Sunday, January 31, 2010

100 Monkeys At The Hard Rock Las Vegas

This is not going to be my official Vegas blog, this isn't going to contain the *wonderful* moments that happened with 100 Monkeys, this blog is just here to tell you all the SHIT the guys went through last night while playing the Hard Rock Cafe on the strip in Las Vegas.

NEVER SEE A CONCERT THERE.
NEVER EAT THERE.

They do not deserve your patronage.

100 Monkeys were supposed to take the stage at 1145p and apparently were supposed to be off the stage at 130a. The sound crew was apparently having the worst case of technical difficulties known to man because after the first opening act, The Rooks, the next band, Imagine Dragons, was literally on stage fucking with their equipment and trying to hear themselves in the monitors for 35 minutes. They still had not started their set when the Monkeys were supposed to take the stage.

[We had seen the 100 Monkeys soundcheck earlier in the day and it went on without a hitch, everything was fine -- a few adjustments were made, of course, but it was all fine... what could have possibly gone wrong?]

Imagine Dragons was very professional; they started the set even though they couldn't hear themselves in the 2 front monitors just because it was getting so late. They were worth the wait, they were fantastic. (More on them in the official blog.)

After each song the lead singer of Imagine Dragons would ask to be able to hear himself more citing that he "had no vocal on the stage", meaning that he couldn't hear himself at all -- that's an extremely important thing to a live performer in order to create the best show possible.

They wrapped their set and shortly after the boys took the stage, tuned their instruments and did their usual, "we'll be back in five," kinda deal...

They didn't end up going on stage until right about 1230.

They were constantly asking for more vocal, more vocal, more vocal - less bongos, less bass drum, more vocal.

It came time for the improv song and Jerad went down the line, he looked at me and my friends and I had decided before the show what we were going to ask them to sing, "Lipstick On My Collar". They took our suggestion...

About halfway through the performance and after asking during the performance for more vocal Jackson grabbed the mic stand -- now, I can't be completely positive but I think it was a combination between not being able to hear himself, being frustrated about not being able to hear himself and getting into the performance - he broke the mic stand. He slammed the base of it against the stage several times until the bottom of it broke.

After that he held the stand without the base until he became frustrated with that and tossed it aside.

It wasn't long after that - 145a that the guys said they were going to take a quick break and then come back on for their encore.

Before the guys came back on 2 guys came up on stage and started breaking down a few things, grabbing the broken mic stand and said that the guys would not be coming back out. A lot of people had left when they left the stage for the first time and this pushed out a lot of the others -- I knew that the guys were going to break down and pack up their own equipment, so we stayed put where we were in the front row.

Jackson's beer was setting by a mic stand and by the foot pedals for the guitar, when one of the guys was taking a cord apart, he knocked over the beer and soaked their control board for the guitar pedals. He didn't care, I grabbed the beer as quickly as I could, but a lot spilled very quickly.

When someone asked this guy on stage why the guys weren't coming back out he said, "because the band is being a bunch of assholes." I promptly stopped that shit right there and I snapped back, "don't call them assholes, if you're pissed about the mic stand maybe your sound guys should know what the fuck they were doing - it's just a fucking mic stand and you shouldn't be pissed at them for it, I'll pay for it if it's that much of a hassle to you, just don't fuck with the band." He stood there and just kind of stared at me.

A few minutes later they came back on stage and Jackson announced that they were not allowed to do their encore; that "the Hard Rock Cafe will not let 100 Monkeys play anymore" saying that he was so very sorry and thanks for coming out.

Jackson and Jerad came over to us, thanking us over and over, holding our hands and apologizing to us/the fans.

We got a moment to talk to Jackson about what happened with the Hard Rock - he said they were giving them a hard time from the moment they got here. He said to go online and make it known about what really happened. Johnson said they were upset, but just wanted to get out of there.

Jackson was so visibly upset, trying to control it, but this had made all of them so mad - he was standing on the left side of the stage when the rude guy started with him - Jackson looked & pointed to us and said, "[they] saw everything," and then I said back to him, "we are going to support 100 Monkeys; we're taking their side. That guy spilled your beer on your equipment." He asks me, "which guy, this guy?" I nodded. Jackson looks at the guy and starts to "rawr", he then quickly asked for his name - he replied (it was something with an "M") and then he extended his hand to shake Jackson's. Jackson walked away.

