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Fact #117423


Short story:

Sid Vicious plays the second of three nights at Max’s Kansas City, New York City, USA.

Full article:

Chris Spedding (rock guitarist) : At that time, I was playing in Robert Gordon’s band so I was based in New York. I was living at the Gramercy Park Hotel, so Max’s, which is just round the corner, was my local bar. I went down this night and there was Sid. Word must have got to him that I was in the room, because I was invited up on stage and played a few numbers with him. I noticed a little plastic packet of white powder at the foot of the microphone stand, which was probably coke or heroin.

Tommy Dean (owner, Max’s Kansas City) : Sid really could not focus, he forgot his words, and he just didn’t have the stamina, the energy to stay up there for the length of a full set. Also, he would get angry if some kid spat on him, and he’d pull down his zipper and just pee on them, and then the fights would start.

Steve Dior : He crushed a glass in his hand but I didn't worry about that! New York was witnessing something to remember! Something to talk about in years to come. This was the real thing! I was laughing inside.

Chris Spedding : I went backstage afterwards and, in the dressing room, when I put my hand out for him to shake he took it and felt wetness and I saw blood in my hand. At first I thought he was cutting my hand with broken glass, because he was well-known for self-mutilation, but then I saw that it was his blood, and ice, not broken glass.

Michael McKenzie (journalist, New Wave magazine): Sid was last to make it to the stage. He was white as a methodone cup, holding his stomach with both hands and showing a pained expression that made him look like an exaggerated poster for dangerous drugs. Despite whatever chemical disadvantage Vicious began from, he managed to pull himself together for a fairly good set.