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Old Oct 25th, 2004, 10:57 PM        How was your last gig?
It has come to my attention that more than one of us are in bands that play out regularly. Maybe you might care to share your experiences with the rest of us. You may prevent another from a multiplehour drive for multipleheadaches.

Our last show was one of those where the turnout was small but appreciative. I'd rather have it this way than the opposite. It was very close to home at Ground Zero (Spartanburg SC). We started after "Last Call" and managed to keep the crowd there through those painfull boozefree moments. Fun was had.

If you're in a band that is practicing and waiting to "bust out", then feel free to share your painfull practice stories as well. I'm a sucker for insane drummer stories. They're usually good, cocaine or not. :/
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Old Oct 26th, 2004, 05:56 AM       
My last gig by sammy cook
It was fabbo. It was at a little club in central London, on a sunday afternoon (still had to get up at 9 in the fucking morning on a sunday to do it). Hired a humoungous minibus to take the band (seven of us), all our gear and a few mates. Listened and sang along to Prince all the way from Brighton to London, oh yeah
Had to negotiate central London traffic to one of the busiest parts of London (covent garden), and had to carry all our gear through the milling london tourists cos the closest we could get was a few minutes away. The club was a basement amidst all these posh boutiques, it looked like a sixties jazz club or summat, twas cool. Got there nice and early so had a decent soundcheck which is always a plus.
Lots of acts playing that day, about five before us, but all acoustic - was thinking oh shit, we are going to be 1000 times louder than anyone else, slightly worrying as the area in front of the stage was seated and people were just calmly drinking and eating lunch..ANYWAY, went on and played a blinder if I do say so myself, tons of people watching, lots of people dancing, gotn a great reception, encores etc. Lots of our family members there, some parents, sisters, aunts etc...all loved it. My sis booked us to play her birthday party at some posh lnodon venue cos she liked us so much. Got very drunk very quickly after we played, and was amazed to find it was still only 7 pm. Got paid a lot more than we thought we would (ie we got paid), bundled back in the minibus, listened and sang along to the beach boys all the way home, whilst munching crisps.
Not very craaaazy rock and roll, but a LOT of fun
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Old Oct 26th, 2004, 08:59 PM       
Seven people?
Used to be, I would assume you were in a ska band but these days it doesn't mean a thing. It's good times we're living in.
How about a link to some of this madness?
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Old Oct 26th, 2004, 09:24 PM       
I quit my cover band :/ I suck
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Old Oct 26th, 2004, 09:28 PM       
no groupies this time so i was let down (can't win 'em all my name is not matt harty after all!)

turnout was alright, but we've had better.. we were on second and there were at least 3 times as many people in the place when we went on than when the first 2 bands were on, which was a good sign... although the majority of them were our friends
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Old Oct 27th, 2004, 07:16 AM       
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Our website is being done at the mo
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Old Oct 27th, 2004, 01:16 PM       
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I quit my cover band :/ I suck
I hate to say it but, GOOD! Hopefully you'll find some folk that play the kind of stuff you're interested in.

To each his own, but I just don't understand why anyone would go to the trouble of learning to play an instrument to simply play somebody else's songs. To me, it usually means that there is not one creative person in the band or else they just want to sleep with a different intoxicated slot each weekend. That or they just love "Freebird".

I have no gig this weekend. Next gig is Sat. Nov 6th at the Milestone in Charlotte NC. Any mockers in the neighborhood should come out. The Milestone is a rock and roll dump in the middle of crack town. I can hardly wait. http://solidgoldempire.com
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Old Oct 30th, 2004, 03:54 AM       
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Old Oct 30th, 2004, 04:49 AM       
My thoughts on the "cover band" thing: Cover bands, in general, suck. However, I've seen some good ones. Any time you can hear a cover band pull off Rush when the drummer has a 5- or 6-piece set, you're seeing a good cover band.

I think that knowing other peoples' songs is a good and healthy thing. It lends perspective to songwriting. Musicians are, by nature, thieves. What we know, write, and play, is nothing more than a composite of what other artists have done. Knowing what other artists play, and how they play it, shows a true understanding of, and appreciation for, good music. By all means, learn other stuff. But if you're making a living being known as "the world's greatest Pink Floyd tribute band," then, yes, they're warming up a special place in hell just for you.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 04:55 PM       
I ran across this sinker while looking for a link to some netradio sites, damn search function doesn't work.

