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Old May 20th, 2018, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A few months back I decided it was time to quit playing out. Partly because I don't wear as well as I used to and a three set gig leaves me pretty worn out, but mostly because it's not as much fun as it used to be. This weekend, I got a call from an old friend asking if I'd cover for him in his trio. I agreed, knowing him and the trio for a long time. Dark suit and tie gig in a huge home in the Berkeley hills, about 150 guests, I'd imagine, raising money for a political campaign. All went well. I had a good time, we played great and were on the road home before midnight. Arriving back in Sacramento around 2 am this morning, I remembered one of the reasons I don't do this as well as I used to, as I pulled the amp, guitars and equipment bag out of the car and drug them all inside. My back is killing me and I can't get to sleep. Finally gave up trying around 5:30 and started the percolator. I looked in the mirror a few moments ago and I look like a cast member from Walking Dead.

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Old May 20th, 2018, 10:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A few months back I decided it was time to quit playing out. Partly because I don't wear as well as I used to and a three set gig leaves me pretty worn out, but mostly because it's not as much fun as it used to be. This weekend, I got a call from an old friend asking if I'd cover for him in his trio. I agreed, knowing him and the trio for a long time. Dark suit and tie gig in a huge home in the Berkeley hills, about 150 guests, I'd imagine, raising money for a political campaign. All went well. I had a good time, we played great and were on the road home before midnight. Arriving back in Sacramento around 2 am this morning, I remembered one of the reasons I don't do this as well as I used to, as I pulled the amp, guitars and equipment bag out of the car and drug them all inside. My back is killing me and I can't get to sleep. Finally gave up trying around 5:30 and started the percolator. I looked in the mirror a few moments ago and I look like a cast member from Walking Dead.


Thatís exactly why I donít do it either.


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Old May 21st, 2018, 04:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Come on chaps. I'm older and yes my body feels awful after a gig, but there's nothing like it when you are playing live. Better than sex
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Old May 21st, 2018, 09:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I understand both sides but I'm with John on this one (except for the better than sex part!). Like John, I own the PA. So when i play with my main band, I've got a ton of crap to unload at the end of the night. By the time I get home and unload, like Biddlin, I'm wired and I can't sleep. I usually stay up an extra hour or so, have a little nightcap and then hit the sack. It works for me. I'm still pretty "bagged" the next morning but I still enjoy the playing part of the deal.

I recently left another band that was playing 2 -3 gigs a month at Canadian Legions. They were early gigs from 7pm-11pm. All I had to bring to these gigs were my guitar, amp, mic and pedalboard. I was home by midnight and in bed by 1am. These gigs didn't wear me out at all as I would play my 6lb Fender Thinline through a 32lb Peavey Studio Pro. I have a folding dolly that I use to carry my stuff to and from my car. It's all so much easier on the back. I really enjoyed playing these gigs. I just found that 2-3 gigs a month was more than I could do as I'm still working 40+ hours a week at a real job.

Sorry for rambling on here but I think what I'm trying to say is that by using newer, lightweight equipment, you may be able to enjoy gigging again.

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Old May 21st, 2018, 09:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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" but there's nothing like it when you are playing live. Better than sex"
Well, no, but perhaps a bit less enervating.
"Sorry for rambling on here but I think what I'm trying to say is that by using newer, lightweight equipment, you may be able to enjoy gigging again."
But I just spent a fortune (not really) on valve amps and P-90 Les Pauls for that vintage sound. .
I don't know what my V32 Palomino weighs, but it definitely rates a cart.
I always carry at least two guitars. My old drummer Cadillac Jack LaVelle used to poo-poo guitarists complaints about the load out. "You guys don't have to build and de-construct your instrument for every freakin gig."
Yeah, playing is great and once I can again stand upright and lift a coffee cup without wincing in pain, I'll be ready to do it again, no doubt.
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Old June 6th, 2018, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Play on guys, as long as you possibly can. If Les Paul and Chet Atkins could do it as long as they did, then we must trudge on. Besides, I don't know what I would do if I quit.
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