We’ve all been to exhibits that received a bit of scary at occasions, however till we began asking round, we had no thought how off the chain sure Phoenix exhibits through the years had gotten. Weapons, riot police, lifeless animal carcasses — you title it, and it occurred at a mosh pit or firewater dispensary close to you. Listed here are a few of the most memorable dwell music horror tales in current Arizona historical past, based on a number of musicians and eyewitnesses. We’ll lob you a couple of softballs earlier than we begin hurling the heavy stuff your manner.
Low cost Trick on the Cajun Home
July 10, 2001
Within the band’s combating unique lineup, which featured Bun E. Carlos pummeling the drums with pool-cue-size sticks, Low cost Trick may all the time be anticipated to blow the roof off of any venue. So enjoying a membership with a retractable roof ought to have been a no brainer. However the Cajun Home was cursed with actually bizarre Scottsdale noise ordinances due to a close-by resort, so it by no means did exhibits with the roof pulled again. And for some cause, the quantity at this present was, as Robin Zander complained from the stage, the bottom quantity at which Low cost Trick ever needed to carry out. Worse, there was a 10 p.m. curfew of types for dwell music that resulted in a shortened set so Cajun Home’s disco evening may start. Seconds after the Rockford 4 concluded with “Give up,” the lights went up, the spinning disco ball got here on and “Boogie Oogie Oogie” blasted by way of the mains. The look on Low cost Trick’s collective faces stated all of it.
John Cougar at Solar Satan Stadium
November 1, 1982
Not everyone preferred J.C. earlier than he affixed Mellencamp to his title. So when his 40-minute set was stopping folks from seeing Loverboy and The Who with Kenny Jones, some concertgoers’ ideas naturally turned to violence. Non-Cougar fan Pierre Fuqua was there for The Who-laween present and remembers that 10 minutes into the Coog’s set, “Somebody threw a whiskey bottle at his head.” Cougar left the stage unconscious however returned 20 minutes and 7 stitches later. “After which he got here out and sang ‘Damage So Good,’” says Fuqua. That sealed the deal for lots of oldsters who needed to admire the chutzpah. JD Shazer, one other non-Cougar fan there that day, remembers, “The entire crowd was wowed. Solely years later did I discover out he did that very same stunt at each present that tour!”
Mötley Crüe at America West Enviornment
December 11, 1997
Elders, do you keep in mind what you probably did in your 39th birthday? When you’re Nikki Sixx, you reply by slapping your brow and saying, “Oh, yeah, that was the evening at America West Enviornment after I fired the safety guard defending me from my rowdy followers, who then rushed the stage at my invitation.” Sixx and co-conspirator Tommy Lee spent the evening in a Phoenix jail for inciting a riot that resulted in $15,000 in broken area seating and 10 accidents. Attendee Vincent Capece opines, “I’d say the Mötley Crüe riot defines the phrase ‘riot.’” Think about in the event that they’d simply determined to have a good time Sixx’s birthday at Applebee’s as an alternative.
Jimmy Eat World at The Inexperienced Room
Date unknown, 1999
Earlier than the band’s breakthrough Bleed American album, Jimmy Eat World performed this long-gone Tempe venue. Then-singer for Earlier than Braille David Jensen remembers, “They received stink-bombed at an overcapacity The Inexperienced Room present. Extra important, Tom Linton smoked a cigarette to get the stench out of his mouth/nostril … first time any showgoers noticed Mormon Tom go jack in public. LDS emo hearts by no means absolutely recovered.”
X-O-Rama at The Fireman’s Corridor
February 1, 1980
A lot due to Robin Grotjan, spouse of the late Ron “Reckless” Grotjan from The Mighty Sphincter, Perhaps Psychological, and the Very Thought of Fucking Hitler. She shared the flyers you see right here — together with the one in all Frank Dialogue’s challenge X-O-Rama. Ever surprise how old-school punks celebrated First Friday in 1980? By seeing the man often called Frank Dialogue, bare beneath a transparent rain poncho, performing with dwell crickets overlaying his bald head secured by honey. If somebody walked right into a TV community with that as his pitch, you’d hope that sucker would get made.
Karen Finley at CRASHart
Artist Karen Finley’s efficiency items have been designed to push folks’s buttons, and included “Yams Up My Granny’s Ass,” the place she didn’t shove yams the place the solar can’t attain. Nonetheless, many individuals keep in mind this CRASHart present because the “Karen Finley yam cram.” Jim Andreas of No Volcano was in Bootbeast Carnival on the time, and so they opened the present. “Our guitar participant made a really non-PC remark that everybody ought to stick round after we have been completed to see Karen shove a yam up her #%^* and we have been booed for the rest of the present … not enjoyable.” Invoice Ovid Boyles remembers the present had hen components and blood, however no yams. JD Shazer remembers it a bit in a different way, and estimates that the present befell round Easter, “cuz she was shoving Easter bunny plush toys up her ‘moneymaker’ to the shock and awe of these not ready for her schtick.”
