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The Great Rock N Roll Swindle: Version 2015

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2015 10:20am | Post a Comment


Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
A bunch of musicians in New York did, and not in the tradition of Johnny Rotten's statement and abrupt farewell of the Sex Pistols at Winterland. These musicians were taken in a carefully planned ruse that dates back a year but only got solved yesterday upon the arrest of Peter McMahon, the corrupt Brooklyn-based "concert promoter" who bilked 36 groups (mostly hard working up-and-coming rock bands such as Huxster from Boston) into forking over pay-to-play deposits of up to $240 to be on stage at the non-existent "North-East Music Festival" on Staten Island.

McMahon's fictional festival, which was supposed to take place last August, was no ordinary rock fest. It would be the "Woodstock of this generation" he convinced band members anxious to be a part of this supposedly prestigious four-day, music festival. As reported by the Staten Island Live website this week, who ran the Tennessee mug shot of the Brooklyn man whose current charges are for fraud and larceny, bands forked over anywhere between $50 and $240 as a "registration fee."

Adding insult to injury McMahon presented this supposed concert event as a fundraiser for children with autism. While everyone who dealt with McMahon and got left hanging agrees they were most definitely cheated, reportedly his attorney insists that it was all a big misunderstanding and that the festival ran into some unexpected issues, and that it was always meant to happen. Except it didn't.

 

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