First "Gig"

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by User37746946, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008
    So today was the Freshman awards ceremony at my High school today. We were scheduled to play 3 songs, one at the beginning, and two at the end.

    Well, it went sorta like this.

    The lights were off, the curtain was closed, and there were Freshmen waiting in the commons to hear something. Our guitarist did something weird with this effects that made his guitar sound like a bell, and the curtains opened.

    We all did the first notes of For Whom the Bell Tolls, and as soon as it hit the part where the bass does the high thingy, the lights switched onto the stage (green and red), and it was SO AWESOME. Everyone started cheering.

    Well, we finish FWtBT, and then the teacher was like "More! More!". We looked at each other, then I burst into some bluesy wah-ridden bass solo in the key of Sunshine of Your Love (it escapes me atm.) After about 10 seconds, the guitarist came in on Sunshine, and more cheers. I was shaking, literally. My first bass solo!

    We then played Electric Funeral by Black Sabbath (my bass sounded evil BTW), and it was too awesome.

    Then the awards, blah blah, and we went back up. Here's where we were stumped. Our guitarist just started to go into Voodoo Child, since we already used all 3 songs we were gonna do. After that, I played Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), and our drummer had a solo.

    Then I picked up the mic, and said, "Our guitarist doesn't wanna play this song." He then started the opening riff of Smells Like Teen Spirit, and the Freshmen (oh, there are about 400 btw) were literally screaming. Amazing.

    After that, we played Come as You Are, then went into Purple Haze. The guitarist was like "Screw it", because he didn't like the song, and started playing Breed by Nirvana. We were so loud then, and it was amazing. All this time, our friend was flashing a blue light on top of ours, to the beat of the music. At the end, we had a noise solo, then just left the stage. It was amazing.

    First "Gig". :D
  2. rokkitt


    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc

    u rock!


    big al
  3. MadMan118

    MadMan118 Guest

    Jan 10, 2008
    Vallejo, CA
    Way to go man, you are defiantly off to a good start. Definitely sounds like you all had a good time out thee, and that's what its all about.
  4. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    There are many threads here on talkbass with stories from members putting up with WAY less crap than you experienced with this fruit loop guitarist in the space of 4 or 5 songs. Congrats for being the point of the sword and owning this gig.
  5. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008
    Oh, by weird with his effects, I mean some combination to make a bell sound. Sorry about that. Thanks anyway!
  6. Wicked_Bassist7

    Wicked_Bassist7 Guest

    Oct 31, 2008
    that's freaking awesome man nice job
  7. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008

    I might have the video up by Monday!
  8. Ain't so hard, is it?
  9. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008
    Well, naw, but I knew basically everyone since I've been going to school with all of them since 6th grade.

    And I still got nervous when I solo'd. =D
  10. Adam Bomb

    Adam Bomb

    Mar 26, 2008
    Bezerkely, CA
    Dude, I don't care how many arenas you go on to play. You will never, ever, forget that.

    Way to go!

    --Bomb :bassist:
  11. professor_bills

    professor_bills Guest

    May 17, 2006
    ST Pete Florida
    I just think it's awesome that high school freshman are playing what I used to listen to when I was in HS over thirty years ago.
    The big difference is our HS wouldn't let us play Black Sabbath at a school function. I wish my HS band was as organized as yours so we actually played a gig.
  12. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008
    Haha. We love Sabbath. I guess it's not as bad as people thought it was.

    Music today. Disgusting.
  13. shce


    Sep 27, 2008
    OK. So, Anchor- for you, officially, which is better: Good sex or a good onstage experience? Damn fine line there.

    Could this question warrant a separate thread?
  14. User37746946

    User37746946 Guest

    Oct 23, 2008
    I'm not really sure.


    I think there could be another thread.
  15. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    I never enjoyed another song as much as FWtBT.The bass is awesome and so much space to improvise.I just want to go on stage and go wild right now,congratulations on a great start,keep it up.:bassist:
  16. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    awesome, man.. It's really amazing to get a reaction like that from playing music... still leaves me in awe... Keep goin', man and play in public as much as possible... even if it means throwing shows at your practice space (if there's room) charge 5 bucks... get a couple other bands... and have a blast

    and not to open up a can of worms... but music today isn't disgusting... what tops the charts is... I'm pretty sure that throughout history very few awesome, innovative, influential artists didn't top their charts in their time
  17. amarsonalsk8r

    amarsonalsk8r Guest

    Jan 16, 2009
    Chicago IL
    1st gigs are always the scariest ive been doing shows for about 8 years and i still get nervous when i play but congrats man im glad you had fun
  18. Jay Corwin

    Jay Corwin Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    Freshman playing Electric Funeral! There were never kids this cool when I was in high school.