I pulled Jerad aside amongst the chaos and told him that the guy had spilled Jackson's beer. He lifted up the board and there was beer all under it. He asked who it was, I pointed and Jerad bolted over to him, asking his name, asking what the fuck...

Ultimately, I heard that the Hard Rock was mad because the guys were supposed to be off at 130 - however, they could have played had Imagine Dragons gone on stage on time. (The Hard Rock's fault; not theirs.)

The boys told us they had planned another 30 minutes of songs, but were asked to leave.

They were mad because Jackson broke the mic stand. (He wouldn't have done so had the sound been working properly, I firmly believe that. I don't think he was just *that* into the improv song about lipstick.)

[EDIT: I don't think that when Jackson picked up the mic stand that he had the intentions on breaking it -- I don't want people to think that, I think that shit happens and the stand broke - it was nothing that the Hard Rock should have gotten upset about.]

The boys were banned from ever playing the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas again (not sure about the other Hard Rock's, but I would assume that they wouldn't want to associate themselves with the Hard Rock any longer) - but even if they weren't it left such a nasty taste in their mouth that there's no way they would ever want to go back.

At the end of the night, after all of this shit that had gone down - instead of 100 Monkeys leaving and the Hard Rock Cafe being happy to get rid of them, someone I talked to said she overheard a conversation with one of the employees of the Hard Rock and Marty (the "bananager") in which the Hard Rock was demanding that 100 Monkeys PAY. Pay for damages, pay because the DJ that was supposed to go on stage after the Monkeys couldn't - PAY.

Fuck. That. Fuck. You.

If you were at the show last night, please write or call the Hard Rock and DEMAND that they apologize to 100 Monkeys.

I love all of those boys with so much of me - it felt amazing sticking up for them and helping them out when they needed it.

Jodie

[Another edit: Anyone who wants to post this on their Facebook/MySpace/Twitter/Fan forum -- please feel free. Also, please go and read Willow Raine's write up on www.tengossip.com!]

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!! I'm surprised that the Monkeys were poorly recieved by Hard Rock Cafe! I'm angry too, the Monkeys would never poorly mistreat anyone, how dare the employees (and obiviously their manager) of the Hard Rock Cafe call our beloved Monkeys assholes!! The Monkeys SHOULDN'T have to PAY for anything, since it was them who messed up!! I back up the 100 Monkeys 100%, they are wonderful musicians and awesome people, who obviously care about their fans.

Lisa Knox said...

OMFG That is fucking unbelievable!! I am sooo pissed. I am glad you guys were there and backed up and took care of our boys! I wish like HELL I had been there to help you, though we might have ended up being "escorted" out of the place if I had been. That is such bull shit! I hope the guys made it out of there with there checkbooks intact! No way we would let that kind of shit go down over here on our side of the world!!

Ashley said...

wow!! That is absolute bullshit!! The monkeys didn't do a damn thing wrong, it's not their fault the Hard Rock's sound equipment sucks a fat one! They shouldn't have to pay a dime!! They would've been done on time if that other band would've come on, on time. The Monkeys would never treat anyone like this and they don't deserve such treatment. You rock for standing up for the boys, I wish I coulda been there too, I too love the boys with all my heart and it just pisses me off to hear about them being treated so poorly. Keep your chin up boys!! we love you!

kimcatus said...

Wow. What crap. Thanks for posting that....I would hope that people wouldn't ever think badly of the boys. I've only seen them once but from that show and from everyone I've talked they've never been more than professional! That's fine....if they never play Hard Rock cafe again, I'll never go to a Hard Rock Cafe again!!

Tierney said...

Wow. I agree with Lisa 100000%! I'm glad at least one group of true Monkeys supporters were there to stick up for our boys! If I were there I would have SO been right there with you! I may be young but I can stick up for people like the best of them! You go, Jodie! Hard Rock can suck it! And to try to shake Jackson's hand after being a complete ass hole and spilling beer all over their equipment is just stupid. I don't know if I've ever heard about the boys getting this mad about anything. And where was Ben G during all this? Just wondering. But yes, that is bull shit and those boys are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet and they deserved to be treated SOOO much better. Hopefully the rest of the tour will go smoothly. But thanks for sticking up for them. You know that if we all would have been there it would NOT have been a pretty scene! Good job, Jodie!

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely outrageous!! Just because maybe their lives (i don't mean the 100monkeys) are miserable or something is going on, doesn't mean they shouldn't do their job properly or treat others that way. I know this behavior too well actually. This is too bad... hopefully the Monkeys can just shake it off and move on. Because this ain't worth dwelling over and Hard Rock needs to get their act together.

