Gig Report 23 Sep 2022 - a year in the making

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Bassed in NZ, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Hey TB,

    Been light on posting gig reports over the last year or so - lockdowns in NZ meant there was a few lean months towards end of last year, and when they came back (and I'm busier than I've ever been) they've all been private functions - corporates, weddings, parties so I keep the photos to a minimum.

    But - here's a public gig (with a professional photographer) for a new to me band - and it was off the charts! So, in the spirit of @BassCliff here's a gig report...that has been a year in the making

    Quick backstory - this is arguably one of my country's best 80s bands - been going 7+ years. Last year the bass player (who lives in another city) felt it was time to cut back on travel, and so I got invited to audition. But, the audition was set for 17 Aug 2021 - and at 4pm that day the government announced the country was going into a covid lockdown that night - which lasted for about 4 months - I didn't get to try out. During that time the guitarist and female singer thought it was also time to move on, so the band was left with just the drummer (BL) and male vocalist.

    So, around May this year they started auditions to put the band back together. I got the nod, along with the guitarist that is in my main trio, and not one, but two female singers that I put forward for auditions (and will have appeared in some of my gig reports on TB over the years).

    We booked a show, everyone did a heap of individual practice, had 3 rehearsals and then we were on stage to 300+ people.

    Pictures or it didn't happen I hear you say??

    Rolled up to the venue
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    Of course, we weren't playing the stadium (yet) - just the venue next door! Bonus is that we could drive right up to load in
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    The setup dance was pretty straightforward - reasonably tight stage, with a great sound system and excellent sound guy (thanks John!). Andrew is the drummer and band leader - he was in a pretty well known band here in NZ through the 90's - fantastic drummer and great musician - he builds all the synth / backing tracks from scratch - some tracks have up to 40 parts - and sound incredibly authentic.
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    Sarah and Kim (who I've played with in various bands before were excited to be there together - and man, there's something about two female vocalists working together that just works!
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    Adam (vocals) doing his best Terminator impression (and note the commitment to the gig with the hair), while Jarrad (guitar) is not so sure...
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    Jarrad has some very nice instruments - and knows how to use them!
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    Adam is also a very good guitarist - though he only plays guitar for one song tonight
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    Drum kit set up and being mic'ed
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    And the bass player's trusty gear - Elrick and Ibanez basses, Bergantino IP112ER/EX112ER stack fed by an HX Stomp XL. Using my Sennheiser G4 wireless with 64Audio IEMs, and a Boss WL20L for wireless instrument - worked a treat! Note the fire extinguisher in case the bassist set the place alight (or the drummer spontaneously combusted??)!

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    Good sized venue (long and deep with a nice bar)
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    Setup dance done - lighting guy (Glenn) did a great job
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    Retire to the green room to get costumed up and wait for showtime. Well, the drummer and I went out into the city and got some beef noodles for dinner - but I forgot to take a picture (sorry @dbase )
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    Some band and crowd photos to come in the next post...
  2. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    Looks awesome so far!
  3. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    We had a dedicated photographer (who's actually a better bass player than me!) taking photos, and capturing phone video)

    I'll try and link to a short compilation video that's on Facebook here - super high energy on stage and in the crowd. (not sure if you'll be able to see if you're not on FB...)
  4. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Looks like a BIG fun time! Well done!
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  5. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Here's some shots of the band - reckon it captured the energy pretty well!
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    And the obligatory end of night band with crowd shot...
  6. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Some pretty good costumes too in the crowd...

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    Well, that's about all for now - hopefully this is the first of many gigs with these guys, and I might manage another gig report or two in the next year!

    Stay classy TB,

  7. plong123

    plong123 All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

    Nov 19, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    Looks like a fantastic night, and worth all of the setbacks and preparation. Congrats on having a fun gig!
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  8. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie

    Aug 21, 2013
    That looks like a great time to me!
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  9. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Wow! Great gig report! Nice work, buddy! :hyper:
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  10. Looks great! Video was excellent
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  11. Looking and sounding good Matt..... half my band are overseas at the moment, so it's all quiet on the western front here...
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  12. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Wow...fantastic-looking venue, and you guys look and sound really great.
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  13. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Excellent video... and I notice you have "Moves like Jagger" ;)
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  14. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Worth waiting for! Freakin' awesome gig report!
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  15. Rich67

    Rich67 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    North of Austin, TX
    Great pix and agree - awesome gig report! (BTW - the ready room? That was particularly sweet.)
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  16. Treblefree


    Apr 8, 2016
    Upstate, SC
    Very cool! Great gig! Great song selection!

    My sis and bro in law live in NZ and I'm going there next fall or winter (spring or summer for you) to visit. Can't wait. My SIL says 80's are still huge in NZ and that I will love it.
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  17. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    @Bassed in NZ excellent gig report! @BassCliff would be proud! Great gear, set list, crowd and overall great time!

    It sure looks like ALL of the restrictions have been lifted in that the case? I have not followed closely enough, but it sure appears that things have returned to normal. Welcome back!
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  18. Now that looks like a fantastic gig. The video is excellent and captures your performance well.

    Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
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  19. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    Look at all those happy people!..Well done and great setlist!...Thanx for sharing!:thumbsup:
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  20. Nice thanks for sharing BC would be proud :)
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