NEWS: LA Guns’ Phil Lewis weighs in on cancelled tour

LA Guns vocalist Phil Lewis has posted the following on his Facebook in relation to the cancelled Sex Action Tour:

“As the oft-used and oft-quoted maxim for assessing the obvious goes: “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it just may be a duck

About six months ago the band heard there was an Australian tour with Quiet Riot and Warrant being discussed and thought that’s nice and didn’t think to much more about it until two weeks before the tour when we were told that the other two bands had pulled out but we would still like to come over anyway. To be honest I don’t know why they decided not to go, obviously it had to do with money but we were only asking a fraction of what the other two bands were asking and the promoter admitted he couldn’t raise enough money to pay the headliners but the tickets were bought the rooms were booked and the pre sales were doing gangbuster’s . So given the choice of staying at home for two weeks or getting on the big Airbus 380 double decker with the bottomless bar we decided to go.
“Quack”
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Intense Impact, LA Guns and the tour that never was

The saga of the Metal Health 2011/Sex Action 2010 tour is the stuff movies are made of – it’s just that at this point I can’t figure out if it’d be a comedy, a drama or a horror flick. Here’s the short version:

A couple of buddies banded together to form a promotion company (Intense Impact). They booked an Australia/New Zealand tour called Metal Health 2011 featuring three classic hard rock bands (Quiet Riot, Warrant, LA Guns), plus a local support in each territory. I emailed them to ask for more info and to set up some interviews, but got no reply. A few other sites reported the same thing. Personally I never saw any print ads for the shows, nor did I see posters around town. They could have been out there, but if they were there certainly weren’t many of them. As an outsider it almost seemed like the promoters were hoping to rely on word of mouth and the perceived power of Facebook to promote the gigs.

Eventually a PR company was brought in and they did a great job of trying to make up for the lack of early publicity, but by then I think it was too late. Two of the bands (Warrant and Quiet Riot) pulled out about a month from the gig, claiming a contract breach. LA Guns vowed to continue and the tour was renamed Sex Action. The Stick People, a band featuring former Queensryche guitarist Mike Stone, was booked, but dropped out shortly after amid what Intense Impact described as visa hassles. Fans were outraged.

With tickets still priced at $90 each, the promoters offered one free additional entry with each ticket, plus entry to a VIP afterparty. Reunited Australian band Defryme was booked, and promoters attempted to secure another Australian band to round out the bill. They asked Facebook fans to petition the bands (including Rose Tattoo, Screaming Jets, Baby Animals and The Angels) to agree to the tour. In the meantime the show was promoted as having a (and I quote), “special guests surprise ???” while the promoter waited for one of the bands to accept the last-minute offer.

A few shows were cancelled outright, including the Auckland, New Zealand show in where the venue issued a strongly-worded statement that the promoter was neither equipped nor experienced to stage the event. Ouch. NZ support band Rascal Kings claimed on Facebook that they were left severely out of pocket.

A day out from the April 29 tour kickoff, official afterparty venue Back In The Day announced that they had been advised that they were no longer running the afterparty, but would still present the band Sunset Riot, who were going to play at the afterparty. Where was the official afterparty to be now? It was a mystery.

Then on the day of the first gig, the tour was cancelled amid rumours and reports (much of which came from the Intense Impact facebook account later that afternoon and into the next day) of assault, broken contracts, 12-hour minivan treks, non-existent backline payments, Facebook sledging, hospitalisations and arrests. Support bands including Heartbreak Blvd. showed up for soundcheck to be told that the show was off. The promoter was MIA, and tickets to the now-cancelled tour were still being sold. Hell, the Intense Impact website was never updated to reflect any of these changes, still saying the Quiet Riot/Warrant/LA Guns tour was going ahead right until it was taken down on May 2 (it used to be here). Even as I write this, tickets are still being sold for several of the shows.

At the very last minute, thanks to some great last-minute hard work by KWPR and Back In The Day, Back In The Day hosted LA Guns for two shows, adding them to the Friday night event (the former Sex Action tour afterparty) with Sunset Riot going on after. On Saturday morning Defryme were added to that night’s show.

I went to the show, partly to show support to Defryme and LA Guns, and partly just out of curiosity. What would a show put together in these circumstances be like? All three bands put in energetic, rocking sets – Defryme performed to a largely stand-offish crowd but they still rocked. Sunset Riot ratcheted up the energy levels with their more Sunset Strip-influenced sound. LA Guns were probably feeling in a bit of a funk backstage – after all, they were booked to play big venues like The Palace and instead they were playing a small corner stage in a bar – but if they were pissed off they didn’t let it affect their performance. They pulled no punches musically, and made a few (non-slanderous) references to the cancelled tour.

At the moment you can follow the fallout on the Intense Impact Facebook page [update: it’s gone]. I don’t know how much longer that account is going to be there, but for the moment at least it’s an interesting read. The promoter drops by from time to time to put forward his side of the story, which he alleges involves deception, a drunken crew member and a whole bunch of taking-the-money-and-running.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think anybody set out to deceive anybody. I personally think the promoters bit off more than they could chew, and subsequently choked. If nothing else, this sorry saga is a powerful lesson in doing your homework.

LA GUNS


SUNSET RIOT

DEFRYME

NEWS: LA Guns ‘Sex Action’ tour cancelled but Guns play anyway! Back In The Day to the rescue!

