Band Members showing up w/o cables, earplugs, etc
INT: rehearsal lock-out
GUITARIST: Oooo, I got this new pedal; can't wait to try it out at rehearsal! Oh, crap. I don't have an extra cable! Anyone have an extra?
BASSIST: Sure, here.
GUITARIST: Great, do you have another 9V by chance?
BASSIST: Well, yeah I always keep a spare...
5 DAYS LATER:
GUITARIST: Can I get that cable again:?
7 DAYS LATER:
GUITARIST: let me get that cable again. Oh, and guys: I can't practice without earplugs. I already searched through the other band's gear, does anyone have an extra?
I can't even count how many power cables, speaker cables, speakon to 1/4" adapters, mini to RCA cables and other assorted misc. items I "donated" to my last band! Even loaned out PA speakers!
Sounds very familiar. I've even had guitar players forget to bring an amp and ask if they can plug into my amp...:rollno:
Oh boy, my favorite is when they show up without a pick.
I always joke "I don't need one, neither do you"
Been there, still do that, don't quite know why ...
Is the bass player usually the best organized band member?
How about this. Last Friday setting up for a well paying two night gig.
Guitar Player - "Hey Zoomie. Do you remember which one of MY cords has a short in it?"
Me - :rollno:
Here's how I learned to solve it.
Guitar player/singer: Do you have an extra XYZ trinket?
Been there, done that, get's old. Only if it's a gig saving moment will I submit. I used to submit often, and it set the precedent that they would rely on me.
Yup, all the time. My favorite is when the singer forgets to bring water, and then wants some of mine. Dumbass.
The other is if you set up the gig, and you are the one distributing pay.
"This is your pay."
"I thought we got $400.00."
"I thought we were splitting it equally."
"Then shouldn't I be getting $100.00?"
"Then why are you handing me "$12.80?"
"I deducted the cables I sold you, and charged you for wear on tear on all gear you have been borrowing since last show."
Speaker cables, mic cables and extension cords here, and the occasional cab.
BECAUSE THEY DON'T TAKE CARE OF THEIR FREAKIN' STUFF.
Not only that, but they throw the broken junk BACK in the bag.
I guess so they can pull it out a bazillion times more,
and then borrow my heavier duty and correctly wound stuff.
And have you ever noticed that after show or rehearsal you have to ask for what ever they borrowed back. Otherwise it goes into their gig bag.
With one band years ago, this happened so often that I started carrying gig-saving gear that worked, but that my guitarist and singer wouldn't want to borrow: spare SM58 painted pink, spare mic and instrument cables (pink and neon green), spare electric guitar strings but in heavy gauge (.012 for the high E), my 9-volts that tested workable but low, etc.
We'd get through gigs if they showed up for line check missing necessary bits, but pretty soon, they got in the habit of making sure their own gear was better combed through. Still have some of those neon mic cables in my studio, though.
One of life's little tragedies I guess.
Posting with great affection for my lead guitard -
Our guitar players bring two different tuned guitars to rehearsals and gigs - no one wants to wait while they goof around tuning down with their finicky tremolo systems.
Well my man's 2nd guitar has "been in the shop" for several weeks getting upgraded. So knowing that I have a stable of electrics at home (because I am another Paul McCartney LOL), he bums a guitar off of me. "Hey brother, can I borrow that guitar again?". Going on 5 weeks now of me lugging the extra guitar around...I must really love this band.
Dang my guitar sounds good though! What great taste in axes! Just ironic that the lead guitar player is borrowing a guitar from the BASS PLAYER. :eyebrow:
Not only band members ...
A year or so ago we played in the same club as a big name, he to play early evening, we later on. He comes along during our sound check, says hi and asks if he can borrow a couple of things ... I give him two note stands, two cables and a mic from our setup.
When it's about time for us to start playing I wonder where our stuff is and have to make a dash up some stairs to the bigger stage they were on and see what's up, have they not finished playing yet? Yes, they have, and they are nowhere to be seen, X has left the building. I find the note stands and the mic, one cable in a corner and the second cable is gone.
I mean, come on, I save a guy's a$$ and he can't come by and say thanks, let alone return the gear we need for our show? Some people ...
Here's a good one - drummer asks ME if I have a drum key!:rollno:
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