So my gig schedule has been the worst it has been in years this year and it's starting to pick up. My current band played last night for the first time in months as our male singer(we have a male and female lead singer) just became cancer free and is now getting back on his feet. We play Saturday as well but tinight is the odd one. I'm filling in with a blues rock type band that I have never played with before doing a show in Lowell Massachusetts opening for big Head Todd and the Monsters. No rehearsal, meet most of the guys at the gig(I kind of know the leader guy), set up my kit, sound check and go... I have had two days to learn the set via YouTube so hopefully no surprises. It's not like I have to play a set of ELP tunes or crazy out there Frank Zappa stuff so I'm not too worried. Still it feels odd to just show up to a big open venue like this and go for it especially when I have had such a slow year. Nothing like a little pressure to get things moving again. If that wasn't enough I think I'm going to throw caution to the wind and change my set up from last night for this band. I'm going to bring my 68 Oyster Black super classic Ludwigs tonight to get the vintage vibe going. Fortunately most of my hardware and cymbals will stay the same. I just have to remember to bring that stupid 60's hex wrench so I can put up the rail, add the tom and cymbal off the bass drum. I will be up a creek without that. I also have longer gull wing spur reproductions on the bass drum so there is plenty of room to get the kick settled. My 66 supra that I have owned since I was 12 will be my snare tonight too. The weather looks beautiful today and I'm pretty excited.