I used to be in a band. We were total noise. If you put 2 gorillas in a room with some instruments with heavy effects on them and gave them a really good drummer, that would be us. We didn’t rehearse, we had no songs, we had no structure. We did have a television that showed unpleasant things like Charlie Brown cartoons, graphic scenes of violence, and parts of the show ‘Friends’. The tv usually was smashed before the end of the set. We didn’t have a record out or t-shirts or anything. It was just a release for us. We had no aspirations. Yet we managed to play Chicago, Detroit, and the Knitting Factory in New York City.
These are the words of a guy who’s
been on all sides of the live concert equation. I’ve been the promoter. I’ve been in the local band. I’ve been in the touring band. I’ve been the patron. I’ve been the sound guy. I’ve been the bartender. I’ve been the door guy. I’ve been the janitor. I’ve been the groupie. So there isn’t an angle I haven’t seen.
Check out his amazing article that sets the record straight from the club-owner/promoter standpoint of the live-gig business. Hilareous and informative. A must-read.