I knew it was gonna be a bad gig when...

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Diamond Member
Holy crap you made me remember a gig from 25 years ago that I had forgotten!
Basically it's the same story you have 😆
My first tour ever at age 20 something and we drive from san francisco to Boulder Colorado only to find we weren't even booked at the club. They felt bad for us and gave us a cheese pizza and a pitcher of bud. gee whiz thanks :cautious:

we had a gig like that, but whe we got there, we foud it was double booked. We foud by setting everything up for soudcheck; popped next door to get food while waiting for the sound guy, and coming back in to another band moving our stuff off of the stage and putting theirs on...we approach the owner and he says: "uhhhh sorry...I forgot. These guys are playing though, so you have to get your stuff out"

there was quite a bit of damage to the door way and starwell as we loaded out....
 

Tony_H

Member
You know it's going to be bad when the club owner says, "If you don't bring at least 50 people in, you'll never play here again."
Are those the same club owners that give the band a percentage of the door, but put "their guy" on the door taking the money. :eek:
 

SharkSandwich

Junior Member
When someone yells "Freebird"
 

petrez

Senior Member
When the soundguy comes up to me and ask me to duct tape the heads on my kit to cut out any resonance, after I have finetuned it before I left home.

When there is no backstage at the venue, you basically can't relax anywhere, have to be social all night if you dont want to be that weird guy in the corner.

When there is no real stage clearance, minimal security and some people in the audience is already drunk when you do soundcheck...
 
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Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Diamond Member
You know it's going to be bad when the club owner says, "If you don't bring at least 50 people in, you'll never play here again."

yeah....to that guy I would say:" we will bring as many people as your advertisements for the show got to...."
 

prodigy4299

New Member
...when the sound guy is 3.5 hours late to the call time.
...when he doesn't bring everything that's on the rider
...when the backline that he brings is so old and crusty that some things randomly work / don't work over the course of the show

I had me one of these yesterday. Good show overall, but I emailed the promoter that they need to talk to the sound company. Not cool.
 

BobC

Member
yeah....to that guy I would say:" we will bring as many people as your advertisements for the show got to...."
I used to say, "It's also your responsibility to bring people in."

Years ago, we played a bar in NJ, and that night, the only crowd was 12 losers watching sports on TV. After the first set, the barmaid told me the owner wanted to see me downstairs. I went down, and he started berating me for not bringing people on. I fired back, "And where's your crowd? All you brought in was 12 guys watching hockey. That's bullsh**. Don't give me sh** for not bringing anyone in when you didn't either."

He calmed right down, we cut a deal, packed up and went home.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry" - Administrator
Staff member
Good on you Commander. Stand up to the people who try and pin bringing in the crowd on the band. It's his place, not yours. He backed down not because he knew you were right, he backed down because you challenged him like a man should. He knew he had no leg to stand on. He's probably not used to musicians attacking him. Good one.
 

BobC

Member
Good on you Commander. Stand up to the people who try and pin bringing in the crowd on the band. It's his place, not yours. He backed down not because he knew you were right, he backed down because you challenged him like a man should. He knew he had no leg to stand on. He's probably not used to musicians attacking him. Good one.
Thinking back on it, he could have had a gun in his desk.
 
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