Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Confab over the Cover-up

I just found out about all this brouhaha last night. Apparently Tir na Nog, along with some local rockers/music fans, wanted to hold The Great Cover-Up this year, or early next. A spirited discussion ensued over at New Raleigh (a blog that I need to start reading since they seem to like using my photos) over whether or not the owners of Kings approved or even if the whole idea was even appropriate.

This morning I received an e-mail from Steve Popson, which I assume was sent to everyone on his list stating that the Kings owners are not involved in the event, and request that Tir na Nog not use the names "Great Cover Up" or "Cover Up" but otherwise wish the charity event success. (Full disclosure here: I'm involved with The Beehive, which is the charity organization that will be benefitted.)

My take: The owners of Kings don't want their name used. OK. Tir na Nog shouldn't use that name. But there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't host a similar event (Lincoln Theatre did over the summer, and I didn't hear anyone complaining about that). And anyone who insists that "friends of Kings" won't go is just being plain silly. I consider myself to be a good friend of Kings, and I look forward to the day when they finally re-open, but I'm also looking forward to this new event, which sounds like it will be a lot of fun.


rossi said...

Hi Karen, is there really an expectation that King's will reform? It's been long enough that I think most people feel like they need to just move on. While I would love see King's reform, I have no expectation that I ever will. It seems like if they were serious about doing it, they would have done it by now. How long are we to be held hostage to the dim hope of the past? When do we get to move on?

Karen A. Mann said...

I've heard over the past year and a half that Kings was going to reopen in various places, and have heard, at times that re-opening was imminent. I don't know exactly why that hasn't happened. But at the same time, the owners have not said that they are NOT reopening, so a lot of fans still have hope.

today I was thinking back to the summer of 1993 (or maybe '92?) when Cat's Cradle closed down its Franklin Street location, and a lot of shows took place at Smoking Joes. I can't remember exactly how long the Cradle was closed, but I remember thinking that it was never coming back. Just when I got used to that idea, it reopened. But I don't think the cradle was closed as long as Kings has been.