#1
In advance, excuse my incoherence - I'm tired and pissed.

I just got back from this event at my high school where my band played. It's a male pageant kind of thing, where the participants have to do like a talent act (eg skit, musical performance, etc) and do a formal wear competition kind of thing with their female escorts... it's not at all as gay as the term 'male pageant' would imply since it's basically an opportunity for comic relief and bands to play. It's entertaining.

Either way my band was drafted yesterday to play at this thing on super short notice, so we said we would. I arrived about 75 minutes before the event started and we were set up like 40 minutes before the whole show was supposed to commence, under the assumption that we'd get some time to run through everything then shove our gear to the side of the stage.

As soon as everybody gets set up and our bass player arrives, we're told we need to vacate because they started letting people in early. We didn't even get to do a soundcheck. We're scheduled to play while the judges deliberate upon the winner of the event, near the end, so we have plenty of time to run though in the band room, which we do. We nail it in rehearsal and we're pretty much set.

We loaned one of our amps to another band to use since they're good guys and kind of got screwed by the school when they found out they couldn't PA their keyboard. Unfortunately the stage hands had the bright idea of helping them out, and they took it upon themselves to further move my stuff and unplug power to all my gear and use my power strip. As soon as intermission comes, I run up on stage, seize control back of my power strip, and plug everything back in.

Once we actually do have to go on, they rush us out onto the stage and tell us to start playing. In the process of our amp getting borrowed and returned, somebody (presumably accidentally) absconded with one of my cables, so we borrow a random one we found lying around for my singer's guitar. On top of this, somebody trapped all of my cables in a big tangly mess under my amplifier so I can't move my pedalboard out to the stage without some serious work, rendering me relatively stuck in a corner.

As we start playing, we notice that everybody's level is totally off since we didn't get to do a soundcheck. We're playing fairly fine, but then our singer's guitar starts cutting in and out - the cable we had to use was faulty, causing the amp to turn into MOSFET square wave madness. On top of this, my bass player is trying to negotiate levels while we play, telling me to turn down even though I'm too quiet. About halfway through our first song, the PA system starts emitting an ocean of static.

Faced by insurmountable odds and getting a knot in my gut, I put a smile on my face and rip a really lame pentatonic minor solo devoid of melody. We finish the first song and the crowd courtesy applauds us as they wonder WTF is going on.

We wait for the PA to stop freaking out, then we start playing the next song, but the symptoms return. At this point faced by utter failure, I once again go into robot mode and play the stupidest, most lame-sounding solo ever, at one point ending up a quarter measure behind where I should be in the melody. After the second song of three we were to play, we were ushered off stage accompanied by further courtesy clapping, wallowing in a pool of suck.

I was then duly informed that the same guy that told us we couldn't practice/soundcheck when we should have been able to was the one who mixed our playing as well and screwed us over epically. On top of this, I still have no idea where my cable is.

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TL;DR - I played gig. Cable janked and replaced with crappy one. Teacher can't operate PA (and even if it failed it was fine for EVERYTHING ELSE except us), so vocals swallowed by sea of static. Volume levels on amp adjusted during songs numerous times. My playing was marginally acceptable, and everyone else's was fine. Performance ruined by technical failure and people touching my stuff.

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#2
Sucks to be you..


I actually read it all

edit, better luck next time.

I have never played a gig, yet. i am 13 lol) and i would hate that to happen to my band.
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Do not ever rely on your run of the mills school music teacher to know anything about soundchecks and EQ's...unless you go to college where a music technology professor specializes in this, in which case you should rely on him a lot.

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#5
sucks man, shoulda gotten there earlier. it's never the equipment's fault, it just usually hasn't been set up properly or taken care of. I had a pretty badly set up show this saturday, where the drummer couldn't hear us because the monitor blew, and my amp kept having spikes in level, but We just kept trucking through, and we focused all on the audience rather than on getting everything just right. Whether or not we sounded a bit off, the audience loved it, and they didn't notice anything. The best thing you can do when your equipment is failing is ignore it, and make it a good show for your audience, even if you think it didn't go well (half the time the audience is musically retarded and won't notice).
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sucks man, shoulda gotten there earlier. it's never the equipment's fault, it just usually hasn't been set up properly or taken care of. I had a pretty badly set up show this saturday, where the drummer couldn't hear us because the monitor blew, and my amp kept having spikes in level, but We just kept trucking through, and we focused all on the audience rather than on getting everything just right. Whether or not we sounded a bit off, the audience loved it, and they didn't notice anything. The best thing you can do when your equipment is failing is ignore it, and make it a good show for your audience, even if you think it didn't go well (half the time the audience is musically retarded and won't notice).