UPDATE 1: NEWS FLASH: LA Guns will be playing at Back In The Day (Portland Hotel, cnr Russell & Little Collins Streets) instead, both tonight and tomorrow night, doors at 11pm, $25.

UPDATE 2: Co-promoter Shane Tester has posted the following on the Facebook page for Back In The Day as well as on his own profile: “Tour was cancelled for reasons beyond my control. Please direct all inquiries to Andrew Feder (the co-president of Intense Impact + the co-promoter on this tour + the financier) as due to the many recent circumstances beyond my control I have quit Intense Impact in complete disgust over these said events. Please email all inquiries to Andrew Feder. I will be releasing a statement on Monday as right now I am recovering in hospital from injuries sustained as a result of assault. Police are continuing investigations at my request.”

ORIGINAL STORY: If you’re planning on attending the LA Guns ‘Sex Action 2011’ tour of Australia (with support from Defryme and a mystery special guest band that never materialized), better contact your ticket retailer about a refund. It ain’t happening. Likewise if you thought you were attending the previously advised Metal Health 2011 tour featuring LA Guns, Warrant and Quiet Riot. Metal Health was cancelled after Warrant and Quiet Riot pulled out, and the tour was repackaged as Sex Action 2011. Which was cancelled and replaced with nothing. You probably wouldn’t know this if you checked out promoter Intense Impact’s website because the site still says the Warrant/LA Guns/Quiet Riot tour is still on. But it’s not.

The word on Facebook is that the promoter has allegedly been apprehended by the Australian Federal Police for alleged fraud. Allegedly.

If you would like to keep on top of the latest details, check out the Intense Impact Facebook here.

NEWS: Metal Health tour becomes – ahem – Sex Action

The previously advised Metal Health 2011 tour of Australia and New Zealand which was to feature LA Guns (the Phil Lewis version), Warrant and Quiet Riot is now renamed the Sex Action tour featuring LA Guns (still the Phil Lewis version), Defryme (on the Aussie leg) and some other yet-to-be-announced band(s). For a while there The Stick People, the new band of ex Queensryche guitarist Mike Stone, was booked to appear but they’ve just pulled out. Everyone who bought a ticket is entitled to one free ticket in addition to the one they bought, so bring yer friends and rock out and junk. I’ll be at the Melbourne show so if you see me come up and say hi!

For the latest line-up info check out the Intense Impact Facebook – the website is a little out of date as it still says Quiet Riot and Warrant are coming.

 

NEWS: Warrant/Quiet Riot/LA Guns tour cancelled?

Hearing a few different things here: that Quiet Riot pulled out, that both Warrant and Quiet Riot pulled out, that the whole tour is off, that the tour is continuing with a few lineup changes, etc etc etc.

Quiet Riot has put out a release saying all three bands are out. From the Quiet Riot Facebook:

OFFICIAL PRESS & MEDIA RELEASE:

QUIET RIOT, WARRANT AND L.A. GUNS REGRET TO INFORM THEIR FANS AND THE PUBLIC THAT AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE PROMOTER’S BREACH OF CONTRACT THE “METAL HEALTH TOUR” SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2011 IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

QUESTIONS REGARDING REFUNDS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE PROMOTER – INTENSE IMPACT.

Meanwhile the promoter said this on their Facebook:

An official announcement from Intense Impact will be forthcoming later today regarding a revision of the Metal Health 2011 Tour. This revision was initiated in order to take into account that Quiet Riot have decided not to continue with this tour, therefore Intense Impact are restructuring the current concert line-up with the welcomed addition of Mike Stone (Queensryche) new band “The Stick People”.

Um, can you even still call it the Metal Health tour if Quiet Riot have pulled out? Anyway, this all seems a bit messy and I’m sure it’ll be an entertaining day of Facebook posts before the truth is known.

NEWS: Quiet Riot, Warrant, LA Guns tour Australia, NZ

 

YES! Who’s going? We don’t get many tours like this down here in the Antipodes.

PRESS RELEASE

INTENSE IMPACT presents the world’s premier party arena acts QUIET RIOT, WARRANT and LA GUNS

Mama weer all crazee now so thank the Rock Gods for METAL HEALTH 2011.

For the first time in hard rock history as never seen before in Australia, we give you the unique opportunity to experience the ultimate hard rock showcase. This is the cure you have all been looking for. LA Guns will inoculate you against normality with their intoxicating stage presence and musical prowess. Californian heavyweights Warrant will revive your soul with their own prescription of metallic rock and a healthy slice of cherry pie. Groundbreaking legends Quiet Riot are welcomed headlining their first ever Australia tour. Collectively, Hollywood’s most wanted bad boys will inflict a monstrous dose of multi platinum, chart topping anthems to bring together the wild and the young in this once in a lifetime event, guaranteeing no pill too bitter to swallow.

So cum on feel the noize on the following dates:

FRI 29th APRIL – THE PALACE – MELBOURNE

SAT 30th APRIL – ANU BAR – ACT

MON 2nd MAY – THE POWERSTATION – AUCKLAND (NZ)

THUR 5th MAY – HQ COMPLEX – ADELAIDE

FRI 6th MAY – METRO CITY – PERTH

SAT 7th MAY – THE TIVOLI – BRISBANE

SUN 8th MAY – THE METRO – SYDNEY

Tickets available through Ticketek (Australia) http://premier.ticketek.com.au/ and Ticketmaster (New Zealand) http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/

Tour Teaser Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEar8nZFaTc