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Cosmin Lupu
post Feb 8 2012, 07:47 PM
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Well, as the question states biggrin.gif you must've done something silly while performing and thus getting the crowd to cheer or laugh out loud! Tell us a little story about it and I shall start with mine wink.gif



I was at my first gig with ARIA last month, opening for Arch Enemy and at some point during a song, I got the mic up in the air and started to raise my fist so that the crowd could follow me. Little did I know, that my mic cable went out and about laugh.gif so I stepped away from that spot and got ready to sing the chorus with my foot set on the monitor and anger on my face biggrin.gif guess what...NO SOUND CAME from the monitor laugh.gif

I picked it up and plugged it in faster than you can say 'bummer' and while singing, the technician came and wrapped tape duct all over the cable and mic body so that thing won't happen again...

I got away with it, but it felt INCREDIBLY crappy laugh.gif I was ashamed deep inside, but I learned my lesson: NEVER raise the mic without making a coil with the cable so that it won't ever go out of it's socket!

Let's hear them guys and gals! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 01:40 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 8 2012, 12:47 PM) *
Well, as the question states biggrin.gif you must've done something silly while performing and thus getting the crowd to cheer or laugh out loud! Tell us a little story about it and I shall start with mine wink.gif



I was at my first gig with ARIA last month, opening for Arch Enemy and at some point during a song, I got the mic up in the air and started to raise my fist so that the crowd could follow me. Little did I know, that my mic cable went out and about laugh.gif so I stepped away from that spot and got ready to sing the chorus with my foot set on the monitor and anger on my face biggrin.gif guess what...NO SOUND CAME from the monitor laugh.gif

I picked it up and plugged it in faster than you can say 'bummer' and while singing, the technician came and wrapped tape duct all over the cable and mic body so that thing won't happen again...

I got away with it, but it felt INCREDIBLY crappy laugh.gif I was ashamed deep inside, but I learned my lesson: NEVER raise the mic without making a coil with the cable so that it won't ever go out of it's socket!

Let's hear them guys and gals! biggrin.gif


That's hilarious, Cosmin!! I have no tales to tell. Never been on stage.


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post Feb 9 2012, 02:05 AM
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I remember being so nervous on my first gig! 10 minutes before we were about to play I realized I didn't have the distortion pedal with me, so I borrowed one from a friend from the previous band. It was dark and I couldn't see which jack was input and which was output so I took a guess. Turns up that I got it the wrong way, because the input was on the opposite side than it was the case with my distortion.

Of course, my guitar wasn't producing any sound and I thought it was bad cable. So we replaced the cable. Again, no sound. We tried another cable. By then I was bathing in my own sweat because people were waiting for us to start playing for 15 minutes! When we finally made it, I was so relieved but also felt so dumb biggrin.gif It was a funny moment, I even have it recorded!

On the second gig, a similar thing happened. My strings were pretty old so I had to tune my guitar after each song. I used the built-in amp tuner, which of course turns the sound off until you press the footswitch to return it to playing mode. And - you guessed it, I forgot to do that biggrin.gif And ironically the next song was the hardest song in our setlist and the one we were most looking forward to play! (August Burns Red - "Indonesia") So we started playing and everything could be heard except for my guitar. Not many people in the audience noticed this, but my band members were pretty confused biggrin.gif Luckily I realized what happened soon and hit the footswitch biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 02:38 AM
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I played a gig once, turned up and did the Sound Check. Left all the Amps on Stage as our Backline. Went to the Bar whilst the other 3 Bands played and got backstage ready to go on. Walked on stage, put my Guitar on, turned the Amp on and NOTHING!! ohmy.gif
NO SOUND!! ohmy.gif
Checked my Pedals, checked the Amps Volume, checked all the settings, made sure my Pedal Board Power Supply was on and working, still no sound!!

Then I found my Guitar cable just laying on the floor and I hadn't plugged it into my Jack Socket!!!
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laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Good job I noticed as I was about to start smashing the guitar up in frustration!! An original 72 Thinline Tele!!


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post Feb 9 2012, 03:21 AM
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We want to see that video Dinaga. biggrin.gif

Sensible Jones, was the guitar cable not buzzing??


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post Feb 9 2012, 09:11 AM
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laugh.gif

It seems it ALWAYS has to come down to cables, right? biggrin.gif I am very curious to see Dinaga's adventure too tongue.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 12:36 PM
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Nothing too dramatic. I head butted a bass headstock and caused my head to bleed but that wasn't embarrassing, it was cool ! cool.gif

The most embarrassing it got for me was just having to keep tuning my guitar between songs dry.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 12:43 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 9 2012, 11:36 AM) *
Nothing too dramatic. I head butted a bass headstock and caused my head to bleed but that wasn't embarrassing, it was cool ! cool.gif

The most embarrassing it got for me was just having to keep tuning my guitar between songs dry.gif


Oh, I think I remember that one laugh.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 9 2012, 11:43 AM) *
Oh, I think I remember that one laugh.gif


Yeah, my head remembers it ! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 02:53 PM
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once i was playing song, but had another in my head, so i mixed both LOL screwing things up; i still facepalm myself, and think "what have i done"


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2 recent ones that come to mind.

