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We had a shocker last night

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Posted By : The Villains | Comments : 13

But a belter on Friday


Probably not a good idea to put a shit review of ourselves up but...

Last night was our worst gig ever. It was out of the blue and painful to get through. Of anything could go wrong it did. We were all off our A game ad we could all feel the tension. Strings broke, the PA started cutting out, buttons and dials got knocked, beats were dropped, endings sloppy, lyrics mixed up and notes were fouled.

This is not our normal standard.

The crowd was not the normal Wangies crowd, who are normally very responsive. There was a massive fight as we arrived, it was kicking off all over the show and the people that weren't were just..odd (not all of them of course but in general)

So if you were there or you're reading this before I realise I'm out of my mind and delete; it I hope you appreciate ab honest self review and understand this is not a normal villains gig.

We'll be back on 29th after a well deserved break

Ben

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# Posted by BONESHAKER - 02/10/2011, 12:47 (GMT)

We've all had them, anyone who says otherwise is telling porkys.
It's easy to make mistakes when you have PA issues, just well done for getting through it and no doubt next gig you will be back on top form.

Refreshing to see an honest review.

Bob


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# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 02/10/2011, 12:49 (GMT)

Very refreshing blog. Thanks for sharing!

When you arrive at a venue and it's all kicking off you just feel like turning round and going home!You get edgy and the playing suffers... throw technical issues into the mix and and you get what you experienced.

A well deserved rest is probably what you need. Come back in a few weeks refreshed and raring to go.


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# Posted by James - Metalleeka + AC/DCe - 02/10/2011, 13:40 (GMT)

well played for sticking at it.. whats the electrics like at Wangies these days??


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# Posted by The Villains - 02/10/2011, 13:53 (GMT)

Cheers for the support, it's not a nice feeling when you know you've not given your best.

@ James - Electrics were fine, it wasn't a normal night for Wangies, Claire was as bemused as we were and commented on the crowd and how odd it all was. It was also really hot and humid so that's possibly why the PA was clipping, we certainly weren't driving it hard, we have 5000 watts and only had it on half.

Just don't like the thought that some people saw us perform below standard.

You can't quit though; that looks worse!


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# Posted by Poundstone - 02/10/2011, 14:00 (GMT)

I've had my fair share of shockers with various bands mate. And absolutely anyone who says they haven't played a duffer is a bare faced liar! Enjoy your time out, then get back on it and kick some arse!

Frankie


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# Posted by Tony- Vocalist - 02/10/2011, 14:55 (GMT)

The fact it was kicking off when you got there probably set the tone for the night. It can unsettle anyone and this alone can be enough to unsettle the band. The fact that it continued through out the night is more than enough to take your eye off the ball. Dont beat your selves up ( it sounds like that was the punters job,lol)
Everyone has nights like this in their
career.


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# Posted by THE POWER 3 - 02/10/2011, 17:25 (GMT)

This is the reality of live music, it just makes you appreciate the good gigs. Even though you focus on the little musical cock ups its amazing that the audience tend not to notice as much as you think( unless its the anorak guitarist who's watching like a hawk at the side). This is probably worth a thread of its own,' My worst gig horror shows'

Phil


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# Posted by The Villains - 02/10/2011, 17:49 (GMT)

Haha we had 2 anoraks stood right in front of the stage comparing notes all the way through. Not even a clap from either of them. Also some bloke turned up towards the last eighth of the second set and came up to the stage asking us to play something he knows...?! I asked him 'what do you know?' he didn't have an answer (this is in-between songs) so I told him to look at the set list. He selected Walk this way (as though it were a jukebox) and then when we played it he stood at stage left right at the front with his back to us talking to his mate?!! WTF?

Haha I'm laughing now, it was one weird night!


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# Posted by THE POWER 3 - 02/10/2011, 18:18 (GMT)

Didn't you know guitar anoraks are too cool to clap, that would mean they would be approving of your ability and we can't have that. They're not in a band yet because one good enough hasn't asked them yet. They always seem to have 4 Les Pauls, 5 Strats etc. Ok Rant over, next please.


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# Posted by Jump the Shark (Andy) - 02/10/2011, 20:35 (GMT)

Good job I came to the Friday one then! I tried to leave my anorak at home though. Our guitarist was also 'Angus' in a DC tribute band, so he gets loads of them! The review's a few blogs further up.

Andy - JTS


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# Posted by ROUTE 66 - 04/10/2011, 20:17 (GMT)

Ah well, dust yourself off and regroup and go again. Sometimes this kind of gig can make or break you. It can put individual band members off gigging live but me personally it has always made me stronger. For the record Ive had a ash tray chucked at me, been threatened, for real, had one of me wing mirrors pulled off by a punter, had a fight break out by my car in which a bloke stuck the boot into my car and also all the usual things like amps cutting out beer landing on the pa amp etc.
ITS ONLY ROCK N ROLL BUT I LIKE IT.

PS Im still waiting after 22 years in Route 66 when 50 groupies rush the stage


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# Posted by Final Hour - 05/10/2011, 15:47 (GMT)

I used to be in a band where there'd be an official enquiry if anyone messed up...

now we all just piss ourselves, if you're uptight on stage, the crowd feel it, if you have a laugh with them, then you can play total bollocks and they'll still enjoy it

don't stress too much, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger :)


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# Posted by Cherrybomb - 07/10/2011, 09:41 (GMT)

Yeah definitely agree with Final Hour above, we all have em. If you can have a laugh about it then people generally understand. There's so much going on in a live band, you can never get everything to work 100% (that's why god invented gaffer tape and spanners!!).


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