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Hi, in here everyone can share their worst experiences on stage .... mine was when i was playing Metallica - one , ( i was paying in my school) , then a teacher that was in charge of the sound ..... sadly..... pulled the CABLE OF MY GUITAR...then after i saw everyone was staring at me ,because i had a battery in my distortion pedal , when i was switching between clean to distortion .....i had no sound , because of a TEACHER so i was hammering with my foot on the pedal very nervous until i noticed that it wasnt worth it , and that teatcher said «it's time to go home» because he didnt like metal ....



Feel free to share....

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well, playing metallica... wow. originality!
But yes, the teacher was an ass.
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I had to play in a school band... I was drumming cos the guitar was too boring and ended up drowning out everyone else... Maybe not too shocking but the teacher was pretty angry at me. I haven't done many gigs
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my worst gig experience... i was playing pearl jam's "last kiss" on our school with my band... everything went wrong... our vocalist is hyperacidic and it stroke him at the exact time as the song, the drummer, although he is awesome, did not know the beat, the rythm guitarist did not strum his guitar, only me and the lead guitarist sounded straight... maybe not me, coz i can't hear my goddamn bass amp... so only the lead guitarist sounded well... people just laughed at us... but that gig gave me lots of experience on how to set up a stage...
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i was playing a show at my school once and my band was super unprepared.... guitars wer going out of tune right beofre we went on ... last minute changes.... we jsut werent ready but we went on anyway.... well as we were out there playing shout att he devil... easy but fun song,..... my guitar strap cums right off!.... but luckuly there was an amp that i could use.. but holy **** that spooked me... the gig was pretty ****ty and we couldnt paly after that cus it threw everything off,....

so i bought strap locks and am never going back!
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in my old band, we had one gig where halfway through our first song, my cab stopped working, and for 20 minutes we worked on fixing it. finnally chris from ASIS was just like, look use my rig, so we completly switched everything, guitar, cables, head, cab. everything. and nothing. it still wouldn't work!!! so we tried switching back to my original setup and it worked was the weirdest thing. we had time for one more song and rocked the joint though with our last song. still don't know what happend. strange.

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My worst gig was when the sound engineer decided to take control over my amp and levelled all my settings insisting he'd control it from the sound desk. I had no monitor and I couldn't hear my guitar at all on stage. It wasn't a good gig at all
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A few years ago, I answered an ad for an originals band (that shall remain nameless, probably forever... ).

They gave me their promo pack and a copy of the CD. Pretty professional, one guy said he had been friends with Cinderella back in the day, and one guy had done a stint with Foghat (you always take this stuff with a grain of salt ).

I told them I would check out the CD and see if it was something I could get into enough to commit to. I also agreed to check out their next gig the upcoming Saturday night to check the vibe. I thought, this is cool, I'll get to really see what this is going to be like before making a commitment.

I get home and check this promo pack out. Pretty good quality photos, although one photo is captioned with something pretty obscene and this does not go over with the overly jealous wife I had at the time, nor me for that matter. It just wasn't very professional. Later I found out that the band thought this stupid, disgusting caption was quite clever.

I could only imagine what this was going to be like.

So I take the CD and learn it over the next couple of days. The stuff was like retro, but definitely hard rock. Alot of it is standard quality, but a couple of songs are really good and I come up with entertaining basslines I'm pretty proud of that fit within the tune.

Because the bass was barely audible in the mix anyway. I figured I had some creative license.

I show up to the gig to see them play. They tell me their bass player is out of town and I gotta play the gig.

I'm ambushed, and I'm sure this has been planned the whole time.

Well I knew the tunes, I like to be prepared. Plus none of it was very hard. So okay, the place is a dive and there aren't too many people there and the songs are original so if I screwed up no one would really notice except the band and they weren't in a position to be too hard on me . Like I said the stuff was pretty easy anyway.

The gig goes pretty well, band is pretty tight, they like the stuff I've added and subtracted to the basslines. They want me to join permanently. They've got 2 more gigs coming up in the next week. The first is in a pool hall, the second is a third round in a Battle of the Bands on a Sunday.

I tell them I will help them through these gigs and do rehearsals as necessary for the week but beyond that I'm not making any promises. They agree and schedule a rehearsal a couple of days later.

It is at this rehearsal that I see that I'm going to spend the next week with reckless morons.

