In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the rock duo, Tokyo Taboo, talk about some of their crazy moments from touring. You can check out the feature, after the break.
Los Angeles is one of our favorite cities! It’s weird and wonderful and we’ve had some very…interesting experiences there. We’ve driven around town with a potential (but in hindsight phony) manager blasting out tunes at two AM. We recorded our debut album just off 6th Street in LA (a notoriously dodgy area close to skid row) and were asked whether we’d like to sell drugs from a dealer. The greatest story though was the first time we ever performed a show in LA as we got kicked out from the venue and banned from playing the sunset strip ‘for life!’
The show was at Whisky A Go Go – a world famous venue known for its rock and roll regulars. The venue, however, used its great musical history to get up and coming bands to pay to play. (Buy as many as forty tickets in advance in order to grace the stage. A way in which the venue and promoter can make money without worrying whether the band draws an audience)
Being young and inexperienced we decided to have our names in lights above Whisky A Go Go was too cool to pass up so we booked the show said bye byes to our cash and played the gig.
For $400 you would think we would be allowed in the venue to get changed and warm up. You would also think we would get a drink or two on the house, a relaxed sound guy who wasn’t clock watching and a big audience..!?) Wrong. At ten to eight Dolly Daggerz was sat on the ‘sidewalk’ next to a Hollywood hobo applying her makeup. (Set time was 8pm) The obligatory soundcheck we had was as useful as a perforated condom and our set was cut even though we had technical difficulties on stage. Needless to say, Dolly lost her shit! She dropped the c-bomb in front of kids and their parents and threw the mic off the stage. The promoter threw us out and told us she was going to ‘tell every venue about what we did’
So much for rock and roll. What would Jim Morrison think? A year later our drummer got a call asking whether we’d like to play Whisky again! I’m pretty sure he hung up laughing!
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