I make it a Rule to enjoy a full meal before gigging. Very important!
I perform better and have the fuel to get thru setup, soundcheck, 4 sets and loadout.
To me there's nothing worse than feeling hungry midway thru a gig because I'll get cranky, lose focus & energy quickly, blood sugar drops and after that it's a struggle to finish up, load out and get home.
Even a bag of peanuts from the bar is better than suffering thru 4 sets with zero fuel in the belly. At least for me.
Ideally, I prefer eating directly after setup & soundcheck - usually 30 or 40 mins. before downbeat.
I'm a bikie also.But, I find it's very different requirements. Probably depends alot on the gig. Mine are usually jazz/blues/cover stuff. I don't like to eat much before gigs. Did a casino gig that included buffet passes. I'd do Caesar salad with a pile of shrimp.Being a competitive cyclist as well as a drummer. I eat about 45 minutes or so before the gig, Also I take a Skratch Cherry/ Pistachio power bar in case I need it, we have 3 sets that are 1 hour 15 minutes long. So don't want to run out of gas,
I drink tonic water while I play too. I didn't know anyone else did. lolAlways after a gig, never before. Tonic & lime or water during.