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Albrecht Smuten
01-11-2013, 02:32 AM
Do you drink alcohol on stage? Use other substances? What's your opinion/experience?

Twinfan
01-11-2013, 02:55 AM
I avoid alcohol - my band will tell you I play worse after only 1 drink. It puts my concentration right off.

prsguitarman101
01-11-2013, 03:35 AM
Yep, water, or soda pop for me too.

docbennett
01-11-2013, 08:20 AM
I think that those who use substances while performing...or have become dependant on substances prior to performing....run the risk of ending up looking like Eric Clapton in the '70's...how many people saw him vomiting on stage during one of his performances during that era??? Not a pretty sight.

Then of course, there's the infamous Jim Morrison drunken spectable in Miami that led to his arrest for "public lewdness".

There is a time and place for substance abuse! Just not on stage! :)

And if your dependant, please get your fix before the show so we don't have to witness your acute withdrawal symptoms during the performance, thank you very much.

Albrecht Smuten
01-11-2013, 08:32 AM
I think that those who use substances while performing...or have become dependant on substances prior to performing....run the risk of ending up looking like Eric Clapton in the '70's...how many people saw him vomiting on stage during one of his performances during that era??? Not a pretty sight.

Then of course, there's the infamous Jim Morrison drunken spectable in Miami that led to his arrest for "public lewdness".

There is a time and place for substance abuse! Just not on stage! :)

And if your dependant, please get your fix before the show so we don't have to witness your acute withdrawal symptoms during the performance, thank you very much.

Haha :rofl:
Well I have a history of being a punkrock frontman as well as jam session flute player, so the substance abuse was always a part of my playing. Pose, I know, but I don't really enjoy playing sober (I tried once). Now I just try not to drink that much and prefer not to get high before the show, because I get sleepy behind the mic.

I'm getting old.

(btw I once heard of a drunk HARP player, taking a whizz from the stage. After that, we asked him to be a guest on our latest album :D )

docbennett
01-11-2013, 08:45 AM
Haha :rofl:
Well I have a history of being a punkrock frontman as well as jam session flute player, so the substance abuse was always a part of my playing. Pose, I know, but I don't really enjoy playing sober (I tried once). Now I just try not to drink that much and prefer not to get high before the show, because I get sleepy behind the mic. I'm getting old. (btw I once heard of a drunk HARP player, taking a whizz from the stage. After that, we asked him to be a guest on our latest album :D )


didn't you previously front Jethro Tull????

Dancing Frog
01-11-2013, 09:10 AM
The only thing I am on is medication and herbs. Something for vertigo and a tryptophan for stage fright taken a couple hours before. I tend to treat going on stage like a minor surgical procedure, no eating or drinking for an hour or two before. I load up before that on fluids.

Boogie123
01-11-2013, 09:23 AM
Just Herbs for me as well :wink:

garrett
01-11-2013, 09:30 AM
I don't drink alcohol while performing, for a few reasons:

Beer is cold, which makes the glass sweat, which makes my hand wet (I only want room temperature water on stage)
My playing suffers
A couple of my current band mates are in recovery
I drink alcohol to enjoy it, and I can't do that on stage

I am not opposed to a beer or two after the performance is done.

Other common "rock n roll substances" never enter my body.

themike
01-11-2013, 09:30 AM
For me there is no need for drinks on stage - the power of the riff compells me!

I also have way to much expensive gear sitting around shady venues so I have to be especially alert no one walks off with a guitar case of Fractal unit hahaha

markie
01-11-2013, 10:16 AM
I'm not a big fan of my Band-mates drinking on stage...........


Edit: It's absolutely zero fun to play with a drunken Band-mate IMHO!

docbennett
01-11-2013, 10:19 AM
For me there is no need for drinks on stage - the power of the riff compells me!

I also have way to much expensive gear sitting around shady venues so I have to be especially alert no one walks off with a guitar case of Fractal unit hahaha

Geez..you can get anything on the internet these days!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX3wNfw3iYY

LSchefman
01-11-2013, 10:43 AM
There's a fine line between "feeling good" and having one's skill set diminish. And it's unpredictable, because one's food intake, body chemistry, activity level, etc., changes daily and even hourly.

