Decoder Ring came up when the contracts were signed. The Catalyst does the contracts just a couple of days before the show...I know, it sounds insane but that's how it's been done for almost 30 years. If it was in the contract and just sitting on the booking agent's desk for a month before he looked at it I don't know. When you live in Santa Cruz you get used to the flakiness. They just booked QOTSA and I told them right away that I'm not doing anything until they find out for sure if someone has been contracted to do the whole tour. They said right away that they wanted me to do the show and I was as good as confirmed. The next morning I get a call...sure enough, Queens had it covered. That's how it should work. 2 months notice, not 2 days.
Since there is so much attention on this one let me say a few words. The club asked me to do a poster for this show. It is "legit". The Decoder Ring poster deal didn't come to the booking office until 3 days before the show. At that point posters, tickets and everything else was done. Mice on tickets- you bet...printed and all sold. The band liked the poster so I guess it all worked out fine in the end. I wished they had been more on it... both the club and the band. Some things are best discussed right when the date is confirmed. I wouldn't have even thought of doing work someone else was contracted to do. It's happened to me in the past and it sucks. Now if you don't like the design that's a whole different topic. I would never expect every Modest Mouse fan to like this poster. Sometimes it's fun to change it up. I did like the Electric Frankenstein comment below.