Gig report....a Midlands wedding

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by StudioGC, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    First gig in 18 months and man it was nice to be back. Everything went as well as could be considering the hiatus and it was also the first real gig for us going all in ear monitor.

    The gig was a three hour drive for us in the Midlands (just North of Birmingham). It was held at a posh golf club which was nice.

    First thing to do was to pick up Pedro (lead guitar since he's the closest to me and his van broke down:
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    Next stop is the Travelodge. Yes, we roll in style (Richie, vocals, not too psyched to be seen at the lodge).

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    Obligatory pint

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    Mod Kev:
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    We've arrived!

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    Our "green" room:

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    The inner sanctum:

    Set up time....we had a tight schedule. Only 45 minutes to load gear in set up and sound check.


    Sound check

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    Gear shot:


    Off to the races:

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    Very pleased with how things went. The crowd was maybe average age of 30 and the bride and groom specifically requested a 60s band so there's hope for humanity (and our band) yet!

    Next stop Mod weekend at the Concorde2 Brighton!
  2. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    It was weird not having an amp behind me, but I do use a backbeat, so there is some "movement" I can feel. The drummer does miss the amp, so I might bring my 40 watt fender rumble and point it at him.

    I also want to make a folding lightweight bass "cab" so I have someplace to put my IEM monitor pack and DI box....and maybe a pint.
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  3. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax Guest

    Apr 21, 2020
    Is that the Mod shop in Tamworth?
    I think I know that golf club too.
  4. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    It is Tamworth, but I think the scooter was at a barber shop. Small world you know Tamworth!
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  5. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax Guest

    Apr 21, 2020
    Yes My family originates from Kingstanding in Birmingham. Family all over the place.
    Uncle plays bass in The Wild Irish..
    Was over there a few years ago and simply did not want to return to West Australia..
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  6. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Great stuff - makes me nostalgic for my wedding band days!

    glad to see your lead guitarist brought a change of clothes ;)
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  7. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    Yes, he was looking a little rough! He cleaned up OK though.
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  8. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Ha, i probably shouldn’t comment, being a total scruff bag myself…

    Can’t help but think that going ampless would have made my life a lot easier when i was doing functions.
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  9. Great report - looks like a beautiful venue!
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  10. Glad you boys got back in the saddle!
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  11. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    You got away with not wearing shirts and ties at a wedding gig at a posh golf course? I am impressed.
  12. Looks like a fun gig.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  13. I have noticed that musicians around the world tend towards scruffiness, unless pressed to clean up. One of the things that brings us all together, I guess!
  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Looks like a fun gig. I was gonna ask about the IEM/beer situation too. It’s darn near impossible to set a drink on an IEM. Something to think about. Glad you’re getting about.
  15. Aweiss96


    Dec 1, 2014
    Have you found the backbeat makes a huge difference? I've used IEMS for a couple gigs and use my helix into a full PA when we have one. I've been debating the backbeat but not sure if it was really worth it or just gimmick.
  16. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    The backbeat is one of those weird things that you think it doesn't make a difference until you forget to turn it on. So, if I forgot it for a gig it wouldn't be the end of the world, but it's a nice to have piece of gear. It does add weight to your rig, but worth it I think.
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  17. pbass888

    pbass888 Up the Irons! Westham United FC--mile high irons Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Congratulations on getting back on the horse! Hope you have many more gigs soon!

    edit: don’t let iem’s get in the way of your ipas .
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  18. subtlestew

    subtlestew Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2000
    Kent, CT
    I love my Backbeat! And your assessment of it is spot on - you miss it when it's not there.

    I also love the fact that Her Majesty is keeping a close eye on you...
  19. StudioGC


    Sep 20, 2015
    Well spotted!
  20. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    Looks like the British weather did not disappoint either.