One guitarist is has been so strung out on something that he just looks at you like a hound dog on its last leg. The front man and the other guitar player (Mr. Foghat) are ready to kill/maim/whupass this guy. There are several verbal exchanges, and then a black eye is given and duly recieved. Meanwhile, I'm desperately trying to keep me and my 1973 Azure-glo Rickenbacker 4001 out of the battle zone that encompasses the tiny rehearsal room.

I guess I should have quit right there. Heck, they didn't even pay me for the first gig.

Nope, 2 gigs to go.

2nd gig at the pool hall.

We have two bands open for us (surely you jest ).

One is a band of young guys who do pretty well. Place is pretty full. 2nd band plays, phenomenal bass player, very cool.

Over the three hours these guys have been playing, the rest of the band has imbibed quite a few beers. I've had only my normal limit of 2.

Mr. Foghat has decided he must have greater amplification for his instrument and so he adds another half stack from the opening act and now he has a full stack, and I find that I must stand next to this monstrosity --- less than a feet away.

Guitar players .

Somewhere up north (where these guys were all from) it was decided long ago the "headliner" must be louder than everyone that has opened. No, not louder....LOOOOOUUUUUDERRRRRR! To hear myself, less than two feet from my 4x10, I had to have my Hartke 3500 running at 8 or 9.

Yes, I was squashed and could move very little.

I watched the place literally empty itself before the first song was over.

For all you guys just getting started, this is a bad thing .

A terrible, embarrassing, sloppy, sophomoric, and EXTREMELY LOUD performance.

Again, I was not paid.

Okay only the Battle of the Bands to go....would I survive? Did I care?

Sunday night couldn't come fast enough. Keep in my, all this time these friggin' morons are hounding me to join permanently. And the former wife....well she's giving me hell at home sure that I'm cheating on her out there in the world of rock and roll.

Another thing for the new guys, bring your girlfriends to your gigs, it will help especially if they're the jealous type. Even if your in band full of morons.

Okay, on to Sunday's Battle of the Bands

I arrive seperately, promptly at 6. Ready to load in, play three tunes, load out and hasta la vista baby see you never. I urgently lobby these guys to play early, I have to be at work early in the morning and this venue we're playing at is over an hour's drive home for me. I did a favor for you guys by dealing with all this crap all week, do something for me.

Nope. We're scheduled for 12am, midnight. Voluntarily. Scum.

I spend the next 6 hours or so trying to snooze in my car....they spend the next six hours drinking in the club.

Somehow it's midnight and were loading on to the stage. A soundcheck quick! Ride the E for the sound guy to get the house level for my bass. Again, I'm somehow jammed in between a crash cymbal stand, the now exceedingly drunk strung out guitarist's amp. And he himself? His head stock pointed directly at the body of my precious 4001, always less than a foot away.

We're on!

The drummer has lost all sense of time, he's drunk. I struggle to find his groove. Finally give up because his kick just keeps changing.

First song is over. Almost there.

Mr. Foghat, also very drunk, decides to play the opening riff to "Slow Ride". Over, and, over, and, over.

What the hell?! WTF?!

I wait patiently while this goes on for far too have a limited time in a battle situation.

2nd song. Again the drummer seems to have forgotten the song, and a Les Paul head stock smashes into my Ric. Now, I want to kill the strungout drunk hound dog.

We make it through. Over done with.

Let's, get, the, hell, out, of, there.

Outside the venue with the gear, I'm waiting for an extra hand with my 100lb 4x10 cab. This chick comes up to me and asks me to sign a copy of these bozos' CD.

I gave my first and only autograph.

The front man helps me with the cab to the car, we have my head perched atop as we walked throught the parking lot. He's pushing hard for me to join permanently....I'd rather join Culture Club.

And over goes my head onto the parking lot, thank god it was in its shipping box.

Get a road case you young guys.

And if the band that wants you to join seem like morons....they probably are!

