*I have modified this post. I'm sorry if I called you out by name. I was bullying what I perceived as bullies and I'm just gonna leave it there. Feel free to comment if you really have something burning to say to me.
Full disclosure, I am friends with the people behind the series at the Hard Rock and I work for the Casbah, but I speak here on my own behalf. I really wasn't going to say anything about what went down, but after reading all of the comments on Facebook, I have one major gripe and when I hear it in my head, I hear my mom's voice when I was disappointed that the bike I got for Christmas as a kid wasn't the EXACT one I wanted. "Stop acting like an ungrateful entitled piece of shit."
You don't have the right to free shows. Whether it is the Hard Rock Hotel and Filter or Sezio or Sounddiego or the Adams Avenue Business Association or North Park Main Street or KPRI private listener shows or whatever. This is marketing. You give something...your email, your address, your time, your Twitter/Facebook checkins...and in exchange you get the privilege of live music. Make no mistake about this...the Black Lips got paid A LOT of money to be there and part of their allure is that some sort of shenanigans always go down. They got paid whether they played one song or ten. Could things be better? Maybe YOU can redesign the bar that was never intended to host live music better so the line entering the club doesn't go in right at the stage (and pony up the money for modifications). Or maybe they should just cut it off and only let the first hundred people in and leave everyone else in a line wrapped around the block. Or maybe they just don't book the bands at all and then you wait on your favorite bar or talent buyer to take a risk on a band that is most likely going to cause some sort of destruction, either by their own behavior or because there are a handful of asshole bros who just take any opportunity to go aggro because they feel like the world is their playground to destroy.
The comments on the Facebook page have been particularly annoying. If I was Matt, I would take names and just ban any of those people who are admitting they were a part of the chaos or complaining about it. Simple, Bro. You're 86ed. Don't come back. You're all bottom feeders anyway. Instead, he is handling the situation with grace that I admire. Today, the Hard Rock responded to gripes:
Hi Guys - In response to your comments regarding the Black Lips show - Our primary goal this year has been to bring more live music back to Hard Rock Hotel and even offering up all of the shows for free to give back to the San Diego music community. We were incredibly excited to bring the Black Lips to San Diego and we're truly sorry that the fans and the band didn't have the opportunity to experience a full set. Our security made a call in the interest of protecting our guests, and while the result was less than ideal, we stand by their decision. As always, protecting the safety of our guests is our number one priority. We hope that as music fans you can appreciate what we've tried to do with our SOUNDCHECK music series - bringing free shows from YACHT, Best Coast, Built to Spill, Kid Sister, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and more - and will continue to support our live music efforts in the future. Again, we thank you for your support and your shared passion for live music.Perhaps security overreacted or weren't properly prepared for the kind of night it was going to be, but whatever occurred initially quickly escalated and like it or not, there were bottles thrown both inside the bar and outside on the street, at which point their only concern was to diffuse the situation and get everyone out. If your enjoyment of a band involves putting other people at risk of physical harm, the music scene doesn't need you anyway. The PB Block Party, Street Scene, monthly TNT's...all of these have gone by the wayside because nobody can afford the security to keep you safe from the idiot bro next to you. Learn to behave like grownups and maybe the free stuff will keep coming, but if I was your mom, right now you would be grounded.
This is after the real stuff went down. From start to finish, the whole deal went down in a matter of about 20 minutes.