A drunk changed my mind about a high end bass.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by sandman357, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. I have been playing the same Yamaha RBX350 for over 20 years now. For the past few months I have been looking for a higher end bass and was just about to go with the MM StingRay HH 4 string. Then during a set break at last nights gig a drunk fell into my rig. Knocked over my mic stand, and the only thing that kept him upright was my bass and amp that he had shoved against the wall. No damage was done, and my bass did not even go out of tune, but if it had been a new MM I would be in jail this morning for either assault or manslaughter instead of at home typing on the computer! So no MM for me. Cant justify the cost if I will never take it out of the house :) On the plus side last night was the best gig we have done. Standing room only and we rocked the place.

    So what are your worst drunk patron moments?
  2. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Some years ago at a beer garden, I was using one of the old fold up Hamilton stands, and a drunk walked up onto the raised stage stumbled across for some unknown reason.

    I turned around to see what was going on just as he stood on the protruding bit of the stand and my 4000 smacked flat on the plywood stage.
    No damage other than a little dust, it didn't even go out of tune, but I'm more watchful of the stage area during breaks now.

    I still don't know what that moron was doing up there.
  3. I had to think about this one for a minute. Three stories , all at the same bar but on different nights.
    1. The guy was the typical "I love your band" drunk.Kept telling us how good we sounded and he loved our selection. (We were playing mostly rockabilly stuff that night.) He requested a couple songs and we played them. Guy goes kinda nuts after the second one and starts throwing 20 dollar bills at us. (Yeah , we kept them.) Totaled about 100 bucks. This was only the second set. More music and more drinks and by the third set he was totally hammered. Couldn't find a dance partner so he got a broom from behind the bar. Cracked himself in the head with it and had near misses with a couple other people on the dance floor thereby clearing it. Bouncers came and escorted him out. Never saw him again.
    2. Really drunk couple that really wanted to dance but kept falling down in the process. My wife even got up to stand in front of our lighting system to protect it.(small club so the lights were off stage on the floor.) They finally fell down (for the 20th time) and couldn't get back up. Bouncers helped them to a seat out on the porch and called them a cab.
    3. Alice (not sure if that was her real name) was really hot and really drunk.She had been trying to put the make on our guitar player all night. (Didn't work.... he didn't like drunks lol). She started circulating around the club and helping herself to the food on peoples plates that she was talking to. Bouncers , patio , cab called and we never saw her again either. We were told she was banned from the bar after that one.
    I'm sure I could think of some other stuff but it's still kinda early and I haven't had my second cuppa coffee.

    There's a song by Leo Kottke called "Tilt Billings and the Student Prince" That tells the op's story perfectly.
  4. Chriso21


    Jan 15, 2006
    I play In a metal band that had a show in Sheveport LA for Mardi Gras at a cool dive bar. Really packed and EVERYONE was wasted. Some uber drunk guy in the pit fell on the floor in front of me and vommited on my pedalboard.
  5. G00D+~VIBES


    Nov 21, 2008
    Kansas City
    Once, we were playing one of those long thin bars in old buildings. No stage.

    Anyway, place is bumping we're playing original funky/rocky stuff and Mr. "I love this band" (who's hammered) comes up on stage to try and tell our guitar player about how much fun this night has been. It was midway through the last set.

    Trips on a Mic cable knocking over a live mic mid song...and drops his full beer (in a plastic cup) onto guitars pedal board.

    We stop immediately. The bar owner starts racing to the stage. We're expecting grief for the premature cessation. Instead he apologizes for the drunk as he begins to drag him out the back door.

    Most of the gear was ok. Dented mic, sticky/dustmud pedals. But the worst was one of those 5w epi heads got were and burned up.
  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Got hit in the mouth with my mic when some drunk girl flopped onto the stage and fell down about 5 minutes into our first set one night about 20 years ago. Really painful, too. She just lays there and I start yelling at her to get up and get out of there. Her brother then starts yelling at me for yelling at her, and I said, "You see this mouth? It freakin' hurts, so excuse me for being upset about it!" They quietly left, thank God.
  7. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    We had a complete bar fight, like a mini riot at a club called Chexx I think. We had to pack up a get out mid set.
    Then we also had a club the Concert Factory try and lock us in and keep our gear as well as citizens arrest us after a show once due to so much damage. I had a blast both times:rolleyes:
  8. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    sometimes I am the drunk guy who knocks over his own bass at a gig... nothing but replaceable fenders for me. ( I am not really drunk, just clumsy on vodka).
  9. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Keep your stock bass for rough bar gigs get a boutique for slightly classier venues.
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Surely his insurance would have picked up the tap for any damage done?
  11. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    In the '80s I got a brand spanking new Ric 4003.

    Within about two weeks, it had been knocked over, knocked into, kicked, dropped off the tailgate of a truck (in it's case luckily) and had a flying drumstick smack into it's body full force (long story on that last one). :mad:

    Oh, and all that was as a teenager playing in bands and gigs way before alcohol was involved. Mostly anyway.

    Ever since then I assumed ANY bass I played live (meaning in the presence of other human beings) would be susceptible to such moments. :rolleyes:

    Now I've kept my beautiful, but lovingly used, Fender Precision out of the majority of destructive moments thanks to the wisdom that comes with age (goes back into the hardshell during breaks, and I load it in/load it out myself, and am more careful around drummers in general), but it still sees it's fair share of battle.

  12. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    This is the reason ive migrated toward modded squires and cheap parts basses.

    Crap happens and you dont always get paid for your losses. Parts are cheaper than entire instruments. And its easy to turn a catastrophe into a well deserved upgrade.
  13. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    I try to not play in the really bad dives but sometimes the money is decent. For those occasions my Roscoe basses stay home and my raggy "P" bass makes the trip. Never take a bass to a gig that you wouldn't use for a weapon.
  14. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I once had a really drunk girl come up to me after a set and said she loved me and just came in her panties. Needless to say we got married (just kidding).
  15. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't think I will ever understand why people think that getting drunk is part of having a good time... makes no sense at all.

  16. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass

    May 10, 2006
    Back in the 90s I was gigging a rock show at the now defunct Paradise Lounge in San Francisco. A drunk woman was gyrating across the dance floor generally raising serious havoc. The intensity jumped when she stripped. My wife, who I was then in the early stages of dating, sat just in front of this spectacle. To this day she has never let me forgot it. The worse part of this story is while I still suffer the grief, I was so busy rockin' out I never even saw this part of the woman's performance. :scowl:
  17. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    Ha, great!
  18. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    When I think high end bass, I usually think bass from boutique builders, not mass producers like MM.

    I have never had anyone damage any of my basses and have been gigging since 1978. I guess I have been lucky.
  19. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    and of course because she said it, it must be true!

    at any rate-winner winner chicken dinner.:bassist:
  20. MrPierre


    Oct 22, 2012


    Last halloween, a drunk dude tough it would be funny to smash a pumpkin on the stage floor. You what happen when pumpkin guts get smeared all over a wooden floor? It gets extremely ****ing slippery. Fell on my pedals, got scars, bass body is dented.