- 64 posts total
- 64 posts total
Martykl, your drunken Chris Wood tale reminded me off a couple alcohol fueled shows I saw in the early 70's. The Kinks, I believe it was in the Tampa Armory, were really into partying that night. Ray Davies got so drunk he could barely stand up past the half way point of the show. Later, I saw Rod Stewart in Orlando and he was in a very generous mood. At the start of the show, he brought out a couple cases of German wine and started passing bottles of liquid happiness to the audience members up front.
Your Kinks story reminded me that I once saw Ray Davies punch Dave Davies on-stage. It was at the Capitol Theater In Passaic NJ during (I believe) the Schoolboys in Disgrace tour. The Kinks were at a low point and there were a few hundred folks in a room that sat a few thousand (IIRC). The band wasn't happy (I assume) about the sparse crowd and you could hear the brothers woofing at each other between songs. After the first encore, as they were walking off, Dave elbowed Ray in the ribs and Ray clocked him.
They didn't come back out.
The crowd was definitely a bit out of control at that one.
Frank Zappa had very strict policy in his band -- ZERO tolerance to alcohol or recreational drugs during rehearsals AND of course stage. His music was SCORED by Steve Vai before each rehearsal while he wasn't familiar on reading sheet music. Listening to his music you would really think that it's pure improvisation, but....
Being weird in unique and interesting way is art and talent. It's clearly different from being disrespectful to the crowd especially due to the excessive amount of alcohol or recreational drugs present on stage.