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Pranks on band mates

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by 10cc, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    Some bands actually stick around a long time. With that being said there is always some funny stories while out and about. I'd love to hear some funny things that have happened to some of us either on the road or on the stage.

    One time I found a old fog machine in a green room and it actually worked so when the guitarist wasn't looking I put it behind his stack and waited till about the third or forth song and triggered it for a second. I nodded at him to take a look at his amp. The smoke was coming up through the gap between the cab and head. Man it looked like he was frying his amp, his face was priceless.

    Always had fun with the our light engineer too.
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  2. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    Pulled a good one on my drummer once.

    Called on the way to a gig and said I was involved in a traffic accident,
    looks like I broke my arm and my Astro got totaled.
    Put 'Sgt Wascovitz' on the horn to corroborate.
    Had the drummer panicking, then said, "Dude, look out the venue window"
    There I was safe and sound sitting outside in my vehicle.
  3. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
    In the studio, we recorded an album in 7 days time. The drummer took one day, as well as I, taking only 7 hours for all the tracks.

    After we were both finished on the second day, we called him to tell him he needed to re-record his lower tom part. We told him that it was tuned to Bb and that it clashed with my low B on numerous songs. We told him to arrive early that morning, and we would have everything setup.

    He showed up, sticks in hand to see the lower tom setup, mic'ed and ready to go. He stood there and said he thought we were joking, but after getting there he realized we were not. He sat down and put the cans on...

    In the first track, as he was listening, we had an 808 queued up that was all 12 motes at the same time in different octaves and some reverse waves. When the part he needed to correct came up, as he listened intently, we pressed the button, unleashing an onslaught of low end waves that would make a whale throw up.

    He feel out of his throne laughing, and we then setup the room for guitar. He said it was the best prank he had ever heard, and loved that it was him that got it.
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  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I always ask the drummer what key each song is in. She always gives me a blank look.
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  5. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Can someone explain to me what that is? Never heard the term.

    On topic, in my old band, we picked on the drummer quite a bit.

    Any time he presented an idea, we would tell him we hated it. Then, one of the other members would present the exact same idea in the same words the drummer used and we'd all tell them it was a great idea and that we loved it. This probably happened 20+ times over the course of the band. That poor drummer would get so mad...
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  6. a few years back when myspace was super popular, a personal profile page popped up that was listed with the name and likeness of our singer/gui****.
    This new account started friending all the usual suspect, and posting stuff. Pretty much nailed the wording and character of the guy.
    Singer/guitar calls me and asks who it is, because he didn't do it.

    I said I didn't care because they were doing a good job of being him online!

    Found out a couple months later when we were playing in Wisconsin that it was a couple guys we met before. I told they did a great job and to keep it up!

    I think they finally deleted the account, but it was a good one!
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  7. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    That was my buddy in the passenger seat, pretending to be a cop on the phone.
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  8. slaps76

    slaps76 Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Medford, MA
    One of the bands I played with has a female singer, who always has her iPad clipped to her mic stand on stage. On a break when she was outside, we changed the background photo to a huge erect penis. Immature, yes. Funny at the time to see her reaction when turning her iPad back on, yes. Thankfully cover bands don't have Human Resources departments.
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  9. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    our guitar player HATES when I wear my Teva sandals anywhere. She says that they are "not metal". I wear them pretty much all the time in the summer because, well, they are comfortable, indestructible, and easy to get on and off. (If I had my way, I would go shoeless).

    So when we have summer gigs, I will show up to load in the sandals (with my regular Chuck Taylors in the van), and I ALWAYS get "the look". Even after 10 years of playing.

    I love doing that to her...
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  11. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    Messing around with the reference frequencies and the "Guitar double flat" settings on peoples' Boss Chromatic tuners NEVER gets old. Just don't do it before a gig.
  12. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    That always throws them for a loop. Also re routing an entire pedal board backwards is fun to watch someone undo right before the first song.
  13. I play in a surf rock band. Sometimes we do punk covers for fun, but our sound is typically something you'd hear in a Frankie and Annette film.

