Thursday, October 22, 2015

10.22.15 Bee-otch of the Day: Ground Zero Nightclub

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Name: Ground Zero Nightclub
Age: c. 17
Occupation: nightclub
Last Seen: Traverse City, MI
Bee-otched For: allowing a loony to escape from the asylum

For many years, rock concerts in northern Michigan were very few and far between.

In the 70s, it was the Glacier Dome in Traverse City, now a food distributor warehouse. In the 80s and 90s, it was Castle Farms in Charlevoix, which closed after years of canceled concerts and lost money. The Cherry Festival in TC tried big name concerts in the 90s but thanks to complaints from crotchety neighbors and more no-shows from the likes of Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, they too abandoned rock shows.

But then came Streeters, the many-venues-in-one supercenter in Traverse City carved in a former skating rink. Thanks to Doug Street, he's been able to bring everything from big-name rockers to country acts to EDM glow parties to the otherwise quiet town of 15,000. But sadly, he's crossed a big line this time.

On February 5th, Streeters' Ground Zero is bringing troubled Creed lead singer Scott Stapp to town, just a year and a half after it was revealed that he was homeless and had broken apart from his wife. One reason for his fall from grace was the fact that he told his family that he wanted to kill President Obama.

Supposedly, Stapp is back on the right path in life... for now. But it's sad that radio stations are still spinning this schmuck's music while the Dixie Chicks got banned from many country stations over Natalie Maines' critique of Bush. But that's what happens when radio stations are overrun by right-winged assholes like the Dickeys - and thank God that they've been demoted - who would be popping champagne bottles if Obama was indeed assassinated.

Bear in mind that the concert is also being sponsored by Rock 105, a radio station whose playlist, ironically is controlled by the Dickey's company, Cumulus.

Of course, this isn't the first time Ground Zero has brought weird-ass rockers to town; they recently issued refunds to angry fans of Puddle of Mudd, whose lead singer, Wes Scantlin is in trouble with the law every five seconds. Gee, I wonder if the same will happen to Stapp.

Canceled concerts have always been the norm for northern Michigan venues. It's one reason why Castle Farms closed; the Reibel family had been trying to sell it for years. They finally did, and the place has since been transformed to a wedding venue. People have fought to try to turn northern Michigan into somewhat of a "Detroit North" for many years to hide the fact that some view Traverse City as some tired old hick town. But either way you cut it, it'll be a town of 15,000 souls. Yes, there's some 20 and 30-somethings in northern Michigan, but do they want to pay $22 to see a man who threatened to kill the president? In some cases, getting big rockers to play TC involves pulling lots of strings.

But when you're the lead singer of one of the wussiest bands of all time and you're living in a Holiday Inn Express, it's one string that shouldn't have been pulled.
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