Aug 3, 2009
Coach Mike Ockislong
commented on El Corazon
In my 20 years of gigging I’ve always gotten my shit off stage quickly to pack up backstage so the next band could get on stage quickly. They call that “courtesy.” Most venues understand this and provide the bands at least a small corner to move their gear to so they can pack up and enjoy the rest of the show.
But at el Corazon this weekend, they made me take my drums out to the sidewalk corner to break down and pack up. They even shoved my volunteer roadie and threw a fit when I tried to go get my drum cases. Not to mention they were grabbing my drums too.
I was pissed. When I questioned this policy and asked them why I wasn’t told about this at load in, they kicked me out and told me I couldn’t come back in.
Take your drums out to the street corner to break down?!?!? WTF?!?!? Really?!?!? Even after we pre-sold $300 worth of tickets.
Breaking down a drum kit on the street corner with homeless people watching you is fucking insulting. What an absolutely ridiculous policy. There was no reason I couldn’t take my drums off stage to break down and pack up backstage. There was PLENTY of room.
So, I stood on the street corner next to my drums and had a cigarette while a friend went and got my truck four blocks down and a band mate went in to get my cases.
When I told the manager it was a bullshit policy and that no one explained the policy to me during load in, he pulled out the arrogant “We have touring bands coming through, etc.” bullshit. So, my volunteer roadie says to the manager, “Yes… But, have you noticed that the touring bands never play here twice.”
Needless to say, I missed the rest of the show.