I was at the Blue Moon last night for Diminished Men and Wah Wah Exit Wound, and left before The Abodox played their set. I assume what happened after the show means I won’t get a second chance to see them on one of my favorite stages, and that’s fine by me. Here’s how Blue Moon’s JJ recounts the stupidity to Line Out’s Dave Segal:
Thanks again for coming down. It was a five star show. However, something happened afterwards that soured the experience for all involved.
You probably noticed the painting behind the stage, the one with all the beer cans. It was done by our bartender Mary McIntyre:
While the band is loading out, I notice their drummer trying to smuggle something out the door behind their amps. Turns out it was the very same painting. I busted him on the spot and got nothing but a bunch of smart-ass conjecture. He told one of our regulars that he loved the painting and, since no one else could possibly appreciate its majesty, he decided to liberate it.
He put his time into it — the painting was secured to the wall via a mounting. His unleashing involved unscrewing the painting from the wall. This was not a drunken grab. It was a painstaking labor. I admit that I was not paying attention to the stage at the time, but it’s rare that a band tries to steal from us. We run a good ship.
When accosted outside, I was met with nothing but a smart-ass attitude. “Yeah, I tried to steal your painting and I got caught,” he said. “I don’t know what the big deal is.”
The other band members weren’t much help. I gave them the benefit of the doubt — they didn’t steal anything — but surely they must have been aware of their drummer’s doings. And the more I and some of our regulars laid into him about it, the more flip and sarcastic he became. It took a lot of resistance to not make things physical, especially as the harangues kept on coming. He just plastered on a shit eating grin on his face and continued to flaunt his transgression.
What sucks is that he ruined an otherwise fantastic night of music. What sucks even more is that I paid the band before one of the members decided to go all jackass on us.
When I told him word would be getting out about this, he smiled even bigger and said to yes, by all means, let people know what he did. So here you go.