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SilentDeftone
12-08-2005, 08:07 PM
Yep, you guessed it. This thread is exclusively for telling stories about gigs, band experiences, etc. This is the ONLY thread for doing so, so don't try posting your own thread with a story in it!

Don't spam it up too much ;), no uncalled-for flaming, you know the drill. Enjoy this thread :D

-SD :dance:

pentagram_man63
12-09-2005, 11:59 AM
Cool idea, I'll start (unless someone posts 1st).

My First Gig

Well it was one or two summers ago we had our first gig. We were playing two songs, both our own. We got there only an hour before hand and had very little time (there wer LOADS of others) to set our stuff up, so I kinda had to do most of it on stage. I had my electro-classical (no strap locks) so I sat on a chair while both bassists (yes, for some reason there were two) stood alongside and the drummer at the back. First song went okISH but we sped up like 100BPM, none of us were counting! I was extremely nervous and kept shaking my head at how bad we were playing onstage. The song went very average, and we got a moderate ammount of applause. Next song, more energetic this one. I started playing the guitar-only intro but the stopped halfway through because I thought something was wrong, much to the cursing and sweaing of our drummer. I then realised nothing was wrong and that (I was playing hrough a half stack) the quality was simply not as good as on my little amp. So I started again, spead up a ****load as usual and it actually went OK. Strangely, we got a roaring ammount of applause, more then any other person I think. Maybe it was because we were playing our own stuff and they liked it?

Either way, it was quite a disaster: the moral is to either use your own gear, or spend more itme setting the **** up.

:cheers: anyone else?

Dutch_Apples
12-13-2005, 02:20 AM
First Gig:

I grew up in a small town in which there were about 12 musicians from the age range of 8-68. I put my first band together with 2 friends at the age of 16 after playing guitar for a year. We didn't have a singer because we couldn't find one. A guy we auditioned who we knew from high school told us he didn't want to be in the band but we could play at his house party. There were a total of maybe 15 people there. This was during the nu-metal era of Disturbed & Limpbizkit and we were playing 80s style jam songs. We also had to use mics through guitar amps since we had no P.A. It was horrible. We played with another band though who was worse than us. We got through the songs, but there were girls asking the guy to tell us to stop. Stupid bitch.

Anyways, the band broke up the next day because of lack of interest. I didn't get into another "offical" band until 5 years later.

cactus
12-16-2005, 05:14 AM
First Gig:

Once upon a time me and my friends formed a band becuase we loved music. Well I was originally a guitarist but my friend was better so I volunteered to be a bassist because we needed one and there were only like 2 that we knew of that were good enough then we got another guitarist, anyway, we were four, then a guy wanted to be our vox, he sucked so we kicked him out. The next guy that became our vox was good enough. We we're known as the "other band" in my batch, the people who tried hard but never really made it, anyway when the school anounced an end of the year party we volunteered right away. What happened was that no one could bring a drumset, no drumset; no band, and there were 4 other bands playing, so we brought the drumset, which we didnt even own, we just borrowed. well we managed to bring it in one car, plus 5 of us riding in it so it was a tight squeeze btw we used a 5 seater SUV. that night we played 2 covers, easy covers but we were so nervous that we messed up the first one, we did the second one almost perfectly, no one clapped, kinda sucked but still it was fun, it turned out to be one of the few gigs we would ever have; we disbanded a few months later cause of frustration, but did one last gig together last november, I think we had the best performance that day when we reunited. Oh yeah me and the drummer formed a new band, I'm now lead guitar. One guitarist formed his own band and the other 2 (vox and guitarist) are not in any bands.

cactus
12-16-2005, 05:20 AM
uhm to the guy that posted at the top, could you tell me why you had 2 bassists?

quinny1089
12-16-2005, 09:04 PM
well tonight i just got back from an awesome gig, it was a college christmas party at a big labour club and the crowd were ****ing ace, they were well into it, which in turn got us more involved which caused me to go sick and start jumpin around the stage (not in a busted way) and my glasses flew off, and at the end when i found them i had a lense missing and they were all bent, but was all good,

our setlist was:

Apart from me - original
Ace of spades
Next time - original
sweet child of mine
your time has come
i believe in a thing called love


we had 11 songs lined up to play but our set got cut short and we only managed to play these songs.
My band doesnt usually play songs like sweet child of mine and i belienve in a thing called love, but we thought it would go down really well and even tough we didnt like playing them it was more about their christmas party.

i got pretty hammered as well before i got on stage which made it all the better and
at he end the other band that played came onstage and did the band aid song do they know its christmas time at all, and we all stayed on stage a danced and sang along

overall its one of the funnest nights of my life, even though i cant see very well...

TTC
12-18-2005, 09:18 AM
our first gig really sucked , well here the story :

Our first gig was on my Ex her birthday party , we had a pretty simple setlist ( I wasn't nervous at all, just look at it :p

Smells Like teen spirit - Nirvana
In Bloom - Nirvana
Californication - RHCP
The Offspring - The kids aren't allright
Zornik - Goodbye

( I hated the setlist, I felt like a freaking poser, ohwell)

Me and the bassist played the songs flawless, but the real problem were the vocals , our singer/2nd guitarist really sucked tbh , he was mumbling and was playing really crappy ( after the first song I crancked the volume of my amp to make his mistakes less noticable)

ohwell , I quitted the band and started a new one with our bassist.

tongue untied
12-19-2005, 02:51 AM
first gig


hmmm........


well, taht band had bin playing for a year, w/o any vocals. we had 6 or seven original songs, with lyrics.

but, no vocals. so we got a friend of mine interested, with the gig being 6 weeks away. he decided to play rhythm guitar as well.

but, he didnt like any of our songs.

so with 6 weeks till the gig, we wrote 3 songs and played for whom the bell tolls

now, the night of the gig. our drummer was nervous as hell, but we wouldnt let him drink. i was kool, but the rythm guitarist was trippin liek hell. he kept walkin of alone with his guitar to practice. my bassist was off drinkin from teh keg- which was no problem.

so we got onstage- and started for whom the bell tolls. we did the song decent, i ****ed up the solo, but it was decent. and when we finished it- there was no sound. the crowd looked bored.

so- we start up a slower song, being the middle of the set. the crownd*30-40 numetal kids* just sat around jerkin off.

so, now the acoustic song. heres the point where i grab a shot glass and fill it up, and give my respects to dimebag.

we got a few drunken horrays, mostly from the parents. and after the song, ppl were like, hey, that was okay.

and for the last song, both me and the other guy broke or high E strings playing.

sadly to say, we didnt even get around of applause.

im quittin the band soon, ive bin playin with them for 2 years now, and its not workin.

some acoustic song will be up soon.

-kiegon

pentagram_man63
12-19-2005, 03:07 PM
uhm to the guy that posted at the top, could you tell me why you had 2 bassists?

Well basically, our original bassist (good one, deusexbass2150 on this site) was a bit embarrased about playing, drummer convinced me but he wasnt too sure. Another bassist (really nice guy, but TBH crap) volunteered but then original decided to play so all of a sudden we had 2... the good one did the actual lines and the bad one just kinda followed what I was doing on guitar... MAN did it take hours to explain one song...

:cheers:

DevilMayCare
12-20-2005, 09:43 AM
No fun, I don't have any interesting stories really to tell. Although having watched my friend's band practice a number of times, I can see now why you don't allow partners to watch.

The lead guitarist exploded at his girlfriend for the fact she couldn't name a single one of their songs despite the fact we were there to help with criticism and basic recording. It led on to an arguement about their relationship in general. Ended up with the drum kit scattered on the floor and the piano nearly upended. :confused: Not fun at all. Maybe I'll have a gig soon to comment on, then again maybe not.

jof1029
12-21-2005, 11:40 PM
im bored, so here goes storytime:

it was a dark and stormy night... well actually it wasnt really stormy, but it had rained earlier that day. i am supposed to be playing 3 songs with two other guys, another guitarist and a singer. the "gig" was really just us being schedualed to play at an open mic night at a local restaurant/bar. so we walk in and find a table to wait our turn. finally gets to us and we go on stage. now i lugged my amp all the way to this place, but it turns out that they want us to use the ones they have. ok, fine. they have the same model amp as i do so i dont mind too much. but the other guitarist insits on using his POS instead of the nice tube combo they want him too, so of course we are off to a great start.

we launch into our first song, 'wish you were here' by pink floyd, and every thing goes smoothly until the singer comes in. well, actually the problem is that he doesnt. he gets so lost that the crowd tells us to start over. they are very supportive cause they are mostly musicians and really want to see us do well. so we start over. and the singer comes in this time, but one bar late. so of course i repeat a bar so now the singer and i are together. but the other guitarist is oblivious to everything so he is off now. the singer starts to forget words and begins to mumble, so the other guitarist turns around and tells me, "lets just skip to the solo." so we skip to the solo/interlude thingy and play the song from there, and the singer manages to remember all the words this time and we finish well.

next song is 'Johnny B. Goode.' but its only the other guy playing the song because for some reason i get no part, and the singer didnt want to do the song so he didnt sing. so its two of us just standing up there trying not to look stupid while the other guy plays a song by himself and looks kinda stupid. crowd kinda enjoyed it, but with no vocals or anything it kinda sucked. and i could easily tell that by just looking at the faces of the crowd.

ok, third song. im finally playing again and we launch into 'Paranoid' by Black Sabbath. this was our best song, which obviously didnt take too much. we manage to play through the song fine and the singer never lost his place this time. which was really good cause i was already gonna kill him. the biggest problem problem: the singer was reading the words off a sheet of paper as he sang them because he hadnt finished memorizing them. the other problem was the other guitarists solo. i was the better guitarist but because it was his idea to play the show, he got the solo. too bad he sucked at it. well, we finished the song with no major mishaps and i get my self off that stage as fast as possible. people clapped for us, but that was cause we finished half decently and they were trying to be supportive.

you want to know what i still cant believe about that night? that i agreed to try again two weeks later...
but thats a story for another time. if you guys are interested i can tell it later, but now is not the time.

jumpmanhat
12-23-2005, 03:29 PM
:D First GIG:
The mic feedbacked like hell cuz we used a really old/cheap one with a 100WATT Peavey Keyboard amp, which is a piece of sh*t.
The first "song" was instrumentle it was me and my bass player (The great, ai4281 the crazy virtuoso) playing the Cunning Stunts' Jason and Kirk guitar doodle, which lead into the Sanitarium's first solo then to the Master of Puppets solos. ARRRGGHHH lots of times I screwed up.
Then some origional songs. no one heard me sing becuase the mic was ****ty.

Our rig was, the high school's drum kit (sucked balls as the drummer did as well)
My rig: Cort X2-Rp80-keyboard amp(yes the amp was multi tasking)
Bass rig: Cheap but okay Ibanez bass(now he has an Awsome 5 string BTB)-Two 16 Watt Kustom amps)

The turn out was good (at least 100 ppl) and lots of applause becuase that school had lots of metal heads :D

gooooooooood times............

joshsirjoshules
12-23-2005, 04:01 PM
The Last Gig:

Before our last gig, our singer requested that we do a photo shoot, so we did. Our drummer didn't like photo shoots, so he was a little pissed (the singer and drummer are brothers by the way.) So we take about a million photos, and he's starting to get upset because he doesn't want to take any more photos. Our singer then wants us to take a photo flippin off the camera. I chuckled to myself about the idea, I thought it was stupid. The drummer however let his opinions be heard and said something to the effect of: "That's stupid, typical teen-angst ****." So the singer starts flippin off the drummer to his face. The drummer gets just pissed and punches the singer and the two get in a fight. After the fight, the drummer storms off and comes back to say he quits.

Now, in our search for a new drummer, we have found one, but haven't played with him yet. I seem to be the only one doing the searching so I call the drummer and ask him if he can jam today, and he says he doesn't know and that he'll just give me a call. I say alright, and I call the singer to tell him to keep on his toes because we may be jamming today (by the way he's basically the one who got the band together.) He says, "I'm not waiting around all day for a maybe." And I say, "Well that shows how committed you are." He says, "No it doesn't," and hangs up.

Long story short, I'm gonna quit cause he's such an asshole.

Jams
12-29-2005, 05:40 PM
I've played about 5 gigs in my attempts to start up a band, and I don't think I've done a single one with my flies done up. Most of them were quite poor, with various **** ups and mishaps. mic leads coming unplugged, my bassist managed to let go of his plectrum which hit me in the face, and our drummer kicked over the crappy school drums mid song 'cos he was pissed off with them.
Oh, and one of them was a charity event, so everyone involved was in a big photo to go in the local paper.
Guess who missed it 'cos they were having a ****? :D
Got another organised at my school soon, playing in front of about 550 people.
It's gonna be good. *Prays*

Some White Guy
12-31-2005, 05:06 AM
My first gig was for half of our grade, with the Drama and Art fellas.

We were only aloud to play one song, and it had to based on "Growing Up" I was pretty much the leader because I was the only one who knew how to play an insturment. Our drummer was some paranoid, 'Nam obessed and hyped-up retard, our bassist was a liar and left-handed, and didn't own a left hand bass. Our singer was one of my best mates, and he did good. We had like 3 bongo's (WTF?!) But didn't matter. Anyway, we were playing, and our drummer, complete retard just stops, and he sends nearly all of us out of time with me and the bass player just playing. BTW, the song we did was "I don't Wanna Grow Up" - The Ramones.

AAA_the_band
01-06-2006, 07:58 PM
lol ok here...like our 3rd gig or something.

here i am...guitarist...we get midway through our 4th song and one of my pedals gets stuck...i wasnt thinking right or something...so i kick it. I feel a pop in my ankle but it doesnt hurt much, so i keep playing. Later near the end of the gig...my ankle is hurting like a...yeah. yeah so my best friend...and vocalist, seems to see somethings wrong...but he doesnt do anything cause we're in the mid of a song. we finish the song, and right after...i swear my ankle gve way, i didn't know cause i guess i blacked out...because my friend said my ankle was at likea 90 degree anle with my leg. lol i didnt play in a gig for a LONG time afterwards. and i had crutches for a month...but it's aa pretty funny story...i also have never used that pedal again

Mack56
01-10-2006, 10:34 PM
First gig story. mine is sorta fun

anyway, me and the other guitarist had been practicing on and off for weeks before the show. the thing is, we had no drummer, and i didn't really meet the lead singer until a week or two before. anyway, we didn't really start practicing for real until the monday before. I spent that week going "where's the bassist?" Ok, enough back story, on to the actual gig.

So basically, we were playin at a party in this guy's backyard (patio=stage). And, if we weren't innadequate enough, with only 2 guitarists (electric) and a lead singer, one of the other bands was AWESOME. yeah, we heard them doing sound check, and our singer chickens out. We spend a good 20 minutes getting him to agree to doing the show. (He got a little drunk later, that helped). I couldn't really bring my amp so i had to use one from another band

Anyway, there's like, 12 people there, not including the other bands. We go up, and i'm singing the first song (i don't know why) So we play, i have no idea what i sound like to the "crowd", cause i can only hear my voice going into the mic (which i'm staring at intently) It's cold, so I mess up the solo. but overall, it was alright. We got delayed applause.

ok, second song (we only played 2 cause the singer didn't want to do the third)
We're doing pretty decent, cause it's an easy song. I have a short solo in the middle of it, but it threw off the other guitarist's timing. I felt like an idiot. I got to look out at the people during this song and no one looked interested at all. Oh well. So we finish the song to more delayed applause. and i walk away going "we sucked up there."

I hope we have better luck in the future (shouldn't be taht hard...)

scrambler_66
01-13-2006, 05:32 PM
This is going to sound more violent that it actually was, because it was all just harmless fun.

Backstory:
I have a reputation of making jokes, most which turn out to be groaners. My band members know this, and despise me for it.

So yesterday, at band practice, I made a joke (which I can't even remember what I said), and the other guitarist picked up a guitar cable and threatened to whip me with it. So I cheesed it out of the garage, into the street, and across a neighbor's yard, where he gave up the chase. "Fat men aren't supposed to run," he even yelled to me.

Just when I thought I was in the clear, my 10 year old neighbor springs out of the house and picks up where the other guy left off.

Long story short, I get tackled by my neighbor's dog, chased across my backyard, then put in a sleeper hold by the bassist.

Then started playing basketball with him.

EDIT:
I remember the joke. It had to do with the bassist finding chocolate (yes, we had chocolate in the garage) , made a funny sound, and then a comment from me along the lines of "Get a tissue, my hands are kinda sticky," but I don't want to repeat the joke.

Scourge441
01-14-2006, 10:19 AM
My music class put on a performance at my school's Christmas concert.

In the weeks that we spent preparing the show, the band (myself on bass, my cousin and a friend on guitar, one guy playing drums, and another playing the bongos) mostly just slacked off. We never practiced, instead choosing to play Tool and AC/DC songs.

Of course, we were able to learn the songs quite easily. This was partly because A)my cousin has perfect pitch and could figure out all of the chord progressions and B)the drummer was incredible.

The day of the show, we had a rehearsal in front of some of the students. My cousin decides to use his tiny practice amp instead of a real amp, saying his tiny Crate amp is "really loud." He didn't understand that a tiny amp sound louder in his room than it does in a school auditorium, especially when goin up against a full-sized amp and a large bass amp. I couldn't hear his guitar, even on stage. I later heard from people in the audience that the bass wasn't loud enough.

We performed a medley of Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, and going back into CotB at the end. The lunch bell rang halfway through our set; half of the audience left, and we still recieved the loudest ovation.

After the show, we ate lunch and went back into the auditorium for one more practice session. At the end, the nut and washer holding my input jack fall off, and the jack falls into the bass. I was able to save the pieces. The instruments were all left in the auditorium, but I had no time to fix it.

The show comes up, and we weren't able to find a screwdriver until three songs before our performance. The second guitarist had experience with fixing these kind of problems, and was able to fix it while I helped set up the amplifiers. I got it back before our part, but I wasn't able to tune my bass beforehand.

Then the performance starts, and the second guitarist's amp isn't working properly. The first CotB sounds pretty bad. Once we get past that little issue, everything goes smoothly. My cousin used his good amp, and the bass was a little louder this time. Again, we get the loudest ovation.

I later watched a tape of the video. The singers were WAAAAAY off. Plus, the second guitarist and I couldn't be seen-we were on the side of the stage, and the lights weren't pointing at us.

Overall, though, it was a pretty good time. Now our class is trying to write a musical. I can't wait to see what's gonna happen this time.

robertreilly666
01-17-2006, 12:37 AM
Our second song was Wicked Game by HIM. Uh-oh. I had to bend down to fiddle with my pedals between the songs and I knocked my guitar out of tune on a music stand. So in the intro, which is picking the notes of a chord, my gitar sounded like crap and I had to retune during the song. The whole song was a disaster because I was the only one who knew it.
.


you do know that wicked game isnt by him?

Some White Guy
01-17-2006, 04:11 AM
Its by Me! Sorry, couldn't help myself. I like the story about how the guy kicked his pedal and broke his ankle, we salute you.

madefortvmovie
01-18-2006, 09:40 PM
so this summer i was playing a club called neils, and a friend has reserved the backroom for her 18th birthday party. my friend and i play in a two man comedy/acoustic/jam band, called Chasing Aries or The Spoo, depending on our mood.

There were three bands/performers that night, and we decided we wanted to play last, to which no one objected. well, the first band to play was a jam band, and they played one a hell of a show. their guitarist was out of town, but they still managed to play a good set with what they had.

next came a solo performer, who did some acoustic covers.

finally it came our turn. Things started out smoothly enough, as we went through a couple instrumentals of our own. Then we started to play some covers. I was midway through everlong, when all of a sudden i notice people pointing and laughing at me... I was like, "what the ****?" until i realized that they were pointing behind me...

out of nowhere, a black cat jumped off the drum kit and walked right behind me... the freaky thing is, that right at that exact moment, my gear cut out, and continued to act up for the rest of the night. it was pretty strange

we decided to finish playing our set early, and instead launch into improv. After making fun of the birthday girl and her boyfriend (which turned out to be quite successful). We ended the night with the jam band playing with me as my friend continued to "sing" about ashley (the bday girl)

strange night; fun night; good night.

Rocker4500
01-19-2006, 08:09 AM
so this summer i was playing a club called neils, and a friend has reserved the backroom for her 18th birthday party. my friend and i play in a two man comedy/acoustic/jam band, called Chasing Aries or The Spoo, depending on our mood.

There were three bands/performers that night, and we decided we wanted to play last, to which no one objected. well, the first band to play was a jam band, and they played one a hell of a show. their guitarist was out of town, but they still managed to play a good set with what they had.

next came a solo performer, who did some acoustic covers.

finally it came our turn. Things started out smoothly enough, as we went through a couple instrumentals of our own. Then we started to play some covers. I was midway through everlong, when all of a sudden i notice people pointing and laughing at me... I was like, "what the ****?" until i realized that they were pointing behind me...

out of nowhere, a black cat jumped off the drum kit and walked right behind me... the freaky thing is, that right at that exact moment, my gear cut out, and continued to act up for the rest of the night. it was pretty strange

we decided to finish playing our set early, and instead launch into improv. After making fun of the birthday girl and her boyfriend (which turned out to be quite successful). We ended the night with the jam band playing with me as my friend continued to "sing" about ashley (the bday girl)

strange night; fun night; good night.


That's wierd

timi_hendrix
01-21-2006, 06:09 AM
you do know that wicked game isnt by him?

I'm not an idiot. Chris Isaak. HIM covered it on their first album.

J-Spoon
01-27-2006, 08:35 PM
Seeing as this thread has died down a little I thought I'd return interest to it.

My first perfromance was at an open mic night, when I quite gamely attempted Jeff Buckley's "Mojo Pin". The playing was alright, bu tthe singing was average. I was trying to quit the shakes but I was freaking out. I've have gotten better with that with more performance.

It wasn't a song the crowd were going to appreciate anyway, there were to many pop skanks there. But my friends got it. It just felt good to let go, you know?

The next time I got up, same event- monthgs or so later, I played Bob Dylan's "Just Like A Woman". That is a much easier song than Buckley's!

SomeEvilDude
01-28-2006, 05:51 PM
Well, here goes my contribution. We had our first proper public gig on Friday evening, here's the run down of it.

The guys started setting the stuff up at about 7 (there was more than one band playing, we were on first, but the other guys' equipment gets set up to save time). I turned up at quarter past with all my equipment, and the drummer appeared 5 minutes later. We got our stuff set up and waited. Just after half past the bass player turned up, plugged in. We tuned up, decided on a final tempo for the opening song, and so it begins.

The first song was a 12 Bar Blues original. Bassist opened it, drummer came in on the fifth bar, I came in on the tenth, just soloing around over the top of it. Had to extend my intro solo a lot, because I forgot the words. When I remembered the words, I sang them at the wrong pace, so I stopped, waited for the song to go round again, and did the first verse, in time.
Had to solo for a bit because I forgot the second verse. When I remembered it, I sang it and nailed it first time. Then went into the main solo, but after about 24 bars, the drummer stopped. The bassist stopped a bar or two afterwards, and that was that. We had to abrubtly end the song, and yeah... Not too bad, could've been worse, but could've been a lot better. Ah well, such is life.

Second song, we got almost perfect. I jumbled up the first two lines of the first verse and the first two lines of the second verse, but other than that it was perfect. Reasonably fast paced rock song.

Third song, we launched into it, and then I got really insecure about the singing the lyrics, so I basically ommited them. Baring in mind it ended up becoming completely instrumental, it went really well. The music underneath the lyrics is carried by the bass, so it wasn't just a chord sequence played round, so it made for a relatively interesting instrumental.

Fourth song; originally we were only supposed to be doing 3, but we though fuck it, and the band on after us said it was cool, so we did another one. In retrospect, it would've been better to open with this one; it's a completely instrumental jam song. There's a bassline which opens, the drums come in, and then it's basically the guitar and the bass improvising a lot for five or so minutes. This one was pretty much perfect too.

~

Meh, take what you will. We had a good time, there were a couple of fluff-ups, but only the first song just kinda stopping was really noticeable.
Heck, in any case, it certainly showed that we not only work well together as a band, but we can all perform well together two, and we all gel pretty well, as well as being (certainly for me in any case) a very much needed boost in confidence. Meh, and that's my experience.
:cheers:

EDIT: All songs were originals; we play blues driven pyschedelic rock. Crowd wasn't particularly huge, but they seemed to enjoy it.

AcDcizzle
01-29-2006, 02:43 AM
This will be my first post in a long while but on to the story...

Its summer. hot as all hell. Im trying to impress this girl whos 16 (im 14 at the time) who I have a giant crush on. Its her sweet 16 and Im desperate to impress her. They booked this so-so Fall out boy cover band. So they take a break and I say "can I play a few?" "sure". So of course Im like wow is this a gig? then I set myself up with this stratocaster and first I shred a little and get everyone going. But then Im nervous as hell cuz there are at least 50-100 people there. So I shout requests and her sister shouts "good riddance". I figure I had that nailed though I was nervous. Halfway through the amp and the mic cuts. So I get nervous and try to start over and I COMPLETELY FORGET the damn lyrics. so then they keep shouting green day and all these other easy songs. So the drummer comes over and we start playing my bands music and having a good time jamming. Then we went through an awful american idiot, and Tryed to outdo each other in speed soloing. Well other then the fact that I botched the good riddance I had a good time....

Not on subject but I ended up going out with the girl for a month and then I realized she was dumb as a rock.

:)

Boghead
02-04-2006, 05:23 AM
lets jus say never EVER leave drinks on top of ur amp

Rocker4500
02-04-2006, 11:32 AM
My first gig last night -

We are second on in a bill of 7 local bands. I start playing the intro to the first song, and everyone started cheering, thank god, I was worried about a cold crowd. Throughout the first song all goes well apart from - a) the lead singer's mike is to low, and b) The rhythm guitarist concentrates so much on playing to the crowd and putting on a show, that he completely ****s up and almost throws us all off.
Second song is alot lighter and less rocky, w3e breeze through it with no mistakes whatsever. Afterwards the crowd start chanting our band name.
Third song went well, only problem was when I discovered my high E string was out during the solo, I held a bend and tried to re-tune, in fact a couple of times during the solo. People said afterwards that I was doing it for show, that was not the case though. We ended with a bang and I threw my plectrum into the crowd and came out with positive feedback all round. Only thing wrong was a hint of feedback from my amp and a dreadful soundmix (and that is what you get for not allowing us a soundcheck, Mr Venue person!).

Thanks to UGers for all the advice leading up to the gig! I had an awesome evening!

patroller69
02-04-2006, 04:58 PM
Hey everyone im the bassist in rocker4500s band and ive also gotta thanks for all the support the community has offered in the run up to our gig. It truely was an amazing feeling being up on stage hearing people chant our name. And its was such a confidence boost nailing our first gig like that.

Only problem was like he said awful sound mix because of rushing our setup.And i gotta admite i slipped up once in our last song but only fractionally :( thankfully no-one noticed ;) so it was all gd.

cheers nath. :peace:

Drop-A
02-05-2006, 01:20 AM
This one time i called up my bass player and said, hey you wanna come over for a jam. and he said i can't, im going to the doctor. THE END

SG thrasher
02-08-2006, 11:01 AM
well there was this charity thing at my school to raise money for something, i dunno, and my band was asked to play, we did two sets, consisting of 2 songs each. So eventually the time came for us to go onstage for our first set. we played Fashion zombies by the aquabats, and Kill the poor by DK which we changed to help the poor(seemed more appropriate), both of the songs in the first set were sung by guest appearance of my good friend mike. so after that there was supposed to be a speach and something else before we came on to play the second set, without the aid of mike. i was sitting in the wings having a drink, and chilling out when suddenly, to my surprise, THERE WAS NO "SOMETHING" AFTER THE SPEACH!,and the guys who were giving the speach shouted, "i would like to introduce AXXE!!!!", "Bugger" i thought,"wheres the damn band" i thought. little did i know they were back stage and did not here the guys introduce us, i walked onto the stage, grabbed the mic and shouted AXXE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,the band came running from back stage, we plugged in and off we went, The first song we played was Breaking the law, by judas priest, it went off without a hitch. my vocals were clear and the sound was balanced, no problemo, then we began the second song, one of our own, titled "EMOSLAYER". i began the intro and then a saw a good friend of mine tell the girl sitting next to him "I cant hear Baz"(baz is my nickname)so i quickly finnished the intro and whacked the amp up, he gave a salute, and i nodded to him. We kicked some serious dick on that song couldn't have been better. at the end of that set i shouted down the mic "rock and roll!" and walked off

that was a damn good day

Next_Hendrix
02-10-2006, 04:13 AM
My best show(possibly ever)

My friend David's birthday was coming up. Big party, and my we were booked along with The Falling of Ashes. The night before the show, I got disowned and had what I imagine was a small mental breakdown. We were driving back to the apartment, and stopped at a gas station. A friend of mine was there, and upon seeing me in that condition, handed me four pills which I believe are called clanazipan or something. I didn't know to only take one, popped all four, and slepped for sixteen hours. I woke up high enough to hang from God's nose hair. That night, apparently we played an amazing show. We covered Free Bird, and I guess I did an incredible solo. Unfortunately for me, clanazipan has an amnesia affect on me. I can remember fragments of the show, and the preceeding week is lost in the depths of my mind. Sweet sweet irony huh?

jen 1
02-21-2006, 02:12 PM
Ive had a lot of strange gigs, the most perculiar was playing our full on thrash metal set to a youth community centre age range 6 to 12. as you can imagine, the kids just stared at us bewildered and scared.
Probably just as strange for me was feeling sick halfway through a song cos I was so drunk - and hurling all over the stage. i ran backstage to be sick more and then come back out on stage and was cheered like a king! A few months later I was so drunk I chucked my guitar off stage (oh my god ive never regretting doing something so dumb) - £200 to repair it.

GuitarGod610
03-10-2006, 03:29 AM
My band had a show at a legion hall type thing a few months ago and everything was cool. We did Bulls on Parade by Rage Against the Machine for a sound check and then went into our blisteringly long 14-song set (all originals). The problem was that I had my glasses off and couldn't really read the damn set list that we had printed out, so I just didn't know what song was next. What's worse is that I start almost all of our songs, so most of the time I was just standing there with my guitar, looking at the other guys with an expression that just said "I don't know what's going on!" Our singer looked like a complete doofus, too, because he has no fashion sense at all, even for a guy. He wore these baggy green dress pants that flapped out like a parachute and a stupid Snoopy t-shirt. Pretty much, he didn't look like he was even in our band. He's a stubborn, close-minded asshole about music and appearance anyway, so it's really hard to talk to him about anything.

GuitarGod610
03-10-2006, 03:35 AM
Not on subject but I ended up going out with the girl for a month and then I realized she was dumb as a rock.

:)

That sucks, man! Nothing worse than pursuing a good-looking girl only to find out that she's just a dumb broad and doesn't make you sandwiches. :D

ShaggyDan
03-11-2006, 09:12 AM
First Gig:

In 10th grade we had an end of year music performance which my band played at. We only found out about it 2 weeks before and not having too much experience previously we managed to piece together a 4 song set of covers (everyone who played was given about 10 minutes).

