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What's the oddest reason your band got fired?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by TeamScorpioRI, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. A comment in another thread got me thinking of this..

    What is the oddest/weirdest/most outlandish reason your band ever got fired from a gig?

    My story is from a tequila bar at a big name casino. It was one of those dream gigs for a rock cover band. Packed house every night, crowd ready to party, good pay... oh and did I mention that they had go-go dancers on stage during your set? Well apparently the one rule the club owner had was "No Classic Rock". He wanted modern rock only. No problem, we would just switch out a few songs and away we would go.

    Anyway, we are playing our gig and the dance floor is packed. That night was a slightly older crowd so my guitar player calls out "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" as an audible. I shoot him a look and say "They said no classic rock". He just shrugs his shoulders and the drummer counts us in. The place goes nuts and the dance floor gets more packed. Guitar player smiles and we continue on with our night.

    Next day the guitar player gets a phone call from the club. All our dates have been pulled and we are no longer welcome back. Apparently the club owner was in the place that night and heard us play "some classic rock songs" and he didn't like it. The guitar player tried making a case about how the place was packed and people were dancing and enjoying themselves, but they were not hearing it. It sucked because I loved playing there.

    So what is your story?
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  2. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Well, I guess I could say we got "fired" when the bar burned down a few days before the gig? :woot:
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  3. Yep.. That would put a damper on the gig.
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  4. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    For biting the head off of a bat. I mean, what's wrong with that?

  5. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    We were booked for a week at a local club and our "green room" was the room with the ice machine and the walk-in frig. Unbeknownst to us the lead singer had been helping himself to free bottles of beer from the cases all the way in the back of the walk-in unit so nobody would notice them missing. When the club owner finally put two and two together, they fired us at the end of our engagement. Meanwhile the singer got pissed off and took a leak in the ice machine.. I watched as the bartender would come in with an ice bucket and scoop the ice out for the bar drinks. Well we lost that gig and changed our name and got booked back a month later under a different name. The owner saw us on stage the first night and said "Not you guys again".. he couldn't get another band to replace us right away so we played the entire week. I never ordered a mixed drink at the bar, only bottled beer. ;)
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  6. Bonus points for going back under a different name! That takes balls!
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  7. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I once got fired after one song.

    Back in the early 70s we were booked at a venue we never heard of. Arrived at the place to find the parking lot full of redneck looking pick up trucks. Hauling our gear in was like walking into Bob's Country Bunker. :woot: Now, we were four hard rockin' guys with big amps and very long hair. Nothing remotely country about us. We didn't even know the theme from Rawhide. :p I've never felt so out of place in my life. :bored:

    Even though the place was crowded we finished the first song to dead silence. After a few seconds a deep voice from the back of the room said "turn that damn guitar down". Yeah, that confirmed this wasn't our kind of place. A moment later the owner came up to the stage and said "you guys can go now". We packed up and loaded out past several rough guys at the bar, giving us the evil eye, looking like they would love to beat up some longhairs. :nailbiting: We loaded the van and got out of there fast. No way were we going to ask for our pay. :laugh:
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  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Subbed :p
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  9. Play Rawhide in A. A is a good country key :thumbsup:
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  10. Set up the equipment at the club in Yakima, Wa. and the owner comes running in when he sees the sisters. NO, NO, NO he yells. Agent calls the owner and we start the following night. sisters.jpg
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  11. YIKES!!! Yeah, gotta love those awkward gigs. I played a similar gig, but luckily the bar didn't can us. One of my old bands played a lot of "DMB" and "John Mayer". We got hired to play this biker bar. We had enough classic songs to make it work, but my guitar player decided to mess with the crowd. We started playing "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, and then transitioned into "Body is a Wonderland". We caught 4-5 big biker dudes grooving along to it until they caught themselves. They looked at us, and my guitar player just points and yells "GOTCHA" into the mic... luckily they took it in good humor.
  12. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Back in 2012 the singer in the band I was in was looking for bookings. We booked at a local bar, but a week before the show they cancelled us, saying that we weren't welcome in their bar anymore, after the last time we played there. We had never played a gig there, so we we're all baffled by the odd reason. After some internet sluthing on my part, I found a defunct band from 5 years prior that had the same name. It turns out they played some shows in the area and they were awful! Too loud and drove customers away. The bar thought we were the same band. We had to change our name thanks to that. We did eventually play that bar, the first time was awesome, the second time around we got the "hook" after half our set because the lead guitar player got hammered before playing and made an ass out of himself, including ignoring requests to turn his amp down. I left that band after that.
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  13. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    It all went south once for us being apparently. 'Too Loud' in the set up / sound check...bearing in mind this was a rock / metal outfit, which they were aware of when it was booked..(doh)
    We turned down, and turned down..etc but still not acceptable, it wouldn't have been physically possible to be any quieter unless we brought acoustics and did an 'unplugged'...in the end he just gave us our money to get rid of us..and we walked. no.gif
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  14. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    BL refused to play an another 1/2 hour.
    Venue said it was part of contract, he argued ,No and
    started tearing down.
    Monday morning we were fired for breach of contract, lost 8 gigs.
    It was 1/2 hour, we were already set up, the boat was still moving. geeeezzz
  15. I never understood how club owners can book a act and not know anything about the band.
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  16. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Only twice. Different occasions.

    1. Drinking all of Christopher Cross's beer.
    2. Drummer rubbing on the owner's wife's leg during set break.
  17. Pug the Pig

    Pug the Pig Inactive

    Mar 21, 2018
    That's the stupid part, they knew exactly what kind of band it was, no illusions at all, so..***???
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  18. SpyderX


    Jun 6, 2015
    Costa Mesa, Ca
    Happens all the time. It's even worse when your own agency does it and puts their originals acts into (what used to be) Top 40 clubs. One band I was in was fired twice in a two month span.

    Ultimately I blame shady promoters for taking those bookings. 'cuz... you know... promoters :rollno:
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  19. The drummer got stuck in India! GAH STILL MAD ABOUT THAT!
    Can you get fired from a gig you never played?? :)
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  20. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    I wonder that as well. A progressive metal band I was in back in the 90s once played a coffeehouse. I have no idea how we got the gig, or why the owner thought we would be a good fit, but my guess is that he didn't listen to the demo tape and let our singer bamboozle him with BS. The biggest oddity for me was the display case of pies and other treats to my left of where I set up my rig. Two thoughts I had during the gig: we don't belong here and I would love a slice of pie!
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