Nastiest Place you’ve played?

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  1. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Yeah, the heroin thing sucked. Lost a bunch of friends and wasted a bunch of studio time during that period. We even had an engineer that kept nodding off at the desk during a few of our sessions.

    Makes me glad I stay home these days...
     
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  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I played a bikers club (sort of place where they buy a house and put bars on the windows!)one time. After the gig, the drummer and I went to the office to get paid. The head “honcho” says to me:

    “You want a light?”

    I replied that I didn’t smoke and we left with our cash.

    As we walked out to our cars, the drummer said:

    “You don’t know what he asked you, do you?”

    I said that he’d asked me if I wanted a light.

    The drummer said:

    “He was offering you cocaine. He asked you if you wanted a line!”

    God I was so naive!!

    I guess I just loved playing my music!
     
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  3. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    You sound like my wife. She has very little patience for the 'experiences' some of the folks at concerts feel are required. There are times I wonder why I put up with it, but I just love music.

    I've never gotten loaded before a show. My buddy always said, "I want to remember what happened." The very first show we went to together was The Who in 1982. We were walking through the parking lot to the arena and we saw two guys taking a leak, but they were aiming their streams in a V uphill. As we got closer, we could see why. Their buddy was passed out between two cars, and they aimed it so their pee would run downhill on him. My buddy said, "That's going to make a great memory - durable and smelling like p1ss for the whole show. And nice friends, huh?"

    And here we are, 36 years later, sitting and waiting for yet another show to begin.
     
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  4. rnodern

    rnodern Just one more.....

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    Was an expat living in Manila, playing in a pinoy rock band. I've played at some pretty nasty places.
    Anyone from Manila will know this place SaGuijo. It's tiny. F'ing hot inside. sticky floors. crowded and sweaty. warm beers. overwhelmingly smelly bathroom.
    Having said this. SaGuijo is THE place where all super star Pinoy bands play.. I wanted to say 'where they started out', but many of the big Pinoy bands still play there.
     
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  5. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    What he said...mkay....
     
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  6. jak3af3r

    jak3af3r New Member

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    So I play a bunch of casino gigs in the southeast some of which have fairly bad stages all of which make everything smell horribly of smoke, including picks. Most of the issues there are hotels though.

    I think the worst is one in Mississippi where you're eaten alive by mosquitos or this gig I did in a fairly nice area of Nashville before I was on the road all the time. Here's a mental image.

    So I'm filling in for this "manager" we have--another story in and of itself--and I get set up on this stage I swear is about 9 square feet with 2 guitars, 3 vocals, a drummer, and a bassist. So this place has open windows and it's summertime and probably a nice 80 and breezy through the venue. We start the first song and I feel something on the back of my neck and I think "oh it's a moth getting at the neon beer sign behind my head." First song ends and one of the vocalists look at me and says "EWWWWWWWWW! Look at that bug!" And there I see this roach that had crawled up my legs, torso, and onto my neck which I had just swatted off.

    Needless to say, I haven't played for that "manager" or in that venue since.
     
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  7. RiverRat

    RiverRat Enjoying the Arizona Desert

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    Nastiest was a dive bar where the stage (8" taller than floor) had soft spots from all the booze spilled on if over the last 50 years. Floor is tile and there is carpet halfway of the concrete walls. Carpet walls still have stench from last few decades.
    It's in the sh!ttiest part of town, lots of gangs and crime. I was always packing when we played there.

    Scariest place was a backyard party that paid really well. The host was very nice. But when the crowd showed up I was sure there was gonna be a drive by shooting or the band was gonna get jumped in the gang that ruled that area.

    And now for some cheer

    Nicest/ coolest place....
    Besides opening for some A list acts on the big stages I would have to say playing a bull fighting arena in Sevilla Spain. Then playing the Worlds Fair that same week in Sevilla.

    Good times, bad times. All of it adds up to some cool and some creepy memories.
     
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  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Did I tell you about the time I had to take a dump in front of most of the audience?

    The place had no doors on the toilet stalls or the bathroom, so there was this huge line, and to make matters worse, the line for the ladies room shared the same path. So inbetween sets, I felt danger brewing... got in line, and finally got to a stall. I’m doing my business and drunk dudes and chicks are like “Dude! You guys rule!” And are talking to me as I’m dropping a road deuce. Just awful.

    And of course there was no TP... but a nice girl handed me some tissue out of her purse. She kinda averted her eyes while I wiped... Then she was like my number one ( or really my number two homie) the rest of the night... The second set and merch booth were awkward, to say the least. :oops:
     
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  9. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    No, fortunately not! :eek:
     
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  10. gush

    gush New Member

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    No stage fright for you!!!
     
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  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    I swapped it for performance anxiety in the bathroom.
     
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  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Way to find the “brown sound”! :confused::confused:
     
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  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    I kept hearing people talk about EVH’s tone, and I thought that’s what they meant.
     
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  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Brings a new meaning to the track “Eruption”!!
     
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  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Hahaha! Ewww...
     
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  16. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Couldn’t help myself!
     
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  17. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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  18. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Lol! Exactly where my mind always goes.
     
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  19. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    I say this from a place of love and acceptance...You guys are idiots...:p:D
     
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  20. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    I accompanied a couple of singers in a wedding in a Catholic Church once in about 1980. Given what we didn’t know then but do know now, that might have been it...
     
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