Thursday, August 5, 2010

Banned from Black Happy! Or not?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Welp. We promised a Black Happy video in today's paper — and we're sad to say: It ain't happening.

We've had some back-and-forth with Black Happy's publicity team today. They read the article I wrote about the band's reunion after 15 years apart (which included reactions — good ones and bad ones — from local music fans), and were not happy. Very unhappy, it seemed.

We got word from Chrisy Riddle at Empyrean — where the band will hold a private, friends-and-family show tonight (the one where we planned to shoot video) — that I was not to be let in:

"Please do not allow Leah or video crew into the venue, and if you could alert your staff as well that would be great," reads an email from Black Happy's publicity to Riddle.


But then we heard from the band's manager, Scott Meyers, this afternoon. Also not happy with The Inlander's piece. He said the choice to ban video is for the band's sake.

"I am not singling The Inlander out, we won't be allowing filming tonight by any press," he says in an email to me. "The purpose of tonight's show was to give the band an opportunity to get rid of the cobwebs and play before a friendly crowd the first time out in 15 years."

And then he said we are invited to the show, after all. Just without video cameras.

The band plays a sold-out show tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory. There are still some tickets available for their Saturday night show available at

All this being-banned and not-being-banned got us thinking: What do you think about Black Happy's reunion? Feel free to comment.

Also, just because they won't let us bring our camera to the show tonight doesn't mean that you can't bring your smartphone and send us whatever video you get — which we'll totally post — tomorrow morning. (Send video or links to joels[at]inlander[dot]com.)

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Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...