The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous by Jon Niccum

By Jon Niccum

"WORST GIG is track Appreciation 225, taught via that cool professor each person desired to have beers with after category. One enjoyable nugget after one other. It was once more durable to shut than my Twitter app."—Matthew James, McSweeney's

"Tawdry stories of live performance catastrophes!"—Buzzfeed

"Musicians' 'Worst Gig' makes for top learn ever."—Salon

What is the worst express you've ever played?

Sometimes the worst indicates encourage the simplest tales. After enormous quantities of interviews with nationwide headliners and liked indie acts alike, leisure journalist Jon Niccum has crafted a suite that chronicles the main embarrassing, so much hilarious and so much insane dwell express moments ever.

THE WORST GIG positive aspects outrageous tales from stars equivalent to Wilco, Def Leppard, Tenacious D, Rush, John Mayer, and The intercourse Pistols. Be it nature's wrath, gear breakdowns or perhaps army intervention, get the wild scoop on what particularly occurred, immediately from the artists themselves.

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