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In the early eighties, I was just a kid in high school playing drums for a band of college guys. They were all pretty good friends, and got on well. The bass player/bandleader was an exercise equipment salesman.
We were playing a huge corporate event outdoors, and for some reason the bass player and guitar player were arguing off and on the whole day. All was going well, when suddenly I saw the bass player lean into the guitar player and say something to him in the middle of a tune. The next thing I saw was the two of them fist fighting on stage, then rolling around on the ground wrestling. I could not believe what I was seeing. About a minute later, they picked their instruments back up and continued playing.
After the show, I asked the guitar player what the bass player had said. The guitar player's father had lost his legs due to diabetes years prior, and was in a wheelchair. The bass player was so mad at the guitar player, he leaned over to him mid-song and said, "hey, ask your father if he would be interested in buying a treadmill from me." Holy s@#*%. This was the most distasteful event that ever happened to me at a show, and one I will never forget.