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#1
What is your optimum number of standard drinks before playing a gig? I've got to play this Saturday. Been practicing every night and I've found I play best after 1 to 3 drinks. Any less, I'm too tense, any more, I'm too relaxed. Well too many more and I think I'm great but I'm probably really not.

How bout you, pit? I'm sure there are plenty of stories out there too
#2
I play best after I drink 17 bottles of vodka, and the band go on as a 3 piece.
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I play best after I drink 17 bottles of vodka, and the band go on as a 3 piece.

Or maybe you'd just sound best if everyone else had 17 bottles of vodka
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Or maybe you'd just sound best if everyone else had 17 bottles of vodka

I sound best with the amp turned off.
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#7
None, because I sing as well, and alcohol helps **** up my throat really quickly, and if a venue also has those bloody fog machines, I need to do everything I can to protect my fragile little vocal cords.
#8
I don't drink beer or anything like that. I just use Amp energy drink or Mountain Dew Kickstart before going on stage, which is best for me.
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#9
I don't drink anything before I perform....alcohol makes me lose focus, and anything non alcoholic means I have to pee about 10mins into the set.
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#10
I'm tee-total these days, so it doesn't happen.

Years ago though (about 91-92ish), I once got so pissed before a gig that I fell off stage! We were playing an all day event, due to go on at 2pm. I got there at 1ish, so I could have a couple before going on stage. Due to major delays, we didn't go on till about 5 or 6 pm. By then, I was just on a drinking session. The gig had become an afterthought.

I made it onto the stage, but fell off during the second song. It wasn't far, so there was no damage to me or my guitar, and I just sat on the edge of the stage for the rest of the set (5 songs in total).

I thought I was awesome. The band kicked me out the next day.

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#12
Nah I can't play for shit when I'm drunk.
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#13
not many, and depends what I'm drinking too.

the more bourbon I drink, the more violent I get. same with vodka.
liqueurs make me the happiest person ever apparently
and I don't drink beer

I don't drink before playing though, did not work out last time and I'd only had 2 drinks.
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#14
If you need a drink to 'take the edge off your nerves' etc. fair enough but probably just means you haven't done enough gigs to reach a point where you just enjoy them and any nerves just go on the backburner as adrenaline.

People should do whatever feels most comfortable to them, but if you drink enough to impair your performance it just screams unprofessional and means you have to be even better for your talent to shine through.
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not many, and depends what I'm drinking too.

the more bourbon I drink, the more violent I get. same with vodka.
liqueurs make me the happiest person ever apparently
and I don't drink beer

I don't drink before playing though, did not work out last time and I'd only had 2 drinks.

You don't drink beer? And you're Australian? What's next, are you going to tell me you don't kill something with your bare hands every two hours?
#16
Even a friend of mine (who's British) that recently moved to Australia has already posted a story of swatting a large spider off a co-worker's back... it's just the culture!
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I compensate for my beer drinking (or lack-thereof) with vicious rampages against mousekind.

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#18
3 beers is good, unfortunately the whole band gets free beer from the time we set up, so the drummer is on about 8 by the second set, sometimes we play from 11pm till 3am, we just keep playing because we're feeling pretty good. Everyone in the audience is drunk by 12 so it works out ok. Second set we play easy drunk songs
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#19
Don't drink alcohol, i just eat some peanuts, some water and tell the drummer to do a like 5 to 10 seconds of blast beats to pump me up, i tend to be very relax xD
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#21
1 drink and no more. I used to do Jagger bombs before shows but sometimes had way too many and just made a complete ass of myself
#22
I don't drink before shows because I'm not an alcoholic.
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#23
About 2 beers is the most I'll drink before a show. One time we got to the bar we were playing WAY too early and I ended up having like 5 beers before we even started. I still did alright, but it could have been better. The main thing was me trying to turn on the effects loop mid song and accidentally turning off the distortion for a couple of seconds.
#24
I find that going on stage sober and then sipping on 1-2 drinks in between songs kind of gets me at my best.
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1 drink and no more. I used to do Jagger bombs before shows but sometimes had way too many and just made a complete ass of myself


#26
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I don't drink before shows because I'm not an alcoholic.

What? That is not alcoholism.


I've never performed with a group live, but one or two beers during the set would seem ideal.
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#28
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Did this too. I used to get drunk before shows, but I've always handled it well enough.
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#29
i will usually have a drink prior and have a couple during the show (we were a cover band though so would play from 930pm-130am with 3 15min breaks in between).
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#30
I always found 5 beer deep to be my optimal playing capability with a band. Loose enough to play well and really get in with the band and not drunk enough to be sloppy
#31
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If you want to play drunk, you should practice drunk...
That's actually pretty smart, I'll def do that from now on.
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#33
Really depends on what you're playing/singing. When I played somewhat forgiving stuff like Black Sabbath, one or two beer was okay to ease up. Playing Slayer or anything else that needs high precision though, it just doesn't work with alcohol.

That said, in my very first band back then we played Bryan Adams and Green Day, so no matter how much I drunk, it wasn't enough to bear with it.
#34
I'm generally a drunk, so I tend to have a couple drinks before/during a gig. I even have points in our set when I can drink or get another beer pretty well choreographed at this point.

I also do much of the talking to the crowd between songs, so it helps if I get decently liquored up to let my goofy sardonic side out.

Last Halloween though I learned that there is a point where playing drums is nigh impossible so I try to avoid that.
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#35
I've never had alcohol before and don't intent to either but I imagine that if I had even 1 pint i'd probably end up turning the gig into a Replacements gig
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#37
The only thing I drink before/during a gig is water. Alcohol and almost every form of caffeine is bad for your vocal chords. Tea is okay but that's about it. If you're gigging, people are likely paying to see you and therefore, you should be at the top of your game. The nerves will go away with time and it'll just be more excitement than anything. At least from my experience
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#40
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Nah. The most I'd do is a single drink before a show.


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