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#1
Since i just had my first show (age 27 ), I'm very curious to hear about other people's experiences.

I was pretty calm the whole day myself. We'd done practice gigs at the drummer's place for up to 10-12 friends, so I wasn't very nervous about performing, just excited. And since we do covers, it all comes down to just playing enough of a song for MOST (drunk) people to recognize it and sing along....even though we had the covers down really well.

Anyways, about an hour before the show starts, we begin to unload our equiptment through the back door. It's about a 3 foot lift from the parking lot to the loading dock, and there's no ramp. So we're loading stuff up, and then I lift my right leg up to prop myself up and (RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!) the seam on the right side of my zipper rips open, making a 4-5 inch hole

All i can think is "F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***!"

But I convince myself that since I had a fairly long shirt that it might cover it up, right? Well, about 5 min later, I bend down again to help tighten up the bass drum and (RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!) again......my pants rip. This time the whole is about 7-8 inches long, and ripped DOWN instead of up....almost going to the bottom of my crotch!
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#2
.....................Right now, I'm having a full on panic attack!
"Why does this happen to me?"
"Of all the nights! I've worked too hard for this!"
"Why couldn't it have happened to the drummer or something!?"
"He doesn't have a wireless unit that allows him to jump around go into the crowd!"
"Am I gonna have to be a statue now so maybe some of the crowd won't notice!?"

So I do the only thing I can think of since I didn't have a belt: I tied my spare 15 foot cable around my pants loops, Hike up my pants Grandpa style, and tell myself the that THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!!!!!!

Other than that little hiccup, the show was a massive success, aside from the drummer royally ****ing up Everlong and everyone sucked on Livin' on a Prayer as a 2nd encore

Sorry for double post, but the PIT hates reading long blocks of text. So two shorter ones look better
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#3
I have no memory of my first performance. I remember walking up on stage and coming back down, but I have no memory of what happened in between.

Literally, when I was walking down I thought I was in the twilight zone or something because I had no idea what had just happened.
#4
I stood completely still and my fingers trembled a bit at first. But yeah, I stood completely straight and stiff
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I have no memory of my first performance. I remember walking up on stage and coming back down, but I have no memory of what happened in between.

Literally, when I was walking down I thought I was in the twilight zone or something because I had no idea what had just happened.

Totally the opposite here. Some real tounge in cheek moments are gonna make it impossible to forget.

But for you, was it the first time you played as a band in front of anyone at all?


EDIT: How old were you guys and how long had you been in you band before performing? See, that might be the big difference between me and a lot of people here.
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#6
I was about 15 for my first school gigs, but proper bars and stuff started at 18 when I decided I was a solid player and was looking for some good musicians to jam with.

When I was 15, I didn't know much about guitars. I could play some basic chords nothing too fancy but I had a Vintage guitar, Les Paul style. Decent guitar, still got it don't use it though. I broke a string like an hour before the gig and didn't know how to change strings myself, got permission to leave school to go to a music shop nearby to have it done.
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Totally the opposite here. Some real tounge in cheek moments are gonna make it impossible to forget.

But for you, was it the first time you played as a band in front of anyone at all?


EDIT: How old were you guys and how long had you been in you band before performing? See, that might be the big difference between me and a lot of people here.

I was 15 and had been in the band for 6 months.
#8
Have yet to play in front of a crowd, but the band I'm in is signed up to play in a sort of "battle of the bands" early next year. I'm pretty nervous about it, tbh.
#9
First gig was at a Mexican restaurant. Felt strangely comfortable on stage considering I always did, and still somewhat do, feel self conscious about my playing. I thought it went really well...until I heard a recording of us. God we sounded terrible, but we got a lot of nice compliments and people were dancing
#10
Mine was a show of about 80 people, it was a fundraiser and we were third up, so the crowd was still packed. It was amazing, we had practiced as much as possible, so there weren't any screw-ups, and people really liked us. Even got an encore cheer, which isn't bad for a first show with only originals.

It was a blast.
#11
Mine was in front of about 500 people. Pretty sick. I did an intermission gig at a school function with these two chicks I know. I sang/played acoustic to the song Broken by Seether, one friend playing the guitar parts and the other sang Amy Lee's bits.

