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In which our protagonist becomes a confirmed triskaidecaphobe

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Brian Krashpad, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

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    High drama, appropriately enough, at the Friday the 13th show last week. We were set to go on second, with our former bassist sitting in.

    Got our amps backlined behind the openers, a hardcorish quintet from Cali called Twitch Angry (sample song title: "On The Rag"). I'm there, then rhythm guitarist, then bassist, then finally the drummer shows.

    Only trouble is, bassist has yet to say anything to me, or help with "his" bass rig (I lent him mine, which I do for our regular bassist), or even bring his bass itself into the club (it made it in because the rhythm guitarist brought it). In fact come to think about it, he hasn't even come inside.

    I see him outside, leaning on an old white Camaro, with a skinny country-looking chick in Daisy Dukes kinda in his grill.

    About 10 minutes later my rhythm guitarist says "We need to talk."

    Shoot. That can't be good.

    "Ronnie's too drunk to play. He can hardly stand. He stayed with us since practice two nights ago and got in at like 5 in the morning drunk also, when Siri [guitarist's baby mama] had to be at work at seven."

    Shoot. Not good. Our drummer gets all hyper and prima donna before a performance, and this is not gonna sit well.

    Nevertheless, gotta be done.

    So I told him.

    "I'm not playing without a bassist. I'll pack up and leave right now. If I had known he was gonna pull this I wouldn't have bothered to bring all this gear."

    No kiddin', Sherlock? Guess the feck what? Me neither, and I brought not only my rig (3 guitars, 7-stand, go-box, 4x12 cab, 50W guitar head, wireless unit, volume pedal, etc.) but the bass rig (monster 8x10 Ampeg SVT cab and 200W head) too.

    So, unless we get a bassist we're effed. I have NEVER, in 30 years of gigging, showed at a venue and then scratched. In fact the total number of times I've had to scratch even with plenty of notice is probably once or twice.

    We do all originals, so there's no way one of the other band's bassists could fill in. It'd be a clusterfrak.

    This leaves our actual bassist. He couldn't make the show because he was downtown playing keys in front of several hundred (at least) people with his cover/show band. So, our record label guy drives me downtown, drops me off, and circles (due to all the people on the plaza, where our bassist's show band is playing, it's impossible to find parking downtown, without going into a paid garage), while I try to get the message to our bassist about our dire straits. (Both I and our record company guy have texted him, but of course he's not going to get those until after the set, if then.)

    As I arrive, he's singing lead on a song, so I don't even make eye contact. I wander around the edges of the stage and to the board, looking if there's a visible set list, so I can figure where they are in their set.

    No luck.

    I run into a mutual acquaintance. "I didn't expect to see you here! I thought you had a show tonight?"

    "Well, I'm not sure if I do or not."

    She agrees to tell Joel, our bassist, about the sitch as soon as he finishes the set.

    I wander back to the front of the stage. As the song ends, Joel looks up from his keyboard and sees me, with a surprised, befuddled look.

    I make the universal hand sign for "crazy" (circling hand near head), then the gesture (pinky and thumb extended to resemble a telephone held to one's ear) for "call me." He nods, but I'm still not sure he's fully understood. And then their next song begins.

    My work being done, I go back to the crowd's periphery at our agreed-upon pick-up point, and our label guy circles round, picks me up, and we drive back to the club.

    Now we wait.

    About 20 minutes later, a couple minutes past ten, I get a text "I can be there in about 30 minutes, have to break down."

    OK, this might actually work. The opener has not gone on yet, but the stage manager has just said he needs to start at ten. I go outside and hang with the guys from the headliner, the Pinkerton Thugs. I am not sure if their bassist is merely friendly or is hitting on me. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Just before 10:30 our bassist rolls up. His show band had all been wearing black slacks and white dress shirts, but he'd worn a black T under the shirt. So all black will be "close enough for gub'mint work," as my dad would put it.

    Within 5 we're on. Because I'd gone on the premise of the show being a 3-band bill, as of our previous practice (the second touring band having gone off the tour when it's van exploded), our setlists were for a full 45, rather than the 30 we ended up with, so we have to excise numbers as we go. Fortunately this surprisingly works well and does not cause any undue delays between songs.

    In fact, I hafta say, despite (or maybe because?) of all the drama, we kicked ass and took names.

    The other local band, that followed us, was quite good. And the Pinkerton Thugs were really fantastic. I wish they could've played to a bigger crowd. They closed with a sublime cover of the Clash's "Straight To Hell."

    Krash happy.

    Finis.

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    The usual superfun photobomb ridicu-pix follow. All questions gladly answered, and your ruminations on my poseritrude actively invited.
     
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    13 is my "lucky" number.:lol:
     
  3. Brian Krashpad

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    Funny thing, I'd previously played the same venue a few years back, not only on a Friday the 13thm but also during a hurricane watch. Without incident.

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  4. Brian Krashpad

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    The lot:

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    Sometimes a little chaos adds energy to the performance. Add a little desperation and rage and you're unstoppable!
     
  6. Brian Krashpad

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    Does this guitar make my ass look big?

