Anyone ever have a gig that you had to turn down and regretted the decision? What's your story?
you live the dream brother ... I'd rather know you as the guy who's kept a nearly 40 year steady gig with a legendary artist than the guy who used to play with the MotelsI have possibly one regret, although looking back, it may have been more a case of dodging a bullet.
Around 1975/6, I did some rehearsing with a band fronted by Martha Davis. They weren't really The Motels yet, and I lasted about 2 weeks. But that's not the story.
Around 1980, I used to advertise my drumming services in Music Connection, a new L.A. magazine then. I got a call from someone to audition for a band, The Motels. They were going to play clubs around town then try to get a record deal. Yeah, right. I politely declined. Someone else from the band called a week or two later asking the same, and I was probably a little less cheerful with them.
Anyway, The Motels soon got their record deal and enjoyed a few big hits. While it could have been a cool gig at the time, history shows that the band didn't last very long, and I don't think any of the guys still work with Martha. So, when I say I dodged a bullet, I mean that I'm glad I have the continuing career I do.
Don't know about where you live but punk is making a huge resurgence up in the North of England, especially across in South Yorkshire.One time I tried out for a couple of local guys I knew regarding a punk rock project they wanted to start. At the time I was also trying out for a slightly less local indie rock project.
Both of them wanted me to play drums but already having several other music projects I had to pick.
The guys in the punk band were a fair deal younger than I; like full generation gap and the kit in dudes garage was a mess... Being honest I was also iffy on how I felt my punk rock drumming chops weren't the best. I was keeping up but felt a little less comfortable simply because I hadn't really practiced too much "real" punk of late and my usual fluidity wasn't as fluid.
So I joined the indie band. I thought for sure there would be more demand for the music and the older guys would be more motivated to get out and play and accomplish some stuff.
So of course that punk band picked up a drummer who isn't even as proficient as myself (meaning my worries about my playing were nonsense) and proceeded to line up gig after gig and get a following going much faster than I imagined.
Not to say I regret joining the indie project, though. We're making some cool music and one guy in particular is a great musician. But I do have to admit we are simply not moving as fast as the 20 year olds I turned down who have gig after gig while the indie project is still trying to get on more radars. Granted, the punk community is extremely supportive, but even so... Always wanted to be in a proper traditional style punk outfit.
Let's just say there's a lot of water between us and apparently punks don't like to swim.Don't know about where you live but punk is making a huge resurgence up in the North of England, especially across in South Yorkshire.