Flickr reports trickle in from the YYYs MySpace getdown in Brooklyn Monday night, where Karen ostensibly opened the doors to the first hundred fans dressed in black and arriving at the Grasslands Gallery, set to enjoy a pair of shows and, obviously, a video shoot. Miss Modern Age selected a few photo highlights to capture the scene…


[Photo by flicker.com/alixmc]

[Photo by flickr.com/mybluewristband]

Jealous? Don’t be! You probably wouldn’t have got in.

Over at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs message board, posters reveal the skewed and decidedly un-fan-friendly door admission policy. While 100 wristbands were promised via MySpace message, in reality less than 40 were given. User rsbklyn had recounts his evening (via PSNYC):

Re: 100 wristbands to the 7pm Glasslands show? Not Even Close

Living in Williamsburg, I was psyched as hell to go to this show. I got in line around 4. There were about 40-50 people in line in front of me, so I thought “Alright! I’m getting in for sure!”. Guess what? I didn’t get in. Hardly anybody did. The line barely moved. I will be extremely generous and estimate that the first 20 people in line got wristbands to the 7pm show. Honestly, I think it was closer to 10. I am male, so the 10pm show was not an option.

So: first it’s “250 capacity”, then it’s “100 wristbands to the first in line”, then the reality is 10-20 wristbands. I mean, WTF? I expect this kind of crap from a corporate rock band, not YYY. What should I conclude?

I guess the guest list just kept growing and growing. If you want to do a video shoot in a tiny venue with an audience of friends, family, and Interscope employees, fine. But don’t post an announcement on your website that says “100 wristbands!” unless you are actually going to give out 100 wristbands. What a total crock.

If a band wants their most loyal fans–i.e those 100 people in the front of the line, all dressed according to the dress code, all excited as hell to see their fave band–to actually STAY LOYAL, that band should keep their damn word. YYY let me down tonight. So I went to the city and bought a ticket to see deerhoof next week.

YYY poster kaw325 backed him up:

Yeah I was a bit disappointed, too. I got there at about 3:50 pm and there was only about 40 people in front of me. I thought me and my sister would get in for sure. But as you said only about 15-20 people got wristbands for the 7 pm show. What a bummer! What was really bad was the dudes in charge leading us on that we were going to get in. They told us to make sure you tell the people giving out the wristbands which show you want to go to, they made us line up in a single file, and they told us that when you get your wristband you have to leave and come back a half hour before the show and wait in the waiting room. They got me psyched up thinking that we would get in only to be told at about 5:40 pm “go home we are sold out.”

So, you guys playing at home go from being jealous to being sympathetic. Though that situation is much more likely an Interscope gaffe than a Yeah Yeah Yeahs no-no, we feel sorry for the superfans that made the effort. Let’s all just blame MySpace.

Comments (35)
  1. tanya  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    My friend got in to the 7pm show because he got there a 4pm and hung out around the corner because you technically couldn’t form a line until 4:30. I got there late, but after some guy told us it was sold out, us ladies walked down to the front where some guy yelled at us to form a line, which no one did, but instead swarmed this poor girl who was holding 20 wristbands up in the air for the later show?I said fuck it.

  2. Brooke Baxter  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    Hey this Brooke from the GlassLands. I am very sorry people were disappointed. I want everyone to know that we gave out 80 wristbands for each show instead of the promised 100 that was purely a choice I made not the band or management. With crew, guest list for friends and family and a new huge stage built out in the middle of the room I thought that was all we could fit in the small space. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. It was not a malicious choice just one made out of concern for safety. Looking back we could of fit maybe 15 more people, I made a mistake and I?m sorry. The yeah yeah yeahs played 2 free shows for fans that is a really cool thing to do. We try to do our best but we are not some mean venue owners just people trying run an art space. I?m really sorry for those of you who did not get in but I assure you of the number of bands we gave out it was not 40 per show. I hope you don?t hold this against us and come back in the future to paint or listen to music. All the best
    Brooke Baxter

  3. bobfrombob  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    So the people who said they were 40th in line are just lying?

  4. notyou  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    blame it on the venue, not the band. i took a car when i found out about the show at 10:30, and just walked up to the door with my roommate and got in – the guard just told us to get in quick because they were shooting. didn’t realize there were headbands to be had until i read this the next day.

  5. johnny  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    give me a break, brooke. sure, the yyy were great for putting on a free show so that their music video can actually look like people paid to get in, but for people to have to wait for hours to get a wristband, you should have at least told the line that there was no chance to get in long before they had to figure it out on their own. this was a bad fuck up on your part, and i’m sure i’ll never go to any free show at your art space again.

