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- Sep 12, 2005
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- Indianapolis, IN
The heli ride would have been a great experience. I've ridden in one once and loved it, but it was an executive type and very nice inside. The view in the Sierra's must have been beautiful.Hilarious reading all your gig fiascos!
Today I remembered one I previously posted about in 2009.
besides barns (they're supposed to have poop/crap in them). For me, it was this place in west-central Indiana that had a friggin wood floor that you could pi s s through if you had to. The locals were straight out of Deliverance and I'm pretty sure that in-breeding was prevalent. Rowdy...www.drumforum.org
I once got a call from a pick-up band I barely knew to play for a Jeeper's Jamboree campground that was so deep into the Sierra mountains it could only be reached by helicopter or a 2.5-day jeep journey. The band chose to take the copter - so our PA, drums, guitars and amps were transported in a giant net swinging beneath us. Really scary.
I was reassured the pay would be "well worth the trouble" after it was all said and done.
Load-in took three chopper trips in and three out for us & our gear. We played on a huge flat rock in a large natural ampitheatre stage made of giant rocks surrounded by a meadow and pine trees. This was an annual event so they had actual electricity on site. no generators, thankfully.
It looked pretty cool when we got there, but after 3 evening shows and 2 nights of camping there I was miserable.
NO showers - had to bath in the creek.
Our sets were from 9pm to midnight. The audience were Jeepers + wives & friends numbering in the hundreds except by 9:30 pm most of them were back in their tents bedding down after each days events which began at 6am so most of our performances were played to tents with sleeping Jeepers inside.
After the gig I was informed the pay only worked out to be about $75 a day after all that work & hassle - a complete waste of my time for approximately 250
During the long awkward drive home with the bandleader I firmly expressed my disinterest regarding any future jobs with them - I couldn't even look at him anymore, lol.
I was so exhausted getting home that I slept for 16 hours.