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The worst experience I had was a few years ago when a newly formed band of mine had this huge appearance booked at a Sam Goody Music store. It was in the middle of Christmas season, so it was set to be packed. We had a habit of practicing our stage routine before gigs to get pumped up. During the practice, I accidently dropped my MIDI controller and it broke. I tried another MIDI controller, but I was new to MIDI interfacing and couldn't get it to work with Reason. So the show must go on.... I ended up playing on an old skool DX-7 the entire time. The show actually didn't go that bad, however one of the band members from the band we invited to play with us asked me DURING THE SHOW "Are you almost done?" Rude huh? See what Dutch Apples has to deal with?
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I was playing some gig a couple of years ago and the marshall I had at the time blew all of its power tubes mid song, as it turns it was because of the power being supplied to my amp (and the PA and most of the other stuff) was being supplied by a crappy generator (apparently to save money as the price of fossil fuels hadn't skyrocketed yet) which decided to surge, of course had I known about the situation before hand I would have used a surge protector but of course the venue neglected to tell me, after hooking up to a backup SS head I had we continued playing until an arc of electricity shot out from my bassists vocal mic and knocked him unconscious. Remember kids, never, ever plug your equipment directly into the outlets at a small venue, always use an industrial grade surge protector.
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The band I "manage" - 2 Jars and a Lid - had a gig last weekend. They had a two hour slot at a graduation party. Everyone was their with their mom and their girlfriend, and five songs in . . . . the singer's voice went out.

It was horrible.

Then, some other guys stepped in to sing one or two songs at a time, to help fill in the gaps. I got to go last, playing bass on a half dozen songs and singing on "Lonely Train."

It was awesome.

A situation is only as bad as what you can make of it. Although getting unplugged would cause me to kick somebody directly in the nuts. Getting electrocuted - well, that's just a photo op amongst the guys I jam with.

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hmmm. last year at the school talent show: we are all set to go last, playing sweet child o mine. so before any of the other acts had started, i had tuned the guitar. it was an epiphone sheraton, that the music teacher at my school owned. reallly really nice guitar, unbelievable sound.

but: he had restrung it over the weekend (we were playing on a wednesday)

we get up onstage to play the song. and i go into the opening riff, and something sounds off. i thought, i must be playing it wrong, so i looked down and concentrated on my fingers, same thing. it sounded awful. we finish the intro, go into the verse, then chorus and then the little guitar solo right after the chorus. that is when i realize that the g string is like a whole step flat. so i walk over to the bassist, and say my guitars way out of tune, what should i do? she tells me to tune it.

i unplug, and run over to the electric tuner thati had left somewhere onstage. this was before i could tune by ear. so i start tuning. suddenly the rythym guitarist is yelling something at me. it sounds like hes saying "your sitting on my amp!" and im like, "yeah im sitting on your amp" (because i was). i didnt think that it would cause him any trouble. so i sort of retune and plug back in and all, and we finish the song, with my guitar being only slightly out of tune.

after, we get offstage and the rythym guitarist tells me that he was yelling that i was sitting on his chord, and it had cut his sound, because i had accidently pulled it out of the jack in the amp. so he didnt have any sound either.

it was a pretty bad show.
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i was playing a gig at this guys birthday's party, and hes in a band with all of us go up on the stage, and when we start to play smells like teen spirit(i had been playing for only3 monthes dont judge me!) he tells me he wants to play the solo because its hes B-day(i usually play the solos).so we get to the solo, and hes like ****ing it up!he just does everything on the wrong notes, goes out of tune, not in the rythem

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So, back when I was in my first band (in high school) we were all set to play our friend's big weekly party. So, we get all set up and whatnot and we play our usual set of original songs and deftones covers. The guitarist, who had recently hooked up with this extremely annoying girl from our school, had decided to invite her and her extremly annoying dad to our show. Under normal circumstances, this is fine because parents usually bailed 3 songs into our set anyway. Not this guy. Mr. Extremly Annoying gets EXTREMELY drunk (yeah, a 50 year old guy hanging out with teenagers...) and starts yelling at us to "PLAY SOME SKYNERD!!!" At which point, I tell him in no uncertain terms to "f*ck off"... This guy grabs my mic (the cord was wrapped around my hand still, so my hand went with it) and starts screaming "WHOO! HOUND DOG MOTHERF**KER!!!"...

Not my best moment.

Anyway, the guy whose party it was ends up having this dude escorted out of the place...
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Mine was the last gig we played...(WARNING: LONG POST)

My bands old singer invited my band to play at his birthday party with his band and another band. Our 3 bands always play together and we enjoy the other band (not so much my ex-singers band.)

