I played one of my best gigs ever last night. It was the first gig for my metal band aShadebelow. We played at the Rave bar before the Kittie show. The bar was packed, the sound was fantastic, and we kicked ass. My neck is very stiff right now, I cannot turn my head, but man was it worth it. When we were playing, I was so into it. I dont think I have ever expended that much energy on stage before. I have 2 memories that will last from this show. 1) During the middle of our set I stopped headbanging for a moment and walked up to the front of the stage. I rested my foot on the monitor and looked out into the crowd. The place was packed from the very front of the stage, all the way to the back wall. I am just looking out at all these people, they are all banging their heads and pumping their fists. Best feeling I have ever had on stage. 2) We get to our last song, I am completely spent. I am drenced in sweat. The song starts out fast, but has a very cool slow kind of eerie part in the middle of it. By the time we get to that part I am so tired I just drop down to my knees. Then I started really grooving to the part. I have never played that part before with such emotion. I basically put everything I had left into that part, and it rocked. The only downside is it was a stupid pay to play thing. We sold all of our tickets, but I still hate the whole idea. My band really wanted to do it, so I agreed. Just had to share my best gig experience I have had. BTW, I did make a few mistakes, but everyone was so into it that it didnt matter. P.S. I dont know if this shoud go under bass humor and gig stories, or Band Managment and Performance. I just guessed and put it here, and as usual, I am probably wrong. So mods, if you have to, do your thing. P.P.S. Mods, now that I have thought about it, I think this actually does belong in Band Management and Performance.