Battle of the Bands : Disqualified but with a twist

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by cynikal1234, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. cynikal1234


    May 12, 2008
    SRQ, FLorida
    Haha thought i mention this story! About 3 or 4 months ago, i played the Lakewood Ranch High Battle of the Bands here in Sarasota. About 5 or 6 bands payed including mine.

    So anyways, we are waiting anxiously for us to come up. Watching the bands play and all, one of them who are our friends and actually let me lend his Bass amp which sounds pretty good. They do their set and we are last ones up. We set up and all, sound check,tuning and all that fun stuff. Curtains open to about 250 or so screaming kids crowding to the stage.

    Despite few problems as far as our equipment goes and a few spots we missed but picked up miraculously in our songs, we went through it like nothing. Till our last song. We start playing until 1/3 of the way into the song the lights completely turn dark and we are playing in the dark, we thought it was part of their lighting crew till the curtains close and they shut the power to their amps. Then security comes to us saying we are disqualified and for us to get off the stage before we get kicked out. So in defiance, We go back out to a bunch of people screaming for us. Shaking hands and letting people know who asked who we were.

    So we go back in, security is all pissed and then they asked for all the bands to go back up on stage. So we go back out again after 2 minutes. They are announcing the winners. Third place goes to a pop/rock band,second place goes to a band that sounds alot like august burns red. Then they call first place, not expecting to win at all cause we were told we were disqualified. The announcer reads the first place winner in shock and says my band has won the battle of the bands and won 200 bucks out of it. We all shout in joy and talk to other bands and having a good time. One of the judges came to us, an old man so to say, looks more like a school administrator. He comes to us saying that we were really good and that he doesnt know why we got disqualified but he said we deserved to win.

    I was a bit upset that we didnt finish our set but the suprise we got was just as good. and it was a great show. I had lots of fun. I had wayy more space to move around. Though to this day, i tell the bass player who lent me his amp for that one show that i owe him big. Happiest day of my life :)
  2. So... did you ever figure out what they DQ'd you for?
  3. cynikal1234


    May 12, 2008
    SRQ, FLorida
    for apparently mooning the audience which wasnt even us. The drummer's brother came up on stage and mooned everyone without us noticing all the security and organizers (minus the judges) told us we were disqualified for that. We never planned that out but apparently it happend. There were some rumors that it was for something else but all we did was wait anxiously to play and then play and hope we win. Another rumor was that the crowd was too rough. Though the judges didnt know we were disqualified
  4. Cool that you won, but it would have been even cooler if you were really DQed but were still clearly the best band. That would have given you a groovy outlaw image.
  5. What kind of battle of the bands were you playing in which SECURITY decides who's DQed and not the judges? Seems pretty ******** to me.
  6. Grayson C.

    Grayson C. Guest

    Dec 21, 2008
    Lakewood Ranch High...

    Isn't that where Biden came to speak? (Sorry, not meaning to get political...)
  7. cynikal1234


    May 12, 2008
    SRQ, FLorida
    Nah that was booker high
  8. EddieN

    EddieN Guest

    Mar 21, 2007
    My kid played a BotB at that same dang school 2 or 3 months ago but it was nerdy school marching bands for title of state champweens. 9th place they took. Shoulda bared some buttocks.
  9. Robster22

    Robster22 Guest

    Jul 27, 2008
    BC Canada

    That was gonna be my question, too......Its an absolute absurdity that security would be calling the shots as to who was the better of the participating bands ?:meh:
  10. cynikal1234


    May 12, 2008
    SRQ, FLorida
    yeah, the judges didn't know what was going on. But the fact that the security turned the lights off on us then cut the power to our amps and close the curtains and saying we were disqualified kinda let alot of people confused including us.