We find out that my drummer joined my ex-singers band because my band dosen't play metal. OK, fine he still comes to our practices so its cool.

Its the day of the show and they told me to get there at 4 or 5 I think. I get there and I'm the first one. My old singers band was there before so they had the stage set and were practicing. Now, keep in mind were playing at the kids house. He is f***ing loaded so hes in the richest neighborhood around.

I took a seat in some chairs they set out on the grass to listen. First, the band sucks. The kid cant sing for his life (thats why we kicked him out) or play guitar. So hes doing some song where hes screaming and soloing. I also must add that all the amps are set to 10 and the drummer (who is very good) can't be heard.

Let me do the math for some of you. Million dollar area + 3 amps set to 10 * horrible band = pissed rich people.

So the kids mom comes out saying people are complaining. OK, turn off the amps go in and eat food. Fast froward to the actual party/ show.

One of the teachers in my school is in a band and came to the show. We did not know this. Before finding this out our line up was, My band, ex singers band, and the other band. As soon as the teacher comes the ex has to change the lineup so that his band goes first. Since the kid is a spoiled brat we just let him go first so no one fights.

OK, time for the bands to play. Before the first band went on I set all the amps to a good level. Were playing outside at like 9 so people are resting inside their homes at that time. So the amps are set to a loud but calm level. Band gets on, do a quick check of the sound. The ex gets PISSED at me for changing the levels of the amps. He starts yelling at me for 20 mins about it. Then turns the amps BACK up to 10 then they play.

By the time they are done...hour long set because every time they start a song the "singer" got mad about something and they had to start over. So do that math i did before and add in that its 10 at night with non stop as loud as it can go and s**t music.

My band gets on and we turn the amps back down. OK were good. We start playing and 3 seconds into the first song (Grab the Devil By The Horns- Sum 41) the ex singer comes on stage and starts turning the PA and amps down to like 2 saying it was too loud. Before he did that it was loud enough to hear on stage, now me, guitarist, and singer are standing in a circle trying to hear the amps over the drum. THEN (as if it could get worse) the ex singer comes into our little "hippy circle" we made around one speaker to hear the music and YELLS into a mic he turned up to 10 that he wants to sing the chorus to one of our songs (were still playing when hes doing this by the way.)

We told him no and the kid goes CRAZY. He turns off my amp, kicks the leads amp. Knocks down his OWN Gibson SG so it breaks a string and chips a bit of paint. His parents are just watching this all happen and not trying to calm him it at all. After his tamper tantrum we all just kinda stood there and my drummer counted us off and we finished the set. Got off, packed our stuff, drank the monster he bought for the bands, and left. Were not playing anything else with him or at his house again. Turns out the cops were at the house after we left because of the noise.

So yeah, anyone think they can beat that?

Oh and by the way, I invited my girlfriend to this to see my band for the first time. Wounder what she thinks of us...
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My worst gig? Probably a few months ago.

My ex band was playing at a local club. We did alot of metal/hardocre stuff. Well our singer comes drunker then ****. (We're 15/16/17 BTW) and hes all like babbling. So instantly we know he cant sing, and worse, he passes out. So I get on stage and tell the audience "Hey our singer cant sing, and we need someone who's good and knows our songs."

So this kid, about 14 comes up, and we get alittle skeptical, but hey, we give it a shot.

So we get on stage, warm up, then we jump into the opening riff of our song "Dance With The Devil." At this point, our singer comes out, and is screaming. He's tripping all over the place, and then he knocks over our rythmn guitarist's marshall stack. It falls, and breaks.

Lets just say, the guitarist beat the **** out of him.

We ended the gig there. Apologised, and latter hired the 14 year old as our singer, after finding out he was great.
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We played a charity gig with a couple of bands we knew, they were all quite light, and the metal-loving audience is just standing there for most of their stuff.

So, my band gets pretty confident, we had pretty much tore up a gig the month before in front of a new audience, so we think that this could be another good one.

However, halfway through our second song my 300 watt Ashdown bass combo decides to blow. Because I play with an active bass, the first thing we assumed was that it was my bass, as my amp was only at 1/2, 3/4 volume.

So, I get given the bass of one of the other bands, and no sound, so eventually we change the amp to some crappy 120 watt number which can't be heard at all. No drama though, let's just make sure we stay air-tight for the rest of the set...

