“I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no,” said the doorman about Tom Morello.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello threw a temper tantrum this weekend via Twitter when the rockstar and his entourage of headbangers were denied entry into The 5 Point Cafe & Bar, a Seattle-based institution.
Oddly enough, the band had just finished playing a set at El Corazon as a part of a benefit for 15 Now–a political organization that helped to fight for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle (which would of course affect many restaurants in the area.) Morello and his crew reportedly tried to get “a special room” at The 5 Point, but were told that the place was at capacity, the line was out the door, and the room was unavailable for use. In a very Alec Baldwin move–Morello turned to his social media followers to vent his rockstar woes, writing:
Like an annoying Yelp review–the comment was completely uncalled for and only served as petulant slander. Little did Morello know that the restaurant’s owner had a word or two to say about Morello’s behavior himself–though he needed more than 140 characters to get his point across, so he took to his Facebook page:
“For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.
Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since.
P.S.: Rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.
And P.S.S.: I’m the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…
P.S.S.S.: [It] turns out [Tom] and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: ‘I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.'”
The 5 Point also changed their sign outside to read “Eggs Against the Machine,” in healthy opposition to the Tweet. Tom Morello has since responded with these following messages. Sounds like the rockstar and the Seattle institution have semi-made up.
Tom, let’s try keep the rage against the machine in the future, not against restaurants and doormen.
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