Poker machines destroying live music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the-lizard-king, Apr 25, 2002.

  1. I dont know what the situation is around the world, but over here, the live music scene is barely hanging on by a thread, and its all because of one thing - poker machines. Poker machines have totally ruinned live music, all of the bars, pubs and clubs have gotten rid of live acts to make room for more poker machines.
    One place nearby, the Imperial, used to be the centre of the local live music scene, but in the past few years, it removed the stage and put poker machines in its place, and what used to be the seating area around the stage has been turned into a poker machine room!
    That has happened everywhere, it is basically impossible to see a live band, simply because the people who run these places found that they could make more money from poker machines. Its sad to see people sitting like zombies feeding coin after coin into a machine on what was once a stage.
    Not only have poker machines ruinned the live music scene, I think they have also ruinned the enjoyment of going to a bar. Not only is the atmosphere ruinned by the lack of some good music, they dont feel like sociable places anymore. You look around and people are all sitting quietly like zombies with greedy looks in their eyes staring at a computer screen. Its terrible!
    If I had my way, I would have every single poker machine in the country picked up and used as landfill, and I would a total ban on them except for in casinos. They are the worst things ever invented. What do you think?
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I find them annoying...
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Is that like a slot machine? I can't imagine it, that sounds truly horrible. I went to a casino one time, it was boring and depressing. That sucks Jim, sorry to hear it.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Never seen one in the UK but I certainly wouldn't go into any pubs/bars if they got be like those you have described!

    The Matrix? :(
  5. Sounds like a good place for a Promoter to start cheap venues using local talent.
    A friend of mine does that here in warehouses he rents for the night, has a "donation" at the door and gives away free beer. Local talent both Musical and in other mediums are on display and it brings in between 75 and a 200 people on average, enough to cover his cost and put a couple of dollars in his pocket. He says it is no big mystery how to do it just takes knowledge of the local scene and some organizational skills.
  6. Blisshead, yep, poker machines are what you would call a slot machine. you're right, all the bars now seem like small casinos.
    It seems that the situation internationally isnt as bad, you guys are lucky. I saw some stats that said that Australia has more slot/poker machines per capita then any other country in the world, including the US. I hate them. The situation is such that I just heard an ad on the radio for a bar in Sydney that was selling itself simply on the fact that it has gotten rid of poker machines, and an aussie band (the Whitlams) recently had a hit with a song called 'Blow up the Pokies'.
    Mike88T, you are right, it is the perfect place for some industrious individuals to make a fortune and get the live music scene happening again.
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the worst thing for live music in the states was hiking up the drinking age from 18 to 21. man. i still get fumed over that, and it happened a long time ago. so many live music clubs closed because of that, it's not funny.