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Best gig you ever had.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Blazer, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    I don't know if this has done before but here's mine.

    I was out one friday night trying to catch some chicks, I wore my sunday best, had a clean shave and my long black locks were in a perfectly slick ponytail.

    Anyway, after parking my car and making my way to the local hide outs, my attention was grabbed by music, *LIVE* music, guided by my ears I found this hardrock bar where the barwoman was celebrating her birthday and held an open stage.

    I know I must have looked very out of place between all those bikers and safety pinned punks but I soon went "let's show them something..." After the band stopped to get some drinks I asked the bassplayer if I could play for a while, he looks at me and goes "Sure man, break a leg" After some other guys take the stage and forming a "band" we launched into "Seek and destroy" I played it note perfect and saw people reaching to the floor to pull up their jaws, here I was in my three piece suit, playing my butt off and headbanging.

    I'll admit to being not a bad Bassplayer but I'm certainly a better guitarist. So after we played three more Metallica songs, I handed over the bass to it's owner and went for the vacant guitar spot, we played songs from Santana, ACDC, Hendrix, Kiss and Aerosmith and with everysong I felt more and more confident, I ended up playinf for three hours straight, finally when fatigue was beginning to show it's head I handed the guitar to it's owner who was beaming at me going "Way to GO dude, that was awesome!"

    Needless to say, I went home and straight to bed, but as a happy man, truly a Once in a life time thing.
  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    December 31, 1979 We (The State) opened for Destroy all Monsters and the Cult Heroes in Ann Arbor. I was playing rock drums at the time.

    We barely got a sound check. Went on at 11:45PM. Rock 'N' Roll happened! It was an great gig. We didn't play very well, but there was something about the atmosphere, and the crowd was NUTS for us!

    Our musicianship wasn't all that great, but for months after, people would stop me on the street and tell me they loved that show. I had a blast, the band had a blast.
    I've never had that feeling onstage...ever again. It was probably my fifteen minutes.

    Glad I got that much time.
  3. VellaBass


    Aug 29, 2003
    London, UK
    I've got one for you.

    In January I was in Harare, Zimbabawe, on business. It's pretty rough there but the people are just fantastic.

    5.30 pm on a Friday and I'd finished, and I was absolutely dog tired. The other guys were all going out clubbing and I said count me out, I'm gonna have a few beers in the hotel bar, quick burger and an early night. So there I was all on my own in the hotel bar, when a band comes in and starts setting up. Now these guys are all about 50, and if you picture in your mind what a seasoned, wizened old blues band should look like they were it. I got talking to them, mentioned I play in a blues band in London, etc.

    Bar fills up, they do a few numbers, then stop and I hear over the PA "Garry, come on up" Bass player's waving his guitar (I've got no idea what it was - think it was home made) at me.

    Well that was it - we jammed a fast and then a slow twelve bar, then during the break I showed them the chords for a couple of my songs and we did those after the break. The bar was packed (I was the only white guy in there) and absolutely nobody was sitting or standing still, even the staff were boogying between bar and till.

    What a fantastic night:D
  4. well ... today three people from another band came to my band's practice. That's the most people we've played for haha. But I think they liked us so we will probably be playng at the local coffeehouse in January. That's gonna be great.
  5. hehe nice show! :D

    btw, toch niet wouter Jaegers he? ;)
  6. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Yup the one and only.

    And you are?
  7. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I was in a Band called "X-Factor" we were playing
    at the ACL club in St.Pete Florida. It was pretty
    packed,& very smokey in there. We played some really tight sets I hit every note, my best freind
    was the drummer and we were locked in a tight groove all night.It was just after 1:45 am and
    we had played our last song, and they were having
    last call. I wish we could have kept on playing all night. Just when I thought things could not
    be any better,I was kneeling on the floor by the side of the stage putting my Bass in it's case
    and this girl walks up and stands behind me off
    to my left side, I look up and there is this
    beautiful girl in a black lace top & purple mini
    skirt, and she say's "you were really great"
    I look around to see if she was talking to me, cause I am the fat guy in the back of the band who always likes the girls, but my drummer freind
    always winds up with them. I figured someone put her up to coming over to me, but we started flirting, and at that point they were yelling
    at everyone to get out,cause the bars close at
    2:00 am. So I asked her if she wants to go get
    some breakfast at Village Inn, and she say's yes.
    After some breakfast & conversation I ask her if
    she wants to come over, and she say's yes. That
    was the best & Luckiest night I ever had. the next
    weekend I went out to play with Deacon Fuller a
    local bluesman, and I got there and took my Bass
    out and opened the zipper pocket to get my tuner
    out and she had left her Fredericks of Hollywood
    Purple velvet T-back Panties wrapped around my
    Tuner., we are still really good freinds to this day and lean on each other for emotional support.
    And I still keep the Purple thong in my gig bag for good luck.
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  8. A friend of mines band had a last minute cancellation and asked if could fill in for them , sure.
    We show up at the Polka dot lounge and see about 20 older women from the old country.
    They were dressed in traditional garb.
    We were like , Do you think they will like Hendrix or Black Sabbath better?

