Treat every show like itís your last
The following is a true story about how a hot new Seattle band that blew one of the biggest opportunities they had in just 10 minutes, and didnít even know it.
Many years ago I went and saw a popular local band play at a small club in downtown Seattle called then the OFF RAMP now called the GRACELAND. I had convinced a prominent label representative who was in town at the time for a Music Festival to come on out and check out the band. I had bragged to her how explosive this band was live. In the past the band had delivered some truly explosive live performances. .
As I remember it, the draw was close to 300. We showed up around 10PM and the label rep wished to remain unanimous watching from the back. One of the band members (the lead singer/guitarist) showed up about 35 minutes late. When the band (four piece) finally kicked things off it was obvious to me one of the other members (Bassist) was pretty pissed off about it. To make a long story short by the third song the singer threw down his guitar and told the Bassist to go fuck himself, and stormed off the stage. To put it lightly - the crowd did not respond favorably. A few minutes later the singer came back on to the stage and attempted to re-group amidst all the booing. Things were going good until I noticed some heckler in the front row hurling ice cubes at the singer. It wasnít too long after that the singer stopped a song mid stream, walked to the edge of the stage and slammed his guitar into the hecklers face. Of course a fight ensued.
It was a total disaster, Not 10 minutes into the set, it all was over.
The band blew a golden opportunity to make a good impression on someone important. Not to mention the heckler lost 3 teeth, and the band lost a lot of credibility with the club owner, and a major booking agency in the process. Later on that year the band dropped the singer, and re-grouped with a new singer and a new band name.
So when someone says to you ďTreat every show like itís your last Ė donít take them literally.