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Dumbest thing I've ever been told at a gig. Ever.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by totallybacan, May 26, 2009.

  1. totallybacan


    Mar 30, 2009
    There are two standouts that I feel i must share. The first one was when I showed up to a show with my bass, head, and cab. The soundguy looks at me and does a double take. He says "Woah buddy, we already got PA subs. I appreciate the effort though." referring to my bands Mesa 215.

    The second one was unfortunately, committed by a fellow bass player. I arrived to a show where the last band was letting everyone use their equipment. Sure no problem. I get on stage and set my bass in its molded case in front of the amp. The bass player that owned the rig sees my case and suddenly freaks and says "you'll blow the amp. You have to go to the other side" He was pointing at a guitar cab. After mentioning that inside my case is a bass, he proceeds to lecture me about the difference between playing bass in rythym guitar and playing bass GUITAR. I was so agitated because even after I unpacked my equipment, he doubted it was a bass at all and I would blow his cab. :rollno:

    That was my 3 minutes of ranting.
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  2. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    I can't top that - I don't have a single story that is better than yours.
  3. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    That's pretty intense.
  4. nbw


    Nov 10, 2003
    Arlington Texas
    I got curious so I had to snoop around. I assume this was your epiphone LP bass?
  5. was it even a 6 string? my gawd.
  6. The really silly thing about the second story is that there shouldn't be any problem playing guitar through a bass amp. You might not get the best sound, but you certainly won't blow the amp.
  7. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    I actually prefer running my LP through a bass amp. I tune it down a lot though for more moody sounds.

    Kinda weird. i like low guitars but brighter bass. :\
  8. totallybacan


    Mar 30, 2009
    Yup, creepy but correct. I always figured I would get crap form a guitarist or drummer, but never from a fellow bass player. As an additional note, he was a 6 string player which makes the whole situation seem even weirder. sigh :scowl:
  9. "UUUHHH....We can't pay you tonight."

    We DID get ppppaid,by the way.
  10. Benthoven


    May 26, 2009
    Las Vegas
    Damn, you guys must be surrounded by geniuses or something, compared to some of my audiences. I was playing in an all-original jazz fusion band that was pretty kick-ass for the time, and we finished one of our most requested (and air-played) tunes, and this chick just walks up to the band and said, "Was that a REAL song, or did ya'll just make it up?"
  11. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Can't really top that second one, especially considering the source, but I've hear some dumb stuff come out of people's mouths. We played a show at this one venue, and I brought by DI because it's usually the easiest thing for the sound guy that will be acceptable for me. So I set up all my stuff and the sound guy (who also had an assistant that night who he was teaching to do live sound stuff) came over and was like "woah man, this dude comes prepared." So I figured ok, he likes the set up, thats good. After he hooks it all up he grabs a mic stand with an SM57 on it and puts it in front of the amp and says to me "here I'll even put this here so it looks good but I'm not going to turn it on".


    Eventually I'm going to learn my lesson and just buy my own mic.
  12. pandakeepfit


    Apr 26, 2009
    a guitar player at a school talent show
    "do you use effects? i don't, i do all my effects just with technique"
    (delay, overdrive, envelope filter, you name it XD)

    i was like *** (that was like 9 years ago)
  13. nbw


    Nov 10, 2003
    Arlington Texas

    Haha, I'm the same way.

    Didn't know I could run a guitar through a bass amp though.. hmm...
  14. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    So did you tell her "real" songs are made up too?
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  15. A clearly drunk woman, much older than me, approached me before we played and said...

    "Are you in the band? What kinda music do ya'll play? Is one of the other guys in the band your dad? No? You're so much younger than them. I like you. I can't wait to hear ya'll play. You're cute. I like your hair, it's just like my son's. You look just like him too. How old are you? That's the same age as my son. Oh wait, um, I'm not hitting on you..."

    To which I replied, "No kidding, lady, because that would be creepy for both of us. Enjoy the show."
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  16. DrSmaggs


    Oct 15, 2003
    Endorsing Artist:
    Ignorant people are funny... I mean the ignorant ones that run their mouths spouting fiction as though it were true. You can prove them wrong and they will still stick to their story LOL.

    Thanks for sharing :)
  17. zehBOOM


    Nov 5, 2009
    ahhh thats gross.. was it your mom???...

    i played a show for a party after a football game once (my band is still in highschool) a guy comes up to me afterwards and asked why i was playing my guitar with my fingers
  18. People are really dumb. It's funny and sad at the same time.

    I especially like the patrons who arrive during setup and ask, "So, do you guys play 'good' music, or what?" I always reply, with a straight face, "Dude, we suck. You should probably leave."
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  19. When I was 17, I was setting up equipment for my uncle's band in some crap hole club. It was really early (maybe 6pm) and an extremely drunk guy walks up, points at my shirt and goes, "Wow, is Nine Inch Nails playing tonight?"

    I looked back at the huge sign I'd already put up with the band's name, then said, "No."
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  20. Had a sound guy once at a show who kept asking me to turn my stage amp down. I finally turned it off (bass was running through a DI) and played the next song.

    Guess what?? Then he asked me to turn it down again!!!