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Queen Mary Christmas Party-The Kelly Rae Band

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Seasons Greetings!

    It seems it's been a while since I've posted about any of my gigs. This one was somewhat noteworthy. We played a pretty fancy-schmancy corporate Christmas party this past weekend at The Queen Mary. It's a nice boat and I've played there several times before. It has a well-deserved reputation of being the most inconvenient load-in and load-out of just about any gig in the country.

    It was raining earlier in the day but turned into a nice afternoon after the clouds broke up.


    No, this is not a skinny red TARDIS. It's just a cool old phone booth that is now housing an ATM.


    Remember what I said about a difficult load in? This is the rickety old freight elevator that we have to use.


    It goes up one level to the R deck.


    Art and Mario are very glad that they made it up to the gang plank.


    Now we roll our stuff across the gang plank, turn left down the hallway on the port side of the ship. Of all the rooms on the ship, the room we were playing has the easiest load-in, relatively speaking.


    The Grand Salon is very art deco with its wood columns and art work.


    After hauling all our gear up from the parking lot, a workout in itself, we had to set it all up.


    Here's the obligatory picture of my rig on stage.


    Here's Kelly during our sound check. She just came from another gig. She and the rest of the band will get dolled up a little later.


    We're all set up and ready to go.


    We took a little walk around the ship to grab some supper. Here's the elevators and the Promenade deck.



    Here's the obligatory view from my mic. We started with some dinner music.





    After the guests had dinner and a few drinks the band was able to have some fun.

    This is Mario, showing off.


    Art, Daniel, and Kelly smiled for the camera.


    Here are a couple of shots of the band in action.




    On a break we took a band picture. Of course, every time you take a band picture the band breaks up, or gets a new member. Hopefully that won't happen. ;)


    And the moment we've all been waiting for, tearing down and loading out. At least we got paid pretty good for being roadies tonight. We earned it.


    A good time was had by all.

    I've played in other rooms on the Queen Mary where you had to go up the elevator to the gang plank, down the hall to the front of the ship, up the elevator or stairs to another deck, then back down the hallway to one of the smaller rooms. The Grand Salon room is relatively easy to get in an out of. It's a lovely venue, if not a little old and a bit dingy or damp. You always hear stories of ghosts on the ship too. You can rent a room there just like a hotel. It's a nice experience.

    Thank you for looking. Break a leg everyone!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  2. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    did yall call each other and ask...what ya gonna wear tonight?
  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Ha! In a manner of speaking. Kelly takes care of the "band uniforms" for certain types of gigs.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  4. I think you looked good. Looks like a great gig.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    That has to be a FUN gig!!
  6. rust_preacher


    Dec 17, 2009
    Thanks for the great story. I have visited that ship and had a drink or two there, a great piece of history.
  7. tdvt


    Oct 13, 2008
    What a venue! I am partial to deco & had no idea that the Q.M. was like that. Cool place to play.

    I find it somewhat sobering to say that I visited the QM in NYC to see my grandmother off to England, on what was probably one of the last crossings, around 1962. But I was just a little guy, maybe 4, so I don't remember too much.

    Thanks for the pics.

  8. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Looks like quite a posh gig!
    I must add that the always lovely Kelly looked especially nice in that hair style.
  9. Cool exterior pics. No offense, but once you're inside, it looks about like every other ballroom I've ever played in some of the most land-locked places on earth.

    PS--I dig the matching wardrobe.
  10. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    $100 Scullys all around! :D
  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    You're welcome. Yes, there's a lot of history there. The Queen Mary retired to Long Beach in 1967.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  12. AuBassMan

    AuBassMan Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2011
    Central Virginia
    Endorsing: REMIC Microphones
    I always enjoy checking out your gig pics and videos. Great look and sound, and you guys look like you have a really good time!
  13. bobicidal

    bobicidal Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Nice! Thank you for sharing
  14. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Hey Bob! How ya doin'? Seems you were down this way recently and didn't let me know. Shame on you! :eyebrow:

    Take care,

  15. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Your local. Just a matter of time until we meet up. I doubt that I will see you next week in Long Beach at the "Noise for Toys" Festival though?
  16. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I wasn't planning on it. Are you playing there? Do you have a webpage with your schedule? Post it here or send me a PM and I'll try to catch your band sometime. Thanks!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  17. BassCliff,
    You are in the very place now, meaning the nice venues and professional look for your band, that many other TB members would like to be. I think it is very cool that you take the time and effort to share your gig experiences with other bass players. Also, you have very good quality photos with well defined captions on them. Makes me feel like I was there with you. Thanks for the postings.
    BassCliff likes this.
  18. rust_preacher


    Dec 17, 2009
    I second that wholeheartedly!
    BassCliff likes this.
  19. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    joking aside, I like the shirts, they look great

  20. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thank you, Mr. Stewie26, and all of you for allowing me to share my fun. I appreciate the kind words. Yes, I am blessed and very fortunate to have such opportunities. I hope the same for all of you. Break a leg! :D

    Thank you for your indulgence,