No. On one of our originals, our drummer completely forgets the order of the song and adds in chorus and verse riffs all over the place. We look a shambles, me and the guitarists are desperately trying to cobble something together over the top of his rapidly-changing beats.

Surely there's no room to go wrong in our self-titled song, which is literally one riff being shredded over by our two guitarists? Oh yes it can. The song kicks in and they both just stand there, looking at each other. It seems that neither is going to start playing, so I yell "bass solo" to them and start razzling away. I give one of our guitarists a nod for him to begin his solo as I finish it off, and he just stands there. They've both now got their heads down, and are just playing the riff over and over...With horror, I turn to our drummer and signal for him to finish the song. Which he does, thankfully.

Okay, last song, it's another original, with a big rock out ending finished with a drum solo. The song thrashes through nicely, however it's when we are playing the last riff of the song, when it goes wrong AGAIN. Our drummer is meant to start his solo after four repetitions, and after the eighth or ninth he's still sitting there, happily tapping away on his drumbeat. Eventually it takes the whole band turning round and shouting at him for him to start, and this is after we've been playing the riff through about twenty times.

There was a high point though, as the guitarists and I decided we would play a cover of Foxy Lady to end our set in a more dignified manner, and our drummer comes back on to give a good improv performance on the kit. I'm kneeling down trying to hear myself play halfway through, and fall onto my back. The crowd responded well to me lying on the floor looking at them upside down, and the cover goes very nicely.

So, complete loss of face averted, but one of the guitarists and I left the band soon after.
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I'm in a band with me(lead guitar), rhythm guitar/vocals, bass and drums. keep in mind we've only been together about 3 months, the bassist is a joke and the rhythm guitarist thinks he is way better than he is cuz his parents buy him whatevetr the hall he wants.

We were playing our first (and only so far) gig at some sort of a junior high graduation party taht some trust fund kids decided to throw. We were playing four covers: Woman, Sunshine of your Love, Voodoo Child, and White Room, in that order.

Woman went very well although the singer had to use the DJs mic (which was the original plan, seeing as we suck) after that cuz the PA system that HE(and only he cuz we knew we wouldn't need it) bought was a POS. as it turned out, this mic didn't fit into his mic stand, so we recruited one of my friends to hold it, that's right, HOLD IT, during the song, which wasn't a big deal because he at least took some attention off the "singer."

We then went into Voodoo Child, which went great because I played that song myself and the "singer" just "sang" (he was drastically off). After that, he had a problem with his wah pedal, so I played the intro to little wing during the break. that was great as well.

Sunshine of your love followed this, thus starting the downward spiral. WE played great at the start but the "singer" lost the riff in the middle of the solo and continually messed up until the end of the song, when his guitar started to feedback wildly after he played an extra measure.

Then we were about to play white room when the "singer"(f*ck it, let's call him "Mike") completely lost his Wah pedal, obviously rendering that song pointless (since i needed mine as well, i couldn't lend it to him). He then got all pissy cuz trhat was the only song where he played a solo (if it qualifies as that), and we were forced to cut it. I thought that's it we are officially fooked but...

that kid who was holding the mic told me to play any song that i knew really well and that at least the drummer could figure out too. I then played Hey Joe by myself until the drummer (who is actually really good) caught on. then he started improvising a song to this one girl who was really upset cuz she was going to boarding school and would most likely never see us again. that saved it a bit for mike and the bassist (who had no idea what was happening the entire time ). though the drummer and i did good and got a crapload of compliments afterwards, it sucked and i would kill mike if he wasn't one of my best friends...

all in all it could have gone worse (in fact, compared to some of the other stories in here, it was great )but we DEFINITELY need a bloody singer
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Hmm, well we haven’t really had too many bad experiences. The worst would be back when the band was full of twelve year olds and we played one song at a *shudder* school trip disco, which consisted of four chords and the most basic drum beat you’ll ever encounter.

