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Re: Stage Safety. Tell us your horror stories!!!!
1/11/2006 6:02 PM
Lesley White (7891) wrote:
This is not really "stage safety" horror stories, but nevertheless, they were minor horror stories for me whilst playing.
Just before Christmas, I was playing bass for the Carol Services. I had a bit of stomach flu, so I wasn't feeling too good and had to keep going outside for fresh air during the practice. THEN, horror of horrors, the elastic on my undies (or knickers - whatever you call them), decided to snap. Thankfully, we were still rehearsing - so I had to set my bass down, and shuffle out the room with my knees together, and trying to hold them up at the same time - whilst trying to look cool (I didn't say anything - just said I needed another breath of fresh air), and removed them whilst sat in my car.
I survived that little episode, only to have my new skirt, a few minutes later - just as we started the service, start to slip down (I think the skirt was a size too big - honest!).
Now, it's one thing to have a skirt fall down, but quite another to have it fall down when you are minus your undies. I could feel it getting further and further down, and was getting really "hot under the collar" about it, and straight after the song, having to admit this time, that I was having a few problems with my clothes, ducked off the stage and enlisted a friend to help me find some tinsel to tie round the waistband to keep it in place. There was raucous laughter as we tried behind the scenes to find a piece of tinsel that wouldn't snap!
Whilst I was gone, someone moved the projector image much lower than it's original position. So I then played the next song - quite unaware that I was standing in front of the projector, with my tinsel fairy hairband - complete with little antannae things, bobbing about, blocking out the words on the bottom of the page. No wonder everyone was grinning at me! I was obviously too entertaining for anyone to bother telling me, until after the song!
During the next song - I had to look at the music score, as it had a very "all over the place" bass line that I had only just played for the first time during the practice. One of the singers, very nicely, had taken away my music stand (they know I hardly ever use it), so I had to rest it open on the nearest thing - the guitarists amp. Unfortunately, right at the beginning of the song, it fell off - aaaargh! I couldn't pick it up again, with my skirt being held up by tinsel and prayer, so I just ad-libbed the whole thing - thankfully I got through it fairly well, but boy, was my blood pressure high at the end of it!
Also, last year when I was playing keys on stage, I had another clothing problem. Their was an air-conditioning fan positioned just behind me and the 2nd keyboard player. It was one of those on a stand that moves from left to right. Somehow, my fluffy little scarf got hooked up on fan, and I spent 2 songs having to move backwards and forwards with the fan, to avoid strangling myself!
Thankfully, me and the other keyboard player were towards the back of the stage with the singers in front of us, cos we were in fits of laughter!
I suppose the moral is - check your underwear elastic and never wear new (unpredictable) clothes when playing on stage!