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Re: Eric's T-rip-off (copyright Karen 1996)



Melissa Buote wrote:
> 
> The Eric's Trip/Orange Glass/Strawberry show in PEI is cancelled.
> This brings up a thing that really gets on my, and a lot of people in
> PEI's, nerves.  A lot of people always complain about bands not going
> here or there or whatever.  If you want to live somewhere where bands
> never go, move here.
> Has anyone on the east coast ever noticed how everyone's tours end in
> Halifax?  Well, I have.  I mean, PEI gets overlooked by a lot of
> bands that the kids here want to see.  Let's use Eric's Trip for
> example.  They have played here a grand total of one time for an
> awestriking 3 songs....oh boy.  Using another EC band for drawing
> comparisons, look at Thrush Hermit.  They have been here like 3
> times, and they live further away than Eric's Trip.  THe last time
> they came here they drove for like 4 or 5 hours in the middle of
> December with no friggin heater in their bus.  I think I can respect
> a band that is willing to do that before I can respect one who asks
> for a show, has the booking agent bend a rule (ie having a ban on all
> ages and then getting it all ages) to get them here, and then saying
> they don't want to come because their drummer "just doesn't feel like
> it".  Sorry that doesn't cut it with me.
> Anyone who was here in the ECMAs remember the no cases?  well, we got
> in a pile of shit because we were given permission by one of the
> people we answer to to have all ages...but the other people decided a
> week before the show that they weren't in to having kids there
> anymore...we got threatened with law-suits for false advertising, and
> we lost a lot of our credibility.  This Eric's Trip show isn't going
> to help.  We just lost funding.  We needed a really good PR event.
> This was it.   This would have helped us ease into a year with no
> money.  Our credibility is shot once again.  Every kid in
> Charlottetown knows about this show and now we have to do damage
> control. I, for one, am pissed off.  Merch Girl is too.  So are a
> lot of people.
> Little Orton Hoggett is playing on the 26th.  they were booked before
> Eric's Trip and they will be playing.  That, in my eyes, is the sign
> of a good band.  That's a band I would book again (pending liking the
> show...but I'm sure they'll be great) Eric's Trip is one I would not.
> Note to bands:  if you want to keep the respect of the general
> public, don't request a show or accept a proposal for a show and then
> back out a week before the show.  It really irks people.  And it's a
> really quick way to burn your bridges. 
> Melissa
> (and vicariously, Karen, la fille de Merch)

It would be easy but unproductive to do a  blow-by-blow reply to this post , but one thing needs clarification 
and just about covers it all anyway: *Eric's Trip never agreed to play the show in the first place.* Period. So 
what was your point again?
Ron