A lot can happen on a rock tour, and it isn’t always pretty. Although a band is like a family, it’s not always a great idea to mix your actual family with your maniac bandmates.
It’s a lesson that Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates learned the hard way. As the band were just starting to get mainstream buzz in 2005, the guitarist thought it would be a good idea to let his dad tag along for a leg of the Warped Tour. In an interview with Livewire, Gates spoke about something particularly gross that happened to his father when bassist Johnny Christ had a little too much to drink (as transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):
“If we fuck with somebody, it’s Johnny, ’cause he’s a garden gnome. Everybody thinks we treat Johnny so bad and then… case in point – my dad came on the road with us for about a week.
“He’s like, ‘Johnny’s my boy! I love this kid, he’s so cool! Why are you such dicks to him?’ And then Johnny peed on his face drunk in the middle of the night.
“I woke up in the morning and saw my dad freshly showered. It was like 5 o’clock in the morning, we were on Warped Tour, we had a big show that day in New York… My dad’s like, ‘Just go back to bed, you got a big day, I’ll tell you about it later.’
“So we held it over Johnny’s head like, ‘You fucked up big time!’ He’s like, ‘What? What?’ And then we told him the story – he blacked out drunk in the middle of the night.
“My dad thought it was raining. It wasn’t raining. He opened up his bunk, there’s this naked butt and it turns around and just whizzes all over my dad’s face.
“And then the next morning, he’s trying to fumble around, find his stuff and he finds his shoes and the one with his wallet and all of his goodies is filled with the brim with Johnny’s urine. That’s why he had all of his wallet shit spread out across the table freshly showered at 5 AM.
“So now he’s on our side. For shit like that! [Laughs]”