But I’m not counting that because we were twelve. Worst experience with my band as it is today has to be the school charity appeal we did. Some twat decided to mess around with our levels during our performance - the result were twangy guitar solos, drowned out brass and far too much bass. It also didn’t help that the audience didn’t pick up on our first tune’s abrupt ending - there was no applause, just silence for a good… 7 or 8 seconds.
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It wasnt that bad but yet the worst ever happend. We played outdoors and I was chewing a bubblegum. I sing chorus so I figured out that before it was time for me to sing, I had to spit it out. We played Slither - Velvet Revolver, so it was kinda hard and rough you know. And I tried to make it look cool, spitting out my gum. But it got stuck on my lip before it went out so it only flew about 1 meter. Didnt even come off the stage. Must have looked really silly...
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we had a gig once and it had been really badly set up by one of the other bands playing in the first song we played i couldnt here a thing i was playing so i really had no idea how it sounded, then they turned my amp up so much i couldnt here anything but me our drummer and bassist could hardly here themselves playing and its hard to stay in time when you cant here the drummer and bassist lol so it went pretty badly then we went out and got pissed lol
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well I haven't had any really bad playing mishaps but at our last gig we played in this armpit of a town and 12 people showed up (not counting family because their always at our gigs). The worst part about that was that we set up this massive PA that my dad had from his glory days ... 3 hour set up.... and 30 minutes before the start my bass cab's input stopped working....but luckily we had a backup PA sub that I used...Then we rawked hardcore so it all worked out in the end.
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Can a worst experience also be the best show you've played? Because that's what happened to me.

My band was playing a show at my school for an annual thing to close out the school year this week and we rocked the hell out of the place, but it was still my worst experience. We played four songs and I'll just go down everything that went wrong

Sliver (Nirvana Cover) - We didn't practice this song much so we opened with it. I came a couple bars early with the whole notes in the third verse, but I caught it before anyone else did.

Santeria (Sublime Cover) - We showed up ten minutes late, so we didn't really have much time to set up, so we used the amps and drum set that the school provided. I saw a Marshall 2x12 so I automatically went for it. Anyway, we start playing Santeria and it sorta turns down ALOT in the intro and this really screwed me up so i totally killed the intro to the song. Then during the verses it would randomly turn off on random chords. Finally in the solo, it shuts down on me in (IMO) the most important part of the solo, and then comes right back on. A couple of people said it was our best song though.

Original - Me and the bassist then switched guitars and we did a sort of sublime influenced song. Nothing much went wrong in this one except that the bass amp was too quiet, and a bunch of people were telling me to turn it up, and I did, but it still wasn't loud enough. It was kinda sad, because I had a REALLY cool bassline in that song.

Hate to say I told you So (The Hives Cover) - We absolutely rocked the f u c k out of this song! It was our best run ever even though I screwed up a lot. Right before the bridge part with the bass soloing, my A string snapped on me, and if anyone knows how to play this song, they would know that string is important as hell! So anyway the bridge comes up and I start talking to people and their screaming and yelling and **** and it was just awesome. Some people even told we sounded like The Hives, which was totally awesome.

It was by far the worst experience I've had, but it was also the best show I've ever played, a lot of people told us we were the best of the four bands that played there too.
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easily worst gig experience ive had

my band was headlining a bar gig

everythings going ok and were playing a song that goes from the whole band playing distorted to me playing clean by myself, everything starts fading out and i step on my pedal an start playing, but theres no sound! i hit the pedal a few more times and still no sounds. Im like WTF? id let one of the support acts use my stack and thought theyd changed my settings or something but it turned out my lead had decided to die at just that time. Had to find a new lead and then start off from where we finished.

Angus McHighlands
Join date: Dec 2006
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That's an easy one.

was playing a gig in some random town hall in the middle of a ned-infested town. The crowd consisted of like two people and the rest of the bands playing that night. halfway through our first song the drummers bass pedal breaks. all other bands refuse to give us a replacement. gig over =[
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UGs Viking
Join date: Mar 2006
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mine was my 2nd show ever. it was at a high school talent show...yeah i know. we aere a 4 piece ska band, i had been playing guitar for like 6 months and we did the imperial march from star wars and an original.

half way through the original i dropped my pick, its not like it just landed in front of me, i flew baclwards, how that happened i dont know but it landed under the kick drum.

it was pretty bad.
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Join date: Jun 2006
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Once I was trying out my brand new Gibson guitar and got really involved with the music without straplocks. Needless to say the strap failed me and the brand new gibson fell to the floor and i had to pick it up. I was also the only guitar player in my band. Luckily we didnt ruin the whole song. I still get made fun of to this day.
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There was the time the lead singer/guitarist started ragging on me for some reason to the audience. I think I had been giving him crap before the set began about some of his more annoying habits that the band had discussed as things he needed to stop when "talking with the crowd." He was obviously crossing lines and he knew it, and even the crowd could tell he was pissing me off. Finally I had enough, and I had some water at my feet, and I threw it at him.

