Hello To All, It gives me no bit of joy to announce that I now have to cancel RODAEIV that was scheduled for Saturday August 13th @ Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ.
Here are the reasons why…
When I intially put this bill together, I was told that I had total support from the club and through the person I booked it through. About 4 weeks ago, I was called by my contact at Dingbatz that stated that there had been complaints sent to the club owner by several sources stating that the band VAGINAL JESUS was in a direct conflict of interest in what the club was trying to provide as far as live entertainment.
My contact suggested that I take them off of the bill as to avoid any negative response from the owner and or the “sources” that sought to deride this event. I humbly obliged , as you all know, and promptly removed VJ from the flyer as to not disturb the remainder of the event. No harm, no foul.
About 5 days ago, when I attempted to contact my booker at Dingbatz to confirm the door times, sound checks etc. , I was met with no response. I then contacted another person that Ive booked shows with to ask of the whereabouts of my contact and was told via text that “Didnt I know that My show had been cancelled?” I quickly responded with a surprised and upsetting “No, I had no clue my show had been cancelled. Care to tell me why?” The person then told me through text (not a phone call) that the owner had been still receiving flack from these “unknown and unnamed sources” about the initial booking of VJ and that he & the venue didnt want to be associated with my event.
I was and still am understandably infuriated about this but instead of band mouthing the club or its handlers (all of whom Ive had a working relationship with since 1998), I set about finding a suitable venue replacement in and around NJ/NYC. I enlisted the help of two trusted friends and as of today, I still havent received confirmation on a venue and probably wont at this late juncture into the Summer show season. 98% of venues are booked into September. I will now have to go about the arduous task of refunding several hundred dollars in pre-sale tickets, cancel the shirts and hoodies that I was having printed for the event and REASSURE to you, my artists and friends, that I have done everything in my power to see this through and let the show go on.
I do apologize sincerely to all of you and to ALL of the fans that were looking forward to this event all year. This is completely out of my hands as K.E.P Productions is also out several thousand dollars in plane tickets (non refundable) alone, in order to get its artists to this monumentous event. If any of you are able to fulfill a performance later this year, please let me know asap so that I can begin the process of finding a suitable venue that ALLOWS artists to express themselves onstage, no matter what.
Many or all of you know that I lost a dear friend and mentor this week as well (Seth Putnam) and I truly wanted this show to go on in his honour, but the powers that be have put a stop to that…for now. It is very important that you also know that myself and K.E.P Productions have ALWAYS worked very hard to provide the best in Underground Entertainment since 1994 and will continue to do so because this is what we love to do. We arent commercialized or trendy and we intend to keep it that way. I have enjoyed working with all of you in the past and look forward to doing so in the future as well.
On a lighter note, K.E.P Productions has partnered up with Signature Riff and plan to bring the first outdoor Underground Metal event (SWAMPLAND MASSACRE I) to NJ next Summer. If any of you would like to perform at said event, feel free to contact me here, as we will begin booking this Fall.
Once again, my humblest apologies to both my artists, friends and patrons and I thank you all for your support since 1994. This cancellation represents the FIRST time we have had to do this and we WILL NOT let it happen again. I will be investing in MY OWN live venue next year. Feel free to post this statement to any and all you feel it may concern.