Most Embarrassing performance

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by ShockBlueXterra, Jun 27, 2003.

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    Hey, what are you all's most embarrassing performance? Mine was when my band played our first show, and my strap gave in and my bass fell! And the other ones are falling off the stage and tripping over the cords and pedals!
  2. SkaKing27


    Sep 1, 2002
    St.Louis MO
    mine was last friday had been two months since our band played together,and our drummer forgot most of our songs...we ended up playing a 7 song,instead of a 10 song set,cause he forgot three of them,and he messed up so many's better now,we pratice 3 times a week.


    Nov 29, 2002
    Arvada, Colorado
    In percussion ensemble about 2 years ago me and the guitarist forgot our tuners and we needed to tune badly. So we asked this guitar player from another school if we could use her tuner and she said sure. Well turns out their music was downtuned half a step and she forgot to reset the tuner to regular tuning. Right after we tuned we had to go on stage so we couldn't check to see if we sounded right. We start playing and me and the guitarist are of course horribly out of tune and everyone in the place knew it, our fellow band members were yelling "WRONG KEY! WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING!!"and im sure they audience was saying "what the hell...". Well we got a severe yelling at after the show and never forgot our tuners again.
  4. Osama_Spears

    Osama_Spears Guest

    Jan 7, 2003
    Damn...tough luck dude:(

    Man...I am really excited to play,I really wanna get a band together:)


  5. yeah...we got me on bass...luke and heeva on guitar...but we are missin one person... A DRUMMER!
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Now, that to me is absolutely inexcusable behavior. All the bands I've been in have practiced 2-3 times a week, sometimes more. If the singer couldn't make it, we worked on music, if the drummer couldn't make it, we worked of riffs, if I couldn't make it, i don't think anybody noticed.

    But to go two months then play a show? That's a disrespect for yourselves as a band and the concert goers who are there to hear good music.

    In my opinion, anyway.
  7. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Haha, I played a show last night (I'm the drummer for this other band). We hadn't played together since December, the funny thing is this was one of our best shows!


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL

    do you mean she had the a440 calibrated differently? ive only ever seen two types of tuners, auto chromatic (that tunes any note) and the "easy guitar and bass tuners" which tune e a d g b e. what do you mean she forgot to reset the tuner to regular tuning???
  9. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    We had this jazz band concert at our school called Jazz Explosion and it was 4 schools playing jazz music. Well I had this very touchy bass amp that I use at school, I am the only one who knows how to use it because the knobs are all messed up. Well the bass player from another school forgot his amp so they let him use mine, well nobody told me that. I had it set perfectly so I wouldn't have to do a sound check because my jazz band teacher likes complete silence before we go onstage. Well lets just say the amp was maxed out and I was playing very very loudly, I drowned everyone out for the first 2 seconds of our opening song. Then when my guitar player goes to turn pages on his sheet music he hit my headstock, I didn't notice right away but he knocked me out of tune. So half way through a song where I have a walking bassline at 120 I notice im very out of tune, so I attempted to tap the bassline with my left hand and tune with my right, somewhat succesfully. Lucky the only performance they taped was the one I played the worst on.


    Nov 29, 2002
    Arvada, Colorado
    no, on the tuner you could make it tune a half step up or down (ala flat or sharp) and her music required her to tune flat, thus f'ing me up. Im guessing she tuned her guitar then gave us the tuner while it was still on a half step down.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    that sucks dude!
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Must be a really good band, then.
  13. keylock71

    keylock71 Guest

    Apr 25, 2003
    Fall River, MA. USA
    In college I was in a few different bands, mostly garage/punk type outfits , three or four piece usually. One night, one of the bands, Clamdigger, had a gig at this jock bar and me and the drummer got into a fight with these two yahoos who were hanging out at the bar. We got kicked out and the owner wouldn't let us back in for the gig.

