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Monday, April 21, 2008

Jay Reatard: Class Act

posted by on April 21 at 13:29 PM

From Idolator:

Eh. He’s no Akon. (Full story rounded up in Today’s Music News.)

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I thought this was *beautiful*. Pretty good punch, too, for a guy wearing a guitar. I once saw Jamie Maker poke some drunk asshole in the face with the headstock of his guitar after the dude spit on one of the other Makers and it made me like them even more. The band (in both cases) did not provoke things - the audience did - and it's important that the band remain in control of what happens on stage. This is the same reason NHL hockey needs fighting and pitchers need to hit a batter from time to time. People need to be reminded that actions have consequences, sometimes unpleasant ones.

Posted by danmohr | April 21, 2008 2:10 PM

Wow, what a bitch. I heard he was complaining at his Denver (maybe Boulder?) show because the crowd wasn't reacting enough. Look man, if someone gets on the stage just to jump off, you should be thrilled about it.

Isn't he opening for the Black Keys anyway? Yeah he definitely hasn't justified this kind of diva behavior. Hope he gets his ass kicked before the tour is over.

Posted by Nick | April 21, 2008 2:11 PM

if some drunk idiots pour beer all over my band's pedals and creates that much of a ruckus, they deserve to get rocked in the face.

it was more surprising when jeff tweedy clocked a fan, but that doesn't make this incident any less cool. that reatard has a mighty, mighty right hook on him.

Posted by douglas martin | April 21, 2008 3:04 PM

Fuck that dude. What a giant fuckin' dick.

Posted by retard | April 21, 2008 5:06 PM

In '89 or so I saw Mike Ness get even more nuts after some GI chucked a beer on his nice Les Paul. It was Mike Ness against about 15 GIs, quite amazing...and after getting beer thrown/spit on him/his guitar, I saw the guitar/singer of Hammerhead, in ONE unbroken motion, take his guitar by the neck, swing it, clock his target in the jaw and then bring it around returning the guitar to its proper place over the shoulder @ his waist. It was awesome, he did it in one graceful spin, it took like two seconds...and NEVER stopped playing. It was like some shit he'd practiced.

Posted by nipper | April 21, 2008 5:14 PM

I've seen lit firecrackers bounce of the heads and hands of every member of The Spits and they never stop playing.

Peaches got hit square in the side of the head with an empty glass beer bottle at Graceland show. She stormed offstage, but then came back...

That said, I've met Jay. Didn't strike me as some hot-head asshole. Certainly not a diva.

Posted by KELLY O | April 21, 2008 5:36 PM

Good thing he didn't strike you.

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 21, 2008 5:49 PM

From the band's explanation:

"Right when we started playing someone pushed the monitors right on top of Stephen and on to his pedals - breaking them, people were throwing beer bottles at us, [and] someone jumped onstage and smashed my pedals, another guy took a full pitcher of beer and dumped it all over the rest of my pedals, and then threw it right at my Flying V, breaking the pickup and the input electronics. After three songs all our gear was smashed and unusable."

so maybe throwing a punch isn't the classiest move, but considering the circumstances, i can't say i blame him.

Posted by brian cook | April 21, 2008 6:28 PM

#7 - HAAAA!

Posted by KELLY O | April 21, 2008 7:16 PM

throwing a punch is plenty classy compared to breaking a guitar over dude's head on some WCW shit, which is probably what i'd attempt to do.

Posted by douglas martin | April 21, 2008 9:12 PM

When Jay's old band The Reatards played Gibson's about 10 years ago an underage Derek Retard was watching through the window on the street. Jay was saying stuff about The Retards trying to steal The Reatards name over the mic. Then during the guitar solo of a song he jumped off stage, ran outside and punched and tackled Derek, then ran back in and grabbed the mic in time to sing before the vocal part kicked in again. It was pretty funny.

Posted by dan10things | April 22, 2008 12:47 PM

people should never pay and always bum rush through the doors at Jay Reatard shows, then throw bricks and used needles at this dude.

this guy’s career will totally nosedive if clubs & promoters start associating him with “people will show up, not pay, rush past security, and throw heavy / pointy / contaminated things at the stage”

let’s make it happen people! we can do it!


let’s get some tshirts and buttons printed up.

Posted by williamtell | April 24, 2008 11:51 PM

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