So six people were arrested outside the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert last weekend at the Revolution Center?
That means 1,494 people got out of there without being arrested.
What did anyone expect? When a hip-hop group is doing a reunion tour partly because one of its members is currently not in prison, who exactly do you think the fan base will be? Gangsta-lovin nuns?
Expecting a festive audience, the Revolution Center beefed up security (24 staffers) and shut down booze sales half an hour early.
Valiant try. But it couldnt stop the barrage of cop cars converging from all directions after an altercation in the parking lot.
Garden City Police Sgt. Cris Anjelkovich told the Statesman that she remembered just one other fighting incident at the concert venue, which opened in August: We havent really had that many major issues, she said.
Chalk it up to bad luck. Actually, make that good luck. It was a small miracle that the harmonious Thugs performed at all. Because of travel problems, the group didnt enter the building until minutes before it was scheduled to hit the stage. (Sound check, anyone?) Just imagine the potential arrest list if the group hadnt shown up and fans were forced to entertain themselves.
User comments from the news story at IdahoStatesman.com ranged from hilarious to horrific: More thugs than harmony, I guess wrote one reader. Six Garden City Saturday night arrests for resisting, battery, obstructing, sounds about normal to me, wrote another.
Yo, bring on the Dec. 20 show from Snoop Dogg. Er, Snoop Lion. Itll be mellow. Snoops all about peace and reggae nowadays.
The Revolution Center was this close to a last-minute concert by The Killers that same night. The rock bands agent had emailed on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in hopes of setting up a quick Dec. 1 show.
To accommodate, the Revolution Center considered moving the Bone Thugs gig to another night, but the logistics couldnt be solved.
It couldve been big. The Killers havent visited Boise since a 2009 concert at what then was called Qwest Arena. But with so little time to advertise, a RevCenter concert would have been a marketing challenge.
It would have been an interesting experiment to see if you could sell out a show in five days, RevCenter owner Creston Thornton says. With social media these days, could you get the word out?
Im not so sure about that.
Social media is a strange entity. Case in point: A recent announcement on Facebook that Boise rock band Built To Spill will perform two small-venue shows priced at $15: One Feb. 11 at Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., for fans 21 and older, and another Feb. 12 at The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., for fans under 21.
Why The Crux show? Because Built To Spill and promoter Duck Club Presents wanted to give kids a chance to see the band. They were rewarded by adult trolls instantly whining on Facebook about the under-21 designation being exclusionary or divisive.
Eric Gilbert of Duck Club Presents was surprised by the mini-drama: I wasnt very impressed with the human reaction to it, he admits.
Heres the kicker: Despite the online hand wringing, the 100-capacity Crux show hasnt sold out yet. (Get tickets at www.the duckclub.com and, yes, parents, you can attend with your kids). Tickets also remain available for the Neurolux gig available at Ticketfly.
Holiday season traditionally is a slow time for concert news, but this past week has been solid for Boise.
Soulful rockers Alabama Shakes will perform March 1 at the Knitting Factory. The Shakes were a huge breakout band this year, but will they sell out in Boise? Danish rockabilly-metal beast Volbeat which sold out the Knit last time it visited is headed to the Revolution Center for a show March 19. And comedian Tracy Morgan will bring his Pardon My French tour to the Egyptian Theatre on March 30.
Were out of space, but theres lots more quick-hit entertainment news to catch up on. Ill pick up where we left off in Sundays Life section.
Michael Deeds column runs Friday in Scene and Sunday in Life. He co-hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.