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Old 05-11-2009, 08:12 PM
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I played my first gig outside of school on Saturday.

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I stood in a shady back alley in the worst part of Edmonton surrounded by empty beer bottles, used syringes, porno magazines, a whole lot of kids smoking weed, and a guy threatening to arbitrarily pull a gun on us. I stayed in the van xD.

The kit I was playing on had its floor tom set lower than my knee, and I was given nearly no time to fix it. During the performance, my splash detached from its arm and fell on my toms. Nerves from all that made me miss an entire part of a song. Talk about dissapointment.

But its all a learning experience, that's for sure.

What are the worst places you've played?
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Worst mistake you've made?
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:47 PM
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afraid i can't top that

i've had some crappy gigs at school or whatever, but nothing that bad
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:10 PM
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I have a couple.

1. Small dingy bar, sometime during the week. Two crackheads, some guy getting high with his two daughters, a guy in the corner, staring, and the bartenders.
I'm playing on an untuned japanese import set, all I had at the time, un-mic'ed. It's an old singer - eh - and the P.A. cuts out every minute. There are ten minute long delays between songs. It just end up sucking.

2. We play at a high school for "Earth Day". We have to lug all our stuff in through hallways and corridors, and set it all up on the stage in the caf. We had spent a couple hours the night before making cd's, and we had t's to sell to make coin. Our name was all over the school, people apparently were pumped, and it was going to be all good.
The school's only mic crapped out instantly and fed back like a mofo, and people started leaving. The sound guys couldn't do anything and it stayed shitty, even though we were playing 100% on and tight, focusing so hard. Eventually all but ten or so people were gone, we gave up and sulked out. I'm supposed to go to that school next year.. dang.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:18 PM
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Man there's so many!!!
Remember one night being soooo late that in the panic my tech put my cymbals on the wrong stands.... you should've heard the state it got me in!!!!!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:31 AM
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You've got me beat on my worst there Mike thats for sure.
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:36 PM
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Worst venue was an uneven floor where my bass-drum pedal got stuck; the beater was against the head and would not move. Of course, this happened in the song where i needed it most.

Worst gig overall was at a wedding in church. The gig went alright but the band was put together for the occasion, and in these bands you never know what you're gonna get. Most were inexperienced musicians who were completely new to playing in a band and did not bring hearing protection. That always pisses me off. the only one with a bunch of experience was the bass player, but he was more experienced as a drummer. He is a good drummer but kept on criticising my playing style, imposing his style on me.
I took it during rehearsals but at the gig I just did whatever I felt was best. Not very professional, I know, but it felt good :D
I remember we had dinner before the gig started. Most people were slightly nervous and didn't eat much. I was completely indifferent and ate all I could (french fries and hamburgers). At that point I realized I was not the least bit excited about playing there that day.
I have been in more bands like this, people who just don't seem to understand that a band is loud and you need hearing protection.

