Chicagomuzik

I've got a whole city to hold down

June 07, 2004

Bait and switch

Following up on our recent Dear Abbey/10 Things We Hate About the Abbey Pub screed, a tipster writes in to report: "After advertising $2.50 specials on Foster's all week for the Gourds show [last weekend], the Abbey Pub refused to honor the special, claiming it was 'their publicity people who listed it.' They were fucking assholes about it as well - I almost walked out before the show."

This sort of hamhandedness - and the negative word of mouth it spawns - can't help but have a harmful ripple effect on the venue's business. The tipster puts it this way: "Instead of seeing the 12-15 shows a year I'm interested in seeing [there], I go maybe 3 or 4 times - in large part because they are a bunch of pricks."

We gave the venue plenty of unsolicited advice in our previous column on the topic, but here's another point the Abbey would do well to bear in mind: Never stand between a bunch of burly, bearded dudes, their fans, and cheap beer.