Jodie Platz said...

Ben G didn't come out for the longest time, when he did he didn't talk to any fans and just broke down their set - he did spend a minute talking to the prick guy and said to him, "we just want to know what we did wrong..."

Belle said...

That's terrible....what a nightmare for the guys. Do you mind if I tweet this post?

DizziBlnde said...

This story had been relayed to me almost as soon as I rolled out of bed this morning - and I was literally appauled at the Hard Rock Cafe' Las Vegas!
For one - sound is a huge part of music, and when that's wrong - the show is wrong. For the performers, and for the I don't know the people who PAID to be there. Hard Rock should have been more concerned about getting it right then blaming the band.
Second - was Jackson right to break something - no not really. But -- that being said....Hard Rock was out of line for a.) even getting on stage NEAR their equipment and b.) for dousing their equipment in beer.

Are the guys perfect? No. But they are professionals - and for Hard Rock to not have their equipment functioning properly for the show is on them NOT the 100 Monkeys. For the Hard Rock to damage their equipment with their negligient action is pathetic on their part.

These guys have dealt with bad situations before and done it with grace -- so obviously, Hard Rock went above and beyond in being idiots to have driven them to the poit of enough anger to break something.

Ban them huh - yeah run with that. Not sure why they would want to come back to someplace that treated them like that.

I'm with the rest - I back the boys. If Hard Rock wants the money for the mic stand - send the bill to the Junkies and we'll pay it....but I would hope the boys sue the Hard Rock for breech of contract and damaging THEIR equipment.

Jodie Platz said...

@Belle -- yep, go ahead and tweet it! We need to spread the word!

My twitter acct is @hello_jodie ;)

@DizziBlnd You're amazing. Your comment was perfect.

Anonymous said...

Cess

WOW, thats really the only thought that came to mind when I first heard this. After letting it all soak in I think it's clar that we need to all group together and get this artical out for others to see. Lets let people see the real story, not the one the Hard Rock wants us to see.

Please forward this link or at least this story to any place that will publish it!

Anonymous said...

Post your thoughts to HRC's MySpace/FaceBook/Twitter. Re-Tweet. It may not make a difference, but it will eventually piss someone off - and at least that is somewhat gratifying. xoxo! ~Air.

Crystal and Bryan said...

Hey Jodie! Our guys were soooo awesome for the set they were allowed to play. Thank goodness were were in the front row so we could sort of hear their beautiful voices. I do actually disagree that Jackson broke the mic stand on purpose, though. The look on J's face when he realized it was broken was one of surprise. But I do think once it was broken he figured screw it.

daughterjudy said...

Ugh, I am not even cool with this at all! They ought to feel ashamed of themselves for giving the band such a hard time for something that wasn't their fault. I love that Jackson got pissy back at the guy though.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting all of us know about the totally unprofessional way the Monkeys were treated. The truly sad thing is that I am sure there were some people there who had this as their first experience at a 100 Monkeys concert.

Fire Sister said...

Hey...Thank you for writing this out and getting your and the Monkey's side out there. it will take work, Work every 100 Monkeys fan should be willing to do, to get this information out and make sure the boys stay in a good light.

Having watched the boys (at another two venues) where they were late on their accord and watched them do EVERYTHING in their power to make it up to the fans that waited the 2 hours for them to show up - I believe your view of this is accurate and hope the Hard Rock's view of this doesn't follow them to other venues.

Chrissy Plass said...

hey jodie,
it is just amazing what u did :)
im 100% with u. noone can treat
the band like this. they r really nice people and would never do anything reckless like damaging
stuff from other people.
i wish i could have helped u there
aswell. stupid people. cant believe it. the guys dont have to pay anything. this is just ridiculous. we love u guys, u just rock :) headz up <3

Jenie said...

stupid fucking corp bastards! they should be lucky that 100Monkeys played there. i have been to a few shows at Hard Rocks (dallas) and they all seem to suck. something not right with that!
HR can go screw themselves! my boys rock!!

Anonymous said...

That is just ridiculous. Major points to you for standing up the that jerk that was breaking down the stage. I can't believe they were treated like that. I had the chance to meet the band when in Tucson and they were are all so sweet and pretty easy going. It kind of breaks my heart and totally pisses me off that they weren't able to perform a full show because people are incapable of doing their jobs!
I'll be spreading this blog, people should know.
Thanks for being a great fan.
-Charity

Anonymous said...

