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She offered us $420 cash to play Freebird!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Biggbass, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Last weekend a gal comes up to the band and fans out $420 cash, waving it back and forth in front of us, requesting that we play Freebird.

    And we turned it down! LOL!!
  2. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
  3. cbrophy


    Nov 11, 2009
    Central MA.
  4. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    Thank you! Not sure if there are any, but for sure not many, songs more detestable than that one. Well, excluding everything from Rush, anyway.
  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Didn't you know it or what?

    For $420 + the gig money I would do 3 45 min sets of it.
    And I don't like the song.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Really? The only reason I can think of is that y'all didn't know it!

    [Goes to youtube to watch and learn song] You'll never catch me turning that down! Y'all gotta remember, y'all are in 'cover' bands! All artist integrity gets thrown out the window. You play what ya gotta play! For a $420 tip, I'm playin' that, Mustang Sally, Brick House, Sweet Home Alabama and whatever else sad songs all y'all hate! I'm gonna go ahead and say........y'all crazy!
  7. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yeah, really! Well, except anything by Jack Casady, Jean Millington, Bill Wyman, Chas Chandler...
  8. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    why on earth would do that?
    freebird is old news. no cover band wants to play it. i get it.
    but you are getting paid to entertain, right? I assume 420 bucks was a substantial boost to the take for the night- so why not take it?
    Were you making some kind of stand on your principles? That's an expensive stand to take.
    Did you think that maybe she needed to keep the money? Did it seem irresponsible to take it from her? Was she too drunk to know what she was doing?

    I used to work at a bar and i was wearing a star wars t-shirt one night. i had a woman offer me 115 dollars for it. I sold it right there and finished the night in my undershirt.
  9. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Repeat after me:
    "If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me...." ;)
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather


    Some of y'all..................:rollno:
  11. greggster59


    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    I nixed a band mate's suggestion that we add Freebird to the set list but I would definitely do it as a one off for cash.

    I'm such a whore!
  12. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    I'm sure this list could be added to many times ending up having almost every musician from the last sixty years on it. Truth is, these two bands just annoy the hell out of ME, I'm reasonably sure other people have different opinions of these two bands, and they have as much validity as MY opinion.

    But I personally would turn down a couple of hundred bucks to play anything by either of them.

  13. You must be doing well in this crappy economy, dude!
  14. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    You wear an undershirt under your t-shirt? :confused: Here in the North Woods we consider a t-shirt to be an undershirt, sometimes plain and sometimes with writing and/or pictures on it. We wear t-shirts under our flannel shirts. If we get too warm, we take off the flannel shirts and run around in our t-shirts, some of which say things and/or have pictures. Ain't no more shirts under our t-shirts.
  15. Bradass


    Oct 17, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I really don't understand the enmity towards this song, and it's completely mindboggling that you would turn down that kind of money unless you just don't know it or your guitarist(s) can't play it. We've added it to our setlist and play it every damn show to massive success. We are "the band that plays Freebird and kills it" and we are ok with that. Turning down $100/man for TEN MINUTES of "work" out of some righteous indignation and then coming here like you're proud of yourself or whatever disgusts me, frankly.
  16. PrietoBass

    PrietoBass How does he do that?

    Apr 16, 2009
    My take on this story is that the gal was uglier than heck, she was wasted, and she was trying to pass a wad of Monopoly money for 420 legit dead presidents but Biggbass' bandmates didn't fall for it!

    Or, these are men of integrity, and they've taken a solemn oath to never, ever, play that song...

  17. DblG


    Apr 27, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I would've played it for a full set, just like the album. Whistles and all. Cash in hand first, of course. :smug:
    (There was a time in my life before I got tired of the song...so it'd be just like reminiscing :))
  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Ida Doneit for a lot less money.
  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I have not played Freebird in 30+ years but I sure would have faked through it
  20. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    Some of us may have done stupid things for less money.