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why don't you play some GOOD music! LOL


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last night my trio Ostrich Hat played a show at a restaurant that has a decent late night bar crowd. Not much room for anything like dancing at this place, we just set up in a corner and play to the folks around the bar. Pretty laid back.

 

After our 1st set a guy in his 30s celebrating his Birthday by himself came up to us and asked: Why don't you play some GOOD music?

 

my answer: We do.

 

He replied with: When? All of this stuff sucks.

 

Me: what do you want to hear?

 

Drunk guy(yelling): SKINNARDT! (yep that's how drunk he was... dropped a T at the end)

 

He proceeded to look around like everyone in the bar was going to applaud him... He instead got cut off.

 

I nearly laughed in his face

:facepalm:

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we were going to pull out Sweet Home for him the next set but he stumbled off into the night after he was cut off by the bartender.

 

Before he approached us I was watching him "creep" on every girl under 30 in the place. He was classic.

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:) Good music! That's what we all want... though we may differ on what that is. I tend to err on the side of it all being good, but some folks, particularly drunks, "require" certain things. Ah... well, it is a shame sometimes when people can't relax enough within themselves to just let "what is" be a cool environment in which they can dig. Story of the world.
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this guy was one step below the drunk metal head that looks at my trio (acoustic guitar, bass and E-drums) and says... PLAY SOME SLAYER!!!! :lol:

 

I usually then do a poetic reading of the following lyrics from Slayer's War Ensemble, announcing it as such...

 

Propaganda death ensemble

Burial to be

Corpses rotting through the night

In blood laced misery

 

:lol:

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Why do they always yell for Slayer in our area?

 

LOL I have no idea! Maybe drunken idiots think that is the be all end all of Thrash Metal! :lol:

 

With your one band you may be able to deliver! and I would just to shut them up!!! I can see you guys ripping up Angel of Death or something.

 

I did discuss with the Ostrich Hat guys about learning a bit of seasons on the Abyss or something and play it... with an acoustic guitar! LOL.

 

Hell we already do Bodies hit the floor and down with the sickness acoustic sometimes to end the night! :lol:

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That's ok I played in this acoustic blues duo consisting of me on guitar an another guy on harmonica and we both sing. We get this gig for fun at the local Irish Pub/Sports Bar and part way through the last set this drunk girl asks for us to play "
Hotel California
"....
:facepalm:

that doesn't seem so bad. I've seen some nice solo renditions of Hotel Cali.

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I mean, I thought every band knew the opening passage of a few Slayer tunes for that reason!
:thu:

I can't imagine why that dude was celebrating alone...

I certainly wouldn't have a clue about any Slayer songs. I've never heard it requested either other than in a "Freebird" type of manner.

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I'm good at dealing with drunks like that because I had a lot of experience growing up.

 

I usually wind up chatting em up a little bit and getting em to sit and watch the next set. My former band would tend to play the weaker stuff in set 1 at one river gig, primarily because it was early in the eve (7ish) and the people that were there were dinner patrons, typically on the way out.

 

So we'd tend to get a few that would come in later in the 1st set, start drinking, and then want to hear the type of music we actually played, but they didn't hear in the 1st set....More upbeat stuff that gets attention vs. stuff you'd play as dinner background.

 

So I guess in a way this is a familiar bit of a story but less drunk and less skynyrd. I'd say almost every gig I've ever played SOMEBODY has done the "PLAY lynyrd skynyrd", if only just joking about it between sets when talking about tunes they want to hear. :lol:

 

Did have one guy, a friend, yell out "Rush" so drummer and I went into a few bars of "YYZ" while the other 2 guys in the band just gave us these strange looks. LOL. This was in a blues rock band. I don't think those guys had ever even heard the song. LOL

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We've had people ask us for Skinnert. Yeah, a band that plays a bunch of dance music with a black girl singer, you can bet Skinnert is on our list.

 

Another guy at the casino gig complained we weren't playing any dance music. After this set:

So Emotional

Moves Like Jagger

Let's Dance

Forget You

Heat Wave

I Will Survive

Feel Like a Woman

Boogie Oogie

Hot Stuff

Funky Music

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At a recent gig where we had just seconds before finished a progressively harder sounding set with Suffragette City, a very sober woman approaches drummer and asks if we are going to play any Gladys Knight and the Pips. I couldn't figure out what about our previous 15 songs would suggest a GK&P potential.

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