Daejeon, South Korea (Man Wons news)-On January 30th, 1969, The Beatles played one of the most famous concerts in the history of Rock n Roll. It was on that day that the Fab Four decided to perform an impromptu show on the rooftop of their Apple studios. The now legendary show lasted a mere 42 minutes and was the last time the Beatles performed in public as a foursome.
Skip ahead to April 30th, 2016. At 11:30 PM in a small pizza restaurant/craft beer pub called Mustang Pizza and Beer in the Dunsan Dong region of Daejeon, South Korea, five members of the rock band The Man Wons started what would turn out be an historic evening.
After a great set by Atlantic AM, which included a broken bass drum pedal (A pre-cursor of what was to follow), the Man Wons took the stage. As the band settled into one of their best sets in months, guitarist Ken Vantour took a look out the window behind the stage.
“I saw the owners of Mustang out on the street below talking to a couple of Daejeon’s finest “, Vantour said. “I thought “Geez,, this can’t be good!” I mentioned to James (Greig, bassist) that the cops were outside. He smiled and said “Good! Let’s rock!””
As the band launched into a rocking version of Muse’s Knights of Cydonia, one of the owners approached the stage with a message on his cell phone for Man Wons vocalist Justin James.
“It was so strange,” recalls James. “I’m singing Knights and this dude shoves his phone in my face. All I saw was ‘police’ and ‘stop’. ”
James made the announcement after the song that The Man Wons had been shut down by the police. After band members quelled the near-riotous crowd of 20, a quick phone call was made to Jonathan, the owner of another local watering hole called Watering Ghost.
“Jonathan, bless his heart, invited us to come and finish our set at his establishment,” said drummer Jude Falcon. “So, we all jumped in a cab and a bunch of the fans from Mustang headed over to Watering Ghost to finish our set.”
Said guitarist Brett Caldwell, “The can try to quiet us, but they can’t stop us!”
The band played 11 more songs to a surprised yet delirious crowd at Watering Ghost.
“It was definitely one of our better sets,” says Greig. “We had something top prove. We fought the law, and we kicked their ass!”
Liam Roper and Steven Feigenbaum were two of the fans that attended both shows.
“Epic doesn’t begin to describe it,” said Feigenbaum, sporting a Man Wons T-shirt.
“This is what Rock and Roll is all about,” added Roper. “They (The Man Wons) could not and would not be stopped. It was a show for the ages.”
Unlike The Beatles, this was not The Man Wons last show. It was, we imagine, the last Rock and Roll show at Mustang Pizza and Beer.
Mustang Pizza and Beer
I Think We’re Alone Now
Joker and the Thief
Last Night (with guest vocals from Atlantic AM’s Matt Ross)
Knights of Cydonia
(Cops shut it down)
Knights of Cydonia
7 Nation Army
Too Big Too Fail (original song)
All These Things