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Old 09-04-2012, 08:22 AM
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Just curious as what accidents you fellow drummers may have had....and what was the worst or funniest ones that may have occured to you....I've had a few mishaps, but the funniest one was falling off of a stage at an outdoor show with an Alice Cooper tribute I used to play in....7 stitches to my head, an a concussion later.....best part was it was at the end of the gig, and it looked planned....only in rock and roll....\m/
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:18 PM
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When I play live, sometime I hit my hand with the metalside of the drums and only one time I bleed beacuse of that. Sorry for my english, I hope to understand me
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:31 PM
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All I can say is that if you whack yourself in the side of the nose, really hard, it will hurt very much.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:49 PM
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Not specifically drumming-related but I was at a pub in South East London once many moons ago and a huge PA speaker fell from the stack - missing my head by about six inches. Needless to say I was not best pleased!
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:01 PM
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Missed a cymbal with the stick and split my knuckle open, had blood everywhere by the end of the night and since then I have actually seen a couple pro drummers do it too while watching live concerts on TV.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:19 PM
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Posted this story once before, in the "Biggest Gaffes" thread- but I think it can belong here as well..

Playing on an old '60s Ludwig throne (the traditional type with one main leg and two wing legs) at an outdoor gig with a cover band in about 1975. Had the main leg of that damned old throne punch right through the drum riser, dropping my ample butt on the riser right in the middle of of the crunchy part of "Free Bird" (don't kill me- it was relatively new at the time, and none of us had gotten sick of it yet!). Wham. Then silence. Then hilarity.

That initial plunge, and then trying to pull the remains back up out of the riser, mangled up the wing legs badly enough that the throne was trash... Ended up playing the rest of the set on a folding metal chair turned kinda 45 degrees sideways (to bridge over that gaping hole) with a couple of jackets folded up on top of it to get a little extra height, and had one *seriously* pissed-off coccyx for several weeks after. Went out and bought one of those newfangled modern Rogers tripod thrones right afterwards: the first piece of anything I ever owned with a memory lock. Still have that throne, actually, welded up several times, and with a Roc-n-Soc bicycle seat substituted for the old thin round biscuit. I think of that gig everytime I sit on that throne.

It's like the old story of the carpenter who has the best hammer in the world: he's replaced the handle 4 times and the head twice, but it is still the best hammer ever. And to this day (and for the rest of my career) I will always check any drum riser to make sure that the top surface is something significantly stouter than 1/2" particle board! And yes, I do carry a spare throne as well...
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:09 PM
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I wear glasses and I managed to hook them with my right hand stick an launched them into the crowd.... Luckily they got picked up by a friend before they got stepped on... LoL!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:25 PM
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this happens sometimes!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:41 PM
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Hitting yourself on the knuckles with the stick when doing cross overs is aching!
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:33 PM
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I wear glasses and I managed to hook them with my right hand stick an launched them into the crowd.... Luckily they got picked up by a friend before they got stepped on... LoL!
hahahah....i busted a pair of sunglasses playing an outdoor show once....whacked them with a stick, then the broken plastic lense cut me under the eye....nice.....and let's not forget the stick in the eye trick....that's always good for a howl....
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Hitting yourself on the knuckles with the stick when doing cross overs is aching!
I play traditional and have whacked the fingers on my left hand going between snare and floor tom. I like it, it's a great reminder that I'm doing something wrong.
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A back beat to the thumbnail smarts.
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My first gig at age 16 at a party and I put the beater through the bass drum head in the first song.

You're a true rocker, t-bone - you took a hit for the team \m/
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:35 PM
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Was playing a gig at The Roxy in Hollywood back in the 80's. Caught my stick in one of my earings ripping it out and flinging it off into the crowd. I still have a long hole in my ear to prove it. :)
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:51 PM
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I was playing on a stage in a bar that had a space at the back before the wall and while I was playing I shifted my stool back to get more comfortable and in went the stool with me on it; it sort of wedged in at an upward tilt; I kept playing and it must have looked very weird as I had to reach for everthing, can't really remember if I managed to play the bass drum. Anyway I finished the song and we got a nice hand from the crowd. The bar staff atfer that would always give me the thunbs up when I came in and we would have a good laugh as well. That was 23 years ago. Never again.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:12 PM
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I wear glasses, one a couple occasions I've wacked my glasses with the stick and knocked out the lense, thankfully not breaking it, but it would fly to parts unknown on the stage and I had to have everyone in the band stay right where they were until I found it for fear that someone would step on it. Sooooo embarassing.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:43 AM
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I cut my hand once on the ride. Not cool, now there is blood stains on the ride.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:23 AM
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I cut my hand once on the ride. Not cool, now there is blood stains on the ride.
Blood stain on the ride? That's badass.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:31 AM
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Just curious as what accidents you fellow drummers may have had....and what was the worst or funniest ones that may have occured to you....I've had a few mishaps, but the funniest one was falling off of a stage at an outdoor show with an Alice Cooper tribute I used to play in....7 stitches to my head, an a concussion later.....best part was it was at the end of the gig, and it looked planned....only in rock and roll....\m/
Ouch! Glad you made it through.