It's not a gig, but I have one pupil that consistently cancels lessons, I generally have to call him in advance to make sure the lesson is still on. I am no longer planning his lessons in advance, he'll call me when he wants a lesson and we'll make up a time and place on the spot. I think.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:17 PM
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I don't know if I'd say it was my worst experience but... when I was playing with a band, during the first song my first crash flew off of the stand and landed flat on the floor in front of the guitar player. He just turned around and looked at me like I threw it him or something and just kept on playing. After throwing a few sticks at one of our helpers he came up and put it back on. Turns out the T bolt was stripped. Luckily I had some spares. No damage to the cymbal BTW..
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We were playing a wedding gig back in the 80s and some drunk chick got up to sing, half way through the song she puked all over my kit
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Not many bad experiences but I had a gig at a church once last October. The Minister of Music put this jazz quartet together to play one song. English composer John Rutter's arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In". I did it as a favor for a good friend at work who is a piano player and organist. All around great musician, so I thought "why not." I got the music and CD and began to practice. We rehearsed with a full 40 member choir and it sounded great. (There were some really nice looking chicks in that choir, so I thought I may be able to get a few phone numbers....) That Sunday of the service I got my drums half way set up and had to wait until a good time to set the rest up. I was told I'd have 5 to 10 minutes to finish. Nope! Turns out I barely had time to set up my ride cymbal and 1 crash. And we started. It came off great and I got all kinds of compliments and was invited to join their jazz band but I had prior commitments, but talk about RUSH, RUSH, RUSH. I barely had time to sit my butt on the throne before the number began! But I got taken out to a nice restaurant for lunch and all kinds of compliemts, so it was all good. I never got any chick's phone number though....
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Wow that does sound sucky Mike lol. I've had a few. I think i've had about 2 instances where i have put my foot through the bass drum. I remember one gig i did, the band before us had played their set and i got all set up to go on. First song, the crash fell off the stand onto my snare drum so i quickly threw it off and managed not to miss a beat i think. On the third song i realised that my other crash wasn't moving when i hit it (oh dear) it had gotten wedged onto the stand as there was no rubber or foam underneath it to stop it so my cymbal ended up splitting at the edge. The drum kit turned out to be the singers not the drummers and they had no idea how to set it up. All of the cymbal stands were loose and not tightened and the bass drum spurs weren't set properly so when i was hitting the bass drum with my double pedal, it was moving across the floor. I just wanted to quit and run for it. I ended up setting up the kit properly mid set lol and i could swear that was the same gig that i put my stick through my snare drum and had to ask embarrassingly to use the singers snare drum. It was disastrous to say the least. I hope i don't have any more as bad as that.
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My worst experiance must be when i was doinga gig at the local jazz club and i had a big headach before the gig so i drunk lots of water....... so half way during the second set i really needed a wee ! it was in front of loads of people so i tryed to act kool but it came to the point were i was going out of time because i was soo uncomfortable.
So infront of a big crowd of family, friends, paying punters etc i had to stop the set and go to the toilet!
So i will never ever drink water before a gig again !!

At least i learnt a lesson haha
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:10 AM
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these are hilarious. the puking-on-kit is especially comical, and I imagine would have been funny yet very not funny at all when it happened.

I'm reminded of other bad times at shows...

another high school, no drum carpet, and my Slingerland bass drums spurs had no rubber tips. My entire kit was litterally sliding away from me in all directions. my hi-hat stand would grow increasingly distant, and the cymbal stands moved when my bass kikck drum. when my kick was completely beyond reach I'd attempt to grab it and slide it back 3 feet or so to start the whole process over again. at one point I put my medium sized monitor in front of the kick, which did nothing. I then had to sing half the next song with no monitor. after flailing signals to my grinning and unaware bassist and the 14 year old soundguys, they came out and jammed a mat under the front, which basically held solid for the last 2 songs we played. the set was actually ok, just seemed like chaotic shizz from my end.

my current post-punk/experimental/pop band The Estatics played a youth group hall with 9 metal/hardcore bands and about 60 people in the audience billed as "The Elastics".
right before our set our bassist said "we are not metal."
8 people watched our set.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:43 PM
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my current post-punk/experimental/pop band The Estatics played a youth group hall with 9 metal/hardcore bands and about 60 people in the audience billed as "The Elastics".
right before our set our bassist said "we are not metal."
8 people watched our set.
That is hilarious because i have seen it happen in which a thrash metal band was playing and get a good response lots of people up watching them and rocking out and the next band came on and said "Are you ready for a bit of indie now??" Floor Emptys!!

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My worst experiance must be when i was doinga gig at the local jazz club and i had a big headach before the gig so i drunk lots of water....... so half way during the second set i really needed a wee ! it was in front of loads of people so i tryed to act kool but it came to the point were i was going out of time because i was soo uncomfortable.
So infront of a big crowd of family, friends, paying punters etc i had to stop the set and go to the toilet!
So i will never ever drink water before a gig again !!

