Jay Nedry, owner of the Jaxx concert hall in West Springfield, Virginia, has commented on the reasons behind the cancellation of MANOWAR's gig at the venue, originally scheduled for March 30th. According to Nedry, we had bought MANOWAR and two other acts [for the show on March 30th]. We also were told specifically that we could use two local acts [as support]. On March 14th, I got a message that [MANOWAR] bassist Joey DeMaio had decided that he didn't want local bands on the bill. This ain't what we agreed to, and as a longtime (26 years) local musician, I am in a position that I do not have to put up with people being treated like this. Also demanding six loaders to move in one drum set, a bass and guitar rig is so far out of line. I have done over 2,000 national shows and all everyone else needs is two [loaders]. The last time this band played, every day it was a new demand from Joey. Well, Joey can take his band back to Europe and let [the Europeans] kiss his ass, 'cause I don't need the bullsh.t, the stress or the total and gross disrespect of local musicians who were thrilled to be playing with MANOWAR. Once this same old Joey-says-this-and-that started is when I washed my hands with this. I have worked too damn hard to put up with this from someone who plays once every five years for us. I deal with the local guys every day, and I guess Joey forgot what it's like to try and get started.
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