Our recent experience at The Whiskey in Hollywood.

**Originally written on December 19, 2007**

So we played the “world famous” Whiskey for the first time on Friday night. We’ve actually both played the Whiskey individually, but that was years ago. Personally, I don’t think I’ve even been back since, and for good reason.

I don’t know why bands even bother playing this place anymore. It’s an artifact from times past. Sure the sound is good, but there are many other places where the sound is also good. I guess bands play there because it is “The Whiskey”. Well, I’m here to say, “WHO GIVES A FUCK?”  Let me tell you about our experience there. Perhaps you can relate. Perhaps you can learn from it.

Before I start ranting about this let me first say that the sound guys there were actually very cool. I was surprised at how nice and accomodating they were. This was one of the few redeeming factors for this joint. There are no others. Also, the bands that we played with were all cool and this shittalking is in no way directed toward any of them.

So, let’s get to it. First of all, parking and traffic in Hollywood IS A BITCH. The Whiskey parking is $10. I didn’t want to pay that. I got lucky and got street parking right in front. I still had to put $7 in quarters in the meter (and go out there every 2 hours to feed it). Pain-in-the-ass. The cover for the night was $15. I know it varies from night to night but you’ve already spent $25 before you even got to see any bands play. Too much. Drinks: a beer was fucking $7 and we didn’t even get any drink tickets. Bullshit.  We were supposed to have a 30 minute set. We timed out an exact 30 minute set but they cut us short so we didn’t even that. Fuckers. For you bands out there, be aware that the Whiskey takes 20% of your shirt sales. We didn’t know this going into the gig. No other clubs we’ve played have ever done this. I guess they only pull this shit in West Hollywood (which is one among many reasons why we don’t play there).  Needless to say, we took our shit down and didn’t sell it inside. We’re not going to give our money that we’ve worked for to these fucking money grubbing asswipes. This is, after all, what they are. They could give a fuck about the music, they just want to make a buck. The guy who approached us about this 20% thing totally acted like some mafia wise guy or something. “If you don’t like it, you can take your stuff down”. This place is like the mafia.

If you want a DVD of your show it’s gonna cost you $150. Take that! Also, your friends cannot go in there and record your set. They’re liable to get charged $20 if they get caught. Our friend actually did this and got caught. They didn’t charge him $20 but they did kick him out of the club. He couldn’t get back in. Oh yeah that reminds me, the fucking door guy didn’t believe that Gongis Khan was over 21! He told her that her I.D. was fake and they didn’t give her a drinking bracelet! Unfuckingbelievable!! She had to go complain to the manager to get it. What’s next?

At least we didn’t have to sell any tickets. Bands, DO NOT PAY TO PLAY. EVER! There are too many other good clubs out there that don’t make you do this. What the hell is the point of having to sell 75-100 (or any) tickets just to play a 6:15pm slot? Come on, seriously. There is no need for that.

This experience was so disturbing to all of us that our friend, who was helping us out that night and experienced it all with us, started a Myspace page about boycotting the Sunset Strip.  Check it out: www.myspace.com/nomoresunsetstrip.

I’d like to say that we’ll never play any of these places again but hell, if a great opportunity comes up we’ll think about it. But we’ll do it only if it’s to our advantage, not theirs. Please do your part, for musicians everywhere, and don’t contribute to this. End this cycle of rape and robbery. Do not pay to play and boycott the Sunset Strip!

p.s. I’m sure a lot of you have stories about this same type of shit, either as an artist or a fan. Please feel free to tell your story as well.

~ by Outdo-Ninja on December 26, 2008.

One Response to “Our recent experience at The Whiskey in Hollywood.”

  1. Haha I remembered when I was at the booth by myself, I think this was the second time I was selling for you guys, and the guy came up to me and I just looked at him like it was some kind of joke…then i freaked out and tried to find you because I had no idea what to do… Good times..

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