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Posted 10 December 2007 - 12:58 PM

Friday. Well I hated the sound but the crowd were good & I just got the following email so it can't have been that bad!!!

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Have to say what a brilliant gig you did at the RED LION Stubbington on Friday 7th, Sound was great, new guy added a nice touch good crowd as well ,excellent night .Hope you all have a good Christmas.see you in the new year.
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Did it as a 6 piece with some harmony guitar bits (worked out quickly before we started) as keys was available as well as the stand in guitarist and there was enough room.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 04:19 PM

Friday was in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam ( capacity 7K ), and Saturday the Sportspailais in Anywerp ( capacity 18K ), both gigs sold out.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:32 PM

We had a weekend in Blackpool - normal pub gig on Friday (bit quiet) made more interesting by the singer losing his voice halfway through the second set. We were all a bit worried because we'd been asked to stand in at an army do on Saturday night at a well known large hotel on the front and we were being paid a hefty sum. It was an enormous room and our PA stood no chance so we had to hire a 10k rig and soundman for the night, which didn't come cheap.

It was a weird one really cos there was only 100 people at the do and the room could've taken 1000. Anyway, we went down well enough. Here's a pic of the room taken on my phone.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:48 PM

We did a freebie last night (a mates birthday party in The Tunnels) turned into a bit of a drunken free for all - random birds jumping up on the stage forcing red wine down my neck then at one point I jumped of the stage to boogie with some fit ones down the front then the 2 guitars came down too and we did a sort of cheesy Quo shuffle thing :) it's not often you get to hear front of house during a gig - weird thing is the on stage sound was miles better the sh*tty FOH. We thought we played bollox but we went down really well and all had big fun.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:16 AM

Huh, it's been sooome time since our last gig...
So, we got drummer's birthday now, and thought of playing some funky-punky-rocky music for public.

Evening's theme was "Don't worry, be hippy" :)

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And ended like that :huh: :

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:11 AM

We played at a New Year's do at a hotel in Gateshead. It threatened to be a little cabaret so I wasn't expecting much, but it was quite enjoyable, and the waitresses were dressed up as Playboy bunnies (is that allowed these days?). Plus, we only did 45 minutes.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:24 AM

New Year do for us to. A pub in Newcastle, a sold out 'show' with 300 tickets presold. Unlike WoT we had to do 3x45min slots (stopping the 3rd set at 23:55 restarting at 00:10). It was fun and the new bands 2nd gig so things are settling. Added to which I got to play my refinished Warwick Pumpkin bass with the Demeter 18v curcuit and it's proving to be a stonker :)
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 01:27 PM

NYE gig in a packed bar to 300 last night. Great 2nd set - everyone was really up for it. We went for it! Finished at 1120 and were packed away in the cars by 1155 to see the New Year in. Getting the stuff from the stage to the car through the crowd was a nightmare though. By that time of night, they were so trolleyed, it was like the final scenes from 'Shaun Of The Dead'. Great gig though.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 05:05 PM

...just had to say the dj where i played last night got confused and instead of 'auld lang syne' we got 'happy birthday' !!!! 10/10
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 06:24 PM

View Poststingrayfan, on Jan 1 2008, 01:27 PM, said:

... it was like the final scenes from 'Shaun Of The Dead'.
PMSL What a great description I can just imagine it. :)
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 10:45 PM

NYE do for us in a social club in Brum. Three different people telling us different things about times (one of them expecting us to do till the bar closed at 1.30, which wasn't the agreement at all), the club had a crap DJ in the other ground floor room and karaoke upstairs and charged £8 for us and were surprised there weren't more in, and we finished up doing 3 x 1hr sets with a break for the bongs in the third set (and I was just returning from the toilet after we'd stopped and switched the radio on when I heard the DJ next door unleash the bongs, two minutes early).

