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Anyone else have a "No food before the gig" policy?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Tupac, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    (granted I've only played about 5 gigs so far)

    Since I've been getting odd diarrhea spells over the summer, now I usually don't eat anything 2 or 3 hours before going on stage. I'm worried that whatever I eat will upset my stomach. Plus, nerves can get to me and make me have diarrhea even if I'm completely healthy.

    Anyone else practice abstemiousness pre-show?
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  3. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    alcohol pre and during
  4. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    And after, surely.
  5. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i only masticate before gigs if i'm famished. i hate feeling full while performing,... YMMV
  6. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    Nope Always eat dinner before playing.. sometimes pick up something to eat after we're done setting up, or of the place cuts us a deal, something off the menu. And there is always the after gig Taco Bell run. I just love a couple bean burritos after gigging.
  7. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    I have to eat very light before a gig. Usually like half a turkey sandwich or small salad. I move around too much on stage to eat heavy before a show.

    I've learned bass frequencies, a lot of motion and a full belly does not work for me! :p
  8. MonkeyBass


    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Uh... if you're having odd diarrhea spells you should probably change your diet or get your guts checked out.
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.


    I usually eat a full meal about an hour before show time. I'm talking a big burger, pizza or steak. No salads, nothing healthy. Just tasty goodness.
  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I am blessedly free of stage nerves, so I don't worry about it either way. I definitely don't like to gig on an empty stomach, though, so if I'm hungry, I go ahead and eat.

    I have irritable bowel syndrome (also irritable personality syndrome, but that's another thread). This means frequent bouts of diarrhea and constipation. I have noted that excessive alcohol, spicy foods, and (especially) soy, are not my friends. My point? It can't hurt to try a couple of lifestyle changes for a while and see if they help.
  11. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have diabetes so I always make sure that I have enough to eat before a gig. I usually try to eat about an hour or two before playing. Last night we played two 1 hour sets at a casino. The compensation including a very good night's pay and they fed us. They had a great all you can eat seafood and prime rib buffet. We finished eating at about 7:30 and went on stage at 9.
  12. Always drink one of these when I can before a gig (which I don{t do to much of)
    Not just for the energy, but the taste is great, puts me in a good mood and for some reason this stuff does wonders on my throat (I sing as well as play bass)


    I will say, I don{t like being stuffed full before performing though.
  13. DerTeufel

    DerTeufel Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    I make sure that I eat and I like having a beer before going on.
  14. BAce


    Jul 31, 2012
    I like to have some fresh fruit, or a salad before a gig. If I'm famished, maybe something a little more substantial, but never a full meal. After the gig I pig out. By then I'm always more than a little hungry--I burn up a fair bit of energy during a gig, cuz I'm pretty active. Oddly, unlike my bandmates, my shirt and face are mostly free of perspiration during a gig, and they move around a lot less than me. Weird.
  15. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Coffee on the way to gig, couple o' beers before. It's a yin yang sort of thing.
  16. Caffeine, caffeine and more caffeine
  17. My preference is to have a meal 3 hours before gig, with something like a banana or an apple 15 minutes before downbeat. Water and a coke onstage.
  18. bass7858


    Apr 11, 2009
    central florida
    Lets see....
    Last nite between the first and second sets we had Cuban pork with yellow rice and mango salsa, grilled beef tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes. Hit the tenderloin twice. This was after about 5 beers while setting up and sound checking. Open bar (free) with all the top shelf stuff.

    We do all weddings/private parties and are pretty well world famous for our ability to consume.
    Just sayin:bassist:
  19. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    I'm usually not myself on stage unless I have had a snickers bar.
  20. shaboda


    Apr 14, 2002
    ^^^^^ LMAO