Gunfire 76 Comments On Canceled Kirksville Show
Gunfire 76 has issued the following statement about their canceled show in Kirksville:
"We were giving, Larry Dryden / Dryden Entertainment from Hannibal, MO, the promoter of the show a chance to honor his commitment but it seems that won't be happening - so here is the truth to why the show was canceled.
"When you start booking a tour you normally go to former promoters you have worked with and ask them if they want a show. Larry said yes, and contracts were sent. The original show was set for Springfield, IL. A little while after the show was confirmed a friend of Gunfire 76 contacted the band's manager and told him that the venue had shut down. Our agent contacted Larry to see if this was true - it was - and Larry said he was working on moving the show.
"Next thing we know the show is moved to Kirksville, MO - around 2 1/2 hours away. This does a few things, changes the band's drive time - and changes the routing of the tour. Due to the original show being in Springfield, we did not book a Chicago show - because you don't want shows that close together in the same vicinity. Now that the show was in Kirksville - we could have booked a Chicago show - but it was too late.
"As the show got closer - we tried to advance the show with Larry. Advancing is when you call the promoter a week prior to the show to go over the specifics and make sure when you arrive there are no issues. Again - we had heard that the venue was closed. We tried to confirm this with larry but we kept getting the run around. Sure enough not only was there no venue - Larry has now disconnected his phone numbers and canceled his email accounts.
"I understand that the fans are upset that this show didn't happen. We have done everything in our power to make it happen. Gunfire 76 and Bullets and Octane are out the money from this show, as well as, with advanced notice from this promoter - we probably could have worked on filling in a show - even for a door deal somewhere else.
"Today is Nov 17 - we have not heard from Larry Dryden in 4 days - his email accounts no longer work, his phone numbers are disconnected and his myspace page is shut down. I doubt we will ever see the money owed for him canceling the show.
"To our fans - we are sorry. We try to give you the info as we know and show you the respect you are owed. We understand that you switch your work schedules, make plans etc. When things like this happen on the road it's bad for you and us.
"We are sorry!"
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