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Did you ever have a room you disliked so much that you were relieved when they cancelled? We just got notice that a room we were booked in a few weekends, cancelled us from their roster. It was a winter room for us so our last gig there was last April. Pretty much the entire band was dreading returning to this club. Mean management, clueless staff, rude patrons, and just an element that felt like an act of violence was always just around the corner. So why did we continue to book? Well they paid us a sh*tload of money. ;) It was always borderline anyway... just a placeholder until we could replace it with another room in that area. Still they made the decision (felt that business was down too much to hire us$$$) not us. It helped that we jacked our rate $$$ a little to return this Fall. And as that door closes another opens for three other venues looking to get on the calendar.

 

So wallets gasp a little... but collectively we all sigh bit of relief. :D

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I recently got bumped from a room where things weren't going well. Just couldn't connect with that audience. Even mixed up the setlist quite a bit over the few times I played there. Nothing worked. Guess I just wasn't a good fit.

 

Hated to lose the room, but I was :D that I didn't have to play there anymore.

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I'm just thankful that I'm getting paid for doing something I love. Not many people can boast the same thing regarding their jobs. Granted, it's not my full time gig, but still....There was a time not too long ago when playing music for other's enjoyment wasn't considered something that should be compensated for monetarily.

 

(Some would argue those times have returned, but that's a subject for 1000 more threads :facepalm: )

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We had one venue close and so lost those gigs we had booked for the rest of year. The owner of this venue was difficult to work with and paid the least of any place we played. In a lot of ways were happy when those gigs were cancelled.

 

However it appears that new owners that hopefully can keep the liquer license will be opneing that place back up soon.

 

Max

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Every time we play a gig like that we say "That felt like work" and if a gig is going to be equivalent to sitting in a cube, digging a ditch, meeting with people or writing a contract, I would rather just do one of those things. I love music too much to not enjoy my gigs.

 

 

This is how I feel about AC casino gigs. Playing gigs in the background, while no one cares. I'd rather be doing something else.

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I never got fired from a venue, but I got "not asked back" to a band and couldn't have been more relieved.

 

It was the summer after I graduated college and I was backing this dude who did three sets:

 

First Set, standard "wedding fare" - Run Around Sue, Walking on Sunshine, Wonderful Tonight, etc..

 

Second Set, country

 

Third set, drum roll please......., the dude was an Elvis impersonator, and honestly people loved him.

 

Well, we played 4 nights a week in Rehobeth Beach, DE and the deal was $100 cash a show, all you could eat and drink at the bar we played at (for all 7 days a week) and a free room at the beach for the summer.

 

I mean the perks were awesome and $400 a week cash in 1994 was plenty for a 22 year old. But I hated it. I literally would sometimes play the third set with my back to the singer, because I couldn't look at his fat ass in an Elvis costume and not burst out laughing. And I was always completely polluted for these shows.

 

It was obvious I wasn't into it, so at the end of the summer I was told they were going to go with a more Karaoke style show for the next summer, though that was their polite way of firing me. They immediately replaced me with another guitarist.

 

At the end of that summer, I put my guitar in the closet for a good year and had no interest in playing at all. It sucked all the joy out of playing.

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If you dislike it that much, why book it in the first place?

 

GCDEF... Did you ever date a girl and the first date was great... so great that you made plans to do thing a month in advance on to then find out that by the third date the love was gone? :D It was a room we booked a year ago. A room that used to be decent on the club circuit, that closed, changed owners, was rerenovated and re-opened. Our first show there was terrific... it was their Grand Opening, place was packed, vibe was good and pay was stellar. Afterward we booked 6-7 nights one year out. Jan- Dec (taking the summer off). Things slipped in subsequent shows. We book rooms essentially a year in advance and honestly we stick with the bookings unless the venue cancels on us. What can I say, it was a gradual decline. A girl you can just avoid her calls, but a band with a verbal or written agreement.... we just planned to ride it out. We feel that is the committment for honoring our gaurantee... and most of these rooms are paying and booking us based on our draw, we feel that committment is important. We only had 2 more nights left in the original committment and we wouldn't have re-upped. Still there was no reason to cancel the committed dates and replace with another booking other than... "the band hates playing there, sorry." When you take the higher pay... sometimes you need to take the good with the bad gigs.

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Been there.


Hop-hop club back in the day. We were acoustic cover band. The owner LOVED us for some strange reason ... and she was a knock-out blond who loved to wear spandex!


Her customers ... not so much.


 

Years ago when I was doing the Big Hair Rock Band thing our agent brings in this clubowner from Yuma, AZ up to see us in Phoenix. Says he loves us (I think he loved the size of the crowd he saw) and books us for two weeks in his club. When we get around to doing the gig, the place is essentially a disco. He has us alternating 45-min sets with a DJ who packs the dance floor and then we go on and play to a bunch of backs huddled around the bar.

 

He fired us after the first week. :idk:

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