Deftones and Sort O Detrimental at Desert Sky Pavilion
October 5, 1996
On the 1996 U-Fest, the Deftones got here onstage apparently shitfaced, carried out about three songs earlier than getting shut down, and singer Chino Moreno stated one thing that sounded sufficient like “Come on and assist us trash this place.” Safety guards rationalized they have been outnumbered and did nothing whereas youngsters ripped up seats, tore the stage curtain, set fires, scaled ladders to catwalks, and mooned a Phoenix police helicopter hovering over the sector. Police rapidly responded with riot gear and pepper spray. Musician Michael Baden shot some beginner footage from the facet of the stage.
For sure, a miffed Sort O Detrimental didn’t get to do their headlining efficiency and managed to trace the Deftones to Membership Purgatory later that evening. “Sort-O’s guitar participant and a roadie sought out Chino, the singer of Deftones,” says Baden. “It was fascinating to see; we have been chilling with the band in a sales space … in some way these two guys tracked the band down throughout city in a tiny little bar, they stroll into the bar, and ask the place’s Chino. Somebody factors to the desk and the guitar participant heads proper up and confronts him, after which all of the sinners begin swinging!”
Musician Christian Alvarez confirms that Soulgrind, who performed the Deftones riot present, “additionally fought later that evening, too.” One spectator, Zia Peroni, remembers, “That’s how I ended up beneath an enormous dogpile of individuals combating, about seven folks deep. My shoe broke. That was an insane evening!”
Perhaps Psychological at AAA Gardner’s
Date unknown, most likely early 1980s
When somebody prefaces what they’re about to inform you with, “I’m not making any of this up,” you’ll be able to anticipate the speak will flip to Perhaps Psychological, a band who have been two-thirds beginner taxidermists. Robin Grotjan remembers Perhaps Psychological and the band’s spirit animals of types. “Ron was in it, David Oliphant, and Donna Anadrillo. On the similar time, Ron and Donna have been doing taxidermy, and Ron had sewed a canine’s head that he wore at Perhaps Psychological exhibits.” Robin was residing with Ron by this time and corroborates: “We saved the lifeless cats in our freezer and Ron’s mother was so freaked out. Ron loves cats, by the way in which. A lot in order that he buried them and made cat bone necklaces.”
On the Perhaps Psychological present at AAA Gardner’s, Robin was working the fog machine. “And Dave was already pissed off as a result of I wasn’t doing it to his requirements. They’d lifeless cats and a pig’s head. And the pig’s head was sitting in entrance of the stage throughout the present and it had a candle on it, And so they had labored a manner for it to explode, however they didn’t suppose it was going to explode and have chunks fly on the viewers prefer it did.”
An ill-attended rave with Digital Underground
Actual date unknown, late 1990s
Nothing says unhappy like a rave that’s lower than a rave. Former KUPD jock Bridget Ventura remembers working what was purported to be “some form of rave-like extravaganza with Digital Underground. They promoted the hell out of this all-day present. I feel 80 folks got here. The headliners entertained themselves by consuming handfuls of ecstasy, then emptying big luggage of popcorn and copious quantities of beer all around the stage, theater, and ‘viewers.’ A primary-class debacle.”
As Roger Williams remembers, “We went to choose them up from the airport and so they had a 10-deep entourage. All of them received right into a battle after the present and took off. Humpty [Shock G] left his leather-based jacket there. I’ve nonetheless received it.” Though the fights have been spontaneous, the popcorn was deliberate. “They sprayed Champagne far and wide then unfold popcorn throughout throughout ‘The Humpty Dance.’ It was like an ice rink. In addition they had circumstances of beer that they have been handing out to the gang as a result of the price of beer on the venue was absurd.”
Cop Shoot Cop on the Nile Theatre
Michael Baden additionally remembers this present the place “an over-exuberant fan produced a hearth extinguisher and received up on stage and hosed the band throughout their second music and the venue utterly full of smoke … Everybody was compelled outdoors to have the ability to breathe and a manhunt for stated fan instantly ensued … Cops picked him up so the small crowd didn’t tear him aside.”
Billy Clone and the Similar, Venue unknown
Why submit a present with so little info? What selection do you could have when somebody needs to speak about “the man on the Billy Clone and the Similar present with the lifeless animal components.” In keeping with Michelle Elizabeth, “My pal went to shake his hand and he had a lifeless hen foot in his hand. He later threw a cow leg and hit the identical pal’s sister at the back of the pinnacle and break up her head open. Yeah, it occurred. I don’t recall the venue.”
Lifeless Cats at Huge Fish Pub
Okay, this one’s not about animals, all proper? Benjamin Fuqua was operating sound on the Huge Fish Pub and “watched a band known as the Lifeless Cats actually clear the membership when it was at capability.” With out fireplace extinguishers. Now, that’s one thing.
This text initially ran in 2017 and has been up to date.