Overall it was pretty good. I ****ed up a lyric but whatever. Nailed the solo. I WAS a bit nervous going out there (mostly due to lack of practice) but it went over pretty well. Wasn't my first time singing in front of a crowd though. (highschool musical, lead role, 600+ people a night for 3 nights. THAT was when i was scared shitless ahahaha)

Luckily, half the crowd were friends from school so it was pretty chill. I walk on stage, have a bunch of random comments thrown at me from them, ("nice beard!" "who's that sexy guy?" "don't **** up!" shit like that) so it wasn't as nerve-wracking as most people have it.
#13
School talent show. I was what..17?

It went great, was really exited, had drank a big energy drink before was really hyped up.
Went pretty well, the crowd love it( the only other rock band was pretty FAIL).

during one of the section where there is no keyboard( i played key in that band) I jumped on the drum platform and dance like a goofball on speed. Apparently people taught it was really cool, especially since i was the kind of guy to keep to myself in HS.

Was really fun.
#14
I played bass, cos I had one and was the only available bassist at the time.

I was 15 and we played in a sort of an anti-drug thing and there were less than 50 people watching us, I think.

It was pretty ****ing fun though, even if I stood with my side to the crowd, eyes on the rest of the band cos I was too embarrassed to stand with my face to the audience.

Twas OK, got a bit of fun out of it and made me appreciate and love the bass guitar as a result.
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#16
I was playing lead for a band that is not my own, and I had never seen live before, and before the show they bragged about how energetic they were on stage. Demanded lots of jumping, and headbanging. So we were playing the first song, and I was totally rocking out. About halfway through, I look over at the singer, and he's just bobbing his head a bit. The drummer just bobbing his head. Bassist just standing there. I looked pretty odd, with my jumping and stuff.

But the show was good, totally nailed the solo that the singer told me not to do. But I did it, and everyone loved it.
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#18
I guess mine was a couple of years ago. I was asked to play "If You're Reading This" by Tim McGraw for our Veteran's Day program at school, and I told them I couldn't sing it, someone else needed to. They said it was fine and that there would be a video going, so the guitar alone would be okay. So the day of it, I ask about the video and they said "Oh, we didn't get a video, so don't worry about it". So everyone got to see me play a country song with just the guitar part. I imagine they must have been bored, so I sped it up considerably, as I was just trying to save time. It went ok I guess, but my hands were shaking like crazy for the first minute or so.

I can play in front of people easily if I know they can't play guitar, but I knew in the crowd that about 4 or 5 of them could, and it was freaking me out the whole time.

Here's the song they sat through, by the way, with no vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwoXmXA8BvY&feature=related
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#20
Terrible.

It was a college party. First of all, we weren't even sure we'd get on stage, because the guys who organizated everything said that they had to cut electricity soon. We were scheduled to play at 1:00 AM, but thanks to the other bands playing for too long and the sound tech being a complete idiot (and thus soundchecks for every band lasting ages), we got onstage at around 2:00. Nice, so we get there and start playing, everything is going fine. Then the guys say "one more song and you're out, we have to cut the power" (even thoug the party was supposed to last until four AM). We had a ten song setlist and we could only play five.

About me. Well I wasn't feeling nervous or anything, but I made some mistakes here and there, especially in a song where I played bass.

It was my first and only gig. Hopefully I'll be able to play more shows with my new band.
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#21
Hard to describe in one word. I broke my wrist a week and a half beforehand, severely limiting my ability to play guitar, and still did it because I didn't want to let my friends down who we were playing the show for. Thankfully, they were really awesome to play for and cheered like crazy after every song. I felt pretty good about it, but the rest of the band (my brother and two sisters), was really nervous and went for a few drinks beforehand without telling me.

Nonetheless, it went pretty well, except for what happened afterwards. I asked the girl who I liked and had been good friends with for a while to dance immediately after, but after we were done, a few minutes later she danced with another (male) good friend of mine and we later found them alone on a bench holding hands.
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#22
Mine was pretty crazy. I was filling in on bass for my friend's power/prog metal band. I learned about 8 songs 8 hours before the show. It sucked pretty bad because they have lots of key changes and odd timing, so needless to say, I only managed to play like 2 songs correctly all the way through.

I was nervous as ****, but the crowd was amazing. They were told that I learned the songs that day, so they were very supportive and nice even though I didn't do that great. The band even had me do one of their crazy stage antics.

