and pronounced. Outraged by the incident, fans have created a Facebook page titled "Stop Dave Anver," which has already registered over 1,000 "likes" since being created earlier this week. (Update: Facebook page actually hasn't been taken down/deleted.)

According to commentators claiming to be eyewitnesses on the message board, the outrage stems from an altercation involving Anver, who was purportedly staking out the parking lot in search of counterfeit merch, and another gentlemen, who was reportedly intervening on behalf of yet another individual in earlier exchange.

While the video below (courtesy of digiprez77) documents the aftermath of what happened, it didn't capture the initial altercation. Once again, just so we're clear here, before you click through, be forewarned: The footage is very graphic and very much NSFW.

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fukud
fukud

How about "Stop Dave Herrera"  Because you spout mindless garbage, about BS, that know one cares about.  And update your article multiple times like a douche-bag, and post follow up articles.  How about you get a real job and quit wasting everyone's time?!  Huh?

Douglas Burton
Douglas Burton

At the point of the videos, regardless of who "started it" Anvers escalated the situation more and more by trying to take the law into his own hands.  From what I read, he has no rights to seize items in a forceful manner, regardless of whether they are bootleg or not.  In terms of the fight on the fight on the video, he should have turned around and walked to security.  Again, regardless who started the fight, it is quite apparent that Anvers was determined to prove he had the mettle to take the other guy down.  Personally, I think Phish should disassociate themselves quickly from Anvers in any way, shape or form.  Having an openly violent individual like that basically representing their interests isnt exactly IN their best interest.

ThiefH8r
ThiefH8r

blood should be spilt for stealing copyrighted material...blood was spent in developing the original work.  If someone feels they have a "right" to steal from the true artists, there should be no harm in physically defending against such people.  If the thieves aren’t going to pay due royalties, take it out of their hide!

tlrobb
tlrobb

what concerns me more is this: typically only us marshals service is authorised to serve restraining orders regarding trademarks.therefore it appears mr anver has been falsely representing himself as a federal officer-which im pretty sure is a felony.w that said, he DOES really appear to resemble a heavily tattooed  individual who assualted & robbed (actually nearly killed) me in arkansas in 2009 with martial arts weapons-nunchaku-and he reportedly has a black belt.again, if anyone can place him at the wakarusa festival in june 2009, please call (479) 667-4127 and speak to investigator robert limbocker. thank you.

concerned person
concerned person

congradulations to dave and all his "friends" who are supporting his effort, you are now VIRAL....bet you didnt see it coming

pissed
pissed

in the case of people who are hired by the bands or whomever to protect merchandise, you have NO right to put your hands on someone.  If you are in fact doing your job correctly the proper methods should be used to get the merchandise from the offender.  You are lucky thirty people didnt beat the shit out of you for assaulting that kid.

dave must go
dave must go

This is true, Dave sells illegal guns and drugs all over this town.

Not a Friend
Not a Friend

I know Dave TOO!!!! And he needs to be stopped, he's been brutally harassing people for years. Not to mention selling dirty guns and drugs. Ask the former cigar shop owner Matt Rosen. They both can share a cell. At least we can hope!!!!!!!!!!

Robert the Robot
Robert the Robot

Phish must be some sorry ass band to even be worried about "bootlegs".