At least i learnt a lesson haha
I remember reading in Rhythym (spelling) magazine Gene hoglan asked about his worst gig experience and he told of a time when he had a stomach bug and went through the set trying not to vomit or poo. along come some big fill and he poos himself mid way through it
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I remember my school went to preform at the ronald mcdonald house. Ya sounds like fun right? But we didnt even pack our drumset and alot of other percussion toys. I even told our conductor that they had a drum set in the next room for the kids to play on but he said we weren't going to use it. All of our songs sounded horrible because we didnt have the proper equipment. Plus we were cramped way in the back with like 2 feet between us and the wall.
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One time I played in bar where nobody was payin attention. They were all just drinkin and smokin. The entire kit fell down in the MIDDLE of the song, except the snare. Talk about a disappointing gig experience.
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We were playing a wedding gig back in the 80s and some drunk chick got up to sing, half way through the song she puked all over my kit
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Was playing at my school for the first time, and punched a hole into my bass drum.
My friend flew 85 mph out of school to go grab my other bass drum...nearly getting a detention by doing so.
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Too many to mention........

One springs to mind though. In a covers band, guitarist was so drunk he was reading set two and we were on set one!!!

He'd do Sweet Child of Mine guitar to Where The Streets have no name for example.

One song the singer was like what the flip was that? We were playing Weather With You by Crowded House, guitarist said Oh I thought you said were doing Smoke On the water

Looking back now I can laugh but man were we awful............wasn't all bad, after the gig he had a huge row and threw his guitar across the bar, people thought it was part of the show............best cheer we got all night!!!

Another I had a smoke from a kiwi guy during our break............big mistake, I had no definition of time, not rhythm, actual time..........30 seconds felt like 30 minutes

We started 'Vertigo' the singer just came into sing when I did some insane Kiss song ending drum fill and ended the song........everyone looked at me like what the hell.......25 seconds version of Vertigo!!!

Kids don't do drugs.........it's not big and it's not clever........

I'll be here all night, now

One other.......bass player had a hook stand under his ampeg head, so he could hang his bass from it, looked pretty cool........

One gig he turned up plastered drunk, he'd been at a wake all day........he was so drunk he couldn't stand up, let alone play.........

he fell back into his ampeg, being a big rig it didn't budge.......he'd hit the odd note now and then with his head down........

we ended the set walked off.........all got together at the bar to go beast at the bass player

he was still up on stage, hanging like a rag doll against his ampeg. His guitar stand on his ampeg head hooked under the collar of his jacket. During the gig he'd passed out and the hook was holding him up.......

gospel all true stories.........I should write a book

one quick one to finish.........the same bass player we were playing in Germany.......against he was blind drunk, I wont name him for legal reasons. We stopped for something to eat at a Kebab house.

We got back in the van, he was in the kebab place having a fight with a local.......he gets back in the van with his Kebab........he's looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame with his black eye swelling up, and a huge hunch sticking from his shoulder.......

we turned the light on he had a huge knife sticking out of his shoulder, he'd been stabbed in the fight and didn't even realise......he casually put his jacket back on and got in the van..........man how drunk was he ha ha.......

I should copyright this stuff........
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I suppose I've never really had a horrible gig. I've had only one "paid practice" in 7 years, and the two gigs I thought were going to be horrible ended up being decent. The "paid practice" was at an on-campus venue on a Thursday night. The opening band drove off nearly the entire crowd. But hey, the sound crew loved us!

The bassist booked a show without ever seeing the venue. We showed up and it was in a small house's unfinished basement. There weren't even lights down there. We immediately huddled up and had pretty much decided we did NOT want to play this place...but we did drive out there, so we ended up deciding to play. Well, I had to hastily convert an 18" floor tom to a bass drum, because a 22x18" bass drum would not fit down the stairs. We got set up, and people started just pouring in. There was hardly space to move your arms from your sides in the crowd. I can only describe the atmosphere during our set as....complete chaos. The exposed pipes were dripping with condensation. We left with an empty merch bin. It went much better than any of us expected.
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We had stopped playing because I had no drums for about a year. Once I got hold of some, we practiced a ton for 4 months and then played a show. We had invited everyone we knew to this show at a little bar, and we had a very good band opening for us....so again, the place was packed. The other band's drummer was nice enough to offer the use of his Pearl Masters MCX...much better than the beat up tama's I was borrowing. (there was a hole in the bass drum shell, patched with tape.)

