I’d only heard about the incident, but the Lonely Vagabond pointed me in the direction of this video. It’s indie rawness at its, well, rawest.
On April 13, 2004, the Hospitals were booked by promoter Dan Burke to play a show at the Silver Dollar. But because the opening act (I forget who) were going much longer than their alloted time, the Hospitals decided to take matters into their own hands.
Because the Hospitals set up on the floor while the other band was on the stage, the Hospitals were free to fire up and start playing while that opening group was still working through their set. Burke wasn’t exactly happy with how this was going down, so he stepped in.