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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by DoctorZee, Aug 11, 2019.
I'm 46, married with young child and work as a healthcare provider as well as part time (9 credits per semester) college professor.
I'm in 2 cover bands, each of which gig 6-8 times per year, plus I take sub gigs, and I'm in an originals band which will soon be releasing an album.
Like you - I avoid no pay/poor logistics/bad hang/bad music gigs at all costs. But the biggest thrill is playing original music, not aping someone else's basslines. I love the challenge, the blank canvas, and the opportunity to be truly myself.
OLD ??? ROFLMAO - I didn't START playing bass until I was 10 years older than you are now!
Wait until you are playing 4 nights in a row at the same venue, opening for regional/national acts on a Fri/Sat night, then have to play until 2am AFTER they are done on each night with setup/tear down included each night!!
Getting into bed at 4am on Sun (after an hour drive home) ??
NOW THAT will make you feel OLD!
But.. DANG. .. I LOVE IT !!
Dang.. with all that going on, does your spouse even remember your name ??
I just wanna say how I larfed to have noticed the striped pants in the first, and last, pics.
And the nice, eh, keyboard.
(I love my PF500.)
And THAT is why I always go straight into the amp. I'm paranoid about pedalboards!!
it's a documented fact that musicians get younger as they get older.
I am 40, and I will happily play any gig that comes my way.
35 and too old wish I was 35 again.
35? I have underwear older than that.
35 is too old?! Jeez dude, don't limit yourself. I'm older than you, with a 1 year old. We're good.
No power strips, self contained rechargeable battery under the pedal board (never failed) ... oh and I’m 65 so you got a ways to go before complaining
This is what I was thinking since I have children in that ball park. Or, bowling alley, as the case may be.
Still, I get the “too old” notion. I’m definitely there now, but in reality, I probably was back then too.
You missed the first thing I do at any gig. Bad power can destroy even the best power supply. My real fear is have 2 receptacles out of phase with each other and being electrocuted when I touch the mic when my hand is on the strings.
I just got asked to sub for a punk band for a gig in September … I am 30 year older than the OP … so I turned it down ...
Still doing this kind of gigs with my original bands (sometimes). But we do it happily and with a professional attitude, so the local promoter sometimes books us to open for interesting gigs. Also, the music is very fun and I play with some of those guys for more than 30 years.
OTOH, with my cover band, we never play for free (and we ditched some bar gigs for which the pay was not up to what we can earn elsewhere). We mainly play corporate events, weddings, etc.
I guess the different markets dictates different rules.
It reminds me of a great scene in Game of Thrones where Beric is talking to the Hound and says something like "why are you always in such a foul mood?" to which he responds: "Experience.".
The place reminds me of a little bar I use to play called "Terry's Country Lounge". We played there 2 weekends a month. $40 a person and all you could drink!
I'm the exact opposite - I've had amp heads fail me (never really had pedalboard issues), and am paranoid about them. Luckily, I play mostly ampless gigs - all I have is a pedalboard.
But yeah, at 35....you're not too old for anything, except maybe dating high school girls.
that's why i use wireless and a foam windscreen on the mic. got my lips zapped once, decided that was enough.