Politics The Side Door Slip
posted by April 15 at 12:02 PMon
Does it bother you when a band plays a set, then loads out and leaves while the next band is playing?
If the band is from out of town or touring, or if theyíre the Sex Pistols, that is one thing. But if youíre local, youíre kind of locked into staying at the venue until nightís end. You may choose to stay out of respect. Your bandís drums may be onstage or packed into a greenroom, so you canít leave. And thereís also the payout, which usually doesnít happen until after the place closes.
One of the pitfalls of the four-band bill is that when youíre the first band, and you go on at 9:30, youíre not leaving until 1:30 or 2 AM if you stay to the end. When itís a weekday and you have to work at 6 AM, it can be conflicting.
A band went on recently and as they started their set, the previous band was loading out. The load out was completely disruptive. The crowd had to move, the exit door kept opening and closing, and keyboard stands fell twice with loud crashes. The load out band (who were not the Sex Pistols) were laughing and talking and totally oblivious to what was then currently happening onstage. The guitar player who was playing leaned over to the mic and said, ďDonít let my foot hit your ass on your way out.Ē
To this, the load out band didnít respond. They had gotten the last of their stuff out and acted like they didnít hear, but they had heard. Their eyes were down, and they realized their exit had not been graceful. They had unsuccessfully executed the side door slip.