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November 20, 2007


Anybody ever been thrown out of a show?

I was kicked out of (and then snuck back into) a New Deal show at the Bowery Ballroom in 2003.

It was one of the greatest coups of my concert-going life. I'll tell you more about that later.

But I think my favorite story of someone getting ejected from a show was when an audience member at a Ryan Adams show requested a Bryan Adams (pictured) song.

Ryan Adams had him thrown out!

Granted, I wasn't there, so it might be an urban legend, but that sounds a little extreme.

Doesn't surprise me, though.

Ryan Adams is one of the flakiest indie performers out there.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:13 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


yeah, someone requested "summer of 69"...see ya

still love the guy

I keep telling everyone he's sober now, but it doesn't seem to make much a difference. Oh, Ryan. Too little, too late.

I got booted from Tenacious D at the 9:30 club back in 99, cause the guy next to me threw change at the opening act (total blank on who it was) but i talked myself back in.

Are you goin to the Ram's head tonight to see The Bridge?

I know the 9:30 Club is notorious for throwing people out.

If someone is smoking a joint at the club, they will not only throw that person out, but also all of the people surrounding him/her.

They can be ruthless.

Also, I don't plan on going to tonight's show, but they were practicing yesterday in the studio at WTMD where we tape Baltimore Unsigned.

Got thrown out of (and snuck back into) an Incubus show at the Electric Factory in Philly. Was using the facilities when I smelled someone "burning". Next thing I knew a security guard popped his head up from the stall next to me while a guy in the stall on the other side of me simultaneously threw a lit joint on the floor right next to my foot! The security said something like "Gotcha!" and then came into my stall (while I was still finishing my business) and dragged me out. It was so surreal that I didn't even speak at first, but then tried to explain that he had the wrong guy as he dragged me out of the club. He made sure the doormen saw my face and told them not to let me back in. Long story short, someone gave me an extra ticket and the doormen didn't remember my face. I was back in before Incubus even hit the stage!!

Just remembered that I was also booted from a Blind Melon show in Norfolk, VA back in high school for crowdsurfing (go ahead and take your jabs...i deserve 'em!). I was able to sneak back into that one too.

What no one ever mentions about that incident is how the guy had been bellowing his 'request' all night long. Ryan apparently finally snapped. There is at least one drunken idiot screaming for Summer of 69 at pretty much every Ryan Adams show, definitely every one I've ever been to. Especially now, because of the mystifying mindset that says that it's really funny to be an asshole in public. I can't believe there is still someone who thinks they're being clever when they do that. For the record, Ryan usually ignores them. The offender is liable to get an earful from those around him, though.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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