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October 1, 2008

Angels Rock Bar weighs in on Joel Madden drama

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Well, we already read Joel Madden's account of the Angels Rock Bar drama.

Here is Angels Rock Bar's side of the story, as told by Jake Miller, a vice president at Power Plant Live:


You sent Reed Cordish an email about tee shirts and Angels Rock Bar. Sorry he didn’t get back to you quickly enough.  

Joel didn't just cancel; he did it on the club’s 1 year anniversary with less than 15 days notice, after the club had committed thousands in advertising and resources. His contract had an “out” up to 14 days before the show. He literally cancelled 3 hours before that period. We were not even given a reason. At that point, we had already promoted his appearance for 5 weeks prior. He did damage that could not be “repaired” in 14 days ...

Employees, who care deeply about the club, were more than upset. I think a more thoughtful article would focus on why celebrities feel they have carte blanche to go back on their word.  They get away every day with awful things that the common man would not. They walk all over people.

I look forward to your response,


(Photo from Angels Rock Bar's MySpace site

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:02 PM | | Comments (19)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Celebrity sightings, Local music


I'm "sure" the Cordish clan have never walked all over people.

lol drama.
Still there's no excuse for making any sort of t-shirts. Let's act like adults.

Looks like Cordish needs a better legal team. If there were damages that could not be repaired in 14 days, then you make sure the contract addresses reliance damages; or you change the cancellation clause in your contract before it is signed. I am further appalled that Cordish seems to stand behind the t-shirts as a sound corporate decision. In fact, the common man would get away with this action as far as a court of law is concerned.


I say the commoditization and packaging of the "rock'n'roll experience" has done far more damage than Joel here.

I don't get it. The club entered a contract with Madden stating that he had an "out" up to fourteen days before the show. He canceled with hours to spare before that 14 day period. Seems like the club should have planned a bit better or had a better contract.

Angels Rock Bar vs. Joel Madden.

Fighting over a broken toy.

what idiot organization signs that contract with out compensation for damages within a certain period of time? They gambled, lost, and now they're crying to the casino that they lost money. Work a better contract next time.

Power Plant used to fill a fun niche here in town, a place to go and get your unfiltered dance on at places like Bar Baltimore and Have a Nice Day. Not great places mind you, but they served a purpose. Now, it's a bunch of lame themed bars that have better counterparts in other locations. Sad stuff really.

who is joel madden?

Some clearly do not know when it is best to just leave well-enough alone.

The Madden response was unecessary, but at least diplomatic. Mr. Miller should have just let it go.

wow, this is the kinda stuff you see on tv, or maybe in the magazines. buncha celebrities who'd all like a little sympathy. but all they do is cry and run, their mouths on the pages of the midnight sun.
tellin' me how hard life can be. someone should write a song about how they should spend a week, living life out on the streets.
frankly, i don't think they'd survive. if they could, they might spend a day or two, in someone else's shoes. it's possible that they'd fall. they might fall at some point.

ah well, lifestyles of the rich and the famous, eh? always complainin'.

Sam -maybe you'll make it on Perez Hilton over all this. You could be INfamous. Haha.

Sam, Nice job on this story... GC seems like a stand up guy. Isnt this the company that just put a bid on the old Tropacna in AC. I am sure they will go broke because GC cancelled, lets get real

The weirdest thing to me is that Reed Cordish doesn't respond to emails.

Does this conversation really warrant three threads? Aren't there more pressing, interesting things going on in Baltimore?

I don't know about anyone else, but I did not see any advertising for the Joel event at Angels.Isn't this the second or third time a celebrity decided not to show there? Seems to me Tommy Lee was also a no show.

"His contract had an “out” up to 14 days before the show. He literally cancelled 3 hours before that period. We were not even given a reason."

Hey, he still had the option to cancel, no explanation was necessary.

Reed Cordish & Co. took a gamble with the contract terms, which didn't pan out. Their reaction was an unjustifable reason for the petty and mean spirited retaliation.

Good Charolette is music for [w]ussies, anyways. Perhaps the biggest bunch of [bad words] I've ever seen. I'm pretty ashamed to admit they're from my state.

He has bigger priorities to take care of than dj-ing in a small club, why doesn't the club act mature and not make hate remarks and go as far as making shirts that call him names. very grown up of the club. to me, it just makes the club look like a dumb ... place to go.

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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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