The dont's of live performance

Discussion in 'Live Performance & Stage Sound' started by 7 Dying Trees, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. TonyFlyingSquirrel

    TonyFlyingSquirrel Cherokee Warrior

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    Also, for about the last year that I was touring, we got to the point to where we did little or no talking between songs at all, just slammed into the next one. The only time we did was during a guitar change, & even that was quick because we factored that into our shows, We did our set list to where the first 1/2 of the show was on one guitar tuned to D, then we switched to the 7 string for the remainder.

    Cutting the talk allowed us to add another song, which is why we're performing anyway. Talking is for after the show.

    Our fans really dug this because it kept the energy level consistent, by the time we finished, you needed a breather anyway.
     
  2. Oogadee Boogadee

    Oogadee Boogadee ss.orggy biscuit Forum MVP

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    Simply put, the "don't" list is the opposite of the "do" list.

    DO'S
    -cooperate with other merch tables
    -communicate with the other bands to organize the fastest transitions possible
    -mingle prior to your set and be fun and positive to talk to.
    -know your songs.
    -organize your set to flow well and end with a pleaser.
    -EQ everybody's tone for the clearest mix for live band sound. Being heard should never be a tone issue.... it should only be a volume issue.
    -don't act like you're owed something, on-stage, off-stage, etc. to ANYBODY (don't be a bitch).
    -get onstage quickly.
    -don't yap between the songs (for a metal gig).
    -get the fuck off the stage.
    -get drunk and be fun to talk to.
     
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    I'm best at that one! :D
     
  4. TomAwesome

    TomAwesome I LIKE JUICE!!!

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    ^ Me, too! :)
     
  5. El Caco

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    Don't spit water on your audience. Don't even shake it on them.

    I paid $50+ to get in here, I can afford my own fucking water.
     
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    Unknown Doodl3.2 look at each other..

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    I kinda like having water bottles thrown at me personally. Especially when you haven't drank in 5 hours cause you wanted to keep your spot :lol: Spitting is a big nono however :noplease:
     
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    Don't think that dancing around on stage like a monkey will make up for the poor quality of your performance.
     
  8. Metal Ken

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    Same here. Especially if you've been thrashing around like a motherfucker.


    I always thought the singer air guitaring is kinda corny :lol:

    And i hate political rhetoric onstage.
     
  9. B Lopez

    B Lopez Vescere bracis meis.

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    Chuck Billy springs to mind. Cant help but laugh when he picks up the mic stand. :lol:
     
  10. Ken

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    Hmm. Pretty comprehensive list so far.

    Please don't tell me the name of your song before or after you play it. If I like even one of your songs, I'll find out more about the band and the names of your songs.

    Please don't introduce the band members. I'm not going to remember their names. It'll be a miracle if I remember the band's name. Again, if I like the band enough I'll seek that information out.

    Also, please don't say shit like "here's a new one we're working on". This isn't band practice (goes along with Oogadee's 'know your songs' point).
     
  11. Metal Ken

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    i know.

    Shame though, one of my favorite bands :lol:
     
  12. WarriorOfMetal

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    unless you play with a sequenced drum track, where, without being able to hear the tracks in the monitors, you can easily get lost :wallbash:
     
  13. WarriorOfMetal

    WarriorOfMetal The Dragonrider Contributor

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    when i saw Testament, he just had the top section of a boom stand, no base....it was hilarious :lol:
     
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    Don't use full stacks for a coffee house gig, and always mic up through the PA if there is one.
     
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    NO DRINKS ON THE RIGS!!!!!!

    No shoegazing! People are there to watch you perform, not rehearse.
     
  16. yevetz

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    unagreed :nono:

    Don't ever!!!! You hear me EVER drink beer if you jump in to the crowd and someone of the crowd want to share his beer with you while you are playing. Better step a side or just jump back to the stage.

    Don't ever left your guitar on stage if you have a two parts in your show. Coz someone drunk from the crowd will want to play it.

    Make a tracklist before the stage and not in the process of your show.

    Don't ever jump high if you in 'kelt' (or 'kilt' I don't remember exactly)

    Don't bang your head too many. Coz after show your neck will be like spoonge.

    Don't ever spit out on a stage (dude are you really need this now?:spock: )

    Don't say things like "I wrote this song when I was smoking a lot of weed"

    Be very accurate while you are jumping. Don't forget yours rifs and watch what under you in this moment. (Like cable or so)

    If you miss few notes don't try to run after others bandmates. Just start from new "part" (especially for bass players)

    Get mad, but know where is the line.

    Don't show "fuck" to the crowd. (Dude they pay you for listen your shit)

    Stay in tune always! Get your personal tuner. (best in pedal or rack)

    I think that's all.

    Rock on :)

    Peace :wavey:
     
  17. Regor

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    Wow, I was going to post some don'ts... but apparently I break quite a few of these don'ts already:

    -I never want to be the jackass that has to constantly ask "Could I get a little more guitar in the monitors?" after every song in the set. I put my stage volume where I can hear myself just fine. Usually I get yelled at by the sound guy that it's too loud for him, but fuck 'em. Never rely on the sound guy to hear yourself on stage IMO. Most of the clubs here have shit sound in the first place. I'd rather they not mic me at all. I got 180W of tube power at my disposal. I'm pretty sure I can take care of myself :evil:

    -Personally I find it annoying when bands DON'T tell me the name of their songs. I make sure we say the name of our songs so people know which songs they like best.

    -I run out into the crowd, not because I want to 'get them into it' but rather because I have a wireless and think its fun as hell to run around.

    -I smile constantly while I'm on stage. CUZ I'M HAVING FUN!!!



    Other than those, I agree with a lot of these. But for a shitty band, my all time favorite one is:

    "You'll never see us play here again!"

    :lol: What else can you say to that but... thanks?
     
  18. WarriorOfMetal

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    unless the PA on hand is incapable of handling more than just vocals at a level where things can be heard above a loud drummer.

    and on the other side of that, don't be a drummer who's way too loud for the room.
     
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    ha! You should've heard Jason at our first show in LA! :lol:


    Look, Kens, I like you guys, but I actually kinda dig it when bands do this. If I'm really into a band, & I go to see their shows, I like hearing "FOLLOW...THE...HOLLOW!!!!" right before Soilwork rips into the song. Maybe it's just me, but it totally geeks me up for the song.
     
  20. Ken

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    Well, I won't stir up a big debate because that's not what this thread is for. You guys have your opinions, and I respect that. For me, song titles and member introductions are annoying because half the time I can't even understand what the hell the person at the mic is saying. The other half of the time, I won't remember the info after 3 (or more) sets of different bands.

    I believe that when a band does well and makes new fans, said fans will seek out that information. Then again, maybe I just haven't been to enough good shows lately. :lol:
     

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