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Sick just before New Years Eve gig. Advice

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by DaftCat, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat

    I am going to do the show regardless. I guess I will be doing less lead vocals and my harmony vocals on other tunes will most likely be an octave lower.

    Anyway, I am certain some of you have been through this before(perhaps not Jan 31st) and hoping you can share some tips to avoid coughing and scratchy throat.

    Hope that makes sense.
  2. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Avoid drinking three things:
    - Milk and other dairy products- it will only increase the amount of mucus and phlegm that you'll have to battle against while singing
    - Citrus Juices - The acids will burn the throat, and if it's tender already, it will add to the discomfort
    - Alcohol - Similar to citrus. But a small amount can help open up the sinuses

    Halls Mentholyptus is your friend, but spit it out while you're singing (duh!). Echinacea tea works wonders too. It got my a$$ into work, when I couldn't afford to miss it. My wife swears by a tea made using honey, lemon, and cloves. Tylenol Sinus is my over the counter drug of choice.

    Hopefully, you're playing a non-smoking show.

    Drink plenty of water, to lubricate the throat and keep the nasal passages open.

    Move your head to the side when you cough. Don't cough into the mic, especially if it's not yours or you're sharing the mic with someone else. Aside from that, you don't want your coughing amplified.

    Good luck!
  3. Jeb


    Jul 22, 2001
    I've lost a recent gig because a "prominent" player didn't communicate his handicap (due to sickness), in a timely enough manner and the band leader cancelled with the club owner before he contacted me. There is likely someone else waiting in the wings to play your gig if you can't.

    If there is a chance that you can't go, let your players know so they can assume a "plan B" before cancelling with the club owner. I'd guess that on New Year's Eve especially, there are capable, eager players ready to take your band's place (and payout) given a few hours notice.
  4. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
  5. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Thanks for the tips.

    I own the mic. :)
    I have Fisherman's Friend. Went to the Doctor and I have a throat infection because of all this. I guess I won't be singing much at all.

    Thank goodness its a non-smoking venue also.

  6. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    If it's a 'dry cough' or 'tight chest' kind of thing, I've found the old-fashioned Robitussin 'green label' to work wonders. It only has one active ingredient, that being something that's like "guiefennison" or something like that.

    I've found it to have no cold-medicine-like side effects, like light-headedness or nourvousness or whatever. It 'loosens phlem', and clears out my lungs - makes the cough go away. But it's for like DRY coughs, know what I mean? like when you can't cough up anything, but it's still tickling your throat and making you want to cough.

    I don't know what our less-experienced band would do! Our drummer sings about two thirds of the leads, and if he were too sick to sing - oh, man; we'd be bummin'.

    Good luck, and happy New Year -

  7. John Herzog

    John Herzog Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2002
    Schertz, TX
    +1 for the Tylenol alergy sinus. I usually only talk half a dose since it tends to make me discombobulated if I take the whole dose.