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

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cobra Starship in Troy, NY


Cobra Starship at Revolution Hall, Troy, NY (January 2008)

Lead singer of Cobra Starship, Gabe Saporta, has been and will most probably be mentioned several times on Love Your Fans. In a January 2008 show at Revolution Hall, when a group of fans in the front row got to pushing and pulling, Saporta stopped the concert and pulled a frightened young girl out of the crowd. Admonishing those who had gotten so rough during his set, the singer had a quick and quiet conversation with the saved girl (most likely to make sure she did not need medical attention), gave her a bottle of water from the band's stash and had her sit on the edge of the stage for the remainder of the concert. The other members of the band also all spoke to the girl at some point during the show.

This is what we need to see more of. This is what Love Your Fans is all about. If a fan is being hurt, the band CAN and SHOULD step in, as much as they are able. Kudos to the Cobras!

Cobra Starship: 5

Cobra Starship in Clifton Park, NY






A letter to the band, Cobra Starship from two fans:

"Dearest Cobras,

We recently were lucky enough to see you perform on the Sleeping with Giants Tour. We saw you in Poughkeepsie, Hartford, CT and Clifton Park, NY. You were fabulous. That being said, what we really want to thank you for is how you treated your fans. Over the three performances we had plenty of time to observe your interactions with your fans. Seeing as a lot of them are young kids, it’s easy to seem condescending or uninterested. But you didn’t. We had a chance to meet all of you and we were very impressed at how chill you were.

In particular, while at the Clifton Park show, we sat near the merch table for a breather. While we were there, Gabe sat down next to us. He had already spent an hour signing autographs at the FYE table and we thought he was on his way out when he came over to us. But he ended up staying another hour and we got to see first hand not only what all of you have to go through as a popular band, but how well you deal with it. We’ve been to a number of shows for a number of different bands and while they were all quite nice and it was amazing to meet them, we were able to recognize that you guys seem to go the extra mile. We wanted you to know that what you’re doing is not going unnoticed or unappreciated by everyone. We are really excited for the headlining tour and hope to get the chance to meet you all again. Good luck and fangs up. See you in a couple of months!"

Cobra Starship: 5

The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY


The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY (Fall, 2007)

The Chance is one - if not the only - rock venue in Poughkeepsie, NY. It's a dingy club with a tiny stage, a mosh pit and a few levels of balconies - all standing room only. It has a great grungy vibe, gets some great bands, and is under 21 friendly making it especially popular for the younger Poughkeepsie crowd.

However, patrons BEWARE! The security at The Chance is atrocious. When the crowds gets rough, the staff does nothing - which might be fine, if the band attracts an notoriously rough following. But when a band with mostly preteen fans is causing the fans to push and shove, security has the obligation to step in and protect the wellbeing of those who could be seriously hurt. But if you're looking for a lifesaver at this venue, don't hold your breath. It's not unheard of that a few young girls are pushed down under a sea of surging moshers as the security staff watches absentmindedly.

If you're heading to this venue, you might catch a great band close up, but you might also see the inside of an ambulance close up. If you're not going to keep a place secure, don't pretend to, Chance.


The Chance: 1

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.

The Hudson Hotel: 2

Venues

5

The Middle East (Cambridge, MA)

4

The Borderline (London, UK)

The Roseland Ballroom
(New York, NY)

3

Showbox (Seattle, WA)

2

The Hudson Hotel (New York, NY)

1

The Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Wamu Theater (Seattle, WA)

Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth, UK)

Bands

5

Cobra Starship 1 2 3

Ezra Furman and the Harpoons


4

Butch Walker

3


2


1

Our Rating System


Here's how we're going to rate bands and venues:

5. This band/venue gave me the red carpet treatment - for free!

4. This band/venue gave me the red carpet treatment - but I had to buy a membership first.

3. This band/venue was average - they know I exist, but I didn't necessarily feel special.

2. This band/venue ignored me and maybe complained I wasn't who they expected.

1. This band/venue left me to die in a gutter.

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Love Your Fans was created as a resource for people who love music to share experiences of their treatment as fans by both bands and venues - the best and the worst. We believe that the fans should always be treated with respect because they keep the music industry alive. Unfortunately, in our experience, that is not always the case.

So let this be a place where we hold bands and venue accountable for their treatment of us. Know a band that treats you like a VIP? A venue that's security pushed you around? Let us know! Email: loveyourfans@gmail.com with your reviews - stories, complaints, kudos - about a band or venue that you know, and let the list begin.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

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