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here's a gig story some of you might appreciate.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by CJ_Marsicano, Dec 2, 2001.


  1. in the summer of 1986, the band i was in was booked to play a place somewhere in pennsylvania called the five stars tavern or something along those lines. might have been seven stars.

    anyway, for some reason my parents (i was 18 at the time) decided that since it was a nice day, to take my dad's caddy (drop-top) and take a ride to the venue where we'd meet up with the rest of the band. not a problem, not the first time they'd done such a thing.

    we get to the venue and our rhythm guitarist/band leader comes up to me and says, "cj, drop your stuff off inside and come right back out." i didn't understand why until i went in with my bass and saw a stripper clad in a g-string and panties doing her schtick to sade's "smooth operator".

    we get back out there and a couple of our band members - and my parents - are sort of ganging up on our lead guitarist/booker man, wanting to know, "john, what kind of a place did you book the band into?!?"

    undeterred, we decided to play the gig in our street clothes rather than in our normal stage outfits, except for our female lead singer. after the first set, which went fine with no hassles, our soundman called us outside to talk to us. not knowing what he wanted, we followed him outside. he told us, "you know what? this is the best show i've seen you play because you're not dressed up and you're relaxed and you really seem to be enjoying yourselves out there."

    (postscript: we ended up playing there a few more times after that, with the only fly in the ointment being some guy who couldn't comprehend why i never heard of whatever neil young song he wanted to hear.)
     
  2. Our third show and most current i might add, has been our best IMO. Sure the first was good, but this was a "theme show". It is known as The Black Dawn and is played on the 13th of every month. Only top bands get to play and we were asked. It was like a test of sorts, we know lots of top metal bands here.

    We were relaxed, hell they even had props for us etc. The whole atmosphere was just amazing. It was the first show we had people down the front headbanging.

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  3. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    grrr i'm jealous. I'm 18 and i want to play in a strip club. Oh well maybe one of the frat parties we play at will turn into a strip club...i can dream can't i?
     
  4. Who needs strip clubs when you can play naked in front of a mirror.
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I thought I was the only one who did that.:eek:
     
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    So Cj did your parents ever find out that it was strip club?Were the strippers doing their acts while you were playing?I don't know what I would do if that happened to me while my parents were there.
     
  7. A local band here called King Me (www.kingmenet.com ... really nice guys, great musicians) Got a gig playing at a strip club here. We went to the show (because of the music...) and it was the coolest damn thing I ever saw. :)

    Those guys had fun playing, while the girls did their routine. They all kept their heads on straight...and their eyes down most of the time. They're very professional about it, but at the same time you could tell they were loving it.
     
  8. they actually thought it was funny. they were ribbing our lead guitarist/bookerman, who they liked anyway (especially my mother) about booking the gig.
     
  9. that was more information than we needed to know... i think i'm going to puke now. :eek:
     

  10. YOU FLEA WANNABE!!!!!!!!!!:D
     
  11. you must have heard me doing the same warmup patterns that flea does in his starlicks master series video. :)
     
  12. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    hmmm naked women dancing while i play.... like a dream come true... :)
     
  13. down, boy! down!