Myself, I don't drink and play. It subtracts from me. I'm sure Bonzo, Moon, Baker, played drunk. Different strokes.
Agreed. Ever see any drunks dancing? The old adage that drunks have no rythm should be noted by all drummers.Drinking impairs your motor skills, co-ordination, timing, judgement, all of it. That's why they don't let you drink and drive.
If you get drunk before you play, you will suck. Period.
I always said that the more you drink (audience) the better we sound and the more we drink (band) the better we think we sound LOLI agree with all who have posted about having a small amount of alcohol being fine.
I have also found that if the audience gets drunk, our band sounds better.
yes it's a very fine line you have to tread. When I'm all hyped up on caffeine for the night (after working all day) my nerves sometimes jam up and I drop a beat. A drink on the first break can help relax me. But I have to hold it down or I go to pieces. I find if I drink too much too fast my arm muscles get really tired..back in the day I remember leaning over on my floor tom at the end of the night. We played 5-6 nights a week and the whole band drank quite a bit LOL. No one in my peer group of players drinks like that anymore.Sometimes drinking helps to shake loose the stiff energies that come from a long day or a long trip from the previous city (when touring). I find that when I'm relaxed, I play much more intuitively, uninhibited, and with a bigger smile on my face.
The thing that has always amazed me, the higher the paying gig, the more free booze we get. Essentially, the free drinks are coming from our employer for the evening.I can't think of any job where drinking before of during work is acceptable.
Why would being a musician be any different?
Yeah. Been there done that. I played in a few really rowdy rock bands and we'd party pretty hard on gigs. We just never got any where.The thing that has always amazed me, the higher the paying gig, the more free booze we get. Essentially, the free drinks are coming from our employer for the evening.
Yeah. Been there done that. I played in a few really rowdy rock bands and we'd party pretty hard on gigs. We just never got any where.
The bands that were more serious about the music and stayed away from drugs and booze did pretty well.