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Played a truly awful gig Saturday night...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by soulgeezer, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. teletail

    teletail Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 25, 2019
    West By God Virginia
    Just my opinion, but there are three aspects to a gig:

    1. Did the audience like you
    2. Did you get asked back
    3. Did you sound good
    Professionals care about all three. I don't consider a gig successful unless I can say yes to all the above. I've had plenty of gigs where the band sounded "OK" but the audience liked us and we got asked back. I've had a handful when the band was on fire, the audience liked us and we DIDN'T get asked back; also not a success in my book.

    I would also recommend recording the band. I can't tell you how many gigs I've played where I though the band was "meh" and I listened to the recordings and found out we actually sounded pretty good.
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  2. doghouseman

    doghouseman Tele-Meister

    Dec 18, 2014
    in your head man....
    Had one of those gigs recently.

    Set up at the gig, thought my amp was broken, so I zoomed down 95 to get my backup amp. Turns out the problem was my input cable, which was brand new, and I just had tested it the night before!

    Broke 2 strings. The bass player started a few songs in the wrong key. The drummer broke his bass pedal. The singer had trouble with his mic.

    Crowd liked us. Ended up getting a private party gig.
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  3. t-ray

    t-ray Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Apr 18, 2010
    I don't gig, but had an interesting experience as audience member. I saw Radiohead at MSG a couple of years ago and ranked it as one of the best concerts I have ever attended. I vividly recall Thom Yorke's voice being spot-on. Not long after, I found some video of the actual concert I attended, and was surprised to hear a lot of off-pitch singing.
  4. nedorama

    nedorama Tele-Meister

    Aug 27, 2011
    Was in a band 25 years ago where the other guitar player would always make the "wince face" when he missed a note/chord or flubbed a solo. None of our fans cared, but one time someone asked me "hey, is he OK? I thought he might be sick tonight..."

    I mess up all the time in shows, but now smile and laugh it off and keep going.
  5. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

    Jul 16, 2020
    Somewhere between here and there
    Man. I'd just like to play for someone other than the walls and the trees in the back yard. All of our gigs got cancelled this year.
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