I’m getting pretty excited for my first ever gig coming up this week so I wanted to give a backstory on it an kind of introduce myself. I always find these threads interesting but, as always, feel free to TL;DR! About Me: I’m 28, I’ve been playing bass since I was 14; however, I stopped playing almost entirely from about 2008 until this year. I did play occasionally during that time, but not enough to matter. I have been involved with a couple bands that didn’t go anywhere at all. My only “live” experience was a couple times with my high school band and a couple years ago I played with my wife (vocalist) for a Christmas song at church. It’s definitely been fun getting back into playing all the time with a real band. About the band: We are a 4 piece classic rock cover band, though we do have one original so far. Two members are in their early 50s; the drummer and the guitarist (who is also my Dad). The singer and I are about the same age, and we have known each other since high school. Everyone but me has quite a bit of gigging experience. Our singer also plays bass and sings in another band. We play mostly classic harder rock, with some more modern stuff thrown in. Obviously I have played with my Dad forever, but the drummer has been around since March of this year and the singer since August. We had another guitar player and a different singer at first, but they didn’t work out. We all do this as a hobby and don’t care about the money, we just want to play. About the gig: Smallish bar gig in my hometown with a population of about 600. This is good in a few different ways. Number one is that it’s just a couple blocks from my house. Number two is that everyone knows us so hopefully that means we will have a good turnout. We are playing 6-10 at the bar owner’s request, which is nice since I work in the morning the next day. Should be a lot of friends, family and coworkers there at least. And they’re serving ham buns and pasta salad! Everybody wins! Am I nervous? A little bit. I feel like I know the songs well. I’m still re-learning a lot after my 9 year layoff. I do think it will be a lot of fun. Since I’m a gear guy, I’m excited to try out all the new stuff that I’ve bought since I got in this band (I was down to one bass and 1x15 combo). My rig will be my 70s Univox Precisely, Warwick Corvette, Mesa D800, Phil Jones C8 and my small pedalboard. If you made it this far, thanks for reading my story. Hopefully I will have an awesome gig report soon!