12/6/2010 1:00 PM
Back in the ’80s, my top-40 cover band was hired to play for a high school reunion at a big
hotel on the San Francisco peninsula. We loaded out from the studio, drove to the gig,
unloaded the gear, and set up. All was well until I reached into my gig bag to get my slide
and picks. Then, it happened. A sudden, excruciating pain shot up my left hand and arm.
Apparently, my gig bag had been crushed during transit, and my glass slide had shattered.
When I reached into the bag, a single glass shard punctured the tip of my middle
finger. Living by the creed “The show must go on,” I was able to secure some bandages
from the hotel staff, and I proceeded to limp through the show by stopping
every 20 minutes to wipe the blood off my neck and strings, and change the bandages.
Needless to say, I’ve used steel slides since then!—DANNY CARR
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By Chris Meyer on
12/30/2010 7:59 PM
By Don Francisco on
12/22/2010 7:56 AM
A few years ago, my Top-40 cover band lost our bass player, and we were playing as a 3-piece semi-acoustic act (2 acoustic guitars and drums). During this transitional period, our manager set us up with a "try out" in front of a large crowd of bar owners and managers who were booking summer vacation-area gigs. These were coveted, high paying gigs and lots of bands were there to play 15-20 minute sets. I only brought an acoustic guitar and pedal board, but our manager informed us when we got there that he wanted us to play electric and found a bass player to fill in with us for the short set. He had secured me an amp/guitar from other bands. The guitar was a Zakk Wylde-esque Les Paul with EMG's from a metal band. Although it was great they lent me an awesome guitar, I didn't realize they tuned down a half step. Needless to say, the intro to our first song (Creep by Radiohead) was awful. It took only a few seconds to realize the problem, but it was long enough to make us sound like fools! I was quickly in panic mode, as our set required lots of open voicings and 100% barre chords wouldn't cut it. Luckily, the band before us was a folk group and had left a capo on the mic stand by accident. Our singer throws me the capo off his mic and the show goes on with me playing everything capo'd on the 1st fret. It wasn't ideal, but we ended up playing a high energy set and booking some gigs. After that scare, we felt nothing could phase us.
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