The thread for the best sounding gig made me think a thread about opposite may be interesting, in the interest of balance!
I went to see Alice Cooper at the now demolished Cornwall Coliseum situate on a beach near St Austell, Cornwall in October 1991.
I had seen several big acts at the, I think, 3,500 seat venue & the sound was OK.
The opening act that night was introduced by the announcer as ‘Tamworth’s Finest’, Wolfsbane. My friend & I had never heard of them &, despite never being able to forget their ‘performance’ (loose use of the word here), have never bothered to listen to them again & successfully avoided visiting Tamworth.
I have struggled to play the guitar for well over 30 years but can make a very loud, discordant & extremely unpleasant, tuneless noise at home with my Les Paul & Marshall practice amp. Even being this bad, had I played with Wolfsbane that night they would have sounded as if Clapton or Page had leapt up on stage to join them. To say they were truly awful is way too kind to them. My friend & I only listened to the full 30-minute set on the basis that they could only get better once warmed up. They proved us wrong.
I had only ever seen beer thrown at punk acts in small venues on TV & didn’t think it could ever happen in a larger venue & in a civilised location such as St Austell. Wrong again. Had I been nearer the front I may have been tempted to join in.
To be fair, Alice Cooper came on & the sound was only a little better. Pretty much a loud, continuous, incoherent noise for 90 minutes & everyone around us was asking ‘is this Schools Out/No More Mister Nice Guy/Poison’ etc etc. I’m not joking, it was that bad & is why, nearly 30 years later that it remains a clear memory. A real pity as the stage visuals were really good & would have fitted well with the music if we could have worked out what was playing,
Finally, if you are reading this Wolfsbane, I am sure you have vastly improved over the years & are a genuinely nice bunch of guys now looking forward to your pensions. However, on the night you weren’t very good………