Animal - Anti Nowhere League - Gig From Hell Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 May 2011 05:00

anlive200With the announcement of their support slot on the Winter UK tour from Motorhead, what better time to finally get Anti-Nowhere League frontman Animal to entertain us with an entry into our Gigs From Hell archive?! But wait, what did our man Matt Phelps discover when he asked the legendary punk frontman if he'd ever realised that Hell is gig-shaped? A school visit from Hell?

 

 

 

.....Many years ago when the band was in 'full flight' - '82ish - I got a phone call from our local school for spastics saying that the kids in the school really loved the band, they would love to meet us and could we possibly bring some albums and sign them for the kids. I felt a bit stupid and...embarrassed I suppose, and quickly made up an excuse saying we were booked to tour in a couple of days so it would not be possible - I felt a bit like a shithead but I was young......

 

The next day I was in the pub with PJ and I was telling him about this; "You cunt" he said, "Why the fuck did you not do it, the kids would love to see you there, being local and all. If you are worried about it then I will come with you." Okay, we were on.....

 

We went back home and got dressed in full ANWL gear; leathers, chains, studs, biker boots - the works. We grabbed a couple of dozen albums and went to the school.....

 

As we were walking through to the hall PJ joked and said "The lads will be shocked to see us there." We walked into the hall......about six spastic lads were there, and a teacher. The lads started screaming and crying and the teacher rushed up to us and said '"Who are you?" and "What the hell do you think you are doing upsetting the children?" I stood there in full gear trying to explain why I was here giving out our albums..........

 

"Oh the party" said the teacher "that was last night!" All the guests from other schools had gone home......fuck.......we stood there with the kids screaming and said "Do you want any albums?"

 

 "....err ...no thanks, and please leave us now......"

 

As we walked back to the car PJ said "You cunt, why did you not check the day?"

 

Drugs, I suppose.......

 

 

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