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Blues Traveler Offer Free H.O.R.D.E. Tickets After Show Fiasco
Allstar Magazine, National
Aug 12th, 1997



After being booed for not performing a longer set Monday (Aug. 11) night at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, Blues Traveler have decided to offer fans with ticket stubs from that show free admission to one of two forthcoming H.O.R.D.E. dates.

Fans apparently didn't realize that Blues Traveler's show was a shorter set than they usually play. After performing only six songs, which lasted about 40 minutes, and one encore, "Business As Usual," off of their current album Straight On Till Morning on A&M, fans - some of which paid $58.50 for tickets - began to boo and catcall for approximately 15 minutes, until some were ushered out of the venue. The entire show, however, lasted for approximately three hours and also featured Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Chris Rock as MC.

A spokesperson at Blues Traveler's management company, Silent Partner, says the band feels horrible about what happened and wished the show was better promoted. Therefore, they are offering free tickets to those with stubs to either the Aug. 17 H.O.R.D.E. show in Camden, New Jersey, which will feature a 90-minute set by Blues Traveler, or the Aug. 19 H.O.R.D.E. show in Holmdel, New Jersey, which will not feature Blues Traveler. The Aug. 17 show also features Neil Young, Primus, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Soul Coughing, and others. The Aug. 19 show features Neil Young, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Soul Coughing, and others. Fans can call 908-335-0400 for more information about exchanging their tickets.

The show was properly advertised in regards to the orchestral performances; however, newspaper advertisements didn't give the length of the performances. The ad in New York's Village Voice read: "Where rock & roll slams into a full symphony orchestra... A unique fusion of rock and classical instruments will take place at the first 'Red Star' concert to hit the U.S.A. Our many special guests will all be backed by a full 'no holds barred' symphonic orchestra."