Some of the most disastrous performances of popular rock bands
Even great performers have unsuccessful speeches. There are many reasons why this happens: lack of rehearsals, technical problems, drunkenness and, of course, quarrels within the band. Well, just the playing or singing of one or more musicians starts to go by.
We remembered four performances where great musicians did not live up to their rank and level, as well as the expectations of the fans.
Led Zeppelin Reunion play "Whole Lotta Love" in «Live Aid 1985"
Led Zeppelin decided for the first time meet after the death of the drummer John Bonham in 1980 to play Live Aid on July 13, 1985 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
Zeppelin performed to an audience of around 100,000 and to the 1.9 billion people who watched them on television. There were many factors that made the performance "not the one". First, the voice of singer Robert Plant is strongly tired from participating in three solo concerts the night before "Live Aid". Secondly, guitarist Jimmy Page was given a guitar that was not configured properly, and Phil Collins was put in as second drummer at the last minute and didn't know the material well, so improvised.
But bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, as well as drummer Tony Thompson, played perfectly. Probably, most viewers initially did not notice the shortcomings in the performance.
But Jimmy Page noticed them right away and later insisted on exception Led Zeppelin performances from the Live Aid DVD set released in 2004. Unfortunately for the bands (or fortunately for the fans), in the same year a new Internet service called YouTube made that performance accessible for everyone who has a computer and internet.
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge" on "Saturday Night Live"", 1992
February 22, 1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers spoke on the evening show "Saturday Night Live" live. At the time, the band was famous for such hits as "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge" from the album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik". The album became extremely popular and the band was invited to perform on the show.
Guitarist John Frusciante was so dissatisfied sudden success that deliberately sabotaged performance by the band "Under the Bridge", playing slowly and erratically, then yelling incoherently at the end of the song instead of singing his part as he usually did.
Singer Anthony Kiedis wrote in his autobiography ("Scar Tissue"):
"It felt like I was stabbed in the back to shamefully 'die' in front of all of America while Frusciante was in the shadows in the corner, playing past and slow."
Drummer Chad Smith spoke about how Frusciante played during this period:
“John just stood there and acted like he didn't care about anything (in a more rude way). You can't play in a band and think only of yourself without caring about others. A lot of our shows at the time were terrible."
Shortly after this performance, Frusciante would leave the band.
Van Halen performing "Romeo Delight" at the 1983 US Festival
In 1983, David Bowie was the highest paid solo artist, earning $1 million from the Devore, California festival. But most highly paid the group at the time was Van Halen: their contract stated that the American festival had to pay them smooth the same amount.
Before and during the band's performances, singer David Lee Roth was regularly drunk and repeatedly forgot lyrics to many songs, including this performance: it happened on their opening song "Romeo Delight". Eddie, Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony did an excellent job, but spoiled Dave's performance knocked the whole band down.
Peter Gabriel, Sinead O'Connor, Sting and his band play "Don't Give Up", 1990
Sting, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne, Wynton Marsalis, Sinead O'Connor, Reuben Blades, "New Kids On The Block" and others spoke at the An Embrace Of Hope' Amnesty International Festival in Santiago, Chile in October 1990.
Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor performed Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" with support from Sting and his band. From the Beginning at song, it becomes clear that the Sting team is clearly unfamiliar with this song and, perhaps, is playing it for the first time (from notes).
Gabriel and O'Connor trying find your place in the whimsical arrangement and adjust. Gabriel stops singing the first verse because the band doesn't get in rhythm with him, he adjusts. This awkward moment could have been avoided if Gabriel had played the song with his band.
Despite all the failure of the performances, which we wrote about above, it is worth recognizing that the fans' love for the artists did not decrease from this. Perhaps even the opposite, because it showed that musicians are the same people as everyone else. Sometimes they make mistakes too.
To prove that artists are still called great for a reason, let's give an example of their successful performances.
Here, Led Zeppelin perform "Black Dog" in front of a huge crowd at the O2 Arena at the "Celebration Day" concert in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, former director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here's what one fan had to say about the concert:
“Honestly, I think it was the best Led Zeppelin concert ever. No pampering, full concentration and purity of performance. Absolutely incredible."
And it really was a great performance, one of the best from Led Zeppelin, revealing all the talent of the musicians.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
August 23, 2003, Red Hot Chili Peppers performance at Ireland. The group confidently plays in front of an audience of thousands, and the musicians no longer make any mistakes. The guitarist in the band has changed a long time ago, so everyone plays harmoniously, and the band's fans do not stop rejoicing.
Under the YouTube video, we came across one funny comment:
“I watched this concert so many times that I probably would have recognized people from the crowd on the street.”
One of the group's relatively recent performances. The musicians played on American television in 2015.
That's what said about this talk by David Lee Roth:
“It was a good way to start the tour. We've never played on American TV before. We felt that there was simply no better audience than this one.”