We Need Video for America’s Most Wanted-Band Manager said no

America’s Most Wanted is working on a website for John and they’ve asked for video. I’ve given what I have but mine’s mostly old. I had planned on videotaping John when he was supposed to come visit me in Phoenix last February and we had plans for him to play with a local band here. Unfortunately John never came and I flew out to Chicago the same day he was to have arrived in Phoenix so I could start searching. Needless to say, I didn’t get my video. Soooo, if anyone has any they’d like to share please email spirawebsite@johnspira.com. Back in May we asked the manager (who told me John was his best friend) of the band John founded, the Rabblerousers, Rick Reminger, but here’s what he had to say??????

“From: rabble@rabblerousersband.com [mailto:rabble@rabblerousersband.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 6:32 PM
To: Rachelfind
Cc: smcneil1@cox.net
Subject: RE: Missing Person John Spira

You are not authorized to use the bands name, music or images without the written consent of our legal representatives. This includes the use of unauthorized videos and photos as well as audio, web links, etc. If you continue to pursue this course of action we will seek a legal remedy and damages pursuant to all applicable laws. Please respect our request and the privacy of our family’s in this matter. Thank you.”

YES, HE THREATENED TO SUE US!!!!??? We’ve also asked, no begged, the band photographer for photos of John and here’s what he had to say…..

“I am the sole owner of the photos that appear on my website, www.pbase.com/soulfulimpressions. I am a friend of the band and want to see the band going forward without the distraction of this terrible turn of events. I feel the family should have plenty of photos of John. Therefore I see no reason to contribute my photos. Please do not confuse this with my not wanting to have his family find an outcome. I consider John a friend and I am sure he would want the band, that he helped build go forward. My simple band photos will not have the impact that those photos that the family has. Therefore as of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />May 17th, 2007, I withdraw my permission for the use of my copyrighted images of The Rabble Rousers Band found on the above website www.pbase.com/soulfulimpressions.
< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> “. Kurt Swanson

Unfortunately we don’t have alot of recent photos of John, nor do we have any of the professional quality taken by the photographer and don’t understand why sharing video/pictures of John would adversely affect these guys. We’ve even offered to pay. We can’t figure it out either, but since they won’t help us, is there anyone else who might be able to? Thanks

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11 Responses to We Need Video for America’s Most Wanted-Band Manager said no

  1. bk says:

    You have GOT to be kidding me. This is one of the wierdest cases ever. It keeps getting weirder!

    The Rabble Rousers…..huge market for photos of that group? What is their problem?

    Maybe I’ll get some friends together and go heckle them at their next show.

  2. Nancy K says:

    Shame on the band. I hope that they never find themselves needing help from “friends” and being denied that help for what can only be seen as selfish, thoughtless, and lets not forget completely stupid reasons.

  3. Oh BK, this is only the tip of the iceberg….

  4. J.M.Y. says:

    Dirty SOB’s !!

  5. HH says:

    Its very suspicious with the ex wife and former business partner. Also, really bad that the band and photographer won’t provide pictures. I’d go out to all their shows and let the audience know what “wonderful” people they are.

    What is the FD waiting on? It takes them months to solve an arson case? You’ve got to be kidding me! How the PD and FD have not solved this case is beyond me. I hope this gets on AMW really soon, and watch how quickly a fire gets lit under their arses. What else to they have to solve out there? This isn’t Englewood for crying out loud.

    This whole thing smells of someone who’s connected in some way is involved with this crime.

  6. Just so you all know, it’s not the whole band. The keyboard player has been very supportive and generous. The band manager, Rich Reminger, has made the decisions regarding the pictures, video, taking John off the website, etc. I don’t get it. Stephanie

  7. bk says:

    I dont get it either. They probably have their reasons…..but I’d be very interested to hear what they are. I cannot come up with anything that would justify not helping out.

    It’s not like they are some big band with a lot at stake or anything.

    Im still surprised that this case has not gotten more press. It’s quirky….with the ex-wife…..missing man…business burns down….all the strange things. Usually the press would be all over that sort of thing.

    I hope the family gets some answers eventually. Since Im a guitar player in a cover band…and about the same age…..I feel connected somehow even though I never met him.

  8. kurt swanson says:

    you may as well start to heckle me because i said no too. i find it strange the family has to make john out to be some rock star. i loved his music too but find no need to provide my treasured photos of john to help find them. i want to remember as i chose. the family has plenty of photos and i am sure video too of him just being john. so WTF. so come out sat 6/28/08 and start to heckle ill be there.

  9. Suzanna says:

    Good grief, what the heck is these band guys’ problem???? Helping the search would be the only decent thing to do, whether they are a huge band or an unknown band. Sharing pics is no skin off their backs, so their responses are just completely unfathomable.

    You gotta figure the wife and the business partner are dirty somehow, so at least they have a plausible motive for being worse than useless, but John’s bandmates??? Guys he made music with? How do they live with themselves? What are they – meaning the unhelpful ones only – a bunch of addicts or losers?

    And what’s this crap from Swanson about the family’s making John out to be a rock star? Nowhere have I read anything like that from family members involved, nor did I hear that on the Discovery show I just saw. And, frankly, what difference should that make anyway? I don’t care if this Stephanie person is a total raving bitch (not that I have any evidence of that). Her freaking brother played in your band and now something horrible has happened to him, and some of you can’t trouble yourselves to share a few pics and videos? What kind of men are you?

  10. dan says:

    im still shocked at the more and more I hear about this…..if I was in a band of any kind, and something happened strange like this to a band member and FRIEND, I would do everything possible to help, NO QUESTIONS ASKED…..this makes me sick. on a side note, and hate to say this but any publicity is good right?

  11. Lisa Caetano says:

    Sounds like Chicago Johnny was surrounded by no shortage of assholes.

    Remind me to steer clear of Illinois & the rude, heartless people who obviously inhabit the place the next time I go on one of my road trips. I don’t want to be killed by someone there just to have the cops NOT look for me or my body or my killer & have the community members tearing down & burning posters of me that my family created.

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