Averaging around 100 nights a year for the last 20 years (there have been some years in that time that were lighter,some heavier but overall thats about a fair number) the law of averages just catches up with you. I have some absolute DOOZIES!
I have too many normal illness/family emergency to even begin to list over that period...here are some highlights (or lowlights if you will)
Its going to be hard to do these justice as I have to protect the innocent (or even the not so innocent) here
-A gig on a balcony in downtown hartford...whole band on boomers....one member loses bowel control onstage in middle of Corrina! Set cut short because:
a)said person runs offstage to mens room
b) rest of band on psychedelic laughing jag cannot compose themselves to finish set.
-Gig at bar near UCONN, vital member pinched for puffing in lot during set break,room was packed.. show went on, club owner PISSED. held up pay..
-a band member used to play in underwear (with no shirt)from time to time (ala chili peppers) especially in summer. he was a "sit down" instrument player so not a huge deal as he mostly was hidden by gear, however one night after a bunch of rum and cokes, underwear came off and he played the set like that (we didnt notice, thought he was still in skivvies) however stage was in a big picture window on downtown city street...on lookers got perfect view from street. Police come in and stop set and arrest for indecent exposure!
- Singer/instr... having such bad narcotic withdrawl throws up all over mic and monitor while in the middle of Estimated coda. Never recovered, had to leave stage.
- Band member forgets about gig and travels 3 states away, which we could have handled except band member has power amps for PA in car. This was before everyone had a cell phone we thought he was coming and was just late. 3 hour jazz odyssey ensued
.......................................................have you heard the one about the yellow dog?