That is such bullshit. I am livid. The Hard Rock is a place that has many musical acts perform, why the fuck would they allow a band to play with such shitty equipment? And then calling them assholes just because they were trying to finish their set and were obviously having problems?! They wanted to play for the fans! And spilling beer on a control board? For someone who works at a place that holds concerts, you'd think the fucking bastard would know what a fucking control board does and how important it is for the band. And then saying they have to PAY for one fucking mic stand?? What costs more, one stupid mic stand or a control board that can cost upwards of $400? If anyone should have to pay it should be the Hard Rock. I am so so thankful and glad that you helped the Monkeys and I agree with Lisa Knox, I wish like hell I could have been there to help you, though if I was, we may have been arrested. I have had the privilege of seeing 100 Monkeys play live four times and meeting them twice and they are the nicest, sweetest bunch of guys around and for them to have to deal with all that bullshit that they received, I can't even begin to understand how the Hard Rock could do that. Do you mind if I retweet this and post it on Facebook? How horribly they were treated and how fucking unprofessional The Hard Rock was needs to be known.

-- Adrienne

Jodie Platz said...

Loved your comment -- please feel free to RT and put on your Facebook. Thanks so much for supporting 100 Monkeys and for reading my blog!

Rachel said...

I am so glad that you stuck up for the guys. Shame on Hard Rock for that bullshit. It's disgusting to hear how they were treated and how unprofessional the Hard Rock Cafe acted. FUCK THEM. They owe the guys a huge fucking apology. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.

LeaAnn said...

I was at the show last night, I had a friend come in from San Diego and was so excited to share a Monkey's show with him....The show at the Beauty Bar just a couple weeks ago went off pretty much without a hitch, even though it was an outside show with older sound equipment so I was pretty shocked at "the technical difficulties" the band's were experiencing last night. I told my friend how odd is it that a downtown bar has better sound than a million dollar venue??

We left when the guys said that they were going to take a break, so we missed majority of the unprofessionalism and bullshit that the fans and band had to endure.

100 Monkeys are so infectious, they smile and laugh, tell silly jokes and the music..oh the music just makes you want to dance...but last night you could just see the frustration on the guy's faces don't get me wrong i had a great time but I feel awful that this is the impression now that they have of Las Vegas and our venues and I am so very sorry that that is so!!! I hope that the fans and the band will not hold last nights horrible series of events against my beautiful city. I have friends that promote show's here with both local and larger touring bands and I will make sure that MY opinion on last night events and the Hard Rock Cafe as a whole are known!

Anonymous said...

Dude, no matter how some treats you, that didn't give Jackson the right to break their property. He should have remained professional- breaking their equiptment? Not professional in the least bit.

Jodie Platz said...

@LeAnn -- Jackson said that he does not hold Vegas responsible and doesn't feel bad about the CITY. ;) Thank god too, right?

Meredith said...

Wow, that's horrible of Hard Rock. Both the sound issues and the spilling of beer (without even an effort to clean it up) and just everything. I'm glad you were there to help support the Monkeys, though. I definitely won't be supporting them (Hard Rock, not the Monkeys obviously) next time I'm in Vegas.

Chef Mommy Linz said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I'm sure all of us 100 Monkey fans are thankful that you spoke up to the douche bags who tried to take advantage of the guys! I've been to the Hard Rock twice (once in Houston and once at Foxwood's) and both times I was left very unimpressed by my experiences. I think your experience just solidifies my belief that Hard Rock is a tourist trap only out to make a quick buck off of poor unsuspecting people.

Donna said...

Yeah it sounds like the venue was very unprofessional, my husband is in a band and we've had to go thru shit like that before, where the sound guys are complete assholes and don't know the asses from a hole in the ground but they'll act as if they are not the ones messing it up, like it's the bands that don't know how to work their own equipment. But we all know the truth, so fuck the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas & the 100 Monkeys rock!

TwiCarol said...

Hey Jodie,

Great post! Your account of what happened made for a fascinating read & I was shocked by what happened to the boys. So glad you were there to stand up for them. I've referred your post on my Team Jacksper blog - http://twicarol.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sharing what happened!

Nina said...

