If you remember, I posted a while back about finally getting into a band. Anyway, we had our first gig yesterday. We showed up at 7:30, since we were supposed to soundcheck at 8:00. Well, time for soundcheck rolls around, and no sound guy, so we shoot some pool while while we try and get in touch with the manager of the band we opened for. We find out from the bar's manager that we aren't supposed to play until 10:00, and then we find out that the main band's manager gave us the wrong time. Anyway, eventually the sound guy shows up, plugs us into the PA, then gives us some time to check the sound. Everything seemed to be working just fine, so we commence with the show. Everything went smoothly, except for one song: during the guitar solo, the guitarist had told the drummer at rehearsal to quiet down, but for some reason I can't remember, he just stopped. When he stopped, so did I. This freaked me out, since I knew I was supposed to continue playing, but couldn't find my position without the drummer. After the solo he comes back in, and I go with him. The only other memorable event was during Smoke on the Water, when five drunk middle-aged women ran onto the dance floor in front of the stage and proceeded to make fools out of themselves. But they did tip us pretty well afterwards. All in all, a very good first gig, and we even made pretty good tips: $20 for each of us (four). I do have a question though. For some reason I can't fathom, the sound guy ran a cable from the line out jack of my amp to the PA system, and mic'd my amp. Now I know I'm a rookie to gigging, but what purpose does that serve? Isn't it just redundant?