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Hey man, Can I borrow your cord?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by chris griffiths, Oct 13, 2002.


  1. chris griffiths

    chris griffiths

    Aug 20, 2002
    nashville tn
    Endorsing artist: Gallien Krueger
    so I played the sky bar friday with Jones one it was pretty good. Met some cool people played some good music got a nice bass solo one of three i've ever played in my life. But Boy I'm glad I got my stuff together. As I unloaded my stuff off the stage as fast as I could (we ran a little late) the bass player from the band after us ran up to me and said "you guys rock, can I borrow a cord?" Well I looked at him and realized he was heavily intoxicated and being a very prepared person gave him one of my cords and told him "keep it" It was one of my older spares anyway. He thanked me and walked away to put together his rig in a drunken stupor.
    moment later, I heard a very loud clang preceded by an expletive. thatwas the sound of a bass falling on it's jack and having the jack driven up into the bass into the chamber where all the cords are. Immediatly after this the same bass player wobbled up to me and uttered the sentence "dude can I use your bass?" well noticing hte pick in his hand, glancing at my modulus I said "uhm hold on" I went into my kit got out my screwdriver and duck tape and proceeded to crack open the little wire casing chamber on the bass, the jack out and fix his bass. after that I QUICKLY cased up my stuff and loaded it into the drummers car.
    the band took the stage as I was leaving and as I looked up I saw the drunken bass player lean against his stack and it fall over and burst into sparks and feed back. The drunken bass players eyes saw me across the room and as the drummer was trying to salvage his rig, the bass player started coming towards me. I ran to my drummers car and told him to book. So all in all I'm out some duct tape and a cord. But I'm just glad I'm not a guitar tech for them.
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Now THIS is a very cool story. I mean it.
     
  3. What? No fires or locusts?

    Lordy, that had to be a horrible situation to be stuck in! Good deal ya got outta there in time!
     
  4. natebass

    natebass

    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    some people shouldn't drink or play bass - what can I say???
     
  5. Funkster

    Funkster

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Man I have been there!!
    Just a few weeks ago I was in the same situation with a drunken bass player, My band opened the show at a benefit and I had to leave right after for another gig. I noticed the bassplayer from the next band stumbled over to me with two drinks in his hand and said Duuuuuude I forgot my bass amp at home (1hr drive) can you leave your rig so I can play through it and I'll get it back to you tomorrow(Sure Buddy), I had a old PV direct box and I hooked im up into the PA and I was on my way. I never got the direct box back but hey it was better to loose a 25 dollar direct box than my Eden rig.
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I thought there was going to be a punchline, which involved something like the guy saying : "can you play bass in my band for me?" ;)
     
  7. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    My only drunk story so far is that my band played after a Beatles cover band, they hung out and watched us during our first show, the George Harrison guy, stumbles over and knocks my bass down to the ground. He said he was sorry and all that... he'd pay for damages. I just said to forget about it. It's got it's first couple of dings now, but what the Hell, at least I don't have to worry about it (being pristine) any more.
     
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - you were lucky it wasn't a Who cover band that was into smashing guitars up - or a Hendrix cover band who insisted on setting fire to the stage at every performance!! :)
     
  9. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    :eek:

    You got that right! In those cases, I probably would have accepted their offer for compensation. :)
     
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I like that. Except, when the guy comes up and asks to borrow your bass/rig/cord/DI, you just say, "Well, no, but I'll just play this gig for you."
     
  11. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I rarely let anyone play my bass unless I trust them. I don't think I'd let anyone drunk touch my bass. I never understood drinking to the point where you can't do anything, I mean, I've never been drunk, but there is something about drinking yourself retarded and being sick in the morning that doesn't sound appealing to me. :rolleyes:
     
  12. chris griffiths

    chris griffiths

    Aug 20, 2002
    nashville tn
    Endorsing artist: Gallien Krueger
    It gets worse


    there was a band on before us and the guitar player from the drunk band wanted to borrow his channel switching pedal. when the guy wouldn't give it to him the drunk guitar player (see a theme) poked him in the eye...I'm glad I was cordial
     
  13. Funkster

    Funkster

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Son of a gun! just because I mentioned it here I figured I would call the drummer from the band that used my DI. He said to me to pick it up at the club, the sound man has it, I picked it up last night in the same condition. I seriously thought I lost it.
    The sound man said that he noticed that I lent it to him and made sure he grabbed it at the end of the night for me. Sweet!
     
  14. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Cool! A happy ending. :)
     
  15. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Just wondering... What kinda rig did the drunken bass player knock over?

    Hopefully it was expensive ;)
     
  16. chris griffiths

    chris griffiths

    Aug 20, 2002
    nashville tn
    Endorsing artist: Gallien Krueger
    thats the other funny part. I brought a 2x10 genz benz and it filled the room. a very appropriate size. this guy's rig would have made John enthwistle say "thats a little much"
    he had a big tower something like 8x10's it looked like an ampeg very old and then a PV 1x12 cabinet on either side (no joke) on top of that was an old Carvin head way up where no one could reach it and something was sitting between the head and the tower. It'd doesn't really matter because it was all a pile after he leaned against it.
     
  17. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    reminds me of something. wanna hear it? here it go...

    my band practices in a warehouse near a bar. fewer than i would expect, we get unwelcome audiences. (most of the people who drop by are cool, but some...)

    so one afternoon, there's some drunk standing right by the front of the garage (we had the bay door open).

    he kept on saying to me, "hey, lemme play your bass."

    at this time, i didn't quite notice he was drunk, so i responded with some sarcastic comment each time he asked (for example-"no. it's not that i don't trust you, it's that i don't trust anybody").

    then he walked in the garage and asked if he could sing with us. before we could say "no" he was trying to plug a mic in the guitar amp. we swatted his hand away and told him that that wouldn't be a good idea at all (for more than one reason).

    after a minute or so more of this bull-crap, my drummer signalled for me and we hauled ass to a back room so he could call the warehouse employees to escort the drunkard of the perimeter.

    well, it worked out fine for us...but our guitar player was horrified! he was alone with a drunk guy in the garage. he didn't know what the hell was going to happen to him!

    in conclusion, just say no to drunks, especially when they want to get a hand on your wicked-awesome instrument.
     
  18. Haven't lent my bass to anyone yet, and I don't wanna start! People have differing opinions about what Kid Gloves means...

    Amps/cords are a *slightly* different story, but only if I know the person i'm lending too. I've lost a couple of cords 'cause I was a little too drunk after gig to remember to get them back! Ha, serves me right! :)
     
  19. We did a large show (8 bands, two stages) on the weekend. A few interstate bands etc. As far as i knew i had to lend one of my bass cabs to one band. Fine. It has overload protection etc.

    We did our set and the organiser runs over and says "thats a five string bass huh? can one of the bands going on now use it?" So i said sure.

    It has a dodgy volume control (that i must attend to) but he used it anyway. As i was packing up the rest of the stuff, this guy comes up and introduces himself as the bassist from another band. He had come from interstate with no gear (idiot) and wanted to use my rig, not the bass. So i said sure.

    Then another bassist asked..... In the end my gear was used by 4 of the 8 bands..... hmm everything seems in order.

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  20. You're too nice. I would have said, "Over my dead body. Go buy a Fender 'starter kit' for bassists at the local Guitar Center"