Bar chooses house band over Gaga

A Melbourne bar owner has chosen his house band over having Lady Gaga's band perform in his club

Bar chooses house band over Gaga
07 July 2012

A Melbourne bar has turned down the opportunity to host a party for Lady Gaga, choosing their house band over the international pop superstar.

Cherry Bar owner James Young wondered if he had made the worst decision in his career but in the end told The Age newspaper that he had to honor an existing booking.

Gaga’s entourage had been partying at Cherry Bar for most of the week during the Melbourne leg of her tour and approached management to book the bar for a farewell party and performance but were told by Young they would have to be off the stage by 9pm to make way for blues rock duo Jackson Firebird who were beginning a stint as the bar’s Wednesday night house band.

‘The firebird Cherry wants is Jackson Firebird, not Lady Gaga,’ Young told The Age.

‘Without question it’s cost me $20,000 in bar takings that night and we would have always had the reputation of being the bar that Gaga played at.’

‘[But] I’d rather be remembered as the person who wouldn’t budge on an existing booking for a local band.’

The Gaga entourage instead went to the Northcote Social Club where they reportedly partied into the wee hours of the morning with locals who later posted a number of photos on Twitter.

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