  6. “corporate rock band”?

    what label are they on again…

  7. Rodney  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    Quit your bitchin’ dude from Williamsburg. Waa waa. Go cry some more why don’t cha. Shows sell out all the time & all of us that went and stood in line knew their was a chance we may not get in. It’s so not the bands fault you douchebag.

  8. burndownthemission  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    this is so not news. YYY fans are probably too young to remember what you used to have to go through to get tickets to shows (and i’m not even 30, mind you). before instant online ticket buying, you had to wait in line all day, usually all night, just to BUY tickets. and that would be to see that band in a regular venue, not an intimate art space that a band outgrew years ago.

    waiting in line for a few hours for a FREE SHOW at a SMALL CLUB? that’s hardly asking much. that the girl that runs the venue had the decency to write a message here apologizing goes to show even more how considerate the people that put this together were in their efforts. and yeah, the YYYs became corporate a long time ago. it’s surprising they were as thoughtful as they were.

    brats on message boards and blogs can make any small error on someone’s part be a cause for uproar. too many people (be they bands or politicians or whatever) have had to apologize lately to a crowd of total fucking babies.

  9. I have to concur with burndownthemission; at least the owner admitted the mistake and apologized for it. Now, that doesn’t make the rest of you feel any better, I’m sure, but this apologies thing is getting old. Rarely are people ever actually sorry (except for maybe this venue owner), otherwise they wouldn’t have said whatever it was that ticked everybody off in the first place.

  10. Kyel  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I’m with burntdown on this one. You had to know going in that it was going to be tough getting admitted to the shows. So they didn’t give out as many wristbands as advertised. That’s a little something called LIFE. He’s right, too many public figures have been crucified lately for insignificant nonsense, while those who deserve some wrath go unnoticed. You, (insert indie snob’s name here), are not entitled to anything. Bands do not cater to you. If you have bad luck in this type of situation, shut up, shrug it off, or go listen to someone else if you’re so put out. If a band (and a venue) has the decency to attempt to put on a FREE show for fans, don’t whine about not getting in because 20 less bands were given out. Boo freakin’ hoo.

  11. matt  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    corporate rock band indeed. it will be alot easier to swallow when you finally realize that karen o and company are more concerned with being hip and elitist than anything else and you won’t nearly be as surprised at occurences like this.

  12. someone who doesn't even care about the YYY's  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    thanks for that life lesson Kyel.

    I hope to see you at a show someday so I can punch you in the face – because you know what? That’s LIFE.

  13. imIndieimIndie  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I think i just pooped myself, who can i punch in the face about it?

  14. Ken  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I think I have to agree with Kyle on this one. Yes, it does stink that they advertised 100 wristbands and only gave out 40-80. But these things happen. And I will give credit to the venue for limiting the number of tickets out of concern for safety. Most places in Boston will just pack the room far past occupancy. It’s really just the chance you take with a limited free show.

    And to the person who says they’ll never go to another free show at the venue… I hope that was a joke, because it’s not much of a threat to tell someone you won’t be not giving them money in the future.

  15. twinnstar  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    someone who waited in line for hours for anything, has every right to get upset, so those of you telling the line waiters to calm down should put yourself in their shoes. they wasted hours of their day. hey! thats not fun. it sucks.

    and as someone mentioned, when we waited hours in line for tickets years ago to end up empty handed – we got mad didnt we? i never remember skipping away thinking “hey! at least i got outside and enjoyed the 5am sunshine!”

    cmon. rage on, line waiters.

  16. Uhh  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    Who cares? The YYY’s suck anyways. They did all of you a favor.

  17. Ken  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    No, I wasn’t happy about standing in line for things not to get in. But I also didn’t start declaring how the band or the venue were evil because I didn’t get in. I realized this is what happens, especially at a FREE show, and while I was mad, I dealt with it. Yes, they have every right to be mad, but give me a break. “I didn’t get something for nothing” isn’t a very good argument.

  18. Matthew  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    The YYYs are overrated tripe. They lost their “cred” a long time ago. (Pardon me for using such obnoxious Indie language.)

  19. Stolie  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I’m from Iowa. Yes, the sticks. Aren’t you New York City folks supposed to be like tough or something. You sound like a bunch of big whiners. Yeah Yeah Yeahs can come here and do a free show for us anytime and we promise we won’t email websites complaining when we all don’t get in.

  20. Liam  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I wonder what Dave Sitek thinks about all of this…

  21. so, to the half calling them whiners, it’s not right to get mad at something that unprofessional?