As for the actual show, apart from having a singer that could not sing (grabbed someone that had the guts to do it at the last minute) it went well. Minor mishaps with amps and straps but stuff like that happens. After watching the video the computers teacher made of it we actually played better than I thought we did.

d_man2k
03-21-2006, 12:47 PM
Had an immence gig last Saturday. Here's what we played:

YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME - Paul Weller
YELLOW - Coldplay
SUPERSTITION - Stevie Wonder
GOLDEN TOUCH - Razorlight
BROWN EYED GIRL - Van Morrison
YOU REALLY GOT ME - The Kinks
SAW HER STANDING THERE - The Beatles
AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET - Bachman Turner Overdrive
HARD DAYS NIGHT - The Beatles
I PREDICT A RIOT - Kaiser Chiefs
ALL THESE THINGS - The Killers
VERTIGO - U2
GROWING ON ME - The Darkness
WALK OF LIFE - Dire Straits
CROCODILE ROCK - Elton John
I'M A BELIEVER - The Monkees
TWIST AND SHOUT - The Beatles
SOUL MAN - James Brown
LAST NITE - The Strokes
ROCKIN' ALL OVER WORLD - Status Quo

The gig was a real success! Judging by the amount of compliments we got afterwards, eveyone liked it ^_^ And I don't think anyone left the dancefloor after Golden Touch. We also got a friend to operate a smoke machine in You Do Something to Me. Was pretty atmospheric!

My highlights were:

Everyone singing along in Kaiser Chiefs; the "I got soul but I'm not a soldier" bit in Killers; Everyone in the crowd shouting "Ola!!" in Vertigo; my solos in Growing on me which I think went pretty well; everyone in the crowd singing along to Crocodile Rock, and our final song Rockin' All Over the World went down really well, we just carried the outro on for ages and everyone was going nuts!! We then did Buck Rogers for an encore, and we ended up doing Walk of Life again at the end because everyone wanted us to. I'm very pleased with how it went.

mrFood
03-22-2006, 10:28 PM
First gig:

At a carnival, playing to my parents, two of my teachers, and a Latino family of four.

The chick that got us booked said we didn't need amps, and that there would be a P.A. and stacks to jam on, but the real deal was that there was a P.A. and nothing else. The venue was too far to go back and get amps, so we (drummer, guitar, bass, and vocals) all plugged straight into the P.A. So, the sound frequently flattened out and went to half the standard volume for like 30 seconds at a time.

And then something else was running off the same outlet as our stage, so our power cut out. In the middle of a song. And it happened twice.

Also, another gig I played forced us to start on time. No one was there. Literally. So everyone that came to our show missed our first two songs, at least. A couple missed out entire first set. THAT was great.

.:iloveyou:.
03-31-2006, 03:57 AM
The First Gig:

I wouldnt really call it a gig, but it was my best friends 2 year anniversary party and he wanted my band to play. I told him we weren't THAT good and really not experienced, but he knew we could play SOme ****. Since the party was like 15 or 20 people and I knew most of them, we just got in their living room (the party was being hosted at their house) and played the only song we wrote, which wasnt... great , but id have to say it was tolerable, and a cover. it was OK, only OK, and i dont think i could ever make it to a real stage in front of thousands of screaming fans or anything, but hell the party was fun as hell. it wasnt really hard to play in front of everybody, i was depending on my band mates to help pull it throigh, and we did. ah what a night. id have to say i learned a lot that night,

UtBDan
04-15-2006, 10:46 AM
First gig:


was a ticket contest at the Empress Ballroom in Connecticut. We won the ticket contest, but only cause our vocalist bought 50 tickets and we sold 69 fair and square. 69 still may have won, but, you get the idea. It was us (funky-alternative), this other funky rock band (Deep Chemistry), and then your typical "I wish I were punk, punch me" "I think I'm metal" crowd. The metalheads and the punk guys actually enjoyed us - I was suprised.

I screwed up a little in the first song. No one noticed.


On our last song, our vocalist forget the words and we fell apart for a solid 5, 6 seconds. He recovered by just going back into the chorus, us following his lead, and then picking up where we left off.


We did 2 covers. THe cover of Low Rider seems to make everyone happy.



After the show, we talked to the guys from Deep Chemistry. They recognized me as "sick bassist with the musicMan". I was instantly happy.

We won a much much better PA and PA speakers than what we had.





Overall, a very good experience.

Citiz3n 3ras3d
04-15-2006, 11:54 PM
I finally have a story to tell!:D

So yeah,my first gig was today.It was at our friend's house party.The party started at 12,and we were supposed to go on at 3:30.Me and the drummer got there at 11 AM.Our guitarist didn't know he was supposed to come at 11(Which was kinda bad,as he had my amp,the PA,wires,ect.).But anyway,he shows up,and we start setting up.It was probably the longest,hottest,and boring 3 and a half hours any of us had to go through.Through little periods,me and the guitarist would do little Tap-offs just to do a little fun something.Finally,we were just like "Fuck it.Let's do it" and went on at about 3.We went through an intro,a full band version of Good Riddance,3 originals,a RENT cover,and the acoustic Good Riddance.As an encore,we did a messy version of The Emo Song(I'm sure you've all heard it).The messiness sort of added to the funniness.People seemed to really like us.And a big local band was there(Shoot The Lights,incase you Long Islanders know 'em) who said we were good,and actually played 2 songs with our equipment.So,all-in-all,I'd say all that practicing really is worth it,so all you kids who don't like practicing,I say to you,"bitchplz." :)

doggy_hat
04-17-2006, 03:13 PM
I was at a concert with punk bands. and after a song the singer says "who here nows the words to ice ice baby ice". After a while of no responses. The bass started the ice ice song, and the just started making up words. I found it quite humerous.

Also when I went to go see Casualties, Anti-Flag and the Unseen. The Unseen probably said this is our last song about 4 times.

.N30C0N.
04-17-2006, 03:13 PM
I remember one time.. My friends brother and his friends had a gig.. My friend said that they were really good and I should come with them to one of there gigs. I did. And it was the funniest thing I seen in my entire life. The bass player was doing one of those twirls with the guitar and one of the strap locks came off and hit the bass drum. It ripped a gouge about 7 inches in Diameter.. The Drummer kept on going and I seen his lips say. What in the ****!?
It was so funny

SetMyAngerFree
04-17-2006, 07:13 PM
this has nutin 2 do with the conv. but in open d tuning how du you use a tuner to get f#

SetMyAngerFree
04-17-2006, 07:14 PM
by the way, i think hawthorne heights sucks, too

JadeFalcon5
04-17-2006, 07:14 PM
lol this wasnt me, but for the schoolwide talent show, a kid didnt know why his guitar wasnt working, (he was gonna playing some rock medly thing(it sucked much)) and for 10 minutes he was just lookin at his amp and stuff (crowd was like Wtf mate) and then someone comes onstage and plugs in his friggin guitar

sooo glad that wasnt me

SetMyAngerFree
04-17-2006, 07:16 PM
that mustve been hilarious

SomeEvilDude
04-18-2006, 05:42 AM
lol this wasnt me, but for the schoolwide talent show, a kid didnt know why his guitar wasnt working, (he was gonna playing some rock medly thing(it sucked much)) and for 10 minutes he was just lookin at his amp and stuff (crowd was like Wtf mate) and then someone comes onstage and plugs in his friggin guitar

sooo glad that wasnt me

Haha. Reminds of the talent show we had in school last year. It was myself on guitar and vocals, my current bass player (on bass, duh) and my brother drumming. We did Rockin' In The Free World, and before we started playing, I tested the mic., and just twanged the guitar strings. It took about 5 minutes to realise that there was no sound coming out of the guitar because the amp was off. Oh goodness, that was embarrasing...

woodenbandman
04-18-2006, 01:03 PM
the first gig:

it was at the school talent show, the first one ever. the house was packed on the day show, which is good, because the night show was empty and horrible. during the night show, my monster cable shorted out before we started Come Together. the next song went okay, and i went home very nervous. the day show was just super great. no cables blew out, i only for got one word in the lines, and my flangy distortiony solo went great. We traded off a bit for Walking on Sunshine, and my cable, sure enough, popped out. damn school guitars. but nevertheless, those bitches in the audience, whom i now own, clapped and waved their cellular phones. we are now scheduled for city hall on may 10th and have recorded our songs onto CD. next step is of course to write a song.

Boghead
04-19-2006, 09:53 PM
the gig i got kicked out of the school jazz band:

in the middle of the song i busted out the tapping bit off eruption

andrewroudny
04-19-2006, 10:21 PM
Gotta love getting kicked out of the school band for playing Van Halen. You have my eternal admiration man.

Anyway, here's my worst/funniest gig story:

I was looking for a side project to do between bands, so I responded to an ad in the paper for a vocalist/songwriter seeking rythm guitarist. I called the guy up and he said he's been writing songs for this female singer and they're gonna do an album, and would I like to play on it. So I said we should jam a few of their tunes first and see what she sounds like.

So they ask me to meet them at a small bar for a jazz jam one night. I get in there, and the place is very "jazz". Quiet band playing, tablecloths, candles, etc. So I meet the guy I talked to on the phone, and he hands me a book and says "here's what we're playing", and I look down and it's "Power of Love" by Celine Dion. So I look up at him and say, "we're going to play a nice, quiet, subdued version of this song, right?".

"Sure, of course, quiet"

Well, we get up there, take the instruments form the house band and start playing. I'm going very soft and slow. And for the verse, it's alright. The singer (a middle-aged phillipino woman in white heels and a white nylong jacket that says "Vegas" - I should have known) is singing pretty well. But man, when that chorus comes in, she rears back and ****in BELTS IT OUT in this tiny jazz bar. I could hardly keep playing I was laughing so hard. People were looking at her as if she had eight heads!

So the house band guitarist comes up to me after the song to get his guitar back and says, with a seriousness you can't deny, a total lack of any kind of sense of humour "That should never happen here.", and yanks the guitar out of my hands.

Man, that was funny as hell.

Cheers,
Andrew Roudny
www.andrewroudny.com

JadeFalcon5
04-21-2006, 05:24 PM
Gotta love getting kicked out of the school band for playing Van Halen. You have my eternal admiration man.

Anyway, here's my worst/funniest gig story:

I was looking for a side project to do between bands, so I responded to an ad in the paper for a vocalist/songwriter seeking rythm guitarist. I called the guy up and he said he's been writing songs for this female singer and they're gonna do an album, and would I like to play on it. So I said we should jam a few of their tunes first and see what she sounds like.

So they ask me to meet them at a small bar for a jazz jam one night. I get in there, and the place is very "jazz". Quiet band playing, tablecloths, candles, etc. So I meet the guy I talked to on the phone, and he hands me a book and says "here's what we're playing", and I look down and it's "Power of Love" by Celine Dion. So I look up at him and say, "we're going to play a nice, quiet, subdued version of this song, right?".

"Sure, of course, quiet"

Well, we get up there, take the instruments form the house band and start playing. I'm going very soft and slow. And for the verse, it's alright. The singer (a middle-aged phillipino woman in white heels and a white nylong jacket that says "Vegas" - I should have known) is singing pretty well. But man, when that chorus comes in, she rears back and ****in BELTS IT OUT in this tiny jazz bar. I could hardly keep playing I was laughing so hard. People were looking at her as if she had eight heads!

So the house band guitarist comes up to me after the song to get his guitar back and says, with a seriousness you can't deny, a total lack of any kind of sense of humour "That should never happen here.", and yanks the guitar out of my hands.

Man, that was funny as hell.

Cheers,
Andrew Roudny
www.andrewroudny.com


lmao dude

like, just randomly yelling kinda singing? lol

heiltalker2006
04-22-2006, 03:20 PM
I was playing Silent night for a school Christmas thing and before I was practicing and kicked in my overdrive and played smoke on the water and the church doors opened just as I did and the entire school + parents + the old people that come out to those things for no reason heard it.

now I'm famous :)

rockminister
04-23-2006, 12:04 AM
..

rockminister
04-23-2006, 12:05 AM
lol

Conky420
04-23-2006, 12:21 AM
damn, this is that time of night where spammers overflow the place, like that guy who just asked about tuning in a GIG story thread, then right ater ssaid hawthorne heights sucks :wtf: (im sure they do just has nothing to do with the topic)


Edit: it was in someones sig but damn dont double post, we have an edit button u know :rolleyes:

Dr. No
04-23-2006, 08:25 AM
Ok, so I had my first 'gig' last night. It was a type of thing that shows off what you child learned from Hooiser Dad's (place where I get my lessons).

Well, let's see, when I got there, only 6 other kids had an electric guitar (I had my strat). My teachers other student and I were the only ones doing improv lead work, while everyone else was doing chords and whatnot.

:confused: I was the only one who stood up on stage and moved around got into it, most students looked like they were in pain. I really wasn't nervous because I knew I could play. And thats what happened I got up looked like a nerd, played my lead, infact I sorta took an extended solo thankfully my teacher told me it was the end. Overall its fun, if you have confidence in your playing, get up there and play.

taxman27
04-23-2006, 01:43 PM
My first "gig" was a school talent show with my former band. It was me and my friend on guitar, another friend on drums, and another friend on vocals (there was no bass). We were originally going to do "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", but they wouldn't let us do it because they were afraid of sexual themes (yeah, my grade school pretty much sucked), so we ended up doing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" instead (How they chose that over the first one, I don't know) along with "Badger", a hard rock version of a cartoon that's on the Internet. We had a scare at the beginning of school because our vocalist almost didn't show up, but he came in late so it was alright. So we begin with "Teen Spirit". Unfortunate, the drummer can barely hear us, so we get drastically off time, but we make a very good recovery and we finish the song out alright. Then we go into "Badger". Our other guitarist starts playing the riff we made up for it very slowly, stops, drummer counts "1,2,3,4" and then we go balls out into it. Me and the other guitarist are riffing, while our drummer is hitting the skins as hard as humanly possible, while our vocalist screams and goes crazy. It is the coolest thing ever. Then our principal tells us that there is some time left and we can play some more. Under normal circumstances, that would be awesome, but we didn't have much else. Scrambling, we just jammed on "Smoke On The Water" and "Back In Black", and we played a very bad version of "Another Brick in the Wall", but we had learned about 1 1/2 weeks earlier, so it was alright.

SethMegadefan
04-27-2006, 09:23 PM
This actually just took place on Tuesday (2 days ago), so it's a pretty fresh story:
School talent show. My "band" knew about it only about a week in advance, so we needed to get some songs laid down fast. So we decided we'd open with two of our pep band songs (hey, we figured if we already knew 'em, it'd be better than having to learn 'em; plus everybody knows them): "Crazy Train" followed by "Sunshine of Your Love". Super-shortened versions, yet Crazy Train still had the wicked awesome guitar solo delivered by me.
Okay, let me just explain the lineup:
Me: Guitar
My friend Patrick: Bass
My friend Landon: Drums
My friend Isaiah: (Patrick's) Keyboard
Anyway, the first two songs got everybody (all 350 kids; oh boy :rolleyes: ) pumped. So then we did a bold thing and played an original. We called it "Heart Attack", and let me tell you why:
It starts off with Isaiah hitting a few notes on the keyboard to imitate a heart monitor. He then sustains the note, giving that dead feeling, and then I come in with the main riff. Everyone else follows 4 measures later. It's got all the elements of a nice little song: catchy, short, and it had a good solo. But the icing on the cake was our finale that Patrick and I came up with just a couple days before. We do one of those prolonged endings where the drummer just rolls the cymbals, the guitarist just strums the chord over and over, and the bassist just hits one note repeatedly. Then Patrick turns to me, hits a couple notes and jerks back, as if shooting me. I fall down "dead" on stage. He walks up and points the head of the bass right at my chest. Landon yells "Clear!" Patrick plays a note, jerks back, and I hit the chord and, basically, hump the air to give the impression that I've been de-fibbed. We do this three times. The song ends. It was really fun.
Then just Landon and I did Moby Dick. Right away I realized that I was a tad bit too quiet, but I decided Oh, what the hell. It's his song anyway, not mine, right? So he goes into this mesmerizing 8 minute drum solo or something like that. I couldn't believe how he kept it so interesting. He had toms even behind him, and he went a good couple of minutes just on 6 different toms or so. Needless to say, at the end of the song, he threw his sticks out into the crowd and I'm not kidding, there must've been a solid 2 or 3 minutes of standing ovation.
I'm on stage thinking to myself, "Damn it! I've got to top this guy with a guitar solo? Not happenin'!" Landon announces me, he leaves the stage, and I'm up there all by myself, thinking even then that we should've put Landon after me.
My solo consists of 3 parts: The first part is "Am I Evil" by Diamond head up through the first solo. About 2 minutes or so, I think. Probably less. The second part is the middle solo in Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker". Keep in mind that I'm nailing these perfectly (well, at least I think I am :D ). Then the third part is the final solo to "Am I Evil", along with a little shortened version that gets me to the end of the song with no bore. Hey, they cheer, so I'm happy. As the curtain closes, I go up to Landon and say, "Damn it, you did better than I did," jokingly but it was true. Either way, we both did great, and all I wanted to do was get up there and rock. It wasn't a popularity contest for me.
Being only 2 days old, the winner has yet to be announced. First place gets $50, and if we win it (which I think we will), we'll use it towards our band fund. Just today we got asked to play for an upcoming school dance: 1 hour, $150. I think we're gettin' somewhere.

Belgian Bastard
05-03-2006, 03:14 PM
My first "gig" is pretty silly, very unlike any other you've heard about yet, but it sounds very unbelievable.


2 Februari 2006

It was the final lesson of the day, and I had to do an oral test about "My passion". Which was of course, the guitar, and something else, as you all might notice.....

There were a few guys before me, and I was afraid I couldn't finish my oral test, which was crap because I didn't want to take my guitar to school the next day.(I borrowed one from someone who went before me.)

Anyway, I'm in front of the class, with his guitar, and I talk about why and when I started with the guitar, and how much I suck at playing it, and to end my test, I asked my class wether I should play a song or not. And of course, they decided I?d play a song, even after I threatened them by singing myself :p.

So, I stood there and I said:? Alright, this song is a romantic song, so there is need for a bit of romance.? And I asked a girl in my class(I had a serious crush on her) to go to the front.(There was already a chair ready for her.) And of course, everyone was laughing, slowly, but sure, she walked to the empty chair, and my teacher ordered one of my friends to get a camera.

Now for the ?gig?, I was nervous as hell: My ?singing? was nothing more then a bit of mumbling , and it took forever before I changed between two chords. To make it even worse, the bell ringed before I could finish my song. My friend then arrived with the camera and my teacher took a picture of us. Someone in my class also recorded it on his celphone. And to make it even more worse (If it is even possible), the girl didn?t talk to me for a month, perhaps even two months, just like her friends, who only looked at me like I was some sort of evil freak.

The worst day in my life so far.

I?ll say it again, it sounds very unbelievable, but I?m actually talking about the truth, Believe it or not.

MDoggDX316
05-04-2006, 07:45 PM
^that is very unfortunate. But also hilarious. :haha :haha :haha

SethMegadefan
05-04-2006, 08:32 PM
^Wow, I would've never expected that reaction from the girl. To be honest, I thought it was going to go over really well, but... wow, I'm sorry it didn't, man. Unfortunate indeed.

TheHeroicCoward
05-04-2006, 08:52 PM
My first gig...wow...

It all started kind of the night before. I just planned on staying at my drummer's house overnight since i lived like 30 minutes away and i didnt want to drive all that way so i just crashed there. we stayed up until about 3 in the morning practicing at the house next door (he lives right next to his grandparents, and they own the house next to them which they rent out to people). so we didnt bother anybody. that night, sometimes when we'd be practicing, the amp would just cut out and i would nudge it and itd come back on. it kept doing this and eventually it just stopped working so we had to dismantle it, and we saw that one of the connector thingys was really really hanging on there. so we taped it back together with electrical tape and prayed it wouldnt come apart again.

when we got up in the morning (or afternoon), i was so pumped and ready to rock. we practiced for a couple hours and drove to the theatre place where we were playing. my drummer at first thought he had read (since it was a battle of the bands) that all drummers had to use the main part of a house drum set and bring extra stuff like cowbell or tamborine and whatnot. so like 30 minutes before we play, he drove back to his house to grab his entire drum set. when he got back we were supposed to have started playing like 5 minutes earlier. we set that puppy up in a heart beat, did a quick sound check, and had like 25 minutes left to play. enough time i guess.

we didnt have a singer at the time so we mostly played instrumentals and that was what our first song was. the other guitarist introduced us and said "this song's called 'oblivious'" and we started. halfway through the song i drop my pick. i started feaking out cuz my solo was coming up and i cant solo that song without a pick since i have to double pick and shred to the maximum. when i was supposed to solo, the other guitarist looked at me like i was crazy and kept pointing his head at my guitar saying (without saying it) "solo man! its your time!" and me raising my hand up with no pick for a split second showed him it was absent. he just shrugged and we finished the song. it sucked.

second song started off harsh. i was so nervous that before we could even introduce the song, i started playing. the others just went with it so we dived right in. i made a few sloppy mistakes but nothing too harsh. again, it was instrumental so as you can imagine the crowd being a whole bunch of newer rock-loving teenagers, they were excited [/sarcasm].

third song we did was a cover for "House of the Rising Sun" and i had to play bass. you could barely hear the bass lines i played because the amp i was using was so crappy. it was horrible but we managed. at the end howvere for the big finale it was supposed to be all crazy but we got major off tempo and just went crazy..in a different way.

well not that interesting and woah i typed a lot but that was my first gig experience.

Tenacious Me
05-05-2006, 08:28 PM
Not really a gig but first time I played publicly. I was playing Eruption by Van Halen. All by myself. I didnt want to but there are no other people in my grade that wanted to play their instrument. So Im not really nervous until I start I felt shaky but no one noticed. I messed up a few times but nothing huge. Then at the tapping part I got some good reactions, but hit the open e string, Once again NO ONE noticed. I thought I did terrible till I saw a video and everyone thought I was good. Iwas lucky not many people in the room had heard the song.

SethMegadefan
05-05-2006, 08:35 PM
^That's how it went for me. I wasn't spot-on for anything, but everyone was too psyched to care. I must've had a 3 or 4 note continuous bad run during the Crazy Train solo, but everyone was cheering so I didn't care.

Tenacious Me
05-05-2006, 08:37 PM
Gotta love the crowds that dont notice.

chinesechipmunk
05-07-2006, 07:49 AM
Not a gig, but in the first post it says it can be band experiences. Basically, me and my mate decided to learn bass and guitar and start a band. Pretty early on, we find a drummer. Anybody here probably knows how hard it can be to find a good drummer.

What does he decide to do? Give up drumming, and take over bass from me. Not. Bloody. Likely.

He didn't stay long. So, we go drummer hunting. About a year later, we have a friend who decides to take up drumming, and then we find a proper one anyway, a totally awesome dude. We also get a lead guitarist, and everything looks peachy.

*sigh* We still haven't gigged, and hardly practised, coz the rhythm and lead guitarists, and our drummer all worked at the same place; the odds of them all being allowed off at the same time were minimal. Then we changed lead guitarists, this time getting somebody who doesn't work in KFC, for a change. I was the only one who didn't work there, before.

But guess what happened now?

My amp's broke. I have no money, since I don't have a job. I can't replace it... Also, last time we tried to organize a band practise our drummer got thrown in jail for a day for public fighting, which put a stop to that.

So, I've decided to scrap it all, and start an acoustic-rock duo. And in one day, I've written more (and better) music than I ever did with my metal band... I don't even have the other member of the 'duo'! I still have nobody to be the vocalist... It's only been a day, but I'm impatient! :)

Ifoughtthelaw42
05-07-2006, 10:12 PM
Ok, first gig was last friday. Our band, Hayley-Stereo, consists of me (bass and a few vocals) my friend Jacob (guitar, few vocals), and James (drums, and some vocals). Ok so it was at our school, to raise money for the lymphoma (sp) society. There was about 50-70 ppl, not too big of a crowd thankfully. There I was, in my favorite black Clash t-shirt, jeans, and black-laced converses. My bandmates looked pretty much the same.
We're the first band to play, out of 3 other bands and one of our teacher's solo acoustic/vocals set. So we start of with One-Armed Scissor, with no vocals except on the chorus where I sing "Send transmission from the one-armed scissor" and jacob yells "cut away." Then we go to a descendents song, with me singing. Then where's my mind, and then reptilia, where I played guitar and jacob played bass. Next we played this rancid song with a cool bass intro, and we messed up a little but no one noticed. We ended with Song 2 by Blur, with me singing, and I got the crowd to yell "woohoo" during the chorus which was pretty cool. Yeah so it coulda been better but it could of been a lot worse so im happy.

BigCheese
05-12-2006, 09:02 PM
I had 2 shows with my band in high school, and 4 with my second band... and I'm bored, so I was going to try writing about all six, but maybe I'll do that some other time after I saw how long my first show details were. :D I'll probably do two seperate posts for both bands...

My first band

First Show:

Our band in high school had only been together for about 8 months, and we had 4 songs that we knew how to play. I had been playing my guitar for 1 1/2 years, our bass player had been playing for 8 months and our drummer had been playing for 8 months (yes, they both started from scratch and learned their instruments).

Anyways, we entered this battle of the bands contest held up in Denver at the Ogden theatre for all of our first gig ever (except the singer had been doing choir performances for forever). We had to sell 20+ tickets in order to play at the show, and we were lucky enough to sell enough.

We showed up at 7:30 in the morning to sign in and do sound checks. We wait outside for at least an hour, and get it to find out that they don't have time to do sound checks, and just for us to be aware of what band comes on before us before starting to play. We were about the 8th band to go on, and we noticed that everything single band except 1 were all poppy-punk bands. We most definately were not. We were in high school, and were trying to do the nu-metal type sound, but didn't exactally get it right.

When we finally went on-stage to play our first song, we heard our friends cheering which gave us lots of convidence. Our first song had a dark twist to it, and was still decently heavy, and had a bass solo in it. The light guy was doing a good job setting the mood, and everything went well for that song, apart from ****ing up a note in the outro.

Our second song was an acoustic song, so our drummer and bass player just sat down for this song. Our singer said "we're going to slow it down a bit right now" and got two responses "You're not fast" and "You suck." We played anyways. The amp had too much distortion, but I didn't know how to turn it off, so I played it in the wrong tuning with distortion. I remember seeing a guy in the audience point and laugh at how I was playing the guitar. I also remember looking out and seeing my high-school girlfriend, and ****ing up a chord.

Our third song was an attempt at a progressive song, which clocked in at about 9 minutes, but was horribly structured. We only had finished this song about a week or two before the gig, and it was written only for this show so that we had enough material to fill our slot time. Our bass player and drummer missed a few transitions, and I messed up the end of my guitar solo, but we got through it.

Originally, they cut us short, and weren't going to let us play our last song, but our drummer signaled that we had only one song left, and it was our strongest song and only lasted 3.5 minutes. Our singer announced that it was our last song, which was greeted with loads of cheering. At the start of it, I had a clean intro riff, which turned distorted for the last measure. Right as the distortion kicked on, someone threw a pillow or something up on stage and almost hit our singer. He still wishes he would have grabbed it to this day. We finished with little screw-ups (a tempo change was about it).

The show ended, and our drummer threw his sticks out into the crowd and apparently hit some guy in the head with one... lol. I flipped off the crowd because I was pissed, and some guy yelled at me "learn to play the guitar." We walked down back into the crowd, and about three guys came up to our singer and said "wow, I liked you guys, do you have a CD?" At least someone got something out of it ;)





Second Show

Our singer got us a show at the military ball for his ROTC. This show was played about a month after the previous one. We didn't have to pay anything for this show, and we got free food for it. They heard us about a month or two before hand where we played a few songs, and they said they wanted us to play for them. They even requested that we learned a Nirvana song to play.

Our setlist was:
Poprocks & Coke-Green Day
Empathy-original
Tarzan-original
BrainStew-Green Day
Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana

So, we get there for the show, and I was previously on a diet to flush out my system to find out what was wrong with my body. I found I was allergic to corn (syrup, starch, flour, etc.) and dairy. This was my first day off of my diet, so I got the vegetarian meal thinking it would be okay... but it was vegetables covered in a ****load of cheese. After not eating anything that was good for a while, it tasted so good that I ate the whole goddamn thing. Stupid, stupid stupid. I was in the bathroom for about an hour before we went on. I told my singer that I'd signal to him during "Brainstew" by Green Day if I couldn't make it.

When we finally went onstage, and we had the ****tiest PA ever. But we played anyways, and only one person really got into it and that was a friend of ours. During Empathy (the 9 minute song), there was a heavy bridge were a guy actually came up and stopped us and said "Can you play something a bit softer?" Our singer signaled me the "kill it" signal, and we stopped to play Tarzan (the acoustic song). During which someone was walking around with her hands over her ears walking in front of the stage to let us know it was too loud. I used my volume pedal, and turned it down, but the guy came up again and said "we're just going to have the DJ play the rest of the music tonight."

God, we're we pissed. The drummer in particular. He walked over to our table while carrying his cymbal stands and spit on the table. We took our glasses saying that "when we play at the World Arena, we're going to drink our of these and smash them before the show." We broke up a year later.

We got a bit of criticism after that show, which pissed us all off, but we all look back now and still laugh at a lot of it. :headbang:

BigCheese
05-12-2006, 09:26 PM
Well, I'll try posting about my band after high school... we had four shows, but I'm only going to post about two.

First Show

Our first show was a drive-way show. :p We called our friends and family and wanted to play a show for them in our keyboardist's driveway because he was going on vacation for more than a month, so we wanted to do something. Our drummer told us that he didn't want to do this style of music anymore, but found us a replacement drummer. They both wanted to do the show with us, so our new drummer did the first two songs, and the other drummer did the rest. We also got to have a drum-off where they both did a "question-answer" they thing. Anyways...

Our new drummer hadn't learned the entire second song yet, so we were going to cut out the most complicated part of the song, but it still meant that we had two more parts (which involved time signature changes) before the show. He showed up 45 minutes before the show, and taught him extremely fast, and were scared he wasn't going to remember. *antisipation rising* (like anyone is reading this anyways ;) )

Right before we started to play, the cops came. -_- ****!!! They said that we were too loud (on the fourth of July at 3PM none-the-less) and taht someone had complained. We explained what was going on (parents too) and they said "Okay, well if it's only goign to be for 45 minutes, we'll call them back and let them know." Thank God we got some understanding cops.

Our first song was an instrumental. We all came out of the garage (and out from behind a banner that our friend made for us), and picked up our instruments. At the time, we didn't have a bassist, but our singer played bass for the instrumental. The keyboards started, and everything went well. Our drummer forgot when the song ended, and stopped early, but did a flam to go back into the song, which made it feel like that was what he intended to do :cheers:

The second song went well, until that part where we had just taught our drummer what to do. He remembered to go into it, but completely forgot when to go out of it and to go back into the outro. So he started just hitting his snare on every beat, which sounded off, but was still a good save. I signaled to him when the song was over, and he ended his turn playing the drums.