Now, the problem here came when we started playing our set. Free shots came our way frequently, and I drank without thinking about it. Between the heat, the physical exertion, and the constant mystery drinks coming my way...I suddenly felt not so great. I thought my playing was suffering horribly. Everything felt 1000 times harder to play. Then the guitarist broke a string...which is when I play some filler. Usually some pretty complex DnB grooves and a bit of flashy stuff. Well, the drummer of the other band hops on stage, and we bust out a completely improvised duet type thing with me handling the right side of the kit and the footwork, and him on the left side. It was right then that it hit me:

"Oh no. I'm drunk. This is going to be horrible. I probably sounded horrible already. [insert long chain of inner monologue expletives here]"

It seemed like the string change took ages, and the entire time I felt like the other band's drummer was just carrying me and my unresponsive limbs.

But, I played on and kept hammering it out. Afterward, I thought I played horrible, and didn't even want to watch the video of it the next weekend. Turns out my timing was just fine, and though my dynamics were limited to ff and "my ears are bleeding" the video sounded pretty good.

I suppose for that night and following week, I thought that was my worst gig experience. Turns out it went great, but the feeling I had while playing it kind of ruined it for me.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:45 AM
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Here's another one that happened just today...

(Mind you, actually, its not the "worst gig" experience, per se, but worth mentioning...

So, our keyboardist had his $3000 Roland set up on the stage at the Shaw Conference Center, which is a very big and reputable venue (it was for a high school graduation.) It was set on one of those portable stages that are made up of a number of risers. One of them was uneven, and the guys there said they would fix it. However, not thinking whatsoever, they started lifting that riser with the keyboard fully set up on top of it. It tipped over, went CRASHING down on the stage, pieces flying everywhere, and thanks to the momentum was sent hurtling one more fall off the stage to the hard floor.

Completely busted, I'd say irreparable.

The manager tried weaseling his way out of compensating us. It went from "paying for a rental and buying a new one," to just "paying for the rental." Well, fortunately, through some persuasion and a threatening call to his parents, my keyboardist managed to get the same model, nearly brand new (he kept the rental), with a 3 month warranty as well.

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MY BAND HAD A GIG AT THIS PARTY RIGHT WELL WE LOADED ALL OUR STUFF INTO THE VAN AND DROVE FOR AN HOUR GOT LOST FINALLY FOUND THE PLACE AND GOT ALL SET UP AND SAT THERE WAITING FOR THEM TO STOP TALKING AND WHAT NOT AND READY FOR US TO PLAY BUT WE NEVER PLAYED SO WE HAD TO LOAD EVERYTHING BACK UP AND DRIVE AN HOUR AGAIN
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I was playing in my school's talent show with my band and i was using the drums of another guy...he had one of the legs of a cymbal stand broken but he said it was ok he did a couple thing so we should not worry about about it....2 minutes after the stand fell in the middle of a guitar solo..." Was part of the show! - I said to the guys.." was one of the most embarrasing things ive ever experienced..
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MY BAND HAD A GIG AT THIS PARTY RIGHT WELL WE LOADED ALL OUR STUFF INTO THE VAN AND DROVE FOR AN HOUR GOT LOST FINALLY FOUND THE PLACE AND GOT ALL SET UP AND SAT THERE WAITING FOR THEM TO STOP TALKING AND WHAT NOT AND READY FOR US TO PLAY BUT WE NEVER PLAYED SO WE HAD TO LOAD EVERYTHING BACK UP AND DRIVE AN HOUR AGAIN
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First gig at 16 at a party - put my beater through the kick drum first song.

Age 19 and had a pub gig lined up. Was drunk and other stuff after a work Xmas party in the afteroon, fell asleep on the train home and ended up running late miles out of the way. Caught a cab home, quickly packed my gear in the car and arrived t the pub only to realise I'd left my snare at home. Mercy dash back.

Then the pub filled with bikies who got drunk and created chaos. Our percussionist had some substance during the break and then starting doing choke licks with my crash cymbal just as I hit it. *Clang!* Lead guitarist threw up in the break after having a hard night beforehand.

Age 21, playing at a rough pub near a wharf. As we were setting up the "day crowd" - wharf workers - were still drinking. A woman storms in, screams abuse at her husband at the bar and hurls a steel beer tray at him. He ducks and it hit the guy next to him in the side of his head. His head opened up like elevator doors - blood everywhere!

