UM/STS9 Cancel Final Gig

Umphrey's McGee & STS9 Forced to Cancel Final Gig (8/2) of Tour In Atlanta

Following intense rain, last night's Umphrey's McGee/STS9 tour closing show in Atlanta was cancelled. What follows is a note from the Umphrey's fellas.


Umphrey's McGee
The last 24 hours have been eventful. Yesterday at this time everyone was resting up for the final show of the UM/STS9 tour, going about the proverbial 'business as usual.' About 20 minutes before the scheduled show time the band was talking over the set list when we finally accepted the fact that a heavy but brief storm was about to roll through downtown Atlanta. No problem we thought, we'll just push back the start time 15-20 minutes once the heavy stuff passes. None of us were so lucky.

The massive lightening that danced around the Atlanta skyline hit two separate power transformers and knocked out electricity in much of the downtown area, including all of Masquerade Park. The winds blew so heavily that several of our lightning trusses came crashing to the ground along with a plethora of microphones and instruments. The integrity of the stage was compromised as one of the support towers showed signs of bowing once the rain began to collect in heavy pockets on the roof. Tarps proved no match for the wind gusts that filled them like kites. Darkness began to fall with out a single light on in the entire venue holding 4,000 people.

A team comprised of various personnel from UM, STS9, the show's promoter and local production crews immediately began strategizing how we could still manage to pull off a show. Every scenario possible was considered and reconsidered. Jake and Brendan even contemplated pulling two acoustic guitars and sitting at the lip of the stage for an impromptu sing along but the stage wasn't even deemed safe for that. Ultimately every scenario revealed itself impossible as the reality of a powerless venue sank further and further in. At that point, we were entirely dependent on the City of Atlanta and the electric company. It was frustrating for all of us as we couldn't even make an announcement over the PA to loop the fans in on what info we had. We were all bummed that the run had to finish like this and we are already strategizing on how to make it up to all of you who tried to come out and support us.

With the venue empty and the stage pitch black, a generator finally showed up to provide some light for a uber s l o w load out. The power company finally got the electricity back on around 1:30 at which point most of us were already asleep trying to squeeze in as much rest as we could for our 6:00 a.m. bus ride to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. We caught an 8:30 flight to lovely White Plains, NY before a 45 minute van ride to Bridgeport, CT for the Gathering of the Vibes festival. An hour of downtime in the hotel is a glorious respite at this point but I wanted to at least try to fill you in on yesterday's happenings. Stay tuned for more odds and ends from the tour. We all had an outstanding time with STS9 and all of you that came out to catch a show or three. Plenty more pics, audio snippets, and general ramblings to come. I think everyone just needs a few days at home to catch up on some R&R.

Check out JamBase's review of the UM/STS9 show from NYC last week here.

[Published on: 8/4/08]

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C00lmike Mon 8/4/2008 02:35PM
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this tour started and ended with nasty weather

uhoh Mon 8/4/2008 02:39PM
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lost half the set of um in st louis for weather.

but tribe stuck it out

ice331 star Mon 8/4/2008 02:40PM
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what a shitty weekend. fuck the masquerade. i just want to know what the odds of ticketmaster giving me back my money are? im not holding my breath.

BGsteveBG Mon 8/4/2008 02:44PM
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Bummer. But these guys don't need to justify anything.. There is absolutly NO reason for any band to perform on a wet stage, with lightning, and unsafe conditions.

With that being said, i bet they come back and rock out super duper hard for the ATL crowd at the next show.

It'd also be cool if they honored the tickets to this show for their next one

gmoo Mon 8/4/2008 02:49PM
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That is lame. Better safe than sorry when it comes to lighting though.

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 02:57PM
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Well sorry about the news in ATL. Love the Masq Park. Umphs STS9 and Pgroove under the stars .... ???? Doesn't get much better than that. Bummer to those who lost that chance. Hope you're all allright.

My thanks then, to the Umphs guys for making it up to rock at the Gathering. Your set was indeed one of the highlights of the weekend.

Get some R&R fellas, and make it up quick for Hotlanta.

