Machine Head frontman ROB FLYNN was terrified the first time the band played in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, because he feared the booking was actually part of a cunning terrorist plot.
The singer had never visited the Middle East before and had no idea what to expect on his arrival ahead of the 2005 Desert Rock music festival.
And Flynn admits his wife did little to ease his insecurities before the trip.
He says, "We were terrified the first time we came here (Dubai). My wife and I had a huge argument. She was saying, 'This has got to be a terrorist plan! Why would they want metal bands in the Middle East?' Then, when we got off the plan, they whisked us off to this nondescript building with no windows.
"And I was thinking, 'Oh my God, what the f**k is this?' Then, suddenly the door opened and they'd brought us to the Royal passport clearance area. There were Rolex clocks on the walls and they brought us dates and pastries. We were all thinking, 'Holy s**t, this is f**king awesome! All right we're not going to die!'"