Are you that guy at the concert?

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  1. Outlier

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    A lot of concerts I go to have some random guitar guy in the background playing along. They are rarely even acknowledged by the main band and toil away in the background. I"m interested in who that guy is and what he is doing back there.

    a) are you one of those guys?
    b) what is your role? Are the front guys even plugged in?
    c) what made you take the job?

    Just curious.
     
  2. MONSTER ZERO

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    My answer to A, B, and C is No I do not play bass in bands any more.
     
  3. Bieling3

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    I've never seen this. This is not to refute or argue with what you're saying, it's just anecdotal. Can you perhaps name some acts you've seen doing this? Is there a particular genre this occurs in?
     
  4. AA864

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    Fleetwood Mac did it with a drummer behind a curtain.
     
  5. ClassicLP

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    I think he means big bands who have additional players, such as Queen adding Snowy white on second guitar but never announcing it to the crowd, who can clearly see the guy on stage.
     
  6. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    No, he's right, it happens all the time. I see it alot with bands with only one guitarist. Usually its someone who plays keys, guitar, violin, etc. to round out the sound vs. studio.
     
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    I've seen this too. Usually it's some guy who only plays with the band on tour. I've even seen it with "three-person" bands, and yet every time they tour there is some hired gun playing all the second guitar parts. But it's a different guy each time.
     
  8. smolder

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    Robert Fripp was that guy on the first Peter Gabriel tour.
     
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    JefeMaximo Huge Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Black Keys and Green Day are two examples that come to mind. I'm nowhere near talented enough to be that guy.
     
  10. mark norwine

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    I saw the Who and Zep several times.....both bands on all occasions had an un-named guy offstage playing keys.

    No name, no credit, no spotlight. Nothing. It just seemed so....I dunno....unfair.
     
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    This is hilarious. I've thought the same thing when I've seen bands live.

    It makes it hard too when a band has a mix where you can't even really hear them much.

    But I would do that for no verbal credit as long as the money was good. Who cares if you're in the background if the gig pays well.
     
  12. Outlier

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    I've seen it with many, many acts. What made me think about it was I recently watched Green Day, Bullet in a Bible DVD and there was this guy up there playing his heart out in obscurity while the rest of the band is introduced, feted etc.
     
  13. Outlier

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    :roll
     
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    I guess these bands make a clear distinction between music and show business. If the shadow figure just fills out what the members with faces could play if they could double track on stage, then this is a long way removed from PC. If he dominates the sound, it is getting pretty close to PC. I really don't see why he can't be clearly onstage and acknowledged but in the background a bit. There's no shame in wanting a fuller sound. Everyone in the audience would know who's in the band and who's hired help. And would it matter if they didn't?
     
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    By trying to keep him in the background ie he didn't move around much and the lights avoided him, I couldn't stop looking at the second guitarist in the Cult.

    Maybe somene can refresh or endorse my memory, but I could have sworn that I saw a poster of Foreigner when they were down to four official members (hence the album title). The poster showed drawings of the four in live poses but also had two smaller drawings of two additonal musicians and, I believe, implied that they were offstage.
     
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    Green Day is a good example.
    In their videos there's three of them.
    On stage there's an extra unknown guitarist in the background.
    Something like the guy replaced Don Felder in the Eagles.
     
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    Fallout Boy uses a phantom guitarist / keyboardist. U2 has at least one utility guy (maybe offstage?)
    Happens all of the time.
     
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    Beats the heck out of just using tracks, imo.
     
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    a) Used to be. Not as much anymore.
    b) support staff. Play the less glamorous parts. Sometimes, my job is to play in place of a regular band member for a gig or string of gigs.
    c) because it's fun to get paid to play music and beats a day job.
     
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    Dustin Lynch had a knockout utility guy, slide, mandolin, a bevy of other things.
    My friend was one for a whole for a country act as well. Mandolin banjo dobro and acoustic.
    He loved it.
     

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