Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The numbers all go to eleven...

Pete Townshend, Ron Wood, Angus Young, and Billy Gibbons were asked by Guitar World magazine to name the "Most Spinal Tap Moment" of their careers.

Townshend recalled a few classic Keith Moon tales, one of which, not surprisingly, involved a car and a hotel: "Keith Moon, God rest his soul, was Spinal Tap incarnate. Most people know the story of how he drove his Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool. But on another occasion, Keith drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel and all the way up to the reception desk, got out and asked for the key to his room, all without blinking an eyelid. One time, on a plane, he poured the contents of a soup can into a paper bag, pretended to be sick in the bag and then to drink his own 'vomit.' All of this in first class. The businessmen didn't know what hit 'em."

Ron Wood recalled an evening in which he and Mick Jagger went to see a Marvin Gaye concert, after which Jagger spent an hour trying to impress to Gaye with his knowledge of R&B music. Wood says that the man who they thought was Gaye told Jagger, 'That's great, but why don't you tell that to Marvin? He'll be here shortly.' Mick had been talking to Marvin's brother, who wore the same kind of knitted wool cap Marvin wore." Wood also recalled the Stones hanging out backstage prior to a gig in the early '80s when their road manager yelled out to them "The police are here!" The band panicked and threw all their drugs down the toilet before Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland, walked in to greet the group.

To check out more real "Spinal Tap Moments" go to guitarworld.com.

No comments: