In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, Mikey Gould of the rock ‘n roll band, Welshly Arms talks about some of their crazy moments from touring. You can check out the feature, after the break.
There have definitely been some interesting and pretty funny moments that the six of us have shared over the years. One in particular that comes to mind happened just last year. We were playing “Rock Am Ring,” a pretty big music festival in Germany that sees about 80,000 people every year.
We play the show, and it goes great…largest crowd we had ever played in front of. Afterward our set, we are rushed backstage to do a bunch of interviews, and after the interviews, I (Mikey) was excited to catch Liam Gallagher’s set as he was playing just after us (a quick side note…I am a massive Oasis fan and have been since high school.) When I went to leave the artist area I was informed by an officer that I wasn’t allowed to leave, no reason was given, just simply that no one can leave the artist area. I then go to find some of the other members of the band to find out what was happening. It took quite awhile but eventually, we learned that there had been a terrorist threat on the festival grounds and we had to remain where we were until further notice.
Luckily for us, the “artist area” was kind of awesome. Food, drinks, instruments and most of the other bands that had played or were scheduled to play that day. So we’re all hanging out having a “few” drinks and mingling with the other artists when I see none other than Liam Gallagher walk by. The wheels in my head are already turning thinking of how I’ll make my approach to introduce myself at some point later on in the night. So we all have more drinks and eventually, I need to use the restroom. Just as I’m opening the door to the bathroom, Liam walks out at the same time and I quite literally walk directly into his face…embarrassed & utterly mortified I muttered something to the effect of “I’m so sorry” and I’m “mad for your new single.” Mad for the new single? That’s what I waited twenty years to say?! Liam was super nice and apologized for running into me, but I was so horrified and awestruck that I couldn’t get out another word and off he went.
After that encounter, I lost my nerve on wanting a second approach so I think I avoided him the rest of the time we were in lockdown. They finally had to evacuate all 80,000 people from the festival for safety reasons. After the police searched the tour buses, vans and the grounds they determined it was safe to let the artists leave as well. Thank goodness that the only loss of the night was my dignity and pride.