Share your onstage trainwrecks!
Posted 14 April 2017 - 06:12 PM
Posted 15 April 2017 - 06:02 PM
Forgot the opening lyrics to Closer to the Heart while up on stage playing the lyric karaoke game, in front of a couple hundred people.
In my defense, I'd never sung solo in front of an audience before, never done karaoke before, and this was one of the first songs they gave me...my mind just went blank. I mean, who the hell forgets the words to Closer to the Heart?! It's the one song other than maybe Tom Sawyer or The Spirit of Radio that's marked indelibly on a Rush fans' mind! But what can I say, my mind just went blank. Totally and completely blank. I did better the farther into the game I got...won second place. But it would've been sweeter in I hadn't forgot the opening lyrics of that particular song. Still makes me cringe thinking about it.
Posted 16 April 2017 - 12:28 AM
Started with an acappella intro to Some Nights by fun. Realized I was in the wrong key and had to give up on the song. Then tried to switch off to Help by The Beatles, again couldn't find the right key in the moment.
Struggled the urge to give up as I conceded to playing through Good Riddance (The Time Of Your Life) by Green Day since I knew I couldn't screw that one up. A couple songs later I'd regained enough confidence from the audience's reaction I played an original I'd recently finished, and they really enjoyed it.
Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:29 AM
It was back when I was either 19 or 20 (in the early-mid 90s) and we were going to do a gig at a town hall benefit. We practiced for weeks for the show and were really ready for it. Then for whatever reason during the soundcheck I decided to whip out my 6 string bass because A) It was brand new and B) It was very cool-looking and I wanted to show off because I was a young idiot and there were hot chicks there.
I hadn't properly practiced enough with it on the side, and due to my screw ups it also made me screw up many of my vocals where I'd forget lines and etc. On top of that I'd often apologize to whatever semblance of the audience that we had at various points in the show.
After the show, the guitarist's dad told me that you should NEVER apologize to your audience- as not only does it look like amateur hour many people won't notice small mistakes even if you do. The only thing good to come out of that show was this piece of advice, which I still carry with me to this day.
Edited by Del_Duio, 17 April 2017 - 10:37 AM.
Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:32 AM
My band had a big gig, Friday night in our high school auditorium. Big stage, full lighting rig, full house, people actually paying for tickets, the whole deal. As big time as a high school garage band could get.
Someone was nice enough to sneak up onstage and de-tune the D string on my guitar right before show time. Curtain goes up, intro music finishes (Firebird Suite -- fancy!), and I kick off the opening power chords to Boston's "Rock and Roll Band"...but instead of hearing that nice and heavy B-major, we hear a very dissonant BLAGHFRAPPG!!! My first thought was I was playing it wrong, but I wasn't. The guys in the band all gave me the WTF? look, and my look in return was, "I have no f*cking idea."
We got through the song with me trying to retune on the fly. Rest of the show went pretty well, though.
Holy shit, high school is hard enough without SABOTAGE!
Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:36 AM
Oh DUDE I feel ya!
This is one of the things I did before as well, though luckily it was just at a practice and not a show. That's why I always take the cable and kind of wrap it around the guitar strap before plugging it in even now. If somebody steps on the cable, it'll pull at the strap and not at the jack.
Posted 19 April 2017 - 12:48 PM
Edited by TFEman, 19 April 2017 - 12:48 PM.
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