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Got a call to play rock music on a yacht...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Rompin Roddy, May 9, 2018.

  1. Rompin Roddy

    Rompin Roddy

    Jun 29, 2016
    ...But I had to turn it down cause I already have a gig booked that day.

    Man, the possibilities though...
  2. Someone playing actual Yacht Rock! I was looking forward to it.
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  3. Rompin Roddy

    Rompin Roddy

    Jun 29, 2016
    I know! Haha. Now I'm just left to wonder what could have been..

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  4. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    I once played "I'm On A Boat" on a boat.
  5. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    So, you’re saying... you’ve been waiting for your ship to come in, but you ended up missing the boat?
    Sad story!
    My ship came in, and I was waiting at the airport.
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Been there, it was fun. Sorry you missed the gig. Come to think of it I played on a paddle wheel job to once to, it would have been more fun to play up on the top deck instead of inside though, but it was already fall and a bit chilly by then.
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  7. Rompin Roddy

    Rompin Roddy

    Jun 29, 2016
    Thanks for the moral support guys. Life goes on. There's plenty of other yachts in the sea.

    Just curious. How many yachts could a rock yacht rock if a rock yacht could yacht rock?
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  8. And you could have played "If I Had a Boat."
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  9. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    CSN's "Southern Cross" is the most yacht-y of all yacht rock songs. The lyrics are pretentious as heck!
    First, he name-drops all these cool places he's been, IN HIS YACHT. Brags about how big his YACHT is. ("eighty feet of waterline"). "When you see the southern cross for the first time" it means he's seen it bunches. And don't get me started on the "looking for a woman girl" bits.
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  10. How about a poll?
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  11. Rompin Roddy

    Rompin Roddy

    Jun 29, 2016


    Mar 29, 2006
    Played on a Sternwheeler on a river once. Looking across the room through the windows at the bank as it went by made a visual effect of slowly rotating iin a circle.
    Seasick on a river??
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  13. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Wow, flashback! I played on the Queen Mary once, in 1977 back when it was moored in San Diego ( I don't think it is still there). I don't recall a single song, but I'm pretty sure I was playing a Hagstrom short-scale through a Standell amp. Most of all, I remember that was a posh boat :)
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  14. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Are you sure it was the Queen Mary? She's been permanently moored in Long Beach since 1967.
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  15. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Playing on boats is a gas. Things to know- The stairways are usually super narrow. Can be a tough load in. Pull your wheels out of cabinets, or put cabs on their sides. A 5 degree lean will have your cab rolling away from you. The sun is much more powerful out on water, and you'll burn fast. Load on the sunscreen.
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  16. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Oops I guess it wasn't San Diego then... musta been Long Beach! Was a California tour, from Yreka down to SD - a long time ago, so I don't recall too many details! That explains why I didn't see the QM in SD recently :D
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  17. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Oh buoy. Moor often than knot, you can seas the day.
  18. I'm too impressed to be mad at this.
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  19. Bunk McNulty

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

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    All true. I used to play Boston Harbor Booze Cruises. Boats do pitch, so everything needs to be battened down, especially PA speakers on stands. For the booze cruises, everything--I mean everything--has to be battened down because drunk people are going to fall into the band, no matter what. No stage, not even a riser, so there's nothing between you and them. And getting smashed is the reason every single person on that boat is there. We did a few dozen of them, and I still think it is miraculous that while people staggered all over pedalboards, no one ever puked on them. Also: Boston Harbor, in particular, features a lot of tall buildings that block the wind. When you are not in front of one of them, your sound literally blows away. Very bizarre feeling.
  20. Correct. I've played on it a couple of times for a Scottish Festival that some friends were involved with organizing. The sad thing was, now matter where you went on that huge ship, you couldn't get away from the bagpipers.

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