We were supporting Manfred Mann's Earth Band (whose old PA we had bought) at the University of Sussex. In the bar, before our set, we were enjoying a drink or two when some shady guy sat next to me. "Hey man, I got some real cool pills - a cross between acid and downers - a quid each...." I told him I wasn't interested, but he kept on: "They'll give you a great time, man, go on, buy some......two for a quid".
Eventually he became a real pain and I started letting him know how I felt. I became very irritated, and was probably quite rude as he wouldn't let up. Finally, he stood up and said I'll regret not buying any. I said I doubt that and he said I'd see. Then he left.
Wondering what he meant by "you'll see", I took to the stage with Andy, Tone and
|Lol. Midway through the set I
began to feel very strange. By the end of the set, although I remember
nothing, it's now clear that I'd had something slipped into my drink. I
believe I managed to play the last note and promptly passed out.
The embarrassing bit is that we shared a dressing room with Earth Band. I was apparently left there, but woke up whilst Manfred Mann was being interviewed for Melody Maker. I'm told I had to be removed as I was becoming quite loud and intolerable. Maybe that's why Steve Kinch got the bass gig with MM and not me!