MSG at Icon Supperclub, Palo Alto, CA, USA
6th December 2001
Michael took the stage in Palo Alto tonight and started playing Into the
Arena, and completely messed it up. He absolutely could not play the song
at all. His timing was a little off on the intro, but when he started the
first lead part he just couldn't do it. He was trying to get a handle on
it, and then seemed confused and started improvising something, trying to
pick it up. Then he took the guitar off, turned to the guitar tech on the
side of the stage and said something to him, shaking his head, and then
walked off the stage with his head down. The rest of the band finished the
song, and then they walked off. The guitar tech came back out and took
Schenker's guitar back stage, and then came backout a few minutes later and
said "Mr Schenker is very sick, he's got a hundred and four. Give us a few
minutes and I'll try to get him back together", and walked off. About ten
minutes later the tech and the roadie came out and got the other two V's
and split. A while later the guy who books the club came out and said the
band wouldn't be playing, and that he didn't know if Schenker was really
sick or not, and that everybody would get their money back, that the
situation was total BS, etc. The crowd was absolutely apeshit. And that
was basically it.
I talked to one of the guys who sells the t-shirts, and he said Schenker
really is sick, and that a virus has been going around, etc; he said Pete
had it a couple days ago. Who knows. We'll see.
Adendum: Just had an email from the guy who had the unfortunate job of coming
on stage ("the guy who books the club"). He wanted to make clear that his
point was that whether or not Michael was ill it was bullshit for the fans..
NOT that Michael being ill was bullshit. The club, and he personally, were
just as upset about the situation as the audience.
He also praised the fans for being
very cool about the situation.
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