It's been a long time since I've been on stage - last band imploded last June, there was a failed attempt at resurrecting my band from 3 years ago, a bunch of auditions, etc etc. Last week I replied to a CL ad looking to add a guitar player. They apparently got a ton of replies (insert guitar player joke here) and asked for a video. A little different, but I thought it was a pretty good idea. So I made up a little video and sent it on wednesday night.
Friday morning I get an urgent email from them. Their regular guitar player was admitted to the hospital Thursday night with a staph infection and couldn't make their show Friday night. Added to that, it was their singers last show with them and the drummer had a pile of people coming out for a retirement party of sorts for a co-worker. Cancelling wasn't an option for them, and they wanted to know if I could fill in. I have never subbed before, knew absolutely no one in the band nor seen them, so why not!
I took the afternoon off work to brush up on a few tunes, met the band at the bar and jumped in with both feet. The guys in the band were way cool, and super appreciative that I showed up. The bass player had a work buddy that played guitar show up as well, so we could play more songs from their set list (I knew about half of them). The first set was a little rough; by mid second set though, you'd have thought we'd all played together before. The bar was packed and rockin' till the end of the 3rd set plus we played a two song "encore" at the behest of the bar owner. What a fantastic way to get back on stage.
The band thought I was great and a good fit, so it looks like the band drought is over. As a side note, turns out I was the only person to send them a video....