Jeff Moore and the Witchdoctors recently ended their seven-year-long Thursday-night residency at Cardiff's Kraken. On April 13, Moore and club owner Doug Aldred had a disagreement.
According to one attendee, "[Aldred] approached the stage and was yelling at Jeff to turn it down, [saying], 'Why don't you play some nice quiet music for all the nice people?' It was not that loud.... Jeff gave Doug the stink-eye, staring him down.... Doug mumbled something to Jeff, and Jeff announced, 'Fuck it, see if you can keep the crowd without a fucking band!'"
"He was laying into me with criticism after criticism," Moore alleges of the 62-year-old club owner. "About the volume, about our breaks, what songs we were playing, just a checklist of gripes for six or eight minutes.... So we tore down our gear and walked out, and most of his customers went with us."
"They were playing too loud, and it's a small club," says Aldred (who opened the Cardiff venue in May 1976). "Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't." He confirms that the Witchdoctors are off Thursday's bill but added, "I think they'll still play here weekends sometimes."
"I don't foresee kissing and making up," says Moore.