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Throwing mics

Discussion in 'Safety' started by tech2000, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. tech2000

    tech2000 Active Member

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    So last thursday we had our annual senior class sponsored school talent show "Kentlake Idol" and we started off with a band made up of freshmen and sophomores. At the end of their song (and completely spontaneously) the lead vocalist intentionally pushes over the mic stand (pretty hard) that he was at, along with the mic for the second guitarist and stand micing the 2nd's amp. The 2 vocal mic stands were wireless and hit the ground so hard the mics flew out and bounced several times and across the stage!
    After that he just walks straight off stage.WTF! Even the audience was stunned by his actions!
    Almost forgot to mention he also dropped his guitar on the ground (intentionally)

    Guess he must've been a millionaire rock star and no one knew it.

    The principal was accompanying a couple contestants at the event so she didn't see if it was intentional or something...luckily for us, the video production class is putting together a video of the event for sale, so we have three angles to show our principal!
     
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    Wouldn't it have been wonderfull if the lights went out just before he did it so no one saw! Why is it there are so many idiots in this world? Did he break whatever mic it was? If so, charge him for it. He might have seemed cool doing it, but he won't seem cool when you see him having to hand over $100 bucks for a new mic, and possibly a new mic stand.

    Nick
     
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    10 years ago or so Green Day lit their entire set on fire at a show at Riverport in St. Louis. They were not allowed back for about 8 years.
     
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    Let's hope the mics weren't wireless....
     
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    lieperjp Well-Known Member

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    I know our td, and if anyone ever did that here they would never be allowed to perform on our stage again with our mics...

    That really sucks. You know, you should almost wish he had broken them. Then you could get emergency funds to buy new mics!
     
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    Yeah...the two vocal mics were wireless and one was cracked pretty badly, basically rendering it unusable. The other ones not hurt that we can see but we haven't had time to look very closely at it.
    My boss (and the principal) want to charge them for each wireless and one of the stands.
     
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    Don't you just love musicians.
     
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    hey! All musicans aren't bad!
     
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    I remember the fallout from that one. Sadly, that was before I listened to Green Day, otherwise I'd have been there.

    To the OP: If the band breaks gear on stage, they should be the ones to pay for it. If you didn't have that stipulation up front, it may be too late to go back and try and collect, but now you know for next time. Hazard of the business, and unfortunately, those sort of things need to be stated before the band takes the stage.

    Has anyone noticed that nine times out of ten, these wannabe rock stars who steal all their moves from The Who really do suck. Pardon the bluntness, but I've dealt with my fair share, and have noticed a negative correlation between talent and on-stage gear destruction. :rolleyes::lol:
     
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    Its the "Look at me, I can't play but I can break stuff aren't I cool" no, no you are not cool.

    As for what Footer said, I would have loved to be at that concert! They announced they were coming to Australia this morning.... Hmmm, I think I'll go!
    Now if you will excuse me, I must Youtube Greenday Setting Set On Fire.
    Nick
     
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    This is why you get them to sign some sort of contract with certain stipulations.

    If you don't have one, now you have a reason to make one up and use it.

    If you gave them one and they signed it, the onus is on them and you can give them the bill(s). They'll complain and whine a lot...you might give them a deadline and remind them about how (depending on the amount) [small claims] court can come into the picture if they don't pa.
     
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    As this is a HS situation, getting money out of someone could be dificult, but the longer you leave it, the more problems you will have getting it.
    Nick
     
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    We've tried to get actors who break their body-mics because of their own stupidity to pay for it, but it usually ends up coming out of the show's budget. (We have a lot of idiot actors, particularly middle schoolers.)
     
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    I can't see that working in high school. It works in professional theater cause they signed a rental agreement.
     
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    This is a little bit different that an actor breaking a body mic (regardless of whether it was stupidity or accident). What this fool did was intentionally destroy (or cause to be destroyed) school equipment. Where I teach, there's a word for that -- vandalism. And it can give you a ten day suspension, get the cops called AND drain your bank account or that of your parents. You don't need to sign a contract saying that you won't willingly smash stuff. That's pretty much understood in polite society . . .
     
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    They may have to pay for them. I think it's common knowledge that students can't vandalize school property, regardless if they signed a contract or not. Thinking back, they probably did. It's called the student handbook. It has all the school rules listed and you and your parents/guardians have to sign and return it within the first week of school. That's contract enough.

    EDIT: [user]seanandkate[/user] summed it up pretty well above. That's what I get for skimming.
     
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    I stand corrected.

    When I was in high school nothing really got broke. We had two handhelds and two lapels, and we knew that if they broke we wouldn't get another.
     
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    Well our principal seemed pretty motivated to make sure the kid payed for it and not the PTSA (ptsa sponsored event). I'll have to see what happens tomorrow as I gave her the video of it last friday.
     
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    It's actually pretty easy to get money out of students like this. At least in the district I worked at they could put a district wide freeze on the student's diploma until the fine was paid. Want to graduate? Pay you fine.
     
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    bingo Gaff. if the principal is in on it, then she can freeze their diplomas or even their report cards, grades, etc.... There are many ways to get the money out of students. We have several students who can't get their report cards till they pay off their lunch dues.
     

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