Our other drummer knew the third songs really well, and played them all correctly. The drum-off was really cool to watch, and it was a rare experience that we'd get to do on stage. Our old drummer did some technical stuff with his kit, while our new one did a lot of double bass and "Slipknot-like" rolls.

Right as we finished, it started to rain :) So we pulled all of our **** inside and went in to eat. Our friend who made the banner actually made little patches which we signed for people and gave to them :) We talked to a lot of people about how we sounded. The most common things heard were "Wow, you're keyboardist is amazing. The two drummer thing was cool, and 'You don't move around much when you play.'" But it was a really fun show.





Second Show

Our drummer knew a guy in a local band who got us a paying show at a bar. There were six bands playing and we were told that we were going to play last. When we arrived the guy was like "Well, two bands dropped out, so you guys are on first." WTF? We told them "Uh... all of our friends are showing up at about midnight because that's when we told them we'd be on, can you change it." Luckily, they agreed, and another band went first. :cheers:

All the bands before us had one thing in common... screaming. Whether it was hardcore/death metal/whatever, they all screamed. Sh1t, we don't scream at all, and we have a ballad song too. Whatever, we still went on.

Everything went smoothly, and we even got a most pit going :) It was pretty ****ing cool. Before the slow ballad song, our singer said "We know we're nothing like what you've heard hear today, but we go even softer, do you mind if we play it?" The crowd said sure, so we played it third to last in the set-list.

Cool show, and I met the girl I am with right now at this show. :)

We ended up getting about 12 dollars for the show, so we went out, bought a PA, new drumheads, and recorded a new album. ;)

GarageGuitarist
05-12-2006, 09:57 PM
My first "gig" was in my seventh grade Language Arts class. It was absolutely the most retarded thing we ever did with our guitars, though. Y'see, we had to do a project on Tom Sawyer, and we wrote a song about Injun Joe (who, at the time, seemed like a badass). So we went in with our amps and set 'em up and stuff. It was just my friend and I (two guitarists, nothing else.) My friend played lead and sang, and I played rhythm and did backup vocals. We used the drum machine on my effects pedal. I screwed up twice when going from the verse to the chorus, so we had to start over twice, and then my friend screwed up. By now the teacher (who is an absolute f*cking bitch) started getting pissed. So we went back into the song and did alright. We felt like **** after the whole thing, even though we had a solid finish. My girlfriend (who was in the class) said I did alright, but i could tell she was just being nice. Some people told me I'm a pretty good guitarist. Others said I sucked. But whatever. I'm glad that now I know what it's like to play for people, so I can get up there and play again, and play WELL.

Spazz128735
05-13-2006, 03:26 PM
We ended up getting about 12 dollars for the show, so we went out, bought a PA, new drumheads, and recorded a new album. ;)

with 12 dollars? You have a link to where you bought all this? :p:

ofXoneblood
05-15-2006, 08:44 AM
hoo boy do i have a couple good ones.
my true first gig was at a friend's house.
i had been playing for maybe a year, he played bass for not quite 6 months. it was just us 2....
we played a bunch of zeppelin and RHCP covers.... we stopped the songs before the solos.
bad idea.

bad gig number 2....
at our school variety show, earlier this year. we had originally tried to do kickstart my heart (motley crue), but noone could sing like vince neil. so my friend got the bright idea to do inspiration on demand, minus vocals.
we get up on stage, the curtain opens, drummer counts us off, and.... NOTHING.
i had borrowed one of my friend's tube amps because my 15 watt fender wasn't sufficient for the school's auditorium. turns out, one of the lovely stage crew had knocked one of the tubes loose, and the other guitarist stepped on his cable and pulled it out of the amp.


finally, bad gig number 3.
ths one was in a bar last friday. it was blues jam stuff, minus our drummer. he bailed.
as far as the music and everything went, it was great. however, maybe 10 people showed up, and no applause whatsoever, except for our mothers.

moral of the story, don't play gigs until you're ready to play gigs.

rockergirl1122
05-20-2006, 12:20 AM
My first "gig" was actually today, hehe. A couple of guys from school were really wanting me to jam some with them..I thought about it and decided I'd at least see how they played, and it would surely be a plus because most musicians I knew were girls, and all girl bands have a lot of problems. so after a couple practices with these guys, we decided to form a band. And the big thing for bands my age is of course the yearly talent show..So of course we decided to play a little something. Here was the lineup:

Alex (me)-vocals, lead guitar
Ish-rhythm guitar
Brandon-bass guitar
Nick-drums

We played 3 different times for the grades, and we started of pretty well, playing a song I wrote called "Lil Miss Ramon"

(you tell me something I don't know,
say the things you were afraid to show
tell me something I don't know, lil miss gone cold
lil miss won't show, lil miss leo
lil miss..ramon)

My voice sounded so cool on that song, and people went crazy when they realized I was actually singing about a girl who backstabbed me (everyone was laughing and talking about it like crazy)..great way to get some good revenge ^.^

So we had the crowd going crazy, and my voice sounded good. I was so afraid to start singing, but once I did, boom, the fear disappeared. The guitar wasn't so special, I just wanted to make sure it was a song so easy that I pretty much couldn't mess up. It just consisted of easy power chords to strum when singing, and a nice little solo in the end.

The rhythm guitarist, however, screwed up our first show. He tried to play my solo, and I was pissed, but I had already made sure my amp was louder anyway so he pretty much ended up doing background as he was supposed to.

The bassist was good and consistant, and the drummer screwed up a couple times but we lived with it. Overall, great for a first show.

pratt121
05-20-2006, 01:20 AM
Mine was a few months back.

Me and 3 other guys were playing Politik by Coldplay. Piano, drums, guitar, bass. We'd also programmed some synth stuff to play orchestral stuff. It was awkward because we were the only full band on the setlist at this show, everything else was just kids singing to tracks or something. So we had our setup behind the curtain, and we were just sitting back there waiting for this act before us to be finished.

Well, the curtain drew open, and if you're familiar with the song it's just like... an explosion. Just bang on the instruments, as hard as you can. So the curtain draws open and I'm like counting off this stuff and the synth track starts WAY early... so we skipped the count and just went into it. Lucky they were on their toes.

Went alright despite the poor EQ and the jury-rigged piano-mic.

Euphoriacody
05-28-2006, 02:25 PM
Once upon a time(last night) I had my first gig playing the ancient hymn known as Run to the hills and we totaly screwed up. The Dj at the bahtmitzva (sp?) threw the drums off the stage denting my drummers 450$ cymbal (they are not going to pay(they are jewish)) and when it finaly was time to play they made us play on the dance floor. So we had to start over because the bass drum was sliding. Someone had to hold the bass drum and then the drummers throne started to slide ending up with him barely being able to play. I nailed the solo atleast, its ok considering were only 13

Jimmy Fuzz
05-29-2006, 11:44 AM
Another first gig story,

My friend and I were playing an acoustic set at a party, all suits and expensive wine etc.
Anyway, we'd had about 2 weeks worth of practicing the songs we were supposed to be playing (we were only playing a few during the main band's break) and so we were rather unprepared.
We opened with as song called "The war on drugs" which was probably the most inappropriate song possible to play there. I sang that one and i could have sworn i was out of tune the whole way through but i couldn't hear myself as i was so nervous. Then my friend played "knocking on heavens door". That would have been fine but he'd had about 7 beers in the course of 2 hours and downed a further 2 right before we started playing and he ended up singing the first verse again in place of the second. It was still good.
We were gonna play an acoustic version of Everlong which he was going to play but he'd forgotten the words to that so instead we played "Good Riddance (time of your life)" to finish off which I sang.
I swear it was the greatest addrenaline rush i've ever had playing just those 3 songs.
We went back inside after playing, and though i dont remember any applause but we had people coming up to us and saying (really enthusiastically) that we were amazing. So I was pleased with myself whether or not they were telling the truth :P

PuppetOfTallica
06-05-2006, 07:32 AM
ok guys i have 1 thing to say, for your first gig, DONT PLAY A BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!

That's what I did, and if nothing else it cured me of the delusion that i was gods gift to man with a guitar. I was all pumped about this show, ready to KICK ASS! got to the venue and the first band we saw playing was absolute crap, and so i thought to myself, hey we might actually win this. ohhh no, after that it was killer band after killer band, a guitar soloing competition with guys playing improv shredding solos like Dimebag reincarnated, and my music teacher suggested that i get up there and play the enter sandman solo. Luckily i was not quite that stupid.

By the time we were up, i was, as you can imagine, a total nervous wreck. Because of this i reverted to a more natural singing style for me: clean singing in a baritone register. We did Aerials by SOAD, and given the low register of serjs voice in that song i didn't do too badly, but blink-182 was not meant to be sung in this way. The end result was truly horrible, i was totally out of tune and the smoke machine was set up in such a way that the smoke made it difficult for our asthmatic drummer to breathe. I tried to make the most of it, and ran around on stage like a madman, making everything seem as though i was playing like a god. Guys from another band yelled out "you suck you f*ckin c*nt" and not knowing exactly what they said, i smiled and nodded. Levels were screwed up when we played so my crappy solo could barely be heard over the rythm guitar, and in our last song (an original) my mic screwed up so no-one could hear me sing. On my part, the whole gig was totally disastrous, and on that day i was so embarassed by my performance i vowed never to play a gig again. Obviously i got over it and i've done a few gigs since then, but i'm going to agree with that other guy on this one: DONT play large gigs until you have experience beyond playing to your mum.

notoriousnumber
06-06-2006, 01:17 PM
^Sounds like very wise words there, I have never gigged before, but it doesnt look so easy now, especially what with all the things that can go wrong. Oh well, Ill just get better at home.

:vhan:

chickenfire315
06-06-2006, 02:08 PM
my first gig was sort of a battle of the bands at a show choir competition. we practiced for an hour the night before and our band name was "shoes on the wall." we played boulevard of broken dreams, i dont know why i agreed to play that song, but...

Must I say more?

mojo-pin
06-06-2006, 04:51 PM
Well the first "proper" gig my band had (outside of school Variety Nights) was at a rented Snooker Hall supporting a band we're friends of. So we're confident, we've got a good set list worked out and we're tight as a band.

However things start going wrong even before we started the gig. The day before the gig our singer gets really ill and does cannot play with us, so it's left with me to do singing. I also have to improvise all the lyrics while playing lead guitar as our singer hadn't got round to doing the lyrics yet.

Anyway with all this we go on. The set-up and sound check went really well, the sound levels are sweet and we warmed up with a great cover of "The Boys Are Back In Town". We start the set with a big driving rock song. I do a big jump at the beginning, land perfectly it's all good, the crowd are really into it. However I realise half way through the song my guitar has stopped making any sound. I write it off as a dodgy patch lead which is connected to my ProCo Rat and just plug straight into my multi-fx. We finish playing that song. The guitar is still making no sound at all. I look down at my guitar when I realise that the jack socket has been ripped straight out of the guitar with the jack lead still attached to it. So I spent the next 5 minutes speaking over the mic going "Does anyone have a guitar? Can I borrow someone's guitar please?"

Thankfully get to borrow a guitar and finish off the set with no other flaws. A bit pissed off with the fact I ****ed up my jack socket but hey it's easily fixed. Continue to watch the other bands and then at the end when helping pack up I realise someone's stolen my ProCo Rat...

All in all a very eventful first gig experience. But still good nonetheless.

JadeFalcon5
06-07-2006, 06:33 PM
my first gig was sort of a battle of the bands at a show choir competition. we practiced for an hour the night before and our band name was "shoes on the wall." we played boulevard of broken dreams, i dont know why i agreed to play that song, but...

Must I say more?


lmao you can stop there

ar73m
06-09-2006, 05:38 AM
I was lucky enough to start playing with people who already had gig experience from before, and who were pretty damn good at playing; I was doing rhythm, nothing too complicated either. Now that I look back at it, I realize the first few gigs I've done my parts were purposefully made VERY easy, I guess just so I could 'get into' it without worrying too much about playing something difficult and f'ing it up, or something. It worked out pretty well, I must say.

ParadoxVocal
06-12-2006, 06:02 AM
I've had a different experience of Battle of the Bands...

They're a great way to make you nad your band think... ohh ****... we need to practice more... or to realise how much better you are then others

I'm an experienced Musician... I've been playing Clarinet for about 7 years now, Guitar for 11 years, Singing for 12 years, reading music for 13 (i'm only 16) and saxaphone for a little while... plus a bit of Piano and Bass.

So when I joined a band with a Jazz Drummer, a Prodigy guitarist (who happens to be my brother - like 18 months playing makes all other guitarist and instrumentalists look like retards... including knowledge... this is Metal and Jazz and Classical... not Rock really).
An Isane bassist and a guitar player who started out on Classical piano - therefore knowledge of music... I was in for it Good.

We write what i would call semi-prog Metal with some freakin weird influences. But Yea.
We've only played 3 live shows... most of our time has been spent studying our music and perfecting our songwriting skills. (By the way, check us out at www.myspace.com/paradoxaust ) So when we played our battle of the bands it was very interesting.

Our Heavy Metal Band, beat 2 Rock bands at a school Battle of the Bands comp... like this is a serious competition... no money, but our school is very highly musically driven and there is competition for who gets to use the Music Room at Lunch.. we are smart enough to own our own gear... anyways... That went really well...

What I will say... is make sure Gigs are not piled up... like i did.
Last Term (about 9 weeks ago)... we had a fundraising concert to raise funds for our Concert Bands Tour to the Northern Territory. It was two bands... a punk/Emo/Hardcore band and us... the Rock band who was supposed to be playing pulled out.

Let's just say... things went pretty well... i managed to get 450 kids moshing on our school Gyms floor. It probably helped that we had lights and over 2000 Watts of Pounding P.A.

However, the next day... well... i had to sing the College Hymn and lead the singing of a few other things as well... ohh goodness... after a 30 minute set of Pure Energy... don't try it... let alone an hour or more.

My voice cracked and squeaked the whole time...

But it was worth it... so so so worth it

taxman27
06-12-2006, 10:01 PM
My first real gig was a couple of weeks ago. It was on a Thursday, which was was unusual for the place we were playing in. This sucked for me, because I still had two finals to study for while the others got out that day (we go to different school) and because of this, my mom and dad made me study like hell and they threatened numerous times to cancel the gig. The day of the show we ran through our set 2 or 3 times and we were very confident on every song except our version of "Dani California", but we'd do it anyway.
We opened with a cover of "Rock and Roll", which our guitarist pretty much made us do. We did alright with it, but I thought we could've done a little better, especially on the vocal department. Next we did "Dani California". I was nervous as hell because 1) The other guitarist sang "Rock and Roll" and it was first time singing all night. 2) I felt that I hadn't done as well on that song as I felt I could of. 3) I wasn't playing guitar at all except a rhythm part for the solo, and the guitar is kind of a comfort zone for me. But I felt that I sang it good and it was the best we ever played that song. After that, we did and original which was called "Uno Dos Tres Four". We wrote the song the 2nd time we ever practiced so we had it ingrained in our heads and we did good. Next was "Comfortably Numb". It was in my opinion the best song we played and I pretty much nailed the solo at the end. After that was another original called S.O.A. I was a little nervous with that one because I was a little sketchy on some some of the lyrics, but I pulled through and we did alright. Last we did "Another Brick Pt. 2". Me and the other guitarist did a cool harmony vocal where he sang it normal and I sang it a couple of octaves higher and we did awesome. And to add to all that, I did awesome on my finals the next day, which made a lot cooler.

BeatleLover1029
06-15-2006, 12:07 AM
Well, I think I've kinda had two first gigs, and i think the first gig we get payed is the actual first gig, so thats three.

ANYWAY, HERES HOW IT GOES

First Gig 1: My band played a battle of the bands in march, we lost by more than 20 votes, because boy crazy and dropout year were in the battle, and all of us, cept the lead guitarist are 13, and hes 15 at most, so we were like 5 yrs younger than them. It was good stage practice though, cause we only really ever played infront of like our moms, and thats it, so good experience.

First Gig 2: A 3 hour set of all covers on a sunny saturday afternoon. we invited about 20 kids from our school and charged 3+ dollars ona ticket, and donated it all to the chesapeak bay foundation. so this was not the best performance of our songs, but i thought my vocals were good sound and intonation, but i screwed up a bunch of entries in seek and destroy. Overall, good experience as well, helped us tighten up to live performances.

And then once we play a gig where we get paid, and we do at least one original, will be our true first gig, and last first gig as well. so yea theres my stories so far

joshsirjoshules
06-15-2006, 12:38 AM
Guys from another band yelled out "you suck you f*ckin c*nt" and not knowing exactly what they said, i smiled and nodded.

Whenever that happens I usually try to say something witty along the lines of, "Isn't it past your bedtime?" or "Thanks, I love you too. Now be quiet."

TrigFunction
06-19-2006, 08:08 PM
June 3rd, 2006 went pretty bad... basically we were playing a cover of glycerine by bush to give our drummer a rest and i forgot to tune my guitar up so it just made the worst sound when i hit the chord ( and i was only musical instrument going) second time that chord around i fixed it but it through off my singer so we were completely out of time and he didnt seem to keen on figuring out that he was singing at the wrong time so i just altered it... it sounded like crap for a while but it wasnt as bad as i thought. After that i just wasnt in to it cause i just thought we were doing horrible so it was rather boring. but meh, apparently it was barely noticable :)

Dan Steinman
06-20-2006, 04:37 AM
high school jazz band--amp died mid-solo, came back to life after the song... probably a loose cord. also played the verse chords instead of the bridge during the bass solo. oooops. they were almost the same, i don't know if he noticed... i feel like an ass cuz all i thought about was my solo (which was brilliant by the way :) )

high school singing competition (as accompanist)--i found out after the show that my guitar was barely heard through the PA, even though we had a professional sound crew. screw-ups.

open mic nite--went flawlessly, but i was like the last guy so almost nobody was still there.

rhcp_kickass
06-20-2006, 06:00 AM
my first gig where people werent all chavy and sittin around lookin at us like ' what the f==k are you doing was at my school's battle of the bands.

the first band were friends of ours and really rocked. they should have won but they didnt. ile explain a little later.

anyway we were second. we opened with teenage kicks which went really well then we started going into a song of our own and our drummers kick pedal breaks. so weve got a guy kneeling by the drums holding it in place for the rest of the song but we still were going ok. to finish we did johnny b goode. purely because its a great crowd pleaser. but this is where things went bad. me and the other guitarist and the drummer were playin fine and everything was in time but our singer kept forgetin the words to the verse which sucked. he then decided to play harmonica over the solo and he wasnt even following the chords or anything. finally at the end we decided to hold on the chords to do a lil sing a long on the chorus. i didnt have to play in this bit so i decided ide stage dive. basically the chavs had joined in the people jumpin around, saw a guy flying towards them, and moved. the floor really hurt.

o yeh, the crappy pop-punk band who judged it decided not to tell us that they didnt want us doing covers till after we'd all played. life sucks

Sir Edwin CBE
06-25-2006, 06:00 AM
We had rehearsals on the Wednesday before the gig ( Saturday ), my plan was to have set-up a band and play some original songs - problem is it turned out to be me on my own. I had written two songs and had decided to play them on an acoustic. It got to the time that I was to play at the rehearsal and my hands were shaking in a room with barely ten people! They were all my age and none of them would've made fun of me - I had their support. Just a pity I still kept making mistakes even with a pinky anchored to the guitar.....

So the rehearsal had went OK and I had almost learnt the lyrics by heart and the big day came around. This time there wouldn't be any toilets to nervously walk off to and give myself a look in the mirror and say " you stupid (unt ". I had arranged to go on after a friend ( legend ) and because I don't have my own acoustic he said he'd let me borrow his.

So I'm sitting there watching the gig, he gets up, plays three songs- it's all good. He then goes to play Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez and starts tuning his guitar to something really strange. I shat myself - I can do relative tuning but don't know when the low E is right ( or at least I don't have the confidence to try ).

So the song ends and I go and get the guitar and thank fu(k - there's a tuner. Two minutes pising about with a tuner ( broken, switched off, whatever ) and I finally get the chance to play. I'm in a big tent and there had to be at least 40 people or so with about 15 lying about outside and I was playing someone else's guitar, not quite tuned right and hoping I'd remember the lyrics.

Apart from having to repeat one line later in a song the set went fine. ( Line was meant to be - You've fallen from, the same heaven, but it's just a guise ). No nerves, no shaking hands.

MORAL : Learn your stuff and be prepared godammit.

tamargoguitar
06-29-2006, 10:25 AM
it sucked so bad....we played at a party, we were playing funeral of hearts... our drummer didnt show up, so ya ok we played with no drums, in the middle of the song people from the party start calling our cellphones(they were in our pockets) and suddenly our bass player just leaves(bathroom) then the vocalist leaves the stage to answer the phone, and there i am all alone playing the verse....sucked like hell

Mr.Rodgers
06-30-2006, 05:09 AM
Well... it was kinda.. strange in a way.

We were playing for a party at a local nightclub, but we were on at 1 am. A gig's a gig so we did it. Firstly, there was no crowd (well there was kind of). Not that I didn't mind, just would've liked to have a better crowd.

Then my solo channel sucked arse so badly, but people said I was amazing :D so whatever.

THEN the guy that's running it says we have to stop playing.. HALF WAY THROUGH THE FUCKING SET!

Performance-wise we were very good. Oh well, we'll just do more :p:

Martyr's Prayer
07-30-2006, 03:16 PM
Can't really think of one show I've done that's worth telling as a story. It's more of a collection of different off the wall things that seem to happen every show. Last night I played with a Ninja Turtles halloween mask on because we played at a masquerade party, along with shorts that barely covered all of my boxers. Last week we played a show on a stage with like no head room, and our guitarist smashed a black light with his guitar, and glass went everywhere, and we kept playing. And during another show we had awhile back our rythm guitarist, who just spazzes out on stage, fell back onto my drumset and knocked over like two cymbal stands lol.

That reminds me of all the gear malfunctions I've dealt with. Like one show where I used someone else's drumset (always an adventure), and his throne would NOT stay at the right height, so I just played the show with it at about the height of a kiddy seat, which was funny and sucked at the same time. And ofcourse there's always the cymbal stand that loses grip and the cymbal falls over but you can't adjust it because you're playing.

I went on a 9 day tour with my friend's band Providence, because he was sick, and I filled in for them, and 5 hours away from home I realized that I had forgotten my double bass pedal. So the whole time I used this 1960's era Ludwig Speedking, and I've got to say, that little pedal kicked butt lol. And it was literally from the 60's, for real. It was fun to joke about though. At the end of one of the shows we played, the audience would NOT stop screaming. We were at pretty much the same level as them, so just try to imagine a solid wall of people screaming so loud it's distorting your hearing. It went on for like 5 mintues, literally.

That same tour I played a show with them infront of about 1000 people, on a BIG outdoor stage on a football field with a huge sound system. That was definately a show I'll remember. I'm sure there's alot of things I'm forgetting to mention that are really cool, so maybe I'll post again. If you read all of this you must be pretty board, cause this post kinda sucked lol.

!~SlasH~
08-01-2006, 12:12 AM
My first gig went pretty good
there was about 8 bands playing that night
and we were the opening band
we played 3 songs
Love Gun by Kiss
Aint Talkin Bout Love by Van Halen
and Wasted by Def Leppard

Our First song went awesome, other than the lead guitarists volume was a bit too low
Second song went pretty bad though, because the guy that was supposed to tune everyones guitar backstage, messed up my guitars B string and it was out of tune (He even apologized when we came backstage) and I messed up the beginning because I was nervous as hell.
Then the third song went awesome, it was an easy song, but fun as hell to play as a band and people that didnt know the song, loved it.

But after we got off stage, the next band came up and lots of people in other bands said we did really good for an opening band. Apperently we were one of the best opening bands in years, and next year I'm playing again, in a different band though.

JackFlash19
08-10-2006, 03:55 AM
Well I guess I'll go. My first every performace on stage my buddy calls me and says (that day) do you want to play guitar tonight? I go sure, where at? He says the band is playing an acoustic show at a bar. I had never practiced with them, so I was incredibly excited and nervous. The whole day at work I was going through the songs in my head trying to figure out the chords and notes lol. I ran through one song prior and just had to come in by watching my lead guitarist play the 1st verse. I think I did pretty well and picked it up pretty quickly. Then my singer straight up goes "travis is gonna play for you guys for a while while we go get something to drink, enjoy!" ....thought to myself......Ohh Sh!t... I can't believe he just did that lol. I was totally unprepared but I started off with my version of a few covers then went into my own stuff. I couldn't sing so it was purely instrumental, I didn't do too bad. After one of my originals I got a pretty big applause. (I had only been playing a year and a half at the time). From the second I heard my 1st note ring through the amps I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Play on stage, either with a band or I was going to learn to sing. I dug in that summer and practiced on a daily basis for 8-10 hours a day and I ended up playing in my buddies band 6 months later.

First actual gig went something along the same. You wanna play rhythm for us? Except this time I had a couple weeks to learn and practice the songs. It was AMAZING. With the singer, drummer, lights, crowd (much bigger than the 1st), I almost sh!t my pants I was so stoked. I've been playing non-stop ever since and it won't slow down any time soon. :)

vandal_12
08-17-2006, 05:03 PM
My first gig was last night at this curling/ hockey rink which another local band rented out. I was a little nervous but some rum and vodka fixed that easily. Our other guitar player was out of town so we got this other dude to fill in for him, and since he's about 10x better than me we decided to let him solo. We're just a cover band that play's just for the hell of it, and about a minute after the intro of Master of Puppet's, the power went out, so i drank some more booze. Then after we fixed the problem we started over again and the the fuse blew again at about the same time as the last, so i drank more booze. After i got all liqoured up and ready to play, they got some extension cord's and ran it from somewhere else (wasn't paying much attention, too drunk.) Well we finally made it through the first song and it went pretty good. So we played two more song's and every one else in the band, except me and the drummer, took off. So we got some replacement's and played astro zombie's by the misfit's just so we would have a little longer of a set. In the end it went not bad for the first show.

Scratch & Dent
08-17-2006, 10:49 PM
my first gig was at a school talent show. It went really well considering the kids i was playing with were 16 and 17 year olds and i was 13 and had been playing since i was 7.
I was the lead and they were all talented the best musician was our drummer.

Anyways our list was 3 songs, T.N.T, Welcome to the Jungle, and Smells like teen spirit.
We figured Play what people reconize. Turned out good. Course we praticed for 6 or 7 hours a day 4 days a week 2 months prior.

Ed434
08-18-2006, 01:34 PM
Fave gig:
At a festival earlier this year, halfway through the set, we played a song we wrote earlier that day called 'go and get a drink'. It was basically a drum solo while everyone else ran to the bar and got a drink. I got a can of coke, which i proceded to spill over all of my (and the Pa owning guy') equipment. To honest, now I've written that, I realise it's not that interesting, so I'll do a bit more writing. Our vocalist is the maddest person I've ever met, and in many a gig, at the end, he flips/spins off the front of the stage and runs away for a while.

claptonfan55
09-03-2006, 03:08 PM
I got two short stories.

1.) It was a recital by the place where I went for guitar lessons. It was actually a music school, so there were also pianists, and other instrumentalists in the recital. I had a small group that included my teacher on acoustic guitar, a bass player(I think his name was Adam or something like that), and myself on electric guitar. We did an improv blues thing, me doing most of the improv. Anyway, I was nervous, but I did all right. I was rooted in one spot, though, and stayed in one scale the whole time. It was pretty good overall, I think. I enjoyed it.

2.) This one was a Key Club Talent Show at my school. Me and a friend did "Yesterday" by the Beatles. I sang and he played guitar. It went great. I remembered all the words and was in tune (always a good thing), and my friend did pretty well with the guitar part. He messed up a little bit, but otherwise he did great.

Now, to get a band together.

Tarzan_man
09-11-2006, 10:21 AM
Well My First Gig was last night, and I made the lolheug mistake of playing in the battle of the bands as a first gig. The lead up to this gig is ****ing huge. So whatever I'm sick off school and I got time to type.

So back in say June I'm in the City (because I'm stuck out in the country most of the time, and only get to go into the city fridays and saturdays because of school and transport reasons etc) anyways we're in the Music store and we see a poster for Battle of the Bands. At this point we're a full band and doing OK practises. We enter and the guy at the store says its not on till like start late august on a sunday, So whatever, loads of time to get ready surely?

Ok, fast forward to around mid August, Drummer has a fit and is lately playing for ****e. He quits/We kick him out kinda way. Also the bassist is his best friend and he leaves too. fags. And so It's down to The Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar and Myself. I do all the ****ing work and buy nearly all the stuff for the band and they play and act like ****e and we get nothing done. I make backing tracks which go ok. Then at the end of August we're like ment to play at the Battle of the bands and basically we're ****ed. I ring the guy up and get it moved to a later date. we call around looking for a drummer and finally get one, he comes over and we jam with him for a while it goes good. Then at this point he tells us he can't do saturdays and Sundays after telling him the new date...

Ohhhhh I wanted to stab him.

He leaves and then the bassist decides to come back, So YAY for a while. And then like 2 days later the Drummer comes back and it's all YAYs and Happiness....Until we practise. Drummer is still ****E. But at this point we don't care we just need one. After practise he's being all moody again and refuses to leave his drums at the practise place when he's is going to be coming over the next day. after long talks he decides yet again to leave and he has to get is drums home his own way, mainly we couldn't give a ****e. Didn't even give us a reason.

Next week, We're getting along ok with the backing tracks with the vocalist, rhythm, me and the bassist. I'm on the local music site that evening and what do I see. The Drummer's Other band has entered the BOTBs aswell. JESUS ****ING CHRIST THE BACKSTABBING PRICK. Honestly we wouldn't have minded if he has just said he wanted to play with his band, he just said nothing and left. Then they play in the heat before us and get a good enough response, Only because the girl bassist ****s her head open and starts bleeding to score sympaty points.

Finally the Sunday arrives. The Night before we're practising and it went well, Only we're using ****ing backing tracks. And everyone is like something will happen, it will be alright (side note : they were like that though the hole thing, leaving every thing to faith) On the day we go in, I'm slighly sick with diahrea. We're pissing ourselfs looking for a drummer to drum. There was supposed to be 5 bands, turned out to be only 3. 1 well known local RATM type band, a metal band and us. I was working with the soundguy for backing tracks and they sounded like ****e. THEN the owner of the aformention music store. Frank (around ****ing 40 years old ) says he'll drum for us. I would have rathered backing tracks, because we were tight enough with them but OH NO everyone else decides to go with him.

To make everything better we get to go first. I saw some guys in the crowd with Cannibal Corpse etc T shirts on so I expected a good enough reaction.

