Great Rock 'N' Roll Inconveniences
A lot of people are being inconvenienced at the moment. In the world of rock, however, there's always someone getting put out. Particularly the artists.
1. No Meat At A Morrissey Gig
Our main man Moz is famous for his vegetarianism - he named an album Meat Is Murder after all - but perhaps he goes a little too far sometimes. Morrissey refuses to play at venues that serve meat, meaning the staff have to pull it from their offerings. The former Smiths singer is known to have canceled gigs if the venues don't comply.
2. Florence Welch Riles The World Of Tennis.
When The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) tried to book the Manchester Arena for the semi-final of the Davis Cup in September 2015, they were shocked to learn that the space had already been taken - by Florence And The Machine! Reports say they spoke to her agent to suggest changing the show, but Flo wouldn't budge. The Davis Cup was moved to Glasgow instead.
3. Kings of Leon Vs. The Birds
During a show in St Louis in 2010, Kings Of Leon, were forced off stage because of defecating pigeons. That's right, the pesky birds were sitting on the lighting rigs and, when the band plugged in and played, the avian nuisances were spooked. Reportedly Jared Followill got some in his mouth…
4. Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Everyone speaks fondly of the original Isle Of Wight Festival (and why wouldn't they, it was awesome) but it was a bit of a headache for the locals. After its third year running, the 1970 festival is believed to have had roughly 700,000 people in attendance. Suffice to say, it was a logistical nightmare for the island and wasn't held again until 2002.
5. Dave Grohl And His Unfortunate Tumble
During a Foo Fighters show in Sweden in June 2015, Dave Grohl slipped from the stage and shattered his leg. Although Big Dave managed to finish THAT show, he was advised to cancel a few forthcoming dates; namely Glastonbury festival and two sold out Wembley Stadium gigs. A suitably chastened Dave apologised to the entire world.
6. Oasis Split Up On The Eve Of V Festival
Part of what made Oasis such an electric band was the tension between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. Their brotherly bickering meant you never knew what you were going to get during a show. That couldn't have been more true than at V Festival 2009, when the band didn't even make it on stage. After a huge fight, they called it day. Snow Patrol stood in for the band.
7. Rivers Cuomo's Short Leg
Back in 1995, Weezer had to cancel a number of dates, including a high profile London show, while frontman Rivers Cuomo had one of his legs lengthened. That's right, the singer was born with one leg shorter than the other and had to undergo a nasty op that saw surgeons break his limb and add a brace that stretched it a little at at time.
8. The Verve Vs. The Rolling Stones
In 1997 The Verve were at the top of their game and the top of the charts. Their iconic anthem, Bitter Sweet Symphony, had become an instant classic and was flying off the shelves. That was, of course, until The Rolling Stones' lawyers wrapped their ears around it. The band sampled an orchestral version of The Rolling Stones' The Last Time and, although it was licensed to them, The Stones believed they used too much of the song. The Verve lost royalties. Ouch.