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Ween, GBV, Melvins, Devo, MC5 & more talk worst, weirdest gigs in new book ‘No Encore!’


Every musician has a story about a crazy show, the worst gig of their life or the general weird shit that happens on the road. Writer Drew Fortune talked to a lot of famous musicians about just that for his new book No Encore! that’s out this week via Post Hill Press.

Among them: Dean Ween recalls opening for Busta Rhymes (“they hated us and started throwing cups, bottles, change, chairs, and anything that wasn’t nailed down”), Nathan Williams recounts WAVVES‘ infamous Primavera Sound meltdown, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh has “a good drug story involving Andy Warhol,” and Melvins’ Buzz Osborne recalls a tour with White Zombie that was “the worst touring experience of my life.”

There’s also Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction penchant, during his drug-fueled years, for “heroin syringe art” (“I thought it would be a very romantic gesture to go in Fiona Apple’s dressing room and write a message on her wall in my own blood”), and Superchunk/Bob Mould/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster telling how he came to back Katy Perry at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

No Encore! also has stories from artists who probably have whole books worth of crazy stories, including Psychic TV’s Genesis P-Orridge, Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema, Robert Pollard, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, King Khan, Joel Gion of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Big Daddy Kane, The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow, competent Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer, and more. Plus: Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider and…Dan Ackroyd?

Needless to say, No Encore! is a very entertaining read, and demands a sequel. Order yours.

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