Leeds 2002 – Backstage Gossip

Without the organised confines of an exclusive backstage lounge to DJ in (Reading), the stars were forced to amuse themselves and conduct their offstage business in a more open setting at Leeds!

[r-zone1]Following their pre-festival bus accident, Ash were, allegedly, replaced by stunt doubles. If you look closely at the on-stage picture looking out into the crowd then you can see where the seam is for the full-body disguise. Speculation over who it was that took up the challenge of stepping into Tim’s skin was fuelled by the fact that nobody saw him and Jack White together all day…

[l-zone2]In actual fact, Mr. White was probably sulking after the little spat he had with Jason from the Von Bondies. We were in the Bondies’ dressing room at the time. It was quick and ugly. The fact that Jack White produced their last album and is now dating the guitarist may have had something to do with it. Whilst storming out of the dressing room, White was heard to scream, “I made you, goddamit, and I can destroy you!”.

[r-zone3]The Vines were reportedly in trouble with the major festival sponsors following the band’s unathorised sideline deal with ‘Mr Porky’ Pork Scratchings. This salty snack featured prominently in all of their backstage interviews. The savoury grissle-enhanced procuct did little to aid the band’s Table Football playing in the backstage bar, as they were absolutely annihilated by Virtual Festivals.

[l-zone4]Shed 7 were justifying their presence backstage through inventive comedy. Never take the bet that one of their contingent has your name tatooed on his arse…because it’s true – he loved this gag so much that he went out and had the words “your name” indelibly inked on his bum cheeks. Ho ho ho.

[r-zone5]There continues to be disent in the ranks of Slipknot, and it is thought that the various spin-off bands being fronted by members of the outrageous septet could be a prelude for the band’s final split. The argument wages on about whether the collective name for members of the masked posse should be ‘Slippers’ or ‘Knotties’. Frontman Corrie favours ‘Knotties’, but guitarist Mick (seven) was heard to grunt his definite preferance for ‘The Slippers’. You heard it here first.,[r-zone1]Less Than Jake and The Cooper Temple Clause once again failed to settle the argument over whether English or US bands are the best dancers. The contingents from either side of the transatlantic rift circled each other warily all night in the aftershow disco. The contest soon evaporated as the members of both bands suddenly bonded over an intense hair product comparisson discussion. Awww, bless.

[l-zone2]When confronted later by Virtual Festivals, The Coopers revealed that they were a little bit too nervous to do full justice to their dance routines, as they had a bit of a predicament on their hands. Turns out they were being rushed to the studio first thing after the festival, to fulfil a promise to a major music publication, which involved recording a song that they hadn’t got round to writing yet, for a cover-mounted CD!

[r-zone3]Meanwhile Rivers from Weezer and Robert Turner from BRMC were trying to out-shy eachother. This involved strutting around the backstage press area repeatedly, and hanging around photographers. When approached for a “quick photo”, both snapped, with a horrified tone, that they were “much too tired!”.

[l-zone4]Following the recent bad fortune of Amen singer Casey Chaos (he got dropped by his record label and claims not to have a penny to his name), the enterprising fellow brought his busking hat with him to Leeds, and attempted to entertain backstage revelers with a capella renditions of some of Amen’s work. A chorus of “Dropped! Dropped! Dropped!”, was the immediate response, and Chaos was last seen heading for Festival Welfare.

[r-zone5]Credit for injecting the life and soul must ultimately be awarded to the ever dutiful Virtual Festivals Crew. It was all very uninspired at the aftershow party on Sunday night, save for Less than Jake and The Coopers comparing hair tips. Suffice to say, we got the choons on, and we got the house jumpin’. We initiated the amateur strip-show that ensued on top of the bar, and it was us who were having none of it when they tried to end the party!