So... I want opinions from the braintrust here, because I know sometimes I only see one side of things.
About this time last year, we made an agreement with a national chain place to play their venue. Ten to twelve dates at decent money (with built in sound/lights). At the time, we made the agreement that if they were able to secure a national artist.. being someone that gets major radio play.. they could pull our dates with little to no notice. They were absolutely NOT allowed to do so for a local or touring band, however, per our agreement. They also asked that we not play at X, Y, and Z. Z was no longer doing bands.. Y was 40 miles away, and we only rarely worked with X at the time, so we agreed.
Fast forward to last month. By that time, the chain place had double booked and screwed up more dates of ours than we played.. having pulled two for national acts, and double booking over another four or five. All in all, it was between $4000 to $5000 in lost work, most of which with less than a week's notice. I was informed that our two dates in December were double booked (those are a part of the above cancelled.. I only got advance notice, two weeks in one case, because I called to ask after having an idea they were double booked)... but, we booked a number of dates for next year. My complaints about the lost work and way things were done got met with "oh, it's corporate, and it's all straightened out now for next year".
Around the same time, about a week before, we get a call from X place. They want us for the pre-Thanksgiving party. We take it, figuring there's no way the chain place can be upset when they screwed us so royally over the last year, and broke our agreement multiple times.. but we still only booked the one date, to stem part of the losses we'd incurred from them breaking our agreement, and didn't promote it on our FB or website, as we didn't want to be disloyal to the chain place.
Today, I get a TEXT from a manager at the chain place saying "Sorry, corporate saw you played at X and is pulling all your dates for 2014". I'm dumbfounded. Really? This place costs me thousands of dollars, and despite my loyalty (in NOT pulling dates, and NOT booking 2014 with X), they still pull my dates?
Needless to say, finding the person to deal with at corporate was extremely difficult, but after getting his name and number, I left a message on his voicemail, explaining the situation. We'll see what comes of it after that.
I do realize that two wrongs don't make a right... but if you take money out of my hand, how can you be mad at me for trying to make up for that loss? Am I wrong to be completely livid about this?