Paul Cook Talks About His Worst Gig ...
Paul Cook talks about his worst gig ...
"One's really stuck in my mind as my worst gig scenario. I remember it well because it was my 40th birthday on the Pistols reunion in '96. It was my 40th birthday, and I thought it was going to be a great day . It was in
Belgium actually, by the seaside somewhere. We got on the train from
London to Belgium, the Eurostar that went to Brussels. I was going to
keep it quiet, but someone mentioned it was my birthday. This was 9
o'clock in the morning, so it kind of gave everyone the excuse to get
the champagne out. You can guess that by the time we arrived in Belgium,
everyone was really tanked up. ... Basically, it just turned into a
nightmare. By the time we took to the stage, John had completely lost
his voice. Consequently, nobody could hear what was going on onstage. I
don't think anything was coming out of the PA, vocal-wise. Then it
turned into total chaos; it got worse. I don't know what happened, but
there was a mass brawl between security and people actually fighting
onstage. I think someone tried to attack John, and he started hitting
him with a microphone. I remember a stretcher coming onstage as well.
Somebody was knocked out. There was blood spilt onstage, and there was
fighting going on. It just seemed to escalate. ... We were still playing
away while somebody was being carried off on a stretcher -- one of the
security guys. It was just one of those gigs, and I was expecting to
have a really good day for my birthday. ... It was a classic rock and
roll gig, I guess. What was the most miraculous thing about it all was
that at the end we actually got an encore. People wanted more!"
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