1) Our sound crew aren't the best at church, so I get back up on stage for the last song of the service with the rest of the band, grab my guitar and start the intro to the song. No sound. I look back to the sound desk and glare, pointing at my guitar and shrugging and try again, nothing. Then some one in the front row points out I haven't plugged in.

2) You know how it is, you're playing, in the moment, eye shut, I then go to start singing the next verse, open my eyes and I'm a foot or two to the left of my mike stand singing into nothing.


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post Feb 9 2012, 03:18 PM
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Great topic! There was a place here to play called "Peteco's" that was like a Roxy. There was a house covers band that played every weekend and I used to play as a guest as well as many other musicians. The band had 3 guitarists so with me we were 4 guitar on stage... One day I get on stage and I don't know exactly when but my guitar cable disconnected... as I didn't here myself.. I was confused with any of the other guitars.. I continued playing without cable the whole song! tongue.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 05:43 PM
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These stories are so funny, guys!! All of them!


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post Feb 9 2012, 06:35 PM
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Had a song that I start right after a big trash can ending of another song...2 sec break between songs and then I hit it...

Only to find out I had stepped on my cable and unplugged my guitar...the 2 sec of silence was longer than expected...smile.gif

Oh the funny part, me tripping over the cables trying to get them reconnected...

What a night... smile.gif

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The other is the band leader changed keys on a song just before a set...song came up, I did not change so went on playing whole song in different key...but for some odd reason the crowd said it was one of the best concerts they had been too... (THEY MUST NOT GET OUT MUCH)

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post Feb 9 2012, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE (Michael AC @ Feb 9 2012, 05:35 PM) *
Had a song that I start right after a big trash can ending of another song...2 sec break between songs and then I hit it...

Only to find out I had stepped on my cable and unplugged my guitar...the 2 sec of silence was longer than expected...smile.gif

Oh the funny part, me tripping over the cables trying to get them reconnected...

What a night... smile.gif


Oh no !! One thing after another !! ohmy.gif


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post Feb 10 2012, 04:08 AM
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Years ago in high school, the band I was in (have since had 20 year layoff from playing, recently started again) was playing a battle of the bands. Our other guitarist had the intro to an AC/DC song, I was to join when the second guitar part kicked in. He played a few notes & promptly stepped on his cable as he was walking away from the amp. Naturally he pulled it out & I was left to butcher his part...a part that I had never practiced before! He plugged back in & joined in. It was about the longest 5-10 seconds of my short stage career. I learned several lessons that day. Don't step on your cable & practice all guitar parts...just in case. biggrin.gif
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post Feb 10 2012, 05:41 AM
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QUOTE (Michael AC @ Feb 9 2012, 11:35 AM) *
The other is the band leader changed keys on a song just before a set...song came up, I did not change so went on playing whole song in different key...but for some odd reason the crowd said it was one of the best concerts they had been too... (THEY MUST NOT GET OUT MUCH)

Wow that's pretty bad the audience didn't notice.

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Years ago in high school, the band I was in (have since had 20 year layoff from playing, recently started again) was playing a battle of the bands. Our other guitarist had the intro to an AC/DC song, I was to join when the second guitar part kicked in. He played a few notes & promptly stepped on his cable as he was walking away from the amp. Naturally he pulled it out & I was left to butcher his part...a part that I had never practiced before! He plugged back in & joined in. It was about the longest 5-10 seconds of my short stage career. I learned several lessons that day. Don't step on your cable & practice all guitar parts...just in case. biggrin.gif

That's why it's a good idea to loop the cable between the guitar and strap.


WE ALL HAVE CABLE PROBLEMS! laugh.gif


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post Feb 10 2012, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (thefireball @ Feb 10 2012, 04:41 AM) *
Wow that's pretty bad the audience didn't notice.


That's why it's a good idea to loop the cable between the guitar and strap.


WE ALL HAVE CABLE PROBLEMS! laugh.gif


+1 Brandon biggrin.gif I ALWAYS but ALWAYS loop the guitar cable between the axe and the strap tongue.gif and I also loop it around a little niche in the pedalboard so that I won't unplug it when I run around on a big stage biggrin.gif I was on the edge with that at least 3-4 times!

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post Feb 10 2012, 05:52 PM
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I haven't embarrassed myself on stage *yet*, but I did have an early morning show - way to early to sing and I lost my voice after the first song! I could still sing, but my voice was like "grrrrrwooooll" for soft songs LOL. Hate singing with a raspy voice.

But I look forward to stepping on my cable during a solo. That should be awesome!


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post Feb 10 2012, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Feb 10 2012, 04:52 PM) *
I haven't embarrassed myself on stage *yet*, but I did have an early morning show - way to early to sing and I lost my voice after the first song! I could still sing, but my voice was like "grrrrrwooooll" for soft songs LOL. Hate singing with a raspy voice.

But I look forward to stepping on my cable during a solo. That should be awesome!


i would not be so hasty as to be eager for that thing laugh.gif


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