|Essential Band Booking Banter|
Pre-planned Banter at Band Bookings?
Some live acts are dead against any type of pre-planned or "contrived" stage banter.
Certainly you don't want to plan every sentence you say to a gig crowd in advance of every band booking. That would take away any hope you might have of spontaneity.
There are though, some things you better make sure you do plan in advance - and stick to on the night at the band booking.
Get the Band Booking Names right
For instance, if you're playing a private party or corporate event it's best not to wing it with the names of important people or businesses to thank. personally I've played gigs where the wrong name has been used for both the bride and bridegroom. You can imagine the reaction of the people who booked the band in those circumstances. A reminder of these things at the top of the set-list is often all it takes to avoid disaster.
Like many successful live acts though, you might want to pre-plan a little more of the banter you'll use at any band booking. Just the odd key phrase to remind you what you could say at certain points in t he show maybe. That way you'll have less chance of "drying up" and leaving awkward pauses or having nothing but a gormless expression while a guitarist changes a snapped string...
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