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"I'd love to see Phony Jam turn into an annual event at the Uptown where dozens of popular Kansas City acts come out and play Iron Maiden songs badly," he says.
About 100 paid spectators attended the first two jams -- roughly two musicians for every enthusiast.
At the third round table, a sparsely attended affair at the Grand Emporium on March 27, Johnson addressed this issue: "This is all probably masturbatory anyway, because we'll be the only ones there."
"It's completely self-indulgent," agreed a voice from the crowd. "But it's fun."
This past Saturday night, at Phony Jam III, the Hurricane paid off as a venue. This time, at least, spectators far outnumbered musicians.