Remember Your First Paying Gig?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by stucker, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Slaphappy

    Slaphappy Member

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    Outside party......probably around 19...........staring at my shoes and nervous as fark!
     
  2. geekocaster

    geekocaster Supporting Member

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    Early 90’s original band, they offered us either $50 cash or $100 in bar tab. We took the tab.
     
  3. stephax

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    Well those weren't my first paid gigs -started at 16- but let me tell you it ain't cool being paid something like 150 euros per month during 10 months to play for a**hats like politics etc...
     
  4. sandcastle

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    Yea, but it was not memorable.
     
  5. stucker

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    I had recently started college at Auburn University and got a call from my good friend from high school and great guitarist, Allen Hinds. The other guitarist (and singer/band leader) he was working with had an opportunity to join a full-time group and Allen needed another guitarist for a gig that weekend at Pepper's bar. The band had four pieces - singer/bass player, drums and two guitars.

    There was no time for a rehearsal. But Allen and I had jammed together many times at his mom's house on Magnolia Avenue so he figured I was up to the task. I had the chance to sit in at local jams in clubs before but this was the first chance I had to play an entire show - and get paid for it!

    I honestly don't remember how much I got paid. But I do remember some of the great songs we played: Thrill Is Gone, One Way Out, Stormy Monday, Mister Magic, Ain't No Sunshine, Reeling In The Years (I did the kickoff on that one) and Statesboro Blues. We had a great response and I'll never forget the experience.

    That group stayed together (with some member changes/additions) for over a year and started my addiction to playing in bands.
     

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