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#1161740 - 02/22/20 06:06 PM The Band, the drama and such  
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I've been in bands and groups forever. There is always some kind of drama and sometimes comedy. I need a place to vent sometimes but all the musicians and players I know, know each other. Your bandmates become some kind of weird family and I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings or tick them off.

My first vent: We were playing a banquet for municipal and county wide peoples. A nice classy kind of gig. We were playing for a whole set when they started bringing the food out and setting up a smorgasbord. In the middle of a song our harmonica player says, "Oh Food!" and makes a beeline for the goodies. I couldn't believe it.

How do you address something like this. I've never ran into any kind of behavior resembling it before. I lit into him briefly. Felt like an ass for having to do it. But, there is the next gig to look forward. Forgive, never forget.

#1161741 - 02/22/20 06:24 PM Re: The Band, the drama and such [Re: Rick Heenan]  
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On the road for weeks on end with a band tests your patience.
I remember just before we were due to do a 30 minute spot at a classy club one of the band said something that irked me. We ended up bashing each other and rolling around on the dressing room floor. One of the others pulled us apart just in time for us to smarten up and get up on stage. Carried on as if nothing had happened.
Great fun but hard work being in a band.
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#1161742 - 02/22/20 07:10 PM Re: The Band, the drama and such [Re: Rick Heenan]  
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The show must go on Vic. That is professionalism. We had a brawl break out in front of us once on the left side of the floor we were on. It progressed to the right with arms and legs flying all over the place. We had 3 front men, and each guy grabbed his mike stand and took a step back and forth when the melee passed. Never missed a beat. The bouncers did a great job keeping it away from our equipment and right out the door.


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