Largest crowd you have ever played for??

Carter

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Either with your band, an old band, solo, with high school band, anything. What's the biggest number of people you have played your drums in front of live?? And what was the situation??

For me it was just over 500 people. It was for a sort of musical showcase with an old band I was in. There were singers, guitarists, pianists, etc. My band was one of only 3 actual bands to sign up though. We got to play 5 songs for this crowd of mostly young musicians. It was pretty cool. Other than that I filled in a couple of times at a church which on average had about 350 people there. Of course most of my real band gigs have been so far like 100-150 people. Hopefully that will change soon, though:p
 

screamkevin

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Largest crowd I ever played for was recently this summer at the Harper's Park Memorial Rockfest. My band opened for Warrant in front of a huge crowd. Ticket sales were at 7,200, but the crowd was well over 10,000 people strong.
 

Silzildrummer

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screamkevin":19swi8nz said:
Largest crowd I ever played for was recently this summer at the Harper's Park Memorial Rockfest. My band opened for Warrant in front of a huge crowd. Ticket sales were at 7,200, but the crowd was well over 10,000 people strong.
That's awesome Screamkevin!
 

tamadrumboy

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Thousands at this event called Canalfest last month...Greatest show of my career. It was right on the Waterfront of a river.
The stage was right against the water and I was talking to boaters riding by in between songs; it was very memorable. :lol:
 

dugdrummer

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tamadrumboy":6zbuc7um said:
Thousands at this event called Canalfest last month...Greatest show of my career. It was right on the Waterfront of a river.
The stage was right against the water and I was talking to boaters riding by in between songs; it was very memorable. :lol:

and you guys owned the stage!!!!!!!!!!


biggest crowds hmmm..we were blessed to have a few

opening for dickie betts..about 3,500 or so...12,000 when dickie played :wink:

opening for peter frampton at the buffalo bike blast 2004 7,000+

opening for lou graham..5,000
8)
 

Capeside Alex

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biggest, maybe just over 300. but the best? either an annual local show called Embassy Aggression, or a show I played on a tour with Eighteen Visions, He Is Legend, and LoveHateHero. We played in Halifax, NS, and the crowd was netween 250-350, but made it feel like 99,999. honestly, regardless of how many people are watching you play, it's nothing unless they get into it. however they may (ie. bobbing the head, dancing, push moshing, hardcore dancing, or even singing along to every lyric), it makes the small crowd make it that much better, and shows me why I want to do this for a living. having people go off means more then life itself to me.

Alex
 

GeorgeD311

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My first serious band called Tripside from Huntington, LI won a contest and got to open the Lollapallooza 2nd Stage back in July of 2003.
 

Mistajohn

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just over 300,000. Parkpop festival in the Hague (NL). It was a small turnout, as they expected 500,000.

it's Europe's largest FREE festival. I was there playing with Andrew Dorff (he had a hit record over there). Matchbox 20 opened, The Hellacopters followed us, Dave Matthews, Buju Banton, Echo and the Bunnymen were all there, + some Eurobands...

I was jet lagged, so it was all surreal. Funny thing was, as I was used to playing heavy rock and punk, I looked out and didn't see people going crazy. I play like my life depends on it, so when the crowd reaction is mellow, I question what the problem is.

The problem WAS that I didn't write those songs we were playing. They were of the Alt-Rock ilk, so no matter how I played...same reaction.

I moved on. Why play other people's music. It's not worth it to do this just for money. I'm sure a lot of you know that, right?
 

screamkevin

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Hey Mistajohn, this is freaky, but I know your lead singer! Carrie used to be based here in PA, when she was with Juiced! Wonderful girl, tremendous talent, Cakecutter got one hell of a singer! Congrats!
 

Mistajohn

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yo ScreamKevin-

Wow, what a small world! Actually Carrie is in PA until Friday, I believe! You may see her around!

We're in the midst of a lot of stuff, Geza is mixing the new record, stokin. Getting ready to do a lipttle festival this weekend, and then on 9/16 we're doin' this big Jackass party.

Can't wait to get all this stuff mixed and in the can, then mastered. trying to get back out to Europe before the end of the year.

Wow, I'll let Carrie know that we've hooked up on this thing!

Rock,

Mista John
 

drumbot

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ScreamKevin- Mista John,

You guys rock, rock. I've only topped at about 3,500 three or four times, when I was touring with a musical, and something else, I think opeing for Southern Culture on the Skids. I do have far more memories of playing for less than ten.
 

Mistajohn

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The strange thing about crowds is that, although you can get off with an ocean of people in front of you, the bigger the crowd, the lower the level of intimacy with that crowd.

That is unless the crowd unites as one. And therefore, the music I really like to play unites the crowd as a unified force.

It's not hard to do if you have a good band with good songs, but the danger lies in what a "force" a band uses to unify a crowd.

Many bands use hate, many use that hippy love thing, many use intellectual stimulation. There is no right or wrong way, but I tend to want smart people who know how to party and who are not asshole.

Why? Cuz once you are off the stage, you have to hang with that crowd. My old Punk band would tour, and after about 10 years, we became a bunch of even more pissed-off fargin pirates. When The show was over, there was nothing but a sea of teenage boys (!).

Now, there's nothing wrong with being gay, but I tend to like the smell, feel and taste of girls. Call me crazy.

So with my current band, we based our whole theme on making girls dance (uh, to rock)...

Begin with the end in mind.

Also (and I know I am going on forever here), bands have to think about the size rooms/venues they want to play, then play music that fits that particular goal. There's a reason why jazz is best in a tiny club, and not in a stadium. As a drummer, if you aim at the big venues, your beats have to translate beyond the 75th row.

To play big venues, play bigger than the stage...but makle sure your heart lies in the center of the music you make (this goes back to paragraph one of this post).

Rock.
 

funkdrmr

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My biggest crowd was about 6,000 kids & parents when I was a teenager.

I won the 4-H (I know, goofy) talent contest in my town, (latin song/ drum solo with my mom accompanying on the keys) then went to regionals and won. The reward for winning regionals was to perform at Edward Elliot Music Hall at Purdue University in front of all those people.

There were a lot of acts, and I got to open the show. They set me up in the orchestra pit before hand, and when I was announced they raised the pit up to stage level, bringing me into view as I had started playing.

By far one of the best experiences I've ever had.
 

Mistajohn

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Some of the best shows ever where in front of a handfull of people.

Years back, my old punk band had a sunday night gig at al's bar in LA. We'd been partying really hard all weekend and forgot about the show.

Then our bass player reminded us of the gig. A toughie at 11PM sunday night.

HArdly anyone was in the place. We all wanted to just go home.

Then a band got upt to play - San Fran's THE BARFEEDERS!

They started up, and began ripping! Now we knew them (old friends), but dammit, they put the fire in everyone in the joint. We all woke up and played our asses off.

Lesson learned, it doens't matter how many people are there, you must play to make them rock.

It happened again when I saw LA local band Very Be Careful.

Went to a club (Spaceland) on a slow night. These guys got up and got everyone still in the club, dancing and drinking.

I love the power of music!

MJ
 
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