He goes off to the toilet to get bandaged up and then got wildly drunk through the evening, concussion and all. We were packing up at the end of the gig. Then he got up and started staggering around. He blundered into the Bose PA speaker, sending it crashing down onto our singer's flute, which was lying in its open case on the floor. The flute ended up shaped like a V.

In later years there were the usual supports for big name bands whose sound engineers would sabotage our mix in case we upsteged them. One time they left low level feedback howling out of the PA and walked away, leaving us to try to play through the noise. Another time, another band ... my foldback was: snare - audible, kick - deafening, toms and cymbals - almost inaudible. Bleagh.
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He ducks and it hit the guy next to him in the side of his head. His head opened up like elevator doors - blood everywhere!

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In later years there were the usual supports for big name bands whose sound engineers would sabotage our mix in case we upsteged them.
Brutal!

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Well i had a gig last night, all started well and got worse. The position and size of the snare mic meant that i couldn't play fills properly as it was in the way, on top of that my bass pedal came apart mid song whilst i was flying away on double bass and i had to play with one foot. My floor tom was also moving towards me when i was hitting it so my leg was getting wedged between the snare and floor tom. Man i felt like crap after it. I'm really annoyed at my Sleishman though, you pay through the roof for something only for it to let you down when you need it most. I'll make sure it never happens again though cause i'm glueing the mofo together lol.
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Our singer got paranoid and refused to join us on stage.

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Not really the worst gig experience but our bass player set up this gig at a bar in a 'small' town' we'll leave it at that...

We drive the hour or so to get there and play to about 20 people as the usual crowd all know each other and one of them has a birthday party or something so they are not in that night.

Halfway through the set the local drunk is staggering all over the place- he get over to one of our PA speaker stands falls over pushing on the speaker so that the stand its on snaps in half and the speaker luckily falls onto a covered pool table.

He then preceeds to stand up and stagger away again the pisses himself and gets himself thrown from the premises.

SO all in all it was a terrible gig however they did pay the agreed $300 even for 20 people in there and we had or guitarist fix the stand from parts from his work- so all in all- an experience learned
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This is a long story, but I doubt anybody can top this.

My worst gig was when I was back in college. My band got a gig in LAREDO and so we drove all the way from denton, tx to laredo. I think it was about a 12 hour drive. We left super early and got to the venue really early. The venue was a pizza parlor/pool hall/metal bar, decent sound, kind of akward. Anyways we were super early so we decided to walk to mexico. We could see the mexican flag in the air and it looked like it was maybe a mile away. We started walking towards the flag and 3 hours later we realized that the mexican flag was at least 100 feet wide, one of the hugest flags I've ever seen. so by the time we got to the border we had to turn around and walk all the way back. I was wearing converse, and no socks, none of us were really prepared for a 6 mile walk!

So we finally get back to the venue 6 hours later, and start getting set up. Then out of nowhere a freak hail storm happens (this is in march in the middle of the texas desert). Water starts pouring in from the cieling all over our gear, we are scrambling to get our gear back into cases, and the club owner comes in and starts yelling at us to MOVE his pool tables out of the dripping water. We spend the next hour moving everything around while he yells at us.

The city starts flooding, it's pretty clear the show is cancelled. Our cars all got massive hail damage and cracked windows. The club owner tells us the show is cancelled and offers us PIZZA as payment. We decline and decide to drive to austin to stay with friends.

When we get to austin (it's like 2 in the morning, we've been up since 4 am) we go to our friends house and a raging house party is going on. We tried to decide if we should sleep in the cars, but we end up deciding to drive home to denton (probably another 5 hour drive).

It doesn't end there, on the way to denton we pass through fort worth, and the texas motor speedway is having it's NASCAR RACE. the entire freeway is stopped and we sit in traffic for 2 extra hours. we didn't end up getting home until 12 noon the next day.
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You're right, none of my bad experiences can top yours. I live in sourhwest Fort Worth, so during race season I never go "up north" around the speedway for that very reason. Hats off to you and your band for enduring that ordeal. Hopefully you guys are doing better now!
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This is a long story, but I doubt anybody can top this.

