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Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer posts details online about the backstage mishap suffered by singer Ben Gibbard before the band’s October 29 show at SDSU’s Cox Arena.

“So tonight in San Diego, Ben got stung by a scorpion. Twice. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried; file this under ‘things that really happen on rock tours.’ ”

“Ben’s okay, if not a little shaken, but we were worried for a while because the scorpion was a little guy, and when it comes to the wonderful world of scorpions, the smaller the deadlier. Here’s how it went down: As we were getting ready to go onstage to play our set, Ben changed into his show pants that were hanging in our wardrobe case. He put his pants on and felt something stick him twice in his thigh, and when he pulled them off, this guy came running out.

“We all screamed. A scorpion was honestly the last thing we could imagine that would come scurrying out of his pants. Ben said that it felt like a wasp stung him and it didn’t hurt so bad, but it sure rattled all of us. We called the EMTs, and they checked him out, and thankfully he was fine and able to play the show; he said he had scorpion power in his veins.”

– Jay Allen Sanford

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