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Thursday, November 22, 2012

How Not To Fire Your Drummer

There are right and wrong ways to do things, and this video below shows the wrong way to fire your drummer. It's hilarious and sad at the same time in that someone would actually have a meltdown like this on stage. The band is the Antaris, and the frontman is Kris Roe lobbing Rob Felicitti's drums at him at a gig in Asbury Park, NJ.

First of all, regardless of how badly someone is playing, on stage in the middle of a gig is not the place to do this. You may think the guy is ruining your gig, but the fact of the matter is the audience may be blissfully unaware that anything is amiss. All gigging musicians have had nights when they thought they played poorly only to have fans tell them it was their best gig ever, so you just never know.

Secondly, you're there for the fans, and an action like this is terribly self-indulgent. Give the fans the show they paid for, and I don't mean something that's better suited more for Ultimate Fighting than music.

You wanna fire somebody? Great, do it after the gig. The stage is not the time or place. You can read more about the social media aspects of this over on my Music 3.0 music business blog, since both the band and the drummer replied with some videos that were very astute from a PR perspective.


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Jef Knight said...

I still like this one:

There really should be more of these.


Anonymous said...

Well, its a punk rock band. I've seen the drummers of Guttermouth and Zeke get fired on stage during a set. Drums tossed and all. I think firing the drummer IS giving the audience a show.

Christy said...

The band is "THE ATARIS"...LOL not "The Antaris". The were awesome once upon a time and then tried to make it big with a cover song only to have their album bomb. I believe, Kris is the only original member of the band remaining. Wonder why...


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