  22. burndownthemission  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    how is that unprofessional, you jackass? it’s not fucking NASA, these weren’t college applications. it’s a mid-level band trying to put together a music video, and throwing their fans a bone while they do it. Some bands leave it up to the producers to wrangle a crowd. This band make an extra effort to personally include their fans.

    So if anything, the only thing unprofessional that happened was the attempted act of kindness by the band, the venue, and the label to get real fans and not uncomplaining extras.

  23. aj  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    Hmm, waste a few hours waiting in line or waste a few hours on the internet looking at porn? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

  24. Yeah…it sucks that people came down and couldn’t get in but I guess that no good deed goes unpunished.
    They tried to keep it authentic and film in a really cool albeit small artspace with a limited # of fans. But don’t blame them for trying.
    For the pissed off who didn’t get in: Stop Reading Now.
    I got into the 7 o’clock show and it was awesome.
    Karen spit water into our faces and Brian gave me the setlist.
    Pics here:
    http://mybigmouthstrikesagain.blogspot.com/

  25. Jamie  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    All I can say is I absolutely love the YYYs. They always try to include us fans whether it be thru an album artwork contest, a fan made music video and now this. Bummer 4 those who didn’t in but hey at least they still try to keep it real and be involved with us that dig them. Most of the live video shoots for bands these days have a casting call for extras not even real fans. At least here in LA its like that anyways. Cheer Up everybody, we could all be in Iraq!!

  26. Snowbrigadier  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    Oh, please. I remember as a member of Weezer’s official site back in the day, when they did shoots with fans they were first come first serve email contests; you were confirmed a week before, people even would fly out from other states. All the reports from the sets were really positive, besides the usual “Rivers is a douchebag” comments.

    This is not rocket science people. The band and their management could have done this way better.

    I wouldn’t blame the venue, I’m sure they were trying to act in everyone’s best interest.

  27. my name  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    I am not buying Brooke’s excuse. They indicated 100 wristbands to fans, but instead they decided to give out only 20-25 wristbands and cheap the rest for friends. YYYs can do whatever they want, it’s their show, but instead of having a free show that was supposedly advertised for fans, they turned it into a friend-only show with a couple of onlookers.

    Security problems? Cut the guest list. Duh. But like I said, they can do whatever they want, it’s their show. The worst part is that Brooke is lying about the 80 wristbands part. Everyone knows it is just not true. Brooke is attempting to gloss over the situation by reporting fake numbers.

  28. Anonymous  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    There were definitely more than 25 fans to make it in, judging from the amount of them in the waiting area alone. It was fairly packed in there and I’m sure guests of the band would not be waiting with the common folk. Believe Ms. Baxter and let it go.

  29. ryan  |   Posted on May 9th, 2007 0

    you guys are insane. seriously.. anyone who went to this event had to know it was a roll of the dice. knowing this was the yeah yeah yeah’s, a band who sells out much, much larger clubs, and knowing that there were only 100 tickets available (even if that got reduced by 20%), would you really not consider the very high chance that you wouldn’t get in? i mean, really. they announced this on their myspace page, on which they have 281,484 friends. that isn’t even considering all the major websites (p4k, this one, etc) that reposted it. i think it’s safe to say way more than 100 people who were in the geographic position to go to that event and would want to saw the message. even if the venue trimmed back the number of wrist bands they gave out, the shock of not getting in shouldn’t come as such a surprise. the venue admitted to their mistake, admit to yours. you underestimated the drawing power of a free yeah yeah yeas show/video shoot, and winded up empty handed. even if you were #81 in line, and got shafted by the clubs decision, you still didn’t plan as well as 80 other people. it happens. next time, you’ll know better.

  30. I’m sorry, but for those of you calling the line waiters whiners and not thinking the venue was unprofessional really should never ever get into business.

    I would be on your side, really I would, except for the following things:

    a) the fans were promised 100 wristbands. I’m not sure if there were disclaimers saying “amount of wristbands may vary”, but if there was, it’d be a different story, I’m sure.

    b) the fans got in line and waited for several hours, only to learn that there were no wristbands right before the show started. And this was when there were employees at the venue that could have told them about the wristband situation.

    Now, I’m not quite sure how it works way out in the East Coast, but here, when we say there’s an exact number of whatever available, and then we say there’s less than that exact number, unless we said supplies are limited, or notified the public ahead of time that there’s actually less of said product, there better damn well be that number of whatever available, or there’s hell to pay.

    If some of these complainers were outside of the 100, okay fine, quit your bitching. And I really agree with ryan in that you should’ve had the mentality that you weren’t going to get in, what with YYYs being uber-popular and all.

