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A musician saved my life tonight....

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Thunder Lizard, May 10, 2006.

  1. Thunder Lizard

    Thunder Lizard

    Dec 7, 2005
    Lethbridge, AB
    Canadian Distributor, Basson Sound Equipment
    After reading the hilarious "gonna be a bad gig" thread, I was reminded of a few times when things COULD have gotten really bad, but disaster was averted through the helpful kindness of other musicians or individuals, and I thought " hey, there's a happy idea, I bet it happens a LOT"

    for example:
    -When my rig died in the middle of a set, and I decide to soldier on, I can hear the monitors, I can hear the PA, I'll be alright, so I just kept on going... it was a song where I didn't really have a lot of space to gawk around, so I'm head down, doing my best, when suddenly...... I get LOUD on stage.....I turn around, and the bassist and monitor tech from the headliner are grinning at me from behind Headliner's Eden rig.....which I'm now plugged in to.... THANKS, guys....
    - or at a battle of the bands, we get a 30 minute set, and third song in, a guitarist blows a string on the only axe he brought.....we barely had time to look at each other and share a moment of "OH MY GOD" when there were about 5 guys suddenly standing there, offering him guitars...... that's a feel good moment for sure....... they even went ahead and changed his string, he had his own axe back after one more song! THANKS! *note... we ended up being second, behind the band who's guitarist had the axe that actually got borrowed.. we didn't feel bad at ALL, because the judges gave them points for sportsmanship!*
    - and last, but not least, at our very first gig where we tried mixing ourselves, LONG before we should have..... we know it's sucking, we don't know what to do but just soldier on....and then the guitarist from the local hot ticket band walks in and simply starts helping....walks right up on stage and yells "hang in there, guys!"...ten minutes later, it was SUCH a better gig going on! THANKS

    Musicians are brothers and sisters in an extended family, when it's most needed!
  2. Jehos


    Mar 22, 2006
    DFW, TX
    I've done things like that before. There was a gig where I broke a string on my only bass during warm-up and another bassist at the gig offered me a spare string to get up and running on time. I returned the favor with a different band where the bassist blew his A string mid-song. I hopped up on stage, pulled the string off his bass while he was playing so it wouldn't interfere, gave him my bass for the next song, and swapped the string for him so he could have his bass back a couple songs later.
  3. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Wow, those are great stories. I've yet to have that happen to me, but I'd like to think I would help out in any way I could.
  4. Played a show once where the headlining band's rhythm section didn't show up, oops. So the drummer and I sat in on their hour set. Was mostly blues rock so 4/4, simple changes, stayed in key so it wasn't too bad - and we milked the few songs we knew into some nice jams. Felt nice to help out!
  5. In a bar gig our PA started to fail ( electrical issues) and there was no one watching over the PA ( we were all playing ) out of nowhere the drummer from another band that plays in a another bar comes and fixes the problem . What do you know ? some drummers actually know about gear :D
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I played at a battle of the bands years ago, and the drummer of the favorite band in this venue kept breaking sticks. He eventually ran it down to just one. So, as soon as he has that look of confusion/despair on his face, my drummer has hopped up on stage, hands him another, and they finish their set. They won the battle, and it was pretty cool. I told people they won because of us.
  7. Nothing that I've needed.

    One time I did lend my bass to the bassist of the band on before us because his saddle broke and stuff just kept screwing up for him.

    Another time, our friends band lent their whole drum set to another band because the drummer had an important event(don't know what) beforehand and could only bring a pair of drumsticks, his snare and double-kick pedal.
  8. thekyle


    Dec 25, 2005
    Breckenridge, CO
    That really is awesome. I only hope I can be that great to someone else. I have broken strings before, and would have loved for someone to hand me another bass. Actually, every single band I have played with has had a great person for a bass player, and would gladly hand over my Sterling if they had any problems at all with their equipment.
  9. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    My girlfriend has a sound reinforcment company. She had a show two weekends ago that the opener was a very eclectic and very demanding celtic folk rock act.

    Lots of mic's, acoustic instruments, friggan BAGPIPES, mandolins, banjo, you name it. A really tough mix the throw up fast and the band is making it even harder on her from the start.

    It the second song and I'm fantasizing about jumping onstage a kicking some booty for all the grief they're giving my girlfriend when a buddy of mine who also happens to be the FOH guy for Korn walks up to say hi.

