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What Spinal Tap quality scene have you starred in?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by B-NoteCowboy, Aug 5, 2005.


  1. Anything. Either that happened in the movie or that easily could be included in a sequel. Everyone's had one of those gigs where they remark afterwards that 'it was like a scene from Spinal Tap!'

    We had a gig at a small town summer festival (you know the type - various stage acts, crappy dangerous rides, unhealthy food, games, etc. etc. Our venue was indoors so we were excited about air conditioning. Problem is... half the rides were in the parking lot of this place and the doors were nearly impossible to find.

    to make matters worse, they did a poor job of marketing the very existence of this relatively new indoor stage with the local media.

    Furthering the problems is the fact that the place is an accoustics nightmare. Converted grocery store that looks fantastic but is the most God-awful echo chamber I've ever seen. The mix is just horrible until you figure it out, and of course it changes depending on how many people are in the room.

    Anyway, the sound was so wierd that on stage you couldn't hear the other side of the stage - but in front of the stage it was like everything was twice as loud as normal. In fact I couldn't hear the guitar solos and had to judge their completion by the guitar players' end of solo finger positions!

    We knocked over a mic stand in the middle of a song.

    People came in to use the bathroom and walked across the hall to the bathroom and back across on their way out with their fingers in their ears complaining of the sound which again was nearly impossible to mix. We probably never had more than 15 people in the room at any given time to play for and on a couple of occasions due to the various sonic and hillarious visual distractions, lyrics were forgotten or improvised.

    At the end of it, we had four teenage girls (we are all married and in our mid-30's, so it did us no good) who were just rocking out and having a great time. They got our autographs and by all evidence and in spite of all reasons to the contrary - loved us and treated us like rock stars.

    It was all surreal and just too funny to be bummed out about. And the whole time, I'm picturing myself as Derek Smalls but without the vegetation in my pants.
     
  2. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    besides having to garage my car before one gig in the city, then leaving the key to my case on the ring with my car keys, we've been ok so far (knock on wood). But not a performance (or practice, or shared meal) goes by without either:
    a) some reference to a disappearing drummer
    b)reasons for drummer disappearing (usually the gardening incident)
    or
    c)shouting hello cleveland and making some "up to 11" comment.

    but recently we've been doing a lot of anchor man...
     
  3. JAL

    JAL

    Dec 15, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    played a farmers market gig. Old people and rock dont mix (by old, i mean 70s and up!)...the crowd wasnt into it very much...
     
  4. fr0me0

    fr0me0

    Dec 7, 2004
    Winnipeg Canada
    i was wearing a gay outfit and got stuck in a pod once :p
     
  5. DrexilTheNasty

    DrexilTheNasty

    Aug 6, 2005
    I once played to a bewildered crowd of Pumpkin Farmers at a small South African Town (Delmas was its name oh) whilst headlining their annual pumpkin festival.

    I dont think a single farmer there appreciated metal.
     
  6. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Lmfao this just reminds me of when the guys from Spinal Tap go and become an impro fusion band and they're playing that gig with hardly anyone there and those who are there are giving them lots of wierd looks (the details may be wrong since it's a few years since I watched tap).
     
  7. Blues Brothers is also good for quotes of course. Somehow, we quote a lot of Holy Grail and Life of Brian though.

    I can't believe I forgot this part, but our drummer literally passed out due to low blood sugar during our sound-check for this show. He's a little hypo-glycemic and had come straight from work without getting anything to eat.
     
  8. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    Whenever I walk on stage now I have to say "Hello Cleveland," and I don't care if I'm playing jazz or death metal.
     
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    If I have to check a mic, I always get the Brit accent and say, "Microphone One, Microphone one, isn't this a lot of fun."
     
  10. clanner

    clanner Token Black Guy.

    Apr 27, 2005
    ummmmm, marietta GA
    other than unpluggin myself at my first out of town gig. no. do make a lot of referances to them tho. gotta love a band that's none more black.
     
  11. Playing for a Hospital party at a hotel for the second year in a row,
    before our last tune I said, "Thank you St. Joseph's" directly into the mic.
    The crowd all stopped, and looked at us like we just stepped
    out of a UFO. Then our lead singer told me that the hospital
    was actually called Sacred Heart. I felt about 2 inches tall.
    Afterward, the woman who hired us said not to worry, their
    sister hospital was actually St. Joseph's.
    Unfortunately, they haven't hired us back since, and the band
    doesn't let me forget it.

    I am Derek Smalls.
     
  12. ZonPlyr

    ZonPlyr

    Apr 29, 2003
    Pasadena, CA
    Closer to the puppet show incident. We were playing a festival and the stage was set up right next to the chainsaw carving area. Then on the other side of the stage they had a beginner's harmonica clinic going on. Between every song the listeners were treated to either the ear breaking bark of a chainsaw or the incessant "hee-haw" of 100 little kids playing harmonica.

