Wednesday, November 14, 2007
death of the club scene
So I’m always wondering what’s going with the wide wide world of music and why it’s in such a sorry state. Mostly, how did it get to a place where no one goes out to see bands, even really good bands anymore? I’m sure it varies from city to city. But it’s starting to get pretty bad everywhere according to every club owner I’ve talked to. I think the situation in Europe is a little better, that’s why I love playing there. Our friends from England agreed. “I think we really DO go out more” Lindy says. So what is it keeping folks at home these days? Number one, in America, nobody has any money. Gas has been a real killer lately for bands, not only because it costs the band to travel, but it costs the patrons too. And what about stiffer DUI laws? Both of these factors concern the music fans who have to drive and that’s why the metro areas have it a little better, cabs, subways and shit. So everybody just stays home and drinks, watchin’ sports on HDTV or they are on the computer watching videos on YouTube. Times sure have changed since we would pack’m out on a Tuesday night down at the Free Advice in Raleigh. And it was so “Spinal Tap” in Knoxville on Saturday night. After doing an interview on camera about how great the music scene was in the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, we stepped up on stage and basically played to 4 people. And I know one thing, it AIN’T because we suck! The show we just did in Cleveland was one of my favorite shows that I’ve ever been a part of, right up there with some of my other favorite rock history moments, The Yayhoos Roskilde show in the summer of ’96, The OakTeam’s Chattanooga show last summer and numerous sold Fabulous Knobs shows at The Pier and Café déjà vu in Raleigh (among hundreds of other priceless moments in my infamous “career”). I guess as the generations change over, the club scene has become more and more forgotten. It’s particularly heartbreaking to me, having seen and been a part of so many great gigs. They don’t know what they’re missing.