Smartass Boy Band Member Wins Hall of Infamy Award

I’d never heard of Rewind–a boy band from Scotland–until the Globe and Mail published this nugget in it’s annual travel section feature “Travel Hall of Infamy.”

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The Overdressed Turkey Award

… goes to singer James McElvar from Scottish boy band Rewind. Determined to avoid a $90 excess baggage fee on his Glasgow-bound EasyJet flight, he donned every item of clothing in his extra backpack – including five pairs of pants, six T-shirts and four sweaters – before waddling on-board and jamming himself into a seat, thinking he’d beaten the man like a proper old-school rocker. But soon after takeoff, he vomited, was given oxygen and collapsed with what was later diagnosed as heat exhaustion. Paramedics who met the plane told BBC News the multilayered Michelin Man-sized crooner was “lucky to be alive.

Don’t be cheap. Check your bag next time.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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