“The worst show for me didn’t have anything to do with my playing or something going wrong with my gear or anything. I was doing the LA Forum with Marilyn Manson. It was my first time playing there, so I was super excited. You grow up hearing about KISS Alive II and all of these other historical concerts taking place at the Forum, so finally you get to step out onto that stage – it’s a really big deal.
“All of my friends came, the venue was packed – I just had the feeling it was going to be the best show ever. We come out on stage, the place goes nuts, and we launch into the first song – amazing. It’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes! This is the greatest.’ Everything keeps going great and building in intensity. I'm just having the best time.
"Three songs in, it was all over: Manson hurt his ankle on stage, and that was it – we were done. And the thing is, he had a bad ankle to start with. He would get up on these sidefills and jump off of them. I knew this, so I would try to get in front of him so he couldn’t jump. I’d try to act like I didn’t see him, but I’m really just trying to keep him from hurting himself. Sure enough, he jumped... and down he went. It was terrible. The show was called.
“I was crushed. It was like going from the highest of highs to just like, ‘What happened?’ I was so bummed. We did three tunes, and we sounded great… [sighs] That was that. My one time playing the Forum – three songs and out."
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