Smoke at the Jammer

Randy Houser survives a bus fire, Days of the New push ahead

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The Windjammer on the IOP experienced an odd incident and a strange bit of rock music news this week. In both cases, the related shows stayed intact.

Country singer Randy Houser was scheduled to perform at the Windjammer on Wed. March 9 with support Sunny Sweeney, Frankie Ballard, Ashley Gearing, and Margaret Durante. The gig was benefit show sponsored by 96.9 The Wolf for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Randy Housers tour bus on the Isle of Palms
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  • Randy Houser's tour bus on the Isle of Palms
According to the singer’s publicist, Houser’s crew noticed flames emanating from the rear suite of their tour bus around 1:45 p.m., causing thick black smoke to billow throughout the corridor and main cabin. The bus was parked just outside of the Windjammer. Houser and all the band and crew members were safely evacuated, however all of their gear, clothing and personal belongings were lost.

Houser sent a message that “all are safe” to his manager, adding: “Fire is out. Lost all my clothes. I’m pretty sad, but so thankful we all got off safely. That fire burned all through our home on wheels.” Despite the incident, the band performed as scheduled. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and it has not been determined whether or not the bus will be able to be saved through repairs. Check out randyhouser.com for more.

Another Jammer show on this week’s schedule is Days of the New on Sun. March 13, initially billed as “featuring Mike Starr of Alice in Chains.” Unfortunately, the former Alice in Chains bassist was found dead in a Salt Lake City house on Tues. March 8. In 2009, Starr went public with his drug problems on the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab. He was 44. According to Windjammer management, Days of the New is still solid for the show. Visit myspace.com/daysofthenew for more.

Go to the-windjammer.com for info on other shows and events at the club.

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