6. MATT CAUGHTHRAN, THE BRONX
We played the House of Blues in Orange County one time early on in the band’s career. We had a bunch of labels coming out to watch us play, and it was a really difficult time for the band; everyone had a lot of stuff happening and hadn’t quite gelled as a unit yet. I, myself, was in a bad place. I was super late to the show, and it stressed everybody out. When we played, it just sucked. We were terrible. I was terrible. We met up with a guy from Def Jam Records after the show, and he was like, “Well, at least now I can say that I’ve seen your worst show!” So it was good to get it out of the way, I guess. But that was definitely a rough one.
7. COLLIN WALSH, GRAYSCALE
There was one show on the As It Is tour. We played in Anaheim, California, and I was really sick. I could barely stand up. It took everything in me to stand up straight, and we played three, maybe four songs, and then I had to immediately walk away and lie down. I still don’t know what it was. It felt like flu symptoms. It was the most agonizing show I’ve ever played. I’m sure it didn’t sound incredibly good because I was half dead.
8. LYNN GUNN, PVRIS
Our first date of Warped Tour in 2014. I remember we had everybody there to watch us, and everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong that day. Out front took forever to set up because our rig’s really confusing and weird, tracks went wrong and everything freaked out. You’ve got to power through it. Shit happens. Sometimes it’s embarrassing, but the more embarrassed you get, the more embarrassing it is for other people watching, so just say “fuck it” and accept it.
9. FRANK CARTER, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
In Berlin in 2015. I somehow put my back into spasm, and I couldn’t walk, so we finished the set and I crept offstage. The next morning, I still couldn’t walk, so I had to go home in a wheelchair. That was a bad one.