ATN Los Angeles Correspondent Brian Scott Gross
up at an obscenely early hour yesterday (never mind what we were doing
office at such an hour!) to tell as that radio station KROQ in L. A. had
decided it would be the neighborly thing to do to have Bad Religion perform a
free show for the city of angels. Plan A was to hold it at a park in Los
Angeles, but a certain West Hollywood councilman decided it was too close to
his abode. Plan A aborted.. Undaunted the jocks and staff at KROQ quickly came
up with Plan B. Allow Bad Religion to perform at the Palladium and give
away tickets at two locations in the area--Tower Sunset and Tower Costa
Mesa--just twelve hours before the show. Sounded good to the staff at the
station, and what the hell, they'd even foot the bill for a few security guards
to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Sounded like a solid idea.
Yesterday (Friday, Feb. 23) the free show was announced on the "Kevin and
Bean Show" at 7:00 AM, hours before they were to start giving away tickets at
the two stores. Big mistake. We guess someone underestimated the popularity of
Bad Religion (who, by the way, grace the cover of the issue of the Addicted To
Noise you are now in). Todd Meehan, Tower Sunset's store manager, told ATN: "We
had a parking lot full of kids at 10:00 AM this morning, and we weren't going
to give out tickets until much later." Another Tower employee told us that by
the time he got to work at 8:30 AM there was a "large throng outside already, a
crowd that no one could control. "No one who didn't want free tickets wanted to
get anywhere near the store, so we didn't hardly have any sales until all the
tickets were gone."
Three thousand tickets were given away by 11:00 AM but
people still crowed into the store. More than 400 fans were turned away from
the Sunset store alone. (Hey, Tower are lucky some of those fans didn't torch
the place. Just a joke.) "KROQ should have set up, made the announcement, given
the tickets away and that would have been that. Instead the loss of the parking
lot space meant a loss of paying customers. Those people most likely went to
another store. This is probably the last time we'll ever do such an event,"
huffed Meehan, who added that Tower's parking lot was filled with avid Bad
Religion fans for over five hours.
If all went as planned, not only did
Bad Religion do it up right last night, but so did The Customers, a band whose
debut album was just released on Vapor Records, the new label started by
manager Elliot Roberts and Neil Young. The Customers are a twin guitar rock
band with a very Rolling Stones quality to their aggressive sound. Opening were
to be Goldfinger.