ScIFreak Mon 8/4/2008 03:04PM
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Muffinman1 Mon 8/4/2008 03:11PM
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I would love to be at that ATL make up show. I'm sure it will have a little extra sauce on the side.

deadlie13 Mon 8/4/2008 03:21PM
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Why would you say fuck the masquerade, ice? Is it really thier fault that intenese storms came through and wiped out all the power in the area? If you blame the venue for that, you are a true moron!

theguykeator Mon 8/4/2008 03:34PM
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Yeah, the first show in Madison was pushed back aswell due to a quick heavy storm. Thats unfourtunate, I love outdoor shows but weather has snubbed this tour.

justin r Mon 8/4/2008 03:39PM
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acomma Mon 8/4/2008 03:42PM
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Man, my only chance to catch STS9 acoustically!! They would have brought the organic heat for sure!

Jeff Kash Mon 8/4/2008 03:58PM
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schofizzl Mon 8/4/2008 04:00PM
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justin wtf? did you read any of the article?

dda0002 Mon 8/4/2008 04:07PM
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and 35 miles northwest, Assembly of Dust were also scheduled for an outdoor concert (free) and a transformer blew out. The band regrouped and a coffee shop next to the town park where the concert was scheduled offered that they could play there. They borrowed an acoustic from a guy in a local band, played the coffee shop's acoustic piano, a bongo as the bass, and a kick and snare as the drums. Reid sang without a mic for the whole 1:45 show and the only lighting was candles and a flashlight.

The owner of the coffee shop was walking around offering pastries and cupcakes to everyone and a cupcake with a candle was brought up for AOD's drummer at the end of the show.

Great experience for the 50-75 of us that were there.

dda0002 Mon 8/4/2008 04:08PM
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^^^^^^^^forgot to put that the cupcake for the drummer was for his birthday.....

Nolanjams starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 04:13PM
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Lets stay positive people, You khow they wanted to play and that it was a huge let down for everybody. They do care about the fans and I've got to believe most everybody feels that in this type scene we're in. Keep dancin'

justin r Mon 8/4/2008 04:25PM
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OLEB Mon 8/4/2008 04:45PM
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justin, UM are cubs fans what do you expect? and dda you are right, it was a fantastic show and i still cant believe the effort Reid put in.

Melty starstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 04:49PM
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It was definitely a bummer. I mostly felt for the folks that hadn't even gotten to see the Friday night show.

The Set list that would've been looked awesome though

wife soup opener



plunger > Great American (w/ phipps and jeffrey,

OOO (out of order?) > (something end)jimmy stewart> ja junk


Miss Tinkles Closer

would've been sweet but I can't wait to catch either umph or sts9 the next time around

keep up the crunchy tunes

Rickymullet Mon 8/4/2008 05:11PM
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WidespreadPhanic Mon 8/4/2008 05:15PM
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yo i say fuck the masquerade too.

not so much for having their power go out, but for stealing everyone's shit friday night. Friday night they had employees walking through the crowd in black t-shirts taking people's bowls and weed and shit. It's just their job? Maybe, ok, until some of them were trying to SELL it back to the crowd. An employee came up to me with a sack of grass and was like "hey guys i had to take this because its my job but here if you guys want to buy it its pretty good stuff 50 bucks"

how fucked up is that?

crescentvale starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 05:16PM
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The show in St. Louis was hit by a storm. These bands do care, if they didn't once that storm hit they would have left. STS9 played on a stage covered in water risking their health for the fans. The bands were put in between a rock and a hard place during the Atlanta show. If I was there, I would understand the next show they play will be sick. Just wait on the next time they play in your city. Now if it was a mainstream act, yeah I would agree they don't care. These bands tour year round for us, let's stand behind them when the times are rough.

Flat5 Mon 8/4/2008 06:16PM
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gmoo, you and some of these other people are hilarious! ya gotta love the jam band community. A heavy storm passes through making the show get cancelled, and what do these bands do? just come out and say "we cancelled the show"? no, not in the age we live in, where bands send out statements describing in detail every step that led up to their desicions. I love it. And then you crazy kids get on here and say it's "lame" and you are "pissed at both of these bands". hahaha what else could they do to make up for this unfortunate incident? come to your house and smoke a bowl with you?

