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Singer Fired Himself Last Night

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by TBPlayerOC, Oct 17, 2019.


  1. TBPlayerOC

    TBPlayerOC

    Oct 17, 2013
    Orange, CA
    Hey TBers,
    This is going to be mostly a rant so get your popcorn and buckle your seat belts!

    I am part of a U2 tribute band and our drummer wrangled us a Wednesday night slot at a venue known for booking some major acts. It was pretty much an audition to see how we do. This gig had been on the books for about 6 weeks or so.

    Last night we played the gig. The vocalist finally shows up at 15 minutes before downbeat, wearing board shorts, a t-shirt and sandals. No Bono glasses, no wireless mic, no harmonica, no clothes to change into. Did I mention we are a U2 tribute??

    Needless to say we were all stunned and pissed. We performed the show and there were times he just sat down on the drum riser checking his @#$% phone!

    The drummer, guitarist and myself had around 15 people in the audience and one guy came from Riverside to see us (that is an hour or more drive ONE WAY).

    We finish the show and the singer leaves within 5 or 10 minutes. The owner chewed out the drummer and we sat with our guests before we started load out.

    After load out we thanked the owner for the opportunity and had an honest discussion with him and we will have a chance to perform there again in the future.

    The 3 of us met outside and there was no question that we were done with the singer and his nonsense.

    We pulled all of our gear from the rehearsal space today and gave him the news. Now the search is on for a new front man. Ahh bands.

    tldr; Singer doesn't play a gig dressed appropriately, embarrasses the band and gets fired.
     
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  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    What? Why would he do that? Is this normal behavior for him?
     
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  3. TBPlayerOC

    TBPlayerOC

    Oct 17, 2013
    Orange, CA
    He just didn't care how he looked or made us look. He claims he was bored with the band. The crazy thing is he is the one that brought us together.

    He is just an unmotivated, lazy person. There were many signs that he wasn't right, but the other guys in the band wanted to ignore them.

    I had put an ultimatum that if there wasn't any change in his behavior that this was my last gig. Well, he did what he did and fired himself.

    The drummer and guitarist and I get along pretty well so we will work to find another front man. We have a couple of leads.

    Another thing that occurred today is we were contacted by a booking agent. I will see how that conversation goes.
     
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  4. 3Liter

    3Liter

    Feb 26, 2015
    Hobbiest
    Why'd the owner chew out the drummer?
     
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  5. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    My guess: He was there.
     
  6. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    The drummer booked the gig.
     
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  7. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Yeah, can't work.
    How you will find what you're looking for.
     
  8. He was definitely bored with the gig. Hope you can find a replacement.
     
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  9. El Güero

    El Güero

    Oct 5, 2015
    dude.
     
  10. The Dude abides....
     
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  11. El Güero

    El Güero

    Oct 5, 2015
    The OP's description of the singer, and the OP being from Dudeland, a match made in Heaven (or Ralphs).
     
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  12. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    My mantra- you are only as good as your last gig. Don't blow it.
     
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  13. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    My guess: he wanted to get fired. He knew what he was getting into and still did what he did.

    Anyway, good riddance and good luck on your quest for glory!
     
  14. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    None
    Singer needs to check his meds. Maybe they aren't working...... that is pitiful.
     
  15. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Obviously, the owner is a member of TB. When someone needs firing, find the drummer.
     
  16. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Exactly. He was being nice just chewing him out. Should have canned him in the spot. :roflmao:
     
  17. thetragichero

    thetragichero

    Jan 4, 2019
    dumb comment
     
  18. Siggy

    Siggy Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Maybe the owner was a bass player.
     
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  19. TBPlayerOC

    TBPlayerOC

    Oct 17, 2013
    Orange, CA
    Owner was there to check us out. They normally stream all of their acts, but because of our singer he didn't allow that to occur.
     
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  20. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    I am just wondering. How easy is it to get a replacement singer that has the vocal range/quality, knows the material and can convincingly impersonate Bono on stage?

    That must be a bit of a chore finding the right person?
     

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