Burned Out?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fastplant, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    I've noticed this lately. It used to be that whenever I had a show I'd be excited about it all week until the show, regardless if it was in a dive or not. But lately, I only seem to get excited about the bigger shows. Like this weekend we have pretty much a guaranteed turn out of over 1000 people, not to mention the people that we will bring. I'm excited about this one, but I noticed that otherwise, I usually don't get too excited about shows ahead of time. Don't get me wrong, I love being on stage and have a great time playing, it just seems that I don't think much about the show until I'm driving there. Anyone else go through a funk like this?
  2. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Do you play the same set everytime? The same old songs, the same old order, the same old presentation?

    That could get tired pretty soon - the solution is to keep on feeding in new things you've been learning.

  3. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin

    I'd give both my testicles to be able to play in front of twenty people on a regular basis again.
  4. i've seriously been in a state of being anti-social. i really don't know how I got it. I've always hated society in my mind, but now I just can't take it and rather stay home. this also includes shows, I just dont feel like playing for people. Maybe it's the music I'm playing or the people listening but it just seems like a waste of life when in reality it probably isn't. all I can say is that I think it's a good thing you don't get excited for small shows it makes me think that you are getting really good at what you do and make you ready for touring. because i know that life on the road is tough and boring sometimes.
  5. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    I hear what you're saying, but we're a cover band, it's not like we'll be touring seriously any time soon. We do have originals too, but we mainly play the covers. And we try to keep it different at every show. We don't really play the same set every time. Hopefully, it is a sign, like you said, that we're getting really good. That way it's a positive thing. :bassist:
  6. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Well, I don't "get in a funk" but the more often I play the less excited I am about each gig. Hey, that's perfectly natural!

    That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the playing, it's just that the anticipation that builds up when it's weeks or MONTHS between gigs isn't there when you're playing 4 nights a week ;)
  7. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Yeah, that must be it. I just miss that anticipation that builds throughout the week. It makes the gig that much more exciting.
  8. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Inactive

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Thats not even close to what I call burnt out.

    Thats becoming cool;)

  9. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Haha, well then thank you. Yeah, I'm trying to find something positive in this. Thanks everyone!
  10. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    No gettin' around the law of diminishing marginal utility...

  11. parrott

    parrott Guest

    Dec 2, 2001
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    That's like ten times the number I've ever played to in one gig.... it's probably more than I've ever played to in all m y gigs put together!!!
  12. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Damn I know that feeling..I'm in a professional covers band (pays the bills) and am fortunate to be in a line up with excellent musicians (even the drummer ;) ) the worst thing for me was coming to the realisation that here in Ireland if your in a covers band the punters ONLY want to hear Guns n roses (sweet child of mine..only), Bon Jovi, thin lizzy or whitesnake, all of which have good tunes but arent particularly challenging from a bassists point of view.

    Needless to say I got real bored real quickly which is a bummer when your gigging this stuff 5 nights a week. However I was fortunate enough to get a lot of session work and side projects playing different styles of music which keeps my interest levels up so now I look on the covers gigs as a job.
  13. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Yeah, the place we're playing actually "warned" us about the amount of people that how up on 4th of July. But we've actually been lucky over the last few months to play to crowds of 1000+ quite a few times, we had one show about 2 months ago with 2500+, that one was pretty crazy, and those are the shows that I really get excited about. But Murf also has a point, no one really wants to hear our originals, they just want to hear Bon Jovi covers, which actually isn't so bad when people are getting into it, so I don't mind them if people are going nuts for it, but maybe that has a bit to do with it. It seems the worse the song the better it goes over, haha. Oh well, I think it's just a phase, because like I said, as soon as I'm on stage I have the best time. I truly love music, so I think this will pass, thanks guys.