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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by rocu, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    when there are more people in the band than in the audience?

    If not, there should be.

    Please share or make up a word for it.
  2. A successful metal gig.
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  3. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Not one word but I always called it "playing for candles and ashtrays".
  4. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    It's called "experience".

    Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted to get.

    Welcome to the music business. Good musicians have all been there at one point or another; the good ones play to a "crowd" of 2 just like it's a crowd of 20,000.

    I was in a band where we were playing a small club. Our friends hadn't arrived yet, we were the "headliners" (if you saw the club, you'd know this isn't a brag in this case). Anyway, we had invited a friend to bring his band as the warm up act - he had a decent cover band. He came with his originals band. They were...less than decent. Within 3 songs, the dozen or so audience member were gone; it was just the bartender and us (the second band). Technically, there may have been one more person off stage than onstage, but there were zero paying patrons.

    Usually, you try to turn over the band setups between bands, so you don't lose audience members. The bartender encouraged us to do that slowly this time, so people would have a chance to filter IN. A few people did, some of our friends showed up, and we had a somewhat respectable audience for our sets. We got invited back, but were told to bring someone else as a warm up act.
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  5. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    It's when the band has a case of "MSS" or "Mustang Sally Syndrome", the song that usually empties a room.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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  7. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    The Gene Deer Band
    Stage Heavy - sorry, that's two words :).
  8. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench

    Especially at the end of the show! :D
  9. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    I think that's called a "jazz gig"
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  10. 4 Strings Good

    4 Strings Good

    Mar 6, 2014
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  11. akrachanko

    akrachanko Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Western Pennsylvania
    Banjo Night
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  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    If you've ever seen Sun Ra, he goes out of his way to make it difficult. I saw him at a music festival, where there were thousands in attendance. I swear if he wasn't told the mechanical limits of the stage, he might have put more people up there than were in the audience. As it was, it was probably 100 people at one point.
  13. thenazz


    May 9, 2011
    Pensacola, FL
    "Paid rehearsel'
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  14. sardocs


    Mar 31, 2013
    pender harbour bc
  15. local originals band gig?
  16. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    That's what i've always called it.
  17. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
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  18. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
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  19. Montana Matt

    Montana Matt

    Sep 15, 2015
    The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.
    Das Geräusch einer klatschenden Hand.
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  20. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Empties the room of musicians, perhaps. But our totally un-hip crowd still gets up for it. :D

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