The seminal '80s psych-rock gross-out band the Butthole Surfers doesn't play often, so when their two gigs this weekend were announced - at 10 p.m. Friday at One Eyed Jacks with Dax Riggs, Rotary Downs and MC Trachiotomy, and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bingo Parlour at the Voodoo Music Experience - fans rejoiced all over the Internet. But the excitement turned to irritation earlier this week, when it was announced on the One Eyed Jacks Web site that the show would now be a private party, closed to the public and hosted by Rolling Stone magazine.
Only days after the announcement, (a rep from One Eyed Jacks told us that the band chafed at the idea of playing a private show for industry insiders) though, the situation about-faced in a way that pleased fans even more - not only is the show now open to the public, it's also free, courtesy of Rolling Stone. So everybody send your thank-you notes to Jann Wenner, and get there early, 'cause it's gonna be packed.
Special blogofneworleans.com bonus: yesterday, we recorded a phone conversation between Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes and local psychedelic oddity MC Trachiotomy, his longtime buddy. Check back on Friday morning to listen to the two musicians discuss things like how to handle taking advantage of Amsterdam's special offerings while touring with a lot of minors (and their parents), and where to go eat this weekend.