Anyway, our last gig was New Years Eve at Ground Zero again. We were lumped in with a bunch of metal bands, again. Somehow we got the prime slot, finishing just before midnight. I was surprised by how well we were received. It was definitely the biggest crowd we've played for.

I just remembered that one gig since then at the coffee house in Charlotte NC. It was disappointingly empty. The Ethiopian bread was the highlight of the evening.

We get to play with Jucifer at the end of this month and hopefully with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in Atlanta next month.

I hate booking and hate booking agents even more.

Have the rest of you quit or just lost interest in this thread?
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 05:40 PM       
I'm still listening :/ but I quit this site and am hiding in shame Rock on!!!
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 08:48 PM       
No live stories with this band I'm in right now yet but since last night was the most awesome rehersal ever I'll tell you a few (boring) things about that instead ok?

So the drummer was really irritated at something but nobody else noticed and we thought it was our best rehersal so far so much that we were kinda let down the monitor guy messed up the recording (note to people rehersing: record as many sessions as possible). Anyway we hadn't played in a month and it turned out everybody was charged due to that. I was almost error-free which is really really rare with me. I decided to improvise almost all my takes on the second time through the songs with some pretty interesting results. I basically introduced a new theme in the middle of this song and the other guitarist (it's two guitarists, a vocalist and a drummer. Who needs a bassist when you're playing through a bass amp head?) looked at me and slowly twisted his playing around the new theme and we ended up jamming the song to hell for 20 minutes. Much semi-soloing ensued, trade-offs, a thrash polka beat that escalated to a full-blown blastbeat noisefest.

It was ace. Usually we're pretty restrained, we play our songs and fix the wrong bits, but last night was different. The other guitarist played his new song for us and by the second time through the riffs I was already figuring out my counterpoint. By the end of that song there's this really slow doomy part and by accident I accented in synchopation and the thing sounded like an earthquake. The drummer kept adding to the dynamics on the overhead and adding and adding and the thing basically exploded and I was left alone playing the lurking melody for 3 measures in a sea of background screams, cymbals and guitar feedback.

I haven't had so much fun in a rehersal since forever. Seriously, if there was an audience, I'm sure they couldn't tell it was mostly improv material.
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Old Jan 14th, 2005, 10:35 PM       
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Old Feb 12th, 2005, 02:45 PM       
"Musicians are, by nature, thieves. What we know, write, and play, is nothing more than a composite of what other artists have done." - Spad

Sometimes that can be really shitty when you have no creativity of your own but I think it's important to learn from what other people have done and improve yourself...
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Old Feb 14th, 2005, 03:56 PM       
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"Musicians are, by nature, thieves. What we know, write, and play, is nothing more than a composite of what other artists have done." - Spad

Sometimes that can be really shitty when you have no creativity of your own but I think it's important to learn from what other people have done and improve yourself...
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About ten years ago, my old band was playing its second show ever. Due to a major fiasco that's a whole story in itself, we shitcanned our original drummer before we ever played our first show. Due to our first show going well, despite having a fill-in drummer, we were offered another gig at the same club. However, we had to find another guy to fill in on drums. So, through a friend, we found a guy who was an excellent drummer.

And he knew he was excellent. So much so, in fact, that he didn't feel compelled to show up for most of the rehearsals.

So, did we cancel the show and wait until we found a permanent guy? Of course not.

We go over the songs pretty thoroughly with the drummer a few days before the show, and it seems to go OK. We're pretty sure we can pull it off.

Showtime. The first few songs go fine. But my throat is getting pretty dry after about the fourth song, and I can't find my water. Still, we press on. The next song contains a pretty high note, which I can hit when my throat is not like the Mojave. I go for it. It comes out sounding like someone punched me in the throat. There's no way to disguise it.

Everything falls apart after that. The drummer starts forgetting shit. The other guitar player hits 'bypass' on his effects unit, so a heavy metal song now sounds like it's 'MTV Unplugged.'

