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The Worst Gig

ISBN: 9781402284953

By: Jon Niccum

Published: 10/01/2013

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"WORST GIG is Music Appreciation 225, taught by that cool professor everyone wanted to have beers with after class. One fun nugget after another. It was harder to close than my Twitter app."—Matthew James, McSweeney’s

"Tawdry tales of concert catastrophes!"—Buzzfeed

"Musicians’ ‘Worst Gig’ makes for best read ever."—Salon

What is the worst show you’ve ever played?

Sometimes the worst shows inspire the best stories. After hundreds of interviews with national headliners and beloved indie acts alike, entertainment journalist Jon Niccum has crafted a collection that chronicles the most embarrassing, most hilarious and most insane live show moments ever.

THE WORST GIG features outrageous stories from stars such as Wilco, Def Leppard, Tenacious D, Rush, John Mayer, and The Sex Pistols. Be it nature’s wrath, equipment breakdowns or even military intervention, get the wild scoop on what really happened, straight from the artists themselves.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE: WRONG VENUE

COWBOY JUNKIES
ALICE COOPER
OWL CITY
FISHBONE
KANSAS
PAT METHENY
CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED
GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS
GILLIAN WELCH
GWAR
THE GET UP KIDS
“Tales of Touring Terror: The Screamin’ Sirens’ Worst Gig,” by Pleasant Gehman

CHAPTER TWO: INSANE FANS

RUSH
MUTEMATH
JULIANA HATFIELD
AFTER THE FIRE
INXS
MIKE WATT
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
TENACIOUS D
BETTIE SERVEERT
X
“Poster Children’s Colorful Array of Crappy Gigs,” by Rose Marshack

CHAPTER THREE: DANGEROUS MALFUNCTIONS

FLAMING LIPS
DWEEZIL ZAPPA
UME
RENAISSANCE
YUNG SKEETER
OTEP
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
WILCO
“The French-ish Connection,” by Jason Falkner

CHAPTER FOUR: COMMUNICATION

BREAKDOWN
FLOGGING MOLLY
DROWNING POOL
JOHN SCOFIELD
BERNARD PURDIE
TREASURE FINGERS
MOBY GRAPE
NEW DUNCAN IMPERIALS
BILL LYNCH
KINKY FRIEDMAN
R/D
STEVE LUKATHER
“Semisonic’s Worst Shows Ever: A Conference Call,” by Dan Wilson

CHAPTER FIVE: MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH

GARBAGE
CONCRETE BLONDE
DEF LEPPARD
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
GEORGE WINSTON
TOWER OF POWER
“Eisley Braves the Snowpocalypse,” by Sherri DuPree- Bemis

CHAPTER SIX: OOPS!

JANE’S ADDICTION
BLUE MAN GROUP
LAURIE ANDERSON
JOHN MAYER
12TH PLANET
CHAMBERLIN
NADA SURF
PETER FRAMPTON
RUBBLEBUCKET
BORGORE
DAUGHTRY
ANTHRAX
“BR549’s Stomach- Turning Worst Show,” by Chuck Mead

CHAPTER SEVEN: VIOLENCE

THE SEX PISTOLS
JOE SATRIANI
TOOL
MIKE FINNIGAN
HENRY ROLLINS
TRANSLATOR
LOS LONELY BOYS
JEFFERSON STARSHIP
“Fugazi under Siege in Warsaw!” by Ian MacKaye

CHAPTER EIGHT: IT’S ALL GOOD

TORI AMOS
INCUBUS
THE WALLFLOWERS
THAT 1 GUY
AIMEE MANN
THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CHELY WRIGHT
WYNTON MARSALIS
THE LOST BROTHERS
DRIVIN’ ’N’ CRYIN’
LED ZEPPELIN
“Indescribably Not of This Earth,” by Ted Nugent

AFTERWORD: THE AUTHOR’S OWN WORST GIG
“Bloody Wichita,” by Jon Niccum

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Introduction

I began interviewing “famous musicians” as a print journalist in 1994, primarily doing advance “phoners” for acts that were touring through the Kans

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The Worst Gig is an entertaining diversion, full of bite-sized tales that will make your eyes widen in recognition or shake your head in disbelief. All of it makes for an entertaining r...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 12.40 oz
Page Count: 240 pages

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