So, my bandmates have been a bunch of little b*tches lately... you know how it goes, the last minute backouts, the theoretical interest in practice and gigs that never materializes. So, I'm looking to move on, and have been searching a bit.
I get in contact with a fellow that seems nice enough, an "experienced vocalist" that wants to get an 80's and on rock group together, inform him that I have a practice space, but the only equipment I have is my guitar gear. Which I think is reasonable, I'm a guitar player and nothing else. He specifically asks if I have PA equipment, and I say no. So he suggests that maybe we should work on some acoustic stuff.
I didn't buy 2 PRS guitars, a PRS amp, and a pimped out pedal board to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. To be fair, this guy has been very pleasant, but it just grinds my gears when supposedly experienced vocalists expect to walk into a gold mine of band equipment, and don't think they have to contribute at all (this has happened to me before). Especially when they whine about having to buy a good vocal mic, stuff like that. Granted, I also don't expect them to have a PA system to play at an NFL stadium, but it would be nice if they at least had something that could handle their vocals at practice and small gigs where the instruments aren't being mic'd. Even as someone who only has SE gear, between amps, guitars, pedals, upgrades to gear, my gig rig comes in around $4G's. I'm not saying this to brag - I know there are people here who bring single guitars to a gig worth as much as my whole setup. And how much more frustrating must it be when you've got $10 grand in your rig, and a whiny vocalist who won't spend a fraction of that on PA gear? My point is, if guitarists, bassists, and drummers shell out thousands on our equipment, why don't vocalists realize that their voice is their instrument, and they need to have the equipment for it, just like we need an amp for our guitar?
Just frustrated I guess, someone being a vocalist is one of those claims that never really tells you what you're going to get.