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Re: “Double Nickels on the Nose

What about that weirdo George Hurley drum freak-out track? Playing that one? Huh?
Go B-Rock!

Posted by ARRIVER on 02/17/2011 at 7:32 AM

Re: “It's Time to Make a Clean Break With Ronny's

Perhaps I'm wrong, but Ronny's didn't paid the bands. The booker/promoter MPshows did. MPshows has always been famously stingy with money. Everyone knows this, complains about this, and most bands accept that probably they aren't drawing enough to warrant a real payout. Or that the $25 they earned could be put to better use by the touring band. In MPshows' defense, how much money could they possibly make any given night at Ronny's? Despite this they've been in business for years, booking dozens of bands every week.
Ronny's is what I describe as a "what you make of it" venue. Despite its filth, smell, and generally hostile vibe, I had good times there, both performing and watching/drinking. What separated it from other, more noble dives like the Mutiny or Cal's is the general contempt shown to the bands and audience by Ronny and his staff, NOT by the folks working the door and sound. Imagine if YOUR job was to go to Ronny's EVERY night and try and appease a headliner that got cut off 10 minutes into their set by the angry, drunken bartender?
That said, the general horribleness of Ronny's did have its appeal--once every 4 months.
Again, good riddance. And good luck to MPshows at wherever they end up. I'm sure I'll be there before too long.

Posted by ARRIVER on 11/07/2010 at 5:55 PM

Re: “It's Time to Make a Clean Break With Ronny's

This is a long overdue calling out. My vote for worst bathroom in America, and possibly, the Western Hemisphere. Good riddance to Ronny's "Center For the Performing Arts."

Posted by ARRIVER on 11/02/2010 at 6:59 AM

Re: “The List: August 26 - September 1, 2010

...also joining the Italian jazz-rock extravaganza on Saturday night at Cal's is Chicago Metal Mongers ARRIVER...

Posted by ARRIVER on 08/27/2010 at 7:42 AM

Re: “The House That Fred Built

Long Live Fred

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Posted by ARRIVER on 07/02/2010 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Stars of Tomorrow, Wastoids of Today


Posted by ARRIVER on 05/24/2010 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Blame Obama!

Congrats Braddock and Co!

Posted by ARRIVER on 04/15/2010 at 7:50 AM

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