Pros Messing Up/Hitting Clams?

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  1. nla

    nla Member

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    I'd say that the demands for an average classical orchestra musician are far above the best rock players, with maybe a few exceptions...
     
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  2. Simon

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    You got fined in James Brown's Band if you made a mistake.
    I make mistakes live more then I'd like to.
    Just showing my Human side is all.
     
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    Depping for a band. Sweet Home Chicago. The band kick off in three separate keys; E, A, and G, no-one having called it. Trainwreck does begin to describe it. We are doing the Stockhausen version from Donnerstag. (Not that there is one.)

    So everyone changes key to fit in with everyone else... at the same time... twice.

    Impossible to describe.
     
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  5. Trem-o-dust

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    I don't have footage, but, I became a musician because of David Gilmour. The first time I saw him live around 2016 or so on his On an Island Tour, I was up in the nosebleeds, he was not having the best of nights, and absolutely butchered "The Blue". I was shocked. Luckily the following night I was front row and he killed it. I was starstruck, so much so the bass player gave me a pick, got me a drumstick and got David to shake my hand. Great save by Mr. Gilmour.
     
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    I once saw a cricket fly into Natalie Merchant’s mouth, mid-song.

    Not a clam, but close enough...
     
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    I never cared about Aerosmith, but this was a mess:
     
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  8. TheGuildedAge

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    I have to find it but I have a great interview with a guy who tried out for the Boston philharmonic.

    waited decades for the opening and practiced the rehearsal song for months.

    during the audition he made a finger squeak on his instrument a few seconds in and said he knew he was finished.

    Sure enough he didn’t get the job.
     
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  10. RayRay

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    Not sure what this has to do with a clam. Dude slipped and fell because of rain.

    and look at the smile on his face. He just keeps playing.

    I love that
     
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    I once had a Tony Rice 6-CD instructional book where Tony after playing through an example laughed heartily and said, "Sorry about the clam there folks." I loved that they kept that take and that laugh and apology in an instructional book.
     
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    Hell James fined you if your shoes weren’t shined.
     
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    There are no bad notes..... only bad players :)
     
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  14. Drewstunes

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    Not sure if this has been mentioned but YouTube any video from the 2004 Van Halen tour and the challenge will be to NOT find a clam. EVH was my first guitar hero (just look at my avatar) but I'm disappointed that this was the only tour I got to see him live. Stay away from drugs, kids...

     
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    Is that real footage or, er altered?
     
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    Sumner wrote amazingly simple but amazingly powerful lead lines with Joy Division. And then quite often stuffed them up live ! Which never really mattered. He was one of the guitarists that taught me that virtuosity was usually the antithesis of interesting playing. In doing that, he and some other key post-punk players (McGeoch, Smith, Levene, Gill, Verlaine) made the guitar cool again, and playing it way more accessible.
     
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  17. Rob Eddy

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    That song is Adrian's baby. I absolutely love it. He's definitely a favorite of mine.

    There's no way that's what Ed was playing. I sound like that.
     
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    Too many mistakes while playing in Zappa's band, and you would be given a pink-slip.

    In fact, I think some of the guys who were mainstays in Frank's bands were on the same level of the orchestra players people keep referencing in this thread.
    Try playing "Moggio" or "The Black Page" perfectly-
    Those guys pulled it off night after night on tour.
     
  19. 83stratman

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    It wasn't always like that. Nicko's playing has gone way downhill the past 20 years or so. Too bad Clive Burr isn't still alive.

     
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    I saw Joni Mitchell, during the Mingus tour with Weather Report as her band. Towards the end of the show they started the intro to Raised On Robbery, and when it came time to start the vocals, Joni walked up to the mic, and forgot the words. She smiled, turned around, took three steps back and tried again, and of course she nailed it.

    I also saw CSN, and during Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, during the 'will you come see me' parts, (IIRC), during a quiet moment Stills forgot where he was and Nash shouted out 'AWWW ****!!'.
     

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