The “Sons of Anarchy” tour that went down last night at the Midland with actress-singer Katey Sagal was supposed to play the East Bottoms club on May 11th.
That’s because Knuckleheads owner Frank Hicks – a motorcycle dude of the first stripe – had parlayed a brainstorm and a few phone calls into what was have been a one off, mega biker blowout with Sagal.
“Nobody had any interest in her at all, but I did,” Hicks says. “So I called her agent and told him we wanted to fly her in for a show and that I’d hire local musicians to back her up.”
One thing lead to another and Sagal’s management agreed to play Knucklehead’s and selected the May 11 date out of the 12 avails Hicks offered.
“But she wanted to bring her band from the show,” Hicks says. “So we agreed and we were going to close off the street and have a big block party where people could park their bikes inside. It was going to be a big deal – a really big deal – and I’m sure we would have had 1,000 people down here.”
As opposed to the 300 or so that attended last night’s event.
To kick things off, Hicks held a contest to win tickets for the show on Knuckleheads’ Facebook page and website.
“We asked people to guess what big star would be playing Knuckleheads on May 11th,” Hicks says. “And we had 30,000 hits on it with all kinds of guesses from all over the country.”
When Hicks put the show on sale earlier this year it sold more than 100 tickets in three days. Tickets that had to be refunded after another promoter got wind of Hicks brainstorm and offered Sagal more money and four other concert dates to spirit it away from Knuckleheads.
“We had comments on Facebook like, ‘What are we supposed to do now, put on an evening gown and go down to the Midland?’ ” Hicks says. “I just think if you’re going to have a biker show, it should be at a biker bar.”
It would appear that the 700 or so other people Hicks was expecting who did not attend last night’s show agree.