The unthinkable: Molly Hatchet no-show?
Western Garfield County Staff
RIFLE ” Good golly, Miss Molly ” Miss Molly Hatchet, that is. Where in the heck are you?
As of 5:30 p.m., Friday, the 1970s-era southern rock band, nor any of the band’s roadies, equipment, staging or touring entourage could be found in or around Rifle, even though the group was scheduled to perform at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in a few hours.
Typically, it takes hours to assemble the kind of staging and rigging needed for an electric, big-volume band like Molly Hatchet, followed by sound checks and general preparation.
A sign announcing Molly Hatchet’s concert was on the fairgrounds’ marquee this week, though other promotion and advertising has been minimal.
The band is currently on tour. On Thursday night, they played at the Buffalo Rose Music and Event Center in Golden. Saturday, they’re scheduled to perform at the Station Casino in Las Vegas.
Molly Hatchet was advertised to be the headliner at a concert tonight, which was to include four other bands.
The doors to the fairgrounds’ indoor arena were reported to open at 6 p.m. Conflicting information indicated the concert would start at 7, 8 or 9 p.m.
Saturn Concerts is the promoter for the event. Its principal, Brian Taylor, nor his local contact, Eric Smith, could be reached. Calls on their cell and land-line phones were not returned.
Garfield County Fairgrounds staff said that hadn’t heard from the band or the concert promoters all day. At 5:40 p.m. one band did arrive at the fairgrounds, but it was unknown which band it was. There were also reports that one of the five bands had dropped out of Friday’s line-up, though no word on whether that band was Molly Hatchet.
Dave Harrelson, of Harrelson’s Music, said he was one of the only outlets in town selling Hatchet tickets, which were going for $27 a piece, or $30 at the door. As of 5:15 p.m. Friday, he had sold just 31.
“I hope they’re going to show up,” he said. “I still have all the money from ticket sales, so people will get their money back, but that would be too bad.”
Rifleites were disappointed a couple years ago when a scheduled concert featuring Grand Funk Railroad failed to materialize.
“Flirtin’ with Disaster” is one of Molly Hatchet’s biggest hits. It seemed like Friday night, that was just what was going on in Rifle ” at least as far as concert-goers were concerned.
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