What do you guys do in a situation like this?
I've just got up, made a coffee and sat down in a relaxed state looking forward to a big gig we have at Shrigley Hall tonight. Quick check of emails ...... lead singer feeling very ill, bad throat, struggling to sing. Suddenly we're in panic mode - this is a high profile gig with press coverage and we perform for two hours. It's all classic soul/Disco covers and we have all our set available to watch on Youtube if someone needs to refer to it. We also have all the lyrics in a word doc. The covers are in the most part the same as the originals.
She's since said that with various amounts of near lethal poisons and non prescription drugs (hah ha just kidding) she thinks she can do it as long as we drop a couple of the songs. However, after the shock of this I realise that although we've talked about this sort of thing potentially happening, we've never really planned what we would do if it ever did.
So my question is, have you working bands out there had any similar experiences and maybe have some recommendations as to what you did. Also perhaps there are session singers capable of stepping in and doing a reasonable job. I'm sure there must be a lot of bands out there who fear this happening but also have not really thought about what they'd do, so this could turn in to a well referenced thread if some good advice comes out of it.
Cheers all and have a good giggin weekend