Average guitar player s 15 minutes of fame tell your stories of gigs

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  1. Vfc13

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    Man!! How I remember nailing 38 special If I’d been the one at a weird celebration of life event. with me singing and playing rhythm guitar..and Rip to our lead guitarists Manny Gomez!! Apologies for Spelling my phone screen is so cracked I cannot see that well
     
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    My band once got a support gig in front of 5,000 people. Blew my fricken mind. Somewhere in the set I broke a string and there wasn't a replacement in the case. I did have the other 5 strings. ********. So I actually leaned into the microphone, held up my guitar and asked "does anyone have a spare G string ?" ... the next 2 or 3 minutes were rather entertaining.
     
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    Non-guitar related: I was known as “The Carpenter” for a while, because I “nailed” Neil Young’s harmonica part from “Heart Of Gold” with the rack and acoustic guitar. I remember afterwards thinking, “that sounded better than Neil.”
     
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    Most uncomfortable (but secretly also most gratified) I’ve felt in the wake of a gig was playing a “showcase” type show which was followed up by Victor Wooten. We finished our set, which included a cover of “The Seeker” during which the bassist and I switched instruments. Turns out Victor saw at least part of our set and introduced himself afterwards...turning to the bassist and saying “damn, nailed ‘The Seeker’!” We said thank you as a group.
     
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    Opened for George Clinton and Parliament ...
     
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    Got thrown up on stage at age 14 and our band played CCR and a couple of other songs in front of 2,000
    people. We nailed it. (1970)
     
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    A session at what was once called The Village Recorder in West L.A./Santa Monica...1987...

    I needed something that wasn't available in 'our' suite of studios (A) so I wander over to the next suite (B) to see if I could borrow a cup of sugar.

    Being polite I knocked on the control room door.

    Nick Mason opened and invited me in. I spent the next little while chatting with him and David Gilmore. Then we all went upstairs to the rec room for a ping pong match.

    Being a classically trained jazz musician, I knew who Pink Floyd was...I just didn't know who they were by sight.

    They didn't know who I was either, so we were even on that score.
     
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    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

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    I was in bands that opened for John Fahey, Nico, The Specials, Barry Melton, Nick Gravenites, Dream Syndicate, Oleander, The Rubinoos, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions and Dan Hicks.
     
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    Supported the Cranberries. Shared a bag of chips with Dolores.
     
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    I was the bassist for a group that played in front of several hundred people in Cabo and at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. What a hoot!
     
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    My trio opened a college gig for Taj Mahal in 1988.

    Compared to that guy, *everybody* is an average guitar player.

    He was cool. Wanted to know where he could get vegetarian food in our one-horse town.
     
  12. Ignatius

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    Played a gig at a pig farm once.
     
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    Back in 1984 got a call from talent agency to play guitar in a backing band for a showcase with a new artist
    they were managing. He had just gotten a solo record deal (can't remember the label) and was doing a show
    with other artists of this agency in Dallas/Ft. Worth at Billy Bob's Texas.

    Showed up in Tulsa for the audition to find the artist was Ronnie Dunn (this was 6 or 7 year before Brooks and Dunn). Ronnie Dunn was super nice and had that unbelievable voice you'd recognize anywhere.

    Drummer for this backup band was Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton's drummer for years) who was also as nice a guy as you'd ever want to meet. Jamie sat and talked with me at length (can't remember if it was before or after we played) about life on the road with Eric Clapton's band.

    Never did any other shows with Ronnie or Jamie, but 7 years later was driving when Brooks and Dunn's single from their first album (Brand New Man) came on the radio, and I damn near drove off the road.

    My claim to near fame.....
     
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    Rod Stewart was in town, on tour.

    We had an ad in the paper looking for a drummer.

    Rod Stewarts touring drummer liked our ad and musical influences and called us to come jam at the stadium before the concert.
    ...

    Had many, many Jager shots and a crazy evening of conversation with Jason Thirsk from Pennywise...a very short time before he died.
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    James Hetfield was walking around backstage before a Metallica show and I saw him and exclaimed, "James!" like I'd known him all my life. He was super confused and I waited a few beats while he tried to place me, he had no reason to know me at all, and then I cracked up and he said "Ah ****. You ****er." and laughed and walked away.
     
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    We were at a band mates wedding and he hired a pretty famous bluegrass band which one of my guitar heroes was in to play. We were sitting at a table with them. My buddy made a mix tape of various artists and some of our original stuff. This was playing during the dinner break.

    One of our tunes came on in which I had a pretty hot guitar break. After the guitar solo my hero exclaimed “who was that”? My wife said my head grew three times it’s normal size!!
     
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    I was packing up after an outdoor gig in Shreveport, LA in the fall of 1996. A guy comes running up to the stage and asks if I know any Percy Sledge songs. I said, "When a Man Loves a Woman" is about it. He said, "Come with me!!" So I did.

    Two minutes later I was on stage inside a casino boat, guitar in hand, and the announcer says, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome PERCY SLEDGE!" And we opened with "When a Man Loves a Woman."

    Then... his regular guitar player actually showed up, and I was ushered off stage and thanked.

    So I got to play one song with Percy Sledge... but it was the one song that anyone would have wanted to play with him. And I never actually met him... I was just standing on stage playing it alongside him.

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    Around Nashville, it has not been unusual at all to be asked to play a gig... usually a solo vocalist assembling a band for a one-off... many times singing gospel tunes and standard hymns at a church or whatnot... never rehearse... just show up/soundcheck/play... then afterward when you're actually getting to know the other band members, you find out that one or more of them is an A-list professional... and a band member for a top tier, platinum-selling artist.
     
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    Cool stories here.
    My playing never got me a close encounter of any kind, except maybe the gaffer's hook.
     
  18. naveed211

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    My band was playing a local show and it was one of the few times we had a big audience/large group of people there to see us. Good energy from the crowd.

    At one point during our most well known song, the singer knocked down the mic stand. While he was picking it up, without missing a beat at least a dozen people in the crowd started singing the song loudly.

    It was the closest we ever came to feeling like we “made it.”
     
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    Napalm Death came to my old band's first gig (by accident).
     
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    I have been a sideman to Rick Trevino, and Wanda Jackson.
    Leroy Parnell and I were once sidemen to a lady singer friend of ours.
    I attempted to put a band together with David Ball.
    I gigged with Junior Brown, pre-fame.
    I played the Armadillo World Headquarters regularly between 1977–1980.
    I’ve opened shows for many touring/recording act.
    I took guitar lessons from Eric Johnson when I was 18.
    I’ve played Willie Nelson’s “Trigger” guitar twice, SRV’s #1 (unplugged) once, Albert Collins’ Tele (unplugged) once, and Eric Johnson’s 1954 Strat.
    I’ve really enjoyed my “guitar life”!
     
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