Our band hasn't been together TOO long. We formed about a year ago. Anyway, we were having our first real show in front of people, but the lame thing was it was a talent show. Weak, I know. We just wanted to have fun, rock out, get some feedback from people. The talent show was supposed to go on twice, so that every grade could see it. For the first show, everything seemed fine until the singer started to sing. It was impossible to hear him. I just assumed that I couldn't hear because I was so close to the amps, but it turned out that the mic wasn't on. We had asked and asked the technical people to make sure the mic was on. And they would say "don't worry, don't worry. It'll be on." IDIOTS. The mic wasn't turned on until the the chorus. For the second show, the mics were on... BUT, there was a stupid large screen that had something retarded written on it like "welcome to the talent show." Well, the motor burned out, so we did the whole song with the screen down. It was just the guitarist/singer and I in front of the screen. The drummer wasn't seen. And when the guitarist had to cue the drummer to solo, he had to get down his stomach and yell under the damn screen. I knew talent shows were crappy, but I had no idea that they were so stupid to let this **** go on. But it makes sense that all of it happened to us because we were the first act. Trust me, there are good things about being first, but there are MANY bad things as well. ALL OF THE TECHNICAL DIFICULTIES WILL HAPPEN TO YOU. I hope you enjoyed my story about the retarded talent show. We ended up having a good time but, hopefully, we will never have a show like this again.