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Weird Gig with W-T-F? Outcome

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jaywa, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    So a couple weekends ago we played a private gig (post-Christmas party), put on by this company for their employees. We get to the venue, it's a nice big room in a nice hotel, huge stage, we find out there's gonna be an open bar and full dinner buffet... everything's shaping up to be a good night.

    The CEO of the company is also the MC for the night and our BL (who had done the similar gig for him last year) says he's kind of an odd duck. OK, we're ready for that. So we go up, play our first set, there's a crowd out there but... no response. Nobody dancing, engaging with the band or each other, anything. This is 9 o'clock and the drinks have been flowing since 6:30 so we're wondering what the heck is going on.

    We go on break, the MC gets on the mic, says a few things and then says, "we're gonna bring the band up again and I hope you guys start dancing." And then still on mic, and only half jokingly, he turns to the band and says, "you guys are failing". At which point I'm thinking we've been hired by the biggest D-Bag whoever lived.

    We play the rest of the show, only a very small number of dancers all night, people leaving early, etc.. It didn't help we had a lot of troubles with our light show, etc. Just a crappy, no-fun gig all around.

    At the end of the night I see our BL talking to the D-Bag CEO for quite awhile and I'm thinking, great, we drove an hour and a half to do this gig and now we're not gonna get paid.

    So we're driving home and we start talking about the lame crowd and our drummer says he overheard some chatter on break and apparently the company had fired a bunch of people that day. So that explained that, I guess, though it pretty much set us up to fail. Then I asked our BL what was going on at the end with the CEO and my BL says, "oh he was booking us back for next year." :eyebrow:

    And yes, we did get paid. Ya just never know with a corporate gig, I guess.
  2. Maybe you should have played "I will survive"
    I Will Survive - YouTube

    But seriously, a definite mood killer when you just helped a buddy pack earlier in the day, or saw them get escorted from the building...

  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    What I don't get is the CEO dissing us on the mic after the first set, and then hiring us back for the same gig next year.

    BTW I apologize for posting this thread twice. I would have deleted one of them but it won't let me.
  4. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Alcohol. The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems...
  5. I think he wasn't dissing you. He was making a witty joke to show that he was just a regular guy. That's what CEOs do. Watch "The Office". It's real.

    Only a CEO could think it funny to say that to the band on-mic in front of a crowd he'd just depleted by retrenchment.
  6. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Sounds like a good gig :p Well so the CEO was a jerk the crowd was bored and angry. You got food, drink, paid and out of the house plus you were rebooked = Win!
  7. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Well... yeah! :D

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