Reasons why gigging now is better than it was 20 years ago.......

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  1. studio1087

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    For the somewhat older farts; are there reasons why you like playing out now more than you did 20-30 years ago?

    I have a couple…...

    a. No smoking in bars anymore. When I was in college we played in a few places where the exhaust vents were over the stage. All the bar smoke (tons of smoke) would pass through the band and go up into the ceiling. If you've stood next to someone who smelled like they just smoked 4 packs of 5 year old cigarettes inside a closed car...that's what I smelled like when I got home. I don't miss that.

    b. LED lights that throw off no heat. Years ago we had 12 - PAR 64 cans and a follow spot. 4 lights on either side of us and 4 shining down from behind the drummer. After 4 hours of this at gigs we felt like rotisserie chickens or French fries under a red lamp.

    No smoke - cool stage. Those things come to mind immediately. Any other ideas??
     
  2. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Better PAs.

    Not enough venues and no pay increases to speak of in the last 20 years.
     
  3. Mike Simpson

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    At least the pay is about the same as it was 20 years ago... :rolleyes:
     
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    When you can get a gig today.... you are very happy!
     
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    Daddydex Friend of Leo's

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    It's just me. No set lists. 5 minute set up. 5 minute tear down. Don't have to split the tips. Don't have to play songs I don't like. And the number one reason....no rehearsals. :)

    Dan
     
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    those are the two things i miss about gigging now; being able to smoke on stage and having to strip down to the waist because it's so hot on stage.
     
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    It’s more OK for older guys to be in bar bands than it was 20 years ago
     
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    No smoking is a big one. And my Tonemaster lightweight amp.
     
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    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    No pay increase:(

    Better equipment
    Lots of afternoon gigs
    Less drama
    I know where I'm going after the gig:)
     
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    I don't like playing out as much as I did 20 years ago. As much as I love smoking laws and lower volumes, that ain't enough to get me anymore excited nowadays. I love playing live. It's just everything else that has to fall into place in order to get to play live that I have decreased tolerance for. Smoke and loud volumes were only part of that.

    My marriage and music-jam-buddy relationships are great right now. Why mess it all up by gigging? :confused::p
     
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    A big +1 on no smoking. Too bad that plus is countered by no real increase in pay for at least the last 2-3 decades...
     
  12. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

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    All of the above, plus early gigs.
    Also at this point I only gig with people I like, generally playing music that I like.
     
  13. uriah1

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    Yay
    Smaller equip to lug in and out

    Nay
    Pay is lower
    Bar owners are nastier
    Bar owners looking for (local Clique/members)
    Gigs booked year in advance
     
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    My ability to laugh off mistakes has gotten much better...
     
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    older wimmens is hotter than they usedta be
     
  16. cyclopean

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    what? i'm hauling a heavier amp, i booked this weekend's show a month ago, and if anything we're getting paid marginally better.
     
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    When did they quit chucking empty beer bottles at the musicians?
     
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    Actually, I preferr the 70's era. Primarily because you could make serious money and still hold down a good day job.
    We now have bands that are paying to play local venues. What's that all about?
     
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    don't do that. boycott any place that is pay to play. you can always just rent a function room and bring a pa.
     
  20. uriah1

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    Great for you..!
    It could be the East and West Coasts are doing better.
    I will keep looking at posts..
    I was just saying...

    THe PA are smaller compared to the bi-amp and triamp with mains/subs/mid horns of days past...I can get by with a 10 or a 12 in under 22 watt guitar amp.

    Perhaps all about place and time.
     
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