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  • So the drummer in the band I run sound for says last week that the band is going to do a weekend show at the local big casino here. Says that it was arranged by him, and that everyone will get a couple dollars for Christmas. He tells us that there is a house system and sound man. I go to leave for the gig last night, and he calls to tell me that I am not needed. What a jerk. No xtra Christmas money for me, but 500 apiece for them.
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    • A few years ago my band was playing a regular gig at this biker bar. We'd play every 1st Saturday of the month. Well, since high school had ended most of our friends and fans moved on to college, so our draw was dwendling. One night before we start to pack up all of our stuff and head over we get a call from the bar tender/owner that she has to go to Miami for a family emergency or something. We then hear from a friend of ours who went to the bar to watch us play, that there is a gas leak and there will be no show tonight. She then went back inside and shut the door.

      We weren't really drawing that many people and I can understand why they didn't care to have us as a band anymore, but ****************, atleast have the decency to be honest with us.
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      • Originally posted by 6Imzadi
        So the drummer in the band I run sound for says last week that the band is going to do a weekend show at the local big casino here. Says that it was arranged by him, and that everyone will get a couple dollars for Christmas. He tells us that there is a house system and sound man. I go to leave for the gig last night, and he calls to tell me that I am not needed. What a jerk. No xtra Christmas money for me, but 500 apiece for them.


        Why cry? I'd ask for your cut now. When they balk, inform them it's unacceptable to cancel your participation in a show the day of. That's standard business practice. Hell, doctor's offices usually require 24 hours notice.

        Unless these guys are your cash cow I'd demand compensation. If they refuse, let them win and quit. But don't quit until the next gig. Give them a call as you're preparing to leave for the gig... (Payback is truly a bitch!)

        If you do nothing these guys will continue to walk all over you whenever they feel the need.
        That's my opinion and it oughta be yours. - Makk Trukk, WSIX, Nashville, Tn.

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        Yeah, exactly! There's some things that maybe you DON'T want to fix at the source!! - Ken/Eleven Shadows on the Castrati, 3/06


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        • About 10 yrs ago our band was doing a 5 nite show at a resort in upper Mich. This was a very small town but word traveled fast, and the last 3 nights the place was wall to wall. On our last nite we had already done 2 encores and they, as drunks will wanted 1 more. We got back up on stage, our drummer was in heaven they had a drum riser on stage that elevated his kit 2 feet higher than the main stage. The drummer said we gotta do" born to be wild" so here we go off to the races. the crowds going nuts and of course drummers being who they are have to have the last note so the bass player and I made this the longest ending of a 3 min. song in history, the lights are flashing and all you can see is a blur of his sticks, I gotta admit the guy could play. Well he cues us for the ending and as he rasies his sticks to the heavens as if in slow motion he falls over backwards off the riser!!The crowd went crazy and myself and the bass player nearly pissed our pants in laughter!!

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          • Cool!
            That's my opinion and it oughta be yours. - Makk Trukk, WSIX, Nashville, Tn.

            If I experience any more personal, emotional or spiritual growth I'm gonna puke. - DJP, 10/05

            Yeah, exactly! There's some things that maybe you DON'T want to fix at the source!! - Ken/Eleven Shadows on the Castrati, 3/06


            Ghost Train playing Shake, Rattle & Roll
            Goofball web page featuring Sunshowers/Sparkle Shoes.
            It's WMA format.

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            • Originally posted by Dandy Don
              About 10 yrs ago our band was doing a 5 nite show at a resort in upper Mich. This was a very small town but word traveled fast, and the last 3 nights the place was wall to wall. On our last nite we had already done 2 encores and they, as drunks will wanted 1 more. We got back up on stage, our drummer was in heaven they had a drum riser on stage that elevated his kit 2 feet higher than the main stage. The drummer said we gotta do" born to be wild" so here we go off to the races. the crowds going nuts and of course drummers being who they are have to have the last note so the bass player and I made this the longest ending of a 3 min. song in history, the lights are flashing and all you can see is a blur of his sticks, I gotta admit the guy could play. Well he cues us for the ending and as he rasies his sticks to the heavens as if in slow motion he falls over backwards off the riser!!The crowd went crazy and myself and the bass player nearly pissed our pants in laughter!!