tlrobb
tlrobb

two thoughts: daves a dick: the dpd does nothing, becuase neither incident people are noting happened in their jurisdiction. (commerce city is in adams county, last I checked-and, I think the mile high exhibit was at the thornton? ramada? (again, adams county*).with that said; I am seriously concerned that this individual has apparently been  posing as a deputy us marshal (which is the 'go-to' agency for service of restraining orders involving trademark matters.)   * keeping i nmind that municipal police have no jursidiction over the alleged bootleg sales-again, a matter for the us marshals and/or customs if the bootleg cds are imported/smuggled.(a lot of bootlgf cds are sourced from italy, which , has minimal trademark laws)--commecrce city police, of course, hold jurisdiction over the assualt and theft charges, as well they should have. my second thought is this: i want to know where this assjack was in june of 2009. becuase he has a VERY STRONG resemblance to an individual with a number of tattoos who assualted/robbed  me at wakarusa 2009 with a pair of 'nunchaku' all the while referfencing me *supposedly* striking a female acqauintance of his*.(I didnt) I note mr anver claims he attacked the young man in the video as 'payback' for the young man 'supposedly' striking a femal acqauintance of his.--I want to see his booking photos, and a description of his tats or any removal scars.-* the wakarusa festival was using illegally unlicensed security at the time-said' security let the perp rabbit after I was attacked.-there have been some rather strong rumours that the person who attacked me was known to wakarusa production, and therefore, allowed to leave without an arrest in my case.anybody who can place mr anver in arkansas in june of 2009 is encouraged to call (479) 667-4127 and speak to inspector robert limbocker.--while my particular situation had nothing to do with bootleg merchandise (i actually distribute licensed items on behalf of assorted bands)-the perp indicated that a female who was upset with one of my helpers at an earlier concert at the gorge, and referenced her false report to him-the perp  also initially posed as an interested customer to verify that I was his target, and attacked me as i reached out to shake his hand..-the fact that he didnt know  who i was for certain makes me wonder if this anver is the same individual-I had 4 surgeries to reconstruct my face.the injuries the young man in the video suffered are remarkably similar to the ones I underwent. 3rd thought: uhm jerri, no dudes job is NOT security.thats venue personnel.granted the fact that Co doesnt license security guards/pis is slightly disconcerting 4th thought: has anybody notified the ATF about the charges pending against this guy so they can take administrative action regarding his federal firearms (dealers) license. until the case is cleared/convicted etc.?

Patrick Quinby
Patrick Quinby

Haha. There's absolutely nothing gruesome about this video at all.

Jerri
Jerri

I have known and worked with Dave for many years.  His job is security - he is not flashing fake credentials and is someone that I would WANT to have my back.  Unless you were there, you don't know what actually happened.  This video picks up midway and who actually knows what that guy was on.  Ridiculous.

Bwall14
Bwall14

Really not even worth covering as news.  Typical sensationalist media.  Find a real story.

Hippie
Hippie

Whats up with a follow up, westword?! Is this punk going to jail? I saw on the Stop Dave fb page that someone got video of him selling bootlegs 2 days ago??? The Live music world wants to know!?

Barbrimustdie
Barbrimustdie

This guy is a Karate instructor.  Should have much better self control

Steve
Steve

I have an idea, put down the god dam cameras and give the guy that is getting beaten a hand.  I love how all these new bloggers and yelpers are so tuff behind a keyboard but no action in real life.  Get your hands dirty first then go home to your safe little world and blog if you still have the nerve.  What if the guy was seriously hurt, how would you feel just standing there with your cam tuff guy.

Jeff Buske
Jeff Buske

    The pony tailed loser who went by the name "gentleman Johnny" stole our friend's merch from a Panic show over a decade ago - he was such a prick and the kicker is the "stolen" merch was later seen being sold in local record shops. This dude needs to not be hired by bands that want their fans treated with respect. He is a thug and he has gotten a hell of a lot fatter. He looks like Ted Nugent's mongoloid half brother.

Zipster257
Zipster257

Man, I got all hyped expecting to see a knock down, drag out fight, and there's virtually nothing but a dude who obviously has a cut on his head. This vid is nowhere nearly as bad as the article portrays!!! Besides, whose to say what the bloodied dude was doing to merit that sort of beatdown. He looks like as big of a punk as the fat dude looks like a dick!!

bbbwww11
bbbwww11

actually the asian kid was sticking up for himself and a few other kids he didnt punch any women . dave anver is scum

goolie
goolie

Though I am an advocate against violence, I want to know what the guy did to deserve having Dave get physical with him - where's that video?  You guys are seeing one little snippet of an incident.  I have known Dave for a long time and I know that he doesn't go around just beating people up for no reason.  He is a family man with children and he married his high-school sweetheart.  You claim to be peace-loving, etc., but publishing a man's home address and phone number is just wrong.  Why don't you publish your own information and see how positive a move like that is?  Selling unofficial merch is taking money away from the bands you claim to love so much and the promoters that bring them to you.  KNOW THE WHOLE STORY PEOPLE before you jump on the band-wagon!  If you really want to "Stop Dave", then stop selling illegal merchandise.  Period.

Joe E Johnson
Joe E Johnson

This article is somewhat misleading because it says Anver was purportedly staking out the parking lot in search of "counterfeit merch", which impllies that he was doing something legit.

