THIS STORY WAS UPDATED SEPT. 28
Those attending the Dwight Yoakam concert at the D & R Theatre got more than they bargained for Sunday night as the difference between a hot and cold meal for Yoakam’s stage crew delayed the performance for close to 90 minutes.
“We’ve had over 100 shows here and I’ve never seen anything so disrespectful,” John Yonich, owner of the D & R, said. “’They wanted hot sandwiches … not cold sandwiches and weren’t going to unload their equipment until they got them.”
Yonich said he’s typically informed ahead of time what stage crews will want to eat and the same held true in this case. He said he offered to heat the sandwiches, but that didn’t seem to sit well with Yoakam’s group.
In fact things got a bit heated up and local law enforcement was called to intervene.
“They (members of the crew) starting pushing some of our people and were making threats to employees,” Yonich said. “Things got sorted out and the concert went on as scheduled.”
Things may have gotten sorted out, but didn’t settle down prior to Yoakam’s first chord as Yonich said he told the crowd that employees of the theatre were uncooperative regarding requests for accommodations.
“We’ve had a couple of incidents over time … had a couple fights break out and what not but never anything like this … have never had to call the cops,” Yonich said. “We know what we are doing … we’ve worked hard to build our reputation and then something like this happens … it’s really frustrating.”
People in the Yoakam camp weren’t readily available for comment following the incident, but have since chimed in and are taking issue with comments made by Yonich.
“Food was the least of our concerns this past Sunday,” explains John Huie, CAA agent representing Dwight Yoakam and crew. “Honestly, there were so many contractual breaches associated with this date. We were questioning whether or not the show would even go on, but Dwight was determined to play for his fans as scheduled, regardless of the challenges. He was committed to performing for those in Aberdeen who all generously purchased tickets.”
Asked for specifics, the Yoakam management said Wednesday that it wanted to move on and declined to offer details.
Yonich also declined to go into specifics over the agreement.
The show must go on as they say and will, barring any unforeseen incident, as the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band takes the stage at the D & R on Thursday. Show time is 7 p.m.