The most amateur-ish thing you've done live?

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BranshenBranshen Frets: 1089
edited September 17 in Live
I had a pub gig as a guitarist in a 4-piece band. Pianist and singer were going through the PA, and there was a full drumset. All I brought was a Vox DA-5 (Vox's equivalent of the microcube).



In my head, I had a dynamic mic and planned to put it on a wee tabletop stand next to the amp on the floor and mic it up, which is not ideal because I wouldn't be able to hear myself.

I can't remember why, but even that didn't work, so I spent the 2-hour gig playing riffs and solos to myself and the few people directly in front of the stage.

And after all that, at the end of the gig, I picked up my amp, flipped it over and remembered that it had a line out jack which I could have used.

Bonus fail: Singer forgot the words to a famous coldplay song (could have been fix you?), so the audience loudly sang the tune for her.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 4525
    edited September 17
    I did a piano gig once at a wedding anniversary party where I was employed to play background piano jazz for the most part, but also to accompany the couple's niece who was going to sing Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady, which was their first dance at their wedding apparently. Anyway, the kid drops out about ten minutes before with nerves, the anniversary couple's daughter runs over to me in a panic asking what can we do etc. Muggins here ends up having to sing the bloody song myself despite not being a singer, having somebody to hold the microphone in front of me because there was no stand, and the words to the verses scribbled on a napkin atop my keyboard because I didn't know the bloody song that well just the chords to play for this kid.

    I was 22

    I stopped doing piano gigs not long after
    Is the moon asking me to stay long enough for the clouds to fly me away
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  • vizviz Frets: 5582
    Played the guitar
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 3057
    edited September 17
    500 miles by the proclaimers
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  • Personally: tuned to drop D for a song and then played the whole next song without changing it back (drunk).

    Band level: The other guitarist messing up the twin lead part on boys are back in town (cocaine probably). Still haunted by that one!
    My band: Hedge Gods
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  • martmart Frets: 3568
    At my first gig, the first song was just drum and bass for the first verse. I was on bass, using an amp borrowed from the guitarist since he was also a gigging bassist and his megabucks rig was rather better than whatever PoS I had. 

    Problem was, after the soundcheck he had flicked the amp to standby without telling me. I don’t think I even knew standby was a thing at that point in my life. So come the first verse everybody else dropped out, and there was just the drums and me, except that I was silent. Not a good moment.
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  • Apart from ‘everything’ I remember playing the first verse of The Harder They Come a semitone out and afterwards our dep sax player thought it might have been his fault the song sounded shite and I never corrected him. 


    Who invaded Spain in the eight century?
    The Moops.
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  • I’ve started songs in the wrong key many times. The gig last weekend I forgot to turn my pitch shifter off on my AX8, which is set to drop the guitar down to D (For place your hands by Reef). The next song was Superstition in E. Took me about 12 bars to realise why it didn’t sound right.


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  • Tuned silently and didn't pay enough attention to what notes my tuner was displaying. In the process I tuned my 2nd string to C instead of B.

    The first song was just power chords on the bottom 4 strings, so everything was OK. Then I went into the solo and everything went 'Les Dawson'.

    It's not a competition.
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  • JasonJason Frets: 521
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    I was so drunk that I left my foot on the smoke machine pedal, so we played through fog for three numbers, it was like a Sister Of Mercy gig
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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 598
    Stepped to the front of the stage for my big solo, trod on guitar cable, pulled it out of jack socket. Silence, apart from the laughter of the other people in the band.
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  • Played a gig at a private party in a farm.   Too many drinks before we played.  Totally forgot how one song went and messed it right up and blamed everyone else.   Learnt a valuable lesson that night. 

    Don't play gigs on a farm. 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 3057
    Started a song a tone higher... bass player cottoned on and joined in... singer was none too pleased...
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  • I thought I was David Lee Roth and decided to jump of the drum riser..... And went straight through the stage....
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3875
    Blaming the drummer for all the farts. I thought it was a pro move personally.
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2950
    Had a printed set list, but one song had the wrong key printed beside it.
    The amatuer bit was not changing the print and making the same mistake a few weeks later at another gig with the same band!

