(From the UK-based Sunday Mail, 12 February 2006.)
12 Years of Carnage @ The Garage
by Billy Sloan
LEGENDARY Glasgow venue The
Garage this month celebrates 12 years of music and mayhem. Here, Donald MacLeod
owner, friend of the stars and gig promoter, reveals his 12 maddest memories of
The Garage's history.
In 1994, I was offered a secret performance
by Prince, below. I was told not to inform the media and to leave his fee in
cash in a plastic bag by the stage - of course I told newspapers, radio,
everyone. We had all been warned not to call him Prince (this was during his
Artist Formerly Known As... stage). So I walked up to him, looked him right in
the eye and said: "Enjoy the gig, wee man?"
The band started playing Tie Me Kangaroo
Down Sport when Rolf was still in the dressing room with me-with his Jake The
Peg extra leg attached. It took him ages to make it up the stairs with the leg
-they had to extend the intro of the song by three minutes.
DONALD THE DEVIL
The Devil seems to be a nickname a lot of
bands give me once they've had a night out with me. Queens Of The Stone Age,
The Bravery, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Theuntilthe Bloodhound Gang are just a
few acts who call me the Satanic nickname. It might have something to do with
the Aftershock and Slippery Nipples I make them drink -and my rule that no-one
goes to bed until I say so. THE DARKNESS Fans in England have reason to dislike
me -The Darkness cancelled shows there because of me in 2003, after playing the
Barras. I brought the band back to The Garage and Justin Hawkins, right, had
such a good time he had to cancel a few shows - blaming throat nodules.
Despite being blind (and blind drunk) the
legendary guitarist sneaked away from his after-party and found his way to the
main hall, where he danced all night. Apparently he memorises the route in
every venue he plays. ROGER TAYLOR The Queen star has terrible eyesight - so
they had loads of lights along the stage so '" he could see where the edge was.
But his tour manager forgot to tell him to come off ' the right side of the
stage -he went left, falling right into the pinball machine.
I told singer Jez Coleman the club started
at 11 - but he was too busy making a call to Oz to listen. He eventually got
onstage and lit 10 huge candles which he handed to the crowd. Problem was, the
ceiling was covered by a huge parachute - which we had been assured was
fireproof. Once guys started handing candles to girls sitting on their
shoulders, we fought through the capacity crowd and blew them out. Of course
they just re-lit them again so it was worrying. Eventually we got the band off
- 35 minutes late. And eventually I got a £300 bill for Jez's call!
FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS
Huey and the boys' show was sponsored by a
mobile phone company. There were plenty of agency jobsworths about, being
ineffective -until they learned Huey had hired strippers to perform with him.
Moral uproar erupted. As I tried to calm the agency types, the strippers did
their thing. Huey later disappeared with them during the after-party.
STONE OF DESTINY
Many years ago, a stonemason's yard was
behind the Garage. Some said the real Stone Of Destiny was hidden there, not
whisked away to England by King Edward I.
During last year's show, I projected a
message on the big screen saying anyone with a comment should call a number -
which belonged to Mark Mackie of Regular Music. Mark was relaxing at home when
his phone went mad with around 120 calls. Thank God Mark has a sense of humour.
I was right up for this There are video
clips of me at the gig, jumping around like a madman. When they eventually came
off stage, I was the one dripping sweat, with a towel round my neck and the
look of someone who'd been going wild for days.
MICKEY AND BILLY