    In the end we just laughed.
    and my favorite quote from the movie..."those guys? they were so bad the crowd was still booing them when we took the stage"
     
  13. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    My most bizarre gig was in the summer of 1992, when I should have been studying for the bar exam. One of my law school classmates/bandmates decided to book a gig in Greenwich Village, even though we had been basically defunct for months. Our drummer had disappeared, so he enlisted a childhood friend, who happened to be an amazing drummer -- but knew none of our originals, and only a couple of the covers. And we would only get to practice with him once. :eek:

    We practice, and get things somewhere in the same zip code as "tight." Well, okay, area code. I nevertheless decide to invite a very appealing young lady to the show.

    We arrive at the venue, and before the set starts, a T.V. crew asks to interview us. Someone told them a group of lawyers was playing a punk show, and they wanted to interview us and film the gig for the Japanese NHK network show "What's Up in New York."

    We gave a bizarre, ridiculous, cliche-ridden interview straight from Spinal Tap, and proceeded to deliver a sloppy performance. I alternated between bass, "lead" guitar, and vocals. It was ugly, but the "crowd" (i.e., our friends) had a blast. But really, we basically sucked.

    Incredibly, NHK actually aired the segment, which was broadcast to a viewing audience of millions. They sent a tape to one of the guys, so we saw it. They edited so skillfully that we sounded decent, and somehow we didn't seem like idiots in the interview. They used a loop of one of my bass lines as the backing music for the intro to the entire show, which was awesome. I figure I got my alloted 15 minutes of fame right there, albeit in Japan!

    Even better, the fine young lady asked me out on our first date. We've been married for almost 11 years! :D
     
  14. At a talent show I was freaking out and ripped out the chord so I just plugged it back in. I make Spinal Tap jokes constantly, but not on stage. yet
     
  15. Cristofre

    Cristofre

    Jul 8, 2004
    Georgia, USA
    What could be more spinal tap than having your drummer disappear in the middle of a song?

    Some years ago I was playing with my band and we were probably somewhere in the third set and just really jamming on some song when suddenly the drums completely stopped. Me and the guitarist/singer turned around and our drummer was gone!
    We had to stop the song and go look for him... we looked behind the drum riser and he wasn't there, but we saw a hole in the floor behind the riser that was part of some construction project. We looked down the hole and sure enough... there he was down stairs in the kitchen of the resturant below looking up at us somewhat bewildered.

    As far as we can tell, he, being somewhat inebriated, had managed to loose balance and not only fall off of his stool, but fall into some hole behind the stage barely big enough for a person to fit through.
    Amazingly he was ok and we went on to play the rest of the gig.
     
  16. peck23462

    peck23462

    Aug 11, 2005
    Hamtramck, MI
    Not sure if this will work- first time posting
    I played C&W for 10 years
    Weirdest moments:
    the Keeper of the Cob Coranation- we were playing for some version of the Shriners/Eagles, they referred to themselves as the hillbilly division. The Keeper of the Cob went to the member of the ladies auxiallry who had done the most work in the previous year. So it was awarded to someone's wife, a fight broke out, we started playing again, and were fired. Still got paid though.
    Another time we did a whole set of George Strait tunes in Reggae, worked good too.
    Favorites to say on stage or setting up
    These got to 11
    Don't even look it at!
    Patron Saint of (fill in the blank)
    Choked on someone else's vommit
    This much talent . .
    None Blacker!!
    Where is the puppet show?
    In danger of being trampled by Midgets
    Or dare I day Rockumentary
     
  17. FriscoBassAce

    FriscoBassAce

    Dec 29, 2004
    Frisco, Texas
    Independent Manufacturers Representative
    I think this qualifies:

    In 1986, I was in a metal band that was a cross between Motley Crue and Judas Priest. We wore outrageous costumes and played very loudly. We got booked one night into a club that usually had hard rock and metal bands play. Unfortunately, they failed to tell us that the night we played was the "International Association of Young Black Business College Professionals" or some such organization. We took the stage and started playing one of our originals called Metal City. All heads turned to stare at us, mouths open...nobody was moving or saying anything. We thought we were going to scare the crap out of the audience and they would boo us off the stage or something. Then a couple got up and started dancing and having the time of their lives. Everything was cool after that. :)
     
  18. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    I have a few of theses stories but the most recent was a gig I played in St. Pete a few months ago. We were in the middle of our last set when I noticed everybody looking over at the big screen T.V.s and start laughing. I look over to see what's going on and the young girl tending bar switched the channel to some x-rated movie with some interesting visuals. :eek:

    Until that day I never really thought of my band as background music to a porn flick. :D
     
  19. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    When I was in high school in a band as a drummer we played a gig at school where my floor tom fell over and when the kid who put it back up, put it up about 6" too high and I couldn't use it. Then my bass pedal dettached from the bass drum and the guitarist started the song without waiting for me. The whole time I'm yelling "WAIT! DON'T START! DON'T START!"

    Not exactly a scene from ST, but it felt like it anyway.
     
  20. We got lost on the way to a gig, and kept going round in circles through a neighborhood nobody know. We finally got there after asking some bewildered guy getting out of his car where it was, and found our way to just in time for soundcheck.