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Eurhythmics cancelled a gig because there was snow on the roof, once.
not even going to name the band. they cancelled three times on me and no longer exist.
"too many a&r people are coming"
...both reasons are amazing.
this x a million
and the drummer for one of the supports (Ella) just didn't turn up. I think I overheard someone saying they "lost him" or something. How do you lose a drummer? Weird.
If it's the same band.
I can imagine him losing a drummer.
because when they arrived, their equipment couldn't fit through the door.
you just need to read a list of the reasons that Guns 'n' Roses have cancelled gigs. It'll give you all the amusement you'll ever need.
was when Axl cancelled a European tour because he'd never heard about it until it was just about to happen.
I don't even like them apart from a couple of songs, but a friend wanted someone to go with him.
i had that excuse from another band only yesterday!
at the LA2 that was cancelled because they decided to paint the floor after the bands sound checked was kind of funny
had to cancel a tour because the guitarist had broken his arm falling off the roof of the hard rock cafe, trying to wrench off the H so it read 'ard rock cafe, to make it "a bit more Northern".
NIN's excuse for canceling Lost Weekend back in 2000
yeh had that excuse for some guy called jonathan wilson cancelling last year... stuck in morocca with the runs
Went to see the Unicorns in Nashville, but they had not been allowed in the US (from Canada) because of visa issues. Ok, that is not that funny, but it is all I got.
due to promo commitments in the USA
at the Hollywood Palladium... the venue oversold tix... but everyone tried crushing through locked doors to get in anyway... and me and my mates sat in Denny's sipping coffee while the Hollywood Fire Dept hosed of 2 thousand people on Sunset Blvd. That was pretty funny!
Did you still get to see them at some point though?
No funny stories from me - just family members dying and things that are totally understandable.
...got all the way to Japan last year but got sent home from tokyo airport for lack of work permit??
Think it was Born Ruffians or someone similar
someone just reminded me. The blog entry they put up with the whole saga:
when they were mistaken for terrorists?
In November 2003, BSP were supported by an impressive new band called The Killers. These dates saw BSP hit by an an unlikely injury. BSP bassist and singer Hamilton had climbed a tree to gather a few branches for stage decoration. In Keystone Kops style, he sawed through the branch he was hanging onto and fell to the ground. A severe wrist injury meant that night's show was abandoned, while this unlikely story shot around the world's news wires. This, seemingly, was the way to publicity. The band discussed which of them would now stand on a rake, who would volunteer to plummet down an open manhole.
bad promotion and poor planning meant that a show we were going to play had no drums or amps, two bands that we were assured were bringing said items didn't show and the one band with a couple of bits cut their losses and drove back to wigan without playing a note, the final band went home soon after. We, stupidly, played DI'ing guitars etc and using chairs as drums and a cymbal precariously balanced on a mic stand that fell off throughout the show. We don't trust promoters that much anymore...
had a band from glasgow, the boy cartographer, lined up for a DiS show at the windmill. somehow it over-ran rather horribly to around 11pm, and the handful of mates they'd convinced to come down didn't want to hang around, so the band just didn't play... one of them is now in danananananananananananakroyd and had what i believe to be a more successful gig there recently.
but maybe a 'warning' to other promoters :-)
think of that night, which makes me sad. also makes me think of the night i was left with three bands on the bill, from aberdeen and dundee (brilliant idea, adie) cos the london band who were headlining pulled out at the last minute - there were about 5 people watching, and the singer from one of the bands got his cock out and offended the landlady. luckily for the london band, i didn't hold a grudge (which is rare) and ended up releasing a record by the singer's next band. let's see if they read this and spot themselves ;-)
it happened to us last year, albeit only at our univeristy open mic night, rather than travelling from Glasgow, but still - I used to help run it and played solo there loads of times, but I'd stopped because the guys who had taken over seemed totally incompetent. But I agreed with one we would play because he seemed like a nice chap, and we agreed we could have a half hour slot, last on, and it was early on in the year so we would be playing to a load of freshers etc.
