Gig Nightmare! January 2011

| December 30, 2010

gp0111_comm_gig1_nr.jpgThis isn’t mynightmare (thank god!), but it did happen to my co-guitarist in the Triumphs, Tim Griffith. First, here’s a little history: BJ Thomas & the Triumphs played in some of the oldest dance halls in Texas back in the ’60s, and this particular event happened at the ancient Riverside Hall in East Bernard, about 40 miles west of Houston. Those old halls were built completely out of wood, from the dance floor to the rafters. Well, the Triumphs had a huge dance going on one night. The hall was rocking, the dance floor was packed, and Tim told me the amps and P.A. were cranked. Out of the blue—and right in the middle of a song—a red wasp nest became dislodged from the rafter directly above where Tim was standing on stage, and it fell down the back of his shirt! Of course, I asked Tim, “What did you do?” He replied that he kept on playing until the song was over. What? If that had been me, I would have run screaming like a little girl, flapping my hands and ripping off that shirt. He did say he got stung several times, but took care of the wounds after the set was over. Now, that is true dedication! —JIM CRISWELL, THE TRIUMPHS



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