I'm not sure how we finished that set out, but we did. But there was definitely a very tense few minutes as he wasn't too happy to get drenched.


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Est. 1966.
Join date: Apr 2007
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Years ago, we got booked at very short notice to play at a pub called the Town Mouse in Burnley, and no one turned up. It was completely empty and we played our first of two sets to our roadcrew.
The landlady came up to me and started screaming at me because the place was empty, so I asked her who the promoter for the gig was. She said 'What?' so I asked her who had organised the gig.
She said that she had, it was her who had contacted the band and arranged for them to play. I asked if she had recieved the posters I'd sent her and what she had done with them. She said that she had, and that she had put them up around the pub.
The problem was, the pub was notorious for being empty and we had been booked because we were known as a good draw, to try to gain them some income, so if she'd put the posters up in a place where no one went, no one would see them.
I asked what other promotion she had done and she replied 'None.'
So I said 'So basicaly we're playing a gig that no one knows about, which you, as the organiser and promoter have completely failed to promote?'
She told us not to bother playing the second set and tried to pay us off with £50. I told her that the agreed price was £200, which we would halve, making it £100, and that if she didn't want to pay that, she could expect a solicitors letter regarding the matter of breach of verbal contract.
She paid the money, and we split for the pub up the road, The Carlton.
Anyhow, while we were there, the landlady of the Carlton mentioned that the band she had booked for the following week had just canceled and asked if we could fill in. Which we agreed to do.
The following week, after she had put the posters up in the pub and around town and placed an ad in the local newspaper and contacted the guy who did the rock show on our local radio station, who happily plugged the gig on his show, the place was rammed full to capacity.
I noticed that the landlady's husband from the Town Mouse had turned up for a nosy around, so I said over the mic. 'We played at the Town Mouse last week and no one turned up, is it us, or is it the Town Mouse?' To which someone shouted out 'Neither, it's the landlady, she's barred most of us.'
The guy walked out red faced and the last I heard, they'd gone to run another pub somewhere else.

Another similar case but with a much different outcome was when we played at a fairly large club called The Metro in Rhyl, North Wales.
We had agreed to play for £300 and they had arranged for a local support act called Kobe and also hired a PA system.
When we got there, we met Kobe who said, 'Have you seen the state of the PA?'
It was a 100w vocal PA with one microphone. Probably OK for a small pub gig but drasticaly underpowered for this venue.
Still, we had no other option but to make the best of it, so we turned it up as loud as possible and sat back to watch Kobe, who were exellent, but like at the Town Mouse, no one had turned up because no one had promoted it. Also, Rhyl is a holiday town and it was the middle of winter.
The guy who had organised it was much different from the Town Mouse landlady however. He came up to us and actualy apologised for not promoting the gig.
It turned out he was having some sort of dispute with the guy who owned the club and was happily running the place into the ground on his behalf.
He handed Kobe and myself an envelope each with our money in them. The guy from Kobe came up to me and said, 'Hey, we've got an extra £100 in ours.' so I checked our envelope and there was £500 in it, £200 extra.
We decided to go tell him that he'd overpaid by £300, (it was tempting to just take the money and skidaddle, but we thought better of it) and the guy just said, 'Hey, it ain't my money, what do I care?'
We laughed our arses off for the entire two hour journey back home.
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Join date: Apr 2007
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somehow the snare drum didn't end up at the venue....we had to use a cardboard box instead....
Sir Psycho Sexy
Join date: May 2007
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Okay, not my own story, but a story of my friends':

Okay, last year's talent show. I was MCing the event (student council President), and a group of my buddies decided to play a song in the show. Well, they had no drummer, and the singer couldn't sing worth Jack $#17. They pick "Adam's Song" by Blink-182 to play. Ugh. I like Blink, but not that song.

