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Bars that you have played in that won't call the police

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by knarleybass, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    A few years ago I was playing at this bar, during the break my drummer was standing out front, a car came up, slowed down, the window rolled down a little, a gun came out and shot my drummer in the elbow.
    He wasn't mortally wounded, but was bleeding pretty good. The owner/bartender/manager brought him in, gave him a free beer and said that he wasn't going to call the police, because he didn't want to bring any "Heat" to the bar.
    Has anyone ever had something like this happen (not shot, I hope)? Or are some of these places like the wild west? Anything can happen? Why would the not want to call the Police?
  2. jason weatherby

    jason weatherby

    Aug 30, 2012
    Because the "bar" is just a front for another business enterprise..... ?
  3. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Er....so your drummer just slapped on a band aid and said nothing himself?
  4. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    He actually went to the police the next morning, they took a report
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Don't want to escalate an existing gang beef?
  6. Not a single patron called either ????

    Once bullets fly or blood spews they can usually be counted on for that sort of thing.
  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes, but did he finish the gig?
  8. F' that noise.

    If guns come, call the cops. Pretty damn'd simple.

  9. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Why didn't your drummer call 911 himself?

    Reasons why not:
    1. Owner is part of a criminal organization
    2. Owner is out on probation
    3. Bar is on probation with the state alcohol licensing board.
    4. Police presence spooks the regular patrons who are criminals.
  10. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I can thing of one thing. Drugs.

    I wouldn't play at that bar again.

    And I most heartily recommend getting a cell phone
  11. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I ve been in situations where the guns come out. As long as there are not shots I feel that it's not worth escalating.
  12. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    With every possible respect may I suggest that depends on the patrons. The local Chillie's, Yes. The local druggie bar where everyone is out on probation or worse.Maybe not.

    The Badda Bing? Nope.
  13. So glad to live where a driveby shooting makes the national news.
  14. Sadly, I have witnessed one homicide and one attempted homicide from stage while playing biker bars in years past. It was nothing like a Chili's, but I can promise you that everyone there was not a druggie or on probation, and it was obvious to me that a few of the bystanders cared deeply for the welfare of the victim(s). The cops showed up damn quick and I doubt the bartender was the first one who dialed 911.
  15. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Was this before cell phones? I'm surprised no one else called the cops. If it were me I would have been raising hell.


    Apr 16, 2010
    I don't know. Never played while witnessing anything really bad go down.
    Got a sub gig over the phone one time. Agreed to play. All bluesy tunes. The guy gave me the set list over the phone.
    I showed up in a button down shirt. Kinda dressed up.
    I had never been in the place before.
    Mostly Hells Angels wearing their vests with the logo.
    Real friendly women. I stayed next to my combo and played.
    Didn't say much. Was way overdressed and stood out but everything went cool. I imagine if any trouble happens in that bar, it stays in that bar.

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