Reasons bassists are cool, #476.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Bass Pleasures, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Bass Pleasures

    Bass Pleasures

    Jun 20, 2007
    I watched a covers band at my local last weekend, great musicians and a setlist to match, they put on quite a show.

    However, my attention was drawn more to the ingenious set-up that their four-stringer employed in order to quench his thirst during the show:



    Now, we all know that the bass player is generally the innovative and resourceful one in any band but I did think that there might be a flaw in his plan - that bassists also drink like fish and thus the beer holder might be redundant after no time at all.

    Our man certainly looked to be in danger of having such a problem, polishing off his first pint within three or four songs.

    Did he panic?
    Did he hell, he simply turned around between tracks and grabbed the second pint he had hidden behind his rig.
    As soon as that was guzzled, he grabbed a third!

    For the record, the band went by the name Johnny Seven.
  2. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    That's classy. Very classy.
  3. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    Dean Martin, 21st century.
  4. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Inactive

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    He even has a fan.
  5. The straw is classic. I just leave my drink on my amp, and when I get thirsty I use my right hand to grab the drink. My left hand just does hammer-ons and pulls to sound the notes while I casually drink from my glass. ;)
  6. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    My guitarist sometimes does this when he solos live to show off.
  7. nsmar4211


    Nov 11, 2007
    Drink on top of amp is not a great idea....... I've seen wayyy more spilled drinks than I care to remember. (should see what coffee does to grill cloth). Heck I won't even let anyone put a closed bottled drink on my amp!

    Guitar center sells drink holders for microphone stands..... $15 and viola! Safe spot! Well, assuming you don't have a pedal board positioned right under neath where the condensation is dripping....

    Guess I'm a little more conservative.......I'd stick that off to the side versus right in front of the band..unless "alcoholic" is the image you're after.

    However.......the fan? Front and Center. Fans rock!
  8. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    CLASSIC!!! I gotta get me one of those contraptions!
  9. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I wonder what it is? A mic stand converted into a cup holder?
  10. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Drinks and bass rigs at high volume especially don't get along. I had a few drinks bounce off my rig years ago before I quit putting them there. The last straw, as it were, was a freshly opened bottle of beer. I turned around early in that set to see that bottle dancing with the low end vibrations, with about half of the beer already in a foam cascade all over the amp and cabinet.

    It was a nice visual effect, and fortunately nothing was permanently damaged. Still, I *was* looking forward to that beer (a Canadian Bradors, IIRC). More to the point, that was a vivid enough image of disaster narrowly dodged that I haven't set (or allowed) a drink on my rig since.
  11. Might be a bicycle water-bottle cage mounted to a regular mike stand.
    BTW, if you've never had a beer vibrate off your amp, you need to turn up.
  12. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    You can buy 'em that fasten on to your mic stand. Old lead singer used to have a really nice one that her man made for her. Got stolen from a gig...go figure!

  13. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
  14. rarbass


    Jul 3, 2008
    Not very professional-looking IMO, but at the same time I had to laugh at the ingenuity and innovation!
  15. I believe that The Ox employed a similar setup on stage, I recall seeing him with two bottles attached to his mike stand. Can't say what was in them, but I bet it wasn't milk!
  16. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    What's unprofessional? You can put any kind of drink in those holders. Beer...water...iced tea...Long Island iced tea...

    Its what you do with that drink that seperates the pros from the drunk-guys-who-knock-over-the-mic-stand.

    Cherie :)
  17. DRafalske


    Nov 6, 2008
    Hebron, KY
    I love it and must have one!
  18. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    They are pretty awesome. Ex-singer's was hand-made. Her hubby had it done in black iron, with one of those glass marble thingies at the bottom, and a small one hanging off the side.

    Which, of course, made it a target for theft. But, dang, it sure did look cool!

  19. Camelbak full of Turkey and Ginger Ale. Come on guys, you are way behind the power curve with this cup thing.
  20. Truth.