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Rocks Off's Brother Once Stepped in Human Shit at a U2 Show... Got a Better Astrodome Story?

Smash Mouth had just finished playing, and not coincidentally, Rocks Off's brother John had just returned from a trip to the bathroom. It was November 1997, and we were watching the stagehands putting the finishing touches on U2's ginormous set in the Astrodome. The Irish rockers were touring behind Pop, an album as underachieving - and also underrated - as No Line on the Horizon, the reason for their October 14 stop next door at Reliant Stadium with Muse.

Suddenly Rocks Off caught a whiff of a most foul and unmistakeable odor. "Hey pal, do you smell shit?"

He sniffed a couple of times. "Yeah, I think so."

"Where's it coming from? It's pretty strong."

"I don't know."

Then he spied the bottom of his shoe. "Oh my God, I got shiiiiiiiiit on me!"

It seems someone had somehow managed to miss the toilet entirely while emptying their bowels - or, given the general state of the venue's facilities, had simply decided to squat on the floor.

Ah, the Dome. God help us, Rocks Off still misses the place. While it was open, though, some pretty memorable concerts rolled through there - for, we're guessing, reasons completely unrelated to human excrement. We've compiled a partial list of non-rodeo Astrodome concerts, but feel free to add to it, and please tell us what you remember from your musical trips to the Dome in the comments.

Elvis Presley, 1970 or '71 (6 shows)

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, January 1976 (benefit for boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, rescheduled from New Orleans)

Rolling Stones, Tattoo You tour, 1981 (2 nights)

The Who, "Farewell tour," 1982

Rush, 1984

The Jacksons, Victory tour, 1984

Pink Floyd, 1987

The Who (ahem), Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1989

Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels tour, 1989

Metallica/Guns N' Roses, 1992

Paul Simon, 1992

U2, Zoo TV "Outside Broadcast" tour, 1992

Rolling Stones, Voodoo Lounge tour, 1994

U2, PopMart tour, 1997

'N Sync, 2001

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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