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I'm not keen on Stoli and ice water either but I think it would be tough to spot. Same with Jack and coke. But these days I usually don't drink on stage anyway. I can wait for the break.
 

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Stoli and icewater? Ick..
+1. Kettle One martini; now we're talkin'.

But even though I sometimes have a beer sitting down by the monitor left over from the break, I don't really need to drink while on stage. I might take one or two sips, but usually have my drink in between sets.
 

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These guys had an onstage bar. They threw more beer into the audience than they drank though. They sold LOTS of beer this way.
 

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These guys had an onstage bar. They threw more beer into the audience than they drank though. They sold LOTS of beer this way.
Hey! The guitar player in the Dr. Bop and the Headliners band, Bob Kennison, was also the guitar player in the first band I was in, the Novells. We started playing rock 'n' roll together.
 

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Kinda depends on the venue for me. On legit things I use breaks to swab out the horn or wonder whether my reeds will hold out. On a musical, I'm waiting in line for the one bathroom stall backstage. If it's our band playing at a club, I'm out visiting with people in the audience. On a casual, I try to remain invisible. On my every-other-week big band gig in a local restaurant, I head for the bar so I'll forget how annoyed I am with some of the brass players.

Afterward, I pack up, offer to help with teardown, and thank the bandleader for the gig. If it's our band, I have a drink FIRST, and then start loading out.

Oh, and if I'm playing baritone and there's even the slightest chance someone might get near my horn (kids in the vicinity is always a bad sign), it goes back in its case. Maybe alto and tenor, too, but they don't seem to have the same attraction for little people and idiots that the big pipe does.
 

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the time before and after the sets are as important as the playing itself.
 
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