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george mcfly

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Years back, I was playing a show with a new band. Brand new songs and completely unprepared. I was getting all my gear ready to go on stage and I decided to leg it. Except I didn't. For a second though I caught the eye of a band member and he told me (after the show) that he knew I was considering legging it and that if I did, he was going to leg it too.

We didn't though and as we ploughed through our short set of unfinished tunes I knew that the right decision would have been to run. Inspired by "the music's shit" scene in Frank, what are your favourite stories of on-stage nerves.
 

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Good thread topic!

My first gig was a solo effort 10 years ago in a, really quite busy, spirit store. it was only 15-20 minutes worth. Second song in I forgot the second verse and stopped dead. That was a real, well... fuck, moment. During the first song I realised that i'd never played guitar without looking at the frets before either.

After some discussion with the audience over what we were going to do I just decided to leave it out. Everyone seemed happy.

My last gig must be going on 2 years ago. The audience was mostly made up of pensioners, i got drunk and played a cover of pulp's underware. I remember thinking it went well.
 

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I don't get nervous. I just play guitar so as long as everything is plugged in and I have a full set of strings it's grand.

I played with my back to the audience once but only because the sound was fucking terrible.

Everyone focuses on the singer so I don't give a shit. I can't imagine having to interact with the audience like singers do.
 

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I've never really played with bands, but I've sang on stage a fair bit and acted and so on, and I have the absolute worst stage fright. I actually did stand up comedy once, to try and battle the nerves, and I ended up looking like a deadpan psychopath because I was staring and trying to control my voice so much.

I believe it all comes from being 5 and playing a daisy in a pantomime and wetting myself on stage.
 

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Never had a problem with nerves before going on stage. We would always throw a half-finished idea into the setlist and wing that one for a bit of danger. Usually worked out well.

I did get a bad case of nerves the first time I did a show for Trinity FM, I had managed to convince Nina Hynes to do a live slot and I was woefully and pitifully unprepared. No questions prepared, no background info gathered and pure panic when we went live. Nina had asked for some apple juice and I spilled it on the console. I felt like such a gom. Still do.
 

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I used to get very nervous. Rubbish at chatting before gigs to the point to seeming like a dick. All that changed during the Hot Colossus days where I'd be chatting away even while putting the guitar on, next thing you know we're playing. Total luxury.
I have a feeling that things might revert...
 

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I haven't played live since I was a teenager

THANK GOD.

I definitely get more nervous at a party where you're expected to play some acoustic bare your soul nonsense though.

I've never really played with bands, but I've sang on stage a fair bit and acted and so on, and I have the absolute worst stage fright. I actually did stand up comedy once, to try and battle the nerves, and I ended up looking like a deadpan psychopath because I was staring and trying to control my voice so much.

I believe it all comes from being 5 and playing a daisy in a pantomime and wetting myself on stage.

The idea of acting is the scariest thing of all time for me. I'd sooner be plonked in front of an instrument I can't play in an orchestra and attempt to busk along than act.
 

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Ya either have to be so well prepared you can do the act backwards or not give a fuck.

That the only two ways I know of beating stage nerves.

Knowing the material inside out brings all the confidence.

Failing that a few cans and a wreckless disregard for anything bar having fun.

Thats what I did at the Thumped party and it worked out great!
 

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Yeah I've always struggled with nerves even though I've been singing or performing in front of people most of my life. I remember the fear before my audition for the choir as a 10 yr old in front of the local priest and the choir-master (when I was determined to sing Whitney Houston but bottled it and did Little Donkey instead) and it's the same fear I get even now.

Definitely considered legging it once or twice. Once, reasonably recently, I was replacing someone in a band and they were right there in the front row. And I wanted to mention that before the first song but sort of spoke and took a swig of beer at the same time and it all foamed up in my mouth. It's the reason I smoke pretty much, I never need a cigarette like I do before and after a gig.
 

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I remember the fear before my audition for the choir as a 10 yr old in front of the local priest and the choir-master (when I was determined to sing Whitney Houston but bottled it and did Little Donkey instead) and it's the same fear I get even now.

nawwwwwwwww ;_;
 

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