Dear Rosemary,I'm sorry, I don't buy it. If I had gone to a doctor (presumably between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and was told to rest, then I wouldn't negotiate whether or not I should heed his/her advice for 4 hours. If I feel like shit, I know it from the minute I wake up in the morning. Also, I don't know if this apology is significant enough for people who had to make two trips...one to get the tickets in the first place and the second to downtown...imagine the white tennis shoe crowd having to get babysitters, many driving down from North County, only to be let down. No offense to Lisa, she is amazing, but we can see her around town a bit more easily than Ray. I am bitter. And I'm still assed out on the PY thing.
If you attended the scheduled Private
Listener Concert with Ray LaMontagne On Wednesday November 8 at the Hard Rock,
you know that Ray did not perform because of illness.
Some of you asked me why we didn't tell
you sooner. Here's the time line: At 8:07PM, I got a call from KPRI's Tammy
Thompson telling me that Ray was "not feeling well." At about 8:15
PM. I arrived at the Hard Rock and immediately met with his tour manager, who
reported that Ray had been to the doctor, and had been advised to rest. Tammy
& I quickly met with the Hard Rock's management and discussed several
options, none of which appealed to any of us. By 8:30, we had located Lisa
Sanders who was in the club and asked her if she could step in. By 8:45, we had
cleared her to use Ray's guitar and tech set-up, Lisa had designed a set list,
and we began the show 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
That's what happened.
We've done dozens and dozens of these
shows, and this is the first cancellation of a KPRI event that we've
experienced. Maybe we were overdue. As I'm sure you know, this happens, even to
major artists. Sting, David Gray, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and other
artists have all cancelled major dates recently because of illness or injury.
It's one of the hazards of touring and being exposed to germs etc. (Although in
Keith's case, I'm not sure it was a "germ.")
I know this is of no comfort at all to you
if you stood in line for hours only to be ultimately disappointed. While I hate
that this happened, as someone who uses his voice everyday, I'm always ready to
give the artist a break when it comes to something as important as the health of
his vocal instrument. I know you join me in wishing Ray a speedy and complete
Some of you asked if we could re-schedule
a date with Ray. We would love to do that, but it depends upon his schedule and
what happens to his career between now and the next time he heads this way. We
hope it will happen, but we're unable to promise.
In the meantime, if you would like to be
on a "priority invitation" list for a future event, please reply to this e-mail.
Thanks for being a Freeq.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
KPRI - Their side of the story for Ray LaMontagne
Here is the text of an e-mail I received from KPRI this morning: