In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the indie pop band, Cassia, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
We’re were halfway through touring our debut album ‘replica’. We’d made our way across Europe ready for the German Leg of the tour, where we’d begin in Koln. We decided to spice things up and invest in skateboards, just cus… We slapped ‘skate shops near me’ into google maps and within the hour, we each were reppin’ a longboard each, gliding up and down the high street.
Rob claimed to have the most skating experience having spent his teenage years smoking weed with all the skater kids down at the ramps. ‘Bet you can’t do an Ollie’ dared Jake. This wasn’t going to end well. As expected, Rob failed to execute said, Ollie. He did however fall to the ground holding his back yelling ‘I’ve fucked it’ repeatedly.
With the show only a few hours away our tour manager Jake handed Rob 2 Codeine’s “here you go man, that’ll take the edge off”. What a mistake that would turn out to be.
The pain subsided and the show began. On the face of it, it seemed to be going pretty well. The crowd was into it, we were tight. However, I couldn’t help but notice something was slightly off with Rob. Between songs, he would, in great detail, proceed to tell the audience what Netflix series he’d been watching recently. Slightly out of character but comical nonetheless. As the show went on we could sense rob deteriorating. The sweat was dripping off him like nothing I’d seen before. We hit the last note of the song and Rob hurried off stage, collapsing in a heap on the green room floor. Cries of ‘encore’ echoed from the main room, but it was clear that we would not be able to give them what they desired.
Jake walked back on stage. The room fell silent. He stood lonely at the mic and in a sort of ‘Will from The Inbetweeners’ like fashion announced “The show cannot continue, rob has hurt his back. The ambulance is on its way”. Rob was rushed to the hospital and later returned having been diagnosed with a ‘spasm in the lower back’.
Fortunately, the tour could continue, but not without Rob insisting he take up the whole row of seats to lie down in the back of the tour van. Classic.