    I told everyone in advance I bought a new bass and was bringing it to practice. I made a big fuss that I loved it and it would be my primary from now on.

    Their faces were a lovely mix of horror, annoyance, and disdain when I pulled a BC Rich Warlock out of the case.

    I played it completely seriously for maybe five songs until I finally started to laugh and admitted I borrowed it off a friend.

    (Unrelated, it sounded surprisingly good in the mix.)
  14. That is gold.
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  15. I play in a Delta blues outfit and I never tire of asking the guitarist "What key is the next song in?", when he's tuned to open G.

    I think it was about 20 times my asking and his replying "G" before he finally started to catch on right away ... "Hah - hah, very funny..."

    At long last, we've got some tunes in Open D...
  16. Years ago, back when we were all insufferable idiots, and, after a rehearsal in which the guitarist was, once again, a drunken sot, the four of us who were there to actually work decided to teach him a lesson. Sadly, he was a brilliant guitarist but for his horrible addiction to alcohol. It was nights like these that, the next day, he wouldn't even remember what he had said, or done, or who he had jacked the night before.

    We managed to get his back-up guitar away from him without him noticing and, later in the evening replaced his strings. No big deal except for the fact that the drummer had come up with the brilliant plan of putting them on backwards -- the high E on top followed by the B, the G, the D, the A, and then the low E on the bottom.

    The next day at rehearsal, with a roomful of sweeties there watching us rehearse, and, after hearing our guitarist apologizing to us the 50th time for being so wasted the night before, I called out the next song, "Stealin" by Uriah Heep. Our drummer innocently said "hey Tico, why don't you use the Tele'. It sounds so much better on this song!"

    Sure enough, he strapped it on just as the bass and the keys started rolling in -- our guitarist was on his fourth beer by now and suspected nothing. I began my vocals and, as the song progressed, sure enough he began to fill-in with quiet, gentle guitar parts that sounded absolutely . . . hideous. As the song began to build, the look of sheer panic began to grow more prominently in his face and kept growing until we reached the part where the guitar begins to thunder. Upon hitting the first power chord he jumped like he had received an electrical shock. By the third or fourth chord he began to scream (by now, the rest of us were desperately trying not to laugh).

    Finally, the keys player stopped the song and said "man, you really need to tune that thing!" It took Tico almost five minutes to figure out what was wrong with his tuning. Meanwhile our drummer, the devious one, asked innocently, "man, what did you do to that guitar last night with the strings off and everything?" To this our guitarist could only sputter in frustration and rage -- not being able to remember anything from the night before!

    Something must have snapped inside. He just grabbed his guitars and left. We didn't see him for another two weeks. When he returned, we were astonished to hear him ask for our help in keeping him off "the sauce."

    It's been forty years. We've all moved on to different things. But, last I heard, he was still rocking and still sober. To my knowledge, he still doesn't know anything about his band-mates involvement in that "guitar tuning" incident. Though, if he reads this I'm surely dead. lol

  17. meteor


    Aug 21, 2013
    This is too great.
    Just to make sure I understood, he actually quit drinking over this?
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  18. Taping a large cut to shape copy of this picture to every one of my drummers drum heads was quite funny... ImageUploadedByTalkBass1385619250.502953.
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  19. Thats great! Reminds me of me taping photos of Chris Dorner to my brothers guitar. We{re bandmates as well, so the pranks somwhat overlap from brothers to band.
  20. NailDriver


    Dec 27, 2008
    A few years ago, before iPads, our (older) lead singer used a Rolodex on his mic stand for lyrics. He couldn't remember them. He lit them with Christmas lights. Awful. So I wrote up the lyrics in Word, got him a 7" LCD screen for his mic stand, some software and I could pop his lyrics in front of him from a laptop. Much cleaner.

    We played a gig on his birthday and i thought i should do something special. I loaded up a porn video and sent it to him instead of the lyrics. (This guy doesn't drink or smoke, real straight laced.). You should have seen the look on his (red) face! Priceless. And he was too embarrassed to let the crowd know what was going on.
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