It's inevitable of course, but how you do manage to contend with the 900 distractions when you're playing live? I mean ladies (please only ladies) flashing or throwing underwear on stage, drunk people, etc. Had a gig last week and it went great. Lots of friends of my band mate their (I brought nobody, LOL). We had the usual stuff going on, but were on a stage and it was easy to not get distracted by the crowd. Did my signing, since I was up higher, I could look over people's heads and focus on delivering my lyrics and my guitar playing. Last night I played an open mic. Acoustic in a bar for about 20 minutes. It was more crowded than last week when I was also there. So the list of distractions: The host retrieving his guitar while I was almost about to start to add a new battery (knew this was coming), the drunk guy prepping for his set by preening in the mirror that was to my left, the cajon player asked to join and I was OK with it, but he had a rough time catching the groove so his timing was off, a wedding party rolls in and one of the guys offered me a Kazoo. I picked a few songs that were well known and saw a lot of folks signing along so that was cool, but when I'm trying to recall the lyrics (and the missing chord on one) I'm always a little nervous about the distractions. Then of course, because I'm in the hot light by myself and so concern about my "stagecraft" I'm thinking about the next song in the middle of the current song (this I need to stop). I know it's all part of live experience, but there must be some wisdom out there to share.