First gig

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by AllodoX, Jun 19, 2001.

  1. On your first gig... Did you wet your pants ? Did you kill a pair of strings ? Did you forget the bassline of the 3rd song ?
    Did the audience throw beer 'n stuff at you ?

    So.. what was your first gig like ?
  2. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Actually, the singer forgot the words to Addicted to Love. Can blame him though because the song had been out only about a month or so.
  3. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    The singer forgot the last verse of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and the guitariest lost his amp!
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Actually, the very first one went quite well. We were impeccably well-rehearsed and we knew our simple gear backwards and forwards. The big element we neglected was showmanship. We were so focused on not making any playing mistakes that we looked more like we were at the funeral of someone we didn't know rather than digging what we played.

    Even though we were all dressed exactly the same, that can't make up for giving the audience something to react to, even if it's just smiling or wincing your face.
  5. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    I've only played about 4 cover gigs, doing stuff like Credence Clearwater Revival, some Disco stuff and some music you can dance to. They all went pretty well, can´t remember any mistakes we did. But I´m always very nervous right until midway in the first song, then I always relax :)
    I can´t say that we have much showmanship...gotta do more gigs to develop that :)

    But last weekend we did our first gig with a new singer. We´ve dropped playing cover songs and we are focusing on original material. OK, it´s stressful enough doing the first gig, with original material, and a new singer. But that wasn´t enough...our first gig was on live television! Damit I was nervous! Before it started the stage manager came to us and talked us through the show, he then left telling us to "act horny to the camera!" Uhmm..ok...we´ll do that :)
    Anyways, we played 4 songs, these are songs that we´ve rehersed countless times but midway through ALL of our songs I was dead-tired in my fingers..had to struggle to keep going. I guess that´s stress for ya :)
    Song nr.1 Singer did fine, guitar did fine, bass did fine, drummer ended prematurely. But me and the guitarist were quick to catch on and managed to end the song without anyone noticing the mistake.
    Song nr.2 Singer did fine, guitar did fine, bass did fine, drummer was playing on another drumset, not his own, and as a result of that, and stress, he dropped his drumsticks when about 30secs were left of the song. He managed to pick them up, only to drop them again 10secs. later. We then abrubtly ended the song :-( We looked at it later on tape, and it came alot better out then we thought it did.
    Song nr.3 By now we were all relaxed and in a groove. Everyone did fine!
    Song nr.4 Our last song was the best of the lot, everyone had relaxed completely, we were just focusing on playing our music and having fun.

    All in all this was a very interesting expirence playing live on tv, wouldn´t want to have missed out on it :) At least the hosts of the tv show were very pleased with us!

    /blabber off.

  6. CYoung


    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    The place: LaBelle, FL; population 2,000 people, 267,789 cows. Public park, July 4th 1988.

    The event: July 4th celebration featuring cloggers, square dancing, several local country bands, and......US.

    Us: 'Riox' an 80's heavy metal band consisting of myself and a few high school and recently graduated buds. Lots of leather, hair, and large amps.

    Well, the town 'elders' originally did not want us to play cause we were a heavy metal band. We threw a fit and threatened to write the paper. They told us we could go on after the cloggers. Fine. Then the other country bands told us we could not play unless we rented their sound system for several hundred $. Problem is, it was not their system, they had rented it from 'Hamp.' Hamp got word of this, got mad and let us use his whole setup for free.

    When we started, there was about 100 people. Half way through the first song - 'Rock you like a Hurricane' - the singer's voice quit. I sang lead while he ran across the park for a coke. (I have a deep baritone voice, not a heavy metal voice...)

    Once the lead singer's voice returned, we did the rest of the set to a rapidly growing crowd that was about 600 when we were done. Apprently, we were audible for over three miles and every metal head in the town came out to see us. What fun! That podunk town never quite knew what to make of that noisy metal band....
  7. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    i'd never seen anything like it. in the middle of our 3rd song there's some really thrashy guitar riffing in drop-D. our guitarist was so nervous that he was picking his guitar so hard and snapped 4 strings simultaneously, which flew off into the crowd of about 250-300 people !!! :D needless to say, we hadda stop right there, but they thought it was awesome and gave us a fairly huge cheer. rest of it went smashingly, except i thought my voice sounded a bit off ... but no-one noticed and some drunk guy hugged me and told me he never thought he'd meet Pavarotti in his life.
    i luv music ! :D
  8. My first gig. I had only been playing bass for about 2 months and I really had no idea, i was trying to play it like guitar, had this effects pedal and had the distortion on 10. I've still got the video of it and laugh every time. for some reason I didn't stop spinning my head for the whole show, My feet were planted in the same spot for the whole hour, it was guite a sight. Our singer couldn't sing, we'd been togehter for 4 week's yet the crowd still went wild, and it's still up there with some of my favorite moments on stage.

    but with the band I'm in now our first show was well rehersed. we had 5 original songs, had only been together for 6 weeks. and it went off. now we are playing support spots for Australian bands like. Frenzal Rhomb, Teasteagles, Sunk Loto, and american band Strung out. and we've only been going for 6 months. if you want to check out our site it's at
  9. silvermaneZ


    Oct 10, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Very first gig.....

