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Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by jwp333, Aug 4, 2019.
I d have done it. Just for the reason of keeping music alive in your neighbourhood.
I don't know you, your band or the venue, so I'd say you made the right decision for your circumstances.
I would have played, but I understand your reasons for not doing the gig. My four piece band has done a few gigs without the bass player and it's not the same, but we can pull it off if we have to. While we can play without any one of them, being the singer and guitarist they can't play without me. I kind of like it that way.
Most keys players can handle a split board with a bass patch in the left hand.
I would soldier on unless the bass player is the alpha/focal point.
I don’t need no stinking bass player!
Oh wait, I am a stinking bass player.
Anyways, I’d never bail.
I have total confidence in my ability to front a band, if necessary.
There are bands without bass players. I would have played it. But depending on what music you play, it would have been tough to get used to probably.
One of the guitarist play bass. Let the audience in on the situation, and the band didn't want to let them down, so maybe be a little understanding. Most would appreciate the effort.
97% of the audience could give a flying Fender about the composition of the band ... If it sounds good ...
the show goes on
I've done both - "show must go on", and canceled on other occasions. I think the red flag was that other band members weren't into it. You need 100% commitment to do it. It can be fun, but usually only the first time, and usually because of the adrenalin rush for four freakin' hours. Later, it'll be "Never again!"
With blues, in the old days, 2 guitars and drums was common. It's worth practicing this, once in a while, just as a contingency. If Hound Dog Taylor could pull it off...
I have good friends in a band with no "bass" player but the key boards left hand. They play full time with this set up as a trio plus a woman lead singer. He does run one dedicated key board for bass and it sounds pretty good through a sub. Spilt milk now but I would have done the gig
I remember a gig 45 years ago or so. The bass player (who drank excessively) set a beer on top of his amp. It vibrated and tipped over and splattered the tubes, several of which exploded with an amazing burst of flame and smoke. The amp was cooked for the night, so we ran him direct into the PA, which distorted the crap out of the vocals. But, we got through the gig. I'm glad I only play occassionally with a band that runs direct to the board, and if the bass player didn't show up at the last minute, we'd be screwed, because I'm probably the only one who could cover the bass, and I'm the lead player.
Bass players, right? We had one in 1980 who got so drunk, some nights he'd do three songs, thank the audience, say goodnight and start to leave. We chased him to the parking lot once.
Do not be too hard on you: the decision to cancel may very well have been made out of emotion (even unconsciously perhaps), due to the reason your bandmate could not come to the gig. Sometimes we try to rationalize whereas it is just that we are simply not in the mood to play.
Never cancel a show. It’s easier to get a bad reputation that build a good one.
My asshat boss made me work late the night of a show, so the drummer and guitar player did an acoustic set.
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IMHO, you should have played the Gig.
I hope your Bassist is ok.
A lot depends on the rest of the musicians’ ability, comfort, flexibility, etc. with forging ahead. As a front man I have a plan for when the bass player, or the drummer, or even the whole band doesn’t show up. I play the gig. Bass player breaks a string...I keep playing. Drummer says we need to take a break so he can fix the kick drum pedal...I keep playing.
SHOW MUST GO ON
Years back, I had a show booked, and my alcoholic bass player's old lady called me the day of to let me know that he'd "eaten that chicken she'd left out" We were to be playing with a drummer who'd never even practiced with us, so I phoned the venue and offered to do the show by myself, for free, just to save face.
Unfortunately, the owner took me up on it.
When you book a show, that is your word.