Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.
I'm upset that I've sacrificed so much for such little recognition and my last disastrous tour ruined what little credibility I had in the first place. It went like this: six members of my band backed out the day of our tour kick-off and I was stuck with only one new member who played noise. We had rock shows booked around the country for two months straight and our performances did not reflect the work on the record at all so the audiences were disappointed and confused. Worse, this other guy offended every band, booker, sound guy, venue on the road, ruining what tiny little credibility I had. Word spiraled out in the underground that we were hell on wheels and to be avoided at all costs. What a nightmare. I think everyone will forget after time, but I am wondering if it is still possible to promote and save my last record with positive press and maybe do another tour for it in a more positive light this summer. Or should I scrap five years of work, come up with a new pseudonym, possibly a disguise and start over?
Fingers Crossed & On My Knees