Here's the video
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#23
Never done one, though I recently got together with a decent band that already has some good material (But no drummer, luckily for me), and told me they had some connections in a studio where they could record some stuff. The local music stores ALWAYS stock local artists, so good for me.
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#24
I had my first kind of gig in September. It was at a party like thing (does that count as a gig?).
As it was at a grown up party, no one actually noticed us, which made the whole performance feel rather unmotivational.
To make it worse, it was outside, it was freezing, and there were a few droplets of rain.
In the second set I had a solo to do in one of the songs. As I pressed my Boss Ds-1, I stood on my cable, which fell out. Lucky the non existent audience didn't notice.
When we finished our performance, the people who were there didn't even give us any reckonishen, so I started clapping loudly, which managed to get two other non band mates clapping. Yea, quite an embarrassing first.

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#26
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Since i just lost my virginity (age 27 ), I'm very curious to hear about other people's experiences.

I was pretty calm the whole day myself. We'd done practice gigs at the drummer's place for up to 10-12 friends, so I wasn't very nervous about performing, just excited. And since we do kinky stuff, it all comes down to just having enough sex for MOST (drunk) people to recognize it and masturbate....even though we had the kinky stuff down really well.

Anyways, about an hour before the show starts, we begin to unload our equiptment through the back door. And then we start having sex. So we're having sex, and then I lift my right leg up to prop myself up and (RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!) the seam on the right side of my penis rips open, making a 4-5 inch hole

All i can think is "F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***!"

But I convince myself that since I had a fairly long shirt that it might cover it up, right? Well, about 5 min later, I bend down again to help tighten up the handcuffs and (RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!) again......my penis rips. This time the whole is about 7-8 inches long, and ripped DOWN instead of up....almost going to the bottom of my crotch!


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#27
My first gig was in front about 800 people, i was one of the singers on school choir at elementary. Our teacher said that we did well so we recived some ice cream as a reward.
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#29
It was probably awful. I can't really remember though.

Yeah, thinking back, it was pretty awful.
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#30
I was a senior in high school and we got a gig at a popular club here in town. It was THE place to play. Just about everybody in the entire senior class showed up, moshed, and crowd surfed just for the hell of it. The music was aweful. We were basically a Deftones rip-off. We had the gig recorded and afterwards we listened to it thinking was the most brilliant shit ever recorded.

Oh, and one of the guitarists for the last song took off his shirt and put on a motorcycle helmet.
#31
We were kinda awful. I had played in the band for two days, and had to learn all the songs in that period of time. Needless to say, I was really nervous about fucking up. Stood completely still and stiff the entire time, didn't look up from the fretboard even once. I've gotten better since then.
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#32
I was 16, and was singing and playing bass, both things I had just learned how to do. Playing two covers, two originals for a teen band showcase at Skully's Music Diner here in Columbus.

It was a relatively big show, but we played early in the day before people got there, so only about 15 or so people were there.

It was pretty good. I've always liked performing and I knew no one really cared about us so there was no pressure.
#34
It was like 2 weeks ago in Santa Cruz at a church. Last night I played a jazz gig at my school.
#35
Sat on a chair, Played a fully instrumental finger picking version of "Nothing else Matters". When i finished i got a standing full on clapping ovation. Was in grade 9 and had been playing less than 4 months. It all went up from there.
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#36
I was 15 and was in an all girl band from highschool. We played at our end of year school musicale concert and we played, wait for it... the theme song from Daria. Oh the lols.

I remember we were sitting in a room backstage listening to the other acts and constantly checking the list of performances and seeing ours get nearer and nearer. And with each one getting closer to our turn, the nerves would build. I felt so sick but so excited at the same time.
So we played and halfway through I started to enjoy myself and get into it. Then we finished the song walked off and it was the best feeling! I just wanted to do it again.

I thought we did well and then when I watched the video recording back I realised how much we sucked

But oh well, we had heaps of fun
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#38
first performance i ever did my music class played Hotel California for about 300 parents. i was playing lead, and i played the entire solo without any mistakes, which was a very pleasant suprise, as i was very nervous to begin with. In time performing has become alot more natural, although its only been a year and a half since.
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#39
October 27th 2011 - Black Sheep Bar, Crystal Palace.

It was great, I warmed up then opened with Paradise City.

There were these French girls and these Russian girls.
The Russian girls were stupidily epicly fit, tall, danty and could'nt open the door without help, skinny and big boobs.
This OTHER guitarist there, who was a big and balding, offered to buy one of these Russian babes a drink as I was standing next to them, and I heard her smile, laugh at him and point to his beer belly and say
"It looks as though someone had already bought you a drink." and suggested that that's why he was fat...
I LOVED THAT NIGHT, That was great.
They also said I wasn't bad and one guy, who was French too, and with the French girls, really liked what I played.

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