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“Nobody is safe from getting something snuck into a drink,” according to Syndicate bassist Tim Nelson, who says someone surreptitiously slipped band vocalist Chase Shelton a “roofie” before a Ken Club gig.

“Chase and I met up with a friend at Urban Mo’s,” says Nelson, who left the venue for around an hour while Chase remained to watch sports on TV. “When I went to go get him, I looked at him and said, ‘How many drinks did you have?’ He looked like he was wasted. He was very disoriented and didn’t know where he was or what was going on.

“He said, ‘Just one beer,’ but he also went out to smoke and left his beer at the bar. When it turned out that some patron had bought him the drink, my wife Lori and I looked at each other and knew that someone had slipped something into his beer.

“He kept saying, ‘I know what drunk feels like, this is something else,’ so I slapped him around a little and made him drink some water. We had no choice but to move forward and make our way to the Ken Club. Chase threw up a little at the practice studio.

“Thankfully, we were the last band to play…by the time we hit the stage, he seemed like he was really drunk. He was…flopping all over, but he was able to sing like he normally did.

“I really don’t think Mo’s bar had anything to do with it,” says Nelson. “It was probably the patron who bought him the beer.

“We made sure he didn’t drink anything at the Ken Club but water.” Syndicate appears November 13 at the Whistle Stop.

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