    But really, how bad does it suck that people whose spirits were raised considerably were notified only minutes before the actual show started? Who the hell does that?

    I can’t even believe some of you are using the “way back in the old days, we had to wait in line in freezing snow for YYYs tickets” comparison. Completely different situation; you never knew the exact number of tickets sold, and as such there was no guarantee that you’d be able to buy tickets. Here, they were actually given a tangible amount to grasp in their heads, and then seriously screwed out of it.

    Whatever; the owner apologized, so fine, no harm no foul, but it’s still a fucked up way to do business.

  31. I’m sorry, but for those of you calling the line waiters whiners and not thinking the venue was unprofessional really should never ever get into business.

    I would be on your side, really I would, except for the following things:

    a) the fans were promised 100 wristbands. I’m not sure if there were disclaimers saying “amount of wristbands may vary”, but if there was, it’d be a different story, I’m sure.

    b) the fans got in line and waited for several hours, only to learn that there were no wristbands right before the show started. And this was when there were employees at the venue that could have told them about the wristband situation.

    Now, I’m not quite sure how it works way out in the East Coast, but here, when we say there’s an exact number of whatever available, and then we say there’s less than that exact number, unless we said supplies are limited, or notified the public ahead of time that there’s actually less of said product, there better damn well be that number of whatever available, or there’s hell to pay.

    If some of these complainers were outside of the 100, okay fine, quit your bitching. And I really agree with ryan in that you should’ve had the mentality that you weren’t going to get in, what with YYYs being uber-popular and all.

    But really, how bad does it suck that people whose spirits were raised considerably were notified only minutes before the actual show started? Who the hell does that?

    I can’t even believe some of you are using the “way back in the old days, we had to wait in line in freezing snow for YYYs tickets” comparison. Completely different situation; you never knew the exact number of tickets sold, and as such there was no guarantee that you’d be able to buy tickets. Here, they were actually given a tangible amount to grasp in their heads, and then seriously screwed out of it.

    Whatever; the owner apologized, so fine, no harm no foul, but it’s still a fucked up way to do business.

  32. b.LOUD  |   Posted on May 10th, 2007 0

    I agree with you all. The people who didn’t get into a FREE show, by a POPULAR band on a MAJOR LABEL, playing in their HOMETOWN should’ve realized that CHOAS would occur, esp. in NYC/Brooklyn. However, this was handled very unprofessionally because the band, gallery, and label should’ve, TOO, realized how much choas would occur and they should’ve been prepared days, no, weeks in-advance. Esp. here in NYC because this ain’t Iowa (Sorry, Stolie).

    Brooke did apologize but didn’t tell the whole truth: The reason for the discrepency about the wristbands – when they were handed out and who got them – is because they weren’t handed out at the same time. I know this for a fact because a friend of mine got there early and was given one and while he was inside waiting, he saw a bunch of people being given wristbands right before the show started, so of those who didn’t get in they have a right to be pissed.

    YYY and Interscope should apologize as well because they shouldn’t have advertised this as a show for the “FANS” when they knew that their friends, family, and label-heads would get in.

    PS – Stolie, I would relate this to Slipknot doing a FREE show @ an American Legion or somewhere small, in their hometown in Iowa.

  33. Joseph  |   Posted on May 10th, 2007 0

    I stayed home. Just like I did every other time they played.

  34. No No Nos  |   Posted on May 10th, 2007 0

    I don’t care about the YYYs (not that I hate them, they just do nothing for me), so I definitely wasn’t looking for a ticket. But so far, I have seen 4-5 accounts of the show by now, and they are all in agreement that the venue only gave out between 10-30 tickets. I can’t imagine how it must be when after being in the definite first 100, end up getting nothing because the guestlist was too big. The owner is trying to play cover up. Shame on them, if they are going to admit a mistake, they should go all out. Lying to the cheated people is even worse.

    And by the accounts I have read, the second show was a lot smoother. Of course, if you were a guy, they were shut out. The show was a great idea that was poorly executed. That venue should never host another show again. (they went downhill after the name change anyways)

  35. Tessia Henry  |   Posted on Jun 15th, 2007 0

    I was surprised reading this article b/c I luckily got in and can say that there were easily over 100 people inside. there were the 100 that got the wristbands, then people who i guess were family and friends up on this balcony filming/taking pictures of the show. Yes, their line strategy was pretty ambiguous and unfair when they gave the go to line up (people bum rushed, even ones out of line), but there were no rules really. No one said that pre-line had to be formed in the first place. I agree tho, something as big as a myspace bulletin was too huge for their 100 people limit

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