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  1. Have not picked up a bass in 18 months after 40 years of gigging. Had a residency for over 10 years that ticked alot of boxes and paid well, but once that finished, it felt like the right time to quit. Tried playing some other venues but the hunger was gone and the fact that these venues paid less than I was getting 25 years ago sealed the deal. Thought I would miss gigging, as it had been part of my life for 40 years, but not a bit. Weekends free and a good lady to spend them with has been fantastic. The bass has remained firmly in its case and cannot see myself going back. Have developed other interests, However for what ever reason I stiil have held on to my gear.
  2. Nice sentiment. I guess what might have been referred to as 'Dad rock' is now 'Grandad rock.' Proof that rock n roll is there for anyone who wants it, regardless of age.
  3. Agreed. Particularly when there is an establishment financially benefiting from my effort. I want my slice of the pie.
  4. Totally agree. There is a very decent gigging scene around my neck of the woods, yet it is not unusual for landlords to cry poor mouth, even if there is a full house. I would never fall for that one, but there are plenty that do IME. There are bands playing venues for peanuts as a result, which makes things difficult for bands that want to get an honest nights pay for a decent performance.
  5. Well that looks to be a fantastic cab and unreal bargain at the asking price. GLWS
  6. This has been an interesting thread and has helped with nailing down my reasons to quit. I just was not 'feeling it' anymore and my playing suffered as a result. Being A sloppy ageing bass playing weekend warrior was the last thing I wanted after 40 years of gigging. I just lost all passion for giging I have not picked up a bass for over a year now and no regrets. I am investing my time in other things and reaping the reward from doing so. On the other hand, people have chimed in on this thread that they love the experience to the point of being prepared to gig for little monetary gain and I get that completely. However taking that position, can lead to a negative impact for bands on the pub/club scene. If pub owners have the opportunity to get a good band on the cheap they will no doubt jump at it. More established acts will be hit hard financially, as the wage will fall significantly. I have observed this scenario in my area. When I started playing many years ago on the pub/club citcuit, it wasn't uncommon to be offered 'drink money' for payment, but bands started to cop on,upped their game, and started to get paid for their services. IME things have taken a backward step and as I said in a previous post, I was making as much 25 years ago for a pub gig. Enthusiasm is fantastic, but when good bands are playing for next to nothing, it does not bode well for getting a decent payment for providing a good service, whilst the pub owners cream it.
  7. Its a bit early in the day for this🤣🤣
  8. The ocassional gig with however a big star is precarious for sure. But for as long as there are weddings, functions and a love for country music (as is the case on thiis side of the water), there will be bands to do the work. The latter offers a degree of consistency that the former does not. C'est la vie.
  9. The wedding, corporate and in particular country music scene on this side of the water is very lucrative. As a result, guys that I know, have made a very good living from it and hats off. A B-list artist in the country scene only recently told me about his income and my jaw hit the floor. Cannot see him or his band opting for an office job anytime soon.
  10. I agree to a point. The point being that there are musicians that need to do it chiefly for monetary gain, and lack alternative employment skills to follow a different path. Mortgages, family commitments etc. are the primary motivators. It becomes a job and like many other jobs, there are those that are happy to do it and others who would much prefer an alternative.
  11. With respect I am reflecting on the original question that the OP put out there. His realisation that he hates gigging. That's primary in my view and allowed, regardless of how debates evolve.
  12. Read the The question: "After all, if musicians don’t like gigging why join a gigging band? '. Ye guys obviously enjoy gigging and feel a sense of musical accomplishment, reward etc. and fair play, but the question does not refer to people who enjoy the experience. There are players out there who are in it for the money. Some of them are very good musicians, much better than I. Covering expenses is of little consequence as they may well gig for a living. Morgages to be paid, families to be reared etc. I know a few and they certainly dislike it from a musical perspective, but it pays the bills and that is their primary concern.
  13. From my observations, Money is the main reason.
  14. This was a contributing factor in my decision to stop. I was only ever interested in being a weekend warrior, playing rock in pubs and clubs in my area, so making serious money was not on the agenda. For 10 years we confined our playing, for the most part, to our Satuday night residency. For a pub gig it paid well, we got to play classic rock, which is the genre I gravitate towards and the audience was very receptive. Once the residency wound up, we were approached by a number of venues and got to try out. I could not believe how little they were paying and crying the poor mouth when this was queried. I was making the same money 25 years ago playing pubs in the area, when it was early closing (11:30pm) and all the gigs nowadays finish up at at 1:30am. I packed it in, as the only other option open was the wedding band scene, which I managed to avoid throughout my years of playing. Funny thing is I thought I would miss it, but not in the least. If that residency was on offer again I would pass on it. Forgot to mention that I picked up a bass last weekend for the first time in over a year. I was shocked at how challenging it was to play. Beware those who pack it in, only to decide to pick it back up after a lengthy lay off. It is not like riding a bike. In my case I reckon it would take a couole of months solid practice to get back to being 'match fit' but I am not interested
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