Interview: Rick McMurray – ''Burn Baby Burn' is always a great closer. I'm sure we'll be closing with that whether we headline or not'

Ash drummer Rick spills the beans on working 9pm to 5am and his lucky pants

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Interview: Rick McMurray – ''Burn Baby Burn' is always a great closer. I'm sure we'll be closing with that whether we headline or not'

If you could mash up one David Bowie song with one Prince song, which would you choose?
'Five Years' and 'Nothing Compares 2 U' would work very nicely.

Worst thing you’ve done at a festival?
After playing a festival in Australia I spent the night before T In The Park 2001 slamming tequila with some Russians in a bar by the hotel. Our tour manager invited the band and crew to see me naked passed out when we should have been on our way to the airport. We made the flight; barely. I was bundled into a bunk on the bus at Edinburgh airport to sleep it off before our set. It could've been a catastrophe, but the universe was kind and it was an amazing show.

Do you have lucky pants?
They're only lucky when I decide to change them.

Favourite thing to eat before or after a gig?
I don't really enjoy eating before the show.

If you were to headline TITP, what song would you close with?
'Burn Baby Burn' is always a great closer. I'm sure we'll be closing with that whether we headline or not. When are we on again?

Describe yourself using a song title...
'9 to 5' by Dolly Parton, but only if it was 9pm to 5am. And drinking fell under the category of work.

Who do you hope you bump into backstage?
We usually find ourselves with one or more members of Snow Patrol regardless of whether they're playing or not.

Weirdest thing anyone's ever thrown on stage at one of your gigs?
A bag of fingernails. Fingernail clippings, I should say. Sounds sinister otherwise.

How do you take your tea?
Milk no Tories.

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