The following story is true the names have been changed to protect the innocent/guilty.
In July I booked a show for my band at the Portal with a guy we'll call Joe.
He asked me to come up with an opening band which I did, we'll call them Mondale. A couple weeks later I heard that the Portal was closing so, no show. Then I picked up a copy of the September issue of Maximum Ink. They listed a show with Mondale and some other band a couple days after the Portal's grand reopening, which I found curious since I was the one who got Mondale on the bill in the first place. so I e-mailed Joe. No response. So I called the Portal. A couple days later I got a call back from some other guy, we'll call him Bob. He told me the show was on and we were scheduled to play blah blah blah.....The day before the show I called the Portal again and got their machine. The message advertised the show. Then I got a call from one of the guys in Mondale, he heard the show had been cancelled. So I called Bob to see what the hell was going on and he assured me that the show was on and said he would call Mondale to confirm. So my drummer and I packed up our crap and headed down to the Portal where the not so friendly lady at the door told us that Bob has nothing to do with the club and there was no show blah blah blah.......
What I'm wondering is, did Bob really believe this show was gonna' happen or was this some sort of sick joke? He seemed sincere when I spoke with him.