Well last post we had me overextended on my audition, playing a guitar I didn’t practice on, and not enough time to prepare. But they liked me enough to want to check me out one more time.
So I reduced the number of songs from 21 to 10. I pracitced on my #1 guitar – my Ibanez Prestiege, and worked on my presets/tones on my amp.
The difference was huge. They liked me so much I got the job on the spot.
Then they had the idea of us playing at a local jam night at a club called “R Place” in Livermore. We worked up two sets of 4 songs each, with 2 extra, just in case.
When we arrived, the “House” band was setting up and played a blues set that lasted about an hour and half. I was….not nervous, but antsy. I wanted to play, but instead I have to listen to these guys play! I have some serious gear – I kept thinking about where it would go, what is the most effecient way to get it set up to save time, etc.
Finally we got the green light. With the “house” bassist to fill in, we got setup to play. I got my gear up and ready to play in under 10 minutes. We started off with
1) Born to be Wild
2) Can’t Get Enough
3) China Grove
4) Gimme Three Steps
We originally were going to play only 4 but they let us do one more so…we played Jumpin Jack Flash.
We then stepped down, dragged our gear off (well I did, the drum set didn’t move), and took a breather. Our friends and family were supportive, and we sounded quite different than the standard blues fare that had been played thus far. We were also pretty loud. 50 watts with a tube amp is pretty darn loud.
1) Honky Tonk Women
2) Feel Like Makin’ Love
3) Highway to Hell
4) Sweet Home Alabama
Again, they wanted another song wo we threw in Johnny B Goode, the old Chuck Berry Classic.
After that, we were “done” in the sense that we had prepared 10 songs, and we had played them. People loved us, and our lead singer was a natrural as he worked the crowd – talking to them and getting them fired up. Then we were asked to play one more.
“Uh, what do we want to do?”
I said “Ok, let’d do Long Train Runnin'”. I’d played that song every time last year when I played out, I knew it backwards and forwards so we knocked that out.
We were done. Once again, dragged my stuff off the stage, wrapped the cords, put it in the car and was done for the night. No money, but it was a nice “testing ground” for how we’re going to be on stage. They guys liked what I did.
There were mistakes. Oh yeah there were mistakes – but we played through them. This was our third time playing together and the crowed loved us.
We were building a new band…..
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