I played my first gig in 5 years last night. We were well rehearsed on most of the material, but I was definately jittery. We play about 75% originals, folk rock, alt-country stuff, and this was the most original material I had ever performed on a debut gig. First 4 songs, I was a little stiff, but I played clean. In fact, the 4th song was a cover of Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons and we nailed it to great a response. Then....gack!! I mess up bigtime on the next tune, and end up feeling like a deer caught in the headlights. It took me about 3 more songs to fully settle down. Of all things, I relaxed when we played the only song where I sing lead. Normally I'm more terrified of singing than anything else, but it settled me down. I felt like the biggest tool at break. I flubbed up changes that I can play in my sleep, and generally felt like I had made a horrible first impression on my band and audience. It wasn't THAT bad, but I'm a perfectionist. The positive side was this -I knew that I could only improve in the second set. Second set was about 1000x better. We rocked. The drummer and I sync'd tight up just like rehearsal and the vocalists broke out stronger. Anyone got any good first first gig messup or messup/redemption stories?