We played ****, Drums were way off. Frank hadn't a clue wtf was going on. Vocals were drowned out because the soundguy ****ed up majorly with them and didn;t check them right (fixed them afterwards though) I played around a 6/10. The band as whole played a 4/10 and the crowd reaction? ****ing ****e. No one moshed at all, just cheering when we finished. Afterwards we felt like ****e. I had fun onstage because no one else was. Got off stage and then I was feeling kinda ok about it. Then the rhythm guitarist would just not stop bitching. "WE SUCKED" over and over again. Sulking in the corner. Gah, brought the rest of us down. But we we're talking to some other people there and they said we we're good apart from the drums, not so sure about that though. The RATM band got a great reaction from all the CC t-shirt wearing fags, but then wen the metal band came on. No one ****ing moshed again. Our band and some of our fans moshed for their set because They'd feel just as **** as we would after the set if no one moshed for them.

After that we all pissed outside and got some air etc. Then went back inside for the results of the semis. We knew we wen't going though but this ****ing boiled my blood. Our Drummers band got though, surfing the way of smypathy points for the bassits's head and then looking so young. They have to have 5 originals ready in like 2 weeks so good ****ing luck to them. Also the other metal band got though because of us moshing for them.

All in all, It was a pretty sucky first gig. 3.5/10 I'd give it. Hope things get better. :(

NileFTW
09-13-2006, 04:44 AM
[QUOTE=Tarzan_man]Then they play in the heat before us and get a good enough response, Only because the girl bassist ****s her head open and starts bleeding to score sympaty points.

QUOTE]

:haha :haha :haha :haha :haha

mr.Krinkle
09-24-2006, 06:11 PM
heres a good one:

playing in a local club type thinger. i was in my "street punk" band (lame i know..but interesting at the same time) and we were about half way though our set. our next song was "tomorrow belongs to us" by the casualties. so everyone starts moshing and ****, and this huge effing guy who was clarly on way to much funny stuff bolts from right infront of the stage to the back and breaks down the ****ing door.turns out the guy was on E. so he is all bloody and ****, and we stop playing. and everyone laughs at him.

so ya..the club doesn't allow punk shows anymore:p

but it was quite fun.

wongacaster
10-09-2006, 02:59 AM
my band first gig was a month or so ago at the other campus of my school.
our set was only 2 songs long so it was very short.
the set was
secrets dont make friends - from first to last
ride the wings of pestilence - from first to last

the first song went pritty well as our rythm guitarist had only jammed with us once and didnt really know the song.
the second song we messed up bad our singer completely forgot a chorus
and our rythm guitarist only knew the verse guitar.

oh and the other band we played with where like a rocka billy band and this wierd all chick band who were great.

we had another gig later on at the same place but at lunch time it was pritty much all winged and we improvised this death metal song because we didnt have enough songs to fill the time in.

so yeah

lespaul323920
10-25-2006, 03:42 PM
Ho.K. well where do i begin... well, this was a couple years ago and me and bey brothers friends dad and mom has a band and they do covers and and play at wedings but this was for charity and it was telivised which was prety cool. any who ok... so i played smooth by santana (i dont realy like santana, he has a interesting style, i mostly like metal and what not ie. the showdown, pantara, guns and roses, and some other band called atreyu) ko so at the time i was only like 12 and played a epi lespaul standard of which i payed for in full from my local guitar center. so i was playing mostly for old people who where drunk so that calmed me down because let alone most of them probubly could not here me or the band and they where wasted it was a prety bad sight. so wny who i did the thing like it was on the cd and it was AWSOME i had so much fun uithit and at the end becaulse i just could not play that i jut improvised and man i was on time and what not oh it was cool.

There's no I in team. There's no U in team.

Who's in the fvcking team?
Good point

crazylaughboy
11-07-2006, 07:36 PM
My first gig was terrible, it went like this.
A girl was having a party and wanted a band so she asked mine. My band had been around for around 3 months now and I knew we werent ready for a show any time soon, but I was on a week vacation and the rest of the band decided to play without asking me. So i get back and get greeted with a phone call from the drummer saying "we are playing in one week" I say no but unfortently its to late to cancel. So our set list was gona go like this
Seven Nation Army
Smells like Teen spirit
In Bloom
Immagrant song
A solo by just me (this was just to fill time)
Original song I made with the drummer
heartbreaker (with live solo)

So we get through Seven Nation Army, Smells like Teen Spirit and the singer comes up to me at the end and says "the drummer is sick hes gonna throw up, play the solo now" so i take the solo and then we get back and halfway through Heartbreaker, we fall apart and basicly get laughed off the stage

it was a terrible day but it taught me a lot.

SethMegadefan
11-07-2006, 08:11 PM
^Even though that story sounds bad, I have to say that's a kickass setlist. Especially with the "Immigrant Song" thrown right in the middle there. Sounds like it'd be a fun show to play, once you know everything and have practiced it a lot. Sorry to hear that it went bad; looked like a promising setlist.

IgnoreThis
11-09-2006, 06:06 PM
My school was having this(shit) concert thing, and the last act was a guy in my music class doing this bassoon piece, and our music teacher had dragged me and a mate of mine into doing guitar and bass alongside him the morning before the concert. We had one 5-minute practice together, where our teacher shouted what notes to play on the bass for me (i had just got dragged in, i had no idea what to do, and she didnt tell me what to do for the chorus bit either).

So on the night of the gig, me and said mate go onstage, me on bass and him on guitar. The result did not go well. The bass was up way too loud, so every mistake i made could be heard over everything else. My mate on guitar just hid behind the curtain and played the odd blues lick every once in a while. It was murderous.

Still, the concert as a whole wasnt so bad, my band played a jam of Voodoo Child that went pretty well, and i played backup/lead guitar for 2 Johnny Cash songs that another mate of mine played, both of which went much better.

Slash_metal
11-15-2006, 02:04 PM
Today I played in a battle of the bands,

We were all set for the song, we would play a song called Immortality (a song written by myself and the lead singer). We saw some of the other bands and one expecially kicked ass :o.

We went on and everything was good, crowd were pretty sweet

started song lol and everything was fine until a bridge wher I had to tap while the other guitarist played power chords... -.-
He was supposed to play the riff twice, I came in on 2nd with some tapping
He went past 2 and I had to improvise on the spot, which made the song sound better somehow o.O

other than that song went well and it was a good gig
we got 2nd place :D

JCShark
11-25-2006, 08:25 AM
Second gig i did, i got drunk beforehand by accident, and so we ended up playing all seven songs at least twice as fast as rehearsed.. it was craaaaazy

mcra7xra
11-26-2006, 02:03 PM
This is somewhat a "first gig".

ok. here it is.

Ok, a couple weekends ago we had gallery night (just a day for everyone to walk around for no apparent reason) and these 2 kids (my age) were playing thru little 5 watt amps on the street corner (er, one was singing horribly). they took like, an hour to plug in their amps and useless crap they didnt need. they played one song (horrible, stupid song) and it never ended...they were playing and it just, like, was over. we were all laughing. and the REALLY stupid thing was that they had just started playing a week before. everyone told me to play. i did, and i made em like 20 bucks in tips (they were faking playing when i was playing...so lame) and it was really funny.

oh ya. that's my story.

812many
11-26-2006, 10:52 PM
^what song?

mcra7xra
12-01-2006, 01:13 PM
^what song?

their song? it was some gay song they made up. like, these guys are like 12 and 13 or something and these were the lyrics (something like this):

"i have a sad story to tell you
my father died when i was just 18"

and so on for like, 1 more line of words (i cant remember).

the guitar was completely out of tuning and it was just hilarious. that's why i took over and kicked arse.

Jimbo999
12-04-2006, 05:54 PM
My first gig.

It was like a few months ago now and Id only been playing for around a year. Every year at school theres a variety show with a band and me and my friend (whos a drummer) got in. It was really good because we got this super good bassist who could play anything. However, somehow we ended up doing Avril Lavigne He Wasnt. There were two performances and the first was pretty much perfect. However, the second we came across some problems. Firstly someone on stage had knocked my amp when moving it around after someone elses performance and turned up the volume. When we came on stage I didnt notice so when I started playing it just drowned out everyone else (the kids still enjoyed it though).

The last song was Angels by Robbie Williams. The amp I was using was a school Marshall MG (which wasnt that good). Everything went well until the little solo when the amp suddenly overheated (or something like that) and the volume dropped so low no one could hear it. We survived though and everyone seemed to enjoy it and cheered us well. The annoying this was that the amp worked perfectly afterwards. Next time I'll use my own amp. :p:

de.sandman
12-14-2006, 11:43 AM
first gig was a few months ago at my church to raise funds for the disabled. well, we practiced alright. every damn practice was perfect. until the night itself, when we were about 12 minutes from show, me (leadG), Noel (rythmG) , kevin (bassG), were practising without amps backstage. Suddenly, my strap broke and my guitar fell to the floor! i wasnt able to react fast enough cause i was wiping the sweat of my forehead. well, my guitar hit the floor, and went 1 whole step out of tune. just before the show i tuned it to noel's guitar, although due to the aftermath of the shock, my ear went deaf on tunings. to make things worst, some one meddled with noel's amp settings so he played it crunched when he was supose to play clean. bass had no volume. and drummer kept losing timing. i couldnt do anything cause my guitar was out of tune. so what the heck, i turned off the volume on the guitar, and kinda acted the playing out. t'was all good, cause no one knew i wasnt playing.

Tophue
12-16-2006, 04:05 PM
I've had two first gigs.

1. The first one was earlier this year in the summer. A coffee shop in my town (a very small town, about 1100 people) hosts an open mic every month, so I decided to play there (with some support from my friends and girlfriend) A few people played, it was all mostly acoustic guitar/singing folk kinda stuff, so I felt a little out of place when I played:

High and Dry - Radiohead
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Trains - Porcupine Tree
Lazuras - POrcupine tree

My Guitar playing was right on spot, but I had not been singing for very long, and I wasnt the best singer, but I was good enough that I could stay in tune and such the whole time. I was Really nervous though, as there were about 35 people, both adults i didnt know and a small gathering of a few of my friends, and I had a hard time hitting the falsetto parts in the radiohead songs. Overall though It was pretty good.

My second first gig happened last week. Our school was hosting the annual winter concert for concert band and choir (I play trumpet in concert band) and the choir was doing a sixties theme, singing lots of pop songs from the era, and my teacher thought it would be a good idea to throw in some Jimi Hendrix, so she asked if I would play Purple Haze and I agreed.

The thing is though, my school is so small there are pretty much no good drummers or bassists to start a band with. Actually that's not entirely true, we have a drummer in jazz band who is a pretty good rock drummer, but he still has a little trouble sometimes with staying on tempo and following structure, but he is good enough so I asked him to play drums on the song. I also needed a bassist. We have a bassist in jazz band as well, but she's no good unless she is playing the 12 bar blues, so she wasn't an option. It turns out that my girlfriends sister plays piano pretty well though, so she agreed to play the bass part on a synthesizer.

So we practiced a few times together and played on the night of the concert. It went pretty well except during the performance the drummer dropped a stick and it landed at my feet, so at the part where the music stops and i sing "Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me" I reached down and picked up the stick and tossed it to the drummer, so most of that line got cut out, but we got right back into the song like it never happened. What I didn't know was that he has a pair of extra sticks and just picked up another stick right when I threw the stick at him. I felt pretty dumb for that. I improvised the solo and sang pretty decently. So that was my first gig with a band, even though we were only a band for that one night.

JadeFalcon5
01-02-2007, 01:24 PM
their song? it was some gay song they made up. like, these guys are like 12 and 13 or something and these were the lyrics (something like this):

"i have a sad story to tell you
my father died when i was just 18"

and so on for like, 1 more line of words (i cant remember).

the guitar was completely out of tuning and it was just hilarious. that's why i took over and kicked arse.

what if their father did die when they were going to be 18 and they had superhuman psychic powers?


WHAT IF YOU MADE THEM KILL THEMSELVES!
youre a murderer man...

jkZORZ! xP

DestinDoom
01-03-2007, 11:55 PM
My first gig was a high school battle of the bands. I'd only been playing for maybe 6 months, and had only recently started my band. We did 3 songs, one original, and 2 Metallica songs (Whiplash and For Whom The Bell Tolls). We got some mild clapping and that was it. I was fine with it, as I didn't expect much crowd response. My stage performance was crap, as i had to focus on what I was playing, and i was so nervous that I could barely play the verse to whiplash... which is the easiest riff ever. But, overall it went ok, no great successes or failures to speak of.

My real first gig was at a local club with some other local bands, and that went pretty well. Even though the members of one of the other bands kept doing stupid shit like playing duck duck goose in the pit, I didn't really care. Apparently no one could hear my vocals though, which has become a recurring problem at our gigs, which really sucks.

dethofmoo
01-06-2007, 05:46 PM
first time my band stuck a chair to the wall:

just a normal band practice at our regular place (a brownies' hall) and we started to throw pillows around, but then one got stuck behind a window, so when my bandmates were trying to get it out with a drumstick, i taped a chair to the wall. good times.

whalepudding
01-12-2007, 12:22 AM
Ours wasn't really a 'gig', w had to do a performance for music, and we were going to just have a laugh and do a brutal death metal version of My Humps, or some other pop song, but the rhythm guitarist somehow got the idea that we would actually be performing in front of the whole school, and it would be a battle of the bands thingy with bands in the school, and he wanted to do an original. I decided he was probably right, and we decided to do a song we'd written. We left it until the last minute to actually do anything, and on the Thursday before the performance (It was the next Tuesday, I think), we basically showed each other riffs we'd written for it, wrote it down, and that night, I sent him a midi file I'd made with all the parts being played together. That weekend, the keyboardist, drummer, and rhythm guitarist all practised, I wasn't allowed to go with them, but that was alright since I thought I'd had it all worked out already.

Well, on the Tuesday, or whatever day it was, we found out it was just a performance in front of the music class. I was sort of embarrassed we'd gone to all this trouble when we could have done better by just playing a Metallica song or whatever, but oh well. It also turned out the drummer was actually a good drummer, when I thought we just got him to play drums cos he was our friend and there was no-one else. I'd just made him play really simple beats for the whole song, but I thought we'd still go alright.

Well, first we had a soundcheck, which was basically 5 minutes of me trying to find a lead that worked and plug it into my guitar, and as a result of not having a real soundcheck, the keyboard and vocals were inaudible, and my guitar was really loud, making the rhythm guitar almost impossible to hear. We started off, all was going to plan, except I hadn't learnt the verse riff. I thought the rhythm guitar would be loud enough to hear, so I just played the main riff over and over, hoping no-one would notice. They did, since no-one could hear the rhythm guitar. The verse ended, and now it was the chorus, the part where I was meant to sing. I'd learnt the words, and I was meant to just scream them. I can do alright black metal screams, so I did that, but since the vocals were inaudible, all anyone saw was me making funny faces. I looked up and saw everyone laughing, so I just walked away before finishing the chorus. Then there was the main riff, and I was meant to play a lead riff over it, but I forgot to. The verse started again, I played the wrong riff again, I made funny faces for the chorus again, and I forgot the lead riff again. Here was the part where everything stopped, the rhythm guitarist played a clean section, and I played my solo. We did that alright, I completely ****ed up the faster part of the solo, but it was mainly a slower melodic solo so I didn't care that much. Then the rhythm guitarist was meant to play a faster acoustic riff, and I was meant to play an electric riff that lead into the verse again, but the he just started playing the main riff, I didn't know what to do so I just palm muted an open E and went over to ask him what to do. He told me to just 'shred, it's what you're good at, Iit doesn't matter', I said I hadn't prepared anything and I couldn't, he said something about going into the chorus again, I didn't know when I was meant to do that and I was embarrassed about having to make funny faces for everyone again, I had no idea what I was meant to do so I just played the main riff until everyone else stopped playing.

But, it could have been worse, it could have been for a real gig.

EDIT: Whoops, sorry about the length...

deathmetalboy
01-14-2007, 03:59 PM
First Gig:

I grew up in a small town in which there were about 12 musicians from the age range of 8-68. I put my first band together with 2 friends at the age of 16 after playing guitar for a year. We didn't have a singer because we couldn't find one. A guy we auditioned who we knew from high school told us he didn't want to be in the band but we could play at his house party. There were a total of maybe 15 people there. This was during the nu-metal era of Disturbed & Limpbizkit and we were playing 80s style jam songs. We also had to use mics through guitar amps since we had no P.A. It was horrible. We played with another band though who was worse than us. We got through the songs, but there were girls asking the guy to tell us to stop. Stupid bitch.

Anyways, the band broke up the next day because of lack of interest. I didn't get into another "offical" band until 5 years later.
man thats sad about when the bitch told u to stop playing. i woulda smashed my guitar on stage and be like **** u all!!!!!

EirikFtw
01-21-2007, 03:43 PM
When I started playing in the band I am in now, we had three guitarist. We quickly realised that this would be a problem, but we were kind of new to the whole band thing, and we are all a buch of softies. So we had trouble tellling of the guitartist that he was fired. And aslo, he sucked big time, but he is a close friend.

We were playing our second gig in the town next to ours, and told him that he couldn't play beacuse the only had two guitar amps. The gig wen't reasonably well, and we were delighted to see that busses from our town were filled with people coming to see us. Anyways, he was in the crowd. And the band that was going on after us had 3 guitartist. So of course he noticed it.
We took the buss back home together with the people who were watching the concert. And I had my guitar in the bus, and was just playing to kill the time. he asked if he could play it a little bit, and I said ok. One guy, who knew him asked why he was not in a band. and he said: "I am, I play with these guys!" and he pointed to us.

I sat beside my drummer, and he just started laughing like crazy, our basist turned a slight shade of purple from restraining his laughter.

he didn't show for practise ever since. man we are a bunch of assholes!

Helloween_rox
02-03-2007, 12:01 AM
I seriously hope you aren't the one who types up ads for your band. If you do, I hope spellcheck gave you a nice big smack on the ass when you tried to.

Meteorshower
02-04-2007, 08:16 PM
My first gig was three months after i'd started guitar and three monthes after our bassist had started too... we were reasonably good at the songs we were going to play at this school gig thing where we had an opening slot. OUr singer was very shy though so we were trying to get her to open up a bit before.
basically our band was

Me - guitarist
Mhairi - piano (good friend but not very musically able, can't learn things well)
Chris - bass, complete asshole, never practices but was quite good at bass
Rosie - singer very shy
Eamonn - drummer and amazing but is never allowed to come to practice

So we all practise like crazy because it's our first gig and we were kinda crap but it was so hard when we never had a drummer... We finally nail hysteria by muse (not a good choice for people only been playing 3 monthes...) the weekend before the gig and the other song was a really easy kasier chiefs song (born to be a dancer) Thing is two days before the gig our bassist can't be bothered to practice and quits the band. This is not good. My arch enemy and a bassist from another band offers to play for us instead. I agree bitterly, because we really needed a bassist. So on the night i'm shitting myself because we have never practiced with our drummer or this other bassist. We start off with born to be a dancer and it goes well i do the solo ok and the drummer keeps us all in time. One thing went bad though. The bassist didn't play anything. At all. It's the easiest song in the world so he could have eaisly played root notes or something but no... After the show he tells everyone we asked him not to play it.... :mad: So for hysteria i was feeling pretty bad. The bassist did play for it but it was obvious he hadn't learnt the song and he played it on clean even though i told him to use his distortion pedal.... bastard.... I play ok apart from the solo which i mess up a bit but cover ok.... the singer doesn't sing at all in this song but she is really shy and she was upset about it so that's ok. Everyone told us we sucked but that was ok because most of them were our friends anyway. I loosened up a bit after the band after us were actually worse.... the final band had a best dancer competition and i thought what the hell and danced my best. I won so that was pretty cool.

I was so mad at chris though for quitting two days before. He says it was a joke and he joins again. We al let him because we are desperate though and need him. The singer quits the band though and says she's sorry. So we kinda half-hearted practice getting nowhere for the next few monthes. One day though we manage to persuade one of our friends to sing for us, she's really good does choir and stuff. Things start to look up again until chris stops coming to practise. He knows we need him though and relys on this to stay on the band. He pissed me off sooooo much those few weeks. Eventually i plead for the rest of the band to let me kick him out and they agree. So i do and he's all like "i'll find another band and we'll be way better than you!!" ALthough this was thoroughly satisfying we now have no bassist. After another month or so, one of my friends says she's going to start learning bass. I'm like yeahhh!!! because she's really nice but daunted at the fast she wont have learnt anything and will need to start from scratch. Luckily, she is a natural and learns songs like hysteria and i bet you look good on the dancefloor in less than a month. We all can't bellieve it, so we get another gig at a youth club. Which was last november. Our drummer starts coming to practises too which tightens us all up a lot. We start sounding good for like the first time ever so we go into the gig really confident.

this was our setlist

Miserlou - Dick Dale (cool into thing to play while singer introduce us all)
Get Free - The Vines
Feeling good - Muse
Seven Nation Army - Whites Stripes
With You - The Subways
Starlight - Muse
Plug in Baby- Muse

Everyone was expecting us to be shit from our last performance but we nailed every song. I improvised in seven nation army a lot and it and it sounded really good, our bassist was solid and the singer is amazing. In plug in baby though in the prechorus my plectrum shattered. This was not good. So i just hit the strings with my hand real hard and to my dismay my thumb starts bleeding. I held one of the chords and managed to pick up a pick up a bit of plectrum to finish the song on and it wasn't that much a setback but it threw me a little. The really cool thing is though everyone was like "wow, we honestly thought you'd be shit, but you kicked ass"

So we manage to get a gig two weeks after that at the biggest venue on my island (shetland) playing for three hundred peiople. I have a sore stomach all day and get really worried. I completely forget it all when i was playing though, i just jumped around and stood on monitors and that sort of thing. After the show though i'm sick everywhere as it turned out i had a stomach bug XD The pa guy then tells me it was recorded and we'd be getting a demo which was pretty sweet. That was in november and we were not bad for having a bassist only been playing for three monthes and me less than a year. Sorry this is so long

vulgarmachine
02-11-2007, 10:40 AM
my first gig was at a music school end of term concert.
I was in the rock academy group and we were playing smashing pumpkins-cherub rock, so we get up on stage and get all hyped up to play and then the show organiser says "sorry guys but you're gonna have to wait for the under 5 year olds to do about 12 pieces"
So we had to sit there through bah bah black sheep etc. and to make things worse my amp at this moment just fell over making a huge crash and breaking this guys toe
(he was the other groups leader).
Everyone's staring at me at this point, i just shrugged my shoulders and went and picked the amp back up.
Finally we could start to play. The piece went great until the solo section. I jerked my bass up in the air and as i did this i crunched into the lead guitarist's face. So he was bleeding like hell and he still did the solo and then kept on playing. His guitar just had blood covering it.
Pretty eventful and after it me and the lead guitarist, us never really speaking to each other much, became best of friends.
Funny how something bad can turn out good

MX4Life
02-25-2007, 10:14 PM
just got home from my first real gig. we played a billiards hall. i was real scared, my heart felt like a pit when i plugged in and our singer was like 'hey we're the terroristocrats'. we ended up totally rocking the place with some old skool afi, gg allin, misfits, and some originals too. we sold a ton of merch and we're getting another gig with the band we opened for. there was a sick pit, too.

SomeEvilDude
03-03-2007, 07:51 AM
Oh boy, as an inexperienced gigger playing with a strict classical violinist who was terrified of performing, I think we scrubbed up pretty well. Although, there were various things that happened through the evening that really showed our lack of experience, I think we did pretty damn well. The set we played was:

Opener: Rocket To The Moon - Runrig

King & Jester Blues - Original

The Peeler's Away With Your Daughter - Traditional Jig

House Of The Rising Sun - Traditional

All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan

The Farm Song - Original

Hey Joe - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

~Andrew's Solo~ (Redepmtion Song)

King Of The Fairies - Traditional Jig

The River - Bruce Springsteen

Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen

Knockin' On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan

~Phil's Solo~ (Monday Jump)

A Spanish Piece - Original

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan

John Henry - Traditional

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young

Drunken Sailor - Traditional

Closer: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

My solo piece was originally going to just be harmonica jam I'd written, but I changed it to Redemption Song at the last minute for fear of people getting bored with it. Shame the song didn't really fit in at all, but ah well.
Rockin' In The Free World got brought forward to and included in my solo section as well, because some guy kept requesting a Neil Young song, and it was - apart from having to get Phil to put my harmonica stand back up and tighten it so it didn't fall down again - the highlight of the show. We got a few claps and even a 'woo' for that one. Knockin' On Heaven's Door got a few claps as well, but other than that we went largely ingored by the pub. The drunken hecklers at the end though did enjoy Drunken Sailor, and we played 'Peeler's Away With Your Daughter' again, so as to appease their drunkedness. Only thing I'm really kicking myself for there, was that they were requesting a few hard rock songs (from a folk group, which is kind of stupid, but nevermind), but I'd toyed with the idea of learning Highway To Hell all week, only abandoning it at the last minute. Bollocks.
When we set up to play, there were about 16 people in the pub, so not that many at all, and about 8 when we finished up 2 hours later. We - as well as the guy who did our sound stuff - agreed that we didn't drive people away though, it was more just that it's a new pub (so there's no real regulars), it was raining so not many people were coming out anyway and most people were just pub crawling, so they weren't likely to stay in the one pub.

All in all, we both had fun at least, which is what matters, and we gained a lot of experience for one night, as well as a bit of respect from a couple of rock bands we're friends with for playing a two hour set as our first gig. And besides, we got free drinks, and they've taken our number so they can ring us for when they want us back, only they'll be able to advertise it as well, so we can draw a decent crowd.

greendayguitar
03-06-2007, 08:01 PM
Well, since first gigs seem to be a fashion y trend here, I guess I'll share mine as well.

So, it was Syd's Café at my school (Just a coffee house we have each semester for the local talent), and we were up to play 3 songs. So, the first mistake we made was that we arrived rather late because we wanted to get a jam session in to practice before hand, so our sound check was just rushing through one song. So, we turned our stuff off, and the show began.

The first half was all acoustic acts, and it was nice from what I could see back stage crapping my pants with nervousness running through chromatic scales. Then the second half was the amplified acts. It started with a couple guys on electric doing 3 long, boring, crappy song. Then another group which was pretty good, followed by another that was slightly better. Now, since the first group played 3 long song, we were running short on time, so the teacher who was running the show cut my band and the closing band down to two songs. (I don't know why, we finished well before 10 o'clock, bastard. (He also just got busted for possession and having sex with a 16 year old student. Weird, eh?)). So I was pissed. I wanted to play our 3 songs.

Well, I knew our time was coming up, so I went to take a nervous relieving piss (anyone else get that? You get nervous so you have to pee?) and then ran through more chromatic scales to get warmed up.

We went on stage, and plugged in. We started playing our first song, which was "Riot" by Three Days Grace. It started out good, but right after the other guitarist came in, he forgot to wrap the patch cord around his strap, so he got one chord in, and stepped on the lead and pulled it out. Since he was nervous, he didn't realize what the hell happened, and he missed a couple bars before he plugged back in. Then it all went great until the bridge. The monitors on the stage were horrible. I couldn't hear my drummer, my drummer couldn't hear me, and yea. That lead to a lot of off timed crap. But we managed to get through it, and through the last chorus to end the song. The crowd loved it, and I was crapping my pants.

So, we started playing out second song, "Beast and the Harlot" by Avenged Sevenfold, and it went extremely good. The only thing I found wrong with it, was that I messed up in the solo. But again, the crowd loved it.

All in all, it was a pretty good first show. I had tons of fun. After it, I got tons of compliments like "Omg how did you learn to play that well?!" and "omg you;re such an amazing guitarist". I know I'm not that good, but i couldn't help but feel flattered :p:



Oh, and when I first got out there, I could barely play because my arms and legs were shaking so much. But I had a good time.


And that's my story. :)

I_Collect_Picks
03-24-2007, 06:22 PM
Well I had to do a solo performance for Music class
So I did Smells Like Teen Spirit
Amatuer I know.
I practise it perfect
Then I got up.
Nerves.
screwed up.

SomeEvilDude
03-25-2007, 06:51 AM
Ok then people, I'm writing up our review of my bands' gig last night for you all.

It was advertised as a 60s night, and it was a charity concert for the evening. There was a professional band booked to play, and when the people were sat eating in the interval, my band (myself on guitar/vocals/harmonica and a friend on violin) were going to play two numbers, the school swing band (for which we both play in) was going to play two numbers, and then some other girl from school was going to sing two songs solo. The plan was that I'd be finished up by about 9:30, and then myself, the keyboardist from the swing band and the bass player from the same were going to go to a local pub to see an old teachers' band play. They were scehduled to be on at about 10pm, so we figured we'd have time.
However, as nothing can ever go according to plan, the teachers' band ended up actually playing at half 9, and the interval for the charity gig was at about 10; when we heard about it the keyboardist and bass player decided they were going to go the pub instead, so the remaining two interval acts had to play three songs each.
Come round to soundcheck at about half 8, I plug in, play Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to warm up, get a bit of attention from people. Fiddle player plugs in, and we both play round a simple C - F - C - G progression, and I make up some lyrics about the keyboardist being ginger. Everybody wins. :p:

In any case, the evening commences, and the band play through - they're really good - but they don't just play sixties songs, so about 15 minutes before we're set to go on, myself and Phil go outside and decide to drop 'All Along The Watchtower' from our set and replace it with 'Knockin' On Heavens Door'. We start tuning up, and Phil turns the wrong peg on his electric violin too far and breaks his D string. And he has no spares. Lovely, eh? :p:

We panic a little bit, but eventually settle to play unplugged with his acoustic violin, and only mic. the vocals/harmonica.
In any case, come round to the interval, the other girl who's supposed to be singing has turned up. We wait 5 or so minutes, get introduced get up there and play:

House Of The Rising Sun - all the lyrics from the Woodie Guthrie version, but the Animals arrangment of. Lots of applause.

The Peeler's Away With Your Daughter - traditional jig, which Phil makes a few slips on, but we scrub up pretty well and get decent amount of applause.

Knockin' On Heavens' Door - I simply introduce the song and we get clapped, and considering it's such a damn easy song to play we breeze through it. Not being a particularly great singer, I manage to duff a couple of notes in the second chorus, but Dylan wasn't much of a singer either, so all's well.

Then something that we - albeit we're pretty damn inexperienced, but nonetheless - weren't expecting: we actually get asked to do an encore. There's two songs we've got floating around that we can play on, I'm slightly keener to do one, Phil would rather do the other. I tell the crowd we're going to give them a choice, and they want us to just play both songs. Hot diggity damn.

Atlantic City - quite a few murmurs round the room when I announce we're going to do an 'old Springsteen number', and in typical style I duffed the vocals on the opening line, but sang alright for the rest of it. Again, decent amount of applause.

Rockin' In The Free World - hell, what can you say about this one? It's a great song, easy to play, easy to sing; we blast through it and get a lot of applause. I announce Phil is still single, we take our leave to more applause. Everybody's happy.