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  • First time I got my hands on an electric tuner - loud stage. Didn't check it properly.

    Tuned my G an OCTAVE too low, didn't realise until I got to the solo and went full Duane Eddy...
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  • steven70steven70 Frets: 186
    edited September 18
    Playing an indoor stage at a small festival in a slightly altered state...
    Some idiot had stretched a green cable right across the stage just below knee height.
    No matter, luckily I still had my wits and coordination about me so I didn't trip, instead carefully stepping over the thing each time I needed to cross the stage.
    Later realized it was a laser. I have it on video somewhere...quite amusing.  
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  • My first ever show all I ever took was the guitar and a cable in the case. No tuner, no pedals, no amp back in the day, had to borrow off another band.
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  • I've played songs in the original key after band practises and previous gigs playing them in the proper key for us.

    Last gig somebody walked over a trailing socket and switched off half PA and my pedalboard. I scrambled for half the first song changing guitar cables before I saw the problem.
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  • Mark1960Mark1960 Frets: 257
    Our old bass player playing the whole of "Dock of the Bay" in the wrong key at a gig, and wondering why we were all looking at him.
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  • PC_DavePC_Dave Frets: 1925
    I once had a full on melt down in front of the sound guy, the other bands, my band etc, 

    I'd set everything up, pedal board, multiple guitar stands, amp etc. Came to sound check, took the amp off standby, no sound. Checked volume on the guitar, checked the amp volume, checked the pedalboard had power and so on. Nothing. Had a full on meltdown until I realised that I completely forgotten to get the cable that connected the board into the amp out of my bag...............
    This week's procrastination forum might be moved to sometime next week.
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  • PC_Dave said:
    I once had a full on melt down in front of the sound guy, the other bands, my band etc, 

    I'd set everything up, pedal board, multiple guitar stands, amp etc. Came to sound check, took the amp off standby, no sound. Checked volume on the guitar, checked the amp volume, checked the pedalboard had power and so on. Nothing. Had a full on meltdown until I realised that I completely forgotten to get the cable that connected the board into the amp out of my bag...............
    I've done this a few times! The panic that sets in is unreal! Also I've usually forgotten a speaker cable to go from the amp to cab, and wonder why I get no sound haha.

    But yeah the rush of quick changeovers, arsey soundguys and so many things to plug in takes it toll.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3410
    Way back in the 1970s we played gigs in pubs etc.  I had the world's worst example of a Fender Strat at the time, the damn thing would not stay in tune for more than a song or two.  In those days there were no electronic tuners so all tuning was done by ear.

    Typically we played Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights with the odd afternoon wedding on Saturdays.  The money was poor and to take a break we invited audience members up on stage to sing a song or two.  Over time we got to know the regular guests and songs and keys they sang in.  One elderly gentleman sang a waltz in C.  I will never forget that as long as I live.  As he got on stage and geared up to sing I was absently strumming chords to check tuning and somehow he took the chord I was strumming, F, as his starting note.  Several notes too high for him but he manfully kept going while all I could see were the veins on his neck pumping.  I actually believed at one stage that he was going to get a heart attack and die!   Wisely we worked a way to cut the song short while he was still alive.  We had a laugh about it with him after the pub closed - he understood how it happened and was none the worse for the experience.

    Me?  perhaps overcome with relief that he did not die, I could not stop laughing as we drove home.  One of those things that made the entire gigging effort memorable.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 41418
    edited September 18
    Played a gig with a rock'n'roll band which I'd just joined - actual rock'n'roll... like from the 50s. All the songs are pretty similar (aren't they?) so I hadn't bothered really learning some of them properly, and knew it would be fine because as long as I knew what key they were in all I'd be playing was double-stops and solos so I could just wing it. And I had done this perfectly successfully with a previous band.

    There were no monitors either - but it wasn't going to be a problem because the bass player had a good loud amp so I would just take my cues from the bassline. The problem came when about five seconds into the first song, I realised that somehow despite its apparent volume when we were soundchecking, I couldn't hear the bass amp *at all* and not much of the vocals either - just the drums and my amp.

