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Old 10-17-2014, 11:51 PM
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I've been reading Jeff's story about his experience with drunk band members and I though about sharing what happened to me last week.
We just bought our house here in North Hollywood and we wanted to celebrate with our friends (we got no family but ourselves here on this coast). We planned a super cool party with at least 4 bands. Different styles but all of them great musicians. When we shared the news with our friends everybody was so in to it. Everybody wanted to help and play. We weren't paying of course. It was a house warming party with friends. None of the bands were pro. All of them put together just for the party. The party was planned with at least 2 months in advance. There was classic rock, Pop, Disco, Hard rock and even some Grease (the movie) moments...Only one week before the party all of the sudden everybody started making request for changing the song list, not playing with a certain musician ,not wanting to use a certain drum set, a certain guitar or bass amp, not being able to play that early (we planned the party on a Sunday afternoon for better convenience for everybody), not being able to play after 5 pm, not wanting to play a song that was agreed on advance, feeling sick, not wanting to play more than two songs, wanting to rehearse with the other guys, this and that...It was a nightmare! We had the wine, beer, food, a jumper for the kids, we rented tables and chairs, light system, sound system...The problems and conditions reached a peak on the previous Friday when at least one or two members of each band weren't even confirming his participation...We were under so much stress and uncertainty that we decided to cancel the thing. We were having such a hard time that it wasn't worth it. I lost at least $400.00 on the rentals only. I was able to return almost everything but the booze...So here I am with 60 bottles of beer, 15 bottles of wine and 5 Tequilas...And I dont even drink!!!! grrrrrrrrr!!!!
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:12 AM
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Very sorry to hear this, sometimes the love of music is a strange beast.I'll drink a beer every once in a blue moon but that is it. Just use your own band make it a short playlist and invite true friends,.Then a have true house warming with whom cares about you and your family.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:42 AM
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Sounds to me like a classic case of too many morons spoiling the broth. If I were planning a party like this with a bunch of bands I would say. Here's the kit we're using, bring your own cymbals and snare if you like. Here's the amps you'll be using. You're a musician - improvise! Make do with what's available to you. It's not Lollapalooza, it's a house warming. We're going to have fun damn it! Play whatever songs you like. It's just for fun.
Thems the house rules! Leave your BS at the door.
And that my friend is how we do that.
That being said, I can't see myself ever organizing a party on that scale. Best I could manage would be a BBQ and an acoustic jam sesh. Maybe a pot of chili, a few hot dogs, some beers, maybe some steaks. Some burgers? You never know, there might even be some chicken wings. And my own particular vice - Ribs But I digress. My neighbors would hogtie me and ride me out of town on a rail if I played too loud.
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:26 AM
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Man Vinny this is sad to read. So sorry things went down like this. Your very generous to think of everyone enough to invite them into your new home for a celebration. A shame they spoiled it all. Maybe a small bash for close family and a few friends? Have a informal jam and enjoy!! Don't invite the first party poopers!!!
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:36 AM
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vinny

congrats to you and your family on your new home. sorry to hear that about the mess that went down. hope you are enjoying your new place.

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Old 10-18-2014, 11:42 AM
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its all about family!!! the idiots can stay in the street my dad used to say keep the street in the street maybe next time it would be better to hire a band that no one knows, and the kicker no open mic LOL
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:09 PM
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I can't believe the nerve of some people! I'm suprised a few didn't go as far as to submit a backstage "rider" packet with their list of items and supplies for their own personal dressing rooms!!!!!! ....i digress... Sounds like a horrible experience buddy... congrats on the new house
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:57 PM
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Ooops that's not good. Sorry to read that but as jag hog said, just hire a band to play and maybe stow away some backline ready for any impromptu jamming that might take place later in the night. You could still do that with the booze you have left.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:50 AM
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Nah. not happening. Way too dissapointed to even try again. Its funny but what Chromeo recommended was exactly what we planned, We wanted everybody to be part of the thing, We had schedules, time frames for brakes, tunning and the switching of cymbals, pedals and snares which I provided...I have a huge array of them and even like that It didnt work. Maybe its the LA way. Where everybody is a star on their own mind...

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Old 10-19-2014, 09:44 AM
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On the brighter side, your Christmas card list is much shorter this year. When a few people in a group have an outbreak of "All About ME!" syndrome, it can, and usually does, turn everyone elses fun into nothing but heartache. Congratulations of the new house.
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