And - unfortunately Phil went home shortly after - people kept coming over steadily throughout the evening to tell me that we were really good. So yeah, it went amazingly well, there was a steady number of about 50 people throughout the night, and all in all it was highly enjoyable. Certainly it went better than the previous gig did (couple of posts up). :p: :cheers:

Tombe
03-27-2007, 06:40 PM
This is what happened at our first gig, which wasn't a proper gig, just at a party, but there were still a lot of people watching us.

We went on, I introduced us, started playing the opening number, which starts with a little Eastern-flavoured reverb-heavy run (I kid you not). Halfway through it, the lights all turn off.

The problem is amended so we try again. The first song went brilliantly, me and Paul (guitarist) disguising looking at each other to get our cues as rawk posing, and my Ebow solo collecting the normal barrage of 'What was that little thing with the blue light on it?' after the gig.

Second song, Paul sings. It was one he'd played to us that morning in the rehearsal and we'd deemed it good enough to put in the set. We were still a bit unsure playing it though, and at the end we ended up jamming before managing to come to some sort of organised ending. I don't think anyone noticed.

Third song was our epic rock opera, which went smoothly and we also broke the record for how long it goes on for, which still stands at 21 minutes.

Fourth song is based around a funky-Pink-Floyd riff (you know what I mean, stuff like Run Like Hell or a massively sped-up Have A Cigar). We cocked this one up a bit - I forgot the words and had to make them up and Paul managed to remain half a beat ahead of everyone else through the whole song and somehow not notice.

The highlight was numero 5, a bit of a jokey number that we wrote to play in our school leaver's concert about two of our friends being in love (when they actually hate each other). Amazingly, most people remembered the words and were singing along, and since Paul sings that one too I took a trip through the crowd courtesy of a long lead.

We were meant to have a ballad next but we decided to skip it. We'd got everyone energised by now, so we went into our cover of Spinal Tap's Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight, which was textbook.

We, or specifically Paul, completely ruined the last song. Part 1 is made up of slow, ominous minor chords and bowed guitars with funk breakdowns as the chorus, then during the last chorus I use the bow and a looper to create a drone note with the amp volume turned down, then the rest of the band stop as I gradually fade the drone in. At this point, Paul is meant to kick in with a massive, jarring riff which leads into the rock-out which makes up part 2 and our dramatic finale. Instead he goes back to the verse parts of part 1, and a Muse-esque riff and a softly-strummed clean D minor are 2 very different things. This led to us all bumbling to a halt and ending the gig on a fizzle rather than a bang. It didn't matter, because everyone thought the first part of the song was cool enough, and saying how cool it was that I used a bow on my guitar.

We've got some creases to iron out but we had a solid set. There's a few minor alterations being made before we finally reconvene when our uni terms all finish.

evilslapmonkey
03-28-2007, 05:27 AM
probably like my first real big gig like 300+ people at my high school talent show, before our band had played probably like 4-6 times before that in really small settings. so we where all really nervous and I was especially nervous so i decided it would be a good idea to drink a lil bit and loosen up.HAHA thats 15 year olds logic right there. So we started playing our first song and it was going really really well, so much so that i started really getting into it and was jumping around and headbanging and all that sh*t. Before long probably like 1 minute into the song i jumped up and from consuming booze got really really dizzy when i landed, stepped forward and off the stage which was like 5 feet above the floor. fell into a piano and almost pulled my amp off stage with me.HAHA that was great never felt more embarassed, probably a good solid year before i started playing gigs again..but this time definately sober

METSOAD
03-30-2007, 02:41 AM
probably like my first real big gig like 300+ people at my high school talent show, before our band had played probably like 4-6 times before that in really small settings. so we where all really nervous and I was especially nervous so i decided it would be a good idea to drink a lil bit and loosen up.HAHA thats 15 year olds logic right there. So we started playing our first song and it was going really really well, so much so that i started really getting into it and was jumping around and headbanging and all that sh*t. Before long probably like 1 minute into the song i jumped up and from consuming booze got really really dizzy when i landed, stepped forward and off the stage which was like 5 feet above the floor. fell into a piano and almost pulled my amp off stage with me.HAHA that was great never felt more embarassed, probably a good solid year before i started playing gigs again..but this time definately sober

OUCH!!!
That must have been an impact and a half

Joey Radical
04-07-2007, 02:59 PM
My first gig
About a year ago, there was this contest at out school. It's kind of like Eurovision, the deal is you have to perform a song in the extra language you're studying (in my case french). As my friend and I played guitar, we thought "OMG LET'Z ZHOW OURZ ZZUPPERR ZKILLZZ AT ZE GUITAR", so we decided to enter. However, we couldn't find a drummer, so I was behind the kit. On bass was this stupid ****ing lame son of a bitch that I don't like. He had never played before, but the song was fairly easy so even an idiot son of a bitch as him could play it. Anyway, we practiced a couple of times. And then- woo gigtime. We played quite well. I wore a totally cool anarchist outfit. I headbanged so hard that I dropped my sunglasses. So after that, we decided that we should start a band together. However, the bass player was too lame, so he wasn't in it. Haha. And we got a better drummer, so I got to play guitar.

dontsmokeinbed
04-13-2007, 04:27 AM
m and a friend kinda have a band of some sort. we both play guitar and usually we play together. yesterday we had our first gig. it was in a folk kinda joint. ok, two acoustics and me doing vocals. all went well except for when the first harmonica fill came i held the harmonica upside down but that was easily corrected.

SomeEvilDude
04-24-2007, 04:18 PM
Well, still reeling from the unmatchable feeling of stage uphoria, I'm here to enlighten you all on my latest gig extravnganza:

This one I drummed for, as is the lineup for the sixth form rock group, affectionately dubbed 'Enter Shakira'. We Ginge on bass, Speck on guitar and Woman on vocals.

This was a county festival of which all manner of bands and stuff were playing and we were last on. To my utter dismay upon arrival, they only have an electronic drum kit - which I don't like very much - but in good taste I merely shrug and bear it.

We finally get up there after talking over the things we needed to tweak and then we rock the fucking joint. We were only allowed eight minutes per entry, so we had two songs to do, 'Wannabe' by the Spice Girls, and 'Livin' On A Prayer' by Bon Jovi. Admitedly great songs anyway, but for the audience too it was a welcome change from the two hours of Green Day and Arctic Monkey - practically anyway, there were a few other songs thrown in - covers.
In short, in terms of audience reaction, we were the best band there. We all thoroughly enjoyed it as did the audience. We all got everything practically perfect; I slipped up on timing once but recovered immaculately so that only the drummers in the audience noticed it, and our guitarist messed the lead lick in the second verse of Bon Jovi, but also recovered it perfectly so it was barely noticeable.

We came third, but we all really enjoyed it, so it's all good. The band who came second didn't - in most of our opinions - deserve to get it, but ah well, what can you do? At least the duo who came first deserved it; they were brilliant.

Gibson_Rocker13
04-29-2007, 01:41 PM
first gig;
it was an acoustic show and we were only allowed one song for some reason, so we decided ok lets go with down in a hole-alice in chains. we get up there, playing for roughly 80-100 people drummer behind us bassist,guitarist and me(vocals and guitar) and they set the mics up against the guitars and im like ok well wheres my mike for singing and nobody does anything so im up there playing and singing without a mike. we're playing the song and i **** up the lyrics singing half of the first verse and then put the other half on the second verse in there and the same thing for the second verse, the song ends 2 bars early, i had no mike, and to finish it off our drummer breaks the house set drums and carries the symbol off stage. we get off the crowd is incredibly loud considering how much we screwed up. i get all these compliments on my singing and im like wtf i had no mike. quite an interesting night

killedbyaspork
05-02-2007, 05:38 PM
First Gig...like thing...:
My band got together in like october maybe novemberish and when we started off it was me, my best friend as the guitarist and another friend as our drummer, we were thinkin about playin some nirvana, but none of us could sing it, another one of our friends had taken up guitar recently so we let him in as our rhythm guitarist, we had him with us for about 4 months before the gig and we changed songs before just about every practice, when we finnaly decided we had about 3 practices to get the song down, it took our second guitarist about a month to learn the chorus to the song, so the day of the show we were playing in the middle after a girl who acapellad a christina aguilerra song... ew... so anyways, we get up and our guitarist plays eruption as a solo before our song, (he made it his bitch) so we get into our actual song and u can hear the guitar and drums and bass, but when we got to the chorus you couldn't hear the rhythm guitar because he wasn't plugged all the way into his jack, he said he was trying to figure out why but I don't think he was, I screwed up in the chorus to but I recovered fairly quick, when we were done we got a good amount of applause and everyone said we sounded good but didn't think our lead guitarist could sing because we had no one else to, we got a couple comments about him sounding like a chipmunk but besides that it was a good gig

greendayguitar
05-13-2007, 05:35 PM
So my band played at my school this past Friday. Fucking amazing! We had played there earlier in the year, and it was out debut show. We did pretty good, and they knew what we could do. This was a Coffee House, so we only got to play 3 songs, but it's better than nothing. So, they called us on, and we walked out, and still hadn't plugged in or anything, and a crowd of about 20 people had already swarmed to the front of the stage. We started playing our first song, Behind Closed Doors by Rise Against, and we all got really into it. The crowd had grown to about 50-60 people in front of the stage rocking out. The energy just takes you over. I'm usually a still guy on stage, but I was doing guitar moves, rocking out, moving around and everything. The energy just overwhelmed us all. It was amazing. We played almost perfectly, some mistakes, but we shrugged it off, as the audience didn't notice, because they were moshing too hard in front of us. The cheering, the screaming after starting a song, after playing a riff in the song, after singing the chorus in the song, after finish the song; I couldn't beleive it. I sang the best I ever had that show. And we as a band did the best we ever had. We were the best band there my popular opinion, and we got tons of congrats after out set. They were even chanting for an encore. They wanted more of us. Who would have thought there would be moshing, screaming, and encore desires from a band with the joke name Cute Fluffy Pink Thing? It just felt amazing up there. It was a great show. I can't wait to play again.

GooberMunch
05-13-2007, 07:55 PM
First Gig

So back about a year ago, I was in a band with some friends from school. We were all into the same kind of music ( Metallica, Mudvayne, Lamb of God etc). So after us being togerther for , maybe 4-5 months, we got our first gig at a friends party at his house. There we're 3 bands there, us, a grunge/punk band, and this Emo/Screamo band. So, we get there, hours before the show to set up. And everything's going good. The two songs we were going to play were Fade to Black, and then me and the drummer/guitarist, were going to player Determined by Mudvayne. Now, I had only been playing for a few months, so I didn't have very good gear. I still had my Squire Starter Pack, with this small 15 Watt Fender Amp. My guitarist had a, I believe he said 1,000 Watt Marshall Half-Stack. BIIIIG difference isn't there? Well, the bassist in the Emo band, had a friend who was letting him borrow a Fender 100 Watt Rumble amp, which they let me use. So I have a bigger amp, but I still don't know if I can be heard. Well, the party comes around, and its time for us to play. Were all nervous since it's our first gig, but we started Fade to Black, and it went fine. The only thing is my guitarist can't count, so I would have to hold up how many fingers, to tell him how many times he plays this one riff. So we get into the chorus of the song and everythings fine. The guitarist nails his solos after wards, and its all good. BUT, I was the only person in my band who learned the last, 1 and a half to 2 minutes at the end of the song. So we end up ending the song on just and open E, and we don't get to hear the ending solo.

So, first song through, it went fine. After I'm done detuning my bass for the next song, our drummer/guitarist gets his Les Paul, and we start Determined. I was pumped for this song, because it has a great bass line. So the song starts, and it goes great. We're about halfway through the song, and come to this new verse part in the song, and my guitarist just totally looses time. Hes not playing on the right beats, and we sound off, but nobody notices. So we finish the song, and it was fine.

Pretty exciting for my first gig.

Chinomaster182
05-16-2007, 01:43 AM
First Gig

Super excited got everything prepared like 5 months before. 2 days before the gig they told us we couldn't use the place. Last day before we were frantic looking for a place, we got permission to use a house under construction without no electricity yet... We arrived to the place with a really long extension cable and asked the neighbors for electricity. Got it and everything was going ok.


Then we started our first song (green day song) and i see my girlfriend kissing one of my friends. I didn't stop the gig or anything but i just kept looking and i just played like shit, i didn't care anymore. We were on the last song of the gig and i still dedicated the song to the girl, we finished and i fell like shit.

METSOAD
05-16-2007, 02:43 AM
Not a first gig but a story nonetheless

In a dingy smokey pub, we are in the quater finals of this talent contest we entered. We bring our 35-40 person crowd with us to the bar because it is safer for all of them. We got in there and found a place near a darts board.

Things are going ok, the house band they have can all play thier instruments very well but can't mix it to save thier lives and all you can hear is the bass. Then the show starts up and there are some fairly average pub singers and a couple of half decent ones (and a bloddy amazing young opera singer), most of them were women and most of the judges looked like horny old men so we realised the odds were probably against us.

I start to feel really nervous, end becoming a complete wreck and sitting in the corner making sure my bass is still in tune and in a decent condition to play in. During the time between us and everyone else one of my bands guitarists asks out one of our audience members (she says yes after exams and stuff), my drummer is getting annoyed at the kit we have to use (a sort of hollow acoustic thingy???), the singer has forgotten all the words as usual and the other guitarist is getting an earful by the pub owners.

The people who were most comforting to me were my girlfriend, her best mate and my guitar teacher (who turned up unexpectadly). I ended up almost crying at one point because i was worried about not getting through despite the mainly quite easy competition we had to come up against.

We are last up so i feel make crap with every passing minute then i end up sitting by the door of the toilets thinking of how worse it could get. Then i hear the host person call our name. I shout at the top of my lungs "****ing hell" and get the bass on. I was suddenly very pumped, as if i was going to beat someone up who i hated. I get up there and i have at leat half the crowd looking at me as if i was some sort of god (then again i was being constantly told that i was the best bassist they had ever met) and that got me even more excited.

I had problems with my lead throughout the first song but somehow i hold my parts together (i think god likes me :D) and despite a couple of other problems the crowd (even some of the regulars rushed to the front because apparently we ruled) which i swear was about 100 people went mental for us and the mother of all cheers went up. I went into the crowd and they mobbed me so i had to go back up in prepaeration for the second song. We played it pretty well and i got pointed by the drummer and guitarists during the bass break which was cool. Our singer forgot the words to thwe chorus second time around so our drummer stepped in and filled the gap. Then at the end of the song we did one of thiose big ending things and i took my bass off and broke part of the celing :confused: :D. Once again the crowd goes mental, i get off stage and my girlfriend makes out with me for about a minute :).

After about 20 minutes of waitng i find out that we are out and then i feel like crap again. But then our fans chanted our name after the house band stopped playing and it was so loud it made me feel like i had let them all down. However i did sign my first auotgraph that night, and it was a woman's throat!! That was very cool. Even the regulars were annoyed that we went out but i'm sure the whole thing was fixed anyway and the owners daughter is going to win it overall.

Sorry that was so long!

greendayguitar
05-17-2007, 06:30 PM
First Gig

Super excited got everything prepared like 5 months before. 2 days before the gig they told us we couldn't use the place. Last day before we were frantic looking for a place, we got permission to use a house under construction without no electricity yet... We arrived to the place with a really long extension cable and asked the neighbors for electricity. Got it and everything was going ok.


Then we started our first song (green day song) and i see my girlfriend kissing one of my friends. I didn't stop the gig or anything but i just kept looking and i just played like shit, i didn't care anymore. We were on the last song of the gig and i still dedicated the song to the girl, we finished and i fell like shit.


Oh man! That really sucks. I couldn't imagine playing a gig, and seeing my girlfriend cheating on me while I'm up there. I feel for you, man.

METSOAD
05-22-2007, 03:16 PM
First Gig

Super excited got everything prepared like 5 months before. 2 days before the gig they told us we couldn't use the place. Last day before we were frantic looking for a place, we got permission to use a house under construction without no electricity yet... We arrived to the place with a really long extension cable and asked the neighbors for electricity. Got it and everything was going ok.


Then we started our first song (green day song) and i see my girlfriend kissing one of my friends. I didn't stop the gig or anything but i just kept looking and i just played like $$$$, i didn't care anymore. We were on the last song of the gig and i still dedicated the song to the girl, we finished and i fell like $$$$.

oh my god, that is quite sucky really

to see it happen when you are playing on stage, that is rather creul

my condolenses

MusicalMinority
05-22-2007, 07:01 PM
My first "gig" was a few days ago for some talent show in my school.

I ended up plugging my guitar into the PA system on accident.

'Nuff said.

DevilMayCare
05-28-2007, 04:56 PM
I'm bored and felt like sharing my first recording experience...if you can call it that...

Two Wednesdays ago we find out that the demo to play at our college bash had to be in the following Tuesday, a week earlier than we had expected.
So, our vocalist gives the bassist a ring...and...our drummer has no drumkit...he's sold it to fund buying a new one. And the practice area which had a PA which we WERE going to record through isn't available that week.
We pretty much gathered this wasn't going to end well.
So our bassist and other guitarist wing it over to our vocalists house and we set up in his front room with...dun dun dun....the drum being played off his laptop....from guitar pro 5....through some stereo speakers. And if that wasn't bad enough...we had to record onto a cassette tape, which had a t-shirt over it because it helped muffle background noise.
What a lovely...high class recording experience that was. And because it was for a college bash and they wanted recognisable tunes want to know what we recorded?
1. Wonderwall
2. Pretty Fly for a White Guy
3. Stand by Me
4. Teenage Kicks
5. All the Small Things
6. Smells like Teen Spirit.

Oh the shame........

KavaticaMetal
05-31-2007, 12:11 PM
Well, this is not my first gig story but it is my first gig with this band.
May 27th, last sunday was freaking amazing. This was my first show with Kavatica and only their 3rd show ever. It was our EP Release Party so this was OUR show. not to shabby for a local band with only 2 shows under our belt too have a headlining gig for their 3rd show! We had 116 kids paid in attendence, plus the bands made for about a grand total of somewher around 135-140 people. First to play was Fatal Deception(debut show), then the OUTCOME (good band,debut show), then Adaje(ummm...no comment), then equilibrium(good memphis band), and then Us, Kavatica! we set up our gear and stuff and then at the end of the 3rd song i look down and my cable is sticking out of my guitar at a 45 degree angle...which is not good considering my input jack is not angled....suprisingly it is still working so at the end of the song i rip it out and through a new one in and boom we are good to go. other than that there were no major setbacks...it was a pretty good show. I felt i played maybe a little rough but we were still super tight. but then again, i haven't been on stage in like 10 months so not to bad i guess. We sold like 25 EP's or somethin. not to bad. got payed like 100 bucks too. heck yeah.
we should have video up within the next week on our myspace if you guys wanna check it out....but give it a week or two. it's in my sig.

6DgOfInTb
06-10-2007, 06:09 PM
something to solve most of these stories (or a lot of them, at least) is to ask for an extra couple of minutes to make sure volume levels and things are right, to avoid embarassing mishaps.

Anyway, our band has been together a couple of months, but we all have real busy schedules so we're lucky if we can get together once a week. At one of our band practices, we took a break and went upstairs and started playing BopIt. We came up with "extreme BopIt" (not bopit extreme, mind you. thats different.) This is where whenever it says "pass it!" you throw the BopIt at whoever you feel like and hope they catch it to continue. This started a tradition for a couple of weeks, but then one day the Pull It broke off and everything sorta stopped.

Crappy story, but i didn't want to but in just to spam up the thread.

jthm_guitarist
06-11-2007, 12:42 AM
Our first gig:
Every year my school puts on a talent show. When I was in the 9th grade I saw an amazing performance of "Crazy Train" and knew then that I would play next year.
So there I was a sophmore. I spent all year getting better at guitar and looking for a band. One by one I found people to jam with. I taught the bass player how to play bass, and because the show was fast approaching, he only knew songs I taught him. The drummer was never very good, but he had a drum set, so he was in. Now the singer had never sung before, nor had he ever jammed with us before, but he said he would sing so he was in too. Now I was pretty much bandleader at this point so I ran off mix tapes of songs I'd like to play. After hearing the tape, they all were crazy about playing Am I Evil? by Diamond Head. So I worked day and night to teach it to the bass player. Not much of a problem, because he's a fast learner. The "singer" agreed to listen to the song a lot and study the lyrics, as he couldn't make practice. the drummer flat out hated practicing. I had known this song 100% for months in advance.
So the date approaches, and I think "we should each have a solo spot!" So I work the guitar solo before the song, the drum solo in the bridge (at the tempo break) and the bass solo right before the outro. I then proceeded to inform the bass player about pentatonics and tell the drummer to work up a solo.
Well let's skip to D-Day. They all ride the buss home with me at 3:30. Show is at 7:00. This is our first rehearsal. Well guess what? The singer doesn't know the song. And the bass player knows it, but doesn't know the order of the sections. Drummer of course claims to know it but refuses to rehearse. So the singer sits in the corner listening to the song while I prep the rhythm section and print out a lyrical cheat sheet. Turns out he was listening to poetry he recorded and insists on reading it before the song, claiming it to be his solo spot. I say fine, as long as we play. So we're looking at the clock and it's 6:30, we missed soundcheck! So we go to school, bringing only a guitar and a bass, because we were told to use house amps/P.A. system.
So we get there in time for a sound check. Turns out the house amp is a 60 watt peavey combo! And it has no EQ! And the drummer refuses to sound check on house drums, claiming to be ready. So at this point I'm seriously considering backing out.
Anyways we're second from last. Other acts include piano ballads, jazz improv, and a Cream cover band. Before we go on, the announcer introduces us as "Flaming Death Comes". I shoot my singer a nasty look, as he was the one who singed us up under such a name. When we go on, the singer reads his little poem about D&D, while I play the acoustic part of Master of Puppets to it. Then for my solo spot I play the live version of Dee by Randy Rhoads. Then the song kicks in. Right away I notice I can't hear myself. So I turn around and turn the volume to 8. (Gain is on 10) Song goes on, I have to turn around and turn it up again. Finally I turn every knob on the amp to 10. Still quiet as hell.
The singer doesn't sing, so much does he talk through the song. It sounds HORRIBLE! The drummer is apparantly afraid of everything but the high hat and the snare, as he sticks to metronoming those two drums the entire song. You can imagine the drum solo. The guitar solo comes along, and I play it note for note, and it sounds good. Too bad no one can hear it. When it's time for the bass solo, I hold the chord to segue it, but guess what? SILENCE. He chickened out.
The annoncer says "well, um, that was "Flaming Death." SILENCE. CRICKET NOISES. We walk off stage, never to play together again.
Later on, feedback was typical. "you were too quiet! the drummer sucked! WTF was up with that singer?" Also, for the rest of the year, people who were there (luckily not many) would ask if random things were evil. "Is this peanut evil? YES IT IS!!"

CAPTAINAMAZING
06-12-2007, 06:57 PM
well I dont really have anything (other than just unprepared gis) cept that today at band practice we had the best jam session I've ever had. Ever.

Metal_Rich
06-17-2007, 11:18 PM
Also, for the rest of the year, people who were there (luckily not many) would ask if random things were evil. "Is this peanut evil? YES IT IS!!"
That's freaking hilarious, although I bet it'd annoy me after the nth time.

My first gig will be coming up soon, so I'll probably update this post with it.

Dutch_Apples
06-24-2007, 01:08 AM
Little encouragement for today: Never forget where you came from.

Today, I was in my hometown at this outside Tiki bar and when I was walking around I noticed a building. This building was a crab/seafood processing plant that I used to practice in with a few friends when I was around 16. One of my music friends' dad was one of the managers of this place and it was the only place we could find to practice. Imagine having to drag your equipment through a watery floor and then setting up in a room with about 100 baskets of crabs.

At the time we didn't care, we were all very excited to just be playing music and writing together. We all had our dreams and just talked for hours about music.

Just seeing the door to this place brought back a lot of memories and my first thought was how far I had come. If any band told me they were practicing in a seafood processing plant now, I would probably laugh at them and not take them seriously..but one of those band members could have been someone like me who had drive and commitment and rose above being nobody stuck in a small town.

tudiosgriego
06-30-2007, 09:52 PM
MY FIRST GIG
First of all my band had gathered up a month before the gig as it was really a conest getween bands of junior highschool and highscool. I had learned to play bass 2 days before the first practice and was a music noob. All opthers had played for quite a while but never in a band, also we had the problem we had no singer, we tried with some but none were good enough (the standards weren't very high). We asked a friend to sing with us until we found a better one he agreed and that same day we recorded the tape we had to send to be admitted in the contest.
We practiced some days and by a miracle school was suspended for three days before the contest so we used to practice all day.
D-Day we went to school did a test then escaped to do the soundcheck the returned to do a nother exam and then got out again for final practice. when we got to the stage we were very nervous as it was the firsty time any of us played in front of an audience and it was a BIG audience 500 people i think or something like that. in the first song the lead guitar unplugged accidentaly and didnt sound, we made an effort so that anybody noticed and the second song we nailed it, as they were all covers people knew the lyrics and sang along, it was great as the singer forgot the lyrics of both songs.
After that we were thrilled by it except the lead guitar as he sounded awfull but we cheered him up and acepted all.
At the end we knew we wouldnt win but we came 2nd in our category not bad for a band that got together a month before

atla18
07-01-2007, 04:55 PM
Not really a gig or anything, but the band I had just joined (I joined the band after they had been a band for like 2 days).

Lineup
Wes: drums (he setup the band. good friend of mine, but he nromally plays gutiar but hes a good drummer, too. hes played guitar since he was like..... 4 and hes 17)
Jonathan: lead gutiar (hasnt been playin very long. hes arite but he has no sense of rhythm at all. and its not like the part in the song we had I couldnt do so it was more like he was there first so he was lead)
Christian: vocals (jonathans older brother with ADHD. he owned two toms and one of the bass drums in the drum set rather than Wes, and he loved to **** around with them even though he couldnt play. got relaly annyoing cause we couldnt tune the guitars at all cause hed scream or somthin. and he is a horrible singer anyway)
me: rhythm guitar (this was like last month and I have been playin since like november. I'm decent. i acn at lesat play the songs we had, which were simple. my having played violin since i was 7 helps a lot cause i already have a sense of rhtyhm, which is what the band needed)
we had a guy, paul, who was gonna learn to play bass to be in the band.

So jonathan, uos being a band for like a week and having only one song which we werent done with decided to invite someone over (who has played gutiar AWHILE) to watch us play. so we figure we might as well have some other friends over to watch -.-
yea. nice idea, eh?

ok so me and Wes meet up before we're all supposed to play, and now i just got off from bein groudned becaues i acme home really late the last time we all jammed, because we had to help someone we found (a friend of ours i guesS) who was drunk off their ass get home
so we meet up and go to their house (we all played in their basement. lookde like a bomb shelter)

its empty.
neither the chris nor john were tjhere. so we wait a bti and in like ten minutes christian and his mother come home with groceries. so we help them bring them in and then go itno the basement. i grab the schecter (we had 3 gutiars there. jonathan used a BC Rich Warlock and I had been usin a Mockinbird but I ended up breaking a string on it and, we had no strings, i started usin the schecter, which i liked better anyway). now, we are trying to tune up and chris has this one tom that he wont stop hitting, no matter what we say. we ended up scrmaeini at him while i tried to tune my gutar.

still no jonathan. so Wes calls him.
hes with his girlfriend and sai he cuoldnt come.
we were pissed.
so chris takes the phone and walks off.

at this point we already have the people there. the kid johnathan invited never showed, but we invited this girl reena and this girl jessica and they rboght along some other people as well (this girl ashley, her bf, and my ex-girlfriend jenna, who i managed to avoid talking to since we had broken up. wayta braek my streak girls. w/e) and theyre like "we wanna hear you play" so me and Wes are ****in around writin stuff (i improved this kinda punky riff that he did drums over and it soudned pretty good) and chris comes back sayin john said "**** the band"

and so wes calls him, says "your out" and hangs up.
we leave chris an d the rest and me and Wes bring our equip (well... his equip.) back to Wes' house adn we jam. we had wnated to get rid of Chris anyway now we needed him so we could paly there.

the next day i find out that Chris is out, he lied and john never said that. but me and Wes see that there is gonna be the continuous problem with john and his gf so we started a "Side project" we call A Thousand Casualties that we're focusin on right now.

The toher band is still clinging to itself but there has yet to be a single practice since that day. Jenna, my ex, is on vocals now. Chris is doing bacup vocals. our myspace page that john threw together has like no trace of me im basically the guy playing apparently.

me and wes are focusin on A Thousand Casualties now, with me on rhythm and him on lead.
we're workin on a Beast and the Harlot cover for the next talent show 9i knew the song already, so he neds to learn the solos and such but otherwise its not difficult)

not even a gig really, but it was a disaster

SomeEvilDude
07-06-2007, 06:06 PM
Here's one from this Wednesday just gone.

A local 'Battle Of The Bands': there were 6 other bands performing, three of whom were local residents of the school it was being held at. The band - whom I drum for - played our two strongest songs, and the ones we had to play because they were on the application CD: 'Wannabe' and 'Living On A Prayer' by Spice Girls and Bon Jovi respectively.
The other bands were alright, and when we got up - the penultimate act, right after the interval - we seriously rocked the whole joint. We all had a helluva lot of fun, really enjoyed ourselves as did the crowd of about 100 or so.
My biggest ego stroke came after we got off, and a guy came up to me and shook my hand saying: 'I've seen Bon Jovi live twice, and lemme tell you, Tico Tourres got nothing on you.' Now that is awesome to be told, if I do say so myself.

In any case, when the bands who came second was announced, we were terrifed because we played so well: but hell, it all pulled through and we won! We were - and still are, really - ecstatic and shocked, but it's a wonderful feeling. We got £250 to spend between the four of us (so £62.50 each) to spend at 'Music Market', which incorporates 'Guitar Centre' and 'Drum Centre'.

