Performing tomorrow, but you’re sick? What about your “exclusive” commitment?
I often notice a lack of responsibility in this musician world. As a musician, unfortunately, you don’t have the luxury of waving a doctor’s note when you have a headache or diarrhea. It’s medically totally irresponsible, but hellish pain or as sick as a dog, sorry buddy, the show must go on….. The audience pays to see you play, they come especially for your band, a whole team is committed to organizing and managing everything, an installation and hall has been rented, others have been responsible for the marketing and advertising months in advance … Can you just drop all that?
Difficult choice! I personally would say, if you break a leg on stage like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, you have a good reason to walk off stage. Unfortunately, you have to be able to bite through all the other reasons, that’s the life of a musician. Are you waving a doctor’s note? With me you can risk that 1 time, but then you are outside. From my part puke and shit all over the stage … but you gotta do what you gotta do… there is no business like show business.
So, do you want to become a professional musician? Think before you start with music – these are things you know in advance! Does that mean you have to be crippled on a stage? Nope. Are you ill for a certain period of time, or are you out for a while because of surgery? Then make sure you look for a replacement in time who can respond!