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Old 12-04-2018, 06:28 PM
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Default Gigging Mishaps

I know we all have them.

My latest, dropping my drum key behind the stage crack into the abyss. Luckily I had an extra. But it was my small key that's perfect for your pocket.

Loosening the pedal cam instead of the linkage assembly.

The slave pedal linkage assembly stripping out.

Forgetting the tom holder and doing a 3 piece.

And of course the forever hitting your head on the top of the trailer causing a massive bleed out.

Now that they're making me sing to do the songs I want to do, there's bound to be a whole new set of mishaps.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:40 PM
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Now that they're making me sing to do the songs I want to do, there's bound to be a whole new set of mishaps.
Invest in a headset so a chipped tooth isn't one of them!

-Loose pants cuff catching the beater of the pedal. That's a fun one.
-Runaway kick drum.
-Topsy-turvy boom arm. Memory locks are your friend here.
-Improvising a snare stand from the legs of an upturned floor tom.

Here's a unique one I ran into when I played a gig on a backline kit last year. I brought my 14x8 snare but foolishly not my stand; naturally, the house stand was slightly too high, forcing me to angle my snare more than I normally would. But the kicker was that the single rack tom on the kit was itself on a stand that could only go so high. So, in adjusting the tom to keep its rim edge at least level with that of the snare, I ended up with a snare/tom angle combination that was pretty much impossible anyway...
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:41 PM
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There was that time I tried to do a quick getaway and tripped on my cape...

(you knew it was coming)
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:11 PM
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I can't think of any.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:47 PM
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Nothing truly drum related,but band related?
Yup!

Lead singer does a David Lee Roth and gets so coked up she forgets words to songs while on stage.

Keyboard player(after a fifth of RonRico 151) tries to play high end synth like a guitar and drops it breaking it on stage.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:34 PM
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Not sure this is what you're looking for, but...

Some years ago I played a gig subbing for the regular drummer in a band that was playing the Woodward Dream Cruise, a classic car show in the Detroit area. They have bands playing all day so they provide a backline including a house drum set.

There wasn't much time for the bands to set up and tear down, so we lugged all our stuff to behind the stage and waited for the band before us to finish. This way we could quickly grab our stuff and set up and do sound check. As the drummer got up to start leaving, I grabbed a handful of gear and made my way to the stage. As the drummer for the other band walked past me, I realized he was almost two feet shorter than me.

Which, who cares, right? Except I'm about to sit down at the drum set he just played and I realize that every part of this set is adjusted to a height I can't possibly play. The snare and cymbal stands, the tom mounts, the hi-hat... everything is practically below my knees. We have a very short time to set up and soundcheck and now I'm dealing with having to adjust everything.

On top of all this, I made the mistake (one I've never made again) of not bringing anything but my stick bag. The drummer before me was smart enough to use his own snare, cymbals and throne, but I'm running around the stage looking for the house stuff and finding it strewn all over the place. Plus, the snare was in shambles; it had a badly-dented snare-side head and seemed to have been tuned by someone who turned each lug a random number of turns.

I was able to get the snare tuned but couldn't adjust all the hardware in time for soundcheck and the start of the show. So I'm sitting there looking like I'm playing a toy drum set. My back and legs hurt for a couple days after that because of the contortions I had to go through to reach stuff. Some of my friends in the audience looked at me and just bust out laughing when they saw how ridiculous I looked.

So that's my mis-hap.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:22 PM
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Forgetting to bring the bass drum pedal to the gig...
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:49 PM
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One of my old Slingerland’s kick legs collapsed and started a bass drum“roll” of its own, down the street(outdoor gig). A back line hi hat stand fell over( it had 2 extra cymbals attached, unbalanced) during the gig-luckily an audience drummer ran onto the stage and righted it for me while I played.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:58 PM
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Now then, on a serious note ...

Some years ago I used to use two side racks with no front section over the bass drum; it made it fairly simple to move my large kit in a few pieces. (It's germane to note that I neither gig with a large kit nor gig with a rack any longer.)

We got a slot at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, which is one of the most well-known central CA venues outside of San Francisco. We composed a beginning instrumental especially for the gig which would lead into our best song to lead off the set. The instrumental ended with me going boom-boom, Boom-Boom, BOOM-BOOM on my two (mounted) floor toms. The final BOOM-BOOM apparently split the one of the rack right-angle clamps in two, and only the fact that it was tightened extremely well probably kept the kit from just falling apart. As it was, all the cymbals and toms on the right side of the kit slowly started to rotate around, with the cymbals coming to rest on my right shoulder - but gradually, so, you know, we had already started the next song.

