History Made: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, St James

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James Lowe was hit by falling plaster when Mint Chicks and Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the St James in Auckland on 12 July 2006.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform at the St James in Auckland in 2006. Photo / Milana Radojcic
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform at the St James in Auckland in 2006. Photo / Milana Radojcic

I was first year at Elam studying Fine Arts and I was taking a few photos for Cheese On Toast and regularly going to gigs.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs were coming to town and I really wanted to see them. I wasn't actually of age at the time, but I got in anyway because I got a fake ID for the show - that's how much I wanted to go.

Lots of people showed up and everyone I knew was out. I was with a bunch of other people who were also underage, so we were all pretty nervous on our way in.

We got in and went down to the front on the left-hand-side, watching Mint Chicks and waiting for Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

I saw maybe three or four songs from Mint Chicks, and then I felt like I had been bottled - it was while Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! was playing.

I had no idea what happened - I touched my forehead and I was covered in blood. I found myself on the ground, and I think a security guard picked me up and carried me outside.

I was sitting outside in the foyer for a while, and then I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and stitched up there. I had no idea what happened - it was only when I was at the hospital that I found out part of the ceiling had come loose and hit me.

The promoter came and visited me a couple of days later - he reimbursed me for my ticket and he also had a signed poster from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a couple of stickers and things like that, which was really cool.

The story made it to the newspapers and then, later on, I go an email from Mint Chicks, which was cool - it was just saying 'sorry you got hit on the head!'.

It was a kind of a crazy, crazy night.

What: Yeah Yeah Yeahs & The Mint Chicks
Where: St James, Auckland
When: July 12, 2006

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