Leigh M. wrote:
I've another one where I lent a band an amp at a festival I organised. It was a rack setup that was out of the rack, as I was playing with my own band at the same time. So after my set I go there and am told the guy used a short lead, got carried away with rocking out and accidentally pulled my amp off the full stack onto the floor. Tubes were smashed, power lead was ripped off the case with innards hanging out. In short, fucked. The guy said sorry but never gave me a penny in compensation. 2 months later we're playing with the same band. He starts making jokes about my still broken amp. Not cool at all. I spent nearly as much as the amp cost getting it working again.
Just gonna address this as I'd like to clear the air. I am said guy, worst gig I ever played, my confidence was completely shook after it, so much so that I never play without taping all my cables to the stage now. I remember standing in the tiny room to the side of the stage, offering to pay you and also explaining that I repair musical equipment for a living and could fix it for you, which you declined. I wouldn't have ever dreamed of joking about it with you had I not already thought the air had been cleared between us, so if it came across in a negative way I apologise, I hope theres no Ill feelings between us over what seems to be a miscommunication. If theres anything I can do, send me a PM.
Water under the bridge, that was like 5 years ago at this point!
I hadn't even seen the amp or been properly told what had happened when I met you on the night and you made the offer, I was literally just after stepping off stage myself! Could hardly have gone looking for you asking for money after that point. S'all good at this stage.
Anyways, I have LOADS more of these stories. I lend out my gear for the Bad Rep stuff when it's needed and people treat borrowed gear like DIRT. I've had 3-4 bass cabs blown, drum hardware gutted for no apparent reason, cymbals stood on and bent inside out, had guitar pedals stolen after they were borrowed, I've had several people turn my amps on FULL volume. Had loads of guys leave my amp on when they finished their set, suddenly it was my problem to turn it off and get it out of the way for the next band?
Lets get started on bass gear. I'd say roughly 1 in 3 bands who come through Limerick for metal gigs who are told to bring a head show up without one. It's gotten to the point with it now where I don't even get mad anymore. They usually don't even ASK to borrow something, they just show up and start plugging into shit.
I have a sansamp->PA Poweramp-> Cab bass setup. So it's a little bit more complicated than just plug in and turn up. Had a guy not 2 weeks ago turn up without the head he was asked to bring. So I let him use this setup. I set it to as loud as was safe- it can clip pretty easily and it does't take much clipping to blow a cab. I left the stage and noticed the red clip night in the crowd a minute later- I went back up and he'd DIMED it. I reset it, explained it again and turned around. He started hitting the bass strings as hard as he could with his full hand. Of course the amp started to clip at this ridiculous technique so I went back over and turned it down even futher, much to the bass players dismay. I wish I'd gotten this one on camera as it was absolutely ridiculous. There's no way he wasn't trying to break my stuff.
Could be a controversial opinion here but it's mostly Dublin based bands who are guilty of showing up without gear in my experience. A fair whack of guys playing in bands there don't actually own a giggable rig. They use whatever amps are in their rehearsal places and then use the house amps in the 2-3 venues they usually play. So when they play a show outside of fibbers/on the rox they literally don't have the gear for it. The idea of travelling further than a few miles with an amp seems insane to others. As in, they can't wrap their head around the idea of throwing a few bits of gear into the same car you're travelling in. I've actually had several people say basically this to me as a reason why they aren't bringing gear to a show.
The biggest travesty of all is with drummers. There must be some sort of unwritten code that if you're playing a kit then you MUST leave the next drummer with less cymbal felts, wing nuts and the other basic things needed for a stand to function. I've spent a small fortune replacing this stuff between gigs. It's especially uncool at the festivals where the headline bands are the ones left without the gear they need.