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Unusual Gig/Band practice/ Bass stories

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by ahhelpme, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. ahhelpme


    Aug 26, 2004
    Anyone here got any really unusual Gig/Band practice or bass stories? Ive had a few people tell me about unusual happenings. My Bass teacher was playing at a pub one night, and when he was packing up, he left his Fender jazz in its hardcase, in the back of his van, he quickly ran back inside to pick up his leads he'd left on the ground there, and when he came back out to the van, someone had stolen the fender jazz. He was beside himself, but when he woke up in the morning, it was on his front lawn, and when he opened it, the fender was still there, plus 200 dollars and three tickets to see pink floyd.

    My uncle was playing at a club, that hed never played at before, and during a small intermission the stage was pretty small and had cement steps leading right out to the back right next to it., the lead guitarist came back out onto the stage after a few drinks, and knocked my uncles bass from its stand, and it went crashing down the steps and smashed up against the back door
    the neck broke and it was in no fit state. So the manager took my uncle to the store room and gave him a rickenbacker that someone had left there, then after the gig ,the manager said he could keep it, plus he could take any of the other basses and accessories people had left there, because they were just collecting dust. He got that rickenbacker, and an old fender precision, plus a metal master distortion pedal, and a boss bass EQ pedal. Why would anyone leave their equipment at a club?
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Ah ha ha ha! Excellent topic! :D

    Here's a few:

    Once we were playing in an especially tight club, and this drunk chic pushed me backwards, and I fell over one of the monitor speakers, and ended up playing the rest of "Highway Star" flat on my back, looking up at the ceiling. It worked though, and the crowd seemed to love it. They probably thought it was part of the act. :)

    Another time, I happened to get on stage with a few really big name players. Unfortunately, I was doing dope at the time, and nodding out every few seconds. I'd play a few notes, zone out, then wake up and say, "oh, this is still going on?" That was "not so funny", but again, the audience seemed to be extremely amused. I think the rest of the band was good enough to carry the tune, and since I had long hair and a wild look in my eyes, they probably thought I was the "rock representative" in the group, and I was just trying to be funny and make a point. It wasn't funny at all, I can assure you. :eyebrow:

    I could go on, but you get the point. You can't be playing very long before this kind of stuff starts to happen. You can try to keep things on an even keel, but once in a while things spin out beyond your control. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't It's all part of the learning process. I wouldn't invest too much "meaning" into it. :D
  3. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    last gig, I played "Seven Nation Army"....first on my knees, then on my back. It seemed to work.

    one of my guitarists was not happy though. I laid across his chord....lol
  4. ahhelpme


    Aug 26, 2004
    guitarists are never happy when the bassist tries to take even a small amount of the spotlight, thats why they condemn lead bass.lol
  5. ahhelpme


    Aug 26, 2004
    At one of my band practices in my garage a few months ago, it was raining and we had the door open, and this dog just walked in off the street and sat down in my garage , almost like it was listening to our music. We all turned our amps up as loud as possible and played, but it didnt budge. Maybe it was deaf?
  6. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    We played with a few other bands at the Freezer Theater in Detroit in about '84. One of the bands had a bass player who thought he was totally hardcore and acted like a jerk the whole time there.
    The part of Detroit we gigged at was not really secure and these guys left some gear in their car and it was broken into.

    It turns out the a$$es Bass was missing. Well, the show's over an hour later and the butthead and his band had left, we find his bass in its case backstage.

    We called him the next day to check on his situation and to let him sweat for a few hours before we dropped it off at his house.

    Fun stuff.
    Another one: Our Bass player from the same band (as above) loses an old Whirlwind cord (with the plastic white ends) at one of those multiple-act gigs. A few weeks later at another gig, this bass player in another band from the last show we all played at has it. We ask how he accquired it and his answer was not real convincing.
    A few years later and I'm in a new band and we gig with that same bass player's band. The bass player leaves the cord behind. I snag it and I still use it today some 20 years later.
  7. Weird as in emotionally disturbing...

