Posted in music | tour dates | venues on June 10, 2014

Special Guest

It's always exciting trying to figure out who a 'Special Guest' is playing a show, especially a show at an intimate venue like Mercury Lounge in Manhattan where a 'Special Guest' just so happens to be playing this Sunday night. After a reader tip about this (thanks Joe!), we got our detective gear in motion.

The venue has no picture up (see above), and the band's only link goes to Spotify's Twitter. The opener doesn't even list the show on their pages. Hmmm... It didn't take long to be disappointed though, as we quickly found out that this show is ACTUALLY a band called Special Guest! To quote one friend: "that is the dumbest thing ever, besides naming your band TBA" (not to be confused with VBA who plays Merc on 6/20), though another more positive buddy thinks it's the "best name since Free Beer." What do you think?

The Clydes open this $10 Father's Day show, which despite the "Ticketfly" bio picture, only has tickets at the door, Pillar Point play earlier the same night.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of great shows at Mercury Lounge (now free of sinkholes), like Curtis Harding TONIGHT (6/10), Incan Abraham (6/16), Biblical (6/20), White Lung & Pop 1280 (6/26), Strand of Oaks (6/26), FREEMAN (7/22), The Wytches (7/24), Drenge (7/25), Cherry Glazerr (7/31), Twin Peaks (8/13), The Handsome Family (8/30), Man Or Astro-Man? (9/11), and YACHT (9/20). Check Ticketmaster for tickets and more.

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Comments (41)

Hey! At least its not the Modern Weepers back to take another music shit on an unsuspecting group of onlookers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:24 PM

cry cry cry into your cry pail 1224

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:27 PM

who are the modern weepers

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:27 PM

I think it's sad you're giving this band more publicity than they deserve.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:29 PM

calling your band Free Beer is also a bit on the bad side

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:31 PM

Is probably Spoon

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:33 PM

Free Beer and Chicken were Albany heroes back in the late 90s

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:33 PM

The Stroke...maybe

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:34 PM

definitely Morrissey

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:35 PM

made you look, what a crook

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:38 PM

It's prolly fake D flapping those yams, whomp whomp whomp like Charlie Brown's teacher LOL

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:40 PM

lcd soundsystem.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:40 PM

The Eagles.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 10, 2014 12:43 PM


Dinowalrus

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:46 PM

Led Zeppelin reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:49 PM

Albert Hammond, Jr.s new band: I Am The Hero

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:50 PM

Jonny's Tele will be sitting alone on a stool. Next to it will be the dude's Jackson guitar from the band with the hot chick who ruined her hotness with too many awful tattoos. The two guitars will look at each other. End of show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:52 PM

like that band 'Jawbreaker Reunion' it's pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:55 PM

Mercury Lounge has really fallen off the past few years

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 12:59 PM

Larry Fitzmaurice and His Terrible Interviews Band

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:02 PM

Perfect Pussy

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:14 PM

wow none of you are reading the article.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:14 PM

Shut your whore mouth about this "reading" bullshit. That clown-ass-activity doesn't take place on this food blog. Jerkface.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:16 PM

The National

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:17 PM

Is the "name your band 'free beer' joke" an old thing? I first saw it on 'Switched at Birth', a television show in which two young girls are switched at birth and then discover their biological families about 16 years later.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 1:19 PM

It's been released on his facebook, it's Morrissey!

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:06 PM

It's Spoon, jackfaces. Spoon has often played unannounced show at Mercury. If any of you flyoverstate fucks would pay attention, you would already know this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:32 PM

this also reminds me of seeing 'opening band: NO' on the Highline Ballroom's page for the Yann Tiersen show, only to find out that the band's name is NO.

Posted by maria | June 10, 2014 2:37 PM

"If any of you flyoverstate fucks would pay attention, you would already know this."

I am guessing those flyoverstate fucks were not paying attention because they were too busy utilizing their reading skills. Unlike your dumb ass who is trying to play some stupid troll joke when the article clearly states who is playing

Moron, spend less time trolling and more time getting an education.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:40 PM

My new band is going to be called "Secret Headliner"

Making the FB page now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:41 PM

marketing genius

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:56 PM

My band will be called 'A tribute to...' and when we headline people will think it's actually a tribute to the opener, and they'll be like why are those no names getting a tribute?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 2:59 PM

"Everybody Gets Laid!" from PCU comes to mind

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 3:02 PM

@ 2:32 Spoon is in Europe at that time jackass

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 3:19 PM

Fuck and Come should have played shows together in the 90s. Both would have benefited.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 3:36 PM

dumbest post ever. slow news day?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 5:27 PM

^ Welcome to the world of BV, which only details the aforementioned type posts. Thanks, friend. Cum again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 6:32 PM

Watch it be someone like The Rapture lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 6:36 PM

When the only thing your bands got going is your name you know you're in trouble.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 6:39 PM

While I'd hate to question the quality of Brooklyn Vegan's mad investigative reporting skills, this band called Special Guest says nothing on their website, Facebook, or Twitter about playing a show in NYC this weekend. I'd think that any band who was used to playing dive bars in middle-of-nowhere western Pennsylvania would think it was a pretty big deal to be playing a show at the Mercury Lounge, and would post everywhere (or at least say something!) about it. So, uh... how sure of this are you, exactly?

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2014 4:15 PM

Special Guests were a NYC new wave band in the mid 80s. Their great song was called "Paul Cezanne."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rDcKIAXGRA

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2014 4:43 PM

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