We Talked to Jeffrey Robens of Killing Spree About Their Bar Rescue Concert
|After Bar Rescue: A boarded-up Havana Cabana|
For the metal shows and hip hop shows, I saw lots of people in there. It was open for any concert in general, and whenever it was open I'd usually see lots of people in there. If there weren't any shows going on, they weren't open.
What do you think about Jon Taffer?
I thought that was pretty lame [that they ignored the fact there were more than just metal shows there], and I remember what time of year that was--that was pretty much three weeks after college left, and they're talking about how it's supposed to be a college bar and there are supposed to be college kids there, and [yet] it shows them doing this whole thing when there's no college in session. I thought that was interesting. But the metal thing, I wasn't really insulted by any of it. They didn't insult us, which I thought was nice.
So that's footage of you performing?
That was us peforming. There was only one part that was the Faceless, and that was the mosh pit, because there wasn't that many people there when we played. They kind of subbed out the crowd a little bit. Some of it was our crowd, and some of it was all the younger kids and the mosh pitting and all that crap. All the negative stuff seemed to be the Faceless show.
But to anyone that goes to a metal show, none of that stuff was a negative. At least those kids are doing that instead of shooting heroin up.
So you did make the episode?
Yeah, in the first fifteen minutes there was a whole lot of us and our friends and they even played some of our music from the live performance, so that was cool. I didn't watch the credits but they didn't really make a huge deal out of who we were or anything, which kind of sucks, but that's okay.
The reality of what happened speaks more for itself. As soon as they made it not a metal venue anymore, the place closed down.
Niche market or not, they screwed that place up by trying to create a different niche market, which is college students.
It just seems like once they turned the cameras off, everything went back to the way it was, except that it was that shitty pastel color. Our CD release was like, I wanna say three or four weeks after that happened. And it was at Rocky Point Cantina. I can't remember the dates. They just converted it back to the way it was except for all the counters were painted--they didn't do any construction, they just redid the lines for the beer and stuff, and painted the walls, and put gross pictures of old ladies smoking cigars everywhere.
No Cuban sandwich menu, cocktails, etc., they just went back to being a concert venue again?
Yeah. They still had the stuff, but they didn't even have a menu done before the bar closed. They just had those ones they made up with three or four items on it, and then they had their old menu, and they just went back to serving all the old stuff, the fried crap people like at bars.
They were probably making the same amount of money before they came in there.
It was all just a bunch of metal shows. From what I understand, they weren't open like they wanted them to be, open during lunch and all that crap, because no one came in. From what I recall they tried it for a couple of days and then it didn't work out.
I thought it was funny. But then again I have a really good sense of humor, so I don't know when it comes to things that are... the stuff that was real was funny to me, because I recall what happened and then it being funny, but the stuff with their family, that just sucks.
I don't know how much of that was real, or how much was fake, but some of it seemed real and some of it seemed fake. Like the fact that he went out of his way to make Scott tell his parents that he was a disappointment was kind of shitty. No one in TV Land really wants to see that. I mean if they do, I dunno, I didn't want to, because I knew him. But whenever they do that on any other episode I always look at him like, come on, don't be a dick.
Do you think Bar Rescue brought about the end?
From the outside it sorta looked like it from the information that they gave up, but then again they lied like twice in the episode.
What were the lies?
To be certain, the lies where they supplemented our crowd with a national band's crowd, to make it look more rowdy and disruptive, I guess, is what I'm thinking, and then at the end, where they said that the bar was making this six weeks later, when that was moments from it being closed, and it was nothing to do with them that made them more money.
And that manager guy, that guy who they said they brought in to manage the place, I never saw that dude once--all I saw was Scott [Massimiano, manager], still, after the filming of all that stuff.
Have you talked to Scott since the episode aired?
No, the only person I vaguely talked to was Kim [LaRowe, metal promoter], but it was through Facebook, so it wasn't like we were really talking. Everyone was just complaining or commenting or whatever.
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