Breaking the Broken

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Friday night Sparta was in town opening up for Alice in Chains and Velvet Revolver. It was their first night joining the VR tour and their set was kick-ass, as usual. John and I were supposed to interview the band but after wasting 40 minutes dealing with rude and uncooperative security and venue personnel we knew things would be messed up.

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I didn’t expect nor want any special treatment at all, aside from having access to Tony and Keeley as arranged by Sparta’s management. But really, what is it with arena security people in this town? They were snide and demeaning, basically ruining that part of our night and making it impossible to conduct our interview after detaining us for so long. Do John and I just look like total thugs or what?

FYI when you have an arranged interview with a band, the tour manager’s number in your cell phone, a VIP laminate & tickets you still cannot bring in a Canon Powershot camera. Well that was totally fine, no worries, the interview audio was the most important thing so I really didn’t need the camera although it was a bit of a bummer. But when I agreed (with no fuss at all) to leave it at Guest Services, I didn’t expect the reaction I received. The security guard turned to his buddy and said, “she can get it back after the show,” followed by a couple winks and some exchanged laughter. Not only was I already embarrassed enough, I was now the butt of their joke.

This is not the first time something like this has happened to us, all while being 100% cooperative and catering to every request no matter how unreasonable, undeserving or unethical said requests have been.

Despite all of this, it was still a pleasure to deal with Sparta’s management, and tour manager – they are always enthusiastic about our podcasting and promotion of the band and made every attempt to make our night enjoyable. In fact their manager literally went out of his way to rectify the situation, which unfortunately was to no avail by that time.

We still enjoyed our amazing seats compliments of Sparta and stayed in them until Alice in Chains was on stage. Hundreds of people seemed to leave when Velvet Revolver came on and by their drunken rants and shouting, apparently VR’s show was not the best and most would have been happy with Alice in Chains headlining. But that was just a small sampling of the audience, so if you were actually at the concert as well, leave me a comment/review.

All in all, the night wasn’t a total bust, we did have fun although I am pretty soured on attending any big venue shows for a very long time. Best of luck to Sparta who will be opening on the tour through October, and if you’re at any of the upcoming stops, show up early to catch this act, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Uncle DuaneMonday, September 10th, 2007 — 5:11pm PDT

    Stupid security guys. They ruin everything.

  2. anklebert brovine clowgtMonday, September 10th, 2007 — 11:34pm PDT

    that sounds about as entertaining as the beer getting served by the golden girls. is the coliseum so expensive that they cant afford to throw a half a dozen people behind those tables who can speak and pour at the same time? i do declare.

    i got a good feeling about alice.. i think that jerry was somehow cosmically touched by the noise that night when they finished that he is coming back to play vancouver real soon.

  3. john bollwitt blog » Sparta at the Pacific ColosseumWednesday, September 12th, 2007 — 5:28pm PDT

    […] have yet another interview with the band, this time with Keeley and Tony. Sadly, and you can read Rebecca’s post about the whole night, it just didn’t work out. This was night number one of being on this tour with VR, taking […]

  4. RoshanSunday, September 16th, 2007 — 8:15am PDT

    I never really got into VR – it’s funny cause they have awesome Matt Sorum, Slash & Duff. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I was a GnR freak. So why haven’t I broken a hole in the wall running to get their stuff?

    I never liked Stone Temple Pilots and I don’t like Scott Weiland. Plus I don’t think that they can ever get past the ghost of GnR, who are currently GnR in name only.

    There’s the other guy I dunno but he doesn’t count.

  5. RoshanSunday, September 16th, 2007 — 10:37am PDT

    But I just can’t resist Alice In Chains.

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