Prince Angers Dead Heads

This was submitted to us on Wednesday: Grateful Dead tribute Cubensis is "seeing purple" over being bumped by Prince's secret shows at W. Hollywood House of Blues.

The veteran Los Angeles band had been booked with a Bob Dylan tribute for a "Dylan's 70th Birthday Party" on May 25 but was told just the night before that their scheduled show was postponed by Live Nation in favor of a trio of intimate performances by Prince.

"We understand completely why the House of Blues would offer its club to the Purple One, " said Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall, "but our concern involves why we heard about it so late, and the monumental task of getting word to our fans at the last minute that our show has been postponed."

Cubensis was on stage at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach Tuesday night when they received an urgent call from Joel Gilbert, "Bob Dylan" of noted Dylan tribute Highway 61 Revisited, who was also on the bill with Cubensis for the canceled show.

"Joel stated the Live Nation folks had just informed him of the cancellation, but they could not reveal what or who might have preempted us, " said Marshall. "We all found out the next morning that it was to be three intimate shows with Prince, with ticket prices ranging from $220 to $500. That's a lot of money, but we have not yet been offered any compensation for our inconvenience other than a resceduled date to July 6. We'd at least appreciate tickets to the Prince show!"

Cubensis appears at the Orange County Fair on August 4 and at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on August 7.

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