WOW this whole thing makes me so mad agree with EVERYONE that the Hard Rock need to do some MAJOR Butt kissing and say some serious sorrys. I am on team 100 Monkeys all the way and dont think they owe the hard rock anything I think the hard rock owes them and everyone at the show
Nina

Chelsie said...

Cannot believe this crap! The guys were absolutely fantastic at the show I attended recently (Portland) I certainly won't be giving hard rock any of my money, especially seeing as how I am going to vegas this summer and had planned to stop by there. It is good that you saw the beer get spilled and were able to tell the guys about it.

Elizabeth said...

I'm trying very hard to be unbiased about the situation. I figured that even though the sound sucked, the show still could've gone on, you know? Then a friend pointed out that if the venue is advertising sound equipment/mixing/whatever that they should follow through on it.

I just can't get over the spilled beer. I'm not an expert, but I'm willing to bet that guitar pedals are not cheap. Hard Rock's got a stick up their ass about their property, but what about the band's property that they destroyed?

The whole thing is just effed up, but at least the boys showed more professionalism than Hard Rock did.

Becky said...

Jodie, thanks for this. I am shocked at the treatment the boys received at HRC. I am Livid that this happened because the HRC's employees are such assholes.

Funny thing is, Ive never yet been the one here in Philly. Now I doubt I ever will go. To even walk in would make me sick.

Heather said...

Jodie~
Thank you for letting us know what happen and taking up for the guys. Everyone who has been to Vegas and to the HRC and I know how bad the employees are. I am very happy you were there to help when many of us wish we could. I saw the show in SA, TX and I can't imagine Jackson breaking it on purpose and the whole beer thing just infuriates me. Music equipment is very expensive and I would be vivid if someone did that to my stuff. When they were in SA they were very sweet guys the whole things still makes me mad. Hopefully they will have a better show later this week. Keep you chins up guys We all love you :)

mehtarelingolien said...

Let anyone treat out guys like that in *MY* town.... balls will be kicked and heads will roll.

Treating them like that was just POOPID.

jessicaisms said...

This is my video of the improv song "lipstick on my collar"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7BHxxvjBP4

Anonymous said...

G'day Jodie, From an Aussie fan who LOVES the Monkey Men, I'm absolutely disgusted with what the HRC has done. Sounds like a bad mix of errors on their behalf. But the way the Monkey Men handled it just shows how professional they are. Good on you for sticking up for them. We don't have a HRC in my town, thank goodness, otherwise I would be there complaining too.. Thanks for letting us all know and PLEASE send my hugs onto the boys next time you see them! Would LOVE to see them live here - one day! Thanks from Deb - in Victoria, Australia!

Anonymous said...

Ok, to whomever wrote "Dude, no matter how some treats you, that didn't give Jackson the right to break their property. He should have remained professional- breaking their equiptment? Not professional in the least bit."

He DID NOT break it on purpose. He was absolutely horrified that it broke, you could see it in his face. He did not mean to break it. He was having trouble getting the mic off of the stand, so he was jostling it hoping that it would pop off, but instead, the whole thing broke. It was an accident. He was NOT being unprofessional.

And, if you knew anything about mic stands, they can take a lot of abuse, I think this one suffered many battle wounds over the years and finally reached a breaking point at the most inopportune time. I think it just died of normal wear and tear or perhaps, old age. It was not Jackson's fault!!

~Alisha

Elin said...

This makes me freakin' angry! No one treats the monkeys that way! NO ONE. Thanks for letting us know, Jodie. I seriously hope Hard Rock Cafe present the boys are proper apology!!! Can't believe staff at a well-known establishment like that can act THAT idiotic. They must know this will only slap right back at their faces! A broken mic stand?? Hey, that is nothing. Spilling beer on musicians equipment on the other hand...a little worse. And then treat the band like shit afterwards...!!! i'm so angry I could hit someone. Guess it is good I wasn't there, or I probably would. Good we all share that feeling and can back 100monkeys up on this! We got their backs!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Anonymous said...

To be quite honest, I think it's the 100 Monkeys fans that have blown things out of proportion. I am a fan of the band and have seen them 10+ out in LA, but I'm also an avid concert-goer who has played w/bands before as well, and things like this happen sometimes... and then people sober up and move on. I, myself, wasn't there, so I can't speak in first person, but when it comes to live shows, shit happens.

