hardcore boat shows cancelled due to pressure from authorities (Murphy’s Law tonight NOT moved to Bruar Falls)
Murphy's Law on a Rocks Off boat in 2004 (more)
Rocks Off reports...
"It's with regret that due to unforeseen circumstances (aka pressure from local authorities who unfoundedly seem to think that our planned show will be a magnet for "violence"), tonights' Murphy's Law show has had to be cancelled. We appreciate it's very late in the day, however all tickets purchased through Ticketweb will automatically be refunded in full. If you bought from a physical outlet you will need to go there for a refund, We apologise for the short notice. We at Rocks Off were really looking forward to this show, as well as last night's Cro Mags show that we also were forced to cancel, and hope we can find a way to make it up to you all soon." [Rocks Off]
That Murphy's Law show, which was unfairly cancelled, was scheduled for tonight (8/12) (
update: it has been moved to another venue. see below).
Last night's cancellation was also a last minute surprise for the hundreds of people that planned on checking out, and undoubtedly having a safe time with, the Cro-Mags on a boat. The band, probably John Joseph, posted the following to Facebook afterwards:
"Scumbag rich fux in NYC
who don't want their chump rich people to have to go to their yacht
past our crew, greased the cops and had our show canceled. Well, the
fact that assholes didn't know how to act at the Murphy's Law boat show,
or the hip hop idiots stabbing people didnt help either! SORRY
...EVERYONE - see you in Philly Saturday"
No, the Cro-Mags weren't predicting the future. The Murphy's Law show that the Cro-Mags are referring to happened four years ago (they play a boat almost every year). A fight at that show caused the boat owners to get a little worried at the time, but things smoothed over shortly afterward and there was never a problem before or after that (not counting a drunken incident on a Van Halen tribute boat cruise).
So why the trouble all of a sudden? And what "hip hop idiots stabbing people" do the Cro-Mags mean? Well, apparently about a month ago there was a stabbing AFTER a boat cruise near the West Side Highway. It wasn't a Rocks Off boat, but it was violence happening in Manhattan that was at least in a small part related to entertainment on a boat. That caused cops to be on alert, and Rocks Off felt it hard when about a zillion cops showed up to their Peter Rosenberg Birthday Bash on July 21st (he's a Hot 97 DJ). The birthday party, which was a Pete Rock & DJ Premier show, left the dock an hour late after cops reportedly boarded and looked around. The boat was then tailed by police who were also waiting for the boat when it got back to shore. Nobody was arrested or making any trouble though (except the cops!).
Now this. No other boats are affected at the moment (like Tao Seeger tonight for instance). Hopefully no more are either.
UPDATE, GOOD NEWS:
!! VENUE CHANGE !!
The Murphys Law | Jimmy G's B-Day show tonight is
NOTCANCELED but is relocated to a new venue!!! The annual boat trip was canceled and this great yearly event is now happening at Brauer Falls located at 245 Grand St in Brooklyn (across the street from Trash Bar) at 10pm.
Please spread the word and join the party!!!
UPDATE 2, BAD NEWS: Despite the announcement about the show moving being real, the venue is not confirming this show. They said they knew about a Murphy's Law afterparty, but not a performance. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 3: Murphy's Law not playing Bruar Falls. See comments.