    The band was called Wisecrack. 80's hair band trio. We were lucky enough that our drummer's sister worked for Wild Silas Productions and Sam Taylor. He was the producer for alot of the Kings X and Galactic Cowboys albums. He had a new project called Atomic Opera, and needed an opening act. So, my first gig ever and the first show for Wisecrack was opening up for Atomic Opera at the Live Wire in Houston, TX. Pretty cool all around. We had mostly originals, and I remember doing a cover of "Surrender" by Cheap Trick. I am sure with only a trio of musicians and no 12 string bass there was something missing, but I know we had a ton of fun.

    I think we made $50 on that gig, and it all got spent on gas for the Suburban and food for us and all our friends/roadies at Wataburger on the way home.
  10. First gig was actually at a Star Trek convention. These conventions have a staple called Filk (folk songs with science fiction lyrics). So me and some buddies decided to pi$$ off the filkers and trekkers by throwing together some Metallica, G N'R, Zeppelin, etc. with lyrics making fun of anything we could think of.

    We played songs like Beauty and the Beast Takedown (Communication Breakdown) knocking all the women who got upset when Beauty and the Beast was cancelled. Kiss' Unholy became our tribute to Darth Vader (the Vader theme fits very nicely in the solo section :D ). And my personal favorite, Welcome to McDonald's.

    God how we sucked. Hotel secutiry, Tulsa PD, and just about every trekker/filker at the con hated us with a passion. But we did get an invitation to play an all filk con in Memphis, hehe. Very fond memories of that one.
  11. I really gotta start using the spell check.
  12. Funk Warts

    Funk Warts

    Jun 13, 2001
    London, UK
    As a very politically aware 17 year-old we were ina sort of Dead Kennedys style/rip off band. We played fast, and shouted. Our first song was a cover of 'ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart' by Manic Street Preachers. A bit political, annoyed a few people. Then we went into the first of our own songs entitled 'The City Of Angels Is Burning', about the LA riots a few years before. We noticed security guards at the club walking nearer the stage, so we replied by ending the song early and launching into our personal favourite track, which was pretty much about how present fascism is in our society without us knowing it. It was called 'Hitler Reprised in you'. We dedicated it to the security guards - and got thrown off. Still, we went down well and made the local news, and our next gig was a sell out! We've split now...serves us right. Now i look back on it and think it was pretentious rubbish but oh well i learnt a lot from it.
  13. Cat


    Apr 5, 2000
    Penn State
    what lyrics? he could have just yelled "ahh yaa yaa yaa" really loud and no one would have been the wiser :)
  14. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    We got flashed by some girls, I can't actually remember anything else. I was NOT any good, so that was definitely the highlight.
  15. My first gig was ok i guess. I was playing bass for about 6 months when me and 2 other guys decided 2 do a cover of Velouria by the pixies the one weezer covered for the pixies tribute album that came out in '99 so anyway i had 2 sing at the local coffee house (im not that bad :)) and guess what i forgot 2 do? Adjust the mike 2 my height lol . people thought we were good and it wasn't so bad. i can't wait until i play again (this all happened this month !)
  16. LMAO! That must have been really fun! :D
  17. BenF


    Mar 29, 2001
    Boston area
    First gig was at a crazy HS graduation party, we were 15-16 yo. Kegs everywhere, random violence, drugs, you name it we had to deal with it. We played lots of Led Zep, Stones, CCR, Sabbath, and seeing as how we had three gtr players we also did Freebird (to great cheers from the blindly drunk crowd.) I remember it got really cold at the end of the night and that the "tip jar" we put out was filled with three dimes and about a pint of random fluids. An ugly gig, but we sounded good.

    My 2nd gig, about a month later, was a bachelor party for a brother of one of the gtr players. We set up, then someone brought in a huge TV/VCR and set it up on the opposite side of the room and facing us. Yup, you guessed it, we spent the entire gig playing and watching porn. Possibly the most difficult gig I've ever done.
  18. Cat


    Apr 5, 2000
    Penn State
    HAHAHAH thats awesome!
  19. Now there is a gig I would have liked to do. :D
  20. yeah, wear your bass a bit lower on a gig like that. ;)