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“The strippers were breaking it down next door and kept us all very entertained when the band wasn’t onstage,” says Caustic Felon guitarist Matt Arbaugh of playing the VIP room of the Pure Platinum strip club. “One girl was more than just doing her job with our bassist Paul [McFaddin], and I’m pretty sure if the other guys weren’t married… In fact, the drummer was late to the stage, due to a beautiful blonde named Jessie, who was draining his wallet in the lap-dance lounge.”

Pure Platinum has also hosted the Carlos Blues Experience and Roots Covenant, as well as a weekly Wednesday “concert karaoke” showcase. “With bands,” says Arbaugh, “your ticket gets you into the show along with access to the strip club side at no extra charge. We feel as a band that we can hold your attention, but who doesn’t like to look at a half-naked girl?”

“Nude girls go with rock and roll like jelly goes with peanut butter,” says Steven “Sugar” Cole, who claims his failed attempt to open a local club called Groupies, offering both live music and nude entertainment, cost him over $50,000 in 2008. “The City reneged on all the permits,” alleges Cole, “but the older clubs that have been around since the ’80s, they have a lot of leeway about mixing live entertainment with stripping.” Dream Girls in Kearny Mesa has similarly expanded, booking club nights with DJ Atari and Junior the Disco Punk.

“It’s a good idea [for strip clubs] to go into bundle marketing, like cable companies and fast-food places. Times are tough for strippers, and bands are out of work. But if you tell people they can have their naked girls and their rock bands, two for the price of one, that’s probably the most recession-proof business in town.”

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novericka March 11, 2010 @ 7:52 p.m.

This is a fabulous idea. Great bands like Caustic Felon need more local venues where their diehard fans can see them. I was at this show, and it really ROCKED!! The guys were awesome, the ladies beautiful, and I loved the venue. Very classy. Liz Anderson

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KaosTom March 11, 2010 @ 7:54 p.m.

Caustic Felon kik's ass! you(Caustic Felon)gotta dig playing Pure Platinum! That place is a lot of fun and having bands play with hotties running around is a major (Bone us)...lol :)

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Jmtoyman March 11, 2010 @ 8:29 p.m.

It's Like Fine Wine and Beautiful Sunset, that is if by Fine Wine you mean beautiful women (who seem to think everything you do and say is just awesome) and a beautiful sunset is as stunning as a Shredding Guitar Player keeping in time with a bass driven beat that thrashes your Brain like a piece of paper in a wind storm. Can't think of a better excuse to go to a Strip Club!

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metalhead March 11, 2010 @ 8:38 p.m.

Can't tell you how much fun it was and I've got a wife who before this show I don't think I could of got her anywhere near a strip club. Thank You Caustic Felon, hell I even caught her checkin out one of the girls doing her thing on stage! Would recommend that if you haven't seen these guys live, do yourself a favor and GO

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metalhead March 12, 2010 @ 3:36 p.m.

Caustic Felon rocks anywhere anytime.............keep up with the local venues. Love your music and ya all are not bad on the eyes either..............

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metalhead March 12, 2010 @ 11:25 p.m.

tell you all what, i'v seen caustic felon many times and no one entertains me like them. i have to say there my favorite local metal band. i don't know why are not touring the states and abroad. but i'm glad there here in san diego. i can't wait for there next show. when is it? Richard meadows

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metalhead March 13, 2010 @ 6:12 a.m.

Amazing, people have such a problem with this combination, but bullets are okay; right?

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Jmtoyman March 13, 2010 @ 6:43 a.m.

I left a link on all our pages with the username and password log in for our fans who don't use the computer to much but make sure you drop your name in the comment and thanks for your support. Please go to www.myspace.com/causticfelon>

Jmtoyman March 13, 2010 @ 6:47 a.m.

Also thanks Jay Allen and all the hard working people at the San Diego Reader for all the coverage of the local music scene. We are so grateful for all the help and support no matter what the genre of music! Check our new show date on May 8th, we are giving away a Fender Strat (red) along with a amp and other killer item's and some of the best Local Bands! goto www.causticfelon.com>

And remember support the READER!

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StarDesign March 13, 2010 @ 4:18 p.m.

Thanks for this article. Caustic Felon ROCKS!!!! If you haven't heard and seen them yet, do yourself a favor - Get to the next show and rock on. Thank you Reader for giving our local bands some props. This band is great, fun to watch, fun to listen.

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Rhonda9080 March 13, 2010 @ 7:19 p.m.

Great article!!! Caustic Felon rocks!!!

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Jay Allen Sanford March 14, 2010 @ 11:27 p.m.

RE #10, on behalf of all the hard working Reader staffers, yer welcome!

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metalhead March 15, 2010 @ 10:43 a.m.

Here is some of the video from the above mentioned show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDwwuC... As you can see a whole lot of fun

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christina March 16, 2010 @ 9:24 p.m.

Paul's a hottie the band rocks can't wait to see them again, besides who doesn't love Hot Girls I know I do!

BabyLuv

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domokun March 17, 2010 @ 10:41 a.m.

Its about time we see bands play at worthy venues! This is the perfect combo for any band - a win win for both the strip club and the band's fans.

I just listened to Caustic Felon's myspace - pretty good music, hope to see more of you guys in the future

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