We’ve all been there. Anyone who has ever been in a band or involved in another form of live entertainment can tell you about “that one time” it all completely fell apart. Get on stage enough and you’re gonna screw it up bad sooner or later. Some have horror stories about bombing in front of hundreds of people, others will never forget the humiliation of playing to an empty room (I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean it was just you and the bartender, and he was out having a smoke for most of your set). And then there are the times when your equipment failed, or you forgot to bring the hard drive that had all of your beats and samples to the gig, or your drummer got wasted and passed out on stage after the second song. It’s all been done before, but that doesn’t make it any less painful when it happens to you. The only consolation is when it’s finally over and you think, “At least it will never get any worse than that… right?”
If you’ve ever performed in any capacity, or have been to a show where you felt awkward and embarrassed for whoever was onstage, here is an entertaining website that will give you real, first-hand accounts of the sh** hitting the proverbial fan. Music journalist Jon Niccum has taken some real gems he’s heard over the years and compiled them into a website called The Worst Gig. Read, listen and watch some of your favorite artists tell you about the gig from Hell. Notable entries from Fitz and the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Gillian Welch, Alice Cooper, Wilco, and many others.
Gabriel Marowitz, Associate Music Supervisor