Personally, I think that the band would like major tools jamming out with passion with no sound.
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sucks man, shoulda gotten there earlier. it's never the equipment's fault, it just usually hasn't been set up properly or taken care of. I had a pretty badly set up show this saturday, where the drummer couldn't hear us because the monitor blew, and my amp kept having spikes in level, but We just kept trucking through, and we focused all on the audience rather than on getting everything just right. Whether or not we sounded a bit off, the audience loved it, and they didn't notice anything. The best thing you can do when your equipment is failing is ignore it, and make it a good show for your audience, even if you think it didn't go well (half the time the audience is musically retarded and won't notice).


Yeah... we kept chugging, but this was DEFINITELY noticeable to the audience. To this end I think that everyone understood that it wasn't our fault, but it still leaves a bad impression, and my playing was negatively affected by our misfortune.

I'm sure Mountain Dew beforehand didn't help though.
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#10
Wasn't my band, but I saw a local band playing once, and the drummer just could not keep up. The bassist and guitarist were decent, but the singer... Jesus shit, this guy was screaming, I don't even think he had hit puberty yet, but the vocals were so much louder than everything else and it was worse than everything else.

Just a bad mix there man. And you could barely hear the guitarist. They were like 15, I don't even think they thought anything was wrong.
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#11
A while ago (last saturday i think), i went to see a buddy guy show in columbus ohio. he kept on stopping in the middle of songs and stuff like that. it was alright though, cause hes buddy guy.
#12
I got a good one for you. I'm in this pop/hard rock group and we're coming off this great show. The place was turning people away at the door. around 200 hundred people came to see us(and got in). The guy who booked us told us that he wants to book us at this other club right down the street. We agree, like idiots, without checking the place first. We find out it's a biker bar, okay I can live with that. 2 weeks later we got to the place but can't set up our stuff since there's 3 other bands "opening up for us". We were told we were going on at 10 which was cool, not too late/early. This time we hired a photographer to come get shots of us and the fans. The stage is small but what's new and the other bands were pretty cool. They brought tons of there own fans so it was going to be very sweet. Now maybe it's just me but when you go to a show and bring fans, you try to stay for the other bands, and try to get your fans to stay too. These bands were pretty decent but they all played passes there time(one band played 30 minutes longer and the booker didn't stop him), then they leave and take all there fans with them. We finally got on at about 1:30. We had a 2 1/2 hour set. After an hour, we just said screw it and left the stage. We had two drunks and the bartender left, hell the booker left too.

We paid $200 for around 500 photos of us playing to an empty bar. Boy that sucked.
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#13
I played a mass the other day and the teacher didnt have any music planned for it so we had to plan it the morning of while we were in school. Then when we went to play it the priest didnt have some of the same music, so when we started to play some stuff he sang other stuff. That and like everyone was singing off time. But me and my friends just played and kept going. It was a fail.
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I got a good one for you. I'm in this pop/hard rock group and we're coming off this great show. The place was turning people away at the door. around 200 hundred people came to see us(and got in). The guy who booked us told us that he wants to book us at this other club right down the street. We agree, like idiots, without checking the place first. We find out it's a biker bar, okay I can live with that. 2 weeks later we got to the place but can't set up our stuff since there's 3 other bands "opening up for us". We were told we were going on at 10 which was cool, not too late/early. This time we hired a photographer to come get shots of us and the fans. The stage is small but what's new and the other bands were pretty cool. They brought tons of there own fans so it was going to be very sweet. Now maybe it's just me but when you go to a show and bring fans, you try to stay for the other bands, and try to get your fans to stay too. These bands were pretty decent but they all played passes there time(one band played 30 minutes longer and the booker didn't stop him), then they leave and take all there fans with them. We finally got on at about 1:30. We had a 2 1/2 hour set. After an hour, we just said screw it and left the stage. We had two drunks and the bartender left, hell the booker left too.

We paid $200 for around 500 photos of us playing to an empty bar. Boy that sucked.




reminds me of my first band.

we were practicing in my garage and this lady and her daughter are on a walk through the neighborhood. They say "oh how cool, a band. play us a song."

