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

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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.


Omaha, USA

Nov 10th, 2015 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Almost, second song into the night.

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Too Much GAS
Nov 15th, 2015 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did once.

Some drunk guy kept trying to step up onto the stage because he wanted to sing into my mic. I kept telling him, "NO" but, he was determined.

I was the guitarist and keyboard player so I had guitar pedals, keyboard controller pedals, sustain pedals, volume pedals, vocal monitor, and all kinds of wire spaghetti on the front of the stage that took up almost every inch of space except for about 2 square feet. I didn't want him stepping on it and breaking something. On his third attempt to get onto the stage I straight-armed him in the chest and put him on his butt in the middle of the dance floor. He got up, cursed, and flipped me off. That did it. I put down my guitar in mid song, dismounted the stage rather quickly, and chased him out of the building. I told the bouncer not to let him back in. After that I went up and finished the song and set.

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Nov 24th, 2015 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. Twice. The explanation would bore you;0(

Fast Lane Pablo


Dec 7th, 2015 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I walked off stage after we finished our set all pissy feeling that we were phoning it in. The crowd wanted more, but I walked outside to get some air and pout. A beautiful blonde woman I knew came out and grabbed me and gave me a kiss and said, "You guys were great tonight! Can you play another, please?" Yeah, we did the encore. I still don't know if she came out on her own or if one of my bandmates put her up to it.



All I need is one more guitar
Dec 14th, 2015 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Keyboard player quit in the middle of a set because he had just got a full time job a few days earlier and didn't want to be too tired !
We never missed a beat - our bass player took over the keys and i took over the bass. 50 years later he still won't look us in the eye !
It's more embarrasing & unprofessional when guys argue on stage over what song to do next.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Dec 16th, 2015 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Twice ... under the exact circumstances that Hammond101 described.

I still have the Les Paul with a "ding" in the finish that was caused by one of the aforementioned drunk yahoos tipping over a P/A. speaker column into me.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Dec 17th, 2015 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"On his third attempt to get onto the stage I straight-armed him in the chest and put him on his butt in the middle of the dance floor."

If you were playing a Tele, you could've swung it at him, Keith Richards style.

swingin' Tele

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Hawkeye Country

Thread crapping is unbecoming
Dec 21st, 2015 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't walk off the stage, but our band did stop in the middle of a song once. Some Manson look alike pulled a knife on stage and acted like he was gonna come up on stage. The singer started calling on the PA for a bouncer to the dance floor...the place didn't really have one. The owner dialed 911 and the dude's friends came up and tried to calm him down (he was on serious drugs).

The got him outside and he wigged when the sirens were coming, jumped into his truck and careened across the parking lot into a telephone pole.

I was glad I had my Tele that night..I figured it would work as a shield if he attacked me and I could club him with it if he attacked someone else. I was seriously thinking this and even joked in my mind that I probably wouldn't even need to tune it afterwards!


Tucson, AZ.

Jan 28th, 2016 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Pair O Singles


I'd rather just play it!
Mar 3rd, 2016 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


I had a frontman disappear though. A good 20 years ago, I joined a national touring band. The very first gig I played with them was a fly-in show in the south. Young and blue eyed, I really thought I had hit the big time!

However, during our first break of the evening, the singing drummer frontman disappeared! (In hindsight, it can be argued that I should have been on my toes with a frontman who's a singing drummer and the star of the band..) We finished the show somehow with the local soundguy's brother on drums, doing whatever covers we could think of. The owner was obviously very unhappy and decided that he wouldn't only refuse to pay us, he wanted us to pay up for the bar tab and food as well.

The next morning, we found a nervous and embarrassed frontman in the hotel diner, turned out he had had the brilliant idea that 20mins of break was just about enough time to invite some girl up to his room. They had fallen asleep after the "deed" was done, and didn't wake up until her rabid husband was banging on the door.

After that incident, I seriously wondered what I had gotten myself into. As I would time and time again during my tenure with that band!

(This message was last edited by Pair O Singles at 07:15 PM, Mar 3rd, 2016)



Fender power to the people!
Mar 4th, 2016 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did have to bail during the first set of a gig.
The frontman/guitard/bandleader was recovering from an operation and decided it would be a good idea to take twice his prescribed pain killers + some other random pills and wash it all down with vodka.
He was wailin' away for half a set...then just sort of wilted on stage.
We helped his wife get him to his pickup and packed up for him.
He was OK the next day, much to my amazement!


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Mar 15th, 2016 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Back, 50+ years ago, after the female half of the nightclub duo I performed with decided to tell me (over the house PA) I was full of s++t right up to my blonde hair (it's a long story but was her response when asked if everything was OK after a bewildering spousal fight with her hubby), I put down the bass and walked off the stage at the beginning of a set.

The club owner came to our dressing room and I managed to get a 25% wage increase to get me back on that stage (altogether, we were there for 18 weeks, fourteen after I got the raise).


Tampa Fla USA

Every day you wake up is a good one.
Mar 18th, 2016 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Man Beiber walked off... Those kids probably paid enough for a used Volvo to get those seats. What a tool.
It's one thing for a drunken menber of a cover band in some sleazy bar gig, but an international star at a real money gig I just can't imagine that much sense of entitlement.

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