So.... what was the biggest hurdle that you successfully overcame during a gig? Last week, we were playing at a cancer benefit and due to weather delays and a bunch of variety show junk acts before us, we started about 2 hours later than scheduled. Due to the compressed schedule, our soundcheck was basically nonexistant. While setting up the equipment, our guitar player started playing "Stormy Monday" and then I joined in as my soundcheck. Next thing I know our drummer and rhythm guitar start up on it, and it is being sung. So I guess the show has started... Problem is that somewhere there was a wiring problem and our keyboardist (who is the main feature of about half of our songlist) can't get any sound at all. Just a horrible buzzing sound... through our gear. After the first song, we still didn't know what was wrong, but found that it sounded OK if he ran his keybaord through my bass amp instead of the main head. Fine, except I have only one IN port on my amp! So... I plugged into the main head and we played another song. It was overloading the moniters, but sounded fine on the main speakers to the audience. Problem now... the moniters are really breaking up with the singers, two guitars and my bass running through them. Soo.... now I plug into the stage soundsystem that the variety show dorks have been using all night and it sounds fine to the audience but now I CAN'T HEAR MY DAMNED BASS. I play by ear, so this was a huge problem for me, potentially. I can hear all the other things from our moniters, but had to mainly play the rest of the show by (get this...) vibration through my feet from the speakers I was running through. Holy cow, that took some getting used to... but I knew the songs well enough that I knew I was in the right signature chord on them all. I do a lot of improv on my walking bass parts, so that was kind of scary, but once I got used to it, it wasn't as bad as it sounds. From all accounts, we projected a great sound despite all these problems but what a collosal pain in the butt this was!! It never would have happened if we had taken more time to set up and get a soundcheck, but we only had 40 minutes as it was, due to the weather delays, before city ordinances dictated that live music outdoor shows shut down at midnight. So what is the moral of this story? I don't really know, but it was definately one of those things that makes you think on your feet.