Monday, June 20, 2005

Cheap Date

I'm a cheap date. A lightweight, obviously not in physical size for those who've seen me, but as for drinking - lightweight, cheap date. I didn't use to be this way - a younger version of me could hold his alcohol quite well. Getting old sucks.

Last Friday we gigged at one of the guitar players' brother's 50th birthday party. Had a very light lunch. I almost religiously have at least a burger or a sandwich prior to gigs. I had learned some 20 years ago to have something down there to soak up the first set's beer. Herein lies my mistake.

The gig was at a really nice community room in a high-end neighborhood about 30 miles south of home starting at 8pm. Great setup for us. Had 2 cups of beer during the first hour long set. I'm fine. During the hour long break for stories about the birthday boy I sat outside by myself at a table 'peoplewatching' and having one of the best 'slurpie-machine' margaritas I've had in a long time. Got a second one to take back in with me for the last set. The food served that evening had already been put away. Damn.

Finishing the first one I noticed I was a little more than buzzed. Took a vivarin I keep in my pocket for emergency use and thought "I'll be OK".

Started the set at a little after 10pm having to really concentrate on what I was doing. Between the first and second song I swung around to get a coughdrop off the top of my amp and smacked the headstock of my bass on the side of my speaker cabinet. HARD. I was glad it wasn't the drummer's cymbal. The second song 'Bad Boy' was really sounding like crap and I just couldn't put my finger on why, until I turned around after the first chorus and looked at my tuner. I was at least a half step de-tuned on my E and A strings. Did an 'on-the-fly' tune up on the E string and completed the song just using that string. Tuned the whole shebang before the next song. A song or 2 later the caffine tablet kicked in and I was good as new except now my cold-stricken' throat was all torn up and I was losing my voice. No coughdrop would bring back the high register.

We finished up the evening with the folks dancing up a storm - we extended several songs to accommodate the dancers. Everyone appeared to have a good time. I packed my stuff and drove home shaking my head at what had happened that evening. I had never pulled a boner like that with these guys, always treated the gigs as a professional. My screw up could have ruined the evening, but it didn't.

Getting old sucks - Burgers before gigs - beer only and in measured amounts - I'm good.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dogs In Weeds Part 2

The June 4th gig at Tumbleweeds in Huntington Beach was a most excellent adventure. Overcoming last minute equipment glitches, the ToneDogs pulled off a great set with quite a good turnout for the early 8pm start. Our thanks to Frank and the bar crew for the great service, and to the boys from BuzDawg for their peanut-gallery encouragement during our set.

BuzDawg hit the Stage shortly after 10pm and rocked until closing with some very animated dancers. The bachlorette party moved out to the dancefloor for the last set with interesting results to say the least. Thank goodness they found an honorable designated driver at closing to get them home safely as the cab they called never showed up.

"DrunkFreebirdGuy" did some dancing/mumbling/karate moves in the parking lot after closing and evidently lost his fight with gravity and the pavement during the second round. It has yet to be anounced whether DFG will return to the ring after this stunning defeat.

Never a dull moment at the 'Weeds.

- tonebender out.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Dogs in 'Weeds

This Saturday, June 4th, the ToneDogs will be opening for BuzDawg at Tumbleweeds in Huntington Beach. That's the corner of Beach Blvd. & Atlanta, next to BigLots, one block from the beach for you OC locals. Should be an interesting time to say the least. The show starts at 8:00 pm - come early for good seats/dancing room. We hope to see all the old gang there and want you to get up and dance during the first set - this for some of you will mean getting lubricated early - bring your 'designated driver'.

Be sure to tip your hostesses and keep the bar folks busy - Frank loves you for it. See you all there,
- the Big Dog