Every band has its stories. Best gigs, worst crowds, most awkward situations, craziest fans etc.. and we tend to recall the bad ones as they are often the most entertaining. Gigs From Hell is a compilation of gig stories that this doggy found particulary entertaining, and the beauty of it is that a big chunk of the book is available free on Google books. It’s a rare glimpse into what it’s really like to tour, record, and survive in the cutthroat world of the -music industry-no holds barred, full speed ahead, the most cringe-worthy moments fully intact. And it goes something like this:
The worst crowd – I used to think the worst shows were always the ones where no one showed up. Where the sound of one clap was actually a wish. I was in a five-piece, all-girl, whacked-out, surfy, garage band called The Amulets. We were asked to play a birthday party. Sure, why not, right? Parties are always fun. Yeah, well, they tend to be a little better when the audience appreciates sounds a little beyond Yanni and Barney, the ambiguously-defined dinosaur. That’s fucking A right. It was a birthday party for a one-year-old child. Yes, we actually set up and played a full set for Team Pampers. Humbling? Mind-numbing? Surreal? All of those plus a cherry of embarrassment right on top. The only hope is that we somehow got in and warped their little minds.
As you may have noticed, gigdoggy takes pride in posting band quotes. Most of our quote topics aim to answer specific questions, but we also encourage bands to share their own crazy stories – so if you’re feeling nostalgic about the good ol’ days and want to grant us and our readers some story-telling, please do so here.