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 11:28 PM

Small pub about 15 minutes by car for NYE. With both me and the guitarist down with severe man flu and 2 x 45 minute plus 1hr30min (inc. bongs) it wasn't an easy night. I always look forward to the XMas season gigs but I'm always relieved when they're finished. Might have a break from NYE gig wise this year.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:29 AM

View Postmxm, on Jan 1 2008, 05:05 PM, said:

...just had to say the dj where i played last night got confused and instead of 'auld lang syne' we got 'happy birthday' !!!! 10/10
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:23 AM

Did my first gig with my Hartke 350watt that i bought off lukeward. had to borrrow a hartke cabinet because i have'nt found anything yet. the sound was awsome, after the first set the drummer and guitar player said that some people were commenting that the bass was a little overpowering. :) . the longer the night wore on the more people got p....d. so i turned it up. really enjoyed doing stuff like rebel yell and Vertigo. i have been using a peavy 130. nice sound but crap if you wanted to let go, am i weird in wanting to go loud?
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 09:59 AM

We did a gig at a pub in Brighton Marina last night. Great crowd - had them all singing and dancing by the end of the evening so can't complain..

..But just how scary is it when pub landlords or managers start telling you how to do your sound!!! :) You want to say something like " P*ss off and go pull some pints and we'll do our F*ing sound, thanks" but you can't, can you....

Typical sh*te acoustics in there as well, but did I start telling him how to rebuild his pub?

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:10 AM

View Postsilverfoxnik, on Jan 20 2008, 09:59 AM, said:

..But just how scary is it when pub landlords or managers start telling you how to do your sound!!! :) You want to say something like " P*ss off and go pull some pints and we'll do our F*ing sound, thanks" but you can't, can you....
Haha.. we had a bit of that in a locals place we played last night. And they always come and tell you when you're in the middle of playing a fast song. "Oh yeah, I've got a hand free, I'll just sort that now for you..."
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:10 AM

View Postsilverfoxnik, on Jan 20 2008, 09:59 AM, said:

We did a gig at a pub in Brighton Marina last night. Great crowd - had them all singing and dancing by the end of the evening so can't complain..

..But just how scary is it when pub landlords or managers start telling you how to do your sound!!! :) You want to say something like " P*ss off and go pull some pints and we'll do our F*ing sound, thanks" but you can't, can you....

Typical sh*te acoustics in there as well, but did I start telling him how to rebuild his pub?

Good night though...

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:34 AM

A weekend of mixed emotions again :) - Friday was another ebay gig. First time we'd played since Xmas and it showed. The audience weren't into it at all and after carrying all the gear back downstairs I left the rest of the band with a clear message that if it doesn't get any better than that, I'm jacking in and selling up.

Then last night, it was an absolute stormer - one of the best gigs we've ever had. The guitarist's new amp and my new rig sounded fantastic and, with the audience up for a good time, it inspired us to do one of the best performances we've ever done.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:44 AM

Obscure Leeds pub,played it MANY times,singers voice was f***ed after the previous nights gig,he dosent take care of himself,and its annoying...

Flipside is WE or rather I,have ,to cover..I dont get to do lead vox much,but last night...well I did!

and whilst playing my 1st full gig on the 9.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:52 PM

Back at a small pub just outside Bordon, Hants last night. We expected a low attendance due to low finances at this time of year, but the place had a pretty good turnout considering. Apparently, the landlady had been asked by regs to get us back in!

It was a strange gig, as by our standards, we were terrible. Lots of bum notes, my voice packed in completely (throat infection) and some girl knocked my mic stand round as well. Bizarrely, the audience reaction was probably the best we've had!

