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- Dec 31, 2012
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- The Great Midwest
Had a lakefront gig with an 11-piece horn band. Uncovered stage, of course, and they wanted everyone to bring their gear to the stage area on their gators, no personal vehicles. In the middle of our set, a huge storm system popped up, and we could see the wall cloud descending on us as it came in and dumped on the band. We stopped in the middle of a song, grabbed tarps and covered everything, and then waited for it to blow over. When it stopped raining, we started packing up. The organizer came up and started shouting "Aren't you going to keep playing?" Naturally, we replied "No! We don't want to get electrocuted!" and packing continued. We saw that there was another front on its way in, so I headed towards the top of the hill where my van was, and said something about getting my vehicle. One of the workers said something about "You can't bring your vehicle down here!" to which I replied "Watch me. I'm not waiting for your ****ing gator." They didn't stop me.I am enjoying this thread. I gigged for about 20 years and have experienced most of the things described. Thankfully I never had the puking on my drums experience.
My most recent bad experience was a at an outdoor waterfront gig when a thunderstorm with torrential rain and lightning that came up so suddenly we didn't have time to cover our equipment. The first thing I did was unplug all of the mics. I didn't want to be connected to anything with electricity. Covered the drums second. It took a few days for everything to dry out but thankfully there was no long term damage.