Well, I probably had the second best gig of my life on Saturday night. Funny thing was, I wasn't excited going into it. Our manager booked us at a place we hadn't played before, for short money ($300). We had a gap in our schedule, they wanted a band, and it was better than not playing this weekend. To boot, she told us the bar owner was kinda demanding and specific about what we wanted played (Classic Rock ONLY). So we tailored our setlist and went up there. We got there and he met us early. Seemed like a decent enough fellow, but laid down the house rules. NH state law prohibits alcohol on stage. Check, no problem for us. Couldn't set equipment up in certain places due to fire codes. Check. Did our soundcheck..."You're too loud" (Umm...we advertise as a loud band...). Here we go for a night of suckage. Owner tells Pete "Well, I'm sort of on the fence with the whole live band thing. I'm leaning toward Karaoke nights or DJ's, but we'll give you guys a try." Great. Wonderful. We get going right on time, 9:00 on the nose. As pros, we gave 100% like always. Crowd starts off kinda slow, but luckily we had a table close by that was pre-liquored up before we started. They were getting into it early, and we fed off the energy of these 10 or 12 people. Then, about 9:30 the crowds started to roll in. And it picked up a lot. We played pretty well. And we slowly cranked up the volume to our normal levels. We go on our first break and the owner talks to us. Says he's leaving soon, but he loves what we are doing and he's already had a bunch of regulars tell him that they love our band. Says our money is behind the bar, and he wants us back at least once next month, if not twice. Nice! Second set rolls around and...more people. A lot of younger people, mostly women, showing up now. And they really don't want Classic Rock, we think. So we decide to switch up on the fly and dump half of what we planned to do in favor of our more modern, dance-friendly tunes. And they really liked it. And the old saying proves true.....get the girls up dancing and the place comes to life. Bartenders are hopping. Place is hopping. And we feel it's a good time to do....what it is we do. Crowd is into it. Lots of antics going on, and suddenly I'm having a fantastic time. We had some "unscheduled" drunk fill in singers (one was a super smokeshow girl....crowd loved her, too), gave away some tee shirts, and I was volunteered up by the band to go do a shot with the original "table group" that was there at the start of the night. I don't usually drink when I play, but this group was very insistent and I was the sacrificial lamb. Overall, it was a really cool party. We end the night a couple hours later to a still-packed house. Bartender tells us it's one of the best nights she can remember, and she's going to push to make us a regular thing there. It's a great feeling when you keep them there until closing. I have to say, it was probably my second favorite gig I've ever played. And to think I really didn't want to go there. So, have you ever had a gig you thought would suck that turned out great?