We needed to use the uni drum kit which was locked in a room the other side of campus, so we got there early enough to set up, but we couldnt get hold of the key because the security office was shut. Once we finally found someone to let us in, we waited half an hour in the cold outside the building, then when we were finally let in, the inside door was locked etc etc.
So we lugged the drum kit back over to the bar (literally carried it for about 3/4 of a mile) but by now the acts had started (all solo, on the supposed "bands" night) and we were told we couldnt set up behind them because we would "disturb" them. Even though every time I had played in the past I usually had someone pratting about behind me doing much the same.
Anyway, it got to the time for our set and we were actually running 5 mins early, so I was like ... ok been a bit of a disaster up until now, but fair do's, lots of people here, should be good. But then out of nowhere two of the organisers come on stage and start playing a set even though they weren't on the schedule. They then play for 25 minutes, when all the other acts had been whisked off after 15.
When they finally clear off, without a hint of apology, or reason, this leaves us 12 minutes until curfew, having to set up our equipment and play.
Somehow we set up in world record time, and blast straight into a set. We managed to play 4 songs before we were told to stop or get turned off, during which time, I forget the words to the first song because I'm in such a fluster, and one of my pickups keeps cutting out, and the bass is so out of tune it isn't true.
Afterwards, absolutely seething, I say to the guy that asked us to play, I think quite reservedly, "Mate this was an absolute pisstake", to which he replied "you're not wrong, why the fuck didnt you get here earlier to set the drums up?". At which point I just leave in absolute disbelief.
Moral : Never work with people you believe to be incompetent. Because they invariably are.
it just made me love them even more. <3
their singer made it over and played solo, but his band mates (no i can't remember the name of the band. it was the night pete and carl libertine were snapped together in the dublin castle) hadn't sorted their visas, were coming from america to the uk... they were travelling separately, carrying their guitars etc and got stopped in the airport. they were asked if they were coming over as part of a band - "NO, OF COURSE NOT" they lied, hopefully. staff then googled their names and found the band's myspace page, and a list of uk tour dates...
about this. They (the singer) played another London date with my mate's band the same week at Water Rats or somewhere.
I remember hearing things about the band before this and they seemed to be 'hotly tipped' but I can't for the life of me remember their name.
Thanks google! Things like this keep me awake at night.
The Tender Box.
great minds and all that.
Was going to see Kool Keith many years ago, but he'd cancelled due to being taken into a mental institution.
Not sure if that was 100% true though! Tried to see Kool Keith ... three times but every time he'd cancelled. Damn him and his nowadays very low quality output of recods!
and had loads coming. During the day the "promoter" phoned up and said the other band were really popular and had sold out so none of our friends could get in. We were pretty excited to be playing to a packed place without the safety net of friends.
When we got there it was set out exactly as it had been when we had been there a few weeks previous for a wedding reception.
Then the people started showing up and were all a bit uncool and smart, and old so we started to think that the main band were going to really really suck.
Then, after talking to a random it turned out we were at an office party, at which they had been promised live music. The main band had been told the same lie as us so buggered off in a strop, leaving us agreeing to play in exchange for free booze and a massive buffet.
Tore it apart if you are asking.
The buffet that is.
(actually that is barely a story about a band cancelling - but you get the idea)
no matter how relevant. And an amazing bit of "ingenuity" by the promoter. Did they honestly think the bands wouldn't mind?
And as far as i can tell she hasnt promoted since.
We had a really good time and even had some pics taken with people because we were in a band! I had to explain that I was actually a surveyor but they didnt seem to care!
because the entire chain had closed down that day...
Wasn't too pleased about that, but it amuses me now that Fopp chose to kill itself rather than let us play.
The Living End once cancelled a show because the singer got hair dye in his eyes and couldnt see to play!