Friday, August 01, 2008

Why I Love Being in the Dirtbombs -or- Why You Never Negotiate With Kidnappers' Demands...

This is an email sent, in two slightly different forms, to both our booking agent and our record label. Grammatical and spelling errors were left intact for full effect.

To whom it may concern,

I write to communicate my extreme disappointment and outright animosity concerning the Dirtbombs' live show the evening of July 30, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.

I have been a longtime fan of the Dirtbombs, and have had the opportunity to see them on several occasions. Tonight they disappointed the audience with a mere 35 minute, 5 song set, which concluded with a 20+ minute, out of tune, jam of Kung Fu. Throughout their show, the band showed nothing but disdain for the audience, and apathy for their sound. Of particular note was the rendition of "Sun Is Shining." During this, Mick's guitar was out of tune, the band's timing was off, and a verse was skipped. They acknowledged this and laughed about it, as fans stood in awe.

As mentioned above, the show was concluded by a 20+ minute version of Kung Fu, which took up more than 50% of their time on stage. In addition to the inaudible lyrics from Mick, who, once again, skipped a verse, of particular note were the actions of Ben. He left his drum assignment and paraded through the audience with a microphone. During this time he grabbed a mic attempted to speak, but at no point during his incoherent rambling, did he come close to making anything resembling a clear thought. The only point that he was able to communicate, was that he would offer free Heinekens to any fans who purchased a t-shirt after their set. I did not pay to see Ben making a sad attempt to fraternize with the fans. I did, however, pay to see more than five songs, and I did pay to hear a band who played with instruments in tune, and who exhibited an attitude which was not insulting to the fans.

In light of the foregoing, a demand is hereby made for a full refund of my $25.00 ticket, and a formal apology from the band to their fans for this embarasment, posted on their website by 8/8. Additionally, the band should take steps to put on a free apology show at a venue in Boston.

If I am not contacted concerning this matter by FrIday, 8/8 and steps are not taken to accommodate the the aforementioned demands, I will contact the appropriate local union representatives and area venues to guarantee that neither The Dirtbombs, nor any other artist in your label, will not get another gig Northeast of Providence again.

19 comments:

Dillon said...

Damn! Wish I had been at that show!

Anonymous said...

This person should stick to seeing The Strokes if they want a perfect rendition of the most popular songs at a show.

cch said...

your tickets cost $25 now?!

miss fifi said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA..I'm sorry - but you "left (your) drum assignment"?!?!!?! I think that's the funniest damn thing I've read all year (wipes a tear from eye). I'd take him seriously though...you might miss out on some really prime gig playing the greater Boston area's Electrician Christmas party otherwise.

Anonymous said...

" guarantee that neither The Dirtbombs, nor any other artist in your label, will not get another gig Northeast of Providence again."
- pretty sure that'll hold up as a double negative in court and get you off the hook should you need to play northeast of p-town.

Katie said...

So, were the guitars in tune?

Anonymous said...

you couldn't make it up, ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

you should give us all our money back.

Anonymous said...

thats amazing

Anonymous said...

yeah and precisely 12 minutes 4 seconds in I heard a wrong note, and it smelled, and I stood behind a tall guy so I couldn't see, and my shoes got wet because someone spilled a drink, and I didn't like how the guitar looked, and then I bit my tongue, and then milk came out my nose, and then I farted because I heard a bad note, and some chick behind me heard and I got embarrassed, and then, and then and then.......

what an asshole

Anonymous said...

damn, diamond is still pissed!

Anonymous said...

I think I may have actually pee'd a little bit from laughing so hard. What a dumbass!

Anonymous said...

gotta admit, if i paid 25 bucks to see the dirtbombs, having previously seen satisfactory sets from them, and then was subjected to a 35 minute 5 song (half assed) set complete with a ridiculously long kung-fu jam with senseless huckster ravings from ben....i'd be pretty pissed and disappointed myself. the threats and demands may be laughable, but his disappointment is totally understandable.

Anonymous said...

try that same stunt in Detroit next time, I wanna see what happens.

Leyland "Lee" DeVito said...

Sounds like a pretty good show to me, especially for an opening band.

Anonymous said...

"This person should stick to seeing The Strokes if they want a perfect rendition of the most popular songs at a show."

can't they just reach a compromise and agree on a "coherent rendition" next time?

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, wow.

Doug Coombe said...

why does he hate freedom?
commie.

Anonymous said...

was there... the dirtbombs ruled in a way only they can. after the middle east this was such a teaser. come back. the audience suk'd tit. spiritualized babies.

woulda bought more t's if you had sexy mick on em...

best of it to you and them.