I once had to deal with riser sections that kept moving apart, threatening to tip over a cymbal stand. I had to play most of a song holding the stand with my left hand. Most people thought that was part of the show, like I was showing off how well I could play with one hand.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:27 PM
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Im surprised there are not more pirate/drummers...one eyed due to shrapnel and/or misplaced swings.

I've cut myself innumerable times on cymbals and cracked my knuckels on rims...let alone the blister problems back when I had a difficult time delivering force without a tight grip.

Watch out for cymbals falling through frayed bags on feet clad in flip-flops...not pleasant.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:46 PM
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i don't even know where to start. i've been gigging my whole life. i can't even remember all the mayhem. equipment failure. fires. explosions. riots. injury. death. really.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:34 AM
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I don't know. In one band in which I played we had a train wreck.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:44 PM
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hahaha,,,,some good stuff on here....i dont care what anyone says, we have the most dangerous job in the band...:)...i've fallen of of stages, risers, spilled more blood than dracula, and almost got set on fire by an ill timed pyro effect......dont regret one minute of it, hahahaha....:)
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:58 PM
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Lots of stuff through the years:

Bass drum beater breaking (on the first tune of the set).
Music stand falling on hi hat.
Cut hand while choking a cymbal.
Floor tom leg fail sending drum to rest on my leg.

And the classic coming into "Stranglehold" one bar early.

Never have had a stick break or drum head....................yet.
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Lots of stuff through the years:

Bass drum beater breaking (on the first tune of the set).
Music stand falling on hi hat.
Cut hand while choking a cymbal.
Floor tom leg fail sending drum to rest on my leg.

And the classic coming into "Stranglehold" one bar early.

Never have had a stick break or drum head....................yet.
You've never broken a stick? How is this possible? You must expound.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:14 PM
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Played quite a large venue, band members were quite a distance away so clicked really hard, click into quite a quick song and on the 4th hit my thumb. Very painful.

Stood up, stool fell over, I didn't see it, I fell over.

Drum sticks flew out of hand hit guitarist

Sliced hand open packing drums away mid tour, on the drum cases

Hit knuckle on snare rim, big cut
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You've never broken a stick? How is this possible? You must expound.
Just lucky i guess. Always had plenty of sticks with me.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:07 PM
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My scenario didn't result in an accident, but if it would have, I wouldn't be here to tell it.

We played a gig for an after party for a theater group, we set up under a shed across from the outdoor theater which was up on a mountain. The director showed me the "riser" that I was supposed to set up on. Well, when I say "riser", I really mean an old beat up pull behind trailer with plywood fastened across the top. To make matters worse, the shed was right next to huge drop off full of huge trees and rocks. The "riser" was in the main back, maybe 3 feet from the edge, wheels intact. Needless to say, I took advantage of the rocks to scotch the wheels as tightly as possible. With many reservations, I set up and played, but the whole night the thing shifted and I just knew I was in for it. I joked with my band mates that if they heard the drums suddenly stop, look for me at the bottom.
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My first gig at age 16 at a party and I put the beater through the bass drum head in the first song.

You're a true rocker, t-bone - you took a hit for the team \m/
thanks, man....i have fun.....\m/
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i played a mountain lodge once and the "stage" was so small it was only big enough for my dbl bass kit. it stepped down about 2 inches to the floor were the band was set up.

through out the gig as i played the bess drums would drift out while the snare would drift in and between each song i would have to move everything back into place. halfway thru the set i caught my finger between the stick and snare hoop. it hurt like hell but kept playing.

after the song i noticed i could not let go of the stick. i looked down and the blood had dried and "glued" the stick and my finger together while blood was all over the snare head.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:12 AM
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Wow, I literally have no stories in 20 years apart from this one.

A week ago I was doing a take recording a pop punk song and smashed my left index finger knuckle into my hats and cut it really deep. It's almost fully healed now though, and I didn't even get spectacular blood stains on my drums.

That's all I've got.
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Playing with flares - kick beater kept getting caught in it, eventually chain broke, pedal bust, songs sound shit.

Lost the tops of of my knuckles on rims loads of time

Blisters when playing heavy music regularly

nowt too bad
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I mentioned this once before in another thread, but years ago a cymbal stand fell off the drum riser and the cymbal cut into the power lead feeding the entire stage. A few sparks, a small puff of smoke, then silence.
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