South by Rhodes: Part One
Now we're not arguing whether or not it's cool or necessary to pull a Ricky Martin during a hardcore show, but what the hell does it matter? It's not like wax stains concrete. Let rockers be rockers, especially if fans are enjoying themselves and not tearing your bar to the ground. To make matters worse the staff tried to cut the TAAS show off in the middle of a song and let them play an encore only after the band and the crowd pleaded with them for one more. "We drove 17 hours to get here but you guys won't let us play one more song — thanks, thanks a lot," said Snere as he sarcastically applauded Lambert's and staff.
In other news, The Gossip took over Emo's earlier in the night with a set as powerful as it was half-dressed. During the punk/soul/rock group's set, singer Beth Ditto pulled the weave from her head and threw it into the audience and then took of her dress. A long-time proponent of lesbians and big girls everywhere, Ditto proved that size doesn't matter during The Gossip's final number "Standing in the Way of Control." Ditto sang and danced her way through much of the song in only her bra, undies, pantyhose and heels. Good thing she wasn't at Lambert's or the bartender might have thought she had just had too much to drink. -- Dusti Rhodes