Long gig. Would you do it?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by magic8161, Jun 26, 2022.

  1. magic8161

    magic8161 Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    I play a lot of Casino Gigs and Theaters with my Current band doing a hour and forty five min. Shows. But, Maybe 3 times a year we do a Elvis fest. Which is more hours over 2 or 3 days. Well this particular one in July in Michigan Is crazy. I just got the set list and they want us to do 80 songs on Friday and 165 songs on Saturday. Its a day long event Saturday from 11am to 11 pm. At 60 I'm not sure I can do that long of a day Anymore. Would any of you do a show that long? Plus its outside in the heat in July!!! Pay if $750 but its 6 hours from my home so at least $250 gas. But they give us each a room in a nice hotel and food. But That price is way low compared to other gigs we do. And we always get rooms and transportation costs and 20 to 25 songs per show. The band has been doing this show for 10 years this is my first year. Not sure on this one.
  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    That long outside in the heat I would say no thanks. I'm 63 and can easily play 3-4 hours a night if called for. But 165 songs straight while out in the heat no way. The more I think about this the more bizarre the terms of the gig sound, it's like the organizers have absolutely no idea about what's involved. Good grief makes you wonder if the stage will even be covered. Definitely a hard NO!
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  3. Geez!
    That's along tome to be playing.
    I'm pretty sure I couldn't hold up to it.
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  4. tofnbad


    Sep 13, 2010
    Personally I would do it but I would not do it if there were a question about it affecting my health (i.e. heat).
  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    $750 per man, right?
    Depends on how broke I am.
    Normally I wouldn’t drive that far for less than a grand, and still that’s only for a single standard length show. 1.5 to 3 hours
    I wouldn’t be happy about doing it . That’s a ridiculously long day
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  6. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    I'm 46 and I know my hands ain't doing 12 hours of playing in one day in any conditions, much less outside in July. I just physically couldn't, my hands are usually about done after 3 sets.
  7. That's a long time, even playing in optimum conditions. Outside, in the summer heat? Hmm.

    Sounds like you'll be lucky to be clearing $2 a song. That may not be a good way to look at it, but if you get paid a lot more to play 20-odd, it starts to look very much not worth it, to me personally.
  8. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Have you talked with the band about this?
    If you refuse, do they have a replacement they can call in, or will they lose the gig?
    Would that be a big deal?

    For me, that'd be a no...it's way too long a show to be expected to pay, it'll be too damn hot, it's too far away, and too expensive to get there and back...assuming you haven't collapsed from exhaustion or heatstroke.
    I've no idea how fit you are, but even at my best, about 35-odd years ago in my early twenties, when I was playing out almost every night, I couldn't do that show. I know folks who could, but that would involve some serious pharmaceutical help.
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  9. joelns


    Mar 10, 2014
    That's a big giant no for me. 12 hours outside in July for $750? Not a chance. What about rain? Don't you get thunderstorms that time of year? I ain't risking my gear for that, or my health. I'm prone to heat exhaustion, not caused by dehydration.
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Maybe. Would be fun for a while but that is an insanely long gig. Personally I would end it all if I had to watch a set that long.
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  11. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Don't be a sucker for that nonsense.
  12. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    You'd best be mindful of hydration and electrolytes.
    At my age and where i live, outside in the summer is verboten.
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  13. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    Add another thousand to that...at a minimum.
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  14. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    What we would do is irrelevant. It's what the rest of your band is doing and the implications of you doing or not doing it. $750 is going to be taxed so that's a factor. Gas is high, but I assume you can carpool with one or two other members
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  15. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    I’d be a solid No.
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  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I would not. No way. No how. I'm only 50 but my traveling days (like that anyway) are over. I've turned down great paying weddings 4 hours away because I just don't feel like the hassle of overnight travel anymore.

    Not to mention, that is HORRIBLE planning on the part of the people who throw the even to have ONE BAND play the whole thing. Silly. They're just being cheap by not hiring multiple bands for a teo-day event.

    Again, this would be a HARD no for me.
  17. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Yup,too long, way too long.
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  18. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    165 songs in one all-day marathon. Nope. My left hand could not do that. And mentally, I check out at about the 3-hour mark.

    never mind the heat and the 6-hour drive.
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  19. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    That’s too much for one band
  20. Nope :rollno:
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