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  7. dconeill

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    Well, you didn't get burned like the Knights Templar (origin of the Friday the 13th thing), and things worked out in highly dubious circumstances, so I guess you did alright. Maybe you should go for triskaidecaphilia.

    Don't think I'd hire that sub again, though.
     
  8. Brian Krashpad

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    Naw, that bridge has been burned. If my drummer got within 50 yards of him there'd be a beatdown.

    I'm a little disappointed in him. Not for the feck up itself, but he could've at least fb'd me and apologized when he sobered up. He didn't speak one word to me that entire night. Not sure he was even capable of speech.

    At any rate, last bits:

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    Man the bassist who was sitting in is a real jerk. That's good that it all worked out, good thing yer real bassist made it In time
     
  10. Brian Krashpad

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    Thanks. He's actually a good kid. Just lost his way.

    It's happened to me before.
     
  11. Mid Life Crisis

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    Cool story Krash. Awesome pics too.

    Our drummer has occasionally turned up to practices after being on the sauce, but fortunately not gigs (yet). I'd be going mental at the bassist if I was in your band.
     
  12. Brian Krashpad

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    I was less than thrilled. Fortunately for him they poured him into the backseat of the Camaro and drove him back to the sticks.
     
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    I enjoyed the story but left wondering why playing 30 instead of 45 could cause a delay. Really glad it worked out but could someone have not just given charts to one of the other bass players? I mean, one was sweet on you anyway.
     
  14. Brian Krashpad

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    Not a delay in the overall (net time elapsed) sense, but just as far as interfering with the flow of the set because we were making the choices as we went along. We usually stick pretty close to our set list, maybe with occasional excision of a song if we're running long. And even then occasionally our drummer will get uppity and insist on not agreeing with my call because he's too tired to play a particular song if too many fast ones have come in a row.

    Not an option. These were all originals, no charts existed, and there was no time to try to chart out stuff. Besides that wouldn't have worked well. It's one thing to be working off charts for songs one has heard before, knowing where changes, stops, and repeats are, as in a cover band sitch, quite another to be guessing your way through a song you've never heard. Which would've been the case for each and every song.

    Well, we don't know that for a certainty. I'm an old married straight guy so I'm not used to anyone hitting on me, period, much less do I have finely tuned gaydar at this point. If he was hitting on me he was being extremely subtle. So it's equally possible that he was just a nice guy.
     
  15. Old Cane

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    Charts should only take a few minutes, a lot less than going downtown and waiting between songs. Either somebody reads charts or they don't. Maybe you guys have never done other people sessions where you do 15-20 songs a day with maybe one pass that you've never heard before.
     
  16. Brian Krashpad

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    Objection: assumes facts not in evidence.

    All of the above pretty much is projecting your experience onto a situation to which it has no application whatsoever.

    On "charts should only take a few minutes:" this presumes that there is some established standard way of charting songs in the punk rock and roll world that I not only know, but that would make sense to anyone but me. I can assure you that neither is the case. I can chart a song for my own purposes in a way that makes perfect sense to me. I have no idea whether my shorthand would make any sense to anyone else however. Particularly in a punk rock and roll setting. While I could put down chord progressions that probably most people could follow, that still wouldn't necessarily adequately convey rests, stops, dynamics, repeats, etc.

    On "Either somebody reads charts or they don't:" umm, no. This is like saying someone can read English or they can't. There are people that can read well, and people that can read poorly, and all points in between.

    On "Maybe you guys have never done other people sessions where you do 15-20 songs a day with maybe one pass that you've never heard before:" I can assure you there's no "maybe" about it. It would be exceptionally rare to find anybody like what you describe in a punk rock and roll setting. I guess it's possible that somewhere on the planet a person in a punk rock and roll band has the experience you describe. I can say without fear of contradiction that I have never met that person in 30 years of playing punk rock, and that such person was not present in the house that night.

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    I really didn't mean to hack you off but since I did I might as well poke some more with that stick. I guess you just posted and didn't expect any questioning. Ok. Fair enough. Not many people use the internet so I'm with ya.

    this presumes that there is some established standard way of charting songs in the punk rock and roll world-Yeah, no. There is a pretty well accepted way of charting things for MUSIC. Maybe that's not what we're talking about here.

    On "Either somebody reads charts or they don't:" umm, no. This is like saying someone can read English or they can't. There are people that can read well, and people that can read poorly, and all points in between. - Ok, you kinda got me on that one. Generally when I discuss music, someone being able to read a chart means you put it in front of them, count it off and they play it. You are correct. I made an assumption that we were talking about playing music. My fault.

    On "Maybe you guys have never done other people sessions where you do 15-20 songs a day with maybe one pass that you've never heard before:" I can assure you there's no "maybe" about it. It would be exceptionally rare to find anybody like what you describe in a punk rock and roll setting. uh, ok. I'm assuming again. I thought we were speaking as and about MUSCICIANS. Seeing as how I used to do a lot of rock and roll session maybe I was just dreaming it. You got me again.


    So let me start over. The pictures of you and the guys are great. That's why I hung with this thread. I hardly ever see pictures of me playing. And it's probably for the best.
     
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