It totally sucks that the band prior went well over their allotted time and that 100 Monkeys wasn't allowed to come back on and finish their set, but, often, venues have a curfew that they can't break. Granted, they (Hard Rock) were probably more than happy to pull that card after Jackson broke one of their mic stands, but still. In regards to the beer that was spilled on their guitar pedal(s), it wasn't on purpose, AND they're musicians who play a lot of gigs, and drink a lot. I'm sure that pedal has been spilled on MANY times, but the heightened emotions already surrounding the night probably didn't help this particular situation. Also, this ISN'T the worst thing that's happened to the boys on this tour, but THOSE stories probably won't be mentioned anywhere.

I like that fans are able to band together to make things right for a band they admire and appreciate, but there's SO MANY things that we, as fans, can't possibly know. Nothing the Hard Rock did seemed malicious in any way and, while I feel bad saying this, they should catch a bit of a break from you all. If everyone were playing fair, the Hard Rock should forgive for the broken mic stand, and the boys should forgive for the pedal, and fans should do what they feel is right AFTER taking all aspects into consideration. I don't necessarily want to say that the fans are "wrong", but rather just ill-informed, or too stubborn to give the opposing side the benefit of the doubt.

For those that have stuck with my rambling, I thank you. I'd love to hear what people think after considering all sides of the story.

Anonymous said...

I attended both concerts at the Hard Rock and would like to share what I witnessed. The microphone itself separated several times during the sets. The top part came off the bottom where the cord is attached. During the improv song when Jackson placed the microphone back on the mic stand, the bottom of the mic got jammed and he could not get it released. He bounced the mic stand to jar it loose, but after the third tap, the base snapped off and he was left with a microphone attached to the stand. He continued singing, unaware it broke until the end of the song when he went to place it back on the base. At this point he again struggled to remove the microphone and it promptly split in two again. Fustrated, he tossed the remaining stand off to the side so it would not interfere with the set. Then he placed the reattached microphone onto another mic stand. He once again informed the sound guys he could not hear. The band played one other song before excusing themselves off-stage. It was during this mini-break that one of the sound guys came up to examine the connections again. He noticed the broken mic stand and asked aloud what happened to the mic stand. The event's security guy announced that Jackson broke it when he was slamming it onto the stage. At this point, the sound guy replied, "That's okay, they're rich, we'll bill them." I did not see the beer incident but it has been explained by the people who witnessed it. I did later share what I witnessed with Jerad and I praised Jackson on keeping his professionalism intact despite his many challenges. He was able to smile at his fans - amazing! Hard Rock will be hearing from me shortly to answer for the above as well as another incident specific to me that happened that night with the establishment.

MonkeyMan said...

Whoa! I heard the guys on this radio show outta Bakersfield online on Jan. 24, then I heard a story on Jan. 31st's show about how Jackson almost beat this kid up in thei opening band! What's going on? I just saw you can listen and download their interview. Gotta check it out and find out the truth! http://www.krab.com/cc-common/podcast.html

JosieCPH said...

Okay, first of all, thank you so much for posting this. All day I've been reading hints here and there about the things that "happened at HRC" and I had no idea what they were talking about since no one divulged on the subject.
Secondly, that is just appaling. What absolutely unprofessional fuckers they are at HRC. I'm proud to say that I've never visited HRC - and never will.
As for Jackson breaking that mic stand on purpose or not, I honestly couldn't care less. Hell, I'd have broken it for him if that could have kept the Monkeys out of trouble.
Again, thank you for posting this.

Elizabeth said...

I agree with what one anonymous poster has said: shit happens. Yeah, what went down sucks, but it's over and in their rear view mirror.

I think we all just need to let it go and move on.

Carina said...

That's so crazy and so unprofessional of Hard Rock...oh my god. Glad the guys held to together the best the could & showed real class. Cheers to you Jodie and other fans for sticking up for the guys.

Char said...

I've been to several HRC myself, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta, and I was NOT impressed with any of them! The service was terrible and the food was way overpriced and not very memorable! I am not surprised at the way the employees at Las Vegas acted toward the band. It seems to me that a lot of their employees have an attitude. Like working at the Hard Rock is cooler than being in a worldwide known band. Ha!! What losers!! Our Monkeys rock!!! Way to go, guys!!

Girlnorth said...

Thanks for sharing this. Hard Rock Cafe can suck it. I'll pass it on.

Tilly Whitlock said...

Jodie. I cannot believe this. I've seen the boys in concert before. I've met them all. And what happened at HRC should never have happened. I posted a blog on my site about how I feel about it all. I'm just baffled by everything. A bunch of my friends have been retweeting your blog. I just cannot believe that this happened to a bunch of AMAZINGLY sweet guys.

