Hey Tony. That story wasn't about our friend Pete M., was it?
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No, Bob. But it might as well have been!
When that happened to me ,I asked them if they paid to get in.When they said no because they were working ,I just stared at them and they let me in.
I once heard a story where some guys were bringing their wives into the back door of a NYE gig, and the people at the facility started to demand that the wives had to pay full admission price before they could get in. The entire band threatened to walk. That seemed to solve the problem. While the folks at the venue may have been technically in the right, it would have been disastrous for them to lose their band on one of the biggest nights of the year.
Similarly, once in a while my bandleader will get into some kind of dispute with someone else at a wedding reception gig (usually it's the caterer - don't know why they seem to think they are ruling the roost) and since we have a signed rider to the contract that covers virtually all aspects of the gig, my bandleader will say something to the effect of, "ok, fine - have it your way - since that is a violation of our signed contract rider we'll just pack up and leave, and YOU can explain to the bride why she doesn't have entertainment for her wedding reception."
It's amazing how people will comply when the appropriate leverage is utilized.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
"At my signal, unleash hell."
- Maximus Decimus Meridius
I played the next night and brought my wife in for free. I was most likely wrong to do so.
They didn't say no but I got an evil look.
Nothing is more contagious or tenacious than music. Once you are exposed it gets inside you and you can never get rid of it. It is also non-discriminating. It can be Ride of the Valkyries, In a Gadda da Vida, the Jeopardy 15 second thinking tune, your most disliked commercial jingle - it doesn't matter. Once triggered, off you go, like it or not.
"First Trumpets. Don't add notes above what's written!"
--Former Cal Band Director Bob Briggs, rehearsing the final chord of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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