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One drunk who would not take no for an answer

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Richland123, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Last Saturday, we were playing for a dinner dance that had a great deal. An all you could eat pasta and salad buffet, draft beer, soda, water, and a band for $15 per person. People could bring their own hard liquor.

    We had a really good crowd who loved the band and sang and danced all night. We got lots of compliments. We got paid well and fed and played in a smoke free venue and we were done at 10:30.

    Well, we were on our second break and talking to the guy who booked us. A drunk guy staggered up to me and asked, "Do you do any Stealer's Wheel?" I, politely, said, "You must want 'Stuck In The Middle With You'. Sorry, we don't play that song. That's a good song and I like that song but never played it." He, then, said, "Come on, you can play it. You know you can do it. I can help you with it." Again I said, "We do not know that song and cannot just play it without knowing it." He started to get closer to me and in my face me and saying, "You can play it. It's not hard. I can do it with you" He kept at this for a while and the guy who booked us yelled at him, "They said they don't know it and that's it!". That was not good enough for him either and he still kept it up and he even followed me to the stage area and stepped on my song list and was getting between me and my microphone as if he was going to start singing the song. His buddy had to come up and escort him away.

    Just when we thought he was done for the night, he came up after we were half torn down and asked, "Are you guys done? Come on, how about playing Stealer's Wheel? You know you can!" Again, his buddy had to drag him away.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    And elsewhere there is a thread where OP is wondering why people would want to play at an alcohol free event.

    Go figure. :thumbsup:
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  3. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    Maybe Freebird would have made him happy. :D
    Sounds like this was the Freebird guy who turns up at every outdoor free concert.
  4. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    Sounds like you've got a groupie.
  5. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Oh that guy was a nice drunk- at least you didn't have to use your bass or mic stand for a weapon:)
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  6. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    What made it even funnier in a sense is that of all the usual songs drunk people request, Stuck In The Middle With You is not one of them.
  7. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Got to love them :D

    Not my gig, but my friend's function band had a lady who decided to stand on a chair alone in front of the stage, flipping the band off, for 10 mins straight. Wish i could have got a picture.
  8. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Ahhh, another heartwarming story about working musicians and their adoring fanatics. :)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  9. markoc


    Jan 6, 2014
    North San Diego
    Sounds like a typical Friday night to me. Once had a drunk girl after requesting a Journey song from my blues band say " You guys are great! Do you know any songs that don't suck?
  10. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    and 3 minutes on youtube during the break and I would have hit him up for $20 in the tip jar. I have no shame...
  11. Absolutely this. At least the first verse and a double chorus with 32 bar guitar solo and chorus for an outro lol. Do that and he'll be your best friend for the night. Not to mention everyone will get a kick out of watching him get all excited when you play it.

    My old working band scored more than a few great references for additional gigs after doing something like this. That drunk guy's cousin might own half the downtown block in *local small town* and that could be your foot in the door when he needs a band for his summer block party.

    Or whatever.
  12. ha! Drunk people are the randomest! I wonder if Jerry Rafferty kicks hounded to sing Journey songs somewhere in the world :)
  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    No tip jar at our gigs.

    This guy would not even remember where he was. He was almost falling over drunk and he wanted to sing.

    In addition, this was a very high profile gig for my band and no throwing songs out we don't know. The people who booked us already booked us as an opening act for a national band for their annual community festival in July and hired me to put together the concert and do marketing and advertising for their festival.

    Plus, I don't know too many bassists who can pull off these bass lines off the top of their heads without ever playing the song before.

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  14. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    "Dude! We just played it! Where were you?!"
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  15. Madhouse27


    Sep 19, 2016
    At least he didn't have a harmonica...
  16. I played in a club were a faded celebrity wanted to get on stage with his harmonica. After I dodged him with a "hey we'll see" one of the bartenders chased me down and told me the guy owned the club. It was a long night.
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  17. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    That song is one of my big hits. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  18. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Or a razorblade.
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  19. RyanKW


    Jul 1, 2015
    In one of my cover bands, we learned Freebird, and the second someone asked, they got all 6 minutes.
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  20. RyanKW


    Jul 1, 2015
    Exactly. Write that request on a $50 bill and we'll talk.
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