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    When I was younger, most of us just played in one band. It seems the trend here in Virginia is that musicians are playing in like 2 or 3 different bands, sometimes 4 or 5 different bands. Is that happening where you live too?
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    I play in one band but I do have friends that will play in multiple bands.
    One drummer friend of mine plays in 4 or 5.................but it's all just jam stuff.................not my thing.
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    1 is enough
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    When I was gigging, I played in one band.

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    One band for me at this point. My bass player bud is in two. I guess it depends upon how many times a month a musician wants to play. A lot of musicians around here want to play six to ten times a month and it's hard to find a single band that plays that often ...
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    I just play in one. But, I do all the booking, scheduling and promotion, as well as owning/financing the PA system, hauling 90% of the equipment and load-out by myself (since it’s all in my vehicle). Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just have someone give me a date & time, show up with my own kit, play, collect money and then leave.
    Two of my guitarists play in multiple bands, however. One has his own band that takes priority (as it should be). He plays with us most of the time, but if there’s a conflict, he plays with them. I never consider his schedule when I book; we can get by without him.
    The other guitarist is basically a professional musician. He does a solo Blues act, sits in with several other bands when he can and is also the lead guitarist for a well known and respected recording artist. I book around his schedule, because he’s our front-man and singer for half our songs. So far, he’s been great to work with. If he says he can play, you can count on him. If needed, he can play 4hrs with us backing him up.
    I’d prefer to have everyone dedicated to just our band, but there are advantages; we’ve had several doors open by connections through association.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    I just play in one. But, I do all the booking, scheduling and promotion, as well as owning/financing the PA system, hauling 90% of the equipment and load-out by myself (since it’s all in my vehicle). Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just have someone give me a date & time, show up with my own kit, play, collect money and then leave.
    Two of my guitarists play in multiple bands, however. One has his own band that takes priority (as it should be). He plays with us most of the time, but if there’s a conflict, he plays with them. I never consider his schedule when I book; we can get by without him.
    The other guitarist is basically a professional musician. He does a solo Blues act, sits in with several other bands when he can and is also the lead guitarist for a well known and respected recording artist. I book around his schedule, because he’s our front-man and singer for half our songs. So far, he’s been great to work with. If he says he can play, you can count on him. If needed, he can play 4hrs with us backing him up.
    I’d prefer to have everyone dedicated to just our band, but there are advantages; we’ve had several doors open by connections through association.
    Man that's crazy Brian. I hope you're getting extra pay for the extra work you're doing.
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    "If needed, he can play 4hrs with us backing him up."

    I wonder how he would have liked our schedule? 4 50 minute sets, then come back the next night and do it all over again, then the next night etc.etc., then move on and do it the next week, then the week after that etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc. for 4 1/2 decades.
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    How can no other band members not help load in n out the p.a.? That's morally wrong.

    The playing sets all night for a living is hard work. How did you combat burnout Rick?

    I think i'd get totally burned out doing it.

    Forgot the question lol... only 1 band at a time for me. I just don't have the drive to do much more than that.
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    Man that's crazy Brian. I hope you're getting extra pay for the extra work you're doing.
    Sometimes I keep a little extra, but usually I end up taking less so I can pay the other guys more. It depends on the gig. $400 (occasionally $350) split 6 ways is not a lot, LOL. Thankfully, no one is to concerned about the money. We all live for the next gig and to play music together. It’s our escape from the world.
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    I'm in 2 bands. Started out in one after a 30 year hiatus from playing. Then my band from the 80's decided to reunite, so I couldn't refuse. Each band currently plays about once a month so it's not too hectic, although we have the same female singer in both bands and she does this for a living, so she gigs with multiple other projects. She is very good about giving me her updated schedule, which is helpful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    How can no other band members not help load in n out the p.a.? That's morally wrong.

    The playing sets all night for a living is hard work. How did you combat burnout Rick?

    I think i'd get totally burned out doing it.

    Forgot the question lol... only 1 band at a time for me. I just don't have the drive to do much more than that.
    Hard work was driving that oil truck in the Jersey winters. Playing 4 sets a night was easy.

    If you seen some of my videos, several times I've been told I make it look easy. I make it look easy because it is easy, it's the drummer who makes it hard.

    As for avoiding burnout, change your songs around, keep things fresh and you won't burn out.
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    Just play in 2 1/2 bands now....... At one time it was 6...........
    The Varukers.

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    I’m in one band, but play drums with three other solo artists, it’s busy but I like it like that :-)
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    One. I have played in as many as 3 bands at one time. Became way too hectic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    I just play in one. But, I do all the booking, scheduling and promotion, as well as owning/financing the PA system, hauling 90% of the equipment and load-out by myself (since it’s all in my vehicle). Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just have someone give me a date & time, show up with my own kit, play, collect money and then leave.
    Sounds like you need some new ground rules my friend.

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    Back in the '80's, I would have given strong consideration to the "BANGLES" as a 2nd band.
    YOU MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.

    YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU DON'T KNOW.

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