I sit in with them during their rehearsals at their houses and at school (being a friend and fellow musician), and they sound okay. The bass on that song is almost nonexistent it is so simple, but the bassist makes it sound pretty good. The lead guitarist can play, but he has no energy to it. As for the singer/rhythm guitarist, God bless him, I don't think he even knew what was going on.

They make the cut, doing pretty well in the audition, and prepare for the talent show.

Talent show day:
I am frantic. I have to make every little piss ant happy, including the teachers. The vice president forgets all her lines, so I have to help her. I was supposed to handle the audio, but in all the confusion, one of my teachers ended up doing so.

They are the last act to go on amidst tap-dancers, lip-syncers, and other pitiful acts. I really hype up their performance in my introduction for them. Well, the Lead guitarist is so apathetic, that he is off half a beat. The teacher turned up the bass WAAAY too loud, so it drowned out everything else (which, incidentally, may have been a good thing). As for the singer/rhythm guitarist, halfway through the song, his already off-pitch voice starts to crack and he is strumming the rhythm part COMPLETELY off track.

By the end of the song, everyone in the audience is laughing at them. I try my best to downplay it and to move on, but everybody got a kick out of it.

In the final judging, they didn't place, and the singer comes up to me, all pissed, and asks me why. I just have to tell him honestly. He is mad at me for about 3 days and then takes up the drums.
He's a freak of nature, but we love him so.

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In the final judging, they didn't place, and the singer comes up to me, all pissed, and asks me why. I just have to tell him honestly. He is mad at me for about 3 days and then takes up the drums.

Ever wonder why drummers are such flakes?
Drums are a last-resort instrument, anyway.
Please do not insinuate anything sexual from that.

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somehow the snare drum didn't end up at the venue....we had to use a cardboard box instead....

The drummer from Buddy Holly and the Crickets used to play a carboard box instead of a snare, he even recorded like that. Have a listen to 'Everyday' and you can clearly hear it.
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The drummer from Buddy Holly and the Crickets used to play a carboard box instead of a snare, he even recorded like that. Have a listen to 'Everyday' and you can clearly hear it.
that's awesome.

I'm going to suggest that to my drummer. We're going to put together an experiment side project and that could sound cool.
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This isn't a bad experience from my point of view but it deserves to be written somewhere

The best thing we did was the last day of high school in assembly. We had 5 people in our band(singer,2guitars,bass+drums) 3 of which knew our real intentions, (me on bass, singer and drummer)
After nearly one minute of playing schools out the three of us stopped, leaving the two guitarists playing. Our singer went behind the curtains and pulled out his dads old warwick and i went over to the amps to pretend something was wrong.

I was in fact turning off the amps the guitars were in. The drummer shouts eat this mother f***ers into his mic. and me the singer and him all start to play Municipal Waste's 'Born To Party'.

If you don't know the song, poor you, they chant MUNICIPAL WASTE IS GONNA **CK YOU UP over and over at one part.

We made sure OUR amps weren't in the plugs near the teachers so none of them could stop us very quickly.
But low and behold they don't try to stop us. We were in front of some 1500 pupils and 60 teachers, amongst were the headteacher and the two school governers (aged 60+)

We glance around and apart from the two guitarist, who i still owe an apology, everyone seemed to find it hilarious. Most people were stood up screaming and enjoying themselves.

We all have a great memory and i will take it with me to the grave. I didn't even think our singer could even play but apparently i'm mistaken. We'r e now trying to find a new drummer cause he sorta had a car accident and broke some limbs(i think he's faking)

You are my hero.
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*big post*

That's not so much a bad experience as it is you guys kicking arse, as usual.
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Join date: Apr 2007
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My worst experience wasn't really THAT bad, but it sucked:

I was playing Cupid's Dead by Extreme with my former band, and I used my Line 6 PODxt Live during that show. I plugged it in an amp which was used by one the band playing before us, and I forgot to change from the distortion channel to the clean channel. When we started playing, my sound sucked ass, and I didn't now what the hell was wrong. My playing was good, but it sounded ****! When I found out that I forgot switching channels, I felt humiliated... Although I wasn't, lol.

I actually had one more bad experience during that show, but just a small one. I just started playing the intro part of Windowpane by Opeth, and I forgot to press the correct channel on the POD. Good thing that I switched fast, because I was already on the correct bank, so I just had to tap my foot fast on channel "A".

It'll never happen again!
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