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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / ever walk off stage mid-gig?

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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Oct 30th, 2015 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

apparently boy-wonder Bieber aborted his show after
one song in Oslo, something about the front row folk wouldn't let him clean up a spill.

Have you ever walked off, or came near to?
Or can you conceptualize a situation where you
just KNOW you would.. ?

One time playing a CYO dance in a church basement,
the priest stopped our performance of a slow dance,
grabbed a mic and shouted at the teeners to stop
their "crotch to crotch" dancing (I swear on my
1971 strat, his exact words).

But we never considered closing it up- we wanted to
stick around and watch what fun happened after wards
(plus we needed the $$ to pay off our Silvertone amps)

once-a-YoungerFartElectric12StringPlayer Walt

Leave it to Beiber

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 30th, 2015 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have only walked off once in my 50 years or so of playing. It was to escort a drunk forcefully out the door who had danced/staggered/fallen onto the stage for the third time. The club had no security.

I did return after a longer than usual break to calm down. SOB knocked a boom stand over into my Guild Songbird and dinged up the top but good.

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Oct 30th, 2015 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, a few times in my much younger days, and I'm NOT proud of it in retrospect.

I was extremely disappointed with how the band was playing and this my form of protest. I came back up for the next song. I later quit that band because it just wasn't playing up to previous very high standards.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Oct 30th, 2015 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wanted to a few times but never did. It's hard to fly like an eagle when you're working with turkeys.
Actually, I missed one set when I was sicker than a dog. I was pale and nauseated and the leader told me to go to bed and they would finish the last set w/o me. Fortunately, we were working a hotel lounge and we were out-of town so we had rooms. Even more fortunately, the plumbing was able to handle the pressure that I put on it that night. I was fine the next day.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Oct 30th, 2015 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never have, but like you guys I've felt like it a time or two.

Vic Vega
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Deflating Balls Since 1969
Oct 30th, 2015 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


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American Patriot

Not so famous dude.
Oct 30th, 2015 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never walked off but several gigs cut short due to some really bad fights.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Oct 30th, 2015 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Had the plug pulled once.
It was an outdoor charity gig and a bunch of obnoxious friends of the band who were following us decided they wanted their boys on and they grabbed the power cable running across the parking lot and unplugged it.

We didn't find out until much later - just thought it was a blown fuse or something, at the time. Nobody was very happy about it, though - least of all the folks running the show.

p.s. We've played the same gig the last couple years without incident.

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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Oct 30th, 2015 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No. That is breaking a promise. It also means you're not there when the manager pays the band.

Walk away *after* the crap gig, with $$ in your pocket!

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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Oct 30th, 2015 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A very long time ago I payed in a three piece garage band and while on stage playing at a biker party the bass player reached over the high hat and sucker punched the drummer, that was after a couple of long sets and kegs of beer so it was a successful bash! I walked off stage and away from those guys.

Latter in another band I found myself in
we did a promo gig in a correctional institution. Now the Warden told us while we were getting set up that the music was to end at 9:30, I guess no one was watching the big clock on the wall because right in the middle of a song the guitars and bass went dead in mid strum, the drummer stopped a second or two later and looked at us with a "what the hell?" look on his face then I realized what had happened, the main breaker had been shut off at 9:30 just as the warden had said it would.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Oct 31st, 2015 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not mid.

Before, yes, when the venue wasn't what was promised or was clearly going to be a waste of our time.


San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Oct 31st, 2015 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We were about three songs from the end of our last set, when I started feeling light headed and had to step down and sit down. I had skipped dinner that night, big mistake. It was very hot and I did not stay hydrated, bigger mistake. So, a huge lesson learned. I always chow down before a gig and drink a couple bottles of power aid with electrolytes throughout the evening. No problems.

(This message was last edited by tahitijack at 08:02 AM, Nov 1st, 2015)

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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Nov 1st, 2015 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When the band leader is a total A-hole, you know what that makes everybody else, right?




Nov 1st, 2015 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been asked to not continue because the bar was empty. Told the owner that we were here we were set up and were going to be paid so we were going to keep playing. About 30 minutes later the bar began to get some customers, not a crowd but the bartender who paid us at the end said they ended up making money.

One time I was tempted to walk off was at a local International Blues Competition. You get 20 minutes to play and penalized if you go over and rated on the music and your musicianship/bandmanship. We had practiced our set and had the 5 songs down. Drummer counts off the first song and he and the other guitar start playing one song and me and bass player start playing another. I look at the drummer and he points to the other guitar player, we have to stop and argue on stage what we were supposed to start with. Wanted to walk off right there. The drummer told me later the other guitar player handed him a new list just before we went on stage. That was it playing with that band!!!



Bass is the place . . .
Nov 3rd, 2015 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never walked off stage during a gig. I think it's the height of professional irresponsibility.

No matter what your personal issues are, I think you finish the gig.

And Bieber . . . well that's an entirely higher class of a-holeness . . .

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Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
Nov 3rd, 2015 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, but i have quit bands after particularly bad gigs. THis was quite a while ago but I do recall they were bands I was not with for any length of time.

I know where my place is and sometimes it's not with certain groups of people. With experience you find this out fast.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Nov 3rd, 2015 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had food poisoning that hit me one night. I was one of hundreds hit by donuts from a local grocery store.

We started and I had been getting more and more dizzy and nauseous. Antacids didn't help. Third song, I ran off the stage, and headed toward the bathroom in back. I didn't make it and showered a couple people. I was too sick to care. I threw up for a long time, then washed out my beard, and headed back to the stage. I did the rest of the gig in a daze but I made it.

So I walked off stage, and returned. BTW, this was a Christian Coffeehouse and the poor folks I showered were most gracious.

I've been gigging since 1967, I've been disgusted with band members, seen all manner of awful audience members, dodged big fights, gotten hit, but the show must go on. Biker bars, Reservation gigs, strip clubs, it's all good.

Pro Reverb Man

Big Sky Country

Nov 4th, 2015 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sadly, yep. Guitar player handed me his guitar "hold this" -- his mom was in the audience, and he saw a drunk grope mom's fun bags from behind (against her wishes).

The one-sided pounding moved to the parking lot, against the side of my car; hey, I had to protect my property, right?

We resumed right after that fiasco.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Nov 9th, 2015 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I've been tempted, I've not followed through as I knew we needed to complete the gig. Have had equipment fails that sent me off the stage to get fixes....but always returning, does that count?


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Nov 9th, 2015 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tempted a couple of times, but usually had signed contracts and didn't like the idea of being sued.

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