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Pit Stories: An All Around Cluster F*#k Of A Show

Gather round old uncle xFiruath kiddos, he's got another heavy metal Pit Story for you!

In recent weeks we've had bizarre hair-burning black metal bands and even some full on-stage coitus, but today we spin around to the technical side, or rather the lack of.

Vocalist James Todd from Abandoned Souls shared this tale of a tour date gone wrong with a no-show promoter and sound guy:

This happened back in 2010 I believe. It pretty much was an all around cluster fuck of a gig. We were to be headlining a show in Ottawa with a local support band. The promoter was responsible for getting the sound tech, opening band and p.a. We arrive at the venue to find that it is a really good size and cool looking venue with a pretty nice stage. However, what we found out very quickly is that the promoter had us playing in a side room of the venue. So, we go there to see that it is about 3 times smaller the size of the bigger room and the stage was too.

OK no big deal, still a decent sized room and we are ready to rock. But wait, what is this? p.a. gear piled in the corner waiting to be set up. But by who? I get a call from the promoter to say the sound tech is sick and won’t be able to make it and asked if we knew how to set up the p.a. Fortunately (I guess), I did live sound in the past and knew how to set up a p.a. In this case I use the term p.a. very loosely. At best it was a not bad practice p.a. with at least some subs that were almost adequate for the size of the room.

Hooking it up was no easy task as the cables were a mess and not all there. We eventually got it all set up by borrowing some cables from the d.j. on the big half of the club. Then we find we are very lacking in the number of microphones and cables. OK, so we just put vocals and kick drum in the p.a. and turn up our amps. The soundboard was mostly working but nothing to write home about.

Luckily the opening band showed and I was able to fine tune the sound a bit during their set. So when we eventually went on the sound was about as good as it could be with that p.a. We still gave it our all as we always do and had a great set. It wasn’t very busy due to a lack of promotion by the “promoter.” Isn’t that what they are suppose to do, promote? We got paid a partial amount that night and were to receive the balance in the morning before we left the hotel. So we went back to the hotel after the show and drank heavily of course. The next day, the promoter never showed to give us the rest of the money and we were unsuccessful trying to reach him. Shocking, I know. Off into the sunset we went.

Abandoned Souls released latest EP "Make It Last" this past April via indie label Fiend Records. Check out a track off that release below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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