    Same band a few months later: playing at a house party and I decide to launch myself over a couch, but my foot didn't quite clear the back of it and I face planted on a concrete floor. My Rickenbacker's still got a nice dent from that one.

    Luckily, I've matured a bit and no longer drink heavily before gigs.:D
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Most embarrassing moment for me was when I was introducing our opening band. They were nice guys and decent players so I thought I'd give 'em a loud intro. As an attention-getter, I began by yelling "COLONIAL BEACH, MARYLAND!". Problem is, Colonial Beach is in Virginia. That was the last time I ever volunteered to be MC.

    I once got a drink tossed in my face onstage (mentioned in another thread here) but that was more annoying than it was embarrassing.
  15. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    I got so drunk one night while playing a bar in DC. The second to last set I started getting sick. I couldn't open my mouth to sing for fear of blowing chunks. With about three songs left in the set I couldn't hold back anymore so I turned to the side and let loose. I couldn't play the last set. The band had to wing it without me. That was about 12 yrs ago and also the last time I ever drank. It totally sucked to put my band mates in that position but it makes for a good war story. Rock on!
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I agree.
  17. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    C'mon, great bass players like fieldy do it all the time ...

    This week there will be no smilies, everything is ascerbic.

  18. Me and my band was playing at out school graduation. The equiptment was totally crappy NO MONITORS we couldnt hear ouselves play. I had to stand at the edge of the satge to barely hear the guitar.

    Anyway, we start of with a song by system of a down called metro and since we cant hear anything the drummer brakes into the chorus to early and we have to start over looking like total jerks. In the break of the song I turn around seeing my drummer desperately tryingto pull back hi drumkit wich is moving away from him as he is playing and the geetar playa has to play the breakriff again so I and the drummer can come in at the right moment.

    Then we play a few more soms like self esteem by offspring, break stuff by limp bizkit and hon får by dia psalma wich are easy songs that everyone can play in teir sleep and the crowd loves it. So we are about to go of stage since we already played 2 extra songs that we wasnt supposed to play but the crowd wanted more, they shouted for a song from our demo called "empty words" so we stark playing it. It starts great, I get everybody clappin their hands in time but then suddenly it turns bad. Sice wwe can hardly hear jack squat we miss a lot of changes in riffs and the drummer has more trubble with his kit and we have to repeat passages for him to get back in.

    Here comes the big one. In the middle of the song the guitarists pedalbourd and POD shortsurcuits, and not some tiny stuff, we´re talkin sparks flying al over the place totally stunning the audience. The POD gets reset to its original settings but the guitarist doesnt hear this at first since he can hardly hear himself, so there is tones of chorus, rever and delay and **** in his sound totally ****ing up the song. After a lot of improvisation we close the set.

    My initial reaction is tha it al stunk but later that night at the graduation party lots of people comes up to me telling me how cool we were. The graduation is perhaps at 1 o clock in the day but luckaly there is a tradition in sweden that al the classes have a champagne breakfast in the morning so everybody shows up ****faced ate the show ad jus loves it when we ignore the music teacher and keep on playing more rockier songs.

    This is my first post and i turned out really long( sorry for that). Gotta say I love this forum tho.
  19. Ok I don't know if this was an embarrassing performance for him but here is something that happen to Embellisher Last month at a gig with the christian rock band he is in.

    He was up on stage and they had just started the show they were the opening group. They started out with the hardest song they play and he was on his 12 string hamer bass. He switches out basses to sttr playing the second song that he has a awsome solo in. He gets so hyped up with the everyone cheering and ingrossed in thier playing that he was into playing. He got so hyped up that on the second song right and the first verses he breaks a critical string for his solo. He gets to his solo and relizes he can do it so when he gets to the place he uses the string at he improvised and changed the solo slightly. Only the people that knew how it went noticed that it was different and not right. The kids and people there didn't even know the difference.

    I don't know if he was embarrassed but it was funny talking about it afterward.
  20. That there is a perfect example of a good bass player :D Good job Embellisher for coming up with a solution so quick!