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Need some advice.......

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Russell foulkes, May 6, 2010.


  1. Hi everyone!
    Recently i recieved a text from our drummer,
    he had recieved an email,or phone call asking our band to play a Bar mitzvah. This might not seem strange to many people buuuut....................
    We are a megadeth tribute band.
    The lads mum has said megadeth is his favourite band,so thats fair enough.
    What im asking (on behalf of the vocalist mainly)is,what is it not cool to do or say at this gig?
    I understand this is very,VERY big event in the young mans life,and do not want to mess it up!

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Just be nice. His family is going to be there, don't swear. I'd also not play any "jewish" songs.
     
  3. Rob Lewis

    Rob Lewis

    Feb 23, 2006
    London
    Prepare for booing. Lots and lots of booing.
     
  4. MisterBassie

    MisterBassie

    Sep 1, 2005
    Ask them to also hire a D.J. who will do all of the perfunctory Bar Mitzvah schtick and you're home free. You play the Megadeath and the D.J. keeps the aunts & uncles happy.
     
  5. bobwhite

    bobwhite

    Mar 11, 2010
    Where are you located? Chester, PA?
     
  6. grifff

    grifff

    Jan 5, 2009
    Towson, Maryland
    Well Marty Friedman is Jewish...
     
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Is Megadeth Kosher? Interesting question.......
     
  8. No,the northwest of the UK.
    The gig is in down in London.
    The DJ idea is really good actually!:hyper:
     
  9. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    I dont think so (but could be wrong) lol with "lads mum..." :D

    I dont know if I would take that gig to be honest. You will get the "fisheye" from just about everyone else there except the kid once you kick into Symphony of Destruction :bassist:
     
  10. Hi,

    Being Jewish, perhaps I can make a comment or 2.

    First, get it in writing that mum knows who & what Megadeth is, and what their music is.

    Second, to the extent that Megadeth uses "objectionable" language, keep it in the music, not as commentary. And try & slur it as best you can to disguise it.

    Third, make sure that there is no anti-semitic content (I am not familiar with Megadeth.)

    Fourth, call the facility where you will be playing. This is CRITICAL. Some synagogues are very strict about the sabbath, and if you are playing in one, you may be limited as to when you can set up, etc.

    Fifth, get a contract, etc. Specially if you are playing in a synagogue.

    Last, I echo the idea about a DJ as backup. The old(er) folks may not care that junior likes Megadeth. They may well hate it.

    A gig report would be cool.

    edg
     
  11. Maxi

    Maxi

    Mar 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Play Holy Wars :D
     
  12. Daveomd

    Daveomd

    Feb 28, 2010
    This should make it into a movie...but no one would believe it.
     
  13. xxfaux_punkxx

    xxfaux_punkxx

    Mar 18, 2010
    Indiana
    I say fudge it. They hire you to play megadeath then throw out the censors and play megadeath. People need to realize they get what they pay/ask for.
     
  14. Matt Wilson

    Matt Wilson

    Jul 12, 2005
    Vancouver
    You have to do it. You just do. And report back.
     
  15. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Dangerkitty played the Schmucker bar mitzvah. They went on to be Steel Panther!

     
  16. CosmicRay

    CosmicRay Supporting Member

    I'm in a Grateful Dead jam band and we did a bar mitzvah a few years ago.
    But the kid's dad is a Deadhead and comes to almost all our shows.
    We learned to play the Hora and it was actually pretty cool. Now the kid is older and comes to our shows with his dad and sits in with us on harp...he's pretty good! He's got the Pigpen touch....
    But a DJ will fill in on your breaks and take care of the "standards".
    Hey man, it's a gig - enjoy!
     
  17. gttim

    gttim

    Dec 12, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't see how this can possibly go wrong.
     
  18. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    :D
     
  19. DeluxeRed

    DeluxeRed

    Jun 2, 2009
    Charge a lot.

    Check the venue for size and power supply.

    Then proceed to distroy the place.

    (The DJ for the shtick is a good idea, too.)
     
  20. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Been to a few Bar Mitzvahs. Everything Guitar Ed said, do.

    Instead of just reporting back, can you PLEASE set up a video camera pointed at the guests?

    Please... I'd love to see the look on Grandma Sophie's, Aunt Sadie's and Uncle Syd's faces when you guys get going.
     

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