As If Paying $25 to See a Grateful Dead Cover Band Wasn't Bad Enough

Here's the article that appeared in my inbox a few times over the weekend.

The vital info:

A drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday.

Councilman Steven Lipski was caught relieving himself onto several revelers at the 9:30 Club during a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band Friday night, club sources said.

Can you imagine the sheer horror of thinking you've had beer spilled on you, only to look up and see ... that? When it comes time to discuss Worst Concert Moment at the next happy hour gathering, the person who was standing in Councilman Lipski's field of streams is certainly going to have the winning story.

I'm not going to let one belligerently drunk guy from New Jersey change my concert going habits, but it does make me, at least momentarily, question where I stand for shows at the 9:30 club. I always stand directly next to the soundboard, especially when I'm reviewing a show. Standing in the same spot serves as the "control" to figure out if it sounds good compared to another show. Plus I can peek at the setlist and see if there are any soundboard shenanigans going on. But maybe J. Freedom has had the right idea all along with his second story spot. My soundboard location is right underneath the balcony railing, and on a few occasions I have had a drop or two of beer/water/perspiration drip down. At least I think/hope/pray that's all it was.

By David Malitz |  November 10, 2008; 10:49 AM ET Concerts
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I usually stand in the balcony, but that's because I often arrive late and I'm tall, so I still can see fine and it's not as crowded as it is on the floor.

But this is another reason to stay up high - unless the people at the upper bar start getting ideas...

Posted by: Hemisphire | November 10, 2008 12:22 PM

Talk about yellow journalism.

Posted by: dkeedick | November 10, 2008 12:43 PM

There's really no safe place in the 930 club. I was at a Wilco show many years ago when a man a near the front of the crowd attempted to relieve himself, as if it were just some normal thing. Deeply troubling, and forever ruined the concurent Wilco song for me.

At this point though I no longer go to their shows as they have not release a great album since YHF.

Posted by: M__N | November 11, 2008 9:39 AM

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