We’ve all see videos of artists biting it during their performances. They can’t find their footing, misstep or simply lose their balance. And while making it in the music business is often compared to going to battle, we don’t often see someone literally bleeding for their art. However, keyboardist Bobby Emmett, who’s on the road with Sturgill Simpson, did just that.
Sturgill, Bobby and the band opened a few shows for Guns N’ Roses recently and, apparently, they all brought it … and left it … onstage. Bobby even left a little of his blood.
Sturgill shared a photo on his Instagram page of Bobby’s beloved instrument and explained in a profanity-filled post that Bobby broke some of the keys on the organ and cut his hand during the first song of their set. He obviously continued playing. “These photos are the post-show aftermath,” Sturgill writes.
My buddy Bobby goes hard in the paint and plays the organ like a caveman genius. The other night we were opening for Gn'R and while I was busy shitting my pants on stage mid-solo he broke some keys and cut his hand on them during the first song. These photos are the post show aftermath. He was in talks with the Hammond company about an artist endorsement until they saw him surfing on his organ during our SNL performance and backed out. It's cool Hammond..we'll just keep fixing this one. Don't ever change @bobmankingaudio
Yep, that’s blood. And a lot of it.
Sturgill also claims that Hammond, the legendary organ manufacturer that created that signature B3 sound, was interested in giving Bobby an endorsement, which often leads to free instruments and gear. But after the band’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year, they apparently backed out for reasons Sturgill doesn’t make clear, other than to say Hammond execs saw Bobby “surfing on his organ.”
Sturgill adds, “It’s cool Hammond. We’ll just keep fixing this one.”