What Happens Behind the Scenes of a Music Concert?
You probably have attended a music concert. The music and performances might have rocked you all through the session that you are left in awe and great admiration of the artistes. But do you know that there are a lot of mishaps and incidences, some nasty, which happen behind the scene of the concert.
As a musician, I admit the happenings are really embarrassing at times. I can recall such an incident which happened one day while we had attended a concert which had been organized to sensitize the youth about eating less, because of the gastric sleeve procedure.
Embarrassing Occurrences in the Preparation Room
We were all set for the concert early and by the time we arrived at the venue, almost an hour before time, all was well according to the plans of the entertainment agency which had been mandated to organize the concert. We were not the only band to perform. According to the schedule, we were to perform before a rival band which we considered inferior to us. That’s when trouble began…
It was our lead guitarist and band leader, Howard, who started it all. According to him, our band performing before our rivals meant that we were kind of curtain-raising for them, yet they were not as popular as us. The verdict, this was unacceptable and if the schedule was not revised, then there would be no performance from us.
This triggered a war of word as our rival band engaged us in ‘dissing’ each other. The more other groups and the organizing agency tried to make us behave mature the more bitter the situation got. I had this feeling that thing might get out of control, but my fear were downplayed when Howard got out of the preparation room.
We were all silent for a while. Howard didn’t return and we thought that he must have left. We didn’t know what to do because he was our leader. We tried calling him but our phone went unanswered. By this time, I was contemplating to also leave. There was not much we could do without Howard, not unless we were prepared for a mediocre performance which would really embarrass us for the next feel days.
Backstage ‘Events’ Get Nasty
I was about to start packing my stuff when Howard returned suddenly with a metallic bar and started hitting any member of the rival group who got into his way. The scene became so nasty and messy as a fight ensued.
By the time the security team arrived most of the musical kits of either side had been destroyed and several of us had been injured.
The organizing agent were much angered by the barbaric behavior to the extent that they called the law enforcement officer and we were all bundled to a police van and taken to a police station where we locked in. Our performances were also cancelled.
At the station we were heavily fined and it was by luck that we did get jailed. That’s one of the most embarrassing situation that I have ever encountered behind the scene while preparing for a music concert.