My wife often acts as a roadie/tech at these shows, and she was looking right at me as my face is awash in panic, and I'm nodding towards that side of the kit and mouthing "Get up here and help RIGHT NOW!!!!" ... and she waves her hands in the air and cheers, not noticing that things have gone horribly awry. To this day I am unsure how I made it through the song at all.

As the song stopped, the guys were amped up (and also had not noticed anything the matter) and were ready to start up again without making eye contact with me at all. I actually threw a drumstick at the lead singer to get their attention. My wife finally got up on stage, helped me wrestle the rack into it's proper position, and about twenty-five feet of duct tape later, we were back in business. Seriously ridiculous. At least the tape held for the rest of the set.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:54 PM
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Once I left my cymbals at home and had to drive across town in New Orleans on Friday night to go get them. That gig was a private party.

Many years later I was playing with a different band that was playing in a church, and I forgot the floor tom legs.

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Old 12-05-2018, 01:15 AM
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Sitting in front of 4.500 people for a 1 hour set with an apparently bad snare drumhead, without bringing a second snaredrum..

Literally the first note that i played that drumhead broke..

I was very lucky that another drummer from another band gave me his snaredrum within a minute to use..
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:41 AM
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Guitarists amp blew a few weeks back and the battery died in his overdrive pedal on the same night. Rest of the gig was a surf tribute. Made me chuckle, luckily everyone was that drunk he got away with it.

I've had the usual balls ups, forgot stuff, snare head gone, reso bass head went once, no idea how that happened.

My best one was during the count in to a song I got a bad nose bleed, at the end of the song, my white shorts were red with blood and sweat.
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:49 PM
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Showed up to a gig without my ride cymbal. Luckily, the drummer from the band after us hooked me up.

Was in the studio with a borrowed Mapex pedal. Having never worked with that brand, I didn't understand what the knob on top of the hoop clamp was for, so I didn't use it.
Then I kept wondering why the pedal was slipping off the hoop during takes. Came to find out the knob was a secondary lock for the clamp to avoid such issues.

Had a tom head break on the first song of a set. Had no spare (nor time to change it out) so I found very creative ways to improvise.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:21 PM
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We had an M-80 thrown onstage. No one was hurt. Except the guy who threw it. It was an outdoor biker party in this secluded open field, it was night. The guy who threw it got beat pretty bad by the other bikers.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:54 PM
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Only mishap I've ever had was showing up to the gig without my kick beater. I wound up using the butt end of a screwdriver as a beater head - it actually sounded good!
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:23 PM
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A few weeks ago we had a gig about an hour out of town and we had an ice storm that day. After loading my drums in my truck, I was asked to haul to PA because we were carpooling because of the weather. The 2 subs, tops, etc would not all fit with my equipment so I off loaded the drums and chose to use my ekit that night to save room. When we got to the venue and I was setting up I realized that I forgot to pack the bass drum pad. A little programming made the high hat pedal into a bass drum and the high hat pad was a closed HH all night. Not my best performance but, it worked and the crowd was none the wiser.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:36 PM
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This one was not a drum mishap, but a mishap none the less.

In the summer of 1967 we got a two night gig playing on Catalina Island. We played in the Casino which was really cool. We also played a second night at an outdoor teenage dance in a small courtyard on the island. Everything went well and the crowd was good. People were dancing to our music and having a good time.

In the middle of one of our songs, I don’t remember which song, the whole band suddenly stopped playing. The electrical power for the band had gone out. Since the crowd was rocking and dancing, and I was still playing the drums, I decided to keep playing. I went into a drum solo assuming that the guys in the band would soon figure out what had gone wrong. During my drum solo it was discovered that someone had tripped over the power cord that was supplying the whole band with power. The cord had gotten unplugged.

I kept soloing until the band again regained power. I never dropped a beat and the band came back in together playing the same song, and we finished the song. The crowd applauded the drum solo. The kids in the audience never knew what had happened. It was simply a rock and roll song with a long drum solo in the middle.

Since then I have always thought it would be a good idea for the drummer to have a power kill switch to turn the band off. That way the drummer can have a solo whenever he/she wants. :)



