Talk about out of my comfort zone. I was asked to jump up onto stage out of the audience and play an unexpected bass guitar Saturday. I went to see a band last night that I have seen many times and I have booked for festivals I organize. They are primarily an 80s band and I know the lead singer/guitarist well. I was standing next to a drummer friend of mine from another local band who did not know them personally but he has heard them before. All of a sudden, the singer/guitarist points at me and said, "We have a couple of Johnstown's best musicians in the audience. Come on up and play with us." We were both caught off guard and did not have a big desire to go onto the stage. He kept pushing us and many people in the audience know me and kept urging me to do it. Well, the band's bass player had a 5 string bass and he wears it down to his knees and he stands about 5 foot 5 inches tall. I play a 4 string bass and I stand 6 feet tall. I said that I had my bass in my van and I could go get it but they said we did not have time for that. Plus, they wanted me to sing as well as play a bass that was extremely uncomfortable for me to try and play. They asked what I wanted to play and sing and I said, "How about Sharp Dressed Man?" since I knew the drummer sitting in knew it but the guitar said he could not play it. I said, "Let's do Keep Your Hands To Yourself." We started the song and not only did the extra string (low B) throw off my perception, but it was so low I could not reach the upper strings properly. The dance floor got packed and everybody around knows I play and sing that song. I did not feel comfortable at all and could not play the song the way I usually play it. Well, we finished the song and got a big round of applause and lots of compliments but I felt like I did not give a good playing performance. Vocally I was fine. The band thought I did great. I told them the next time I see them and they surprise me with playing that I will have my bass guitar ready to go and do a much better job.