Merriweather Post: Now w/21% More Distractions

Why was Gilby Clarke signing a Guns N' Roses pinball machine at Merriweather Post today?

Because he heard venue operator-promoter I.M.P. was bringing 9:30 Club Specialty Cupcakes for breakfast!

Actually, I.M.P. was introducing a bunch of "enhancements" at the amphitheater in Columbia, including something called the Music Pinball Hall of Fame Arcade.

Also: More restrooms. Some changes in the food concessions. A greener approach to concert-producing, including the addition of a biodiesel fueling station for tour buses and ticketholders. And the introduction of ... a 7,500-pound chicken sculpture! Really.

In a statement, I.M.P. honcho Seth Hurwitz said that Virgin Mobile Festival would be Aug. 1 and 2. Just kidding! He said: "The only way to beat this economy is to create the best possible escapism you can. It's not simply about who's playing, it has to be about the great experience from start to finish. We have to make sure all these people taking 'staycations' choose Merriweather for their entertainment and the only way to do that is to make sure people have a blast."

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 1, 2009; 1:21 PM ET Amenities , Flackery , Venues
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More bathrooms was definitely a plus. And the pinball games were only a quarter.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 1, 2009 3:52 PM

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