Yes, the Crystal Castles show at the Granada Theater last night--or lack thereof, actually--turned out to be something of a shit show. Between opening band VEGA being on the bill (then not on the bill) and the doors still not being open at 10:15 p.m. (and soon thereafter the show being canceled), it's clear that something was up--either with the venue or the band.
Well, Granada Theater owner Mike Schoder checks in via email this morning to offer up his side of the story. Not to spoil the surprise, but, as you'd guess, he blames the band. Quite candidly, too.
After the jump, read the entire email, posted unedited as requested, from Schoder.
(I'm also told the theater will soon release ticket refund/exchange information for last night's show. Soon as we receive it, we'll post it.)
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Update: Looks like the band has offered a short explanation of its side of the story to this blog.
Update (at 2:32 p.m.): Just got off the phone with Crystal Castles publicist Brendan Telzrow, who says that, at this point, neither he nor anyone associated with the band or its management has released any sort of statement about last night's show. Both he and the band's tour managers have seen the "official word" from the band posted at various outlets online (read it over at Gorilla Vs. Bear), but Telzrow denies that it came from anyone actually involved with Crystal Castles. Telzrow says the band has not released a statement of any sort, nor does it necessarily plan to--at least not as of now.
Update (at 2:46 p.m.): For those curious about refunds, etc.: Schoder says the few people who bought the few remaining tickets at the door in cash were refunded last night at the venue. Every other ticket was purchased via credit card, Schoder says, and those customers should see the refunds popping up on their statements at some point today or tomorrow, depending on the service.
Let me start with a definition:
Pre-madonna: Pre-madonnas cannot help the way they are because their parents spoiled them and they are still developing their personalities. All a pre-madonna has to do is whine and their parents give them what they want.
Here's how our day went at the Granada on Tue:
Vega (Alan from Ghosthustler) opened for CC in Austin Monday night. At 5pm (3 hrs before doors) we received a call from CC that Vega could not be on the bill.
Vega had been approved by CC in advance for the bill. Early on Tue CC hired a light tech from Austin that is also a DJ to replace Vega.
CC could have communicated with Vega early in the day before they left Austin.
Vega was at the Granada waiting to soundcheck.
CC would not enter the building until Vega was gone from the premise.
Alan was super cool. No pre-madonna.
We've never seen this request. The other co-promoter out of Austin has never seen this kind of request.
CC soundchecked at 6pm instead of at 4pm.
CC didn't "like the sound of their kickdrum".
CC insists that "more woofers be brought in".
Rental places close at 6pm.
It is now 7pm.
Granada has 16 - 18" sub-woofers and 12 - 15" sub-woofers. Also 32 - 8" midranges. Lots of firepower.
Sound check was great.
CC says they would rather cancel the show than possibly not have enough kick drum.
Granada begs that the show goes on.
Granada even offers to dismantle sub woofer stacks and place them in different places in the room.
Granada was willing to do anything to have the show go on.
CC waits until after 10pm to give final cancellation.
The show must go on. Life is all perception. One person sees the day as beautiful, another sees the day as crap.
Why would any band crap on their fans like this?
Insecurity is a cancer. Love yourself. Love your sound guy and the system at the club you are playing.
Play the show. Then listen to your fans. If you don't like the sound at a club never go back to the club.
We've had every big band imaginable in every genre imaginable and had amazing shows.
Nobody has complained about our sound. This is totally out of left field.
The sound at Granada is amazing...and would have been if CC would have just got on stage and played.
Today, Granada is refunding ticket cost and entire service charge to each patron. No one cares for live music more than we do. We've put together an amazing room, staff and sound system.
We'll see you soon fellow music fans.
Mike Schoder and all the Staff at Granada.