I’ve learned enough playing in bands over the years to have some wisdom to pass on. I see a lot of awful things bands pass off as normal behavior and hope I can make the world a better place by helping prevent this. I don’t know everything about ‘how to make it in the music biz.’ If I did I would be writing this from a tour bus and not my apartment. If you disagree with my views I encourage you to share your own. If you have another way of doing things which brings more success I’d love to hear it.
Have you ever walked up to a band after a gig and said “Gee, you guys really screwed the pooch,” or “Wow, you really suck!”
No, of course you haven’t. That would be rude. For the most part whenever a band has a bad gig you probably just slip out a side door and head home to avoid having to talk to them afterward. It’s much easier to lie and say “You guys really rocked” on Facebook or via text message.
But if you were to tell one of the thousands of awful bands that their performance was anything less than stellar you would no doubt be inundated with a slew of excuses as to why their performance didn’t rock your socks off.
These include (but are not limited to): Joey got too drunk before the show, the sound guy is an asshole, We sound better in the studio, Steve got too drunk before the show and fell off the stage, I couldn’t hear myself in the monitors, It was San Andreas fault, Tom got too drunk before the show and was out of tune, Steve was just yelling a lot to try and get the crowd riled up, the sound guy is incompetent, Joe got really wasted before the show, there weren’t enough people in the venue to soak up the ambient sound and make the acoustics work properly, you’re a total dick and don’t understand what we’re trying to do or that acid was a lot stronger than you said.
I love how Scott Weiland blames that awful performance on bad monitors. Dude, you’ve been singing “Vaseline” for 21 years!
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a band say ‘we just really weren’t prepared. We should have practiced more.’ Or ‘Sorry man. We just had a really off night.’ But then again taking ownership of your actions requires a level of maturity most people in bands don’t have.
Of course, if you walk up to a band after a show and say “Hey man, great show” they just say “Thanks.” Because bands that are great and know what they’re doing have no excuses.
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