Saturday, August 22, 2009

Episode 24: Memories of Bad Management

This forwarded email showed up in my in-box this a.m. --

Steve Davis (Memories of Elvis) was supposed to do three shows at the Ivory last year, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. [Horror Show] told him they would publicize it and they didn’t want him to do any publicity. Suffice it to say that they didn’t even run an ad in the Riverfront Times. Steve’s fans follow him really closely, so they know where he’s going to be, and they started calling the Ivory box office to get tickets. No one answered. For days no one answered. Steve's manager finally got [Horror Show] on the phone and asked her, and she said that there had been someone in the box office the whole time, but no one was calling to buy tickets. So Steve's manager was taking ticket orders herself from fans off of Steve’s website and then going in and buying them – like fifty at a time.

Instead of doing three full shows with full band, horns, girls, etc., he couldn’t afford to do more than the band, and for an act that can sell out the Pageant he couldn’t get tickets sold fast enough to sell out any of the performances, because the only way people could get tickets was if they asked Steve's manager for them. It was a horrible experience for Steve.
Not a surprise, though, right?

Sic Semper Tyrannis!
An Ivory Survivor