Attention Crowd Crashers: Jay Reatard <i>Will</i> Hurt You

Apr 21st, 2008 // 7 Comments

Thursday night was not a good one for aggro rocker Jay Reatard: damaged equipment, overcrowded venue, rowdy assholes. So hopefully it was cathartic when he ripped the shirt off a drunk dumbass, spun him around and clocked him in the face. Damn!

Last night’s show in Toronto got completely fucked up. The Silver Dollar holds 190 people but Craig Laskey the promoter let 350 people in there. That’s cool if there’s some sort of security or crowd control – we don’t need people getting so wild they jump on stage and smash our gear – but that’s exactly what happened. Right when we started playing someone pushed the monitors right on top of Stephen and on to his pedals – breaking them, people were throwing beer bottles at us, a someone jumped onstage and smashed my pedals, another guy took a full pitcher of beer and dumped it all over the rest of my pedals, and then threw it right at my Flying V, breaking the pickup and the input electronics. After three songs all our gear was smashed and unusable.

…I’m getting really sick of shit like this happening. We’ll come back in Toronto soon and do a free show to make it up to the real fans in Toronto. And we’ll steer away from greedy promoters who don’t have any control of their shows and who don’t care about doing right by the audience.

“Shit like this” does seem to happen to Reatard more often than, say, to Cat Power. You can see him kick a guy in the chest twice at the end of this clip.

I doubt violent YouTubes like this will keep jerks like this away from his shows, so he might want stick to clubs with taller stages.

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Jay Reatard punching kid at the Silver Dollar [YouTube]
Jay Reatard – Kicks a dude in the face in Vegas! [YouTube]

  1. loudersoft

    Word to the wise: don’t fuck with Jay.

  2. Sniffle

    I don’t know what’s been pummeled more in the clips, his fans or decent music.

  3. Elijah-M

    As far as I’m concerned, jumping on stage uninvited constitutes an implicit agreement that anyone who is actually supposed to be there can beat the living shit out of you.

  4. Lucas Jensen

    Why this guy is a savior of anything is beyond me? He seems so dime-a-dozen. Do any rock critics go to house shows anymore and see punk bands?

  5. westartedthis

    ironically, Jay got punched out by a security guard for jumping up on the stage during the Black Keys’ set in Indianapolis last Sunday. probably wouldn’t have been a big deal (being their tourmate and all), but he was pretty fucked up and knocking stuff over.

  6. nonce

    I wasn’t ever interested in this guy or his music, and I’m still not, but that was fun to watch.

  7. Anonymous

    people should never pay and always bum rush through the doors at Jay Reatard shows, then throw bricks and used needles at this dude.

    this guy’s career will totally nosedive if clubs & promoters start associating him with “people will show up, not pay, rush past security, and throw heavy / pointy / contaminated things at the stage”

    let’s make it happen people! we can do it:


    let’s get some tshirts and buttons printed up.

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