    We decide Hendrix would be fun so we tear into some screaming feedback loud - loud Star spangled banner and so on.

    These ladies were dancing and jumping about Hugging and Kissing us ( on the cheek ) this went on for 4 sets.
    Best audience ever.

  9. On vacation by myself in Vancouver (where weed smoking is tolerated) a few years back. In talking with some locals I said I was a musician and they told me I HAD to go to this smoking lounge above the New Amsterdam cafe on tuesday for a jam/smoking session called "Songs in the key of green" . I went and there wasn't an open seat but they door guy said "Oh your a musician!? Here to play? we've got a couch for you guys over here, sit down and roll one and be comfortable". After a few jams the house drummer had to go and apparently nobody else played. I'm a competent drummer so I got up there and the "band" passed joints around while playing Tom Petty covers. Can't remember the last time I was so high. After an hour or so I had to duck out and head back to the hostel.

    Also, in Costa Rica I sat in with some guys to sing a salsa version of Radiohead's "Creep" to a packed restaurant on the beach.

    Sooo much fun!
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  10. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    When I was a senior in high school, I played an opening gig at the Alrosa Villa with an original's band. All the songs were strong, and my tone was happening(JP90 and Kustom 200). I don't know or not if the band would have gone on to greater things, but I was happy just to play music I believed in.
  11. Fun thread!

    Probably one of my favorite shows was with my old latin-rock-pop band a few years back. We were closing out a Breast Cancer awareness festival up in northern NH - a roughly 8-10 hr drive from Philly. We packed up the BL's RV full of our gear and left around midnight. The plan was to have a friend drive us through the night, get breakfast, sound check, review charts with the 4 piece horn section (that was local and we'd never played with. They were sent mp3s of the material and wrote their own arrangements), rest up, and then hit the stage at 5.

    The trip was initially fun and uneventful, with normal rock star shenanigans ensuing on the RV. A few hours in, we ended up having issues - the brake line was leaking and we essentially had no breaks. We stopped in a town about halfway to the gig that had an RV repair place. The plan was to get some sleep, then get the RV fixed up first thing in the AM and head out. If all went well, we'd get there in time for lunch. No sound check, but still enough time to meet with the horn section and not stress.

    Well, 7 am rolls around, the shop opens, and it turns out they need a specialty part. They tell us it's no problem, they'll get one and have us on the road by 10 am. Of course, this doesn't happen. Bear in mind, we were contracted to play a specific time and if we missed downbeat by 5, we can't play and we don't get paid. They eventually get the part around 11 and we end up getting on the road a little before noon. We're all a bit stressed so we distract ourselves by reviewing harmonies and arrangements a capella.

    We roll into town about 4:40-ish. We high tail it to the event and make it on stage with literally seconds to spare with the help of a police escort. So at this point we're all stressed out, there's no sound check, and we've never even spoken to the horn section guys, let alone reviewed anything with them.

    Downbeat comes, and of course magic happens. Everyone is cooking, the sound is great, and the horns sound like they've been gigging with us for years. The crowd loved us, and we had a blast.

    After the show, one of the fans of the BL's old band cooks us a feast and gives us 2 cases of beer, which was a nice denouement to the whole experience.

    It was such a down to the wire success that it will stick with me for a long time amidst the hundreds of shows I've played.
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  12. CTC564

    CTC564 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    The BEST gig I've ever had was playing in a landmark nightclub in Harlem. We had done many gigs with 50's and 60's bands as their backup band.

    We were approached by one of the singers that we'd done a good amount of work with and he asked us to back him at a talent show he was hosting...he wanted to finish the night with a tribute to Marvin Gaye doing these three in order...What's Going On...Mercy Mercy Me...Let's Get It On. Needles to say that the crowd was not very welcoming as we got onto the stage to plug in.

    As we played the first song, you could feel the crowd slowly warming up to us...we were firing on all cylinders...among the best we've ever played. By the second song, there was even more enthusiasm generating. As we ended the second song with a fade as the record does...there was a long, purposeful rest...the guitarist starting playing the intro to Let's Get It On and the whole place jumped to their feet clapping and singing...it was a religious experience for me and although I've played much larger places, nothing has ever given me as much of a thrill as that gig.
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  13. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    I am seriously enjoying this thread! Keep it coming!
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  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    My wedding. My friend, who played in the top club band in the area, did it for us - not your typical set list - TOP , Blood Sweat & Tears, etc. My old band from college, which hadn't played in over 5 years, did a set, including from our old CD, and played perfect. My new brother in law, an ace trumpet player, sat in. For 2 sets different people I knew played, and everybody had a great time.
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  15. Did anyone else read this in a Dr. Suess-ian or "Twas the Night Before Christmas" cadence? :D
  16. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Nice catch.
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  17. I played opening act for Opera IX with a raw black metal band. After the show we partied like no tomorrow. One of the other bands took my bass by mistake and left with it to their home town. They were nice enough to let me visit for a few days to get it back though :)
  18. This was an awesome story man ! :thumbsup:

    For the rest... well ..


    I wonder if he is still there 10 years later..
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  19. For the win.
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