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Crystal Castles Drama: Sketchy Cancelation of Dallas Show Prompts Speculation, Hateration/Holleration

Last night Crystal Castles was scheduled to play the Granada Theater in Dallas, and hours after the show was supposed to start, having kicked opener Vega off the bill, with approximately a thousand fans waiting outside, Crystal Castles canceled the show at 10PM. The band claimed that this was due to the Granada Theater having an ill-equipped soundsystem. Sound fishy? Gorilla Vs. Bear has two different accounts for the cancelation, from the band and the venue respectively.

According to Crystal Castles' management, the venue is at fault for the canceled show:

"a) Vegas (sic) were not kicked off for "petty bullshit", if Vegas want to try to create an internet meme out of this that's fine, whatever.

b) CC obviously did not want to leave 1000+ people hanging outside. The people at Granada pulled the plug on CC during CC's soundcheck, claiming they feared CC would "blow the soundsystem." The people at Granada tried to rent (at the last minute) proper speakers that would not "blow" for the show but it just couldn't happen on short notice. At one point they thought they had found professional speakers but 2 hours later this fell through and the decision was made that the show could not happen. Also of note, a DJ had blown their speakers a few weeks ago and they did not want this to happen again. They said they couldn't afford to repair the speakers again. It would be nice if you knew the truth and were fair to the band since this wasn't their fault. The blame goes to whoever booked this band at this ill-equipped venue."

and finally:

"Vega stole an FX-Pedal from CC. If this is not a good reason to get kicked off a bill and (possibly) get blacklisted by a promoter I don't know what is. Worst part is CC liked the guys and tried to convince us to forgive them." 


VEGA's Alan Palomo insists that he is not a thief, claiming "Fucking bullshit." To elaborate, Palomo says that the band borrowed a guitar from him in Austin, and the FX pedal ended up in the guitar cab. As soon as Palomo realized he had one of Crystal Castles' pedals, he let the band's management know and made arrangments to return the pedal.

The owner of The Granda Theater, Mike Schoder, surprise, blames the band for the cancelation:

"Let me start with a definition:
Prima donna:
Prima donnas cannot help the way they are because their parents spoiled them and they are still developing their personalities.
All a prima donna has to do is whine and their parents give them what they want.

Here's how our day went at the Granada on Tue:
Vega (Alan from Ghosthustler) opened for CC in Austin Monday night.
At 5pm (3 hrs before doors) we received a call from CC that Vega could not be on the bill.
Vega had been approved by CC in advance for the bill.
Early on Tue CC hired a light tech from Austin that is also a DJ to replace Vega.
CC could have communicated with Vega early in the day before they left Austin.
Vega was at the Granada waiting to soundcheck.
CC would not enter the building until Vega was gone from the premise.
Alan was super cool. No prima donna.
We've never seen this request. The other co-promoter out of Austin has never seen this kind of request.
CC whining...
CC soundchecked at 6pm instead of at 4pm.
CC didn't "like the sound of their kickdrum".
CC insists that "more woofers be brought in".
Rental places close at 6pm.
It is now 7pm.
Granada has 16 - 18" sub-woofers and 12 - 15" sub-woofers. Also 32 - 8" midranges. Lots of firepower.
Sound check was great.
CC says they would rather cancel the show than possibly not have enough kick drum.
Granada begs that the show goes on.
Granada even offers to dismantle sub woofer stacks and place them in different places in the room.
Granada was willing to do anything to have the show go on.
CC waits until after 10pm to give final cancellation.

The show must go on. Life is all perception. One person sees the day as beautiful, another sees the day as crap.
Why would any band crap on their fans like this?
Insecurity is a cancer. Love yourself. Love your sound guy and the system at the club you are playing.
Play the show. Then listen to your fans. If you don't like the sound at a club never go back to the club.
We've had every big band imaginable in every genre imaginable and had amazing shows.
Nobody has complained about our sound. This is totally out of left field.
The sound at Granada is amazing...and would have been if CC would have just got on stage and played.

Today Granada is refunding ticket cost and entire service charge to each patron.
No one cares for live music more than we do. We've put together an amazing room, staff and sound system.
We'll see you soon fellow music fans.

Mike Schoder and all the Staff at Granada.

Considering that the venue's reply has more detail, and just makes more sense, their reply definitely seems like the more authentic one, but it's hard to believe that any band, even if they are "prima donnas," would just cancel a sold out show for which more than a thousand fans showed up. Also, I've seen Crystal Castles three different times, and not once have I ever them use a guitar. This is not to say that Vega is lying, simply that this story sounds like details are being left out.

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Crystal Castles

He said. She said. Fans lose. That's crappy.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Didn't the girl from CC punch someone in the crowd at one of her shows?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/hybridxdawn/toropovbioimage.jpg dtoropov

In the artist contact spreadsheet for a big festival, under "available for press?" most artists have normal answers like "yes", "no", "TBD" or they just left it blank.

The person who filled it out for Crystal Castles felt it necessary to specify "yes but they are very selective so not everything".

And, someone purporting to be from their management spends far too much time on the Internet demanding that people remove pictures of the band—several photographers have complained about it.

Basically, at least one person involved with Crystal Castles didn't get brought up quite right.


crystal castles is full of it


ask someone who went to the austin show if a guitar was used...

one of the band members of vega took some pictures and go rudely pulled by the band manager... but he probably has proof.


This is crazy. Musicians are entertainers--servants even--and should just play the show no matter what, barring something physical (sick, overdosed, dead...)

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Johnmel/P1270021.jpg Johnmel

CC is full of sh-t. i was at the club in dallas. the granada is a good venue. i've seen fiery furnaces there, holy f-ck, animal collective, ween, (i think modest mouse, if i remember right) mates of state and stereo total. the sound was always just fine. nobody from the band came out and talked to us. they let us in at 8, made about 200 stand crammed like cattle (yeah, again, i'm texan) for about an hour. then let us out into the stage area. we stayed there for another 45 minutes (hundreds more were waiting outside at the time) and finally someone with the band said we had to go stand in the alley while they did another soundcheck. this was at 10:00. when we jeered at the thought of losing our place up front (we got there at 7) he said flat out,


I've seen many crap shows there. The sound is always awful. It's about time a band made a stand and refused to play that crap hole.


All I have to say is that it sounds really sketchy and CC's music sucks anyway... its emo-techno.....and its crap....

So in the long run, CC fans are better off, one day the might look back and say, they sucked anyway and all will be well.

Jason M.

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