    Normally I wouldn't but I ask him to bail her out. The venue layout required the console right next to the stage and running back and forth to tweak and listen just wasn't working out.

    Without exageration it took him less than a minute to get from crap to excellent sound and was amazing to see an hear.

    Thanks Scott. You're the best.
  10. this one time, i was playing second chair bass for an orchestra...
    the principle bassist forgot his Tux pants, so i got to be principle bass for that show so he could hide behind me.

    thats saving his ass... right?
  11. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I am hoping he was wearing pants of some sort...
  12. I have forgotten my amp cable more times than should be allowed.

    To the bass player of the Gorilla Finger Band, thanks for offering me to use your rig should the power cord not work! It was my first gig, and even though I didn't need it, you made my night.
  13. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    My band played this gig last summer at a local theater's teen band night. We had to sit through two or three (it's all blurred together) of the worst bands I've ever heard in my life, one mediocre modern rock act (who were all in their late twenties...?), and a pretty good all-girl metal band. However, five minutes in the metal band's bassist's enitre "rig" (squier P and the cheapest Hartke combo ever made) dies. So, she needs a new bass. I'm sitting backstage practicing my bass solo on my Warwick, and all of a sudden everyone looks at me. After a couple minutes, I hand her my bass and she just plugs into the system. I got my baby back unharmed, luckily, and played a good show. Actually, if you want to see some videos...


    All cover stuff. King Crimson, Rush, and my bass solo.

  14. ;) :rollno: Jeans.
  15. After last Saturday's gig, the first thing I thought of was how I had to post in this thread.

    So last Saturday my band was opening for the Pink Spiders, and when I opened my hard case to find my D string broken and my lock strap very loose. Panic sets in as I have no back up strings (just changed them, and how often do you break a bass string) and their bassest is a lefty. Thankfully their guitar guy had no problem handing over a full set of strings to me. Really made my day.

    Also, the band members were really cool and totally down to earth for a band with big buzz right now. Very refreshing to see.
  16. That first story is just SO awesome! :)
  17. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    Many (too many) years ago the band I was in was one of the opening acts for a big outdoor show headlined by the Shaboo All Stars. Although a local Connecticut band (they're still around, now called the Mohegan Sun All Stars after the casino where they are now firmly ensconced...but I digress) they always had heavy players, and at that time the bass player was Charles Calmese. Charles played with Muddy Waters and James Cotten, but most notably was with the Steve Miller Band on "Fly Like An Eagle". Awesome bass player and a great cat. Anyway, we're on stage about to start our set when the headstock of my bass (a Charvel 3B P/J) literally snapped off right at the nut. :eek:

    Of course I didn't have a backup, so I ran back stage and found Charles. I showed him my bass, and he said "no problem man, here's my axe." It was a pre-CBS Precision that was as funky and vibey as could be, the very bass he used for all those great recordings he'd done. He saved my bacon.

    BUT...Charles was definitely "old school" baby. The action on that sucker was about an inch off the fingerboard. He only changed the flatwound strings when they broke, so there was probably a string or two on it as old as the bass (each string had a different color winding). I sounded like complete crap, and after a 45 minute set I thought my hands were going into permanent spasm. I couldn't understand how anyone could get a decent sound outta that beast.

    Then Charles and the All Stars took the stage and he proceeded to kill.

    RIP Charles...I miss ya.
  18. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    Great story Craig!

  19. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    Yes...awsome story ...those old cats ruled...i bet they could of crushed golf balls with those fingers:smug:
  20. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    I live less than 1/4 mile from a very cool club here in the Detroit metro area (the Magic Bag).
    The sound guy is a buddy of mine and I cannot tell you how many times I was called to either bring my head, cab, both, extra set of strings and even a complete rig with one of my basses (band had their gear stolen out of their trailer-they were from Wisconsin).
    Mainly strings. They pay me for them and usually buy me a few beers. So it all works out!! I should keep a box of 5 sets around all the time!
    He only calls me when he trusts the bass player/band. If they are boneheads, they they're out of luck.
    I've been on gigs when he's called. I call my wife and he stops by to get the gear.
    Only once did I have an issue. One of my Aguilar 112 cabs came back with a blown speaker.
    Inside of a week, a new speaker was in the cab.

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