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October 1, 2008

The verdict on Joel Madden & Angels Rock Bar

judge sam's gavelAll right. We've heard from all sides of this strange little story. Now Judge Sam is going to reach a verdict on the issue.

In his email, Joel Madden sounds grounded and sincere, and I believe him when he writes that he would never "just cancel on anyone for no reason."

I think it's great he would agree to DJ at Angels Rock Bar's one-year anniversary party at a fraction of his usual fee.

And as Jake Miller of Power Plant Live states, Madden signed a contract that let him back out of the gig up to 14 days beforehand. Madden abided by the rules of said contract.

Mr. Miller and his associates acted in poor taste when they printed those T-shirts. And as for this being an example of celebrities getting away "every day with awful things the common man would not," Mr. Miller, you signed a contract with a cancellation clause. End of story.

Henceforth, I am imposing a six-month moratorium on the editorial mentioning of Angels Rock Bar on this blog. 

Case dismissed.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 5:17 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Celebrity sightings, Local music


I'm officially amused, and I must admit following the 4 different blogs about this case was fun.
Also, kudos to Joel.

OK, No more mention of Bars with cocky attitude, angels or not!!! Is this bar near mid-town?

I agree Sam,you made the right decision!

I could not wait to get home and read all of the new comments...sad but true. Even thought I don't really like their music I'm all team GC. Should we print t-shirts in response?


I'm amused also. As if Mr. Miller and his associates never cancelled a local band with little or no reason at the last minute! What goes around comes around. Glad to the man get it for once!

I think the shirts were great - and they provided the results they wanted. Kudos to Jake. Most of you have never worked in a nightclub that likes to have a little fun.

The less press about this place, the better.

Jake Miller is awful and so is Angels. These guys are vicious businessmen and they get very upset when they don't get there way. Reed, David, Fire Jake Miller! He's a tool who makes you look bad. Hundreds of former employees can line up and tell you a lot more.

Wow. So I'm bored and I go back and read the WHOLE story. Whew.

First off, I've never heard of Angels and only know a few songs by Good Charlotte. I can take them or leave them. I think that qualifies me an unbiased.

Sam, you are absolutely correct.

Angels was lucky to get them in the first place (I only listen to country and even I've heard of them, that makes them pretty darn big lol). And at a discounted rate nonetheless.

They cancelled within the contract. Period.

Angels stooped way low in making the t-shirts.

This is awesomely entertaining. I am glad I could care less about Angels Rock bar because this is so cut and dry that they are in the wrong its just flat out amusing.

eCommcerce Consultant,

"I think the shirts were great - and they provided the results they wanted."

I wonder if you would appreciate the "fun" if the shirts had your name were distributed by disgruntled ex-clients, may be a similiar worded banner on their website?

"These guys are vicious businessmen"
Bars that have live music, and the music industry in general, seem to attract them or create them, much like politics or public officals.

I wonder what transformations Obama is going through and, if elected, to continue to go through.
Remember, "Read my lips. No new taxes”

Let’s do a song dedication to the Angel Rock Bar, Jake Miller &, from the general public.
Grace Jones – Bulls**t:

Never heard of Angels. Joel appears to be perfect fodder for 2015's "Where are they now" on VH1. Here's a $10 bet that he's washing dishes in a DC suburb.


"Here's a $10 bet that he's washing dishes in a DC suburb."

Which does this assume, he's part of the staff or the owner who oocasional pitches in as needed?

If you're entering a judgment, the case isn't dismissed Sam.

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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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