Pit Stories: Mr. Megaphone and the On-Stage Meltdown
Band Photo: Mindset (?)
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, Roddy Lane from Virgina metal band Mindset shares his band's complete on-stage meltdown for your reading pleasure:
The gig in question actually took place in our home town (which made the events of that night seem worse as the club was packed and everyone witnessed a band come unglued). At the time we had taken an extended break from touring for our second record. The band had been plagued by in-fighting and label problems, so morale was really low. It was around the third song of the night when I pulled out my cliché, rock and roll megaphone. It was honestly an integral part of said tune, guys. My then-girlfriend had actually spent quite a bit of money on this piece of shit (I’m referring to the megaphone-not myself). Well, the thing didn’t work. Flat out. Because I’m a half-breed, idiot cave-man, I snapped…..and nearly crushed the megaphone into a fine powder. I tried to make light of my outburst by hiking what was left of Mr. Megaphone into my drummer’s kit. Mr. megaphone not only ruined some serious drum hardware-it also hit drummer Kenny in the face.
Being the great guy he is (thankfully) - instead of putting his fist through my jawbone, Kenny began disassembling his drum set with extreme prejudice. Then he walked off the stage. Our guitar player, for some insane reason, launched into the intro of what would’ve been our fourth song (keep in mind we hadn’t even made it to the first chorus of the third song). He tried so hard to keep things together, but ignorant minds prevailed that night. Our little nightmare continued as the guitarist and I realized that bass player John hadn’t been playing ANYTHING. He was having a meltdown of his own. John had evidently unplugged his bass during the second song (don’t ask me how none of us noticed) and laid it face down on the stage. Then he stood on it and stared blankly at the crowd.
We all knew the evening was FUBAR and there was no fixing anything at that moment. Especially after I told the HOME CROWD they could collectively fuck off. Completely unnecessary. Then I smashed the vocal mic into my forehead as hard as I could. I walked off stage, out the front door of the club, and drove the hell home. Good night friends and family - you all just paid ten bucks a head to see Mindset play for less than 15 minutes.
Mindset (not to be confused with the Maryland hardcore punk band of the same name) previously released a couple of albums on Noise Records and is currently unsigned, although they did recently release an "Unearthed" collection via Sacrifice Records. You can hear some of their music on the band's MySpace page. Roddy also has a solo record and a project called The Fifth Column.
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