- Jun 1, 2010
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"One night in a seedy little bar near an Ohio Steel plant,.... "
Middletown, by chance?
I got a story or two about disaster gigs from that town.
I'll be right back.
Yep, the old Airport Inn, around the late 80s. We started out just doing Friday and Saturday night. The crowds got so big, he ended up booking us there for five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday.
Then he decided to try having wet t-shirt contests on Tuesday nights. Then one night the other guitar player got carried away and started announcing on the mic, "It takes skin to win". This resulted in a sweet young thing dancing stark naked on the dance floor. "I think we have a winner".
Needless to say, the cops were sitting in the back waiting, on the next Tuesday night. That place was a real trip. But from a guitar playing point of view, we would play five sets a night, five nights a week, with a packed house. You talk about some serious practice on your chops.
We got so tight, the bass player/singer could call out a song we had never done before. While singing and playing bass, he would sign the chord changes with his hand behind his back. By the 2nd or 3rd time, we would have it down.