Anver is a renegade, and not authorized to take anyones merchandise.  There is no "copyright infringement" for selling an Authentic Grateful Dead poster in the parking lot of a Widespread Panic concert, or an original piece of art that someone created.  But that doesn't stop him from taking it.

Anver flashed fake credentials, and threatens people with violence if they don't turn over their items.

The bands are not hiring this man, at least not Widespread Panic.

Someone needs to put an end to his shenanigans.  He is nothing more than a thief. who confiscates peoples items.....  which mysteriously end up on ebay from time to time.

Milkdudk
Milkdudk

I personally know Dave Anver and the reaction from this video and blog are a perfect example of why the human race sucks, The altercations occurred because the man who seems to be the "victim" in the video pushed and beat up on a fellow female co worker of Dave's. Dave works bootleg crew which is why he can take bootlegged merchandise from people in the lots IT IS HIS JOB. Dave's personal information has been spread worldwide and him and his family are being harassed through the web and phone. There are many lies and terrible things written on the website. The people who made and participated in this website are a disgrace to every human being. For god's sake it was a Phish concert, if your gonna be a Hippie act like one. KARMA WILL COME BACK TO YOU! SUPPORT DAVE ANVER!

Guest
Guest

I hope you are able to figure out if it was him or not.  Your story is compelling...

Mo
Mo

what that guy was on? really? u might be the biggest turd in this bowl

lbstown
lbstown

Its doesnt matter where the video picks up. If he knew anything about security he would have called in the real Police instead of chasing the kid and hitting him. I did security for years at shows and never hit a fan once. A real sensei would have used moves to restrain the young man not keep pounding on his head. D-bag Dave is the new "John Kreese".

DavesaDICK
DavesaDICK

Hey Bwall 14, this story is being covered under the "Backbeat" section for music news. A man was assaulted by a pretend sensei. A man steals from people. A man sells bootleg stolen merch at trade shows. Its all caught on video and DPD does nothing. Thats news man. I hope you never get attacked by a roid, raging, pschyopath while someone videotapes it and the police do nothing. What's not news or a surprise is the DPD doing nothing about it.

tlrobb
tlrobb

one of the things that springs to mind, is the small detail  that only the us marshals service is typically authorised to serve restraining orders concerning trademark matters.-so, it appears that this clown may have been impersonating a federal officer.-which, last time I checked, is a felony., also, this guy has a federal firearms license? has anybody notfieed the ATF that his FFL to sell may need to be suspended pending  the outcome of the case? -w  that said, I have  an interest in seeing a booking description of his tattos, as he has a remarkable resemblance to a tattooed individual that attacked me in arkansas with nunchaku in 2009.

Colorado Native
Colorado Native

Steve, I tried to help. I got in between them. In doing so I got a big nose full of pepper spray. I did not touch either one because of the copious amount of blood that was flowing. The fat-ass attacker, Dave Anver, was clearly not in his mind. The kid was doused in pepper spray... it wasn't a pretty sight.

Reality Checker
Reality Checker

Let's get real here..."Gentleman" Dave has never been a nice guy or a family man. (Contact Shelly and see if he even knows the name of his child with her).  His whole MO back in the day was that he was a bad ass biker...until he met the real Bikers from the Sons of Silence and they beat him down.  If you know him then you would remember that he wore 10 rings all raised off his fingers with no other purpose than to intimidate and hurt people.  Also if you really knew him you would remember that he was a drug dealer back in the day and took that money and tried to get legit ...in the gun business.  He has always been arrogant, a womanizer and generally a jagoff.  I am amazed that he is still being used as a bootleg guy. 

Now on a different note...I agree this is the end of something that we never got see the beginning of.  Anyone who claims that Phish fans are all peaceful is not being honest.  There is a reason that guys like Anver are used... many bootleggers don't just say "here you go man, Sorry.".  There is a definite population in that community that will ambush you, sucker punch you, and throw rocks at bottles at you in  a heartbeat...even if you are a police officer.  Maybe some of you should remember back to the riots at Red Rocks and in Morrison in the 90's when Phish first came there.  I have always referred to Phish shows (and Dead for that matter) as hypocrisy fests. It's all good as long your ideas are the same and you don't try and make them follow the rules that most people do.  There is a definite anti-authority mindset in this crowd and they will take a cheap shot at it anytime they can. I would go as far to say that even some of the band members have this perspective.  Let's see ...you have one child molester (Fishman) and one drug addict (Trey).  Ask Fishman what he know about bikers...maybe someone would like to share that story with everyone?