TwilightChicky said...

What total bullshit! I hope you don't mind, but I just re-teweeted and threw it onto my Facebook page. I knew there was a reason that I never go to Hard Rock anywhere. I've been to one and it was overpriced, poor service and the food was horrible. I seriously can't believe that they wanted the Monkeys to pay for their screw ups! Not to mention they Monkey's equipment was what had beer spilled on it and can't imagine that does good for anything electronic. What total idiots! I haven't been lucky enough to see the boys yet, but they are scheduled to come to Baltimore on the 100 cities tour and I'm REALLY looking forward to it. I've heard nothing but good things about their shows and they have fantastic music. Thanks for sharing the fuckery so that it can be passed on.

Anonymous said...

the full support that no one treatment meres are created so stupid hard rock ja ....
girls know that we support here in Chile and the boys around 100 monkeys ..
kathy ..........

Anonymous said...

dude that just sucks! those sound guys should know better than to damage equipment like that. that's a saftey issue for one! screw the hard rock! they lost a amazing band! Monekeys should go perform at house of blues! Lol! boycott hard rock!

Beth said...

having met Jackson in person at the Twicon convention in dallas, I know that is he is nothing but polite and gracious. When the management of that convention was mistreating his fans, Jackson went out of his way to do everything he could to make things right, even staying until all hours to sign autographs at his concert.
I can't believe that a place like hardrock would treat any musician that way.. but they can do without my business in the future.

Jenny Jerkface said...

Wow. I spend a good deal of time going to see live shows and many of my friends (and boyfriend) are in bands and it's always amazing how douchy people at the venues can be. They make so much money when a popular band such as 100 Monkeys play their venues and the bands deserve to be treated much better than this.

Shame on Hard Rock Cafe. It sounds like the band really tried to make the best of a shitty situation.

Genn said...

You already know how I feel about this entire subject but I just wanted to let you know that I do care enough to read it, and comment it. I still see/hear Hard Rock and seethe.

bski0409 said...

Hard Rock has really went down the tubes in the past few years. They should realize this kind of crap is WHY they get people to go/perform there. That sucks how they treated the guys. I would have told them "no, I have a contract for a certain amount of time on stage, so YOU owe ME money." LMAO

bsktballducki said...

wow...what the hell????? Was this the concert that was on the Live Stream? because if it was, I am a little glad my internet didn't cooperate and let me watch it because I would have flipped out.....and I am up in Washington....How dare they treat people like that? Especially a band performing at their venue, making them money and increasing their business???


-Mandi Jo

Captain Mad Ange said...

Holy shit, that fucking BLOWS! I missed this show because I was late getting back to Vegas after being stuck in a snowstorm in TX, but I luckily saw them at the Beauty Bar on January 1st. As a former club night owner/promoter in Vegas I can tell you firsthand that shit *DOES* happen, and I would expect the Hard Rock, of all places, to know and understand that, and work to make things go smoother. Not freak the fuck out and act like assholes! It's shit like this that shows me why more bands don't come back to Vegas. I sincerely hope that this experience did not sour the band on returning to Vegas; it would be wonderful to have them back, but at someplace that isn't full of dumbass douchebags. Fuck the Hard Rock.

Anonymous said...

Motherfuckers.

Annie said...

There's a strange phenomenen surrounding Hard Rock. I've been to a few the best being Seattle (real friendly/great staff/accomodating) and Prague (best staff ever !!) and then some shitty ones like London (elitist staff/carmped/awfful service)
It varies so much from place to place.
They pride themselves on being awesome venues but most of them are little more than a fast food joint with a bar and stage, it's a bit like MacDonalds claiming to be the O2 Arena.
It doesn't surprise me that they were shit backstage. They just aren't set up properly for live music.
You want MTV and an overpriced burger by all means go along but if you want a good gig don't bother.
I get that the mike stand wasn't their fault but I'm guessing it's part of a contract top play that all damages are covered by the band to protect the corperate machine although it goes both ways and their damaged equipment should be covered by the ass who fucked it up.
It's shit that the band had such an awful time, they will feel bad for all the people that came to support them.
Well done for speaking up.
That's what all bands who aren't in the top ten need to stop them being treated like shit.
Can you imagine if they'd tried to pull that with KoL or the like - the guy would've licked the fucking beer up !!