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Rockesha cancelled abruptly without reason, fans told event to be rescheduled

A thin crowd is left behind after Rockesha 2014 was abruptly cancelled
A thin crowd is left behind after Rockesha 2014 was abruptly cancelled
Copyright 2014 John Schulze

Fans showed up today June 21 in Waukesha, WI from near and far to see Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Firehouse, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot and Warrant. The special guest emcee was radio host Eddie Trunk. Tickets have been on sale for months and were being sold for $30 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which were said to be limited to 200 fans. As of the time of this article, 2236 tickets were still available at the event website.

Eric Martin performed his set with the weather holding out despite the threat of rain in the air. After Martin's set there was an unusual amount of time being taken to set up the stage for what would have been the next band, Firehouse. Fans and photographers up front noticed that actually Lita Ford's roadies were setting up her gear onstage. Fans in the VIP section began to claim they heard that Firehouse refused to play because they were not being paid.

Soon after most of Lita Ford's gear was set up an announcer came to the microphone and told the crowd that the event was cancelled and it would be rescheduled. He had no further information beyond that, and seemed to be just as confused as the crowd as to what was going on. Eddie Trunk posted to his Twitter account about an hour ago that, "Promoter says he will make good on all so let's see. Again this was not my event, I am in same boat as bands. That's all I can tell you now."

In two tweets right before that, Trunk was more blunt. Trunk said, "I've been doing this 31 years and never had anything like that happen. Unfortunate for all involved, especially those that paid & traveled," and "Always give it to you straight so here it is; turn out was poor, promoter lost money & didn't pay bands fully, bands leave show done..."

Rockesha was put on by Splat Entertainment, Inc. which appears to be owned by Rob Lyons. During the writing of this article the event website was taken down. The Facebook event page is still live. No further information is available about the event, the rescheduled event or what ticket holders should do next.