So my alternative rock band, The Black Orchid Rebellion, had a show opening for a fairly popular local band in a fairly intimate pub-style venue last night. The crowd was actually quite good, but we were definately not playing our best. I will have to reserve final judgment until I have taken a look at the video footage, but we had really procrastinated on getting some new material ready, and also hadn't practiced our current set-list very regularly, so we had a lot of rehearsal in the few days leading up to the show. We also made the mistake (in my opinion) of rehearsing, pretty well full-tilt (at least I was) for about an hour and a half right before we had to pack up our gear and head to the venue. What we REALLY needed was just a quick refresher on a few of the new tunes, but instead we spent an hour and a half in our HOT jam space (A/C is broken) and played through the set very nicely, but also used up a lot of really useful energy. It also didn't help that during rehearsal I somehow managed to give myself a bloody awful blister on my plucking index finger, right before heading to the gig. A bass player friend of mine at the venue offered to heat up a pin to break the thing so I could glue it (never tried this before - does it actually work?) but we decided that it was too deep of a blister to do that with, so I just pulled out my bass and started strumming while the first band was playing, in order to numb up the finger. Anyway, by the time we went on, I think we were running mostly on adrenaline, and right from the start you could tell people were pushing it faster and faster.. I started trying to pull back but it just wasn't happening and by the time we got to the last third of the set we were blowing through these songs about half again faster than they were meant to be played, completely obliterating the end of one of them in the process (at which point our singer commented to the crowed 'that was a bit of a new ending on that one' .. and our guitarist replied 'Yeah, what song WAS THAT, anyway?') .. I think we got it back a little bit on the last song, but man.. somewhat disappointing. A guy and his girlfriend did come up to me afterwards to say that they thought I was a "f**ing awesome bass player", and that "you really know how to rock on that bass", finishing up with their opinion that "your band was great, but you were totally the best one on the stage!" Not something bass players neccessarily hear all the time, so that made me feel a little better about all of the speed-related FUBAR's I had made throughout the set. If I can figure out this digital video camera I borrowed (from my grandma of all people) I may post some videos, if anyone is interested, and if it isn't too crappy.