A satiating first set foreshadowed good things for the rest of the night, and Michetti and Zarick were doing the best they could to fill in. Though, strangely, an extra-long setbreak left fans anxious and hungry for more music. Perhaps the band was just teaching Michetti and Zarick and song backstage – perhaps the band was preparing for a completely new surprise for the second set – the audience wasn’t really sure what was going on. After what seemed like an eternity, the house lights went on, signaling the end of the show. The Indobox’s drummer announced that the band had been having “technical difficulties” that would prevent them from continuing – the second set was canceled.
Without hesitation, angry fans began to boo and curse. In a matter of seconds, people began to hurl beer and water bottles at the stage, aiming for the instruments and the bearer of bad news. Stagehands rushed to protect the equipment with tarps, but this only encouraged more projectiles.
Glasses, hats, and more bottles were launched on stage. The mass hysteria resulted in a sea of middle fingers, louder booing, and a small minority of accepting fans. At last, Brownstein came out on stage to try and calm the audience down – the second-set-deprived fans even had the nerve to hurl a couple bottles at him. A Boston Herald article details the reason for fire officials shutting down the show as “they found clubgoers clogging exits and trash barrels and beer kegs impeding fire escapes.” According to the article, this is the second time the House of Blues Boston has been cited and closed for these infractions.
While it wasn’t the best night for The Disco Biscuits, we’ll soon see how the band carries on while Barber’s wrist is healing. Though the band has postponed the show the night after Boston in Montclair, they’ve decided to perform at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and at a Tractorbeam gig the same night, no word yet on who will play guitar at those shows.
March 19, 2010
House of Blues
Set 1: Oname Wa, Park Avenue^, Orch Theme^, Tricycle^ > Uber Glue^, Mirrors^, Helicopters^^ > Gangster^^ > Helicopters^^
Set Two: Show Canceled due to “technical difficulties”
Without Jon Gutwillig
^ – w/ Chris Michetti on guitar, ^^ – w/ Michetti and Joey Zarick