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Dan Keding Ever have a disaster of a gig? (41) RE: Ever have a disaster of a gig? 07 Feb 08

Well, like anyone who's been in the business for a bit I've had my share of drunks, forgetful promoters (they forgot to advertise the show), and just plain horrible incidents.

The strangest happened at a club in Chicago so many years ago I'm not sure it was even me. I had a horrible case of the flu - fever, runny nose, bleary eyes - the whole nine yards. I called the club to cancel but within thirty minutes they called back and said they couldn't find a replacement. Too short on the notice part of this whole thing. They said just come in for one set and we'll call it even, pay you and you can go home. Like a complete fool I did it. I went on stage and did something that I never did back then, I sat down on a low chair. I was half way through a fairly long ballad when all of a sudden I just fell asleep, slumped over the guitar and fell asleep right there on stage. After a while I opened my eyes and I was looking at the floor of the stage, right past my guitar and I thought, "How strange, I'm on stage somewhere." Then I remembered where and slowly raised my head. There was the audience, quiet as could be, just watching me. I sang some quick song, thanked them and got off the stage as quickly as I could in my bizarre condition. I sat next to a friend at the back of the room and asked how long I'd been out. He said, "About ten minutes."

"Ten Minutes? Why didn't someone wake me?"

"You looked so peaceful no one had the heart to disturb you."

I went home and went to bed and didn't get up for about twelve hours. And they say that audiences are heartless, not mine.


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