My new band, the "New Originals", had its first gig at a small sports bar called RJ's in Millington, TN last night. It was a really cool experience and lots of fun to finally get out there and play the material we've worked so hard on over the last several months.
The crowd was small but I was still fairly nervous because I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't gotten up in front of a crowd like that with a band since high school. :) To make matters worse, we had an unexpected celebrity guest in the audience... none other than Eric Gales! It was really tough to get up there and play lead guitar in front of someone like Eric, to say the least. Somehow I managed to get through the first few numbers and my nerves began to settle.
Other than vocals being a little too low in the mix for the crowd to hear, and despite playing a bit too loud overall (we were asked to turn down a couple of times), I think the audience was fairly impressed with us in the end. We fully expected to have some technical issues (both in our playing as well as with our overall sound)... after all, it was our first gig. We learned a lot from the experience and I am certain we'll be much better next time. I had so much fun and I can't wait to do it again!