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Famous Bands You Opened Up/Played For

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by feet_, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. feet_


    Jan 9, 2007
    Sort of a brag thread. Me myself no one, unless you count dancing in front of a mirror with a tennis racquet thinking I'm playing with Slash...??..
  2. Well, currently Im playing with an artist (Leah Seawright) that just opened up for Chris Cagle and Bad Company...will be opening for Glorianna in July. And remember the country band Alabama? Their former drummer is playing with us.
  3. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    The Grass Roots
    The Vogues
    Pure Gold (from PBS TV)
  4. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses, T.C. Electronics
    We were the only opener for those shows....most memorable shows of my career.

    Shinedown, Korn, Taproot and a couple others where there were a bunch of other bands opening too....
    Still fun....
  5. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Don't laugh guys but many moons ago my band opened for a group called Color me Badd in Okinawa Japan. Thay had a hit called I wanna sex you up. :)
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I opened for Steely Dan at the Glen Helen Pavilion on their 1993 reunion tour...kind of. :p

    It was with a college jazz band that played between the bathrooms for the folks waiting to get into the seating/lawn areas before they opened the gates.
  7. Corevalay

    Corevalay Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    No one will top this...

    Vanilla Ice. Yup, when he decided to go metal, we opened for him!

    Other bands...
    Not really a band but we played the 2nd stage at Surf & Skate festival with Blink-182, Sum 41, New Found Glory
    Ill Nino
    E-Town Concrete
  8. korpiklaani (in end april this year), if you heard of them...
  9. bunkaroo


    Apr 25, 2003
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Through the years...

    Kansas (1995)
    My Dying Bride (1997)
    Angra (2003)
    Symphony X (2003)
    Overkill (2003)
    King's X (2004)

    Should have opened for the James LaBrie solo tour in 2010 but it was cancelled last minute due to visa problems for his band. Hoping to get some more choice opening slots when my band's record FINALLY gets finished.
  10. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    I was in a blues trio that opened for Bugs Henderson in 1997 (I think). It was a small-ish club gig, but it was fun nonetheless.
  11. gt96g

    gt96g Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Philly Area
    the toasters
  12. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
    The Grass Roots
    Sha Na Na - (Their rehearsal was like boot camp!)
    The James Gang
    The New Colony Six (twice, they were from Chicago... great guys, awesome band... big in the Midwest in the late 60s)
    Gary Lewis and the Playboys (Carle Radle played my amp!)
    Dave Dudley (sittin' in with the band for a weekend back in '71- "Six Days On the Road")
    The Classics IV
    Crow(Evil Woman)
    The Trashmen(Surf Bird)
    Looking Glass (Brandi)
    Probably others that I can't remember too... after all... it was the 60s & 70s ;)

    Other Upper Midwest regional acts too... Flippers, Unbelievable Uglies, Imagine That, The Mystics, many more ... etc. (we were one also)
  13. MtJam

    MtJam Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Edgar Winter
  14. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Mother's Finest (at their peak)
    Sea Level (Their first gig after the Allman Bros. broke up)
    Steam (Sha Na Nah, Hey Hey, Goodbye)
    Platters (I think everyone has played with these guys - always hire the backup band)
    Johnny Tillotson (50s guy at an oldies show)
    Jackie Wilson

    More....just can't think of them all
  15. Did a couple of Willie Picnics back in the late 90's,can't remember who all was on those shows,certainly Willie.....

    George Porter

    David Allen Coe

    Lucky Peterson and many others on blues festivals.

    Edit: Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Copeland
  16. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Days of the New
    Marcy's Playground
    St. Vitus
  17. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
  18. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    The Righteous Brothers, Ben E King, various 50's/60's acts like Del Shannon
  19. RHCP - 1985
  20. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Mr Gnome
    Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
    Lydia Loveless

    These are folks pretty well known in their respective scenes but I wouldn't call them huge or famous.

    My punk band opened for the Bouncing Souls back in the day.