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  • Never say never. The thrill and adrenaline rush of playing live never leaves you. I was a latecomer to playing live, only starting in my late 20s, but I've come to realise that in my mid 40s I crave it more than ever. Keep your hand in, but keep it on your terms, even if it's doing jam nights or the odd dep gigs. 
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  • @Alnico just read yr feb 6 post ... all the best with it
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4031
    Thanks Phil.

    Things could be worse. It's nice to reconnect with it all after a break so maybe a break is a good thing in that way?

    My Strat is going to see Jon at Feline soon to be set up again and tweaked and I'm learning songs, looking sideways at jam nights and I even talked to a girl the other day without anything going wrong...

    Thank **** for my guitar,
    That's all I can say right now.
    If you fall seven times, you stand up eight.
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  • Never say never. The thrill and adrenaline rush of playing live never leaves you. I was a latecomer to playing live, only starting in my late 20s, but I've come to realise that in my mid 40s I crave it more than ever. Keep your hand in, but keep it on your terms, even if it's doing jam nights or the odd dep gigs. 
    Well the current way I'm getting gigs is playing as a dep for my mate's metalcore band, I did a show on Friday and it was pretty cool. I will be expecting to play more shows throughout the year and oddly it kinda suits me at the moment as I'm not required to give full commitment as opposed to a permanent band member.

    I just can't see myself at 50 getting up on stage and rocking out lol. 
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1204
    Never say never. The thrill and adrenaline rush of playing live never leaves you. I was a latecomer to playing live, only starting in my late 20s, but I've come to realise that in my mid 40s I crave it more than ever. Keep your hand in, but keep it on your terms, even if it's doing jam nights or the odd dep gigs. 
    Well the current way I'm getting gigs is playing as a dep for my mate's metalcore band, I did a show on Friday and it was pretty cool. I will be expecting to play more shows throughout the year and oddly it kinda suits me at the moment as I'm not required to give full commitment as opposed to a permanent band member.

    I just can't see myself at 50 getting up on stage and rocking out lol. 
    That's exactly what I said, I'm now 50 and still rock out regularly.  On occasion that includes leathers and an Ibanez destroyer :)
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1680
    @John_A  I thought you were much younger than that. 


    I just can't see myself at 50 getting up on stage and rocking out lol. 
    When I was 16 I couldn’t imagine being 21. I restarted gigging in my late 40s. Anyone who wants to see a 64 year old playing Teenage Kicks can come to our gig on Saturday.
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  • There's a bit of a difference between 21 and 50 haha. Maybe I won't be playing metalcore and jumping around like a madman every week sort of thing.
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1204
    edited February 22
    Roland said:
    @John_A  I thought you were much younger than that. 


    I just can't see myself at 50 getting up on stage and rocking out lol. 
    When I was 16 I couldn’t imagine being 21. I restarted gigging in my late 40s. Anyone who wants to see a 64 year old playing Teenage Kicks can come to our gig on Saturday.
    Why thank-you   Must be the rock 'n' roll that keeps my youthful  looks (cough)

    I'll be donning leather and Les Paul in Loughborough on Saturday otherwise I may have come and checked you out
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 7734

    I just can't see myself at 50 getting up on stage and rocking out lol. 
    You may not want to, at least not all the time. My fondness for the music I was gigging in my teens is still there, but I prefer playing other genres live these days.

    It would've seemed weird to 16 year old me, but electric guitar is an old man's game these days. 
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 736
    edited February 23
    I would suggest gigging is an old mans game these days if your up for it.
    You already more than likely have your self settled, your more well off than you have ever been, your more mature in your relationship decisions.
    you can go to bed what time you like (if your Mrs is with you or if your lucky enough not to be owned by one).
    If you  have a stay behind lockin till sun up you can use your bus pass to get home.
    You dont have to perform for any groupies just send them the  shop for your paper before you leave, and your back to captain the Dominoes team on wednesday night.
     Make sure you only gig in pubs that have a cat. You will need to blame the smell of piss on something and it would be totally unprofessional to blame the audience.
    You could reinvent the punk era spit pit with The Piss Pit!. 

