Originally Posted by Red Menace
Played a couple of gigs actually drunk, had the opportunity to watch the tape of one. We were on and the crowd was loving us, I even remember a random stranger bought me a beer and brought it up to the stage for me. My timing on the other hand was all over the place. Fun night, but not something I'd try again.
I had a fine shine going the other night (3 or 4 beers) - a good song was on the radio so grabbed sticks and throne and went to town. I was in the zone
, so promised myself I'd record my performance the next time I was "shining." That night came - again, I was in the zone and just going with the flow. It was perfect!
Next day, the playback was awful - my chops seemed OK, but my time was terrible - slow, then catching up, missing accents, etc. As a control, I turned on the radio and recorded my playing for a few songs without the affluence of incohol. While I felt tentative and realized EVERY little screw-up, my time was good and screw-ups were minor.
Lesson learned (for me, anyway) - beer and motor skills don't mix.