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Offline Steel Pelican

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« on: July 13, 2008, 08:52:13 PM »
Before a gig on Saturday, we (http://myspace.com/pandas) made the mistake of attending a friend-of-the-band's rib & crab feast.  Naturally, we destroyed our insides with pounds upon pounds of fatty meat.

When the time came for the show, we were sluggish, queasy, and bloated.  It's not like we didn't see this coming, and we played fine despite the food coma.   But it got me to thinking, what is the perfect pre-gig meal?

Plenty of energy, but no sluggishness or gastrointestinal difficulty?

Do any veteran gigsters have a standby meal?

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Offline Lwinn171

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008, 11:28:22 PM »
Yup. The grease'll get ya! We ate BBQ before a show a couple of years ago, and we experienced downright discomfort. I ate a rack of ribs (we had skipped lunch, to be fair). It didn't ruin my night, by any means, but it took a toll. Jeff can't say that (Bass player). His night was rough, to here him tell it.

I usually do best with something light, with plenty of starch (so the first couple of beers don't ruin me). Even a sub or something. Spicy, fatty foods are a bad idea, for me. Focus on veggies and starches. Eat an orange right before... natural sugar rush. And drink some water. And brush your teeth before you BLAH BLAH BLAH and don't go in swimming for at least BLAH BLAH BLAH...

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Offline BrainWorm

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008, 04:13:30 AM »
A singer told me she eats a steak and baked potato a few hours before a show.

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Offline guitarmanuk

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2008, 06:44:01 AM »
No real advice on the actual food except as other have said, stay away from stodge or fatty foods other wise you feel bloated and sluggish and then all I want to do is have a sleep.  My main thing is to drink lots of water so I am fully hydrated.  It must be room temp as well, no ice, ice can constrict your vocal chords if you have to sing as well.  Oh, and personally, I never touch alcohol before a gig.  I don't touch it much afterwards either as I don't want to get caught out on the drive home from the boys in blue!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008, 07:03:45 AM »
I would recommend one of those protien bars. Some of them really taste good. They fill you up just enough and hold you over for hours.

I often eat one at work during my 3 minute lunch hour. [:D]

Water bottle on stage and no alcohol is good advice too.

Only thing I've gigged is flounder [:D]

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008, 10:42:09 AM »
For me: baked chicken, green vegetables, dinner roll, small desert, lots of iced tea.  But i try to make sure to eat this at least 45 minutes prior to playing / singing, to give it time to settle.  For me, a little hunger toward the end of a gig brings out a more intense performance.  [:)]

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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2008, 11:09:56 AM »
Pat Metheny fasts before his gigs - he says that it helps his mind to be more sharp (or something to that effect)...

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2008, 12:10:15 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Marossy

Pat Metheny fasts before his gigs - he says that it helps his mind to be more sharp (or something to that effect)...


Hey Paul, that's interesting.  Do you know how long he fasts?  I have done it as a spiritual discipline, and found that there are what I call "windows of hunger" every few hours (though not at regular meal intervals - it's weird) where I have a hard time concentrating or being very sharp at anything, much less Metheny's very complicated music.  (It takes a lot of prayer for me to get through those times)  Just wondering.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2008, 12:23:47 PM »
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Hey Paul, that's interesting. Do you know how long he fasts? I have done it as a spiritual discipline, and found that there are what I call "windows of hunger" every few hours (though not at regular meal intervals - it's weird) where I have a hard time concentrating or being very sharp at anything, much less Metheny's very complicated music. (It takes a lot of prayer for me to get through those times) Just wondering.


I don't remember exactly. IIRC, it was something like one or two days before. I read it an article about Metheny somewhere, but I can't remember where exactly to save my own life. [B)]

That seems like a tightrope to me, if the blood sugar gets too low for me, I am just as dopey as when I have just had a 2000 calorie double bypass burger meal at In & Out. [:I]

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2008, 01:16:51 PM »
I'm young yet, so I guess I don't have to worry about it [:D]

I can house a couple of burgers and feel nothing but energy. Then again, I was brought up on BBQ.
 

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2008, 01:36:17 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by cmpkllyrslf96

I'm young yet, so I guess I don't have to worry about it [:D]

I can house a couple of burgers and feel nothing but energy. Then again, I was brought up on BBQ.



Yeah, but wait until you're 40 years old. [:o)]

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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2008, 01:46:21 PM »
I think that we all know our own bodies well enough to know how we feel after eating various foods.  Stay away from the foods that make you feel too bloated and sluggish.  It's been my experience over the years, that basically no musician likes to go on stage right after a meal.  I'd say at least 2 hours before the gig might be the norm, if I had to pick a number. If you're singing, do not eat or drink any diary, because it will increase the mucous in your throat.
 

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Offline Lwinn171

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2008, 06:36:35 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Marossy

quote:
Originally posted by cmpkllyrslf96

I'm young yet, so I guess I don't have to worry about it [:D]

I can house a couple of burgers and feel nothing but energy. Then again, I was brought up on BBQ.



Yeah, but wait until you're 40 years old. [:o)]

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