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10 of the Most Disastrous Concert Tours in History

Poor Titus Andronicus. They were all excited to go on tour with The Pogues, but apparently the experience has left a sour taste – singer Patrick Stickles told Spinner this week, “I hated the tour. It made me furious throughout. I didn’t think that we were treated at all with the respect that we deserved, not even the respect as saying, ‘We’re an important punk band,’ but respect that we’re human beings.” Still, for all that their support slot turned out to be a huge let-down, at least they didn’t get beaten up, or get chased out of the country, or end up stuck inside a giant lemon. Here we “celebrate” ten of rock ’n’ roll’s most hilariously disastrous concert tours.

Black Lips, India, 2009

The “issues”: Cultural misunderstandings, angry crowds, nudity, deportation

Indian audiences are generally keen for pretty much any live music they can get their hands on (we once attended an Iron Maiden concert in Bangalore that attracted 40,000 people), but even so, perhaps Black Lips weren’t the best choice to headline the annual Campus Rocks tour. The rest of the bands on tour were local metal bands, and Black Lips’ less than metallic flavors weren’t well-received – they had bottles thrown at them in Pune, and thus in Chennai they decided to make things a little more fun. By getting naked. The result: getting thrown off the tour and having to escape out the window of their hotel before they got arrested. Rock and, indeed, roll.

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