"I'm waiting for my refund:" Rockesha attendees didn't get the 80s rock show they were promised this weekend



WAUKESHA (WITI) -- An angry scene at an 80s rock concert this weekend! The show was called off -- just a few songs into the opening act! It turns out, the show's promoter didn't have the money to pay the bands.

People were excited for the "Rockesha" 80s rock concert at the Waukesha Expo Center this weekend.

They paid anywhere from $30 to $40 for regular tickets, and up to $100 for a VIP ticket.

Some came from out-of-state.

At this time, it is unclear whether they will receive a refund. They certainly didn't get the show they were promised!

"I still have (my ticket) and I`m still waiting for my refund," Taylor Thompson said.

Thompson paid $30 for his Rockesha ticket to see 80s hair bands like Warrant, Quiet Riot and Lita Ford.

When the concert started, Thompson says he had no sense that anything was wrong.

"Eric Martin played about 30 minutes that ended," Thompson said.

When the next band didn't appear on stage, rumors began to spread.

Finally, an announcement came: Rockesha was over.

"There were a lot of boos, a lot of obscene finger gestures," Thompson said.

Rockesha's promoter, Bob Lyons with Splat Entertainment couldn't be reached on Monday, June 23rd.

On Rockesha's Facebook page, Lyons posted the following statement:

"First off, I want to say that Warrant, Quiet Riot, Lita Ford, Firehouse, Eric Martin, Eddie Trunk, ARM Entertainment and the Waukesha County Fairgrounds had absolutely nothing to do with this debacle on Saturday.

I as the promoter of this event am entirely responsible, nobody else had a thing to do with this. There are people that are extremely upset and I do not blame them one bit. The fact of the matter is that we did not come close to the presale or day of show ticket purchases. It is on me to make sure that the bands get the rest of their money and because the concert did not meet expectations it put me in a very tough spot. Unfortunately, I was put in a bad situation by a business associate who I never had a reason to doubt as we had past dealings. On June 6th, this person was to meet me at a local fast food restaurant in Lake Country to hand deliver a cashiers check for $15,000.00. As I waited for over 3 hours with excuse after excuse from him, I realized this was not going to happen. I made a call to the police department in his area to press charges, later that night I received a call from someone claiming to be his father and telling me that this gentleman tried to take his own life, skeptical, I stayed on my path with the police. The officer actually called me back to verify that his father was indeed telling the truth. This so called "friend" of mine is currently sitting in a mental institution in the Madison area. I have friends that can verify this not to mention countless emails and texts.

At that point, I really only had 2 options, first was cancelling or rescheduling the show 2 weeks ago, that was not really a great option since I would lose over $41,750.00 in deposits already paid to the bands, stage, fairgrounds, etc. THESE WERE THINGS ALREADY PAID! The other option was to press forward and have the show and pray that we had a good walk up crowd. Well, 47 paid patrons the day of show killed any effort. I think a combination of things like weather, other parties played a part but once again, still my responsibility. We had a total of about 1,200 people there on Saturday via VIP and general admission, of those, the radio stations gave away roughly 500 tickets and VIP's, sponsors also received tickets and VIP passes.

I have seen or heard a lot of things posted here, the fact is since January 1st, 2014 until the day of the show, we had just over $25,000.00 in paid tickets via Paypal, Groupon and in person cash, we also collected about $4,800 in sponsorships, both low. But we kept moving forward because everyone told me this state will wait until the last minute to purchase tickets, that was our hope, didn't happen. So to those posting that there is "hundreds of thousands" unaccounted for, that is not the case. We spent almost $12,000.00 in advertising via 3 radio stations, paid prints, facebook boosts, etc. All of this information is verifiable.

What I need to do now is come up with a plan to start reimbursing all of the fans who had their weekends ruined over this. Nobody feels worse than I do, my heart aches for everyone, I had people that flew in for this and this fell apart, I will never be able to apologize enough. I will be pursuing legal action against my "friend" as I am sure a few of you are planning the same on me. For those out there posting that this was fraud, that is not the case. All we wanted to do was put together a great concert so all of you could have a great time.

I will do everything in my power to make this right but please bare with me as I figure this out and come up with a plan.

Rob/Splat Entertainment LLC"

"It`s just a big disappointment all around," Thompson said.

The manager of the Waukesha County Expo Center says this was the promoter's first concert in Wisconsin.

Still, they didn't detect any red flags when he booked the event.

Tyler Pasdera owns Boomer's Sports in Pewaukee. He was asked to host the Rockesha pre-party on Friday.

"He kept telling me that everything was fine -- be ready for a huge night," Pasdera said.

Friday was Pasdera's first sense that tickets to the concert weren't selling.

"He was telling me to be ready for anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 people and we saw less than 100 people," Pasdera said.

Pasdera took a loss of about $5,000.

"I ended up having to pay a lot of people to stand around and do nothing," Pasdera said.

The promoter needed several hundred people to show up and buy tickets at the gate -- but only a few dozen did.

In his statement, the promoter says he's trying to come up with a plan to reimburse fans.

The Expo Center is advising ticket-holders call their credit card company about the possibility of a refund.

CLICK HERE to visit "Rockesha's" Facebook page.