On the last song, which is a pretty quick number with a lot of double bass, things go to hell quickly. We open strong, but when it gets to the first verse, the drummer breaks into this weird, slow kind of shuffle beat (the beat and tempo are not supposed to change). It's challenging to sing and play guitar at the same time under normal circumstances, but now I'm trying to do it while playing out-of-time and panicking like hell.

We manage to make it through the verse, and I turn around and start screaming at the drummer, "FOUR-FOUR! FOUR-FOUR!" He looks at me for a moment like I'm speaking Japanese, and then he figures it out and gets back to the right beat.

Toward the end of the song, it's supposed to break down to just a bass line. I visually cue the drummer, and rather than smoothly roll into it, we grind to a screeching halt. Our bass player, completely lost, hits one lonely, tentative note: *THUNK*

We get the hell off the stage as quickly as possible.

Thank you, and good night.
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Old Feb 14th, 2005, 05:33 PM       
haha that bass player stood no chance.

I operate under the dictum that when things go to hell, you go back to basics. If somebody's playing something wrong while you're supposed to lead off it, go back to playing the main riff. Stop singing if you sing, stop doing everything and go back to the main riff. If at least ONE guy stables out, other people will be anchored in. But then again, I've only played doom metal live, and it's so slow nobody actually messes up in a way that the audience can understand.
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Old Feb 14th, 2005, 07:06 PM       
Doom metal is awesome in the sense like grindcore you could mess up alot and most people wouldnt notice. Im sure even the big bands like shape of dispair just improvise every once in a while. No ones gonna say "hey when you were 8 min into the song you played the riff your suppose to play at the 10 min mark"
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Old Feb 15th, 2005, 02:24 PM       
The only time I can think of nearly losing my shit while playing would have been when I played double bass with an acoustic group called Ted Tourette and the Hushpuppies. We played the usual bluegrass, country, ragtime, Irish drinking tunes, and the like.

Most of the time we just played for beer (which turned out to be the best paying gig I've ever had). Well one gig, we were going for broke and we were all pretty shitty. Someone requested "Cripple Creek" but our banjo picker didn't know it. But he quickly reminded the rest of the guys that I knew how to play it.

Well I'm not that good on banjo. I can only play two or three songs and the rest of the time I try to play blues on it because my fingers get confused. Right hand hauling ass, left hand pretty much rooted on a chord.

Needless to say that I butchered it. "Crippled Creek" never sounded so crippled. The guy who requested the song just sat there with a puzzled look on his face. The rest of the band was cracking up. We enjoyed ourselves and didn't really care what people thought. We encouraged people to adopt the way of the tourette and blurt out whatever was on the their minds. Expletives were frequent and appreciated.

Hot damn! Two gigs this weekend, with the rock band!
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Old Feb 15th, 2005, 03:04 PM       
The first time we played live we had a pretty major fuck-up... we each had a set list, but each with a different revision of it - twice we ended up all starting a different song.

After that we made a rule. Make sure we're all looking at the same set list lol and unless it's absolutely impossible, do not stop playing while we attempt to recover (i.e. Helm's point about going back to a main riff). More importantly though, we try not to show that we've fucked up and especially not get pissed off and upset about it! As an audience member, I've seen some bands where members get furious with each other for minor fuck ups, and I felt embarassed for them because they made it an issue. The irony is that it's usually fuck ups only they notice. Imo fucking up sucks, but making a scene and dwelling on it is 100 times worse. If you just laugh it off and not take yourself too seriously it's not that bad, and you don't drag the audience into band drama.

We have a show coming up at the end of this month... and now we are known as "FAKE BLOOD".

my suggestion of "IMMIGRANTS TAKING YOUR JOBS AND WOMEN" for a band name was turned down 2 to 1
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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 07:46 PM       
Last night's gig was damn fun. It was in Asheville, NC at a sushi bar called Akumi. Our performance wasn't flawless but it rarely is. I'm not good at estimating head counts but fifty to seventy sounds like a safe bet. We were well received and have another gig there in April.
Tomorrow we head up to Charlotte, NC at the Milestone with several other two-piece bands. I could use more weekends like this one.

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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 10:53 PM       
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