Anti-Smoking Hate Mail: Do you agree?


The email quoted below was sent by one “Chris Lowney” at exactly 2:44am Mountain time this morning.  I’m assuming he didn’t use his real name.  I made the above graphic for added drama.  Cool, eh?  Here’s how I made it.

“i would just like to throw in a word for all the dirty horrible cigarette smokers who paid covers over the years to see your shows, who you now hypocritically  turn your backs on cuz it “roaches” your  voice? smoke some more weed and realize that we “smokers” made you the  marginally successful bar band you are.
sign me-never pay 2 see u again!”

I guess I don’t get the “hypocritical” comment since none of us smoke.  The weed thing?  Cute, but we’re anything but weed smokers.  And when have we ever said we hate smokers?  We have PLENTY of friends who smoke and we’re fine with that.  All we’re asking you to do is have the respect to take it outside when we’re trying to do our job.  Do you really expect me to think a REAL fan would get pissed at us for suggesting that she not smoke at a show?

You won’t hurt my feelings if you agree.  But I want to hear your response, good or bad.  Obviously responding to this guy is just as much of a waste of time as working out everyday and then eating hamburger helper and nut rolls all day long.

But IF you were to respond, what would you say? I want to hear some witty stuff.  Rip on me, rip on him.  I don’t care.  Have fun.

14 Responses to Anti-Smoking Hate Mail: Do you agree?

  1. WIED March 22, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    I was at comedy night last night and about 75% of the people in the bar’s event room were smoking. My eyes are still burning this morning. I think western Montana ran off all the smokers and they moved to eastern Montana. It’s surprizeing how many women smoke around here.

  2. bookbunnee March 17, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Here’s to all the non-smokers who have paid to listen to you guys rock. I look forward to smoke free bars so I will attend more often. Keep it up gentlemen!!!

  3. dan andersen March 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    this guy is wacked !see you at bones you guys rock

  4. KJ March 14, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Hey Chris, Smoking is a nasty nasty deal. ( I quit when they cost $1 a pack) We are all much more informed today of the horrible effects of smoking and second hand smoke. I want to live longer and feel good as i get old don’t you? The Clintons Band is awesome and going to be as big or bigger than the Beetles someday soon. Sorry but i think the non -smoking group is bigger and has more bucks ($7.00 a pack) to support this awesome band! You are over ruled and i suggest you find a smoking bar with a smoking choking nasty band so you can smoke your lungs off.

  5. bnl1969 March 14, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    i am just wondering which one of you nailed his ex-girlfriend? I call you guys alot of things; hypocritical, marginally successful, and weed smokers are none of them. anti-punctual(i am sure that is a real word), jerks, egotistical, exhibitionist(except A.J.) are some of the top of my head.
    also there is a chris lowney that graduated from helena high in 1989. so i really really really hope you are going to play at ther reunion this year. that would be awesome, you should offer to do it for free.

  6. Chen March 14, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    To quote Eddie Murphy, you tell Chris to go have a Coke and a smile and shut the ef up.

  7. Big Jimmy March 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    As an old musician that watched a fellow bass player and amazing steel player die of lung cancer from playing in smoke infested bars I have an old saying we use to use when we were being forced to tolerate heckling from some alcohol induced intellect in the crowd. “We would say hey does anyone have a saddle” and some cowboy would always say yes sir I do, then we would reply “good then throw it on that jackass and ride him outta here!” See ya Chris Lowney!

  8. WIED March 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    I hate it the next morning when i find a bunch of ones that i stuffed into my pockets after an evening at the bars and they smell like an ashtray. I think a place should be one or the other smokewise and not this bar is smoke free but the casino the shares the building with a divideing wall and an open doorway between the two is not(cough,railyard,cough cough). If you guys hit the bars in Mc during the BHS plan on seeing contrials behind people as they pass by you. The bar in the Rib and Chop House might be non smoking but i doubt it. If there is a bar in my little cow town that IS smoke free i don’t know about it. Bring has-mat breathers.:)To paraphrase Spock:”Peace and long life to the the Clintons, past, present and future and their families”. In my experience most smokers are pretty laid back but chewers tend to be arrogant pinheaded assholes who spit anywhere they damn well feel like. Hey “Chris”, go have a smoke and chill.

  9. SteveB March 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    A quote comes to mind. “Great people don’t know they are great, small people don’t know they are small”.
    He was trying to pull you down to his level, to validate his assertions about you. You were wise not to take the bait. Great job!

  10. Hottie March 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I ‘m sorry, but it literally sounds like this ass is pissed at you for not handing over your well being to those who “made you successful”. You would think that he would want you to live a healthy life so you could continue to provide us with awesome music! Plus, if John’s voice gets too “roached” we will all be screwed.

  11. John March 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ve never met a smoker who WANTS to breath other people’s second hand smoke. They just want to enjoy their cigarette, then breathe clean air. Alas, there’s always someone who thinks anti-smoking people are out to get him.

    As for “marginally successful,” how dare he? We’re huge! Like, bigger than Aerosmith HUGE! The nerve of some people. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shovel shit out of a horse stall to make extra money so I can pay my rent this month. (I live in a top of the line, rusted out old RV that costs me 200 bucks a month rent. My huge band salary can’t quite cover that whole amount every month.)

  12. Vicki March 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    THANK YOU, LEVI for respectfully and publicly asking that people respect your band this way! It makes it that much easier for the rest of us, especially those of us who find ourselves between a rock and a hard place – or clean air and a job!

  13. Josh March 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm #


  14. Jean March 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    I am in total agreement with Levi. Everyone 18 and older has the right to smoke, but the rest of us have the right to breathe clean air. That’s why the Clean Indoor Air Act is so important. People who work in the hospitality industry or who play in bands should not have to be expposed to second hand smoke. We expect restaurant workers to wash their hands, store and cook food at safe levels all to keep customers from getting sick. Why should workers be forced to breathe air that contains dangerous carcinogens?