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Post Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:14 pm

WOW this thread is so old....I wasn't even posting green back then!
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Post Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:35 pm

OK, here's a good rule of thumb:

Feel free to get drunk before a gig as long as you're OK with accountant doing crack before doing your taxes.

Seems fair.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:57 am

When I drink I play a lot worse than I do sober.....when I am high I play pretty well

I played after I took a couple rolls the other night and I was doing stuff that I didn't even know I could do
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:37 am

If I have had a drink I wouldn't even be able to hit a barn door with a machine gun, so hitting a drumkit becomes very difficult! :?

So I have to play sober, and just have a couple of beers after the gig to relax.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:42 am

I don't drink or do drugs. I'd been there and done that in the past.
Some of the greatest musicians have been high but for me ot's not a good idea.
My friend, Bill, will back me up on that.

I have nothing against anybody doing it if they can handle it and it doesn't interfere with their ability to function.
Though usually when somebody has a problem in that area, "denial" is a major characteristic of that syndrome.

One thing I do have a problem with is...anybody who just went out on break and got stoned, and then tells me the tempo isn't right.
Duh!!! Pot distorts your sense of time.
Combine that with a immature player who never got their time together or never worked with a sequencer, metronome, or drum machine.
Dude, I'm completely clean and sober...as well, time and groove is my main priority. It's what I live for LOL
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:36 am

ehehehe

last Friday we played a little show and my vocalist knows that I like to have a shot of alcohol just before show as a "muscle relaxant", soooo, he handed me a nice little metal pocket flask and told me that I'll find some green label Johnny Walker inside. A nice move.

I took a sip and it shook me .. " yeah, next time pour out the dishwater first , brrr" lol he really cleaned the flask and did not pour out all the water and put the nice whiskey on top. A good laugh. Next Saturday he'll try again. :)

For gigs with people a little shot before show looses my arms. Sometimes with the guys deep down in the rehearsal it occasionally gets more. :D haha I have heard recordings of me playing wasted, nono I'll never do that on gigs it was so bad, but I remember that I had lots of fun .. :) well ..
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:53 am

i like being in control of my actions/words so i rarely drink at any time. i like to blaze but ill only do so before a gig if someone invites me to join them in a session (most of the time anyways). when im playing by myself or at practice it can go either way. being drunk always gives me a serious jones to play but anything i try and do (even simple stuff) is disgraceful and sad.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:11 am

trstn wrote:.........a nice little metal pocket flask.....



I have a flask that I bought in Venice, Italy while I lived overseas (2001-2005). We were heavy into Grappa (Mile Verde especially) and Sambouka.

Well, I filled said flask w/Sambouka and said to my buddies "when we're all back in the states we need to meet up and drink this."

Time goes by, we eventually all meet up in Vegas (April '06) and I forgot the damn flask back home in Idaho :x

Anyway - a few of us live within 4 or 5 hours of each other on the east coast so we met up last summer (August '07) and finally drank it. To say it was stout was an understatement :twisted: It had been sitting in there since 2002 so I think some stuff started growing...lol
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:31 am

one of the first things i ever did on these boards was get in to it with rockula over this very topic.

not a big proponent of playing under the influence. especially if you're being paid.

christ... the connections between alcohol and impaired coordination / motor skills isn't exactly new news.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:30 pm

This is my stance for my bandmates:
I don't care what you do as long as it doesn't affect your playing, and if your doing something that affects your playing I really don't care what it is other then it needs to stop. No excuses.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:51 pm

Personally I don't want nothing coming between my mind and playing...afterwards though! :lol:
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:06 pm

as far as being in a band with someone who has a habit of taking hard drugs, it really makes everything much more difficult. Addicts tend to be flaky, irrational, hard to deal with, and unprofessional. I've done it before, and while I won't say "never again", I'll say it definitely isn't a turnon.
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:14 pm

Alan_ wrote:as far as being in a band with someone who has a habit of taking hard drugs, it really makes everything much more difficult. Addicts tend to be flaky, irrational, hard to deal with, and unprofessional. I've done it before, and while I won't say "never again", I'll say it definitely isn't a turnon.


Being a junky takes some real dedication, speed and coke can be a serious commitment. Junkies usually don't have time (or money) for much else; it's not just a drug, it's a way of life
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:48 pm

As long as it doesn't affect the performance, do whatever you like. My bandmates are all either stoned or hammered when we go on, but I can't/won't before a set because all it does is slow me down. Even if we're playing for nothing (which is almost always the case) I take it seriously enough to be at my best at all times. After the show, though, all bets are off...
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Post Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:41 pm

All I will do before a gig is a shot of rum to loosen up a bit. Not enough to even give me a buzz, I don't want anything affecting my concentration.

Drunken songwriting, on the other hand, is an entirely different thing. Had a few gems there...
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