They left about 20 seconds after we started it was so bad.
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I'm warning you guys, crappy audio... but this should give you some hints to how much our school sucks at music, and the singers that i have to deal with on a daily basis.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=66632693523#/video/video.php?v=147646180088

You might notice that it's french, yah, deal with it. And you'll see that I ****ed up a few times, that's cause the rest of the ''band'' just blew through some parts.
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A while ago (last saturday i think), i went to see a buddy guy show in columbus ohio. he kept on stopping in the middle of songs and stuff like that. it was alright though, cause hes buddy guy.



Oh god that's ****ing tits.
#18
last monday my band played a gig in lesceister square. firstly there's no parking at all what so ever unless u pay 11 pounds an hour or something... anyway so the promoter didnt have a phone number to help us out with parking areas... we took so long that we were over an hour late cuz of it. we arrived before most of the other bands who had the same problem i'm guessing but still we werent allowed to soundcheck cuz of it... great. then we get put to third slot behind a lame-ass country band that wanted to play fourth so badly. the s**t bands before us over run their sets and then we're rushed onstage that the bands before didnt clear up and we're told our set has to be cut to make up for time... brilliant. anyways we're so rushed we start playing and in complete unfocusedness (thats not a word?) we play soo badly, most of the crowd leave after the second song, my amps kettle lead unplugs half way thru a song so my amp is getting no power therefore the lead/main guitar isn't there... soo professional. i fix it and continue, and from generally being pissed off from everything our playing dont get better but we finally finish. i cnt even remember the claps...


oh and our bass player gets a parking ticket/fine for parking his car where its okay to park... but apparently they've just brought in a 'new' rule so he was wrong...

we officially hate london gigs. london people are always in a rush and therefore rude. they're always worse than local ones and its also harder to get our fans there too. so we're staying local for a while our levels werent bad at all though. we're used to having to soundcheck just before we play that we already know what levels our amps/guitar should be depending on size of the venue...

p.s i probs used too much sarcasm in that.
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my second gig was so ****en bad. first our drummer shows up an hour later then we had planned (he's always a douche bag), so we arrive 30 minutes late to my school and instead of getting thirty minutes to play we only get 15.

then they put some dumb ass junior to monitor the pa and he has no fuken idea of what he's doing. you could barely hear my voice in anything, and our second song he shut it off "accidently", not to mention that the crowd was dead, full of screamo scene kids. i ****en hate my school
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I actually read that. That Sucks.

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TL;DR - I played gig. Cable janked and replaced with crappy one. Teacher can't operate PA (and even if it failed it was fine for EVERYTHING ELSE except us), so vocals swallowed by sea of static. Volume levels on amp adjusted during songs numerous times. My playing was marginally acceptable, and everyone else's was fine. Performance ruined by technical failure and people touching my stuff.

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#24
That's what happens when you have to do stuff on the fly and people do not appriciate that you are doing THEM a favor. The should have at least not messed with yourstuff so you could at manage your sound as best possible considering that you might not have been playing your best due to lack of time to prep. Kudos to you practing and getting it set on short notice by the way; I would have stank with so little time to prep.
#25
me and our rhythm guitarist had to share an amp (peavey 200 watt thing), he was using a fuzz factory which kept cutting out, our amp was too loud as his volume control on the guitar controlled both inputs, the soudn technician tryed turning up the singer as high as possible without blowing the system, you couldnt hear the lead guitarist at all. drummer was fine.
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#26
Played a tribute session to Metallica at a school social thing once. Being a rhythm junky, I got first shot on Hetfields' parts (Fuel and Bell Tolls). I'll admit I couldn't play exactly like Hetfield, but we had some peppy little douche bag on lead, and he honestly thought he was as good as Hammet. He didn't bother learning the solos by ear, so he improvised most of them. Reeked of Fail.

My belief in karma was reasured that night, cause he was giving me grief about liking rhythm guitar more than lead... His amp just died about 1/4 of the way through For Whom the Bell Tolls. dunno what went wrong, just shat itself and stopped.

He was making a scene yelling for the song to stop till he fixed himself out, needless to say we just ignored him and continued. lucky the drummer could fill rather well. he was remembered throughout the year for that one incident.
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I love youtube metal covers. God DAYAMN

Or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gchAfaqB1s

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#30
On my College course we had to do two solo performances, one of the bassists decided to play a solo bass version with singing of Black Dog and One, bearing in mind he cannot sing and pretty crap at bass quite funny consequences even my tutor was taking the piss out of it the next day in practise.