    My band was playing a 7 night stand at the Interstate Fair in Pensacola at one of the beer gardens. Because of the open air nature of the venue, we had to setup and break down every night. One of late afternoons we were listening to the radio in the van doing just that - hauling gear from the van to the stage when the DJ on the FM station out of Mobile broke in with news that Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane had crashed killing several members of the band...

    damn, just damn...

    Mind you Pensacola, in fact the whole panhandle of Florida, might just as well be South Alabama. And when you are in a cover band in a place like that in the mid 70's you had better be playing some Skynyrd or you aren't going to be working much. Well we played plenty of Skynyrd in our sets but that night, none of it was right. We didn't feel right playing the tunes and we felt terrible just being alive doing what we were doing knowing that others weren't going to be able to. Sure it was irrational but there was a tie of brotherhood that was undeniable.

    That night could not have been longer.
  8. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    OK, we were playing a house party near the U in Seattle, with tonnes of underage women in attendance. The band was the Deadhead band from hell, with a horn section and two bassists. Our biker drummer had a few friends in, and one was harassing the young ladies pretty ruthlessly. Inevitably the cops show, but we have the front door blocked with my bass rig, so we buy another couple of minutes before they can get to us via the back door. Somehow, everything that needs to get put away does. We get threatened with having all our rigs confiscated, and harangued because traffic's messed up for 5 blocks, and so on. The cops see me, obviously much older than anyone else in the room, and with a bass in my hands. They ask: "Who's the leader of this anarchy band?" I don't miss a beat, no sir. I reply, looking right at our sax player: "Anarchy band, that means there's no leader, right?" He nods, and we then walk out of the room in lockstep, no one saying a word or making any move to detain us. The cops are in awe, I think.

    So everyone goes home, except those of us who can prove we live in the house. We hear a horrendous crash outside, and find the obnoxious biker deWd knocked out cold in the gutter; he tripped and fell onto the neighbor lady's car hood, head first. The hood was pretty trashed too. Turns out the neighbor was the one who called in the cops, so instant karma is forever real in my world. :cool:
  9. che990


    Feb 19, 2005
    the craziest thing i think was probs spendnig a night in a mates caravan eating cerial and playing accoustic till gone 1 lol,
  10. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    There was an old thread on this subject, way back when. My answers haven't changed much since then.


    If that worked, it's my first successful link to an older TB thread so far as I can think of, right now. My post is on the bottom of page three, and it still stands.

    One of my first gigs, back in high school was in an essentially abandoned church. Somebody decided to make the 'dance floor' bigger by scooting our amps back against the wall. The church had these really old draperies hung on the walls. The amps had A.) tubes, and B.) open backs. Tubes are very, very hot. Many-decades-old draperies are way more flammable than you would guess. The firefighters were cool, though. And nobody was hurt in the fire.

    A later gig at a private residence: The hosts obviously had more money than anyone I had ever conceived of at that point, judging by the house. We set up in an enormous room facing a wall that was basically all window, looking out at a great big yard with a really nice pool. Fortunately for the neighbors, there was aneight foot privacy fense, because soon after we started playing EVERYBODY STARTED GETTING NAKED!!!!! Apparently the party guests were some kind of nudist/swinger group. This sounds like it would be cool to see. It wasn't. There are people that are entertaining to look at, and there are people who should never be allowed to be naked, even in the shower. These people were generally the 'shower'type. Theoretically naked people on display=good. But in reality ugly naked people in large numbers= badbadbadbadbadeeeeeeeew ick.

    On the up side we got paid really well for that party. The host actually had a bet with one of the guests whether we would freak out and leave whenever people started getting naked. He tipped us more than twice what we had originally expected to get for the gig, so we earned more than triple our usual rate.
  11. troll


    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    We did an outdoor gig one night at a state biker rally. It showcased an impromptu strip contest between sets with crowd popular vote.

    During the second set, I was accosted by two young ladies who decided in the middle of a song was a good time for a standing lap dance of sorts. I just kept right on playing. I recall hearing one to the other over my shoulder "Damn, he won't miss a beat!" and then I feel a hand... well...

