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'Nelson' Twin Sued for Trash-Talking Nightclub

2/19/2011 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former '90s glam rocker Gunnar Nelson just got sued by a smalltown Virginia club owner ... who claims the singer blasted him in the press for no reason ... and destroyed his business in the process.

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It's all over an interview Nelson gave on Examiner.com last August -- two years after performing at Jaxx nightclub in Springfield, VA -- in which the singer calls the venue the "lowpoint" of his career ... and insists the owner still owes him $8,000 for his performance.

Now, club owner Jay Nedry is firing back -- suing Nelson for over $25,000 ... claiming the singer's "irrational, untrue, and slanderous diatribe" in the interview is not only entirely false ... it's completely defamatory.

According to the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court this month, Nelson's allegations "have had a great negative impact upon Nedry's personal and business reputation, as well as that of Jaxx Nightclub by deterring persons from dealing with him individually and the club."

Nedry is also suing the reporter who wrote the article containing the interview -- claiming she never checked her facts.


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31.

Karmageddon    

Jay is slime. It's about time his misdeeds are aired. He is awful.

I never thought I'd say this: Thank you Gunnar Nelson. I know of at least a few national acts who've decided to terminate business with Jaxx/Nedry. And these particular 'band guys' were true gentlemen. Unfortunately they took a chance with Nedry and ended up paying for it. Literally.

1340 days ago
32.

Bar    

I've seen his bartenders give a free round of drinks because he pissed them off. "Drinks are on Jay". Of course, that was before the strippers took over...

1340 days ago
33.

jenn    

Having met Matt and Gunner more than a few times, I feel confident in believing that Gunner said nothing more than what was true. These little clubs pull this crap all the time, thinking that they can get away with it, not paying until the end of the night, changing the agreement terms at the end of the night, etc. But the boys have always been incredibly stand up guys. This is the very first time in twenty years I have heard anything negative about them, other than poor taste in wives.

1339 days ago
34.

rubyx4soho    

dear jay, if there is anything in this world that has "had a great negative impact upon" your "personal and business reputation, as well as that of Jaxx Nightclub[,] by deterring persons from dealing with" you "individually and the club... guess what? IT'S YOU!

wake up.

1339 days ago
35.

DC Bartender    

#35 - Before the strippers took over? So...sometime around 1987? I think it was called Zaxx back then. Either way, Jay is a slimeball. Local bands hate him, and the ones with any credibility avoid this place like the plague. I am not in a band, have never been in a band, and have seen the way he talks to bands. No way any human being should be treated the way he treats people. I look forward to the day Jaxx closes for good, Jay and his washed-up worthless band of miscreants can go live out their 80's heyday fantasies where they belong. Manassas.

1333 days ago
36.

j    

Ask any musician in the DC / Baltimore area about Jaxx and they most likely have a story about getting screwed by Jay. Playing Jaxx was considered a necessary evil of the local scene, since the room itself is very cool and they regularly booked local bands to open for national acts. If Gunnar did get screwed, he's not alone!

1331 days ago
37.

MAMA M..    

hAS TO GO WITH GUNNER ON THIS ONE, SLEEZY BAR OWNERS RIPPING OFF BANDS AND ANYONE ELSE THAT DEAL WITH THEM,iF THIS GUY IS SMART HE WOULD PAY GUNNER THEN run FOR THE HILLS gunner AND MATT HAve musclE, KNOWS MATT AND GUNN OFTEN DO THINGS FOR OTHERS THEN GET IT SPIT BACK IN THEIR FACES.. GREAT GUYS all OF THEM WE CAN NOT FORGET TRACY AS WELL.oZZIE AND TOM AND HARRIET WOULD BE PROUD OF THEM!! mAKING NASTY REMARKS ABOUT THE TWINS IS A first classed ticket to PAIN.NO CLASS!! THAT WHAT YOU ARE A LOWCLASS,LOWER RENT PUNK WHO HAS NO SENSE OF REALITY AND SHOULD SHUT HIS HOLE BEFORE HE LOSES TEETH... TICKED OFF MAMA....

1068 days ago
38.

Elizabeth    

@Carl....Nelson went multi-platinum several times and was #1 on MTV for weeks at a time for five of their hits. They may not have been your taste, but they were hardly a "one hit wonder".

@Musiclover - I was going to continue but just saw your post. Nothing else needed. Anyone who thinks any of the Nelsons of any generation were "one hit wonders" doesn't have a clue.

They are also in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family to have #1 hits in three successive generations!

As for the person "Q", you are a complete ass. Neither of the twins is either "coked up" nor "gay". Knowing them personally, I am highly offended by your uneducated comment. Jealous much? Did your girlfriend yell their names instead of yours or something?

960 days ago
39.

Rick Ferrusi    

D.C. area Owner of Jaxx Jay Nedry is known for ripping off bands. He went out the back door and didn't pay my band either and we waited and hour for him to come back after the bartender called him and he never had shown up to pay us. So the bartender ended up paying us after about two hours of waiting. Then we were hearing he was bad mouthing the band for years after. And the fact that Nedry’s attorney notes that no band gets on stage without being paid first is bull****. We had to play first and then struggle to get paid, and thanks to the bartender we did.

326 days ago
40.

Rick Ferrusi    

D.C. area Owner of Jaxx Jay Nedry is known for ripping off bands. He went out the back door and didn't pay my band either and we waited and hour for him to come back after the bartender called him and he never had shown up to pay us. So the bartender ended up paying us after about two hours of waiting. Then we were hearing he was bad mouthing the band for years after. And the fact that Nedry’s attorney notes that no band gets on stage without being paid first is bull****. We had to play first and then struggle to get paid, and thanks to the bartender we did.

326 days ago
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