Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stars to Play Cannery Ballroom Oct. 5, Possibly Called Former Scene Staffer a 'Douchebag'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Expressive Canadian indie-popsters Stars have just announced that they’ll be coming to Cannery Ballroom on Oct. 5. I can’t say I'm a Stars mega-fan, though I certainly see the appeal and am always at least mildly intrigued by anything remotely tangential to Broken Social Scene’s constellation.

But there’s a reason I jumped at the opportunity to blog this one. Remember former Scene contributor Caleb Hannan? Back when our publication changed hands, he galloped off to the Pacific Northwest to work for the Village Voice-owned Seattle Weekly. A couple weeks ago, Hannan attended and blogged about the first show of Stars’ two-night run at Seattle’s Triple Door. Now, Stars frontman Torquil Campbell is reportedly known to be a bit of an inflammatory character, so when Hannan reported that Campbell hollered at the dinnertime crowd for eating during his set and threw an unsuspecting attendee’s doggy bag on the floor, I guess you’d say no one was especially surprised. There’s a twist, though: Turns out that the fella with the doggy bag had a serious heart condition and was physically unable to stand up during the set. That’s a tough enough break as it is, right? But when it turns out that it was heart-condition/doggy-bag guy’s birthday, too? Well, that’s just shitty luck, my friends. As is customary with blogs and musics, all sorts of info shook out in the comments section … including Stars member and genuinely talented Ca-babe-ian Amy Millan — or at least someone posing as her — calling Hannan a “douchebag.” Awesome.

The point? Oh, right. Stars are playing Cannery Ballroom Oct. 5, and tickets are $18. You can purchase them right here as soon as 10 a.m. tomorrow, June 25. Typically, I'm only willing to pay as much as 10 bones for a rock show at a small- to mid-sized venue ... but throw in the possibility of getting kicked in the doggy bag by a pretty Canadian? I'm totally there.

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