Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The strangest gig I ever did

In my late teens, I was in a number of bands - often 2 or 3 at the same time! Bass players were in sort supply...

One of the bands played a lot of gigs in a variety of places, but the strangest was an L shaped pub in Dover.

I will try to describe the set up.

The bar was along the right side of the upright.

The people filled the rest of the upright area.

The stage was on the upper part of the horizontal area.

Attached to the wall along the lower part of the horizontal area was a massive mirror.

Got that?

The result was that the audience did not watch us, they watched our REFLECTIONS in the mirror. This was a very strange experience, especially at the end of a song where there would be a load of applause and cheering from people we could not directly see, just dim reflections in the mirror.

This was also the gig where 2 band members suddenly had to dash off to the toilet, leaving me and the singer on the stage. The result was a jazzy jam song - "Andy and Jim have gone to the toilet"...

Happy days...

4 comments:

Logziella said...

That does sound strange. Sounds like you really got some great opportunities to do what you love before you settled down (married/family etc.)to do something else you love. I admire you for that.

amazingbrenda said...

Love the song. What are the real lyrics & notes? haha. That does sound like a really wierd set up. Yay applause to the band from behind. haha. Doesn't sound like a very big place. hm..

Terri said...

Would have been perfect if the band's name was The Narcissists.

John said...

Logzie - yes, my late teens and early 20s were very self indulgent, making it much easier to adapt to parenthood. Sometimes people can feel that parenthood stopped them doing things, but I do not.

Amazingbrenda - not a big place at all! And no, I can't remember the lyrics which is probably a good thing!

Terri - I think the lead guitarist enjoyed the setup...