All is good. :)

drbobgfx
07-15-2007, 05:53 AM
Well, my first gig wasn't bad. My school was putting on this "World Cultures Day" where they had a bunch of people that were from different countries and cultures come in and they had a bunch of crapola. Well there was a whole hour where they had "Student Performances" so my friend who's a great basest and good guitar player said that we should do something. We tried to get a band together, but to no avail. So we are just like, screw it, lets play (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth by Metallica, say Metallica's drummer is dutch, making him from a different country. Well, the other kid is not liked by the person who was putting together all the acts, but I was liked by everyone, hey, who doesn't like a cripple kid? Anyway, we practiced during band (its an easy A, it brought both of our sh-t GPAs up) and the DAY before we still weren't sure if we were playing, but I still got my drums together anyway. So we get to school, find the people in charge, get the O.K., call my mom and his mom, get our gear, fix his bass, stuffs going good. He gets his stuff and starts to warm up, than the idiot running the sound decides to move us, witch was good, cus it was closer to the people. But I'm waiting for my stuff, hes getting impatient, thats just how he is, my mom gets there on time, i get set up and warmed up witch didn't take long, and we start playing some stuff. We played For Whom The Bell Tolls while everyone was getting in, than we KILLED IT when we played. Granted, this was the FIRST time we had ever played with an actual bass (and distorted/wah bass) and MY drums (we had been using random kits we built out of the schools drums). So he goes off and smokes a joint, i stay and watch 'cus I don't smoke, and than this lady who's like maybe 5 foot comes up to me and asks me if I can play while they do their Hawaiian dancing, so I'm like sure why not. So hes off in never land somewhere while I'm still playing. I'm glad I didn't call my mom right away. But overall, my first real gig that I played songs that I liked was great, well, my first band concert in 7th grade went good too, I didn't mess up, 'cus I rule :P

bls4life8
07-15-2007, 11:11 AM
i was at the hard rock cafe for a zakk wylde free acoustic concert and i was less than a foot away from the stage if i wanted 2 i could have untied zakks boots and he came out of the kitchen and he grabs the mic and says some thing like what is up you mother ****ers then he played blood is thicker than water then stillborn and he went over to the keyboard and played in this river then he started talking and bitching about anything he wanted then this on his way to the v.i.p room i got to shake zakks hand and he gave me his beer then i this girl next 2 me had a v.i.p pass in her back pocket and it was like half stickin out and i took it and i got to hang out with zakk for a couple hours till he had to go and it was the best night ever

dylanspader
07-18-2007, 10:34 PM
well last friday we played a party. it was all set up night and there weren't any technical difficulties except for there was no bottom end because my bassist brought a ****ty amp and the vocals weren't very loud. but we cut the music and everyone was all bleh. and we began playing a lot of funk **** that none of the people there got. we got hardly any applause...it was like when are you gonna put MTV's top 20 back on and stop playing music we aren't used to. but we got through the set and the whole thing was filmed so i was happy. check out this song that we tried for the first time live: http://tomspaderphotography.com/071307PrimerGrayTheMan1c.wmv

lolmnt
07-19-2007, 12:52 AM
well last friday we played a party. it was all set up night and there weren't any technical difficulties except for there was no bottom end because my bassist brought a ****ty amp and the vocals weren't very loud. but we cut the music and everyone was all bleh. and we began playing a lot of funk **** that none of the people there got. we got hardly any applause...it was like when are you gonna put MTV's top 20 back on and stop playing music we aren't used to. but we got through the set and the whole thing was filmed so i was happy. check out this song that we tried for the first time live: http://tomspaderphotography.com/071307PrimerGrayTheMan1c.wmv

that was pretty good, the vocals werent load enough but other than that it was great.

Mikeizzle
07-23-2007, 09:38 PM
i was at the hard rock cafe for a zakk wylde free acoustic concert and i was less than a foot away from the stage if i wanted 2 i could have untied zakks boots and he came out of the kitchen and he grabs the mic and says some thing like what is up you mother ****ers then he played blood is thicker than water then stillborn and he went over to the keyboard and played in this river then he started talking and bitching about anything he wanted then this on his way to the v.i.p room i got to shake zakks hand and he gave me his beer then i this girl next 2 me had a v.i.p pass in her back pocket and it was like half stickin out and i took it and i got to hang out with zakk for a couple hours till he had to go and it was the best night ever

holy ****. sweet.

im_with_theband
08-04-2007, 06:06 AM
My first gig was yesterday for the "school band" and it ws just awsum. Though i snapped a d-string on my bullet strat just two hours before we started (gremlins eh?) and the only replacement string we could find was from an acoustic... Haha but it worked though. I enjoyed the sht out of the gig and ended up flirting wt a hot chick in the first row haha.

NorseGodofRock
08-04-2007, 09:47 PM
My first "gig" if you can even call it that, was when I brought my guitar into school for a research project. I played Little Wing, for no other reason other then that I'm a pretentious arrogant idiot. It didn't go TOO bad but holy crap pick an easier song for the first time you play to other people, through the entire song I had a back-seat-guitarist inner monologue going "Don't **** up! Here comes the Am part, don't **** up, everyone's watchin'! ...oh you ****ed up!" I even had to start over after the 3rd bar cause I forgot how to play it. :(

adambc
08-11-2007, 06:07 AM
my first gig was at a local bar. the set went pretty well. it was maybe 45 minutes to an hour long, consisting of 6 originals and the covers, Paranoid, Pinball Wizard, and best of all, Real Mutha****in' G's. the only reason we did it, is because i had learned the bassline a few weeks before and played it at a jam one day.

first time i ever played or sang infront of a crowd, we've got a packed bar, 350+ people (the bar went over capacity and the cops came afterwards and kicked everyone out) and im belting out "and its the knock out definition original baby gangsta, advancing like you hard mutha ****a ima bank ya, or shank ya, with my ****in shank if you hafta, dr dre and snoop doggy dawg are ****in actors..." etc hahaha, it was damn sweet.



oh and five or six people came up to me saying my bass solo was awesome. i asked them what song it was, and i talked to my band mates. i have no idea what they heard, but i swear i never played a solo...? definately didnt tell them that though, i just said thanks, ive been working on it for a while.

The_Paranoia
08-12-2007, 03:06 PM
I got a few stories that are kinda funny...

The last show before the one last night my band played was at a birthday party for a few girls at our school. So we get there and the party starts in about 3 hours. So were taking our time setting up. The only people there are the girls, their parents and another girl who came really early. So were setting up, and helping set up stuff for the party. Then the people start asking us to go faster with setting up. Whats the rush? We got 2 hours till the party starts. Now, we have about a...45 min set. And we planned to take a 10 min break or so.

So now with maybe 20 mins before we went on... we were told something that should of been said 3 hours ago.

(Birthday chick)"You need to play NOW."
(Us) "There 15 of us. Theres more coming we will wait"
(Her) "NO. We have a DJ playing."
(Us) "Wtf."

So they had a DJ planned to play all night. So basically we threw all our crap together and played. Our first songs were Grab The Devil By The Horns and we went into The Hell Song right after that. OK, went great. Now I guess I could say that were playing basically at a girly party. Only guys there were the band and 2 random other guys.

The whole time the girls are SCREAMING. And I mean SCREAMING. I couldn't hear anything except them. So the band leaves for a break (we didn't care if the DJ was waiting to play.) And our singer/ rhythm guitarist stays on to play an acoustic version of Surrender. Funny part is, everyone wasn't watching. Then my drummer walks in and everyone goes crazy chasing after him.

OK, next story.

We played a gig last night. We were told it was not going to be another girl party. OK we will do it. Singer and I get there first. It's a surprise party so we quickly get our stuff inside and in the basement. We have to play in this room with tiled floors. We knew it was going to sound like crap as soon as we saw that. But who cares its a gig and should be fun. Fast forward to the show 5 hours later...

Let me just tell you who's here. Would you believe, another girl party with a bunch of chavs. OK, what ever...gig is a gig. So...SURPRISE!!! Happy Birthday! Yay yay. Fun fun. OK TO THE BASEMENT. The band runs down turns on everything and we wait for everyone else to get down. We were going to start once everyone gets down. Everyone walks down and we start Breed. Everyone looks and walks into the other rooms. I didn't notice but when I looked up the crowd of 40 turned into 7. Wow...ok lame. So after Breed I look at everyone and we get the message. No one is going to watch. So were going to have some fun. We play Surrender as a band this time and just play what ever we want. No one noticed. Then we did 7 Nation Army and people knew the words so they kinda watched. After our original we decided just to end this "Show."

The War - Angels & Airwaves. I go, APE on my bass. I just smack the **it out of it. Jumping around like a mad man. Our singer just starts cussing drummer gets up and beats the set like mad. Guitarist turns on his tube screamer and plays some Chili Peppers riff. OK, were done. We get off. No one noticed. THEN of course once were done they all come over to where we are. The guitarist and I run over to them and we play some blues improv thing. The losers take over my PA and put the mic up to some Ipod player to blaze some rap crap thing.

Best part was, the parents who were up stairs LOVED us. And they got our number and want us to play more gigs at parties for them...
:confused:

si!
08-13-2007, 01:27 AM
My first gig was when I was about 6. Played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on piano, and I'm not gonna lie, I rocked the joint. After the 3rd solo, I stood up on the piano and held my lighter high, almost burning the roof of the church, it was righteous.

Ang 'n' Mal
08-14-2007, 03:29 PM
ok well 1st off my band and i r still old skool and we still use cords instaead of wireless and it was out first gig outta town (kinda) about 30 min away and i was walking behind our singing (while playing) and i trip over it and fell on my face and started bledding outta my mouth the crowd thout they were blood pellets i guess and then to cover it up i did the Angus yound mover andstarted spinnign around on the floor while playing to bad it really hard to do tht and palyat the same time so i Effed up the entire song and we had to start over

frustrat62
08-16-2007, 11:12 AM
Scary and true and I know you'll all laugh. I was in this band that was 5 people I was playing rhythm and I was pretty sure me and the lead should switch but I never said anything. The only other person that seemed to care about the music was my best friend who was playing bass. So we probably should have quit a whole lot earlier because everyone in the band wanted to do ZZ Top nothing against ZZ Top but me and the bassist prefer RHCP and RATM which everyone else liked but the guitarist didn't know anything but power chords so it was impossible to jam with him or learn most song.
Then the straw that broke the camels back. All this time we'd been planning to play at the school talent show (I was never real crazy about it in the first place) and all the suggestions we made were ignored except for the guitarist. Which wanted to play Walk by Pantera. And for the solo he said he was just gonna turn on the chorus pedal and we'd jam. Yet he doesn't know a single scale.
Here's what went down. The guitarist had this girlfriend who was all impressed about his guitar playing because he could play Smells Like Teen Spirit OOOOOOO.
And she asked him if our band could play Fall Out Boy at the talent show. (Dont remember the song think it was dance dance or whatever)
So he shows up to practice and when he suggested it me and the bassist broke out laughing and once we recovered he said he was serious. Me and the bassist left within 1 minute.
Talent Show didn't happen yet but what a joke. The band I'm in now is me the bassist and this really good drummer I had known. Lookin' for a singer tho' :(

SpiritOfRadio11
08-19-2007, 03:02 AM
Ok, our first show. I play guitar and do vocals in my band, smoke patterns. We had started back in early june. We hadnt really jammed too many times when we heard that we were going to be playing at garage-a-palooza. It was basically just a bunch of local punk bands playen a show out of a garage, but hey, it was still a show. We agreed to do the show having only two songs written, and two weeks to get ready. So within the next week we manage to write five songs and get one cover done.

So, day of the show. The bassist and I have to be late because of a school thing. So we get there and have time to listen to a few of the bands before we have to play. Not a big deal. Most of the bands we saw really were not that great, though one of the best played right before us. Finally its out turn to play so we get everything set up, and do our soundcheck. Then we started. Everything went quite well. When we did our cover of reckless abandon people even started singing along with the intro. The person who was running the show had my amp turned down kind of low for most of our set, but all in all it was a great first show.

brokenanthem
08-20-2007, 11:25 AM
This one happened quite recently. We were in the middle of our second set and apparently, without my knowledge, our bassist had loosened my cymbals up...a LOT. In the middle of Re-Align by Godsmack, during the solo, one of my crashes goes flying across the stage and everybody in the crowd went crazy. Luckily, the cymbal survived that show. :D

sword shredder
08-20-2007, 06:07 PM
When we had a gig with our first singer (Kicked out for being drunk during gigs ect).

Our next song was 'Teenage Kicks' by 'The Undertones'. This was the singers favorite band, we just went straight into it from the other song. After the intro: No singing came in. I look at him and he doesn't seem to know what song we're playing. I try yelling at him, but a very loud drummer makes that pointless. after 2 repeats of the chorus he goes 'Oh yeah, I remember now' and finally comes in with the lyrics. After two lines; SNAP! Guitar string broke (The A string). I carry on playing but it's useless because 1: I'm using a Floyd Rose (Okay, a crappy liscenced one) and 2: It's the A string, the entire riff is played on the A and D strings, and if you transpose it to the strings below, you're missing the A string! :wtf: I've got a spare guitar somewhere behind me, so I go fetch it and finish the set off with that. :)

I've got more, but I can't be bothered ATM :p:

Moose1309
08-20-2007, 11:09 PM
Well, i am the sub-drummer for my parents country band, southbound. (everyone together now, Country! Ewwwwwwwwwwww!) We played at the Hodag country festival in Rhinelander, WI. For those of you who know what that is, you know how crazy it can get. Well, we played in the beer tent between the big name acts, and it was turning out to be a long night. After seeing countless drunk dudes stick their heads under fat drunk chicks shirts, and raspberrying their boobs, it finally came time for the last song, which was Freebird, of course. So we were jamming along, about midway into the solo, when I glanced stage left, and saw this ginormous chick, who must have had twice her weight in beer, (thats like 600+lbs) trip and fall into our stack of speakers. The speakers whobbled, and started to go down. Now keep in mind that this place was packed, shoulder to should for as far as you could see with rediculously drunk people. As the speakers were in mid-tumble, all the drunk people just stared as the massive wall of sound loomed over them. You know how when it rains, turkey's will sit there, looking up at the sky with their mouths open, 'till they drown from the rain? Thats exactly what this was like. They all had that blank, lifeless, drooly, zombie look about them as the speaker and BOTH sub-whoofers came crashing down on top of them. Its okay though, their heads broke the speakers fall. I never felt more satisfied than after watching that happen. Awsome. Awsome.

Paddles
08-23-2007, 08:18 PM
Moose, that story was epic.

My first music performance was with another guitarist and a pianist, playing the Super Mario theme.

...Yeah. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

My first real "gig" (as in rock show) was as part of the now-defunct Roosters in Addition in my drummer's basement. We played to his parents' Christmas party for a running group they belonged to. Our set list was as follows:

1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple (I know, I know, but it was good)
3. An original song called Chemical Element (think in the vein of Primus except without Les Claypool; it's a funky instrumental with a lot of balls)
4. My Generation by The Who
5. Crossroads by Cream
6. Highway Star by Deep Purple

I sang and played guitar (as well as bass for a few songs where the bassist played guitar). We had no PA for our microphone, so we ran it through a really ****ty guitar amp. Of course, the bastard cuts out on us anyway halfway through Paranoid. I say **** it and keep singing at the top of my lungs. We finish the song to warm applause, the bassist and I switch instruments, and hit into Smoke on the Water after some debate over how to start it. He plays an absolutely badass solo and we finish strong, going with little delay into our original song, which goes smoothly but without a whole lot of passion, which is a shame because it's a jammy sort of instrumental. Thus concludes my stint as bassist.

We were supposed to take a break after our third song, but I felt encouraged by the crowd to keep going, so after some debate with my drummer (who was saying his tom was out of tune - stupid Westbury kits) we go into My Generation. We have some people singing along during that song, which is cool. Crossroads goes off without a hitch and we have a build-up segue at the end of the song into Highway Star. The organ solo is replaced with a mini-drum solo, and I break a string (of course!) just before the iconic guitar solo. Forced to play the solo without the all-important high E string throws off my groove, but I try to act undaunted and stumble through it. We finish to much cheers and applause, our drummer has a 10-minute solo just because we can, I drink some water and pack away our gear, and then go socialize with the audience.

It was quite a bit better than most people's first experiences, evidently. It's just a shame we weren't better equipped.

jonnyffc
08-24-2007, 09:13 AM
Okay, First gig.

I started playing guitar in July 2005 (More or less) after having an old acoustic laying around for years and years. And when I first started, I couldn't do it (obviously). Therefore I practiced about 5 minutes every couple of days on the old acoustic.

In November 2005, I started playing with a few friends, Paige (Guitar), Don (Bass) and Casey (Drums). At this time me and Don could not play our chosen instruments to any sort of standard, but as you do when your young and naive, you do it anyway. We practiced (In the loosest sense of word) once a week, playing covers of songs that pretty much veryone in the band hated, but were easy, for a few weeks when a teacher running the school play at the school that I went to asked us if we could play at the aftershow party. Unfortunately for her, she had never heard us play, so assumed we could.

This happened, about 4 weeks before the party was due to take place, so, plenty of time. We got together a list of 10 songs:


Smells Like Teens Spirirt
Behind Blue Eyes
Louie, Louie
Wild Thing
Original
Moby Dick
God Save The Queen
Good Riddance
Wonderwall
(Cant remember the other, may have been Come As You Are)


Up until about a week before the party, I was going to do all of the singing, until I realised I couldn't sing and play guitar at the same time. So, in desperation, we asked a few people if they would sing for us (none of us knew wha any of them sounded like). Eventually a girl called Jenni said she would. Luckily, she had a pretty good voice, but with about 5 days to practice ten songs, time was running out.

Gig time.

We were all nervous as hell, but after the play had finished, we started setting up on the stage, with all array of equipment. I think I had the most powerful amp, clocking in at a huge 15W. Although it was probably just as well they werent too loud...

Being new to...well...everything, we didnt bother tuning up, or soundchecking, or plugging my amp in, which delayed us for a few minutes while I paniced that my amp was broken. But finally we got playing. Well, some of us did. You see, we didnt actually set out to play those songs, we jus played whatever songs either me or Paige happened to know. So I would play a song, then just stand there while she played the next one. Jenni didnt know the words to all the songs. So we had all the words on stage with us. Not very professional.

It sounded as though we were just hitting random open strings and hoping something good came out. We go about half way though and I had the amazing idea of us doing Moby Dick so that Casey could just solo while we went and got some drinks (Plus I had "learnt" the riff about 2 days prior). I screwed that up majorly, and people seemed happy when we left the stage. So we came back and attempted to play a few more songs, including an original composition, which was really just a chord progression on the guitar, as the bassist, and drummer didnt know it and couldn't improvise and there were no vocals. It was a long 6 minutes.

During the set, I pulled my lead out twice, Knocked a mic off of the stage, pulled my other guitarists lead out mid "solo", broke my pic and had no spares my bassist pulled his lead out and I died a little inside.

Needless to say, we weren't invited back again.

Apologies for the rant.

rich_sg
09-05-2007, 04:53 PM
My first performance in front of people was last Christmas at our schools Christmas concert where I played Hallelujah (Jeff Buckely's version) I was a bit too quiet and got a bit drowned out by the girl who was singing, but it was great during the solo guitar parts.

First gig was earlier this year at a party. We were okay, my vocals were appalling during a cover of Starlight by Muse (top tip: always practice with vocals, never assume that you can do something because you can sing along/play along at home, it will fail) We played a few too proggy/quiet songs and lost most peoples interest, but the apart from that there was some good moments.

The last gig we had was at a local club and it went really well. Monitors make singing much easier.

grampastumpy
09-08-2007, 11:32 PM
Ok, I've been in jazz band this year at school. Evidently, the marching band director guy finds me to be a good bassist. He recruited me on Thursday to play bass at the football game the next day. He handed me a flip book full of tuba parts and one bass part and I went home. Practiced them, everything was cool. I went to school the next day and everything was great and all. We set up in the stadium. What I didn't realize was that in the flip book full of tuba parts, within the sheet protectors, there were like, 3 songs per sheet. Anyways, I ended up sight reading a good chunk of the music. So at halftime we went out into the field to perform. At that precise moment, my cable decides to crap out on me. This is the song that the band director wanted me to do a funky slap bass intro/solo with the drumline on. I'm up there for a few minutes fumbling around with the speaker and stuff to no avail. Afterwards we went back to the stadium and I still couldn't play. Later on, someone ran over to the band room and got me another cable and I sight read another 2 or 3 songs. So yeah. Overall it was cool, though. I'm also going to be playing with the marching band for future football games and competitions and stuff. Apparently I didn't sight read too bad either. Both music directors complimented me on it. Still though...cable... Needless to say I went to Sam Ash and bought 2 today to have a backup.

Evil_Magician
09-12-2007, 02:17 AM
Ok ,so recently i formed a "band" , actualy my dream band to say.

I go to a ghetto kind of school and all the kids in the school/class listen to rap and stuff . So the idea of searching for people to play with there was put away long ago.
Until last friday music class, when i grabbed a bass and this other guy played some drums. It was actualy very fun jammin so the teacher said we can come after school if we wanna play or just hang out .
So we said:
"Yeah , ok thats awesome"

So yesterday we got to the music room and i brought this other dude too and gave him the bass instead and i found an electric guitar for my self.

Came up with this catchy song real quick told the other guys what to play.
(the guy bass never actualy played a bass but he managed to learn the part i wrote for him)
The dude on the drums didnt either satisfy my needs completely so i sat down at the kit and just jammed abit until i found the right beat/fills.

And i gotta say , IT ROCKED

Cool thing is ,they realy enjoy my solos and songs ,so i can just shred away how much i want aslong as i keep the catchy parts.
Actualy they never heard this kind of music , so that is even cooler for me.


Yeah just wanted to brag. Do you have somekind of experiences like this too ?
Share.

stratele
09-22-2007, 11:57 AM
Well two days ago we were booked for a gig. But it got canceld the day before it. I was so pis*ed off. But the next day we got a message from a different (and quite popular) venue saying we could play that day but it was really short notice. It was the first time a venue actully asked US to play not us asking them. But our bassest couldent make it so our singer decided to play bass instead.

Overall it was a good gig, apart from the bass. Our singers bass is f*cked. The neck is arched, strings not inotated proebly. The bottom E string sounded like mush. Theirs one song with a bass intro, me and the drummer just stood (drummer sat obviously) laufing it was so funny! But he f*cked up alot.

But yeh we needed our bassest that night.

richrawr
09-23-2007, 05:50 AM
ok guys i have 1 thing to say, for your first gig, DONT PLAY A BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!

Funny.

My powerpop band (drum machine, key/synth, gat, bass and vox)

we started practicing a week before, played battle of bands and got second.

was awesome, the rest of the bands first gigs, + im a veteran gigger..

I'm 18 and they're all in 20's

chewycent
10-06-2007, 01:03 AM
I got my first kind of gig in 2 weeks. A school talent show, theres gonna be 1000+ :eek:

We're doing 'end of a heartache' by killswitch, we're all ready for it, and hopefully it goes well. We check also whats at the talent show, and were the only musical performance, everything else is random stuff like dances etc. So hopefully we should win it :peace:

Missingno476
10-07-2007, 10:54 PM
My first gig playing guitar was a school jazz band show in 8th, I'd been playing for about a year, I had practiced obsessively and such, so I was pretty confident. The horns pretty much sucked, but the rhythm section was sweet enough to carry the songs, the piano player pretty much did the melody the whole time because I was holding down the chords. It went off pretty uneventfully, I played some simple bluesy solos that people liked even though they were kind of out of context.

My first sort-of gig playing rock was at this music camp the summer after that, where we had a week to learn a set of covers of our choice, and then at the end of the week we played a show for all the kids who were there to hike and do arts and crafts. It went ok, no major problems but nothing spectacular. There was a drummer and bassist who were pretty sweet, but they were obsessed with RHCP, and I wasn't really into them at the time. There was also a guy and girl who both played rhythm guitar and sang, and this little 7 year old kid who played keyboard but nobody could hear him.

We played Californication by RHCP, Say It Ain't So by Weezer, and this ridiculous metal version of Since u Been Goen by Kelly Clarkson that I completely changed the part to.

I don't think we really screwed up anything, but it wasn't particularly exciting, either.

My first gig playing in a real band, though, was at a party this past summer. The drummer and I had been jamming together for a few months, and we had a quite a few songs down, but we hadn't found any other musicians who were decently skilled and willing to commit to starting a band with us. One of my friends asked us to play at her end-of-the-school-year party, though, so I asked this guy I knew who played bass if he wanted to do it. We only found out about the gig the day before it, so we ended up having about an hour to rehearse before we headed to the party. The bassist was really awesome though, his parents both teach music at WMU, and he's been playing since forever. His background is pretty much jazz, so i just had to show him chord changes and he came up with stuff. We didn't have a real singer or a PA, so we made instrumental arrangements of like, 4 cover songs an 2 originals that pretty much grew out of me and the drummer jamming. Our set was something like this:

Purple Haze
Smells like teen spirit
original
seven nation army
original
paranoid

We had a few moments where it looked like songs going to come crashing down, but miraculously it didn't. We played for about 10 people who sat around and clapped when we were done, but it was fun. The drummer and I started a band, tried to get the bassist into it, but he was too busy. We went back to that music camp and found another sweet guitarist, and completely kicked ass at that show, though.

Ridiculously long-winded, I know.

SlackerBabbath
10-11-2007, 06:16 AM
Band stories? Christ, I got a million of 'em.
This one springs to mind though.

About 17 years ago I was the bassist for a rhythm & blues band and we got this gig at a place called the White Rose in a little town called Mythmroyd in Yorkshire, England.
The White Rose looked like any other pub from the outside and still looked like any other pub from the inside too. So, with the usual pub gig being 'set up at 6pm, go on stage at about 9:30pm' we were set up, sounchecked and ready to rock at 7pm.
We asked the landlord what time he wanted us on and he said 'About midnite.'
'How come?' we asked, and he went on to explain that even though it looked like a pub, the White Rose was infact the town's only official nightclub and this is where everyone went after the pubs have closed for the night.
We said 'Well we might have a little problem there because we might have had a few too many to drink by then.' to which he replied 'Exellent, first round's on me!'
At this point I should mention the drummer. (it's always the drummer in these kinds of stories)
This drummer was the rarest breed of drummer. He was polite, well spoken, fairly quiet, didn't do drugs, and only drank a couple of half pints of beer on a night out... which is why he was the designated driver.
The rest of us were dope smokin' beer drinkin' party animals.
So anyway, we were given this 10ft by 8ft room with a TV in it as a dressing room so we all took our drinks and went and sat in there and watched telly and smoked some joints.
After a while, sitting in this tiny room with all this dope smoke in the air, the drummer started to act a little out of character. He got up, said 'I'm thirsty.' and went to the bar. He came back with a full pint and downed it, then he had another, then another, and another,...... eventualy he went to sleep.
At midnight, we were pretty out of it, but we woke our drummer up and went on stage. By now the place was jumping and everyone was legless, including ourselves. It was the most drunken brawl of a gig that I've ever played but dammit, it was fun because everyone else was drunk, including the landlord.
At the end of the night, we threw our gear in the back of the van, me and our roadie climbed in on top of it and went to sleep, and the rest of the guys got in the front and off we went into the night with this now apparently manic drummer driving.
The next thing I knew, we were parked up in the middle of nowhere while the guitarist was being sick at the side of the van, when I heard our roadie's voice in the dark say 'Why are the back doors open? Where's my jacket? And where's the drum kit gone?'
On hearing this, our drummer had us all back in the van, had turned around, and was driving at full speed back in the opposit direction before you could say 'Two bottles of Newcastle Brown and a whiskey chaser please!'
We found bits of kit strewn over 7 miles including his round leather cymble case with this really smart looking spiral scuff mark on it where it had gone spinning in the middle of the road. Our drummer got out of the van to pick it up when a car appeared from nowhere. Instead of jumping out of the way, he stood there with his hands out and screamed 'STOP!!!'
The car screached to a stop just in front of him, then he calmly bent down, picked his cymbles up, said 'Thankyou.' and walked back to the van.
Eventualy we recovered every bit of that drum kit and the only real damage done to it was a missing nut on the bass drum pedal.
Oh, and we found the roadie's jacket too

The next time we played there, we arrived much later than the last time and vowed not to get wasted this time, but as we were bringing in the gear to set up, this new bouncer that the landlord had hired started getting cocky with us, telling us that we shouldn't be setting up our gear there and ordering us around, until our roadie, who was only 5ft 5inch tall said 'Look pal, we have played here before you know and we can really do without your interfearing'.... or words to that effect.
The bouncer picked him up by his jacket lapells (the same one that he'd previously lost and found) and started threatening him. That's when our roadie nutted him square in the middle of his face. The guy's nose exploded, he dropped our roadie who then dropped the bouncer by kicking him in the nuts.
All this was witnessed by the landlord who had just happened to have entered the room. I thought, 'Oh well, there goes that gig' when the landlord walked up to the bouncer, who was lying on the floor, and said 'You f**king deserved that, now get out, your fired!'
After all that exitement, we could do with a drink and the landlord was very obliging and gave us free beer all night to make up for the way we'd been treated, payed us for the gig, then put us up for the night because we were all legless again and we'd decided not to risk the journey home.
After that, we played there about 4 times a year, and occasionaly we even made it home at the end of the night, but then a proper nightclub was built and everyone stopped going there. The last time we played there, no one turned up. We played to an audience of two, our roadie and the landlord. We played the entire gig because the landlord was really into our music and besides, he was paying our wages.
We stayed for the night and got drunk with him for one last time. A week later, the place was closed down.
The White Rose is no longer there, it was knocked down years ago and I believe is now a gardening supplies centre, but I really miss that place.

Slacker.
xxx

:dance:

SOCOOLITHURTS
10-16-2007, 07:28 PM
sticky for later

Missingno476
11-04-2007, 08:00 PM
~hilarious gig stories~

That's hilarious, the one with the drum kit falling out of the van and not getting damaged is just epic. XD

Jonomir
11-04-2007, 11:56 PM
im bored, so here goes storytime:

it was a dark and stormy night... well actually it wasnt really stormy, but it had rained earlier that day. i am supposed to be playing 3 songs with two other guys, another guitarist and a singer. the "gig" was really just us being schedualed to play at an open mic night at a local restaurant/bar. so we walk in and find a table to wait our turn. finally gets to us and we go on stage. now i lugged my amp all the way to this place, but it turns out that they want us to use the ones they have. ok, fine. they have the same model amp as i do so i dont mind too much. but the other guitarist insits on using his POS instead of the nice tube combo they want him too, so of course we are off to a great start.

we launch into our first song, 'wish you were here' by pink floyd, and every thing goes smoothly until the singer comes in. well, actually the problem is that he doesnt. he gets so lost that the crowd tells us to start over. they are very supportive cause they are mostly musicians and really want to see us do well. so we start over. and the singer comes in this time, but one bar late. so of course i repeat a bar so now the singer and i are together. but the other guitarist is oblivious to everything so he is off now. the singer starts to forget words and begins to mumble, so the other guitarist turns around and tells me, "lets just skip to the solo." so we skip to the solo/interlude thingy and play the song from there, and the singer manages to remember all the words this time and we finish well.

next song is 'Johnny B. Goode.' but its only the other guy playing the song because for some reason i get no part, and the singer didnt want to do the song so he didnt sing. so its two of us just standing up there trying not to look stupid while the other guy plays a song by himself and looks kinda stupid. crowd kinda enjoyed it, but with no vocals or anything it kinda sucked. and i could easily tell that by just looking at the faces of the crowd.

ok, third song. im finally playing again and we launch into 'Paranoid' by Black Sabbath. this was our best song, which obviously didnt take too much. we manage to play through the song fine and the singer never lost his place this time. which was really good cause i was already gonna kill him. the biggest problem problem: the singer was reading the words off a sheet of paper as he sang them because he hadnt finished memorizing them. the other problem was the other guitarists solo. i was the better guitarist but because it was his idea to play the show, he got the solo. too bad he sucked at it. well, we finished the song with no major mishaps and i get my self off that stage as fast as possible. people clapped for us, but that was cause we finished half decently and they were trying to be supportive.

you want to know what i still cant believe about that night? that i agreed to try again two weeks later...
but thats a story for another time. if you guys are interested i can tell it later, but now is not the time.
I love it. Classic lead singer crap, classic lesser-guitarist-botching-a-solo-that-could-have-been-done-better-by-someone-else situation.

