Real journalism is about thoughtful information, not just pandering to people who agree with you.
Giving credit where it is due, Mr. Gross is funny, and again I agree on Nickelback (the coin return band), but really is this the job of a "journalist"? Opinion articles are only good if there's some sort of substance to back them. This is a short rant by a bitterly unsuccessful musician. No one seems to understand that by feeding into this kind of hostility has already ruined Boise's music scene. Go ahead and do the research, craigslist for Boise has the most negative musicians "community" in this country, not to mention the fact that it is full of delusions of grandeur. I did check the reverbnation page for Mr. Gross, his bio: Bio: Ace reporter, produced playwright, author, comedian and internationally recognized rock n' roll superstar. Seriously Mr. Gross, if you could come back to reality, you would realize that no one but Boise cares what you have to say, play, or write. How many nationally recognized musicians have come out of Boise? EVER? The scene here is appalling and will continue to be that way until the citizens understand that actually have a thriving scene where everyone is bitterly fighting each other. Perhaps the musicians should work on their music as much as they talk shit, then maybe Boise could get somewhere. Boise is doomed if this attitude continues to feed into the excessive malcontent that only motivates the people to complain. And Doogle, if you've been anywhere but here, you would see what the edge of journalism looks like, and it is certainly not a few paragraphs (most containing a single sentence) of "I hate success, because I don't have it". Because of bullshit like this, I have to travel almost 1000 miles away to catch a decent band. Maybe instead of an "every man for himself" attitude, we should think about the community. A strong community makes for a strong scene.
I've been all over the country, and I have never seen a more hateful and unsupportive music scene than Boise. There is more shit-talking than actual music. It's people like Mr. Gross here that keep big acts from coming here. The last town I lived in has about 8% of the population of Boise, I've seen Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson, Chevelle, Willie Nelson, Lacuna Coil, Ten Years, and Nine Inch Nails. Among the shows I missed are Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Ween (twice), Elton John (twice in one year), and the Rolling Stones. The fact that so many people are joining in this hatefulness reflects what is wrong with this area, almost everyone here is lazy until they are called upon to complain. To be clear, I can't stand Nickelback. But heaven forbid Boise gets an event that might help the anemic economy. By the way Mr. Gross, that town I recently came from that is less than 1/10 the population of this area, has an independent publication same as yours, weekly and free to the reader. The difference is that the publication has 6 times the content that yours does. Comparatively, BW is a flyer, not a newspaper. Nickelback are whiny little bitches and if they saw this article, they wouldn't play here. Rightly so, if all you can do is whine, and whine on such an epic level (probably because you've had no success as a musician) that they feel you would beat them in that contest. Maybe if you weren't such a crysack, some real musicians would emerge in Boise.
Hey BW, you guys should update the phone number for Groove... 208- 855-2870. Word.
Hey, Boise Weekly. Do you guys need someone to help clean up your events pages? I just found out, this location has been closed for 8 months... what now?
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