              I almost got fired from my job laughing at that!!!

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              • Bump to see if the INDEX LINK works....



                Terry D.
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                • Guys, I'm taking a hiatus from internet forums for a while. You know, just to see if I CAN!

                  In the meantime, Happy/Blessed Holidays to all of you here in my original HC home. Good luck with all the increased work this time of year brings for those of us in this trade, and hopefully you'll bring a nice chunk of Christmas cash home in the deal.

                  I'm gigging a lot this month, just did a pretty "stupid" one last night, but not quite "Stupid Stories" worthy.

                  Hopefully a few of you will pitch in and keep this thread alive with your own stories. I wish Readybeans hadn't left, he seemed to have a few good yarns left in him.

                  Anyway, I'll be back most likely. Just gotta get busy in the real world for a while.

                  See ya soon!

                  Terry D.
                  Telling Stories releases 2nd CD, see our WEBSITE! Please check out my GROUPIE STORY and Tales from the Road.

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                  • Hope you're back soon Terry
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                    • Hope you're back soon Terry


                      I'm back.

                      Wow!!! 40,000 views of this thread! I wondered what the number was.



                      Terry D.
                      Telling Stories releases 2nd CD, see our WEBSITE! Please check out my GROUPIE STORY and Tales from the Road.

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                      • bump for oldivor
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                        • bump for oldivor



                          hope your back soon.

                          lets all start posting more stories.


                          I am doing a gig on feb 10th, that will have a bunch of internationial super models at it the promoter doesn't ahve a clue. - the bonus is that it is a "winterfest" sort of thing, .. theme is lion with and wardrobe, one of the models will spend 35 mins sittin gon a frozen ICE THROWN!


                          I will post pics.

                          Kev.
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                          Just for fun, what do you think would happen if you decided to take a nap in the fast lane of a freeway? agedhorse -2008

                          Funny, I'll bet I have a good one sitting on my shelf. agedhorse -2008

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                          • hope your back soon.

                            lets all start posting more stories.


                            I am doing a gig on feb 10th, that will have a bunch of internationial super models at it the promoter doesn't ahve a clue. - the bonus is that it is a "winterfest" sort of thing, .. theme is lion with and wardrobe, one of the models will spend 35 mins sittin gon a frozen ICE THROWN!


                            I will post pics.

                            Kev.





                            Kind of reminds me of the gig I did where we shared the stage with an artist making an ice sculpture before the band played. Ice chips were flying everywhere - the band gear wasn't on stage yet but once the sculpture was finished, a crew swept all the ice shavings away and the gear was put in place. Then it started to snow and by the end of their 20 minute set we had to find the stomp pedals by following the 1/4" lead. To make matters worse, they were frozen to the stage because of the water left from the sculpture. remnants. Luckily, the only thing that was damaged was an LR Baggs para-di which was being flaky anyway.
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                            • Well, I'm new here, but I have a few decent stupid stories to share with everyone.

                              I'll start with my own stupid story. A few years back, I joined my first band and started getting serious about music. I didn't want to have a "group" PA system, because then when the band broke up we would have to figure out how to split it evenly. So I took it upon myself to buy the PA system. Being a naive teenager, I was blown away at the thought that a basic PA system would run around $700! I kept searching until I found something to fit my budget: a $480 Kustom package with a 7 channel, 200 watt powered mixer and two 12" cabs.

