"The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience."
- Lester Bangs

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Hudson Hotel and Semi Precious Weapons

Private Park @ The Hudson Hotel and Semi Precious Weapons, New York, NY (June 27, 2009)

Semi Precious Weapons are a great band and put on a great show! However, most of the fans who showed up to the Hudson Hotel on Saturday night did not make it into the show. Why? Labeled an all ages show, fans under 21 traveled from all over to get to what was promised to be a glamorous party in their appreciation, were rudely dismissed at the door (which was run by sister company, Morgans) with no explanation except that the rules had been changed and they weren't allowed in. The band was very quickly notified of this, but seemed to do very little to address the problem, telling fans to try to sneak in the side door where security was rough-housing 18 to 20 year olds half their size.

Sure it was a great show, for the people who got in. For the rest, who left, devastated, or watched through the slats of window blinds and dodged hotel security, there will be no thanks to the band or the management. I understand the concept of under 21, but bands and venues need to be clear about how they label shows, especially when their fans are involved.

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