So I don't take chances. If someone asks me to play with their band, I figure it's to add whatever skills I have. I never want to let anyone down.

However, the last band I gigged with had the best bass player I know (he had toured with Prince) and he could down a Scotch in the middle of a song, at the same time play his bass with the other hand, not miss a note, give me a "gotcha" wink, and carry on. So whatever works, I guess....

vchizzle
01-11-2013, 11:20 AM
Pretty much just water. I'll sometimes have 1 beer on stage with me, most of the time it's not finished before the end of the set.

sergiodeblanc
01-11-2013, 11:38 AM
It's case dependent for me, if I have to drive no, if I'm playing guitar no, DJ'ing no, working for somebody no, playing bass maybe, singing/MC with a handler Yes!!!

Rango
01-11-2013, 03:25 PM
Pretty much just water. I'll sometimes have 1 beer on stage with me, most of the time it's not finished before the end of the set.

If I'm playing in a bar.... that's me as well, the beer is pretty much a Rock 'n Roll Prop. ;) I won't drink any of it if I'm singing or playing guitar...
If I'm drumming I'll work it off and it's really not an issue to have one during a set - again - only if it's venue appropriate.

zebraprs
01-11-2013, 03:46 PM
I will have a few beers while playing.. not all at once but thgough the course of the night. Sometimes.. Not always.. but I do hate sloppy drunk guitar players..

Mikegarveyblues
01-11-2013, 03:51 PM
I did a gig drunk when I was younger, The rest of the band (Except one) where high as a kite too, so I wasn't the worst offender. The crowd was drunk too so it turned out well.

It's absoloutely not something I would do now though. I may have a half pint or little shot of Whiskey and that's it.

John Beef
01-11-2013, 04:43 PM
I drink beer onstage. You know, a few over the course of the night. No need to be stone cold sober. It's rock and roll at a bar... it's not "family night" at the local Chuck-E-Cheese.

Back in 2005 I was in a band that organized a crazy night at a local club with three other bands. We billed it as "Shotfest". We got the local New Times to write up an article about what was happening and the place was absolutely packed. The deal was this: All four bands, right before their first song and then after every song they played, all the members of the bands would do a shot of Jagermeister. There was a waiter on the side of the stage responsible for refilling the drinks and passing them out to the band members, extra people on hand to move gear after a band's set, and of course, designated drivers for all. So, for every band, they'd start off tight and after about 7 or 8 songs, it was a total onstage meltdown. By the time everyone was too drunk to play, they'd get off the stage and another band would come on. I've got this big grin on my face just thinking about how hilarious it was. We all had a blast, the audience found it as hilarious as everyone else, the bar made a killing, and everyone left happy.

andy474x
01-11-2013, 04:54 PM
I usually have a few beers during a 15+ song set. I'm used to drinking heavier beers, stouts, porters, ambers, etc, so a few light beers during the set don't get me too silly. Plus i sweat like crazy, so it keeps me a little cool. The problem is when people are really into it and they buy the whole band shots - but I'm not one to turn down a little generosity :). But I make a point not to let my playing suffer. I play to play and for others to party, don't have to depend on anything else for a good time!

Boogie
01-11-2013, 08:49 PM
If I weren't driving home, I'd have a few beers throughout the night (maybe one an hour), but that's never the case . So at the most, it's a couple all night, if any. Some drinking doesn't impare my playing, but it does accelerate my fatigue.

watelessness
01-12-2013, 09:29 AM
I could never keep time if drinking on stage so I didn't. To each his own.

SuperFly53
01-12-2013, 09:42 AM
I always drink a few beers. I rarely get drunk.

cosmic_ape
01-12-2013, 09:50 PM
I sweat a lot onstage. Alcohol dehydrates you. Not a good combo. Besides, I'm there to work.

Poffypoffa
01-13-2013, 11:07 PM
When I saw Black Crowes, Chris Robinson spent the whole show taking swigs out of a bottle of Jack Daniels. Was the best concert I've ever been to, however.

Albrecht Smuten
01-14-2013, 04:13 AM
Thank you guys for helping me with this little social research!


didn't you previously front Jethro Tull????

