17 Jun 2003 // A review by Shade
Written by the Indicator Dogs..
Where do we start with this one? Originally this gig was booked at the
Globe Theatre but they decided that they no longer wanted run "rock
concerts". We then moved to Guvnor's who informed us just days before the gig that they had "double booked" a 21st. That left us with Zeeba, which had never hosted a live gig. (warning! HELLO!) The fearless manager of Zeeba, (Sgt. Catherine) was a little dictator from the start, but nothing could have prepared us for what was to come.
After enjoying a fine meal at Lone Star, we arrived to a packed bar
thanks to the promotional efforts of Radio Control and Kickwaterhead. We were enjoying KWH's set who were setting the stage for a stonking evening of full-on rock. However, as I looked around the crowd, I noticed a small, rabid, troll-like creature yelling at a few customers who didn't appear to be drinking. Naturally I was stunned, but yes, there was Sgt. Catherine telling her customers to get to the bar and get a drink or Fuck-off. Call me crazy but I didn't think this was a great long-term customer service strategy.
I approached Catherine and politely asked if there was a problem. Apparently the problem was that as this was a "bar" and "not a Fucking theatre", these people should all be drinking. I pointed out that some people had come to see the bands and as the place was full and plenty of people were drinking, she would make plenty of $$.
(Certainly more than she was paying us!) With this observation I opened myself up for a string of abuse and was told to mind my own business as she owned everything in the bar including "THE AIR" (clearly a missed business opportunity for the rest of us!)
She stormed off, as she had plenty of more customers to abuse. I told the rest of the Dogs what was up, and eventually another attempt was made to "reason" with the spitting Sgt. Things deteriorated and eventually we (Aaron) were provoked to the point of verbal retaliation. It was a simple statement but seemed to really send her over the edge! We were promptly banned from playing and kicked out of the hotel. So instead of playing to a packed pub of people (who would have remembered the first live gig at the Zeeba as an excellent night out), we were looking for accom in P North at 1 am, and her customers were leaving. The classic end to the night for us was when one of her staff was negotiating our payment. He told us to come back in the morning to sort it all out as "she gets really unreasonable when she's been drinking". I will say this...Catherine does not discriminate against muzos. If you were to watch the rugby at her pub, you can expect to be treated in the same manner. She told me that herself! Nice one.