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    Dealing with Back-lines

    Well, I played the All Stars Festival yesterday (I still have random chug ringing in my ears), and I now completely hate back-lines. For a ten hour show, the venue rented two Marshalls (DSL and JCM900), and before the show started, they explained how they weren't ever going to turn them off from noon until the end of the night, which was sometime around 10:30.

    Needless to say, one of the amp crapped out. And they had to rush around to find a replacement since most people didn't bring their shit. Luckily, the replacement was an Axe FX Ultra, which I got to play through. That thing sounded absolutely amazing for the first thirty seconds, then the drums kicked in and I couldn't hear shit because the stage volume was ridiculously low.

    Every band who played were completely pissed, since the drummer couldn't hear any guitars, and everybody else could only hear drums. We payed 750 dollars in ticket money and out of our own pockets to play, only to be fucked over by the fact that we were on the 'local' stage and they decided we didn't need stage volume or a soundman.

    SO in conclusion, Axe FX are fucking awesome, and fuck pay to play with a provided backline.
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    Or just never gig without your own amp and never, ever, ever play a venue that requires you to pay to play. You're the attraction, it's down to the promoter to provide the crowd. If everyone boycotts venues operating pay to play it will soon go away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Or just never gig without your own amp
    This. I've always dealt with backlines by just using the cabs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    This. I've always dealt with backlines by just using the cabs.
    Yeah, the last band who went onstage used their Rackmount Axe Fxes(eses). They sounded amazing, and half of it probably had to dow with the fact that they turned up enough to be able to hear themselves.

    Pay to play fucking sucks and I'm not going to do it anymore. I'd rather play local shows where 12 people show up and I get two dollars, but I can use my own shit and get a soundcheck, then pay hundreds of dollars to play a show where i'm treated like an annoyance rather than a paying customer, cause that's basically what P2P makes you now. I don't want to be a customer, I want to be an attraction.

    Too bad our bandleader is a shiteating parasite who always wants to do pay to play, but never has money.

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    Refuse to pitch in. Plain and simple. That way at the very worst, you yourself don't have to pay any money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMetalTroy View Post
    Refuse to pitch in. Plain and simple. That way at the very worst, you yourself don't have to pay any money.
    This. Especially if the guy booking the shows isn't contributing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    This. I've always dealt with backlines by just using the cabs.
    Good luck doing that when you have to fly to the venue and the country you're in uses a different electrical spec than your amp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMetalTroy View Post
    Refuse to pitch in. Plain and simple. That way at the very worst, you yourself don't have to pay any money.
    Moral of the story: recovered Heroin addicts are still heroin addicts. Especially if they try to get money they owe you by running guns /facepalm

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