Slidebar Bans Weekly Writer Brandon Ferguson From Premises!

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For most drunks, there's nothing remarkable about getting banned from a downtown Fullerton bar. Shit, stroll along Harbor on Friday between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., and you'll see sidewalks teeming with wayward boozers, some spilling urine and other bodily fluids along the planters. But for this frequent downtown Fullerton patron, getting banned from the Slidebar Rock 'N Roll Kitchen holds a bit of a mystery--sort of.
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Yep, that fuzzy ugly mug is mine.
I first learned of my 86 status last week from a source who shall remain anonymous. This person was at the bar to check out Jeramiah Red and took notice of the bouncer's podium, which had on it two photos of yours truly, along with a mandate not to allow me on the premises under any circumstances. The pictures most likely came from my Facebook page. 

The shock in all of this comes from the fact that I haven't been to the bar since I reviewed the Dead Ships in August--a show I reviewed positively. While I've been kicked out of the nearby Tuscany Club following a brief altercation with an obnoxious drunk years ago, I've never been unruly at the Slidebar.

The likely scenario? The Rock N Roll kitchen is irritated by recent posts I've written after multiple sources told me a Slidebar manager made the fateful phone call to police which ended with Fullerton's finest savagely smashing mentally ill vagrant Kelly Thomas's face and killing him. 

All kidding aside, it's not a surprise, even though I've reviewed several up-and-coming bands in this establishment from Dead Sara and Blok to punk icons the Adicts. Fact is, the Slidebar winces at any negative publicity thrown their way in the wake of the Kelly Thomas murder, and I've tried to get the Slidebar's response for my stories multiple times, with no response back.

So here, I'll give the Slidebar guys another chance to respond: Fullerton Police spokeshole Andrew Goodrich has maintained police were responding to calls made that night of a man breaking into cars near the transportation center (which is right next to the Slidebar). After the fact, there's been no indication that Thomas was actually breaking into cars. Did the caller falsely tell police they saw Thomas breaking into cars so as to elicit an aggressive response to a nuisance? Did police coach the Slidebar in how to make this call? Do the police and Slidebar, as some commenters have suggested, enjoy a cozy relationship? 

A call was placed to the bar yesterday. I was told someone would get back to me as to my banning. The clock is still ticking....

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The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen

122 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA

Category: Music

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Ron Moore
Ron Moore

Way to go Brandon.  You should feel honored being on that slimehole's blacklist. The slidebar's own guilt is why they behave this way.

Marie Morrissey
Marie Morrissey

Come on people! We are pointing the finger at a restaurant here? The police are solely responsible for this violent act. To blame a manager who was on duty and looking out for people who have had their cars broken into is just plain ignorant. Yes, Kelly was sick. Those who knew him or had seen him around that area in the past knew that his behavior was erratic due to his mental illness. The Slidebar managers and employees had encounters with him before. He WAS looking into cars and acting suspicious that fateful night. I detest the Slidebar. However, to point the finger and put the blame on a manager just because the Slidebar is a haven for idiots is just plain ludicrous. It's not a set up, nor a conspiracy .Fullerton Police Department and the sick adrenaline junkies that are on patrol are solely responsible.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Marie welcome to the age of needing to blame everyone for everything.  Slide bar did nothing wrong... As I said in the past If i call the cops because a vagrant is on my porch does it then make me responsible if the cops drop an ass whipping on him? No! 

The reason Kelly Thomas was killed was because a couple of douche bag cops had to make up for small penis size and took it out on a feeble man.  BOTTOM LINE...  I'm thinking Brando's banishment has to do with his muckraking and what appears to be a bowtie with a v neck sweater (yikes)!

And finally no one from the weekly had a problem getting into the Slide Bar for the Miss Double December contest a few weeks back... Priorities right?  Way to stand on your morals!  The slide bar is evil because they made the call that resulted in Kelly's Death buuuuuuuuuuut we'll look past that to go take pictures of scantily clad women whoring themselves out for a radio station. can anyone say double standard? 

Oh and Brandon recycle those bottles!  

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Different departments, Jeff. Just like how on the news side, we just slammed Shaheen Sadeghi of the LAB for being a not-nice person, yet we rain nothing but praise on the restaurants that rent from him on the food side.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Only been there once... And call it more of a fixation on not losing sight of the fact that it was those dickhead cops and not a bar manager that killed Kelly!

And if someone was incessantly talking shit about me I wouldn't let them in my house either.  Would you? 

Pleasedontemailme
Pleasedontemailme

Fixation with the Slide Bar? You've got it backwards, they're the ones with a fixation about bad PR hence the ban. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Not scapegoating when there's something there! And telling Slimebar won't return our calls--fuckers feel guilty...

909Jeff
909Jeff

But why the fixation with the slide bar? It just has the appearance of scapegoating.  Like Fergie got out his pitchfork and torches and realized that he can no longer run down the Fullerton PD so he'll turn his attention to the slide bar... Focus on the criminals,  the cops.  Dont get distracted with things that arent going to result in a positive outcome. 

And The fact that you say Mike Harrah is a slum lord and you rented from him provides me with more insight on our other conversation.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Or, like how we used to rent from Mike Harrah at the same time we called him a slumlord.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

How do you know "he WAS" looking into cars & acting suspicious? It seemed like the majority of witnesses said Kelly Thomas was sitting on a bench, minding his own business.

Christian Tobar
Christian Tobar

The whole thing was a setup from the very beginning.  There never was any car break-ins that night.  We all know that.  That whole thing was made up.  The Slidebar was indeed coached by the FPD to make that call, because they needed something more serious than a homeless guy loitering around in order for the police to come.  And here's where it really gets suspicious, which proves that the entire thing was a setup...did you notice that in the DA's report, with the transcript of when Manny Ramos confronted Kelly Thomas, he never questioned him about whether he had "broken into cars"?  He just immediately started threatening him.  That's because the car break-ins were completely made up. 

Poor Kelly Thomas was essentially executed that night.  The Slidebar is apparently known for being a cop hang-out, so I have no doubt that at least some of the cops who beat Kelly to death were friends of the owner (Jeremy Popoff).

By the way...they are incredibly stupid to think that by banning people that is going to help them to hide anything.  By now, EVERYONE knows that the Slidebar is the place that made the fake call.      

Johan Moreno
Johan Moreno

"...And I would've gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids and that stupid dog of yours!"

Seez
Seez

The penguin!

surfsexsea
surfsexsea

WOW! I had no idea that was the phone call that lead to that poor guys bludgeoning death. Slidebar no more! Of all people to ban, a writer that doesn't even go there. Management needs to check their ego and calm down.  

slidebar sux
slidebar sux

dear slidebar i am informing you that i will NOT set foot in your shitty bar again.

TaylorHamby
TaylorHamby

I say Moxley's right-- it's probably because you don't shower.

Marisa Gerber
Marisa Gerber

I third Moxley!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Jeez, you people are evil. It can't smell worse than the time we tried to get Ted drunk on alcoholic whipped cream and the office ended up smelling like a rancid Popsicle.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Brandon's only issue with cleanliness is the collection of plastic water battles in the passenger seat of his car...

Mike
Mike

There are better shit holes to drink at then the cop hangout Slimbar!

Melinda McNichols
Melinda McNichols

Just makes the slidebar look bad.  It's not like your making acquisations; just questioning the situation, and they freakin ban you.  So stupid.  Wonder if they see this post if they will ban me as well. HA 

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