    I was in time, at least...

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1738
    edited September 18
    Early 90s and it was a Music Industry Battle of the Bands competition organised by Nordoff Robbins at The (newer) Marquee that was on Charing Cross Road. Celebrity panel, packed venue etc

    As we had to use the backline, we didn't know what was being supplied and so I brought along my Zoom 9002 (the first, mini one that started it all) and had a good bunch of presets that had been tried and tested at the rehearsals and the unit sounded great.

    We were playing FM's rockier version of the motown classic 'I heard it through the Grapevine' and just before we got to the quiet breakdown/vocal in the middle, I went to hit my solo preset in preparation from when we came out of that to launch into a guitar solo. The lights were dim and I accidentally hit the metronome button which through the in-house, large PA rig, sounded like someone banging a dustbin lid. It was horrible, loud, thin and metallic-sounding. To add to it, it was totally out of time with the drummer and of course, being a metronome, everyone thought it was the drummer's, or he'd been using it or triggered it.

    As the band looked on in disbelief, it seemed like an eternity before I actually realised what was going on and that alien sound was my doing, but in reality it wasn't, and I nonchalantly sauntered off to my Zoom and turned it off.

    Many people commented on 'the interesting break' and I didn't own up to it with the drummer being seen as The C***T of The Night, but in truth, that title belonged to me.

    Luckily, the drummer is still one of my besties and we're happy to still play in a band together, but he does mention it every so often - SORRY DAVE. 

    Here's a pic of the night where you can just make out a letter from the Marquee backdrop. The offending Zoom would've been sitting atop the Marshall head. As an aside, I miss my Tom Anderson shown here, which I now find myself trying to purchase one I can actually afford!


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  • Fell over the back line (terribly terribly drunk and the other stuff), somehow managed to right myself and get back up before carrying on nonchalantly all without missing a beat, in my mind nothing had happened, and I’ve been told since there was a mix of shock and adoration amongst the audience. It would have been my most rock’n’roll moment had it not been the Tuesday acoustic night in the local boozer. 
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  • Depped with a band that was so bad on a NYE gig back in 80's. They were so bad, during the break I had about 3 pints of stella and about 5 brandies, fell back on the stage, cant remember what we played after that. 
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  • Hmm, would it be the New Years gig where I tried to take a solo during ‘Mama Mia’ and couldn’t make any of the notes fit (where I heard someone from the side of the audience say         ‘what was that !!’ as I finished) ?

    Or the time I was playing bass in jazz quartet sitting on top of my amp and almost fell backwards off it while playing, luckily being caught by the keyboard player.
    Unluckily, and unknown to him,  the keyboard player accidentally hit the transpose button on his keys, sending everything up a semitone.
    Cue the next song and some irate ‘Bm’ ‘I am playing Bm’ etc conversations mid song before realising what had happened....
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1811
    Not me - my pet drummer... Turns up to the gig pissed.. drum kit is already in place as we sharing bill with other bands.. just about manages to put his breakables on, gig starts first some is some how great, me and the singer/bassist share a look of relief towards end of the song thinking, he's pissed but still playing perfectly.. great. Go straight into the next song, but the drum beat hasn't changed... 
    The drummer plays one continuous drum beat for the entire set... I mean.. it's a good beat, complete with fancy fills and with his spagetti octopus arms bit it's the first song.. 
    Me and other guy are making the entire set fit on  the fly to this beat. It was an experience.. 


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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 41418

    Or the time I was playing bass in jazz quartet sitting on top of my amp and almost fell backwards off it while playing, luckily being caught by the keyboard player.
    Unluckily, and unknown to him,  the keyboard player accidentally hit the transpose button on his keys, sending everything up a semitone.
    Cue the next song and some irate ‘Bm’ ‘I am playing Bm’ etc conversations mid song before realising what had happened....
    Capo'ing the guitar at the wrong fret and then arguing with the keyboard player throughout the song about who is in the wrong key is quite like that too!

    I didn't even have the excuse of falling over first either.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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