I know big business when I smell it.. and I smell something right now..
Lets go over the facts. Back in March, tickets went on sale for a show that billed "Local H" headlining at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on May 18th.. Tickets going at $15 a piece. Being the smart, Local H die hard.. Of course I've had my tickets since the day they went on sale on that Friday in March.
This morning, on the Wednesday May 12th, six days before the show we've been getting pumped up for months over, I look down to my iPod touch to a notification from the app 'iLike'- it locates local concerts that are happening and links you to where to get tickets and all that-it uses all the artists in your iPod's library, a useful app well worth the zero dollars I paid for it. It says "Stone Temple Pilots have added a show near you".. Okay, so I notice it's also on May 18th-so I'm thinking "Wow, STP playing the same night as Local H".. then I see it say they're playing at the Blender Theater at Gramercy.. I was (and remain) bewildered.. Both events are listed as being held at the Blender Theater at Gramercy.. STP says show's at 7PM and Local H says show's at 8PM as per the local shows listing on Facebook.. Doing some investigating, I found myself on a Stone Temple Pilots fan site and in the message boards I found out somethings that are going on.. I can only credit to a user name here, but bare with it.
User : "live2cd" from Perrysburg, OH.. says he knows Local H's booking agent and placed in a call This was his comment as of 8:30PM Monday night May 10th:
" local h have the room booked and tickets sold. stp want the room. gramercy wants stp (the bigger band, more money, etc) and are trying to push local h out. local h is trying to work out an early show/late show w/ stp's management and the venue. its still up in the air but local h cannot move to another live nation venue as irving is booked that night. if local h dont get the early show (they want the early show, if stp get the early show, it would be impossible with production, etc) - they may be canceled. there is also talk about sharing the bill, but that would have to be approved by stp, etc. last i heard stp may be ok with taking the late show that night (after the local h show exits), but its still up in the air. confusing, but the info is correct. stp do intend on playing the gramercy and since they outweigh local h in popularity and would generate far more revenue, they can pretty much do what they want. "
-Then heading over to the Local H message boards from their seemingly official website has a post from a user who seems to be Brain St. Clair, the user name was 'Brainstclairlikesbirds'.. had this to say
" STP are not the bad guys here. They actually are doing the later show after they heard we were playing the room on the same night. Our show: Doors - 7pm Show over by 9:30pm Come early to see Kinch! "-
Big business at work.. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! AGAIN. This is the second abbreviated Local H show I'm going to attend.. last time I had the opportunity to see these guys I had to deal with the Electric Six as a headliner and a 45 minute Local H set of almost none of the classic.. now, on the "6 Angry Records Tour" where they will pick a name of one of their albums out of a hat and play it in it's entirety(In the pool: Ham Fisted, As Good As Dead, Pack Up The Cats, P.J. Soles, No Fun, 12 Angry Months)... lets put it this way: IT WAS BAD ENOUGH "HAM FISTED" WAS IN THE POOL, now what are we getting? These guys NEVER come to New York and now Scott Lucas is touring with a side project so who knows about the future of Local H, and now, AGAIN I'm being stiffed out of a full night of listening to a set of songs I love.. Are they gonna pull out the "No Fun" EP, play all six songs and say goodnight? Are they only gonna play the deep cuts that no ones ever heard of? And here's the kicker, I would get the STP tickets for the late night show doors opening at 10:15, allegedly, at a price of $50-but I ALREADY HAVE STP TICKETS FOR MAY 23RD IN CAMDEN-FIVE DAYS LATER!
AGAIN, FUCKED BY STP.. WEATHER IT'S WAITING TIL 11PM FOR THEM TO GO ON AT PNC TWO YEARS AGO OR NOT LETTING THE MEAT PUPPETS PLAY LATER IN ATLANTIC CITY-A PLACE WHERE THEY LITERALLY HAVE ALL NIGHT TO PLAY-NOW THEY HAVE THEIR BOOKING AGENTS PUSH LOCAL H AND THEIR FANS OUT BY 9:30PM AT A ROCK CONCERT... FUCKED AGAIN! THANKS SCOTT WEILAND AND YOUR GANG OF CROOKS-I'LL MAKE SURE TO THROW SOMETHING AT YOU ON THE 23RD!
So as of now UNOFFICIALLY... the Blender Theater at Gramercy on May 18th will have doors opening at 7pm for Local H and will empty out by 9:30pm to make way for a 2nd show the same night consisting of the Stone Temple Pilots with entirely separate admission and The Jay Porks Experience has also heard word that 101.9 WRXP is in bed with the STP show.. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more information...