|Gerry Laffy - Gig From Hell|
|Written by Gerry Laffy|
|Sunday, 01 July 2012 04:00|
I'd say my all time Gig From Hell experience was when I was playing with John Taylor strangely, despite the usual luxury of gigging with an ex major star.
We did an East Coast US tour on a very cool tour bus. We got down to Hallandale Florida as we hit some huge hurricane. We battled to the hotel in the afternoon through horizontal rain and hail. That night we had to wade from the hotel over to the gig, as the water was some 6 inches deep. We played to maybe 15 or 20 people who'd made it but it was a fantastic gig.
A lot of the time with John Taylor I had crushed 2 discs in my back, my back was fucked and getting worse with the gigging and travel from UK/USA/Japan/Taiwan/Germany etc. I remember one gig in Taipei where I told the band to leave the hotel without me, I made up some excuse I had to wait back, I didn't want them to see I could barely walk. I used a room service trolley to lean on to get me to the lift, and then I held on to walls to get me there.
No one ever realised I was wearing a back brace and a tens machine. It was a fucking awful time...3 years of serious back pain and issues, but thankfully it's all over with now.
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