[Dixielandjazz] Requests not to play and huge tips!
cellblk7 at comcast.net
Thu Dec 9 15:14:38 PST 2004
GREAT STORY! I love it! But I'm gonna watch my behind around YOU from now
on, Reverend! :~)
You are EVIL!!! :~)
deacon in Lodi!
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From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Requests not to play and huge tips!
> I was playing on a Festival in Belgium with Chuck Berry, Little Richard,
> Bo Diddley and Fats Domino & Percy Sledge amongst many others.
> Chuck Berry who has been known to be a jerk for many years, was about to
> on and play for the greatest and fairest promoter I ever worked for. He
> paying Chuck $25,000.00 for his show. Chuck walked over to where the
> and I were talking backstage and told the promoter:
> I do a one hour show, not a minute more, If I get an encore I get $3000.00
> extra, and if I get two it's gonna cost you $6,000.00 got it? He walked
> away to
> join the band.
> The promoter who never trashed anybody said what an a---hole, to which I
> agreed, and told him not to worry about it, as I owed Chuck Berry a pay
> back for
> many years for someting he did to me as a promoter, and he had long
> even who I was even standing in front of me.
> The promoter wanted to know what I was going to do, and I just told him to
> trust me, and it's better if you don't know anything about it, just make
> you are out in the audience when Chuck does his last song of the hour
> Chuck went on and I told the stage manager to build a ramp fromt he front
> the stage down into the audience discreetly while Chuck was up there
> performing about six feet above the audience.
> Having worked and or promoted many shows with Chuck Berry over the year I
> knew his routine show perfectly and knew exactly when it was going to be
> over, he
> would do his little duck walk across the stage and reach back and yank the
> guitar cord out of the amp and wave to the audience.
> I got St. Gabriel's ready to go and came up the ramp backstage for his
> number, and when he yanked that cord out I blew the whistle and we started
> playing Saints and marched right out onto his stage and down the ramp into
> audience with all Hell breaking loose, as they thought it was part of the
> Chuck never knew what hit him and man was he pissed off.
> We worked our way through the crowd of ten thousand folks and went back up
> the ramp to the stage again just before the next act was coming on, we got
> thunderous ovation form a great audience which was really enough reward.
> When we got backstage the Promoter came over to me and slipped a roll of
> in my pocket and said it was the greatest trick he had ever seen pulled
> loved how it went off so professionally and well to serve it's purpose. I
> counted the money when I got back to the dressing room and it was
> Chuck uttered a few obscenities at him and stormed out of the festival
> vowing to never come back and blocking his face from any of the
> from making any photos of him.
> It just don't get much better than revenge and a great tip too.
> Tom "Be Nice" Wiggins
> Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band and sometimes Circus. :))
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