Hello and welcome to June 3, 2017. It is gig day. The band is playing in Plaistow again and I need to write a to-do list for myself.
- Decide which guitar will be the #2 for the night. It’s always been the ES-335, but tonight I am about 56% set on it being the Fender Strat. With the exception of Tempest Fero’s first couple of appearances back in 1988, when my guitar was a very cheap Hondo strat copy, I have never played a non-Gibson guitar in front of people. There were a couple of times when I played my friend Larry’s Epiphone, but that is still a Gibson product. Will tonight be my first time with a Fender? Will I take it but not use it? I have no idea yet.
- Restring two guitars.
- Velcro the Tube Screamer Mini pedal to the board. Right now it’s just sitting there, not tied down at all. That could be a problem come show time.
- Set everything up at home for a warm up/practice/find a way to tame the mid range nonsense in my tone session. Possibly use my new A/B/Y switch to let me play with my Fender Deluxe Reverb and my Fender Bassbreaker amps at the same time. I don’t expect to do that at the show, I just want to do it because it’s awesome.
- Pack everything up, including the box of picks, the mic stand pick holding device, and the glass slide. I don’t have any reason to play slide tonight, but the pick holding device is also a slide holding device, so I am taking it with me.
- Take a shower. Very important.
- Go to Mike the Bass Player’s house and pick up the stuff I didn’t take with me after last weekend’s practice.
- Go to the bar.
- Unload the car and set everything up. Will there be a Fender guitar? I still haven’t decided.
- Soundcheck… maybe.
- Play the show, all three sets.
- Pack up the gear and load it back into the car.
- Get paid (assuming we are still getting paid).
- Go home.
- Unload the car.
- Go to bed and hope to sleep for 12 hour straight, but realistically only sleep for maybe four hours.
- Wake up tomorrow and call it a successful gig.