fights at gigs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by puttz buster, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Accassionally we get fights break out in the crowd in the middle of sets while we are playing, not because of the music but pissed clenchers venting their insecurities. What do you guys do if this senario occurrs at your gigs? if it happens anywhere near the stage, we usually stop playing STRAIGHT away, bag the s... outta them, tell them to p... off out of the venue. how do you deal with it?
  2. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Most recent incident:

    drunk grabbed by the hair;
    head slammed into the bar.
    and the Band plays 'Ballroom Blitz' for the occasion.

    Have had a fight break-out in front of the stage.
    Instantly stop.
    Say "Thank you very much, we'll be right back."
  3. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    When ever a fight broke out we used to play the fight music to "Batman." We have seen it all. Everything from guns to knives pulled.
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    With all the sharp pointy weapons people are sporting these days, if I am not involved, I let the bouncers take care of it.
  5. I like that! POW, ZOCK, WHAM. thats priceless man, nice work. or maybe Eye of the tiger might work too :D :D
  6. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Stop playing, make sure bouncer knows where the fight is, protect the gear.

    Last summer, it was so packed the bouncer couldn't see what was going on or get there quickly. I went to tell him where to go, and my guitarist saved the left pa speaker from falling over when they smashed into the stand. Another time, my guitarist tried to help a guy who was getting beat up outside after the gig. Bad idea. He's not very big and doesn't know how to fight so he got slammed into a wall.

    I'd estimate there is a fight about every 5th gig I play.
  7. Good point, If that p.a. stack falls on a punter and puts them in a wheelchair for life, guess who's gonna get sued? the venue? if the band hired the p.a. then its up to the band to have public liability. cause the venue will try and wash their hands of it, if its not their p.a.. If it is the venues p.a. well they are legally responsible for the p.a. if it falls due to them not bracing it properly.
  8. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Never been in that situation...probably because so few people went to see my last band that they could spread out and feel like they were alone : (

    I'd probably stop playing until security took care of it. I doubt that I'd insult the crowd then run off leaving my gear on stage...ask Gunns and Roses what can happen when you do that...

    If it got really out of hand, I suppose that the first drunk to charge onto the stage would get a P Bass in the face.

    Never will forget watching a Stones concert video one time where a fan stormed on stage toward Keith only to have to duck a Tele swung baseball (or cricket) bat at his head, full force...
  9. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    I can't wait untill i start gigin Sounds so much fun.

    BillyB, I smash my self in the face with my P-bass all the time(don't ask how) full force would kill someone.
  10. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    When I was 16, I played with a bunch of older guys in a classic rock cover band that catered exclusively to bikers. I used to literally do my homework in bars that has meth labs in them and fights would break out on a regular basis. We used to do stuff like Steppenwolf, Hendrix, the james gang, etc. , but my big responsibility as the bassist was to start playing "My Girl" whenever a fight broke it. It seemed to always calm things down for some reason. I guess you really have to be a rotten bastard to fight during a Smokey Robinson song.
  11. lmao, that is the funniest thing I have heard all day.
  12. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Ummmm....My Girl is a Temptions song, not Smokey Robinson (and the opening lick is on a guitar)... but I see your point.
  13. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Immediately break into "eye of the tiger"
  14. tenbellies


    Dec 17, 2003
    I was playing last night with my soul band. The room was cramed and two gorls started going at it in the middle (in the non porno sence). They ended up knocking everyone infront of them 'domino' style, making about 10 people fall onto the stage. I wasn't worried though, I was safely at the back protecting my instrument. There are benefits of not being a frontman of a band!!

  15. Yeah the worst one for a singer is the good ol punter stumbles into mike stand- mike smashing the singer in the mouth.
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The Temptations had the hit, but Smokey wrote the song. Also, the opening lick is a bass part that leads to the guitar lick you're thinking about. (You obviously don't own Standing in the shadows of Motown. Get the book, it's worth it.)

    Never had a fight break out. probably never will. One big advantage of having a female lead singer is it attracts a larger female audience and cuts down on the "locker room" environment that's more likely to bring about fights.

    Also, we play pretty nice venues, so chances of a fight breaking out are minimal. Still, it's good to have a plan if the worst did happen.
  17. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    I used to jump in and help break it up, but now I just sit back and take it all in. If someone swings at me, any of my guys, or someone I know, I will get into it. I think I may be the only guy in the band that can fight. It's not that I go looking for trouble, I just don't have much tolerance for B.S.
  18. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    During one of my friends gigs a Fight broke out at the end while they were playing "Lets get it on"

    Funny as hell.
  19. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    When I find other musicians that aren't idiots, and I actually have a good band...

    I am going to have the mortal kombat theme ready in case of a fight