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Old 12-06-2018, 04:13 PM
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Only mishap I've ever had was showing up to the gig without my kick beater. I wound up using the butt end of a screwdriver as a beater head - it actually sounded good!
LOL Now that's innovation.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:42 AM
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Once I adjusted my throne height (for *some* reason...?!?) and forgot to tighten the memory lock. (It wasn't one of the threaded ones, nor was it the cheaper ones with the holes in the post and the bolt that goes through- it was more like a cymbal stand height adjustment.) First song, I realize I'm slowly sinking downward- by the end of the song, I looked like I was 6 years old but sitting at the grownups' table at Thanksgiving.
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:34 AM
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The microphone case/gun case panic at the local dive bar.
I played Saturday at a local dive bar with my primary band.
I have a case for my drum mics, and it just happens to be the same case I use when I travel with and check a firearm on the airlines. I don't travel with firearms anymore, so I use the case for three drum mics and a kick mic.
The tag reads Southwest Airlines Firearm Declaration Tag.
Has my name and address on it as well.
The case got left behind. Found the next day by the owners wife.
She panicked, thinking there was a gun in the case. Of course there was no gun, just microphones. Freaked her out a bit.
I got the mics back, all's well that ends well!
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Old 12-08-2018, 03:02 PM
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I went to a country town gig without cymbals.
I went to a winery gig without a bass drum.
And a local gig without floor tom legs.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:49 AM
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Two years ago my band got to play a small local music festival. Our lead singer was away, but we had got a stand in, and had a well rehearsed 45 minute set.

We were due to go on at 10 pm, as the last act for the night. I emailed the organiser who confirmed that guitarists and bass players would need to bring their own amplifiers, but that there would be a PA and a drum kit.

We got to the venue (Collaroy, on Sydney's Northern Beaches) with time to spare and made our way to the stage where we were due to play. There were 2 acts still ahead of us, with the one currently playing being a band. The band finished and...departed with their drum kit.

The organiser denied having told me a drum kit would be provided (it was all done by email).

We managed to blag our way to the main stage where there actually was a drum kit that would be left on stage.

Only to be told that we couldn't possibly go on at 10 because that was when the festival shut down for the night.

Some more negotiating and the sound guys agreed to stay so that we could get our slot.

More negotiating to persuade the last drummer that his cymbals would be safe with me.

During all of this, the whole festival area kept being plunged into darkness, because the generators were not up to the task and the circuits kept tripping.

Eventually we got to play. We had a small crowd of people determined to drink the evening to its lees...and then the rain arrived.
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:43 AM
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Saw a belter on Sunday night. Went to see Flower Kings/Spocks Beard in London.

Spocks Beard tripped the noise limiter and everything went off apart from the mics. I didn't think they had limiters that were that sensitive in theatres. They weren't loud, I was stood next to the sound guy.
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Old 12-11-2018, 04:34 PM
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I've had a few mishaps with drums, but nothing too spectacular.
  • I've forgotten my cymbal bag, but always with enough time to retrieve it in time.
  • I've had cymbal tilters loosen so that my crash cymbals fall
  • I've forgotten my drum rug and had to deal with the walkaway kick drum
  • I've dropped a stick and forgot to have anything handy nearby, so I had to find and retrieve the dropped stick while playing. (that's a mistake you only make once)
  • I've had my kick beater catch in my pants cuff.

Nothing major with drums though - I've had much more interesting mishaps happen as a trumpet player.
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Old 12-11-2018, 04:34 PM
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Puking on my kit at a gig wasn't exactly what I would call a "highlight". The clean up was even worse.

Once I had the tab that holds the spring snap off my main pedal 15 seconds into the first song and had to play the entire set off the slave pedal with my left foot. Fortunately for me, when I'm driving and listening/playing along to music, I would play the bass drum with my left foot since the right was busy with gas/brake duties, so it was that much of a reach, but a few people that noticed were buggin' out over it.

Not me, but too many to mention when another band member was too shitfaced to perform at any acceptable level.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:01 PM
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Not me, but too many to mention when another band member was too shitfaced to perform at any acceptable level.
Mate. I can't remember the time I played in your band. But I do apologise !

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Old 12-11-2018, 05:20 PM
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I put one of the rack toms on upside down at my first show and then couldn't figure out why it sounded bad.. I had my friend come up and tune it for me. Didn't realize that was why until I was taking them apart.

Last weekend played a house party and let another band's drummer use my kit when I was done and while she was playing the crash stand collapsed so the cymbal was resting on one of the rack toms, I guess it wasn't tightened up enough. I went and fixed it between the songs.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:46 PM
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For this gig, I was told to bring my cymbals. I brought hats, and two crashes. When I got to the venue, the house kit had 15" hats, so I wanted to try them out instead of my 14" new beats.

Well, my dumbass put the top hat as crash #1 by accident. First song, I was wondering why my crash sounded pingy. Doh! Had o swap it out real fast after the first song.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:00 PM
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Not so much a regular gig ,but back in my marching band days ,the bass drummer forgot the straps that attached the drum to the marching harness.

We had to tie a rope around the back of his neck that went through the eye holes of the bass drum attachment screws.

Hot humid day and parade was like two miles long.

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