SlackerBabbath
11-15-2007, 05:26 PM
Ever played a gig where they've promised you a cirtain amount of money to turn up and play and at the end of the night they turn around and say 'We didn't sell a lot of beer tonight, so we're only going to give you half of what we promised you.'?
This happened to a band I was in about 10 years ago.
I had just said to the guy 'C'mon, don't f**k us around, you had plenty of people buying beer. I could see them from the stage.' when his bouncer came over and said 'Is there a problem?'
The guy said 'Yeah, this guy doesn't want to accept the money I'm offering him.' to which the bouncer replied 'Well he'd better accept it or he'll be going home black and blue and skint.'
So I said 'Oh it's like that is it? Ok, my mate Albert is asleep in the van, if he can beat you in a fair fight, we'll take what we agreed on, if he can't, we'll go home with nothing.
'OK' he said 'You're on.'
So I went to fetch Albert from the van who was my Staffordshire Bull Terrier/German Shepherd cross, built like the biggest pit bull you've ever seen, about two years old, full of energy and bouncing around like a nut case on the end of his lead when I went back in the venue with him.
The bouncer took one look at him and said to the guy 'Just pay 'em, then bar 'em.'

Sean117
11-22-2007, 01:11 PM
yall do realize you can keep your cords from poppin out by putting it through the strap first. even if u step on it it wont budge.

Imafrog
11-24-2007, 12:30 AM
My first performance was like a year or 1 1/2 yrs ago for a music class test prformance. There were only about 30 people, but everyone else sucked BAD so it was cool. The guy before me played some fricken random chord prog. that only lasted for like 30 secs...he only got like 3 out of 16 LOL. Anyways, I came up, rocked out to Dani California (which had only just been released) and nailed the solo (I thought it was cool....Id only been playing for like a year on and off) and came first in the class.

My first in a band was coincidentally for a (this time bigger - 40 pple??) music test to... I was in a jazz jam band, mucking around of the tune "Blue Train" by John Coltrane... My mates who play alto and tenor sax were playing awesome, and we have a phsyco drummer so it was cool. It got a bit eventful at the end though, the bass had just finished a solo, the drums did a fill, and just as I was about to launch into my improv solo, the piano player did the melody chords, not the agreed solo ones.... I was so confused, my scale didn't sound right.... It was kinda cool in the end though, the audience just might've thought it was on purpose, cos I tried a second scale higher up on the neck, and said "thats not right man..." the pianist was like "how about this..." "nah man, wrong chords..." (trying a different scale..) "damn...." " this? *hopefully*" "were screwed..." At this point the sax player points at the other and shouts Alto solo!!!!! and he launches into an crazy improv and the piano player and me fall back into the normal chord progression...."What the hell man....your playing the right chords now!!!" "DAMN!!!"..

The audience liked it...

dissident52
11-26-2007, 10:18 AM
Ok so this past Friday, the band i'm in, played a show at this teenage hangout spot. While they regularly play concerts, some people just hangout there. But it was an out-of-state gig, but barely. We are from Omaha, Nebraska and the venue is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Not too much of a drive at all.

Well for anyone that doesn't know, Council Bluffs is basically a large trainyard. The venue is next to about 2 sets of traintracks, one the front, and one to the side. We take one way that we are sure of, the only problem is, is that a train is stuck on the tracks. We stay there for about 30 minutes hoping it'll move, it doesn't. So we turn around and start heading a second direction we know. Another train stuck on it's tracks. Same thing with a third direction. So we we're boxed in by trains stuck on tracks.

I was thinking it was something out of a horror movie, where the conductor would come out and kill us.

We get back on the interstate, take an exit, and end up at an intersection. By chance i happen to spot the venue and the singer, the drummer, and I (Rhythm guitar) show up. The singer and lead guitarist get detached from us and arrive about 30 minutes after us.


We were originally supposed to play first of the 3 bands playing. We ended up playing last. So we really couldn't complain. Plus we played great and had a great time. Played 5 originals and 2 Alice in Chains covers (overkill in my opinion). But it was fun.

Taoistic_Beer
11-27-2007, 01:24 PM
So this is a story.
Today every single class had to do something for the school birthday.
So our class was like "oh lawd the school birthday is TOMORROW?!"
Anyway, I was sick that day, so on MSN at the evening people were like "HEY, YOU! YOU HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO PLAY THE GUITAR, GET ON TO IT."

I am like what the ****, mate.

So today all the sudden all this was REAL. So I went home and got my guitar. There was a drum set so I got my buddy to play on it. And my buddy said: "Hey.... What are we gonna play?"
"**** I know, just follow my rhythm."
"Since when you have a rhythm?!"

****!!

Tuned up, plugged in and suddenly: "Dude I can't sing and play at the same time"
"**** it, nobody will care."

"BLARRRGGHBLAARGGGGHGHGHAAAAAAAAGHHGHHHGHHGHGHHG" - Guitar

Important lessons learned:
You can't give a A-Class concert in a day's notice and 0 practice.
If it's your first time singing and playing, do it on another time, NOT ON THE STAGE!

Anyway, the end result was that I just played, my buddy gave a beat, and just did a 10-minutes of horrible rock. Jimi Hendrix would be turning in his grave, because that was all I played.

Sorry, Jimi. I am so sorry for that.

Anyway, I also learned that I need much more practice. But I do have to give me the credit that I didn't chicken out even against the impossible odds. It was lovely. Wish I could've kept a steady rhythm when playing and singing. But hell, I'll get to it one day.

Imafrog
11-28-2007, 12:37 AM
Lolz, in that sitUATION I'D DO ONE OF MY "JUST IN CASE SONGS!"---i CAN PLAY AND SING WONDERWALL, and My happiness by powderfinger, and quite a few others that I purely have in case someone suddenly needs me to play, or when i'm perrforming if theres a technical prroblem i play em acoustic while its being fixe, or if the act after is late or just random times I need to or am asked to play!

sandfighter
11-28-2007, 05:49 AM
Well, about a half a year ago me and my friend Adam B. were partiipating in something called Spring Festival in his High School. We had to play some stuff, so one day before that show, we decided to go without our stuff, cause nothing was completely made for that (just parts of songs). Setlist was containing 3 tracks:

3 Doors Down - Let Me Go (I've chosen it just for chicks :P);
Coma - System (Polish band, you can find my GP tab on UG);
Staind - Fill Me Up.

We were playing on 30W combos (Behringer and Laney HardCore MAXX). The Problem was, that we couldn't find a drummer, but then some fancy little guy approaches us and says: "I'm you new drummer". F*ck yeah, go on boy! And he was f*ckin' rubbish... I better play drums than he does...

But overall our participation was welcomed very well, and even people from my early past in that school recognized me. That was fun! :)

Rykr
12-08-2007, 01:25 AM
Not a first show but a memorable one.

We packed about 90 people into my 2 car garage (elbows to a$$holes people) and had 3 bands play. Most of the people were there for the beer and to see us (being my house and all). My wife (who is smoking hot by the way) bought me a guitar and brought it home that day for an anniversary gift. Well, against my better judgement I played it . I didn't have the time to set it up and get the intonation right (we tuned do drop A and the guitar had like 46 guage E string) so it would get horribly out of tune for certain chords. By then we were all drunk and no one noticed. When the band was going to open for Anthrax, I busted out the video for old times sake. It was so damned horrible. I have destroyed it and no one else has a copy (I hope!).

Oh, I also learned that it is pretty damned cool to light a bonfire with a road flare that night!!!! Use plenty of gas, light the flare (I recommend standing at least 30-40 feet away), and just throw in the general direction of the wood. You don't even have to be close! Lovely mushroom cloud.

Gwynnell
12-16-2007, 08:47 AM
So it was last night, my first gig, my band, only together for three months and I had only been playing for a year, and we were up against some really good competition, us 14/15, them 17/18, gigging every few days, disaster waiting to happen?

We turned up for soundcheck, everything working fine, we did souncheck, sounded great, sound guys did a great job. So we go home and come back at half 6. Turns out the pa has blown and one of the bands has pulled out, so the battle of the bands is scrapped and its a gig, ****, we had practiced the **** out of 16 minutes, not 30. After Hebarley, amazing band with a really hot singer, we come on to huge screams and applause, we brought a lot of people down. We burst on with our first song Sum 41's Pain for pleasure, which went down a treat, then came the problem of filling the set so random intros and half songs were played, all of which we'd never played as a band. Then, to our horror the screams of "My Lovely Horse" Started bellowing out of the audience, the song we covered as a joke, so we made the risk and played it, despite none of us knowing how to play it, went down a treat. After we played, we thought it had gone **** but everyone seemed to love it

Good times

x

walt52196
12-16-2007, 12:56 PM
This is a pretty kewl thread Just wanna add in some good tips..

We all had good taste what it like being on the stage I have over 20 years worth
we all get our moments of chitters or better known as stage fright.

1st thing to remember when your on stage this seems to help me a great deal is Never think that your better then thou. because you will just mess things up because of the eagle trip Your up there to do 1 thing and that is to entertain people and to have fun doing it if your not having fun then crowd response as well reguardless of size.

If things went bad dont worry just chocked it up as experince and go back over the list and figure out what happen and try not to repete the same stuff. And 2nd just go back out and pretend its like a band practice.

walidb123
12-30-2007, 09:38 PM
My first gig with my recently formed band was at The Old King's Head pub in Holloway, London.

It couldn't have been more unpredictable.


So we got to the pub 3 hours early (extreme I know but we wanted to be prepared) and my bass broke the day before so we didn't know if we could even play.

We sat around and had a drink or two before (I'm the only one with ID in my band so I had to get everyone their drinks which turned me into a waiter) and watched the other bands do their soundcheck. I was becoming increasingly worried about not having amps or a bass and no backup guitar or anything. We made a deal with a band so that we would go first if we could borrow their bass and amps and so we did.

The first song went flawlessly. The crowd joined in on the chorus and it was great. The next 2 songs went well until my friend broke a string on my guitar. At this point I didn't know what to do. We switched instruments so I was now on guitar but had to use my friends guitar which is a Japanese Strat but is so battered it went out of tune every second. We had to tune up and some Punks in the crowd started booing us.

On our final song (Superman by Eminem) we got a friend to rap despite the other songs being completely different so as not to alienate people and a guy pulled my friend off stage mid-set. I've never been a violent person my whole life. I'm always against it, but this guy tried to kill my friend.

Once we had finished, instead of talking about our set we were all talking about that damn punk.

At 12pm it happened. Round the corner from the pub, my drummer took a bottle and cracked it over the punk's head.

A massive group of punks jumped on my friend with broken bottles. I dropped my guitar and jumped in punching heads from every direction, left to right.

There was 5 of us against 20 punks. I got hit in the head so many times but I fractured my knuckle I punched so many damn skulls. My drummer's face was cut up and his left eye swelled up. My guitarist/bassist got glass stuck in the top of his head. Some random guy who helped us out of 200 other people had a bloody nose. My other friend had a busted lip. My singer however, pussied out so badly he came afterwards and pretended he helped.

Somehow the fight got stopped. I felt so alive and could have gone on but it was just the adrenalin talking.



I learnt many things that day:

1. Life can sometimes be rock n' roll.
2. Get ur own damn equipment.
3. Practice ur songs at least once in the week leading to ur gig (we didn't for some reason)
4. Think hard before you watch Fight Club the night before ur gig...seriously...u might die...

SonataFanica
01-05-2008, 09:18 PM
Like a few others, I have a story from my High School Jazz band. Well, I'm still in it. Let's go back to the last day of my sophomore year. *chimes*

1st period, some wannabe metal head guy in the umpteenth Slipknot shirt he wore that week brought his Kerry King V to school. He started to play some simple riff, enter sandman or something, and I wasn't going to let it slide.

First, let's picture me. Kid who sits in the corner of the room, gets above average grades, and doesn't talk much. Wears shirts of bands no one has heard of, most likely, a Sonata Arctica t-shirt that day. Long hair to boot.

Back to first period. I say to the guy, "Can I see that?" Some people look at each other in amazement of hearing my voice. I'm used to it. He asks, "Can you play?" I nod, and he hands it over. I play a few Yngwie Malmsteen riffs, and give it back.

Fast Forward

It's the end of the day, and I get a summons from the office. I'm wondering, "What have I done wrong?" I go, and there waiting is the band teacher. He asks, "Are you the amazing guitarist?" I stare at him in a bit of shock and then say, "Well, I wouldn't say amazing..." He goes on, "You should play guitar in jazz next year, our old one is leaving." I thought for a minute, and remembered suddenly that 'flying v guy' is in band, he must have told him! I ponder it for a second and said "Sure." After all, I like to explore other genres, and would rather be a musician than a guitarist, if you know what I mean.

Skip forward to beginning of Junior year.

I show up for jazz, and see at my post a stand, and a sheet of paper with gibberish on it. Oh no, it's music, a self-taught musicians worst nightmare. I admit to the teacher I have no past experience with music and he tells me that it's fine, just to play what I think sounds good. Problem: I never even listened to jazz before, and don't know what sort of thing to play, single notes, open chords, power chords, nothing. So I follow along with open chords, itching to put on the distortion. He says it sounds ok, so We're good.

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for - the Christmas concert.

Unlike all the others there, I had no dress clothes (people in Band get a uniform-type dress outfit), so I got my grandparents to pick up dress pants and a shirt. Now, as if I didn't stand out enough, with my long hair and guitar with a Sonata Arctica sticker on it, I just barely matched everyone as well. We get called on, I plug into the amp, turn it on, and the suckery begins. My amp makes the loudest 'pop' you've ever heard, and then some major feedback. Ouch. We play "Kansas City" and "Satin Doll". I mostly follow the pianist, and have my amp turned down modestly low. At the end, he tells us to take a bow, and I look out into the applauding crowd and just stare in shock at the hundreds of people. I just sort of nod, then walk off.

It wasn't disastrous, but it would have been better if I had known what to play. A friend who was also in jazz said that we got the most compliments, and I got some too. If only they knew, huh?


Long and uninteresting, but a story nonetheless.

L30
01-05-2008, 09:47 PM
My band and I played a show on New Year's Eve.

The show took place in this really tiny A-frame room. For an ordinary-sized band, this might not have been a problem, but our band was "rollin' 7 deep." We had to fit ourselves, a drum set, and 3 giant amps in a space roughly the size of a handicapped stall. So, with everyone squeezed into the tight space, we began our soundcheck. We decided to check with our cover of Sublime's "Date Rape." Needless to say, it was pretty bitchin'! After that, we were all saying how good it sounded. Right then, the guy who was running the show came up to talk to us. he said:

"Hey guys, could you do me a big favor?"

We say:

"What?"

He says:

"Could you guys not play that song?"

We were surprised and disappointed, but we thought it was hilarious! We ended up cutting that song from our setlist for the night. We went on to play a great show.

This just goes to show you; if you don't think you can play one of your songs, then you probably can't.

SlackerBabbath
01-06-2008, 02:33 PM
I once played at a rhythm and blues club with a heavy metal act. We opened the set with Motorhead and the place emptied, so we stopped playing that and started playing Sweet Home Alabama. Everyone turned around and walked straight back in, so just for fun, as soon as they got sat down again, we stopped playing that and blasted straight into Motorhead again. They all got back up again and walked out again, so we started playing Little Red Rooster.... but they didn't come back. :(
After the next song, which was played to an empty room that was full a few minutes before hand, the club owner turned the power off and told us to leave and never come back again.

Kurapica
01-09-2008, 06:15 PM
This isn't a gig story, but it's a studio story and it still cracks me up.

We'd booked the studio for 5 hours, as that was all our funds would allow, and had cracked on sharpish. We'd got 2 tracks completely done and had about an hour left, so we decided to quickly record a cover track. We decided on The Subways - Oh Yeah. The drummer had recorded, then me (guitar), then the bassist then the vocalist. As per usual, I'd then gone in and done the second vocals, mostly on the chorus. We then thought it'd be cool to get our bassist involved in this, just to do the "OH YEAH!" chants in the chorus.

So we sent him into the room and tell him to put on the headphones. He looks vacantly round the room, points at the mic (which we've been singing into for the last 4 hours) and says "...so...do I sing into this then?".

God, I haven't laughed so much in ages.

So, if you ever make it to one of the shows, feel free to pick up a copy or our EP...

"Do I Sing into This?"

;)

TerpsRHCP
01-13-2008, 03:53 PM
I guess this would be my first gig. Me and my drummer have been tryin to get a band together for ages and yesterday we kicked out our bassist well mostly because he never owned a bass(he was gettin to it). Anyway so the drummer said we should play at his sisters birthday because it was a bunch of 7 year olds and they wouldnt be able to tell how much we suck. So we have a few songs written(pretty good but no vocals because we havn't found a singer yet) So it would be me on guitar and our drummer.
My drummer was so nervous which didn't quite make sense since they were kids 10 years younger than us but anyway the first thing he realizes is somehow is high hat broke and well he uses that alot. So while hes tryin to fix it im pretty much jammin with myself which keeps the kids attention. He doesn't fix is but were like **** it and we continue. We do two originals on electric then i do 4 songs on acoustic (one of them was scar tissue the other everlong, the other two originals) And then to close out the acoustic section i play Rivers of Babylon and i **** up the beginning by accident and yell ****. Two problems the mike is right next to me and theres parents in the back. Not a good start. So we take a break and we come back and realise the kids dont wanna hear us anymore so i put my ipod on and start singning to random RHCP songs. Strange thing is the kids love me(i have a horrible voice and i get made fun of a ton). Anyway the kids loved me and i even had to sign autographs.



Short Version: Me and my lame voice and my awesome crazy dance moves got 20, 7 year olds to adore me and i actually signed autographs. I was so happy that was the most fun moment of my life. I cant imagine what it would be like if i had tons more fans who are my age. Can't wait till we actually have a real gig.

FreakShow99
01-14-2008, 03:40 PM
Great thread, lets hear more stories

Im in a deathmetal band, and we have a cellist, he is kinda new but a fast learner.
anyway we madea a song and at one of the band practices we had just finished writing this seriously awesome part. we called it the 'evil part'. so we learn it fairly quickly and then we give it to our cellist to learn.

He says he might be offtime but he basically has it, so we start our jamming.
We play the song from the top and we get to the evil part, and the cellist just doesnt play.
we look at him and he says sorry and asks to start again. so off we go, and once again he misses his part completly.

we ask him whats wrong but he says the timing is just a bit hard (fair enough). so we just take it from the part right befor the evil part. once again he misses his que, we are getting a bit annoyed, so we play the evil part only and tell him exactly where and when to come in.

there is a bit of an awkward pause, he looks at us and says : "OOOH is THAT the evil part....o ok"

it was funny at the time, coz we had been going on about how cool this sounded (props to thando) and we all agreed, and when he said that his tone was like "o, i was expecting more"

ah i loled.
good times

Symmetry4321
01-18-2008, 04:34 AM
My band played a show in a pub somewhere in the deep suburbs of London called the Dirty South. It was an underage all dayer event (the first time they have ever held one, because we badly broke the rules lthe first time we played there and made a hell of an impact) we were due to play sort of in the evening time at about 5:15. We turn up at the start of the day, which is fair enough, although we can't actually drink so there is nothing that we can pass the time with.

Oh well, we watch some of the bands, some are much better than others, the vast majority of them are indie. Oddly enough at least one member of all the bands that are going on before (and even some of the bands that are going on after us) say that they have listened to our myspace and even seen us before and say we are one of the best bands to ever play at the venue (Babyshambles are the biggest band to ever play at the place so i think they may be right, even though it sounds really arrogant) and should have really been given the "Headliners" slot at around 8:15.

Anyway, it gets to the band before us (electro band, very good), and all the amps and sound systems start to go a bit funny, which leaves us in with a hell of alot of time to panic and not muych time to actually sort our stuff out.

But the major problem that we had was the lack of a suitable drum kit (our drummer had only just got a decent set of symbals and has just tuned his snare and crap like that). By the time the electro band had finsihed we had no symbals, snare or bass pedal, so we had top beg at least 3 bands to ask if we could use thiers. One band gave us thier stuff but lefdt us to set it up wit no idea how they actually worked. So we started 5 minutes late and the sound guy was rude to us because were having so many problems with volume and stuff like that.

The gig itself was even better than the last time we played there because we pulled a crowd at least 3 times bigger than any other band when we started and played for at least 10minutes more than we were supposed to, with a cover of thin lizzy's waiting for an alabi bringing the house down with the harmonies and the dual guitar solo.

All in all i can deduce 3 or 4 peices of advice:
1) Make sure you have a drum kit worth using
2) Make sure all the amps work at all times.
3) Be nice to all the bands you play with, they may be able to help you out later one.
4) If you support babyshambles in that pub...make sure you put on a better show than they do.

AwesomeDrummer
01-28-2008, 05:23 AM
Well my first gig with my first band, was when i was 12, and we played one song in front of the whole school, being 'T.N.T' by AC/DC as everyone should know.

Well the day we turned up to school, our guitarist had brought his equipment, our singer had his mike, and i brought my drum-sticks, so all seemed to go smooth.

Then when we went to practise in the hall (yeah i know, how awesome is it that we got out of Grade six classes for like an hour to play just one song), our guitarist realised his lead was broken.

Now our guitarist was a bit of a sook, and started sayin we coodn't do it now.
Myself and the singer, told him we'll be able to fix it by 2:30 (which was the time we were perfoming).

So we went to the Principal and luckily enough he had an extra lead.
We borrowed it and went back to practise.
When we got there, our guitarist found out his guitar was out of tune... someone had fiddled around with it while we were gone for a few minutes.

Once again our guitarist said that we couldn't do it now.

Myself and the singer disagreed again.

So we ran off to the drum teacher, who also teaches piano and she luckily tuned his guitar. The time was now 2:10.

We had 20 minutes left, when the guitarist's amp ****ed up.

Now i could have just shot him then, but i didn't.

We plugged his guitar into another speaker, which wasn't an amp and he was pissed because it wouldn't have any 'gain'.

Anyway so we played the friggin song... we were awesome and our singer even got an encore going. Oh yeah and this was at an assembily lol

cheers for reading.

briman007
02-25-2008, 12:03 PM
So my band has this tendency to put off practicing until the last minute, no matter how hard we try to adequately prepare for a gig...and our first gig went fine, next gig went amazing on virtually no practice...

Then came our third show and we should've seen it coming already. Because of availabilty problems we had to add another guitarist just for the gig and move our singer to the drums, so then lucky me, i got to sing lead. Musically it wasn't that bad, but two things really sucked about the whole show.

First off, this may sound paranoid, but we learned that if they aren't your bands sound people, don't use them. We trusted the sound people there and basically the mix consisted of drums and sometimes vocals, but mostly just drums. Figures we're a pretty guitar heavy band, so half of our songs just sounded really lousy even though we were playing them perfectly.

Secondly, we learned if you add someone new to a band or move someone to a different instrument before a gig, you HAVE to get in a good number of practices until you have that connection back. We're a fortunate band in that we have this connection that we can break into improve and just know what every one else is going to do, just like a well rehearsed song, but if you change things you lose that, and ESPECIALLY when the audio mix is lackluster you need that connection to keep you together at all times. We didn't have that anymore.

Of course, it really didn't matter in the end because we still recieved a consistent gig offer from some guys after the show. We didn't really like our performance but apparently the audience did.

master_ofmetal
02-25-2008, 07:34 PM
So I had a acoustic/classical guitar competition the summer of last year that music school was holding. First I had to go to this seperate out off to the side of the main performance room. The judge was behind this big pink blanket so that he couldnt see us and descriminate. They made us play some basic chords and us do some scales and they gave us a sight reading peice. I was worried about the sight reading peice but I totally nailed it and overal I just messed up one chord.Then it was time for the song that you chose to play. I was second to last to play because I had the second to do the side room thing. All of the peaple in front of me didnt do to well except I didnt get to see one guy because I had to go to the bathroom. Its my turn to go up there and I hand them my song and sit down carefully because they told us if we bump it against anything substract points. I sit down and and the judge gives me the nod to start I play my song well. My song was a classical fingerpicking song with some very fast part at the beginning (much than anyone else played) and a few artificial harmonics here and there. Next monday I walk in to music class (saturday was the day of the competion) and my music teacher said I placed just not were. Its next saturday and we are going up yo find out who won. I won first place and accepted the money (NO DUH) and my certificate. He said he would give me my medal in August and he still has given it to me.

Emoishboy
03-02-2008, 05:32 AM
BAND PRACTICE-

I was practicing with my first band about a year ago, and we were in the middle of playing a cover of 'Sweet Dreams' by Marylin Mansen (Yes, I know he covered the Eurythmics for that song... a cover of a cover... hell yeah.) and our drummer lost grip of his left drumstick. It flew across the room (only about fifteen feet) and hit the lead guitarist (me) in the side of the face. It hurt, but I swear, it was the funniest thing that had happened to me at a band practice...

SlackerBabbath
03-03-2008, 07:37 AM
BAND PRACTICE-

I was practicing with my first band about a year ago, and we were in the middle of playing a cover of 'Sweet Dreams' by Marylin Mansen (Yes, I know he covered the Eurythmics for that song... a cover of a cover... hell yeah.) and our drummer lost grip of his left drumstick. It flew across the room (only about fifteen feet) and hit the lead guitarist (me) in the side of the face. It hurt, but I swear, it was the funniest thing that had happened to me at a band practice...
I was once rehearsing with a band when one of the drummer's cymble stands fell over. The cymble cut right through the lead guitarist's guitar lead (and sunk a centimeter into the floor boards too) and silenced him immediately just as he was playing his solo.

We all cheered. :D

Oh, and I started wearing steel toe caps to band practice from then on.

godisasniper
03-08-2008, 01:00 PM
So...First show was last night, it was a benefit concert a friend organized...Band was just me (Guitar, Vocals) and my little brother (Drums)

Before us there were a bunch of really bad singing and dancing acts, so a lot of people left. We came on, not having soundchecked, and with me playing through my tiny amp. My brother had never played a drumset before, but he adjusted great. Setlist was:
1. The Pink Spiders - Soft Smoke
2. Ach! (a funny origional about german metal)
3. Linkin Park - Numb
4. System of A Down - Aerials
So the first song was great, I hit every note, sang great. Second was good, the crowd laughed in all the right places, and Numb was awesome, though my distortion pedal was too far away to switch off during the verse, so it was a loud version. Got the pedal in the right place for Aerials, and had to tune my second guitar because it hit on something...That guitar was supposed to be tuned drop C....but the A or G string was off, even after I tuned...so the song sounded like crap...but everyone liked the others so much, they didn't care a lot about the last song...All went well.

bob-thebuilder
03-20-2008, 06:58 PM
I was once rehearsing with a band when one of the drummer's cymble stands fell over. The cymble cut right through the lead guitarist's guitar lead (and sunk a centimeter into the floor boards too) and silenced him immediately just as he was playing his solo.

We all cheered. :D

Oh, and I started wearing steel toe caps to band practice from then on.
There's no ****ing way. Did he sharpen the edges or something?

musiclover_92
03-25-2008, 05:44 PM
There's no ****ing way. Did he sharpen the edges or something?
depends on teh cymbal, a crash couldn't but a ride ( especially a big 22") could

bob-thebuilder
03-25-2008, 07:54 PM
depends on teh cymbal, a crash couldn't but a ride ( especially a big 22") could
Oh well... yeah :o

SlackerBabbath
03-28-2008, 03:12 PM
depends on teh cymbal, a crash couldn't but a ride ( especially a big 22") could
It was a pretty big one when I come to think of it, but it was mounted high up like a crash, which is why I think it managed to chop through the guitar lead, because it fell from such a height. He had a weird set up with different sized cymbles all over the place plus ones with holes drilled in them and loose rivets in the holes and tambourines hanging from stands and attached to his high hat... but to be honest, I wouldn't have put it past him to have sharpened them either.
You know how some drummers are. ;)

Symmetry4321
03-30-2008, 07:05 AM
Another story for you lucky people from the world of our band

This one happened yesterday so its fairly fresh in the memory

We had a little gig in a school hall, our guitarist had been ill and we were unsure if he could make it or not.

We reherse the ever fashionable and famous "Sorry Your Not a Winner" by Enter Shikari and we get it down pretty alright. The gig starts at 11:30 in the morning, with the corwd walking in we see our ill, dead looking guitarst walking in, ill and all, ready to play. We had 2 songs which we haden't even rehersed for about 2 weeks, these went down a storm.

Not that intresting but it was tense and the screamo song was not a popular alround choice, and one route that we would never have otherwise undertaken.

Ah well that bombed

spiderfizz
04-01-2008, 04:41 AM
ey guys

i guess the most interesting story ive got was, once we were doing a gig, all origionals, and we were introducing a song called "free dealer". the drummer/ vocalist said something along the lines of "this song is called free dealer.......... aka alex (our guitarist)". the next day some kids dad who was in the audience called our mannager and threatened to call the cops of up because he though our guitarist had been selling his son pot. that was funny.

SlackerBabbath
04-02-2008, 01:31 PM
OK, so we were playing this gig, miles away from home, for a motorbike gang in the public bar area of their clubhouse, and we bump into this guy who says, 'Where are you guys from?' so we tell him 'Burnley.' and he says 'Wow, really, I used to live in Burnley Wood' (a area of Burnley, and hardly a tree in sight) which is where me and the drummer both live, so we told him this and he says, 'Hey, do you know Brocky?' who's a proper character who also sings for our bassist's other band Charley Sez... so once we tell him this, it turns out that he's one of Brocky's best mates, knows all the same people we know ect and we all decide to have a drink.

So anyhow, it turns out that this guy is one of those people who turn into an arsehole after two drinks, and during our gig, he's trying to pick fights with all these bikers and shouting, 'C'mon yer feckers, I'll take t'wholebluddylorraya on, you can't touch me, I'm with the band I am!'
We saw him get grabbed and physicaly carried outside, we all looked at each other and we all thought, 'Well he's gonna get found in a back allyway tomorrow'
After our set, the president of the club beckoned me over. He, along with two of the biggest guys I've ever seen, took me outside, and I thought I was going to be found in a back allyway the day after too, I was bloody terrified, but once we got outside, there was this guy, still in one piece, being held by two bikers.
The president said 'Is he with you?' and I said 'Well, not really, we just met the guy tonight but he comes from the same place as us and he knows all the same guys that we know.... so erm... whaddaya gonna do to him?'
The president said, 'Whaddaya want us to do to him?' so I said 'Erm... nothing? You could always let him go, he's just some idiot, not right in his head.' but I didn't think it'd work, these guys looked like they meant business and all the while I'm thinking 'I'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdead'. So it was quite a shock when the president said ' Fair enough!' and they let him go and an even bigger shock when he said to me, 'Come one mate, you look like you could use a drink!'
At the bar he said, 'You just saved that guys life y'know.' so I said 'Erm... did I?' and he said 'Yeah, so you better be good during your next set!'


