Yeah Steve, it seems the buyer - who had annouced themselves as the new owners last november turned out to be and i quote the JB's head of security "a load of bollox". I don't know what went wrong, were they really serious? were JB's asking too much?
To be honest they shouldn't have announced themselves before all the contracts were signed. Although it seemed at the time they had big idea's and wanted to keep the counsal of the current staff and owners in the new year til the club was back on it's feet.
Another potential buyer pulled out last week citing "personal life issues" as the reason for pulling.
Dudley council have stated they will buy JB's if a new owner is not found so the area doesn't become derilict - but the general consensus is they will level it and the building next door which used to be a bingo hall that they already own, and make it a carpark for Dudley Zoo. I know there is a call for the council to take it on as a music venue similar to how wolvo council runs the Civic, but i can't see it happening to be honest.
When i was last at JB's the security guy said things don't look good at all and the venue is now officially closed after a drink the bar dry night last week.
Shame really as the local live music scene is gonna take a major hit. As JB's was a big supporter of the melodic rock scene, i fear many bands won't get a crack round here anymore.
Yep it seems a lot of smaller venues are struggling at the moment.
too many small turnout's regardless of genre at JB's has put the club in trouble - not enough big names playing there either in recent times.
I think another problem for potential buyers is the club needs some serious investment to get it back in the game, especially as far as attracting larger named bands to the venue. That may be be putting people off or even pricing them out of the running.