RIP Scott Alcoholic
I’ve never met Scott but I’ve been to a LOT of shows he’s put on. In the past few months I have learned that he is ill and have heard stories from many friends. When I found out he was dead, I asked one of his close friends to tell a story:
“If there’s one person who has realized the importance of the Bay Area music community, it’s Scott Rogers, aka Scott Alcoholocaust. No matter how shit your band was, Scott literally found a way to get you on a cool show and make it work, and put you on the path to improvement, while still making you feel like you are doing it. part of something big. He was one of the most magical promoters who ever lived, and he did so until his death. He was probably booking 10 shows a week, and when COVID hit he started booking groups for hikes so we could still get together despite all the restrictions.
He had an incredible talent for bringing people together. He’s literally worked with all the crazy egos in the Bay Area, and he’s never held a grudge. I know it for a fact, because I’m one of the fools. I’m totally nuts, and would turn down shows all the time, for the silliest reasons. All the other promoters in the Bay Area have dropped out of my group, but not Scott. He worked with all of us fools and did some magic. Learning of Scott’s cancer diagnosis hit the Bay Area music scene hard. Less than a day after his partner posted a GoFundMe page, thousands of musicians have done all they can to help the hero who brought us all together. I have never seen anything like it.
A few months after his diagnosis, Scott texted me asking if I wanted to hike with him. “To take a walk?” I said. “Sure!” I showed up to his apartment with a bag of groceries and to my surprise other friends from my favorite bands were there. We all climbed to the top of a very high hill, maybe at or near Twin Peaks, and Scott shared with us what he had been through in the past months. Scott has never been to a doctor. Well, not until his condition worsened and months had passed and he finally gave in. She was almost immediately diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and given little time to live. He told me on our hikes that if he had gone to a doctor and had annual blood tests, his condition would have been detected in the early stages of cancer and could have been treated more successfully. I think he would like people to know that their health is important and having an annual blood test is a big part of it.
I thought a lot about Scott and our Bay Area music community during COVID. Very few of the thousands of punk musicians in the Bay Area attend church and many of us are atheists. For us, going to shows is our community and the only thing we believe in. Scott brought this community together almost 365 days a year, and he should be celebrated today as a hero. We will miss you dearly and we will never forget how much you have given to our community. We love you Scott! “
– Nihilist Musician of the Bay Area