A local man is reeling today after discovering that several acts on his Summer of Rock itinerary have unexpectedly canceled their shows.
After kicking things off with a GBV show in May, Bill Stevens was all set to continue riding a tasty wave of nineties era rock into June with Helmet and Meat Puppets shows on his schedule. However, after discovering Thursday morning that both bands had canceled their June dates with no advanced warning, Stevens was left scrambling to fill holes in his 2022 Summer of Rock calendar.
“This really puts me in a bind,” said Stevens. “The perfect rock and roll summer was just beginning to round into form. Right now, I don’t know if I can recover from this. I made a few calls, trying to see if the bands would reconsider. But I guess one man’s dream of a perfect rock summer doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this world anymore.”
As of Thursday afternoon, Stevens had managed to pencil in a date with The Breeders for August, and he still has tentative plans for two dates of alt rock bliss in July, but salvaging June at this late date is going to be challenging.
“I’m looking into pursuing legal action,” Stevens said. “I mean, I passed up Built to Spill because I thought I was going to be able to see these other bands and now they flake out on me. It’s going to be difficult to find something last minute. I think some compensation is in order for damaging what was otherwise going to be a totally righteous Summer of Rock.”