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Ongoing History Daily: A list of strange gigs

It’s awfully fun when a band plays a show where you wouldn’t normally expect one. Here are some examples.

  • In 1976, the Sex Pistols performed for inmates at Chelmsford Prison. They made a live album that night.
  • Two years later, The Cramps played a gig at a psychiatric hospital in Napa, California.
  • Back in 2001, filmmaker Michael Moore got Rage Against the Machine to play protest show in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • In 2012 the Foo Fighter showed up to play a gig at a pizza restaurant in Woodland Hills, California, burning through 32 songs as a rehearsal for some scheduled shows in Mexico City.
  • And I love this. Metallica wanted to be the first band to play concerts on all seven continents over the course of a single year. So in 2013, they arranged to have a show to play a research station in Antarctica. Mission accomplished.
  • But this could be the best. In 2006, a singer named Katie Melua played a Norwegian gas platform in the North Sea. It wasn’t ON the platform, either. It was in a chamber 303 metres underwater.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: A list of strange gigs

  • Katie Melua’s rendition of the Cure’s Just Like Heaven is mesmerising.
    The song was also used in a sappy reese witherspoon movie


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