Drunks at Gigs...Arghhh

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  1. JIMMYLIMO

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    Tip #1... Always carry a small electric stun gun in the back of your amp. Non-lethal, quiet... Put you arm around his shoulder, then ZAP him in the ribs.... Will knock him flat. If you can, a quick JOLT to his nuts will leave a lasting impression... A drunk like that can fall into you Marshall, knock it over and ruin it !
     
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    Seriously??

    I am pretty sure those Ground A/B switches are disabled for the UK.
     
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    Fripp is notorious for not putting up with audience misdemeanours. The internet is rife with such incidents. Makes for good reading.
     
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    I don' tneed to read about it. I personally witnessed it. At the ProjeKct Two show in Cleveland in 98, someone in the audience snapped a flash photo. Chuckles literally stopped playing and walked off the stage, and refused to come back on until the offender handed over the roll of film at the soundboard. After a few minutes, Fripp comes back on, as I recall, holding the roll of film, exposed, as if it were a trophy. Then, as if to say "Where were we? Oh yes, we were rocking out!", the band went back into it.
     
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    Played loads of raucous gigs. There were a few hairy ones, when stuff was getting fired onto the stage (I guess they didn't like us) and I knew I had to keep my eyes on the audience one night when something fast and with considerable mass (aimed at the guitarist/singer, I like to think) shot past my head and clanged into the cymbals. I turned around to see a full can of Red Stripe lager spinning like a dervish on the deck, spewing its contents everywhere. That gig ended when a biker fight erupted in the adjacent bar. We were told we couldn't load out as there were ambulances, paramedics, and cops everywhere. Someone got an axe in their back at that one, IIRC. When we finally loaded out, the floor of that bar looked like an abattoir: blood everywhere, mingling with spew and shattered pint glasses.

    Don't recall being bowled over by drunks but I did once play a gig where a longhair stood at the stage, immobile, eyes agog and mouth agape for most of the set. That was kinda un-nerving.
     
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    Been there lots of times sorry to hear it. Band I was in playing at a bar called the hitching post in pierceton ind we were on break the bathroom stank so bad that I would go out back behind the roll off trash can when I came back in the singer was brushing off his cowboy hat reminded me of gunsmoke tv show anyways some clown slid all the volume sliders all way up on sound board a brawl happened singer was a ex marine and guitar player is a big dude glad I was at the right place at the right time outside
     
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    I have a small flashlight in the shape of a baseball bat that works wonders in those situations.
     
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    It's been a long time since I got truly scared at a gig but when I was 20 (and very thin) my college band was playing at a rough bar in Antigo WI. I think it was called the Thirsty Whale. A big biker who was very drunk kept demanding specific Lez Zeppelin songs that we didn't know/couldn't fake. He had a hard time walking around and they were still serving him. He was yelling song names at the foot of the stage and he would walk back to his friends looking angrier and angrier. This guy was 300+ pounds.

    After second set he followed me down the hall to the men's room and he grabbed me and lifted me off the floor by the armpits and threw me against a wall. My head hit the wall really hard. He stunk like BO, cigarettes, cheap whisky and beer. It got very real when our faces were about 8" apart. He shouted at me and let me slide down to the floor. I almost peed my pants. We was so wasted and big.

    We were scared to load out into the back dark parking lot at 2:00 AM. I was so afraid of the guy and I at the same time I kept thinking "man I hope you're not riding home on a bike.....yikes".

    Go booze! :eek:
     
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    The first gig of my duo a couple of years ago. I'm the only one in the video who's sober (my partner has since quit drinking so we sound much better now). At the 1:30 mark, s$%t gets real when the girl hanging all over me decides she wants to play guitar. My wife (a saint who's been putting up with this girls crap all night) decides to try to rescue my guitar.

     
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    Luckily I was confronted only for three times with drunks stepping over the thin red line between being annoying towards getting aggressive.

    First time was in early-90s, a drunk climbing on stage, yelling "Chili Peppers!" and trying to interrupt us.
    When he then tried to grab our female second guitarplayer, she smacked him with her Charvel, then the drummer and me "escorted" him from stage and left him at the managers table, where our gutarplayer told with her sweetest voice that he better take care of their guests or she will do....the guy blushed and threw the drunk out, while we returned to stage and continued our set. For about as long as that band lasted (another 2 years) we had the image of being totally bad m....f.....s in our hometown - which was quite funny....

    Second time was around 2005 - not during a gig, but afterwards. We were packing our stuff in the van and drunken idiot thought it to be funny to take my amp out of the van each time I stuffed it in. First time I told him to get lost, second time I yelled to f... off, when he went for the van again, I took him in a headlock and dragged him back inside, where his reeeally angry girlfriend started yelling at him. I am not a big guy and I was never really muscular, but from 1995 up to around 2010 I did train a lot of martial arts and developed a good sense of situations turning nasty.

    Last time was 2016 and rather odd - we were playing a gig while a local football match happened and the room was rather empty for the first set.
    Then during the the second set a couple of fans entered and one rather drunk guy started going all fan-crazy on me, shouting absurd compliments and applauding frantically whenever I did a solo. Up to the point where our singer was so annoyed, that she started screaming at him. He was so surprised that he backed off.
     
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    We were advised the venue and town was rough but this was bad...

    Hey, don't be coy. What was the venue?
     
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    Also from the UK :)
     
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    Johnny sang about people "sitting there drunk" not fighting or otherwise harassing. :)
     
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    12 years sober, and I hate being around drunks.
    Reading this thread, I'm more glad than ever that both band I play in are worship bands.

    All we ever have to worry about is someone getting raptured while I'm soloing.
     
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    That's horrible!

    I was against the taser idea at first, but now I am having second thoughts. We used to use a squirt bottle to keep the cat off of the counter tops though; maybe that is another option. Bad drunky! Off the stage!
     
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