I would suggest musicians stop crowd surfing or jumping into crowds too. A multi-million dollar verdict against a DJ in California recently.
This is EXACTLY why I only toss sticks to people close up to the front, and make sure they I am making eye contact with them and they know they are about to get a stick. I also toss lightly so they can catch it. The last thing I want is accidentally hurt someone who isn't paying attention.Yep. I was going to bring this up. I work for an insurance company that insures music venues, and hear about these lawsuits every day. With this country being as litigious as it is, I’m surprised how many drummers still throw sticks into the crowd. Beware....
Yep. I was going to bring this up. I work for an insurance company that insures music venues, and hear about these lawsuits every day. With this country being as litigious as it is, I’m surprised how many drummers still throw sticks into the crowd. Beware....Who was recently sued for throwing a stick and injuring some female in attendance. Guitar picks don't hurt.
Todd Sucherman, who has been with the band for 27 years, was playing at a June 28, 2015 show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA when he threw a drumstick into the crowd. The stick hit concertgoer Lori Frederick in the face, according to the lawsuit, cutting her face and “causing serious personal injury”.
Per the suit, “Defendant Sucherman breached the duty of care owed to Plaintiff by willfully and negligently throwing a drumstick into the audience without timely and proper warning to allow Plaintiff to fully protect herself from injury.”
Funny story. I bet a dollar that in the guys mind, he was a God.
Been there, so I can't say anything. I used to be a God too ha ha.
Another good story. I still have a napkin some dude handed me that says You Rock.I had once a girl during a show asking for a stick..
I asked her what i would get in return, since no one from the audience also gives us ever anything for free, and for some reason we ended up about her panties..The trade happened right after the show on stage, meaning she took of her pants on stage, gave me her panties and putted her pants back on..I gave her the stick and also the panties back..
I am still not very proud about that..
Another girl once wanted my towel and for that she actually made a nice drawing of myself, which i thought was nice and i still own..
Funny story. I bet a dollar that in the guys mind, he was a God.Then a couple days ago we were hosting a jam at a hostel, and this guy comes up to play guitar, which was fine, but then he turned his amp up twice as loud as anyone else's and started playing metal. I played along with him just to humor him and watching my bassist and guitarists faces was pretty hilarious because they had no idea what to play with what he was playing. We're indie rockers, metal is not our thing. Then he asks for a turn on drums and I let him play. I was using a cajon setup with a pedal and a hi hat, snare, crash, and ride, with a pair of hot rods instead of sticks because this was at a hostel in a residential neighborhood on a weekday and we were trying to control the volume. He just starts beating the crap out of everything and pieces of my hot rods were flying all over. I was just kind of watching like, wow.. He totally destroyed them. After we were done I asked him if he'd like to pay for them, and he said he didn't have any money, but I guess his friend felt bad for me so he gave me money for them and said the guy would just owe him.
Some people have no self awareness.. I guess this story wasn't totally related to this thread but it's similarly obnoxious to someone walking up and trying to steal sticks out of your bag.
Sadly it's the world we live in where people try to push their luck and spit their dummy out when they don't get their own way Personally I think it's rude and really immature.Back to the topic, even as a semi amateur pub band drummer I still get asked for sticks every now and then and some people really do seem to take offence when I refuse. Putting myself in their shoes they probably don’t realise how costly they are. And putting myself in the role of concert goer it didn’t stop me acting like a big kid and getting a stick off Johnny Dee last year or three of Pete Ray Biggin’s sticks on two occasions. Audience members also get huffed when they ask for a song and we don’t play it too, ultimately there’s probably alcohol involved and 30 seconds later they’ve forgotten all about it so there’s rarely any harm done.
Ignorance is bliss!bermuda said:They think they know, but they don't know... and they don't know that they don't know.