No, but many times I couldn't sleep because I couldn't stop imagining it :D


He could down a Scotch in the middle of a song, at the same time play his bass with the other hand, not miss a note, give me a "gotcha" wink, and carry on. So whatever works, I guess....

That's more common than one might think. My previous guitar player was able to fall asleep on stage and still play the whole gig without one mistake. He used to have a roommate, who played upright bass, and had the same skill while being extremely high. His explanation was: "You have to be high when you practice".


I drink beer onstage. You know, a few over the course of the night. No need to be stone cold sober. It's rock and roll at a bar... it's not "family night" at the local Chuck-E-Cheese.

Back in 2005 I was in a band that organized a crazy night at a local club with three other bands. We billed it as "Shotfest". We got the local New Times to write up an article about what was happening and the place was absolutely packed. The deal was this: All four bands, right before their first song and then after every song they played, all the members of the bands would do a shot of Jagermeister. There was a waiter on the side of the stage responsible for refilling the drinks and passing them out to the band members, extra people on hand to move gear after a band's set, and of course, designated drivers for all. So, for every band, they'd start off tight and after about 7 or 8 songs, it was a total onstage meltdown. By the time everyone was too drunk to play, they'd get off the stage and another band would come on. I've got this big grin on my face just thinking about how hilarious it was. We all had a blast, the audience found it as hilarious as everyone else, the bar made a killing, and everyone left happy.

This sounds really fun :D Now I think about organising such party myself...

captdg
01-14-2013, 06:46 PM
I think that those who use substances while performing...or have become dependant on substances prior to performing....run the risk of ending up looking like Eric Clapton in the '70's...how many people saw him vomiting on stage during one of his performances during that era??? Not a pretty sight.

Then of course, there's the infamous Jim Morrison drunken spectable in Miami that led to his arrest for "public lewdness".

There is a time and place for substance abuse! Just not on stage! :)

And if your dependant, please get your fix before the show so we don't have to witness your acute withdrawal symptoms during the performance, thank you very much.
This has a kernel of truth..I was so used to having a beer or 5 while grilling.. Then when I went offshore (no alcohol) and we would grill my pavlovian response kicked in.. I never missed it otherwise..

Keletcaster
01-14-2013, 07:30 PM
Intresting topic guys. I myself try to avoid drinkin' when I'm performing it just takes away my edge. My attack on lead stuff just suffers.

soundbee
01-14-2013, 07:49 PM
I ONLY drink on stage - I've found that if I kick back and start before or between sets then I'll get too sloshed. Plus I'll us a bottle as a slide - ah the sweet taste of open G play'd through Brooklyn Lager

kukumba
01-14-2013, 09:54 PM
I used to play ALOT in the 80's and back then we used to drink alot on stage. If we had to play 3 or 4 sets we would each go through a six pack or 2 on stage each night. Free beer for the band was in our contract. We were moving around and going nuts on stage, so over the course of several hours we never really felt that drunk, but we did feel it the next day a little. We also got plenty of free shots sent by the audience that were hard to say no to and you never knew what you where going to be drinking when those shots came up. Could be peach schnapps or frickin Everclear!

I was in my late teens and early 20's so I could drink like that every night and not suffer. If I did that now Id be in the hospital the next day for sure. That was on stage....but in the studio writing new stuff, our band used to have a saying, "when the drug suffers, the band suffers." Mostly herbal remedies but still some of our coolest stuff was composed after taking our glaucoma medicine. We kept it totally under control and stayed away from coke and hard drugs although we saw alot of that on the road.

Nobody ever barfed on stage but we did see a few chicks barf back at the band house and backstage. Our roadies were quick to remove them if it got ugly. Ahhh, those were the days.

Also, should mention that we were totally broke and barely made enough to survive.
Here I am playing at the Button South circa 1990.
http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/y536/robert_gomez2/bobbutton2_zps22a36503.jpg
Here we are back state at an Epic Showcase at the Cat Club in NYC around 1991
http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/y536/robert_gomez2/catclub1_zps102dc3b1.jpg

Rango
01-15-2013, 10:47 AM
Cool Pic's. Thanks for sharing that! :D

Shawn@PRS
01-15-2013, 11:59 AM
Cool pic Kukumba! Are some of those guys your brothers? They look like they could be related to you.