Next Thing I knew, He Had A Knife
Apparently, Anton Newcombe, leader of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre, stabbed guitarist Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson, last night. From Gigwise….
The altercation occurred backstage after the band’s triumphant performance at the Forum club in North London.
Emerson, who appeared visibly intoxicated on stage, annoyed Newcombe after breaking a microphone during the show. Newcombe responded furiously, announcing Emerson would have to pay for its replacement.
After walking off in preparation for the encore, Emerson decided to remain on stage shouting “Testing, one two, one two” repeatedly into the microphone.
Trying to diffuse the situation, percussionist Joel Gion bid the crowd goodnight to which Emerson responded, “Don’t shut front of house man, you fucker.”
Police stated, “We were called by London ambulance at 11:09 to reports of a man being stabbed at The Forum club in Highgate Road, Kentish Town. A 35-year-old man (Emerson) was taken to hospital suffering from minor stab injuries. A 40-year-old man (Newcombe) was arrested and later released with no further action because the victim did not want to substantiate any allegation.”
While band squabbles are nothing new, it’s rare when one escalates into a gutting. But, with this guy Newcombe, it’s not really a big surprise. Here is the most famous of the crazy assed behavior scenes, involving Anton Newcombe, from the 2004 documentary “DiG”.
As always….before playing the YouTube, hit pause on the music player to your left.