My worst gig was when I was back in college. My band got a gig in LAREDO and so we drove all the way from denton, tx to laredo. I think it was about a 12 hour drive. We left super early and got to the venue really early. The venue was a pizza parlor/pool hall/metal bar, decent sound, kind of akward. Anyways we were super early so we decided to walk to mexico. We could see the mexican flag in the air and it looked like it was maybe a mile away. We started walking towards the flag and 3 hours later we realized that the mexican flag was at least 100 feet wide, one of the hugest flags I've ever seen. so by the time we got to the border we had to turn around and walk all the way back. I was wearing converse, and no socks, none of us were really prepared for a 6 mile walk!

So we finally get back to the venue 6 hours later, and start getting set up. Then out of nowhere a freak hail storm happens (this is in march in the middle of the texas desert). Water starts pouring in from the cieling all over our gear, we are scrambling to get our gear back into cases, and the club owner comes in and starts yelling at us to MOVE his pool tables out of the dripping water. We spend the next hour moving everything around while he yells at us.

The city starts flooding, it's pretty clear the show is cancelled. Our cars all got massive hail damage and cracked windows. The club owner tells us the show is cancelled and offers us PIZZA as payment. We decline and decide to drive to austin to stay with friends.

When we get to austin (it's like 2 in the morning, we've been up since 4 am) we go to our friends house and a raging house party is going on. We tried to decide if we should sleep in the cars, but we end up deciding to drive home to denton (probably another 5 hour drive).

It doesn't end there, on the way to denton we pass through fort worth, and the texas motor speedway is having it's NASCAR RACE. the entire freeway is stopped and we sit in traffic for 2 extra hours. we didn't end up getting home until 12 noon the next day.
Don't be such a wimp, McBike. Whinge whinge whinge.

I had a nasty broken fingernail last night while packing up after band practice and no one in the studios had nail scissors (can you believe it?) so I had to go the whole 5kms home with a hangnail!

Hmm, maybe having an office job isn't so bad, after all ...
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You're right, none of my bad experiences can top yours. I live in sourhwest Fort Worth, so during race season I never go "up north" around the speedway for that very reason. Hats off to you and your band for enduring that ordeal. Hopefully you guys are doing better now!
this was years ago, and I don't think i'll ever be in that situation again. that band ended up doing rather well, but we had plenty of harrowing gigs. It puts everything in perspective for me, and I am the last person to complain about a bad gig or a small crowd now.
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Worst gig memories: Playing with the flu. Forunately everyone lost interest in hanging out to dance, so we cut the gig short with one set.

Worst venue: An old cemetery in New Orleans after sundown (seriously).
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Worst gig memories: Playing with the flu
Yeah, that's gross. It's not like work where you can take sick leave. The show must go on bla bla.

More than once I resorted to medication you don't buy behind a counter. One time our sax player was so sick his fingers were shaking, which is not helpful.
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I will have to compete on the basis of quantity rather than quality, but I'll see what I can come up with...

Once I was doing an outdoor gig and I had a rare slot to do a solo, but right at the end of the song that led into it my bass beater flew off and I had to crawl around on the floor under my kit trying to find where this thing had gone while the rest of the band kept everything going. Fortunately I found it.

The same thing happened at a battle of the bands that another band of mine was in. We had got through to the final two, and had to play one last time, but this time the beater fell off at the beginning of the song. I could hardly stop the song halfway through, so I had to play the song with no bass drum. Naturally we came second.

Another time, the second gig I did with my current band Sorcerer's Spell, my shoelace on my right shoe got hooked around the beater on the left bass beater, meaning that if I used the left pedal my foot got yanked forward.

...and another time, using someone else's bass pedal, the beater fell off no less than three times during a half-hour set, having already fallen off once during the soundcheck. I had to stop two songs and go and explain to the audience what was going on.

I played at a festival once where we did a brand new song we'd only written days previously. I tend to rely on guitar and vocals for cues, but the engineer had given me a foldback mix that consisted of bass guitar only. Consequently I missed a cue to come in halfway through a song and had to come in four bars late and make it look deliberate.

