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It's great to have confidence and stage presence though, like these guys "RASH"...


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post Mar 26 2014, 09:17 AM
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One of the worst things to pull at a gig, is not arriving at all biggrin.gif

Yes, I have witnessed this one, if you were wondering! There were some friends of mine who were playing with a guy on drums, who called in sick in the last minute before the gig was about to start. Well, another friend bumped into him in a park that evening, while he was all over a girl... so yeah biggrin.gif You pretty much got the picture smile.gif


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post Mar 26 2014, 11:39 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 26 2014, 09:17 AM) *
One of the worst things to pull at a gig, is not arriving at all biggrin.gif

Yes, I have witnessed this one, if you were wondering! There were some friends of mine who were playing with a guy on drums, who called in sick in the last minute before the gig was about to start. Well, another friend bumped into him in a park that evening, while he was all over a girl... so yeah biggrin.gif You pretty much got the picture smile.gif


Hahha now that is a good story! smile.gif

When it comes to worst tricks to pull at a gig (or not do it at all), I would say this one would rank quite high for me :
band being bored or dissatisfied because there are not so many people at the show. I have seen this many times unfortunately and I really dislike when frontman would make jokes related to how many people are in the audience etc. After all - the people who are there watching the show are then even more "valuable" as they actually showed up. It is not their fault if the gig is not sold out or something. They came for the show and they should get one. It shouldn't matter how many people are watching the show and in my opinion the band should have fun and give its 100% every time. Thinking more about it, any kind of "whining" on stage (ex: we are getting exhausted, its so hot in here, we haven't sold many CDs, music industry sucks etc) is just unacceptable smile.gif


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post Mar 26 2014, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 26 2014, 09:17 AM) *
One of the worst things to pull at a gig, is not arriving at all biggrin.gif

Yes, I have witnessed this one, if you were wondering! There were some friends of mine who were playing with a guy on drums, who called in sick in the last minute before the gig was about to start. Well, another friend bumped into him in a park that evening, while he was all over a girl... so yeah biggrin.gif You pretty much got the picture smile.gif


Great story, haha.

But to be serious something similar happened to me. More then 25 years ago(when there were no mobiles :-D ) and I hadn't a normal phone too I totally overslept and I didn't hear the door bell the band mates rang for many many minutes(They told me later) but i was sleeping like a baby.... And then they went to the gig without me and came back in the midnight saying that they had the best gig ever, hahaha

A few years ago I played some gigs with the phenomenal world class Drummer Benny Greb http://www.bennygreb.de. When we arrived at the gig he noticed that he just forgot all Cymbals and Hihats. But he said that he could do the gig with out it, no Problem. And yeah, it worked! He just used his tambourin as a Hihat and found one old totally broken cymbal over there... and he was just fantastic as usual. Unbelievable guy!!! :-D


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post Mar 26 2014, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Mar 26 2014, 10:39 AM) *
Hahha now that is a good story! smile.gif

When it comes to worst tricks to pull at a gig (or not do it at all), I would say this one would rank quite high for me :
band being bored or dissatisfied because there are not so many people at the show. I have seen this many times unfortunately and I really dislike when frontman would make jokes related to how many people are in the audience etc. After all - the people who are there watching the show are then even more "valuable" as they actually showed up. It is not their fault if the gig is not sold out or something. They came for the show and they should get one. It shouldn't matter how many people are watching the show and in my opinion the band should have fun and give its 100% every time. Thinking more about it, any kind of "whining" on stage (ex: we are getting exhausted, its so hot in here, we haven't sold many CDs, music industry sucks etc) is just unacceptable smile.gif


Just out of curiosity what is it that gets you when bands complain about the music industry on stage etc? I get what you're on about. But what if they made it funny for example? tongue.gif
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post Mar 27 2014, 09:55 AM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Mar 26 2014, 10:39 AM) *
Hahha now that is a good story! smile.gif

When it comes to worst tricks to pull at a gig (or not do it at all), I would say this one would rank quite high for me :
band being bored or dissatisfied because there are not so many people at the show. I have seen this many times unfortunately and I really dislike when frontman would make jokes related to how many people are in the audience etc. After all - the people who are there watching the show are then even more "valuable" as they actually showed up. It is not their fault if the gig is not sold out or something. They came for the show and they should get one. It shouldn't matter how many people are watching the show and in my opinion the band should have fun and give its 100% every time. Thinking more about it, any kind of "whining" on stage (ex: we are getting exhausted, its so hot in here, we haven't sold many CDs, music industry sucks etc) is just unacceptable smile.gif


I totally agree with you man smile.gif We have performed in the same way for 4000 people and for 20 people alike. NEVER change anything and things will be always be great. Sometimes, the energy of those 20 people means more than the boring attitude of 4000 people who won't resonate with your music, but they are there because of the context.

QUOTE (Josh Adams @ Mar 26 2014, 07:20 PM) *
Just out of curiosity what is it that gets you when bands complain about the music industry on stage etc? I get what you're on about. But what if they made it funny for example? tongue.gif


There's always a catch smile.gif When you give things a funny flavor and you make fun of the nasty obstacles in a relaxed and joyful manner, it can be ok. If you complain, it's not ok smile.gif It's a thin line man - at least as I see it!


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post Mar 27 2014, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Josh Adams @ Mar 26 2014, 08:20 PM) *
Just out of curiosity what is it that gets you when bands complain about the music industry on stage etc? I get what you're on about. But what if they made it funny for example? tongue.gif


I guess it would be the act of very complaining on stage about anything.

When I pay for the ticket and go to the concert I'm there to get relaxed and enjoy a (great) show not necessarily hear about the bands internal problems (TV documentaries are good for that). Also, I always thought the bands should act and do something about it, not complain as it is not productive. In example, playing an amazing show will boost chances of CD and Merch sales at the entrance where saying stuff like : "Please buy our CD, we only sold 10 of them ever. Media doesn't want to promote us." will probably diminish those chances. It is not a very accurate illustration but you get my point.

Of course - making things funny is a whole other dimension but as Cosmin mentioned it is a thin line and a bit dodgy.
For example, it can just not be so funny smile.gif Or it can cross into sarcasm and some people might not be fans of it.

P.s. There is also technical stuff that can ruin the vibe of the show like "Man this gear sucks" or "we are having technical difficulties with the monitoring". Audience in 90% of the cases usually doesn't know how that stuff works and what is involved in a show, they just want to hear (and see) the performance. Musicians can get really down because of "not ideal technical setup" for their gig but the actual experience for the audience can be completely different. It happened many times when we were touring that we played on gear that is completely broken or sounds rubbish and we couldn't hear anything properly on the stage and though we played poorly that audience gave us feedback during and after the show like it was one of the best we did.


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post Mar 27 2014, 10:38 AM
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I absolutely agree with U guys! ;-)


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