We had to change the encores due to my new vocal incapacity but kept them all happy. Now, our band ethic is to try not to play a lot of the songs that standard covers bands do. However, when the entire pub is chanting Jonny B Goode, it's best to keep 'em happy, and it certainly did! Think we'll have to do that one when we go back.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:00 PM

View Poststingrayfan, on Jan 20 2008, 10:10 AM, said:

Haha.. we had a bit of that in a locals place we played last night. And they always come and tell you when you're in the middle of playing a fast song. "Oh yeah, I've got a hand free, I'll just sort that now for you..."
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Good point Old Git but in this case, the guy may have known the room better than us from hearing bands in there regularly, but he didn't know anything about live sound at all which was obvious from his comments.. And as usual, like most bands do I suspect, we worked around it and got on with it so no harm done. Just a bit irritating..
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:16 PM

My gig was the culmination of a horrid week in Pantomime. Not only the badly chosen music & crass/crap humour, but also the "asbos waiting to happen" in the audience behind me. All in all, a living hell for musicians! :)
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:22 PM

Bloody hard work . Silverfoxnik can back me up on this one I'm sure .
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:29 PM

View Postsilverfoxnik, on Jan 20 2008, 10:00 PM, said:

+1

Good point Old Git but in this case, the guy may have known the room better than us from hearing bands in there regularly, but he didn't know anything about live sound at all which was obvious from his comments.. And as usual, like most bands do I suspect, we worked around it and got on with it so no harm done. Just a bit irritating..

Fair enough .. Occasionally a punter will come up and make a suggestion (and occasionally I do this if I'm an audient) and make a sugestion ... depends on what they say whether I adjust the DFA knob or a real one :) I also pop down and check for myself .. good ol' wireless eh?
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:38 PM

View PostOldGit, on Jan 20 2008, 11:29 PM, said:

... depends on what they say whether I adjust the DFA knob or a real one :)

Ha ha. Like it. :huh: I just made a mental note of where my DFA knob is for future reference. ;)
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:46 PM

View PostOu7shined, on Jan 20 2008, 11:38 PM, said:

Ha ha. Like it. :huh: I just made a mental note of where my DFA knob is for future reference. ;)

There was a whole discussion on the effect of the DFA knob on PA's recently. I seem to remember there was rather a lot about guitarists sound and singer's monitors :) ...
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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:11 AM

Saturday Nights gig was good, The Office in Swansea, despite the fact we got soaked loading the gear in. Our guitarist had a few problems in the second half of the gig, his amp decided to play up, his leads were breaking down and he was snapping strings :huh: , he sorted it real quick though...first time a rhythm guitarist came in handy :)

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:25 AM

all didn't bode well for our gig on saturday...........

1: pub has been going downhill a little due to new management

2: old management have taken over pub just up the road and started having live bands/taking punters

3: three popular/established local bands were doing a triple header at the other main venue in town.

4: major row with guitarist after soundcheck (regarding his 'jazz' scales)

but despite all that, come showtime, the place was pretty packed and people were up and dancing from the first song! we rocked out as per usual and went down a storm and got a bike show booking out of it too. result all round!



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Posted 27 January 2008 - 01:25 AM

View PostBlueBear, on Jan 20 2008, 05:52 PM, said:

Back at a small pub just outside Bordon, Hants last night.
Which one was that? We used to do the Royal Oak Passfield - which I think has completely gone now - and another nearby that had shades of Deliverance last time we were ther. Mind you that was probably 10 years ago now :)

As for tonight / last night worked for me. New gear, new songs, first one back since mid December, minus keys / 2nd guitarist, but a crowd that seemed pretty much up for it, so all in all good fun & blew some cobwebs away

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 02:20 AM

One of the longest gigs I've done - arrived and set up at 5.30pm, sound check, 2 sets with the big band , then an additional set with the 7 piece (doing Kind of Blue, which was pretty cool apart from me totally fu*king up So What :) ) then pack up all the PA etc and home just before 2am...

Gig was in a garage! - thankfully they'd moved all the cars out of it (except one) and everyone seemed to have a good night - drummer got cramp, no stamina ;) wouldn't mind but I'd already done a 4 hour rehearsal with my rock trio in the afternoon!

Time for a quick Guinness before bed :huh:
Double Bass:
Martin 3/4 Concert

Bass Guitars:
Overwaters x 2

Amplification:
MESA Walkabout Scout 1x12 Combo

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