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#2967910 - 01/09/19 07:22 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Outkaster]
Michael Wright Offline
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Stop the car half a block from the house to look at the gear, to see if it is all there.
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#2967911 - 01/09/19 07:23 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Outkaster]
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Assuming soundcheck and all other things are completed:

10 minutes to downbeat I pee. In cfact it is such a ritual over the years, the guys always know we're about to go on when "Dave takes his pre-game piss" grin
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#2967913 - 01/09/19 07:32 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Outkaster]
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I arrive at least an hour before show time to set up and relax. Then right before I go on I take a bathroom break and get some water. I despise getting to a gig late, setting up and have to start right then! No time to chill some how throws me out of whack!
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#2967927 - 01/09/19 09:00 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: BluesKeys]
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Ask myself why I didn't play guitar instead.

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#2967930 - 01/09/19 09:15 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: ABECK]
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#2967941 - 01/09/19 09:46 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Legatoboy]
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I like to devote the 10 minutes before downbeat to engaging in tasteless humor with my bandmates. For me, this is almost like a form of meditation. It helps to wipe the slate blank and to create a division from everything that was occupying my mind up to that point in the day. It's also a rare safe zone where such humor can be unleashed.

Not everyone I've played with wants to participate in this, but most do, and the others will at least indulge me.
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#2968119 - 01/10/19 06:45 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Outkaster]
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Piss on stage? No problem, just bring a cup or two, and do it on stage... carefully of course.
I am joking but actually long ago on a steady band of very silly guys, I recall pissing on stage.
I think our blind drummer knocked it over and proceeded to die laughing.
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#2968120 - 01/10/19 06:47 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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Related but has anyone noticed that when a band takes a break and many of the guys hang in between sets, the band plays a little better?
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#2968368 - 01/11/19 11:47 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Adan]
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Originally Posted By: Adan
I like to devote the 10 minutes before downbeat to engaging in tasteless humor with my bandmates. For me, this is almost like a form of meditation. It helps to wipe the slate blank and to create a division from everything that was occupying my mind up to that point in the day. It's also a rare safe zone where such humor can be unleashed.

Not everyone I've played with wants to participate in this, but most do, and the others will at least indulge me.


I'll participate in this with you Adan.
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#2968389 - 01/11/19 02:03 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Michael Wright]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Stop the car half a block from the house to look at the gear, to see if it is all there.

Yup! All the time. I once had a "bad feeling" on my way to a HUGE gig on the other side of the island, pulled over, sure enough, missing USB cable. turned around and only lost about 15 minutes. These days I keep a spare of pretty much everything in separate bags or in the trunk of my car.

Piss on stage? Yeah, I think we've all done that at one point or another. One time I was playing pit orchestra and realized I wasn't gonna make it. Couldn't find a cup, but there was an empty Windex bottle, thank god! Thankfully I'm pretty good on stage, I think I sweat a lot, so I tend to go less often.
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#2968395 - 01/11/19 02:46 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: EricBarker]
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Tell myself, as I load gear into the car, that I'm grateful that at my age that I still get to play rock 'n' roll with good players. And tell myself that this is what I wanted to do.*

*so I can't complain about the drive, load-in, and set up, then the break down, load out, and drive home

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#2968396 - 01/11/19 02:49 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: EricBarker]
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...detune just one string on each of the guitar player's guitars
...adjust the EQ on the singer's monitors so they can't hear themselves no matter how much they plead the soundman MORE MONITOR
...replace one of the short patch cables in the guitarist's densely populated pedalboard with one that doesn't work
...loosen the legs on the drummer's throne
...stuff napkins under the strings of the bass guitar at the bridge, which muffles the sound
...pour milk down the bell of the sax player's horn

Did I ever mention I'm a better comedian than a keyboardist?

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#2968512 - 01/12/19 12:28 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: The Real MC]
Zalman Stern Offline
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Originally Posted By: The Real MC
...detune just one string on each of the guitar player's guitars
...adjust the EQ on the singer's monitors so they can't hear themselves no matter how much they plead the soundman MORE MONITOR
...replace one of the short patch cables in the guitarist's densely populated pedalboard with one that doesn't work
...loosen the legs on the drummer's throne
...stuff napkins under the strings of the bass guitar at the bridge, which muffles the sound
...pour milk down the bell of the sax player's horn


...think about how Jordan Rudess has an entire staff to take care of this sort of thing and as soon as the band makes it big, hiring crew to handle tedious pre-gig prep is top priority.

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#2968596 - 01/12/19 11:27 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Zalman Stern]
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I like to lay in the bed and rub lotion on my body (approximately 30 minutes before the downbeat).
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#2968666 - 01/13/19 11:40 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: kanker.]
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Originally Posted By: kanker.
I like to lay in the bed and rub lotion on my body (approximately 30 minutes before the downbeat).


Good to see you back Kevin!
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#2968668 - 01/13/19 12:33 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: kanker.]
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Originally Posted By: kanker.
I like to lay in the bed and rub lotion on my body (approximately 30 minutes before the downbeat).


Maybe TMI, but nice to hear from you. Always liked your humorous and/or insightful posts.
Are you still an enemy of the Pats?
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#2968678 - 01/13/19 01:58 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: ChiefDanG]
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Breathe, smile, and go slowly... clear my mind and enter the "flow"...
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#2968696 - 01/13/19 04:49 PM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: Jazz+]
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Thank God for where I am and for intersecting my path with some really great musicians.

An attitude of gratitude puts me in exactly the frame of mind I need to hit the stage.

Itís an old habit.
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#2969224 - 01/16/19 03:03 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: kanker.]
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Originally Posted By: kanker.
I like to lay in the bed and rub lotion on my body (approximately 30 minutes before the downbeat).


Hey - Mr Anker's back! thu

Cheers, Mike.
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#2969244 - 01/16/19 06:12 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: stoken6]
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Originally Posted By: stoken6
Originally Posted By: kanker.
I like to lay in the bed and rub lotion on my body (approximately 30 minutes before the downbeat).


Hey - Mr Anker's back! thu

Cheers, Mike.


Yes! Welcome back Kanker!
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#2969256 - 01/16/19 06:57 AM Re: OT: Just before the gig I . . . [Re: The Real MC]
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Originally Posted By: The Real MC
...detune just one string on each of the guitar player's guitars
...adjust the EQ on the singer's monitors so they can't hear themselves no matter how much they plead the soundman MORE MONITOR
...replace one of the short patch cables in the guitarist's densely populated pedalboard with one that doesn't work
...loosen the legs on the drummer's throne
...stuff napkins under the strings of the bass guitar at the bridge, which muffles the sound
...pour milk down the bell of the sax player's horn

Did I ever mention I'm a better comedian than a keyboardist?


Excellent! laugh
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