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Wanna Get Backstage? Just Add Yourself To The Band’s Wikipedia Page

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet... especially if you're a security guard.
Peking Duk plays at Stereosonic Sydney on November 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
Peking Duk plays at Stereosonic Sydney on November 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Faking a Wikipedia entry is an even better idea than flashing a body part.

In a move to get up close and personal with Peking Duk band members Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles at a concert, superfan David Spargo edited a Wikipedia entry to state that he was the band's "family."

Literally, he just added the words "Family David Spargo."

 

The bouncer at the Wednesday concert in Melbourne did not suspect Spargo had merely edited the entry on his phone moments before, and allowed the "family" member backstage. 

“It was probably the most genius, mastermind move that I’ve ever witnessed,” Hyde told The Guardian. “It’s crazy. He just did it on the spot, in a second on his phone."

The band wound up having beers with Spargo, who Hyde called "an absolute legend."Styles even took the man's phone number.

The band, which formed in Canberra, Australia, in 2010, is "the most popular electronic band in Australia," according to AXS.

Peking Duk's verified Twitter account posted about the incident.

Peking Duk posted a similar message on their Facebook page, to which Spargo replied "Thanks for the evening lads." The comment now has more than 2,000 likes.

However, the incident highlights some of the issues with using Wikipedia as source material, as the site relies only on others to police it.

A Wikipedia page titled List of Hoaxes on Wikipedia notes dozens of hoaxes, some of which lasted as long as ten years.

"Short-lived hoaxes are innumerable and so we do not normally track them," the page says. Of course, take it with a grain of salt, since that information is on Wikipedia, too.

The Peking Duk Wikipedia entry now appears to have been updated to have Spargo's named removed.

A request for comment made to Peking Duk's management went unanswered, nor did Spago return a request for comment.

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