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Hey guys, just thought of a new thread...

 

Name your most memorable live screw up! It could be your own fumbling fingers, or any other band for that matter..

 

I'll go first: ;)

 

Genesis - I think around 1987 during the Invisible Touch tour during "That's all", Mike Rutherford screws his guitar solo up.. starts ok, then goes hits a wrong note and carries on playing in the new scale for a bit... then he stops... then he carries on correctly!

 

I think Mr. Banks has made some mistakes live too, but can't remember off hand - anyone else??

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I havbe three personnel ones.

 

1) When I first started playing keys I sometimes used a transpose function (like if I knew a song in C but the band playied in B).

 

I forgot to transpose back after a song - so I started the next song in the wrong key. I never used the transpoe again - I just forced myself to learn to transpose in my head.

 

2) I looked at the song list wrong and thought we were on the 6th song (we were actually on the 5th song) so at the count of 4 I play the big brass intro from a completely different song (in a different key) then the other guys were playing (this happened at a festival in front of something like 6,000 people)

 

3) I was in a band that used sequences for horn parts, etc. - the drummer lost the beat on the intro (the guitar player was so loud the drummer could not hear the click) the song fell apart so bad, we had to actually stop the song (I think this is the only gig in my life I can remember the band actually stopping in mid song from being lost)

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Originally posted by freelance:

When I first started playing keys I sometimes used a transpose function (like if I knew a song in C but the band playied in B).

 

I forgot to transpose back after a song - so I started the next song in the wrong key. I never used the transpoe again - I just forced myself to learn to transpose in my head.

You just reminded me of my first ever gig - I had to transpose down, but forgot to for one particular song. I don't think I ever recovered from that! Needless to say I don't transpose anymore!! :cool:
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I was backing up an excellent singer at a concert with a big band. The leader of the band starting counting out before I had my music ready - the intro was just the singer and the piano and I gave her the introduction in the wrong key.

 

When the band came in, she went to the correct key like a trooper. I apologized profusely to her after the concert and and all was forgiven.

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A band I'd played with a couple years earlier tried to re-form. The new bassist & drummer weren't worth spit.... I played one gig with them. We mercifully got the 'hook' after 35 minutes - I was wondering why it didn't happen sooner!

 

Nothing like that had ever happened to me before or since - and it will never happen again :D

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DSears reminded me of this one in another thread. We were playing an outdoor political rally and BBQ for a top government official. The band had two keyboardists, a guitarist/singer, and another singer. We sequenced bass, drums, and a few other parts and dumped those sequences to tape. The guy singing lead and playing guitar on a song got off a few measures. He could not get back on track and one by one we all got lost. It was a slow, long, painful train wreck and that day we learned the biggest hazard of playing with a sequence.

 

Robert

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