                              After practicing with the new system and putting together a decent set list, we decided to record ourselves to see what we sounded like. We had done some recording in the past with a single microphone and a cheap tape deck, and it sounded like crap. We wanted to record something that was "demo quality," so I decided to run all of the instruments into the mixer and then run the mixer into the tape deck. We were recording live, and I figured we would get a better signal from the guitar amps if we ran a line out, as opposed to miking the amps. Well, keep in mind that we were a crappy teenage band with crappy equipment, and both 15 Watt guitar amps did NOT have pre-amp outputs. They did, however, have headphone outputs, and being stupid and inexperienced, I figured these would work just as well. Well, bear in mind that a 15 Watt amp does not put out too much volume, and in order to be heard over the drums you have to crank it pretty hard. I believe we were running both amps at around full volume. In this situation, a headphone output would not be a good idea, since it had 15 WATTS OF POWER BEHIND IT!!! I proceeded to hook everything up and turned on the power. I fiddled with the mixer volume on the guitar channel, and wasn't getting anything. I presumed it must be a bad cable. So while our guitar player went to search for another instrument cable, we started to notice a burning smell, and I thought someone must be smoking in the house or something. Well, our guitarst returned with a backup cable, and as I clasped my fingers around the "faulty cable" and began to pull it out of the mixer, a miniature explosion went off inside the PA head, and a blue bolt of electricity followed me as I pulled the cable out. The LED's all went out, and the unit wouldn't turn back on.

                              I called around town to find a repair place, and got hold of the only one in town. They told me that they required 50 or 60 dollars up front just to look at it, and then if I decided to have it repaired they would contribute that money towards the first hour of labor, but that I would have to pay for labor and parts after that. Having no other choice, I went ahead with this proposal, and they told me the power amp was fried. After waiting for about a month for the manufacturer to send the parts, I finally got my mixer back with a price tag of about $220. I could have bought it new for around $280. I was crushed, but from that day forward I knew the difference between a powered signal and a line level signal.
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                              • Okay, luckily these next stories don't end in anything getting destroyed.

                                One of our guitar players (I'll call him Bob) was rather technologically impaired at the time, although he was the best guitar player among us. On day I noticed that Bob was not using his usual guitar strap and commented on it, and he replied that he had replaced it because it wasn't long enough. I picked up his old strap and looked at it for a second, and then thought "this can't be happening." He didn't know that you could adjust the strap length!!! He was amazed when I showed him how to make his strap longer. I still give him a hard time about that one.
                                Later on in the band's career, Bob decided to expand his guitar arsenal by getting a Crybaby wah-wah pedal. It worked great until one day it tragically broke. Bob sent it back to have it repaired, and it was returned in a week or so. He brought his newly refurbished Crybaby to band practice, and it was working fine for one song. A few songs later, when Bob went to use the wah again, he got nothing, and started complaining that it had broken again. I began to get a little skeptical at this point, so I took a look at Bob's Crybaby, and noticed that there was a little button underneath the pedal. I pushed the button, and the pedal started magically working again! It had never been broken in the first place, we just didn't realize that it could be kicked on and off!
                                After almost two years of practicing on and off, we got an almost real gig. It was an outdoor party at the pool where I lifeguarded, and we would be playing for a private party. We weren't going to get paid, but we were so happy to get to perform we didn't care. The location posed a couple of problems: first of all, the pool was completely surrounded by barbed-wire fence, and our designated spot to set up was on the back deck. The only availabe entrance was at the front gate, so we pulled the van up and unloaded our equipment there. This meant we had to drag all or our equipment across the upper deck, down the steps, and along side the pool to the platform at the back deck that would serve as our stage. Our next obstacle was power supply: there was only one power outlet onstage, and the next outlet was at least 50 feet away. We had to power two guitar amplifiers, a bass amp, and the PA system. Luckily, we brought a handy-dandy power strip, and the pool had plenty of extension cords. I figured I would hook up the bass amp and the PA head directly to the outlet on my side of the stage, and then our two guitar players would use an extension cord and hook it up to the power strip. While I tended to the PA system, I sent our other guitar player (not Bob) to run the extension cord. He returned a minute later to connect the power strip. He told me there was a problem. He had a male plug that had to connect to the power strip. Obviously two male plugs cannot connect. While he and the other guitar player tried to hook up the extension cord to one of the outputs of the power strip, and then hook that up to who knows what, I tried to think of what could have gone wrong. All of a sudden, it occured to me. I asked the other guitar player if he had plugged the extension cord into the wall outlet. He said no. He had run the extension cord over there backwards, not paying any attention to which end was which, and we spent a good five minutes or so trying to solve this dilemna. It was a true Spinal Tap moment.
                                Our band was none to bright, but we had a lot of good times, and I learned a lot about live sound the hard way. But boy, oh boy, did I feel stupid.
                                Kevin is always right.

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