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  • jeztone2jeztone2 Frets: 826
    edited March 13
    I think it comes in stages. I went through a similar path in my early 20's. I remember my band getting an A&R down to a gig, he told us to be like EMF!

    I quit the guitar at27. Then got back into it at 32. Made an album at 35. I still love playing. But I just think the UK is such a hostile place for original musicians over 25. An American friends ex boyfriend is in his mid 40's and gigging still. I just think the whole setup in the UK is in favour of DJ's and acoustic music. Most original band nights have 4-5 acts a night. It used to be 3 max when I was younger. So sound check times are cut and quality drops. I think that puts people off live music tbh.
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  • midlifecrisismidlifecrisis Frets: 1182
    Im 55 and gigging, I sold my flying V 2 years ago so its a les paul , tele and a 339 at the moment, wouldnt mind another V though.  I played when i was a teenager, early 20s but stopped without reason and picked it up 30 years later. so ive got a lot of catching up to do. I think i will be gigging into my 70s if i physically can.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1680
    ... I think i will be gigging into my 70s if i physically can.
    That’s my objective. My fingers are still playing well. I’m just hoping that my ears hold on.
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  • thingthing Frets: 168
    I stopped regular gigging about 7 years ago when I was 55. Just got bored with it. I joined a tribute band last year to say if I could rekindle my enthusiasm but I didn't. I guess if I had a day job that wasn't involved with music then it might be different but TBH when I've been playing all day the last thing I want to do is do it at night time as well.

    I'm thankful that I make a living from music but I'm happy now to let others do the gigging.
    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • velvetsky01velvetsky01 Frets: 64

    i have stopped for the time being - became a Dad a year ago - left my band of 6years within 2 weeks of my son being born - realised that there was no way I could carry on.

    a year later I must admit I havent missed it (bar the odd time) I may come back to it when hes abit older

    Here is my Trader Feedback Page - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/62051/
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 317
    Well I've just come back from a 5 day tour, I didn't play though I was a guitar tech. Kinda enjoyed being out of the limelight just handle the load in/setup and any on-stage issue stuff. Was still fun and I felt like I contributed to the band and they're my mates first and foremost. After seeing other bands playing on the bill (and very good bands) it made me feel inside that I might not ever reach that level of playing ever again, as bands do take time to get a fanbase and stuff. You'd have thought doing the tour would have refuelled the fire to be in a band again but I dunno, just don't feel it right at the moment.
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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 656
    One of the jokes life plays on guitarists is that if you are in a gigging band you inevitably reach a point where the attendant aggravations are sucking all the fun out of it, but if you are not gigging you miss it like hell and become envious of guys who are still doing it. 
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell

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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 111

    I've been gigging since I was 16 and I'm 48 in a fortnight.  Never had the inclination to go for the 'big time', just enjoy getting together with a decent bunch of mates and having a knock.

    Been through a few bands, some busier than others and played everything from the small pub where only the bar staff were in, through a place with chicken wire in front of the stage (yes really) to a Country festival in Welshpool with several thousand people line dancing in western wear (complete with the obligatory shoot out).   Along the way I've played Rock, metal, 80's pop, very metal, country and am currently enjoying playing in a 50's & 60's rock & roll band.

    There have been challenges and situations where a band didn't work out due to conflicting personalities.  If something started to bug me I either sat down and sorted it out or if that wasn't working handed in my resignation (with the proviso I'd cover any gigs until a replacement was found).  Fortunately there have only been a couple of times I've had to walk away from a band.  I can honestly say I still look forward to picking up my guitar and making some noise. 

    The current band has a bass player and drummer who are both 70 and they still enjoy the gigs.  I hope to still be playing when I get to their age.

    But if I ever felt that the hassles such as loading the gear back into the house at 1am and other associated faff was more trouble than the gig was fun, I'd sit down and consider what to do.  Fortunately I'm still having fun.

    Oh and it's cheaper to do a gig than play a round of golf and probably much less frustrating. (I don't golf very often and am not particularly good).

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