    It was a song I did almost entirely slap, and it was a bit difficult at times when I kept having bodies getting in the way... I wasn't complaining though.

  12. KUDOS66


    Dec 11, 2004
    Canberra, Aust
    We had an ex keyboards player tag aloung to a gig in Young, Aust. He got totally blind , tripped over foldback while dancing and landed on the guitarist, who the fell over backwards into his Marshall stack, which then toppled through a plate glass window onto an outside deck.

    The amp still worked.

    The keyboard player then fell through another window in the main street on the way to his accomodation .

    It cost the band nearly $2000 .......
  13. That sounds awesome...did you make the keyboard player pay it? If not, you should have beat the crap out of him.
  14. KUDOS66


    Dec 11, 2004
    Canberra, Aust
    Nahh .... He was useless.
    The venue docked our check, and the Shop sent a bill via the booking agent .

    Needless to say we never to him on road trips again .
    And the marshall still works now and all this happend 12 years ago!
  15. ross

    ross Guest

    Mar 17, 2000
    I dont know how strange this whole story is but, I was playing at gig in Binghamton, NY at Re* Nelles and got electricuted a few times. It was quite painful aprently if you touch the microphones in there and are playing bass you complete a circuit and thus have a surge of electricity go right through you.
  16. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    Sounds like there was some grounding problems. I dont think that is normal.
  17. Most of my gigs have been farily ordinary -

    There was this one time where I was playing a battle of the bands in bumville KY. We got to about our third song and some Russian speaking chicks jumped up on stage and started dancing and crap around us. Luckily my girl and the guitarist girl were there and jumped up on stage and made the girls feel very unwelcome while keeping their composure. After I got off stage one of the Russian chicks confronted me with a severly disturbing broken smile and equally broken english and said something along the lines of "oooh we make you feel like big rockstar eh?" I just smiled and nodded.

    A good horror story - I was playing a show here in town with about 5 other bands. Well, we were the last band to go on. The first band brought a great lighting setup to the venue and agreed to let the rest of the bands use it. When I arrived there were about 200+ people there, and that was 2 bands before us. Well, after the band before us went on there was still a pretty good crowd of about 100 people or so. We started to load our equipment in and had noticed that the lighting had been torn down. We were like ***. At any rate the promoter for that show (who didn't like us) told them to take the lights that the show was over. And once people saw the lights go down they thought the show was over too and all left. We ended up playing a very frustrated show in front of the 15 or so people that we brought. :crying:
  18. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I played a gig at the old K.I.Sawyer Air Force base, way back in the early eighties.

    The women up there are affectionately called sno-cows (thier term, not ours). Well, during one of our Jeff Beck tunes (I think it was Blue Wind), a sno-cow came running full tilt towards the stage.

    She leaped up onto the stage (about two foot high) of the NCO club and jumped up, in full stride, and threw her arms and legs around our guitar player while he was doing a solo.

    She drove him about four or five feet backwards where he slammed into the wall, with the sno-cow still attached to him.

    The drummer and I just kept playing while he struggled to get back to his playing. We acted like nothing happened and just kept the tune going. He eventually got himself freed of her clutches and finished the song out.

    Then there was the time we played a series of strip clubs and most of the dancers (who danced during the day and early evening until giving way to the band) liked to get up onstage and provide some stimulating visual entertainment to our music.

    Ahhh, I miss those days.
  19. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I don't have a very good one. I have one though...

    My singer tries to move around a lot, we were at a REALLY small venue and he stepped on my power strip and it turned off my amp and my pedals, I kicked it back on then I kicked him. :D

    Damn vocalists.
  20. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    Now see. THAT kind of nakedness I could have supported. A bunch of pudgy-dumpy to ordinary at best thirty-somethings and older...not so much. And especially not so much when some of them got all rambunctious with each other. Even for a young hormonally obsessed guy like I was, THAT kind of display is like anti-porn.