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My personal Spinal Tap moment came when we got locked into the Festival Hall in London by accident. We ended up wandering the maze of backstage corridors carrying a three foot high piece of cheese looking for the one door that would lead us to salvation.

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(, Thu 29 Jun 2006, 13:47)
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Magnum Story number 2
For the last gig of a very long tour, Magnum had a massive pyro finale lined up, which had cost a huge a mount of money. It was to go off during the last few seconds of the final number. It consisted of 2 huge cannons at the front of the stage on either side, and various other bits towards the back - all triggered by the pryro guy with the press of a button.

So, it gets to a few seconds before it's all due to go off, and Ben (my friend) looks over at the pyro guy in the wings, who has a rather worried expression on his face. He motions towards the lead guitarist, who is stood towards the front of the stage, in the middle of a guitar solo. His head is hanging right over one of the cannons.

So - they obviously had a split decision to make. Either not bother with the pyros, miss the moment, and go out with a whimper - or, just go for it. Ben looked at pyro guy. Pyro guy looked at Ben. They both shrugged their shoulders in an 'Aaah fuck it' kind of way, and pyro guy hit the button.

As the smoke cleared, the guitarist stood up, and he had a completely black face, and what was left of his hair was standing on end. Apparently, he couldn't have looked any more like a comedy blown up person if he'd tried. He also completely lost his hearing in both ears for 2 days, but agreed with the rest of the band that what had to be done, had to be done.
(, Fri 30 Jun 2006, 10:17, Reply)

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