MomaDance89 Mon 8/4/2008 06:33PM
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If Umphrey's or STS9 reads this, you guys owe us a badass show this NYE cuz my ticket was all soggy and blue and ticketmaster keeps bullshiting me and i need that money for Gov't Mule and Mike Gordon on Saturday

curtbraski starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 06:35PM
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what a bunch of lamers

acomma Mon 8/4/2008 07:57PM
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They don't owe you shit.

Wild Turkey Mon 8/4/2008 09:13PM
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Wild Turkey

Steely Dan cut their first set short and played a 40min second set at red rocks because of sprinkles. no rain, thunder, or lightening. paid $90 ticket cause id never seen them before an may never see them again. stop whining they will be back.

ststephen117 Mon 8/4/2008 09:41PM
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ya justin please dont let them make it up to you.. the power was out what did you want them to do? you obviously dont know much about either band if you are saying they dont care about the fans. please stay away from these shows and watch respectful bands

BlewW044 Mon 8/4/2008 11:01PM
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BlewW044 Mon 8/4/2008 11:01PM
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motonibur Mon 8/4/2008 11:29PM
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^^ sucks at life...also i feel bad for everyone that missed atl...that really blows and i would be pissed as well..but i gotta say that UM DEFENITLY ROCKED IT at the vibes. probably one of the tops um shows ive seem

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UM's set friday 8-1 was spastic and dis-jointed, basically the song list sucked terribly. I like UM most of the time, but what an awful song selection!!! sts9 played a great set list!!!!

urbhead420 Tue 8/5/2008 04:54AM
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I think its funny anyone could think Tribe could play an acoustic set. How would they play there famous song, "Same 4 Notes For 30 Minutes," or the classic, "Play Really Fast, Slow It Down a Bit?" But for realz, you can't expect a band to plug in and play in a storm like that, especially an electric based (musically inept)band. Remember kids, if the thunder don't get you, then the lightning will!

Sixmilliondollarman Tue 8/5/2008 05:59AM
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No VEGOOSE this year...............

torn&treyed Tue 8/5/2008 08:07AM
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I think for ticketmaster its the kinda thing that when you bought the ticket you entered into a contract, so whatever the policies on the screen when you bought it on computer or what is says on the back of the ticket is what you are bound to......... so if it says acts of god etc...... no refund than your not getting a refund. If it says if show is cancellled please call this number..... then call it.

GB3K-Poops starstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 08:12AM
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The fact that some of you say that both bands don't care about there fans is honestly one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. I was at Madison waiting in the rain to find out whether the weather would keep the bands from playing. After a heavy rainfall like that most bands say fuck it and don't play even if it does clear up in half an hour. The crew got right to work and taped everything up and covered all the electronics so they wouldn't get wet if more rainfall did start to come. The bands still wanted to play and they were both still dedicated about not cancelling the show. I'm sure they were trying to pull out all the tricks and try to still play a show in ATL, but the weather was just to shitty. Give Respect for the bands and crew for making such an amazing tour happen.

Also not every member of Umphrey's is a stinky cubs fan. Andy Faraq is a bonafide White Sox fan. GO SOX!

breckenridgejam Tue 8/5/2008 08:39AM
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Go Cubbies! The White Sox are a bunch of Goons, just like their fans! If baseball games can have a rain delay, I think so can concerts...

Jardim Elétrico Tue 8/5/2008 08:42AM
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Jardim Elétrico

I don't blame the bands for this at all but it still completely sucked!!! I spent so much money driving to Atl. and for the hotel and food. It's still really upsetting to think about it. This was going to be my first show for both bands and I was really hoping that UM would just kill it. I will never drive that far or spend that much money for a single show again. Festi's are still cool but a single show just isn't worth it.

breckenridgejam Tue 8/5/2008 08:44AM
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Props to all the real fans who stuck it out... I'm sure STS9 will give all their ATL fans a hearty throwdown during their New Years Run!

phanatic2 Tue 8/5/2008 09:09AM
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Too bad Atlanta got canceled, I guess all the L, Molly and chemicals lead the crowd to beleive it was raining and lightning. Maybe if they just drank beers and smoked weed,. the trip wouldnt have been as intense. Not trying for this to be a negative post, just putting up some tribe sarcasm!

louie1827 Tue 8/5/2008 09:38AM
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anybody remember how Jam on the River '07 sts9 stopped playing after 45 min (played a nasty little set which you can download as a offic podcast "unquestionable supremacy of mother nature") only weird thing was when they had to stop playing they didnt even say a word to the crowd like sorry for the short set or thanks and good night!

babywood starstar Tue 8/5/2008 09:41AM
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I could have settled for:

Due to bad weather, UM and STS9 were forced to cancel their show In Atlanta.

mandophine Tue 8/5/2008 10:28AM
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god's holy wrath

Zestystrat Tue 8/5/2008 10:49AM
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I was also at the AOD show. It was a great time. Too bad UM & STS9 weren't able to to do what AOD did. I'm sure it went a looooong way for those Fla fans that drove up to see them.

briank67 starstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 10:54AM
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yes, this tour has been hampered by bad weather (which of course nobody can control) but also, and more importantly, the fact that each band played a set that was barely over an hour. when i read 'extended sets by each band' i figured at LEAST 90 minutes apiece. this tour could have been amazing if the bands took the time to really do their thing instead of playing short shows that left the crowd VERY hungry for more (at least in st louis there was a huge fireworks display right after sts9 to distract the crowd, ha...). even the late shows have been short. i was worried after seeing barely 90minute setlists for sts9's late shows, but i'm glad they played 2 hours straight at the chicago HOB. i give this tour 3/5 stars and a grade of C because of execution. ...allman brothers and ratdog are doing some co-headlining shows soon, i wonder how long they'll play?!

moeMan1 starstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 11:04AM
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if anyone is to blame its gotta be the promoter. Did your tickets say rain or shine? the promoter should have had a plan B for severe weather (i.e. an indoor venue.)He is completely to blame and that is who you should be trying to get your money back from

oh and babywood, this is not a press release its from um's blog, The Floor its their way of staying in touch with their fans.

Whylago Tue 8/5/2008 11:06AM
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Assembly of Dust was scheduled to play in Woodstock, GA - about 30 minutes north of Atlanta - and ran into an electricity problem too. Luckily, they ended up playing an acoustic set in a close by, PACKED OUT, coffee house.

acomma Tue 8/5/2008 12:24PM
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I don't believe any of you caught the sarcasm in my first post...

jkuss80 star Tue 8/5/2008 12:25PM
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adamjfreed star Tue 8/5/2008 12:36PM
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Yeah, but these two situations are totally different. First of all, Kanye and Umph's/STS9 have an entirely different fan base, not to mention that Kanye was playing a festival set. Second, rain cancelled this show, the band/band's management had not much to do with it. Third, it isn't hypocritical if one individual says something negative about Kanye, and a different individual says something positive about Umph/STS9; it would only be hypocritical if it were the same essentially you can't judge the entire jambase music community as one or with one opinion.

I honestly don't see what this has to do with Kanye? Kanye just seemed to be a big complainer about the whole situation. At least this shows will happen again, like a re-do, unlike in Kanye's case.

phanatic2 Tue 8/5/2008 12:45PM
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I need CHEMICALS and if I dont get them, Im UNABLE to have a good time!

katiemeow starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 03:53PM
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I live a few blocks away from the Masquerade and was about to walk over when the sky turned black and the wind started blowing. I was even scared of the storm in my house (the thunder made the whole house shake) and felt really bad for all the fans out in that rain. A huge tree fell over a few streets down - it definitely was not safe to be out in the elements that night.

discomcgee Tue 8/5/2008 06:28PM
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that sucks for all the people who took their stuff before saturdays show started. by the way, pnuma was the band to see on friday

cjammer starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 07:00PM
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Other then being a little more vocal about what was going on, that is all they could have done. That is not the last time either of the bands will play in Atalanta nor the last time a show will be canceled due to rain. Get over it kids and stop your crying.

