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cait Performers Excess Drinking at Their Gig (126* d) RE: Performers Excess Drinking at Their Gig 14 Mar 01

I'm pretty new here, but will throw my thoughts in. The name of this thread is 'performer's EXCESS drinking', right? That says it all right there. I was offered a spot as singer in a group that a good friend was putting together, but I knew he was quite a drinker (and smoker, another can of worms), so I turned him down. He tried several times to get me to change my mind. I went to a couple of rehearsals which helped me to stay firm. When drinking, not only did his playing suffer, but his personality underwent a great change. He became overbearing and somewhat abusive. I don't know why the other players tolerated him, except that the bass player was in love with him (she is nursing a broken heart now). He played over my solos, and when I tried to sing backup for his songs, he would change the lyrics and timing, then accuse me of being too rigid. Anyway, it's not just the performance that's affected. I never joined that band and was treated to accounts of gigs that went well, but more that did not, all due to drinking. In other bands, there was a drunken drummer who would forget to come to rehearsals...and a lead guitarist who thought he needed to toke up for 'inspiration' (often backfired). Haven't you ever wanted to join a team that was fully functional to see where it could go? It has to beat making excuses for why it didn't work out... btw, I'm looking for a spot as a singer with celtic/blues/folk players in the lower Hudson Valley area of NY. heh... -caiti

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