Bands Makena and Capital Vices stopped at a Knoxville Wendy’s for a bathroom break and ended up playing a show there on Feb. 26, 2019.
Christian Anderson, Knoxville News Sentinel
Have you ever stopped by a Wendy’s to grab a 4 for $4 only to find a full band just absolutely killing it right there on the restaurant floor? No?
A few customers at a Knoxville, Tennessee, Wendy’s had that experience Tuesday night when two bands stopped there for a bathroom break and ended up playing an impromptu gig complete with electric guitars, amps and a drum set.
The Chicago-based bands — metalcore outfit Capital Vices and pop-punk group Makena — were en route to Nashville for the next show in their Bring Your Dad tour when they stopped about 9 p.m. at the Wendy’s, according to Christian Anderson, the bands’ photographer.
“We were just joking around. We were like, ‘There’s a lot of space in the Wendy’s, and it would be crazy if we did a show here,'” Anderson said.
One of the guitarists went up to ask the manager as a joke.
“And the manager was like, ‘Yeah, go for it,'” Anderson said. “We were laughing. She was like, ‘My birthday is in two days, so that will be a birthday present for me.'”
Each band played for about 10 minutes. Anderson said the store had three patrons when Makena began shredding, but locked its doors when Capital Vices came on at 10 p.m.
The bands streamed the performance online in videos that show a couple fans thrashing wildly about — and approximately zero diners looking disgruntled about having to wash down their square-shaped burgers with a side of screaming.
A woman who answered the phone at the Wendy’s on Wednesday night said the store would have no comment.
However, the Wendy’s brand — popular on social media for dispatching its detractors with withering bon mots — has already weighed in.
“Open up the square pit,” Wendy’s tweeted.
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