daveapaug Tue 8/5/2008 07:39PM
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You people are crazy. Umphreys is supposed to pack up their stuff and bring 4000 people to a coffee shop and play acoustic? Or go to a bar in atlanta and play there? Get over yourselves....

search4cake starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/5/2008 08:09PM
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there ya go, pissed off people with shut up and stop crying about how little umphrey's cares.

kaiserbun Wed 8/6/2008 04:21AM
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you'll get your money back if you purchased through ticketmaster, which was actually surprising to me. that lighting storm was pretty crazy, half of atlanta had power knocked out. it was too bad the show was canceled, sometimes there's no option i guess. the posts by justin r are completely ridciulous, guy must buy a fucking idiot. give me a break

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/6/2008 05:53AM
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I say kudos for Umphrey's and Sound Tribe for NOT going on with the show and endangering themselves and their fans. I for one have always had a problem with RAIN OR SHINE shows for the sake of capitalism. I have been at shows where obviously everyone there was placed in jeopardy by promoters or venues or even the bands themsleves forcing a show to go on in potentially hazardous weather conditions. Many promoters say "Look, just get the show past the halfway point and we can stop the show then and not feel any obligation to return anyone's money". But nowadays any outside show almost always has the RAIN OR SHINE disclaimer when tickets go on sale simply for that reason. Because hey there is nothing more fun than being outside on a 90 degree day and having a storm front move thru the area and then spend the rest of the day in rubberized rain gear and 99% humidity!

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/6/2008 05:56AM
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Acoustic Sound Tribe Sector 9 .... The mind boggles at the thought ....

mackadocious Wed 8/6/2008 08:55AM
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I guess having excellent taste in music has different rewards. We got tics for Friday's show, which was damn good, but saw Return To Forever on Sat. (also in ATL). RTF = one of the greatest shows I'll have ever seen. Sorry for the people who traveled and paid for the Sat. show. I'm just patting myself on the back.

guinbell Wed 8/6/2008 09:37AM
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i drove 5 hours from charleston sc on friday only to get there at 10pm thinkin tribe was about to start. little did i know that the show would be done and over by 1030 and i was still sober. bummer. pnuma killed it late night though. sucks so bad about the show getting canceled on sat. we dosed and hit up the aquarium ready to have our minds blown that night and all i got was soaking wet>freezing cold>really bored until finally someone told us it was canceled. how bout we start bringin some solar powered generators on tour boys?? i'm really glad i hit up the myrtle beach show although it really sucks that in the last week i spent over 100 bucks just on tix only too see about 2 hours of tribe...not to mention gas... oh well....whose down for a road trip to red rocks??

SpreadRed87 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 03:01AM
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I was at the show that got cancelled and I would have to say I was just as dissapointed as any of you! But.. you cant hate on Umphreys or Sts9!! They stayed there the whole time that the fans were there!!! if you didnt notice their buses were still there when you left! I would say hate on the masquerade.... i mean if you run a venue like that wouldnt you watch the weather channel... maybe we need generators??? oh well... no sense in worrying about the past.. these bands do care about there fans! The next show in Atlanta will be insane you better believe it!!! Sts9 NEW YEARS!!!!

weenhead420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 10:03AM
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It's all good, they gave refunds and announced a four night run of fun in Atlanta for New Years. See you soon STS9. Hopefully Umphrey's will be back soon too.

Harry Hood Thu 8/7/2008 11:43PM
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Harry Hood

this is a prime example of why tribe should always play at the tabby when they're in the ATL..

Fuck the goat guy though

psogator43 Mon 8/11/2008 11:32AM
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i was front row both nights and the only complaint i have is that it took 2 hours for someone to make a legit announcement. i understand that with no powers, you can't use a mic. but it took darkness setting in for someone to say something. a lot of us kept screaming for something acoustic but with the amount of water on stage it would have been possible. there was a constant stream of water leaking above where brendan thanks. i really feel bad for the band cuz that set looked insane...oh well

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zesty, I went to AOD too that saturday.. wonderful stuff!!!

nuccabay Fri 9/12/2008 08:17AM
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cant wait for sunday