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    On Saturday, my band from the early 80s played its first gig in over 35 years. We have been rehearsing for a while, but we didn't know what to expect, either from our performance or the turnout. We were all very pleasantly surprised. The place was packed. There were people who came from out of state who used to come see us the first time around. Our wives, girlfriends, siblings, kids, nieces and nephews were there, who had never seen us play before. The response was overwhelming. The crowd NEVER stopped dancing. Everyone sang along. Even the kids who weren't alive when these songs came out knew EVERY word. We got through the gig without any major flubs, and the only issue was my bass pedal spring breaking, which sucked, but at least it happened at the end of the gig. When ended the last song the crowd demanded an encore. All in all it could hardly have gone better(except for the bass pedal - I will carry a spare spring from now on). All the guys from my other band were there and they were impressed.

    Acoustic Kits:
    DW Design 6 pc
    Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 pc
    Tama Superstar 5 pc
    Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 pc

    Slingerland 7 pc

    Electronic Kits:
    Yamaha DTX532k
    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad, Roland PD-85 (x3) and KD9 pads
    Alessis Sample Pad


    Snares:
    Tama SLP Black Brass
    Tama SLP G Maple
    Rukus Santos/Bubinga/Poplar/Wenge


    Hardware:
    Tama and DW

    Cymbals:
    Zildjian A Series, A Custom and K Custom

    Microphones:
    Miktek, Audix and Shure

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    Good news........................that makes it all worth the effort.

    BTW...............I have spare springs, but I carry a spare pedal too.
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    Glad it went well, Thanks for sharing. I will carry another spring in my tool box from now on.
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    Sounds like it was fun. Yes, second pedal is a must have.

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    Sounds like a fantastic crowd pleasing show. Can you post your set list?

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    Now that is awesome! Glad to hear it went over so well!
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    Super cool! Thanks for sharing!
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    Awesome! I’ve seen several local bands that haven’t played for decades, then they do a reunion gig and draw a huge crowd. That’s always nice to see.
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    This was our set list:
    Set 1

    1. Bad Reputation
    2. I Love Rock and Roll
    3. You're All I've Got Tonight
    4. Bye Bye Love
    5. I wanna be sedated
    6. Blitzkrieg Bop
    7. Our Lips Are Sealed
    8. We Got The Beat
    9. Look Sharp
    10. Is She Really Going Out With Him
    11. I Ran
    12. Private Idaho
    13. Love Shack
    14. Whip It
    15. Brass in Pocket
    16. What I Like about You
    17. Pump It Up
    18. Jenny
    19. I Want Candy
    20. One Way Or Another

    Set 2
    1. Precious
    2. Message of Love
    3. Just what I Needed
    4. Melt With You
    5. Do You Wanna Touch Me
    6. I'm The Man
    7. Different For Girls
    8. Strobe Light
    9. Rock Lobster
    10. Pulling Mussels From A Shell
    11. Tempted
    12. Message in a Bottle
    13. Next To You
    14. Walk Like An Egyptian
    15. Hungry Like The Wolf
    16. Mystery Achievement
    17. Cars
    18. I Fought the Law
    19. Police On My Back
    20. My Sharona
    21. Crimson and Clover

    Acoustic Kits:
    DW Design 6 pc
    Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 pc
    Tama Superstar 5 pc
    Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 pc

    Slingerland 7 pc

    Electronic Kits:
    Yamaha DTX532k
    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad, Roland PD-85 (x3) and KD9 pads
    Alessis Sample Pad


    Snares:
    Tama SLP Black Brass
    Tama SLP G Maple
    Rukus Santos/Bubinga/Poplar/Wenge


    Hardware:
    Tama and DW

    Cymbals:
    Zildjian A Series, A Custom and K Custom

    Microphones:
    Miktek, Audix and Shure

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    UPDATE - we did an open mic the following Tuesday night at a place I've tried to book for years with my other bands but never got a sniff. We did 4 songs and landed a gig next month. This place has a great house PA with a sound man and a house kit - I just need to bring cymbals, pedals, maybe a snare. We booked a second gig at the place we played Saturday night. We also have interest from another couple of venues.

    Acoustic Kits:
    DW Design 6 pc
    Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 pc
    Tama Superstar 5 pc
    Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 pc

    Slingerland 7 pc

    Electronic Kits:
    Yamaha DTX532k
    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad, Roland PD-85 (x3) and KD9 pads
    Alessis Sample Pad


    Snares:
    Tama SLP Black Brass
    Tama SLP G Maple
    Rukus Santos/Bubinga/Poplar/Wenge


    Hardware:
    Tama and DW

    Cymbals:
    Zildjian A Series, A Custom and K Custom

    Microphones:
    Miktek, Audix and Shure

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