I did a gig once as part of a three-piece where we had to set up on a stage about the size of a drum kit with a leaking radiator on one side of it. We'd had to borrow a PA to do the gig because the pub didn't have one, the only people who were in the pub were people we'd brought with us, and the landlord's parting words to us afterwards were "you'll get there".

I'm sure there's been more than that, maybe I'll post more as I remember them.
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Worst venue: An old cemetery in New Orleans after sundown (seriously).
That sounds amazing! Who booked that gig?

And you talking of flu reminded me that last year I had to do a gig while feeling extremely ill with something flu-like. After our set I fell asleep leaning on a table and slept through the main act's ridiculously loud set.
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PQ, listening to your repeated pedal hassles makes me wonder if you should get rid of the pedals and take up the Mo Connolly approach and play your bass drum with mallets :)
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I'm sure I've written this before but, here goes:

First gig. The kit was a horrible trax kit. The hi-hat stand refused to open and the toms where a mile high. I enden up dropping sticks 2 times per tune, and I was ofcourse furios. We had two gigs that day(in the same place) so I tore off the toms and played with snare, bassdrum, ride and closed hihat.

Another time was when me and my old band were playing in this talent contest, and we played U2 with Elevation. During the song our guitarist broke all strings but four, and had to play the solo on those. It sounded weird to say the least, but we won the competition(this was semi-finals) and moved on.

Thats about it. Guess I've been lucky.
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Not a bad gig experience but a bad gig related experience.

The year was 1983. The country rock band I was in had been in Cocoa Beach, Florida doing a 2 week engagement. The gig went great and we left to drive home. On the way home, a 22 hour drive, we had taken some illegal stimulants, and we had consumed a certain illegal herbal substance.

I get pulled over for doing 80 mph in my 66 Chevelle.

This was right after we consumed the herbal substance, so the odor was inescapable, no lying about this.

So I proceed to tell the officer the whole truth, we're musicians from Pennsylvania just going home after a 2 week stay in his fine state. I came right out and told him I was in possesion of about 14 grams of Mother Nature. He asked me to produce it, then made me drop it off the bridge, where he had pulled me over, into a Florida swamp. Then he writes me an 80 dollar speeding ticket and sends me on my way. Phew!

Well we had 21.5 hours left to drive and we were kinda jacked up, so after about 5 miles, I decide to turn around to retrieve what I had dropped off the bridge. Went back to the spot where I got pulled over, got out the flashlight (it was nighttime) and managed to spot it. I grab my fishing rod (never leave home without it) and a brand new roll of duct tape. Put the sticky side of the tape facing out and tied the whole roll to my line, to try and lower it down and hopefully stick it.

Well the roll of tape was too heavy and it broke the line in short order. Curses! What to do now? That's when I decided to get brave (read stupid) and said, "I'm going down there after it". So I walked to where the bridge met the land, hopped the guardrail, and started making my way down the embankment.

Meanwhile, the guys were still up on the bridge with the flashlight, shining it on my destination. So I get down the slope and start making my way through this Florida marsh at night. The further I go the deeper my legs are sinking in the marsh. The guys are saying, "Cmon, another 20 feet and you're there".

At this point, I'm literally up to the middle of my thighs in muck, with real water in between me and my destination. Then, I hear some sort of small life form make a noise near me and that's when it all hits me....Larry, you're not in Pennsylvania here, you're in Florida. THERE"S ALLIGATORS IN FLORIDA! (Not to mention water snakes) Headlines flashed through my mind..."Stupid Pennsylvanian gets eaten by alligator".

I got truly terrified and said (with real fear in my voice)...I'm...I'm....I'm gettin outta here! and moved myself as fast as I could back the way I came.

Got up to the road and said, F it let's get out of here! So I jump in the car and speed off, and wouldn't you know it, I get pulled over a 2nd time by the same cop that got me the first time. I get out of the car, mud up to my crotch, and the officer says, "Mr. Hinkel, what are you doing back here?" I made up some lame story that I must've dropped my drivers licence here and I came back to retrieve it. He never said a word about the mud on my thighs. He just wrote me a 2nd 80 dollar speeding ticket and let me go again.... I have no doubt in my mind that he's thinking what an idiot I am. No turnarounds this time, I got the hell outta Dodge.
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ROFL! Larry you are my hero!
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