With all of the said...Anver will get what is coming to him and for all the bad karma he has spread of the years I am guessing what he gets will be deep.  You reap what you sow...

Mo
Mo

i claim nothing of the sort. anver is a low life scum bag

Andydeweese
Andydeweese

This is my real name and I never claimed to be peace loving.  I would love the opportunity to show Dave what I think of peace!

DH
DH

The guy didn't do anything to deserve Dave getting physical.  Selling unofficial merch is grounds for having your face smashed open?  The kid wasn't actually selling anything, he was trying to help another peaceful fan get back some stickers which they were selling.  Dave is a scumbag and will get what is coming to him.  Karma is a bitch.

tim
tim

sounds like a bunch of bullshit milk boy, let the harrassment begin on this fat bag of trash. This f*cknut brought karma down on himself HA HA....i hope his life becomes a living hell, his home address was posted online.....as for the martial arts studio where he trained, what kind of B*llsh!t are they teaching there.  Oh and its really sad you're friends with Dave Anver, you must be a real D!ckhead

Andydeweese
Andydeweese

He is a narc no matter what the situation.  I would love a few min with him.  I see he has also been removed from the website of the martial arts places he works at.  Hope he got fired for using his "skills" to do harm to a Phish fan.

Camilleharrelson
Camilleharrelson

yeah, right...  every one who's been to a show in Colorado has seen Dirty Dave in action.. gentleman my ass. 

Lee
Lee

Soon we are posting Dave's home phone and address. This time, he crossed the line and he will regret it!

Thestallion76
Thestallion76

You assume that because someone listens to Phish that makes them a hippie? What is this, high school? Grow up. 

Noodles
Noodles

He is not allowed to physically touch anyone. His job is to seize the goods and if he cannot, he is to contact the real authorities.   That is why he was FIRED on the spot.  The worst part is that the band will be the ones who get sued over this, because Dave decided to act like the incredible hulk on a 'roid rage.

Mountainglori
Mountainglori

I have seen your "buddy" Dave in action for years. This outcry isn't about one video or one incident. The guy is a power driven bully. He has STOLEN artwork that had no copyright infringement. He pushes pregnant women (and others). His own children brag about him pounding on "hippies" and his violent behavior. I am a professional who has been seeing concerts in Colorado for over 25 years and this guy's behavior has always nauseated me. He is a bully and a punk. His "job" is to protect band's copyrighted material. His "job" does NOT include pushing, beating and STEALING from the CUSTOMERS of these bands. After witnessing his BULLSHIT for years, all I can say is that Dave Anver is getting EXACTLY what he deserves. He can go find some other scene to bully because this was his last straw.

Guest
Guest

Why would the DPD be involved in an incident that occurred in Commerce City?

robert
robert

the phone number for  the investigating officer-is that commerce city local plice, or adams county sheriff?

Guest Who
Guest Who

"Selling unofficial merch is ground for having your face smashed open?"

I'd say so. If I am stealing someone's intellectual property and then making money off it behind there back knowingly and deliberately I am committing an offense against that person, its disrespectful, and its putting your hands in someone else's pockets.

Rap-A-Lot records has a hit-squad they use to roam the streets of Houston so that they can find all the bootleggers selling their wares outside legit record stores, kick the shit out of the, and break their CDs.

Welcome to the DopeGame hippies. 

AJ
AJ

No listening to Phish does not necessarily make you a hippie,after all I think Ann Coulter may be a fan,it just means you have horrible taste in music!!!!

phish sucks
phish sucks

no its real life, and anyone who listens to phish is a dirty stupid hippie

Mo
Mo

poor artists

Guest Who
Guest Who

You remember that scene in the movie Anvil! where Lips tells the dude to "give him his fucking money". 

Artists get tired of people having their hands in their pockets man. Simple as that.

dirkmcquigley
dirkmcquigley

You're comparing Phish and jam bands to rap music? Seriously. Just because you mentioned one example of a hit squad, I guess it's alright.

Snip.

Guest Who
Guest Who

"Transitive Property" or whatever

Guest Who
Guest Who

Ann Coulter is a dirty hippie according to the law of Phish fans being Dirty Hippies. 

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