There are certain shows that just have a feeling of being something special.
After watching In The Aisles ( the 1st band up at our 9/1/13 show at Beat Kitchen, Chicago) I said to DJ Dustin of MHXradio "this is going to be one of those legendary shows. I wish there were more people here to see it tho.."
He said ” I don’t understand why more people don’t go to shows. Like this one..it’s $5 and these guys are great!”
That’s the biz. We all scratch and claw. We as artists, dj’s as personalities, venues as desirable places for people to go, etc. It’s a tough biz. Luckily for 13-MONSTERS we don’t need to do this. For us, we can stop this at any time….and most bands nowadays operate that way. We all have to. The days of the 20somethings trying to be stars are long long gone. Don’t quit your day career..ever.No one makes it far enough to own a Zeppelin-like jet anymore. I ordered mine but the check bounced.
But back to the show. There were 3 bands that played before us. In The Aisles, 10,000 Light Years, and Motion To The Faceless. I would have paid $15 each to see these bands. They fucking KILLED! It was some of the best stuff any of us have sen in a long long time. In the past couple of years I’ve seen more “big” names than I can count who couldn’t hold a candle to what happened on stage at Beat Kitchen on sunday.
Do you know how many people saw the 4 of our bands?
I’ll be honest…not enough to make it worth any of our time to be there. God bless the venue for having us and bless the fans who came to see and hear us…and I’ll leave it at that. You can blame it on the massive rain storm, the 3 festivals going on at the same time, the labor day weekend where everyone heads to Wisconsin…whatever. The fact is that a handful of people saw what was arguably one of the best shows in Chicago in the last 6 months. I personally feel lucky and humbled to have seen the three bands before us.
Again ..it’s a tough biz. Getting people out to see a show where YOU entertain THEM seems to be a chore. I never really understood that…hell if someone wants to entertain me I’m all for it. But still, rooms are played to that have way too much space between patrons.
I don’t feel bad. The reason I don’t feel bad is because I’ve seen some shows just like that….. let me float a couple names by you:
I saw Smashing Pumpkins get boo’ed off the stage as an opening act in a venue that wasn’t even sold out.
I’ve seen Pearl Jam in a place that only holds hundreds…and we walked right in because that wasn’t sold out either.
I saw Henry Rollins play at the very first Lollapalooza….not even 10% of the people were there yet. The place was almost empty.
And in 1989 a show happened at Metro in our hometown of Chicago. I didn’t go. No one I know went. We had no clue who this band was. Evidently no one did…because no one was there. I doubt if there was 20 people who saw this show in a place that holds 1.200.
That bands was Nirvana….and I can guarantee this gig wasn’t worth it for them either. But it was worth it for 20 people who saw a great show….and probably also asked why is it that more people don’t go to shows for $5…
Enjoy the video. I have a dozen times.
( go see live music…there are diamonds out there to be found)
Karma is a bitch
All I have to say is a quote from Kaiser Soze ” How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss?” Well it seems that someone who tried to screw me over missed
Karma is a bitch