Believe me, we played our scared little asses off! :D

gallagher2006
04-02-2008, 05:45 PM
I remember my bands first gig...

We were asked to play about 4 months before hand, and "fair enough" we thought, to support a mates FAR more experienced band.

Due to various line up changes, people not showing up etc, we left it until 1 week before hand before we even practised once xD

So we managed to get 6 songs down very well, and a further 10 were pretty shaky, but thankfully our 6 songs would fill our 30 minute slot.

About 4 hours before the doors opened, sound check finished, we were given the news that one support band before us had decided not to show up O_o Leaving us with a one hour slot, and only 6 songs that we could play effectively...

So...

We hopped the first taxi we found and took it to our local music shop, knowing in these dire circumstances, they HAD to let us use their practise room. So we practised, and practised, and practised our songs until we really had to get back.

Long story short, we ended up putting on a better show than the headlining band, and various people actually left to hang out with us at the pub round the corner xD

Twas quite the experience =]

Retro Rocker
04-04-2008, 09:05 PM
OK, so we were playing this gig, miles away from home, for a motorbike gang in the public bar area of their clubhouse, and we bump into this guy who says, 'Where are you guys from?' so we tell him 'Burnley.' and he says 'Wow, really, I used to live in Burnley Wood' (a area of Burnley, and hardly a tree in sight) which is where me and the drummer both live, so we told him this and he says, 'Hey, do you know Brocky?' who's a proper character who also sings for our bassist's other band Charley Sez... so once we tell him this, it turns out that he's one of Brocky's best mates, knows all the same people we know ect and we all decide to have a drink.

So anyhow, it turns out that this guy is one of those people who turn into an arsehole after two drinks, and during our gig, he's trying to pick fights with all these bikers and shouting, 'C'mon yer feckers, I'll take t'wholebluddylorraya on, you can't touch me, I'm with the band I am!'
We saw him get grabbed and physicaly carried outside, we all looked at each other and we all thought, 'Well he's gonna get found in a back allyway tomorrow'
After our set, the president of the club beckoned me over. He, along with two of the biggest guys I've ever seen, took me outside, and I thought I was going to be found in a back allyway the day after too, I was bloody terrified, but once we got outside, there was this guy, still in one piece, being held by two bikers.
The president said 'Is he with you?' and I said 'Well, not really, we just met the guy tonight but he comes from the same place as us and he knows all the same guys that we know.... so erm... whaddaya gonna do to him?'
The president said, 'Whaddaya want us to do to him?' so I said 'Erm... nothing? You could always let him go, he's just some idiot, not right in his head.' but I didn't think it'd work, these guys looked like they meant business and all the while I'm thinking 'I'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdeadI'mdead'. So it was quite a shock when the president said ' Fair enough!' and they let him go and an even bigger shock when he said to me, 'Come one mate, you look like you could use a drink!'
At the bar he said, 'You just saved that guys life y'know.' so I said 'Erm... did I?' and he said 'Yeah, so you better be good during your next set!'


Believe me, we played our scared little asses off! :D
Do you ever stop being awesome?

SlackerBabbath
04-06-2008, 07:58 AM
Do you ever stop being awesome?
Heh, it's the way I tell 'em. ;)

OK, Biker Bust Up pt 2.
Again, miles and miles from home, playing at a biker's club.
This was in a seaside town (I can't tell you which.... or I'm dead! :eek: ) and the guys who owned this club had also recently purchased a bed&breakfast and had done it up, ready for the holiday season, the idea being that it would specialise in catering for bikers.
We got paid for the gig and they said, 'If you want to stay for the night, we've got this b&b that's not quite open yet, but you can stay there if you want, free of charge.'
So we thought 'why not?'
After the gig, we went around a few late night bars, spent all the money we'd just earned and got totaly sh!t faced, then turned up back at the biker b&b wobbling all over the place and giggling like school girls.
They were really nice guys with us, made us all a coffee and left us to it, so we all sat down in the lounge and had a brew and a smoke before we went to bed, unfortunately, the bassist (Boozy Gutfull) kept falling asleep on the settee so we left him there.
The next morning, some guy was shouting his head off, we all got up and went downstairs, apart from the bassist, who we hadn't seen, and found out that someone had made a huge cigarette burn in this brand new, white leather, settee.
Our drummer said quietly to the rest of us 'Right, well I suppose we'd better find Boozy then!'
So we all set off looking around this pretty big b&b that had little winding corridors all over the place. Eventualy, me an our guitarist heard this 'THUMP! WAKE UP YOU DICK'EAD.'
Our drummer (Psycho) had just found him.
He was unconcious, laying in the doorway of a locked room that was nowhere near his own room (apparently, in his drunken stupor the night before, he'd gone looking for his room, gave up to it after a while and slept where he dropped after falling over) and our drummer had just kicked him to wake him up.
He stirred slightly, then said, 'Hey, you don't have to kick me y'know.' to which the drummer replied 'Y'what? You're just lucky I couldn't get a good run up ya bastard.' and kicked him again.
So, after slapping him a bit and telling him the situation, and that it was him that had done it, we took him downstairs wondering what the hell was going to happen next and how we could sort out the situation without any violence, but we had decided to just say 'Hey, we were all sat there at some point or another so it could have been any of us.' so that they couldn't just pick on one of us.
We're a band, if we face death, we face it together.
As it happened, these guys had decided that we were staying right where we were until they had recieved £300 for the damage, we were actualy all kept prisoner while our guitarist was 'accompanied' to the cash machine, where luckily, he could access the band's funds, which luckily, had just enough money in it to cover the bill.

Join a band, it's a great big adventure. :D

lolmnt
04-06-2008, 02:36 PM
^You should write a book.

Retro Rocker
04-06-2008, 02:52 PM
^You should write a book.
I'd buy it.

TerpsRHCP
04-06-2008, 05:04 PM
My drummer owns a small little studio and thought hey lets have a concert. We get a band who was only together for a couple months, another band, and us. The day of the concert arrives and we are extremely unprepared(the drummer thought we'd have all of our songs done and a full setlist, turns out all we have to play is What I Got) So after one band dropped out it was us and another band. The first band went on and holy **** they were amazing, i couldn't believe it. I ran over to the drummer and said there was no way i was going to play after these guys we were going to look like a bunch of dumbasses. Anyway we have to play cause people were still there. Since we didn't have a singer at this point we borrowed the other bands one. As we are setting up the bassist from the other band comes over.

Me: "Wow you guys were great."
Him: "Yea i know good luck trying to follow that."
I was about to punch this kid in the face what an asshole anyway, we set up and check to make sure everythings working. We go into a little intro jam that was really good and people enjoyed it. We then did a half assed cover of Knockin on Heavens door. We then get done What i Got and Hotel Yorba. At this point were thinking holy **** we are pulling this thing off, and then all of a sudden in the middle or a jam the singer/bassist looks over at me unplugs making a horrible noise and simply walks off the stage and over to his girlfriend.

ARE YOU ****ING KIDDING ME WHAT AN ASSHOLE. Worst experience of my life my drummer is so embaressed he wants to sell his drumset and im just pissed of cause of it.

Retro Rocker
04-06-2008, 05:07 PM
ARE YOU ****ING KIDDING ME WHAT AN ASSHOLE. Worst experience of my life my drummer is so embaressed he wants to sell his drumset and im just pissed of cause of it.
Not to be an ass, but don't put yourself up for a gig if you can't deliver.

And that guy from the other band was probably jsut trying to psyche you out.

SlackerBabbath
04-07-2008, 03:16 AM
^You should write a book.
Y'know, in all seriousness, you're not the first person to mention that and I am thinking about it. ;)

SomeEvilDude
04-07-2008, 04:29 AM
Well - and I can finally say this truthfully - due to popular demand, the band I'm in 'The Magic Pimp Bus' had to pull out of playing gig last night, and so as not to let the venue down I offered to play a solo set. I'm a regular busker anyways, so I've got about two and half hours worth of original and solo material, so no biggie to fill 45 minutes.

Either way, I turned up with no idea what I was going to play, but plugged my guitar, set my harmonica up, tuned and just played the first song that came into my head. Following that formula for the entire set seemed to work surprisingly well, actually. :p:

Nothing particularly interesting happened, I played, got a decent amount of applause for each song, and that was that. Set was:

All Along The Watchtower (Dylan)
Hey Joe (Hendrix)- some guy started dancing around for this one, was pretty funny to see
The River (Springsteen) - another came up afterwards and thanked me for playing that as it's one of his favourite songs
Spanish Eyes (original, instrumental)
Reason To Believe (Springsteen)
Blowin' In The Wind (Dylan) - whole bunch of people belting out the first verse along with me for this one
Johnny 99 (Springsteen) - same guy as before started dancing and clapping to this one, guess it shows people don't pay much attention to lyrical themes
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) - got applauded just as I was playing the intro, and come round to the last verse most of the people belted it out with me

All in all, not a bad gig, but I didn't really have my heart in it: I didn't particularly care as I was only filling in because the band couldn't play.

Retro Rocker
04-07-2008, 07:13 AM
Why did your band have to pull out?

SlackerBabbath
04-07-2008, 07:14 AM
Well - and I can finally say this truthfully - due to popular demand, the band I'm in 'The Magic Pimp Bus' had to pull out of playing gig last night,
Huh? You had to pull out of a gig due to popular demand? People demanded that you pulled out of playing the gig?
Oh man, that's harsh. :(

SomeEvilDude
04-07-2008, 11:36 AM
Huh? You had to pull out of a gig due to popular demand? People demanded that you pulled out of playing the gig?
Oh man, that's harsh. :(

Haha, no, not that like. Though we're well versed in that anywhere we play we will NOT be allowed back. :p:

Nah, it's a few people really, really wanted to come see us, but they couldn't come yesterday, so we figured we'd give it a miss.
And before anyway gets on their high horse about passing up gigs, we're not a serious band at all.

Retro Rocker
04-07-2008, 11:42 AM
Haha, no, not that like. Though we're well versed in that anywhere we play we will NOT be allowed back. :p:

Nah, it's a few people really, really wanted to come see us, but they couldn't come yesterday, so we figured we'd give it a miss.
And before anyway gets on their high horse about passing up gigs, we're not a serious band at all.
Even if you're not a serious band, you pull out at the last minute just because a few people couldn't come? That's still bad.

lolmnt
04-07-2008, 11:59 AM
Y'know, in all seriousness, you're not the first person to mention that and I am thinking about it. ;)I would buy it. I love hearing old rock and roll stories.

SlackerBabbath
04-08-2008, 06:25 AM
I would buy it. I love hearing old rock and roll stories.
Well with you and Retro Rocker, that's two, now if I can just get another few thousand confirmed sales, I'll make a start on it. ;)

SomeEvilDude
04-08-2008, 12:22 PM
Even if you're not a serious band, you pull out at the last minute just because a few people couldn't come? That's still bad.

No, trust me.

This is not so much a band as it is a vehicle for me and couple of other guys' somewhat unique and mildly retarded sense of humour. Seriously, trust me on this. It's not worth us playing a gig where nobody we know will be there, because we will be killed.

:p:

Retro Rocker
04-08-2008, 04:27 PM
No, trust me.

This is not so much a band as it is a vehicle for me and couple of other guys' somewhat unique and mildly retarded sense of humour. Seriously, trust me on this. It's not worth us playing a gig where nobody we know will be there, because we will be killed.

:p:
Gah, fair enough then :peace:
you trecherous cur!

lolmnt
04-08-2008, 07:34 PM
Well with you and Retro Rocker, that's two, now if I can just get another few thousand confirmed sales, I'll make a start on it. ;)I'll work on it.

Dream Pin
04-12-2008, 02:34 PM
Had a gig last night at this local venue.
We're a Metal band and we ended up on the bill with these 2 screamo bands (not this modern chuggachug cue whiny high singing stuff, the old stuff that sounds more like grindcore.)
We'd heard stuff by both bands, thought we might aswell go for it.

So we get there about 6:30 for soundcheck, and had to wait, because one band hadn't turned up yet, and they were bringing a bass cab.
So they arrived (after 8pm, which was the time the doors opened,) put their bass cab up and that was that. One of the bands soundchecked, then those 2 bands and pretty much everyone who had turned up left the venue and gone up to whetherspoons.

We soundchecked, and carried on waiting.

By 9pm we thought they weren't coming back, and agreed if they weren't back by 9:15, then we'd say "**** it" and pull out.
So the bands and people return at 9:07 (much to my dismay, we'd all had enough by then and just wanted to pack it in) and we immediately went on stage.
Played a tight set, which was wasn't recieved to well due to everyone being there to see the screamo bands. We usually get a really good reception, people rocking out and going crazy, plenty of cheering and clapping at the end of songs.
After our 3rd song, we we're all getting a bit disheartened, but we carried on.

After our set, the first of the two screamo bands (Crocus) went on, and after 2 or 3 short songs, they'd broken two mics, which resulted in one of the guys from this local band who does the sound at the venue running over and starting a fight with their vocalist on stage, mid-song.
All out chaos ensued and there was a 10 minute stretch with no music, our manager+venue owner went over to try and stop the fight and we're all pretty amazed that he didn't nut Crocus' vocalist one aswell.
But yeah, they begrudgingly handed over another mic, and for the rest of their set, their vocalist was taking verbal potshots at us and Obsydian Tears (the band which does the sound at the venue) in between songs.
Usually, I can hold my tongue when it comes to arrogant people, but I ended up yelling stuff back.
Their guitarist and bassist seemed alright, who went over and gave our guitarist and bassist respectively a pat on the back at the end of our set and said well played.
I went over and gave their guitarist a pat on the back at the end of their set and said all the usual stuff "nice one mate" etc. But it was more out of respect for him not being an arrogant piece of **** like their vocalist is.

After their set we started packing up our stuff and I apolagised to the other band's vocalist (Once In A House On Fire) for delaying them from getting on stage, and he goes "nah man, it's cool, no worries. take your time, we can wait."
Our first impressions of them were fine, because the guy was simply polite, rather than being a dick for no reason.

Either way, Crocus have gone on our blacklist of bands we're never gigging with again.
They've been barred from playing The Edge (the venue we played last night) ever again to boot.

They're playing a BIG metal night at another local venue next month, with a MULTITUDE of other bands, all (except one) of whom are good bands, and good people who're all respectful and friendly, and so recieve respect and friendliness back. I can't wait to see what happens when their vocalist starts talking bull**** to the other bands there.
It's not like there's only one band there that are gonna argue back, more like 10 bands, made up off well built guys who you just wouldn't wanna get on the wrong side of.

Edwardthegreat5
04-13-2008, 08:05 PM
My first gig was actually just a few weeks back, and I loved every minute of it. only a few problems that were beyond my control, such as the fact that the guy in charge of the PA was a dick and didn't wanna fix the EQ for our singer, so he was barely audible. And the guy in charge cut our set down to 3 songs, for reasons unknown, even though the show ended like 30 minutes early, he could've easily at least given us two more songs.

Other than that, it went great, we actually have videos, take a look and tell me what you think.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=31741271
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=31847358

I'm the one with the White Schecter and Maiden shirt.

ABSRHCP
04-15-2008, 08:15 AM
Had my first decent gig the other day. It was a battle of the bands. We came second. Because it was a battle of the bands we had to have 2 originals. So our setlist was.

Illusion (instrumental) (original)
Youre Not Alone - Saosin ( i know gay song)
Its A Better Life (original)
living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi.

All in all it was a good night and we performed well, i think.

heres some link to a couple of vids from it.
http://www.bebo.com/FlashBox.jsp?FlashBoxId=6379693650&
http://www.bebo.com/FlashBox.jsp?FlashBoxId=6379634922&

eckmann88
04-15-2008, 10:21 PM
The typical first band story, I just uncovered this the other day........







Well this was probably... 7th grade?

I really wanted to start a band, since I had just learned chords. So I found this girl Sadia, who played claronet.

"You play claronet, right?"
"Yeah."
"Wanna be in a band?"
"...Sure..."

So there you go, a band. We spent weeks trying to come up with a name, and eventually settled on "In Love and Hate". So there you go.

In gym class, we asked our friend Danny who played drums in the school band if he wanted to be in a band.

"You play drums, right?"
"Yeah."
"Wanna be in a band?"
"...Sure..."

So we were a trio. The next day, we came across two other friends of mine, Sage and Sutton. Apparently, Sage had found a bass in his basement, and the two of them were starting a band. I caught them arguing over a name, or at least ending an argument.

"So, it's agreed?"
"Well alright. I liked *insert even worse band name that I can't remember here*, but I guess that's okay."
"What, you guys are in a band now?"
"Yeah, I found a bass in my basement, and Sutton plays saxophone."
"Wanna just be in mine?"
"You have a band?"
"Yeah. You want in?"
They thought about it.
"On one condition."
"What?"
"We get to be called the Death Spoons."
"The Death Spoons?"
"Yes the Death Spoons!"
"I like me and Sadia's name better."
"Well what is it?"
"In Love and Hate."
"I don't know, man. I think we should be the Death Spoons."
"No, we're not."
"Well okay..."

So we were a quintet. So what's better to have now then... a band practice? We scheduled a practice, and my friend Jeff just randomly showed up to my house. All the other guys (except Sadia) came there afterwards. Danny drummed on a sled. We all tuned to a saxophone that was out of tune, and so began In Love and Hate! Jeff just penned down some random lyrics, and I messed around with the strumming pattern to Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), and we had a song! We all called Sadia, and had a group "hooh-ah!" to celebrate. I later asked Jeff to join.

"Dude, you write good lyrics."
"Thanks."
"You play anything?"
"Drums, a little."
"You're in."
"I thought Danny was your drummer?"
"Well we can have two. You guys can share a set."
"Sounds cool to me!"

And there it was. Eventually, Sutton got even less an idea as to what he was doing, and since I wrote a song on keyboard, he was our keyboard player now. He tried writing a hardcore punk song. The lyrics went something like this:

"Blame the media, cause it's all their ****ing fault!/Blame the media, cause it's all their ****ing fault!/Blame the media, cause it's all their ****ing fault!/It's all their ****ing fault!/Blame the media!"

Keep in mind, we were all like twelve. My mom found the lyrics later that week. So ended our hardcore punk phase.

Well, I came up with some cool chord progressions. I stole a few chord progressions. This continued far like a year. You know how you would expect a band to become more musically talented. Well, I did. They, well, didn't. I ended up writing a song with three-part harmony, three guitars, and about four different parts. (About half of it was ripped-off from various songs, though.) So I set up a solo myspace, and that brings me to where I am today.

The rest of the guys still haven't gotten much better, except for Jeff. When I got a bass a few months ago, within a few hours I was better than Sage...

brainwasher
04-18-2008, 08:57 AM
three weeks ago,my band had its first gig.we played at our school and got to use a real P.A.Our gear was Roland electric drums(the school insists),Yamaha bass through Ampeg Rocketbass,Sqiuer LP through a Marshall 50W and me, on an Epi SG through Fender Princeton 125W.We have been together five months and got 20 minutes,so we decided to keep it short;

-Lake of fire (nirvana/meat puppets cover)
-Cant let you go (our own heavy blues)
-Sunshine of your love(Cream cover)

All songs went great.we got a little confused in our own song,but no-one noticed. The audience cheered.Afterwards,the principal,who had manadged the P.A,called the sound "advanced and progressive" and said that he hadnt heard this style of music live in a long time.But we take his words seriously,because he is not a very common principal(he can chicken-pick the guitar with eight fingers!!! Can your principal do that? :D)

We got positive response,and will probably keep rocking.Thank you

acro_brat
04-19-2008, 11:49 PM
Me, the drummer, and the singer had a gig at my house. I play guitar.

It was beautiful all day and right before we started playing it started raining. We put up a gazeebo so our friends and family didn't get wet. We played out of a garage.

It started out well but on our third song my crappy squier strat came out of tune. I tried to tune it right in the middle of the song. Bad choice. It became even more out of tune. The drummer stopped so I stopped. The singer kept going. Eventually he stopped and I tuned my guitar. We picked up right were me and the drummer stopped. It went well the rest of the show. We got a few cheers but it was from our moms.

Vandals572
04-26-2008, 10:37 AM
All right so my first 'gig' was last night. My friends organized a show at his house (called basement show but it turned out to be in his garage). Anyway my band was also playing. Most of the people there were into death and thrash metal (so am I but I'm in a hardcore band) so I thought they were going to just stand there the entire time.

So we went on did a quick 25 second sound check. At this point I was sweating balls, and we started.

They went fucking crazy! I was instantly pumped and started getting real into. I never thought playing a show would be so fun. :D

Oh yeah we screwed up reeeeally bad on one song. After a breakdown everyone stops and the drummer does this cool fill. So everyone stops and the drummer keeps going with the beat. We just fake it and make the breakdown go few seconds longer and I stare at the drummer and he does the fill.
Luckily no one there listens to that music so they didn't notice. :peace:

t3h guitar n00b
04-27-2008, 04:35 AM
My band formed about 11 months ago, and we still havn't had ANY gigs. We have 2 battle of the bands coming up, but it just seems there is not a single place for us to gig. It really sucks.

Hoodoo Child
05-11-2008, 10:20 AM
Well with you and Retro Rocker, that's two, now if I can just get another few thousand confirmed sales, I'll make a start on it. ;)

id buy it :p:

pinktuxdude
05-11-2008, 11:28 PM
well. lemme see. story.

Well as for interesting stories. I have a few short ones.

One time we were playing at a lockin with our good friends Caught in the Headlights.

We played a resonably good set (considering it was a lockin at our school.) then CITH went on.

during the middle of the show. they asked me to help them sing one of their songs.

although i did know the song, it was interesting. the singer. isnt exactely great at singing the song. (hes much better now but at the time.... meh.) anyway. It was extremely hard to not sing. he kinda attempted to sing, but it was more talking. and me, being in a pop punk/ pash band, couldnt sing very well with him (since i usually sing). so. when it became to hard to do it with him.

I just jumped in the moshpit.

lemme see. another one.

so see. we practice at my drummers house. and he has an orchard there. so. after practice. its customary to mess around for the rest of the day. so we were eating fruit from the orchard. and i spied a peach in a tree. it was the only one left. so i proceeded to shke the peach tree. the peach fell on my head. the juices got in my hair. they hardened. so i proceeded to use the peach juice as hairgell for a mowhawk.

I have more show storys. but ill save them for later.

SlackerBabbath
05-12-2008, 07:24 AM
Slack Babbath run a mini-fest every year called Quazfest, and we usualy have another tribute band on with us.
A few years ago we did one with Ironicaly Maiden and Motorheadache. Our roadie was on the door collecting ticket money off punters and he'd been told to watch out for any of the bands turning up and to tell me when they did.
Our bassist was stood next to him when Rob from Motorheadache turned up. He's a good mate of ours and he'd decided he was going to make an entrance to make us proud of.
He had the full Lemmy wardrobe on, the cowboy hat, the bullet belt, the shades, the leather jacket and Rob naturaly looks just like Lemmy anyway,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/music/rawtalent/bands/images/motoheadache.jpg

so it looked exactly like Lemmy had just walked through the door, people were actualy saying 'Jesus! That's Lemmy!' and rushing up to him to get his autograph, even though they knew there was a Motorhead tribute band on the bill, but apparently this dozy roadie said to him, 'So.... are you with Ironicaly Maiden then?'
:rolleyes:

estranged23
05-12-2008, 08:49 AM
first gig i did was at school me and a few random yet fair amazing musicians practiced suck my kiss and a song of our own and played them in front of the whole school this was whilst being off our tits from whizz which was fair euphoric i went crazy as i was a big anthony kiedis fan and the whole school loved it yet they came up to me after askin me will i get done for singin suck my dick but we all know they aint the words no one relaised i sed most mother****ers which is fair funny too and when my friends band was playin me and the bassist ran across the stage and did these kinda army rolls which was fair funny as we were pure steamin at this point we also had our pics put in the paper with our pupils bigger than black holes after the gig my girlfriend at the time had to put up with me chattin **** for a good 5 hours amongst other things which jus topped the experience off and now im 18 and in a band full time doin what i love and iv always wanted to perform on stage and im jus glad some people like what we do i have many funny stories but i dont wana swamp this thread ha

Wiirdo
05-30-2008, 10:49 AM
So it was last night, my first gig, my band, only together for three months and I had only been playing for a year, and we were up against some really good competition, us 14/15, them 17/18, gigging every few days, disaster waiting to happen?

We turned up for soundcheck, everything working fine, we did souncheck, sounded great, sound guys did a great job. So we go home and come back at half 6. Turns out the pa has blown and one of the bands has pulled out, so the battle of the bands is scrapped and its a gig, ****, we had practiced the **** out of 16 minutes, not 30. After Hebarley, amazing band with a really hot singer, we come on to huge screams and applause, we brought a lot of people down. We burst on with our first song Sum 41's Pain for pleasure, which went down a treat, then came the problem of filling the set so random intros and half songs were played, all of which we'd never played as a band. Then, to our horror the screams of "My Lovely Horse" Started bellowing out of the audience, the song we covered as a joke, so we made the risk and played it, despite none of us knowing how to play it, went down a treat. After we played, we thought it had gone **** but everyone seemed to love it

Good times

x

My Lovely Horse? Cool! Father Ted rules.

Anyway, my first gig was only a week ago.

We had a rehearsal the week before, and it was TERRIBLE. There were only 2 amps, so I couldn't play my guitar. We don't have a singer, so we just got the other guitarist to do one and me to do the other. We first practiced Back In Black, which went well. I played and the other guitarist didn't, but he sung.Next up, we were doing One. Yes, One. Not smart. I had to sing, but I couldn't play. Anyway, he starts the intro and literally ****s up 10 times, really noticeably and out of time. Misses loads of cues etc. Now, when I entered with the singing, I was thinking "They better be able to follow the rhythm". They weren't. It went terrible and they missed the 2nd solo altogether. We had to stop in the middle. We were then told only to play Back In Black or learn a new song. we only had 4 days, so we were ****ed.

Roll on gig day. We had the soundcheck, but all the bands only played one song for the soundcheck. Anyway, we were second, which was fine. We waited for people to come, and come they did. I was strangely not nervous at all. I knew they had 3 amps, so I could play. Anyway, when it starts, like 2 seconds before, they go "Okay, you're on first." Then I started ****ting bricks. Opening the show? Anyway, we got on stage, applause. Back In Black then. We played it, and it went great. I even improvised the solo. We were scheduled to go off then, but I started playing the intro riff for One, and they followed. And I was pleasantly surprised. We pulled it off. I sang it, and instead I changed one of the lyrics and I went "****!" really aggressively and all the teachers just stared at me(Oh yeah, this was in front of all my school). Anyway, we got a lot of applause and went off. Then after all the acts went on, my guitarist went up again and started played Under The Bridge, then everybody involved walked out from backstage(About 25 of us) and sung a long to it. I loved every minute of it. One of the best experiences of my life.

PS: I've read all the stories so far, and I've really enjoyed them, so keep going, guys.

JBEADAM
05-30-2008, 11:17 PM
So, our school had this American Idol-esque thing called Math Idol. I did an original song, but the drummer dropped out. I was cool with it, but it would have sounded a lot better if we had some drums on it...oh well.:rolleyes: Anyways, this was my first time ever to play in front of anyone. I decide to really blow some people's minds, so I crank up my amp to about half power. I launch into my song, get all the words right and nail the solo. I turn off my amp and it turns out nobody could hear me sing. Acouple of people go (I easlily owned thier faces...) then, I get a chance to re-do it with less amp. nobody could hear my voice, again. As an outro, me and a friend had a tapping duel with uber distorition. it was sex. :liplick:

Jonny92
06-02-2008, 02:25 PM
my first two gigs...

well i was filling in bass for my friends classic rock band 'sweet lady'
i learnt all there songs fairly quickly and easily
and borrowed my friends bass (i do not own one as i do not normally play bass, i normally play guitar)
i wasnt as good as their normal bass player but apparently some of the audience thought i was better

well
the gig went very well
it was a competition
unfortunatly we were disqualified as i wasnt the original bass player and if i was, we would've won and received £500 and a drum kit
lol

so that kinda sucked
but it was a fun gig :D


the second one i did
was again filling in bass with the same band
this time it was much different...
the day before we had a practice
the guitarists input broke
we had to drive to my house and pick up my guitar
the singer was really really really late
and it didnt go at all well

most of the time was me and the drummer jamming through iron maiden songs lol

the guitarist managed to get his guitar fixed for the gig
which was good
BUT
i wasnt given transport and i didnt know where i was going
i found it
some random park
and then the singer came up to me and said
'oh yerr... you need to learn this' *hands me some looong song*

well as you can guess... with that... and two instrumentals that the singer had no idea we were doing
the gig went very badly


oh well...
i am starting my own band atm and our first gig should be better
and ill be playing my first instrument
guitar :D

Punk_Ninja
06-06-2008, 03:30 PM
I have to say, I had the BEST first gig ever!

Played with a Rory Gallagher tribute band at the Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival, it was Double Vision from Belfast I played with, I had another guy who was at the festival I met playing too, the guy who fronts the band is very kind.
So I was set to play laundromat and Shadow play, he was set for Bad penny and Tattoo'd Lady and the rest of the band played their average 3 hour ish show (great band).

So we ask the frontman what we'll need, I suggest using my amp, 15 watts valve, he says we may need something bigger, so we hunt all round the small town to find Joe, another guy who played the festival, also a great guitarist, to borrow his amp for the show, we trail through crowds and crowds, eventually find him, he says "Yeah sure, the amp'll be there".
20 minutes before go time the amp isn't there. The guitar and everything is sorted perfectly, but the amp isn't there!
The band soundchecks, the bassist restrings, the guitarist sorts his mandolin out and eventually, the amp comes, at the last minute!

Anywho, we were both nervous, he gets called up first and does an amazing show!
After this I feel very worried about messing up, anyway eventually I'm called up and he opens with "We have another young guitarist, it's his first time, and he's attempting laundromat" not boosting my nerves :p: Anyway I play it okay like, but feel like I did terribly.
Eventually the other guy does his second song, and right after I do mine, I think "awesome" cos shadow play is just a really energetic 5-6 chord song with a solo.
So we get playing, it goes well, and about halfway through I think back to the Rory gallagher in montreux DVD, on the same song, he duckwalks off the stage into the crowd, I just had to try, so I'm in the crowd with people dancing around me and I'm thinking "This is awesome" til my cable nearly pulls out, i went slightly quiet, til I get back on stage for my solo.
Feeling ever more cocky I pull some of it off over my head, all the time making over the top guitar faces >_<.

Anyway afterwards we're treated like famous rockers and go on to do the following two nights, was great.