Saturday I had an audition with the 135th Army rock band. Used all my own gear, except for their amp. I was sounding good, playing good, the audition went great. We played for three hours with no break, no sweat. That was in the afternoon. 4 hours after I left the armory, I had to be at load in for a gig that night. All my gear was carefully packed as always, and had a gentle ride in the van a few miles downtown to the club. I set up for sound check, and things are wrong. I figure out the preamp battery in my bass died. No biggie, I swap it out real quick. I.try to soundcheck, still no sound coming out of my amp. I diagnose a bad cable. All is fine. We take 5, and come back to sound check. Bass isn't working again. This time, its the output jack. Its loose, and about to fall out of the bass. Its never come loose before, and wasn't loose at the army audition. I tighten it up, check everything over several.times, soundcheck with no issues, and all is well. I go on stage later, none of my gear has been touched since sound check. Bass is dead. I start to panic. I fiddle with the jack and the cable, and the best I can do is get the bass to work intermittently. We keep getting farther into our set, and I keep looking around in a haze of anger and frustration for the bassist of the other band. I was hoping to get his attention to see if I could borrow his bass. He's not close enough to the stage for me to signal to him. Crap. I get thru the gig, didn't pay a single song all the way thru. Next band gets on stage, bassist is left handed, so I let him off the hook lol.I don't know how, but I got asked for an autograph before the night was over. Anyway, I've always wanted to carry a spare bass,but they're cumbersome. I'm definitely bringing a spare from now on.