My band just played a ROUGH show at a local bar last night. We were opening for a fairly established local band whom we played with a few months ago. They provided the P.A. and everything. Sunday night, so the bar was pretty empty except for some friends of our new guitarist and friends of the other band. Tends to be what happens at this bar (too far away from the college to get a big draw). We figured at worst it would be a "public practice". Admittedly I was pretty exhausted from the six hour drive I'd done from the Bay Area that day, but I had enough caffiene in me to play. The main problem was from the P.A. The band that owned the thing is a semi-Christian acoustic trio (acoustic guitar/bass/drums). So they usually don't have to worry about being too loud. WE, on the other hand, have a loud drummer and two guitarists who mic tube combos into the P.A. along with the vocals (my bass amp is usually loud enough not to need P.A. support). The all-in-one P.A. they had apparently wasn't ready for this because after the second song in our set, I ran out onto the floor to check the sound and couldn't hear anything but "loudness". The guys in the other band hadn't told us that there was no seperate channel for the monitors from the mains. So we kept requesting things in the monitor without realizing they were going into the mains. Helped explain the feedback issues. Not surprisingly, a decent percentage of the small audiece ran to the other half of the bar to hide from the noise. Then, about half way through our set, the whole P.A. just died. Apparently we over-heated the power section. Took about four minutes of waiting (and embarassment) to get the thing running again. And once we did we could barely hear eachother on-stage. This led to some serious "train-wreck" moments like my singer going off-rhythm on a section that's just him playing muted eigth notes and singing with a couple of drum hits to keep things moving. That was interesting. This was the first time I've ever felt like a complete noob after a show. And this is one week removed from a GREAT set at a Battle of the Bands. Anybody else have nightmare stories like this? Maybe a couple suggestions on how to forget them? P.S. Sorry about the long post. Needed to vent.