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Bands - - - PerformanceTurn-Offs

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Auguste, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012
    Wifey and I went to a live band at a large bar, about 225 people

    While the music was OK when they played

    They tuned between almost every song

    They noodled between songs

    They told stories totally unrelated to the music they were playing

    We left half way through their second set . . . And it is music we both like

    WHAT ARE YOUR TURN OFFS?beside people typing in caps :)
  2. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Bands that phone it in. Haven't see a lot of that, just enough to be annoyed by it.
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    People who hire bands like that. :atoz:
  4. Bands that talk to much between songs. People are there to hear music, not your political views or how much of an a-hole your ex-girlfriend is.
  5. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    If it wasn't for the fact that I was off this weekend, I would KNOW y'all were talking about me.
  6. This falls under wanking/noodling in my book, but dumbaces that throw out a poorly-done sample of the opening riff/hook of say *Sweet Home Alabama*- & then not deliver the whole damn song because they don't know it- really need a sincere & heartfelt public D-slapping
  7. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Dead air between songs.

    Instruments out of tune.

    Individual spotlight solos by players who arent good soloists.

    Bad drumming (tempos) and/or bad sounding drums.

    Bass player not locking with drummer and/or overplaying.

    Too many songs in the same tempo/groove/key.

    Cheezy keyboard sounds and/or overplaying.

    Lead singer with bad pitch and/or rhythm.

    Bands trying to pull off arena rock theatrics in a storefront bar.

    Bad FOH mix.

    Any of those will send me to the door sooner than later.
  8. Endless medleys.

    You know, those bands that have been together for 20+ years, and have gotten bored of all their songs, so they just play them in one LOOONG uninterrupted song.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Bands that suck.
    Introducing the band members individually.
    Flip flops or no shoes
    Too much talking between songs. (Shut up and play man).
    Too much time tuning.
    Regurgitating 1st set material in the 4th set. ( Like no one will notice. lol)
  10. While I despise flip-flops, I solemnly refuse to play with shoes on.
  11. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    .Too Loud!
    .No shoes.
    .Musicians that look like they need a shower.
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    First time you get the crap shocked out of you or you step on broken glass, you will change your mind.;)
  13. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Anything that shows that band is not prepared to give a good show, or holds the audience in low regard.
  14. This. +63.
  15. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Volume. I will make a concession for metal bands. But other than metal, if I have to wear earplugs I leave.
  16. One day I will look back on this and remember it as the wisest piece of advice I ever received....
  17. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    +1 Add bad dynamics (think everyone playing ALL the time with volume on 10) Ugh! Please give the song some breathing room and space! Oh, and noodling in between songs is annoying!

    The flip flop/sandals/barefoot thing is a huge turn off. (Except for Joss Stone or Sade)
  18. Steveaux

    Steveaux Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    Here, in Pa., it's illegal. If food/drink are served, ya gots to wear something on yer feets.
  19. the wako kid

    the wako kid

    May 11, 2011
    people who talk before the first song(we know who you are and why youre here)

    bands who dont lock in

    bands sound look like theyre making **** up(sadly this is me)

    bands who's image doesn't fit their sound(BOTDF,I'm talking about you)

    people who talk too much between sets about dumbass **** like growing up in the neighborhood etc.

    when I'm on stage I try to keep in between song banter to about two sentences max.
  20. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Or have a 300-lb road case roll over your toes...

    On this topic... headlined a small-town multi-band festival this past weekend and I had just changed into my stage gear (nice jeans, button down shirt) and was sitting on a cooler backstage putting my gig shoes on (leather lace-ups). The warm-up band was playing and all four of them looked like they had just gotten off the fishing boat... flip flops or sandals, cutoff sweatpant shorts, ball caps. The event MC (a DJ at one of the local country radio stations) comes over to me, looks at the band onstage, then looks at me and says, "hey, it's nice to see some people still wear shoes for the gig."

    Not saying the shoes thing is a hard and fast rule for everyone, but it's surprising what people pick up on sometimes.

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