On My Way To A "Bad" Gig.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by skychief, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    In 90 minutes, I need to drive to Burbank to a giig. 42 miles of pure hell on those really long parking lots we affectionately call freeways. i expect it should take an hour and a half, at least.

    Im subbing in a C/W band.

    Cant stand C/W music so this will be somewhat of a challenge even tho I'll just be playing I - V all night.

    Worst thing is I (we) have to get dressed up in drugstore cowboy outfits. (ugh). You know, boots, hats, smiley-pocket shirt, ginormous belt buckle,,etc..

    I explained to BL i dont possess any of those items (hoping for a waiver) but he says no problem- he will bring some his old duds for me to wear. dammit.

    $185/man plus a nice dinner. Just couldnt turn it down.

    I still dread going to this thing... In 80 minutes... Thanks for letting me vent.
  2. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    yee-haw, buddy!;)
  3. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Almost every time I dread something like a gig 'or anything really', it turns out to be an amazing time! How bad can it be? Some extra clams in your pocket a nice dinner and music! Lets hope you have an amazing time. I'm sure yall gonna look pretty fancy in them duds!!
  4. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lancaster, PA
    Pics or it didn't happen
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Same here. And when I can't wait to get to the gig it usually turns to crap in a hurry.
    That's the music biz.
  6. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    ^^LoL, that's so true!
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I hope you know Rawhide. :)
  8. $185 for a couple hours work playing bass??? Where is the issue? I am not a big fan of country either, but that is an easy money gig. There are worse ways to earn $185. than dressing up cowboy and playing bass. :D
    "You gotta cut hay when the sun shines".
  9. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007

    Perspective. You could be driving to a job at Jack in the box!
  10. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Enjoy it.

    You seem to be treating this with more seriousness than it deserves.

    Also throw a real badass funky fill into one of the songs at the end of the set. Just once, tell them your bass short circuited or something.
  11. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Just think. While you're in Burbank making $185, there will be guys in Hollywood paying to play.
  12. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    CW attracts pretty ladies. Enjoy the eye candy, and have fun.
  13. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Nice, you play both kinds of music!
  14. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Are you playing at Viva Cantina or Joe's American Grill?(both are very amusing places, total cougar paradise) If neither, where ARE you playing?
  15. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM
    For $185 you can buy a lot of soap to wash the CW crud off your body when you get home :bag:

    Seriously though - try to enjoy it. Lock in with the drummer, pretend you're backing Johnny Cash or Marty Robbins, and remind yourself (often if necessary) that making $185 for a couple hours' work is pretty good scratch.
  16. Will you be wearing your bass above, or below, this belt buckle? Or 'center it' and just put a bit of road wear / relic marks on your bass?


    Real basses have scratches and smell of stale beer and cigarette smoke :cool:
  17. BumbleB


    Mar 19, 2013
    aurora, colorado
    I want to make that quote into a poster and hang it on my wall! :bassist:
  18. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Real basses have scratches and smell of stale beer and cigarette smoke :cool:[/QUOTE]

    try telling that to the folks over at the "relicing" thread :rolleyes:
  19. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Just loan your bass to an alcoholic.
    If you ever get it back, it'll be real enough then.

    My first good bass was originally owned by an alcoholic, and I have no idea you could get so much crusty crud under the pickguard.
  20. ..... it's because they have been gigged for years in smoky bars, newbies take note....