Sorry to hear that. It's happened to me before. I can deal with crappy gear, but what is completely miserable is when everything slides around. It's maddening.
all of my fears when my other band host open mic.I play two local open mics, and I alternate with another drummer. We both bring full four piece kits with nice drums and cymbals. It makes the event so much better having a house drummer with house drums. I have the call to say no to anyone who wants to sit in who I think is A: not very good and will break something or not add anything B: was not asked by the performer to join in or C: is drunk of his/her ass. I've met so many awesome drummers who've played great, become drum buddies and suggested ways to set up my kit I hadn't thought of. I'm not overly stubborn or particular about my set up and had some killer tips passed my way. We also have two house bass players and a host who always has a backup loaner acoustic guitar. We try to never keep anyone off the stage who came to play. I f I can't make it the other drummer does. Plus I always carry a ziplock of spare snare cords, cymbal felts, etc. plus multi tools, wrenches, a spare guitar cable, pics, and waaaay too many drum keys. I would hate to have the music stop because something broke and no one thought to be ready. You should give your email or number to them so if they need a sub, you can be it.
I like using my kit, but sometimes I tell the bar owner to use the house kit. just a tama rockstar but it woks fine and I don't need to tear down after. our open mic is till closing but we do sat nights, I don't get home till 3 if I bring my kit. I get paid so its not all bad. free beer and shots too!!That happened at our local open mic/blues jam a few times, and the guy who organized it got the hint and bought a drumset that he brings to the jam every time. Just an old four-piece, but it works, it sounds fine, and we have fun with it.
Not only do I not want to risk an incident with my drums, but I work most Tuesdays (as does my wife), and I can't be hanging out until 11:30 Monday night to pack up my kit.
No way!!!! Chimes get the chicks interested. They always want to run their fingers across them.hmm something to bring to the boys at practice. no spandex pants though right?
my classic rock band does Aint Talkin Bout Love. Old VH is so much fun to play. I want to do Jump like this band from England but we don't have a keyboard playerWhat - no chimes? I'd bail immediately & cry in my room for days!
haha you should have seen the laundry in the bass drum..stuffed to the top with white towels and one red long sleeved shirt sleeve peeking through!
Would love to do that song
Thanks KarlNice vid. That's a cool way to do that song. I dig the snare sound too!
That guy that walked up... oh geeeze. Gotta get my tag up there for that dart game (...that won't happen because the band is IN the dart game area...)
But at least his marker is up there.
Nice that you got up there and did your thing on such minimal gear.
When we rehearse our Cheap Trick Tribute, I play on a really badly maintained kit at the guitar players rehearsal space. The snare stand will swivel sometimes when we're playing, and the cymbals are awful. I kinda like it though for some odd reason.
Same with my heavy rock band, when we rehearse at that guitar players house. He has a junky Olympic kit, no bottom heads, OLD pinstripe heads, and one ZBT crash ride with a set of zbt hats. I have fun on that kit too.
For both, I just bring my seat, sticks and pedal and I'm happy to be playing.
Thanks Mary, I was game for it. I did miss not playing some really good fills that involve more than a snare but it worked out. the crowd really enjoyed us and i got some nice compliments said to me by somebody afterwards so it was worth playing.Sounds like you handled it well. I would have had to leave...I wouldn't have had a clue how to compensate with that. Chalk one up to experience and having the guts to go ahead with it. I'm impressed.