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Feb 19, 2020 - 3:11:44 PM



561 posts since 9/19/2006

Just wondering what things others have left behind on stage after a gig.
Me: picks of course, a coat, a guitarstand, a Mckinney capo (after coming back next year they told me one of the kids had be playing with it, didn't know what it was and finely trew it away in the garbage :().

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:22:06 PM

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Reagan 5th string capos.

Removable capos (Shubbs, Scruggs-Ruben, etc)

Music stand with set list.


Ball cap (not worn while performing)

Set lists

Lyrics sheets


All the hustle and bustle of tearing down the sound system almost guarantees you're going to forget something!

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:33:32 PM
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Other than my dignity and self-respect, I have left patch cables onstage after a show and lost a metal slide.

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:50:25 PM

293 posts since 3/12/2014

I volunteer for an orchestra. 50+ musicians. ALL kinds of things gets left. My favorite was the clarinet stand. Oddest looking thing I have ever seen.


Feb 19, 2020 - 5:32:59 PM
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1502 posts since 12/22/2006

Unfortunately, Crown Royal....

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:59:29 PM

6849 posts since 2/14/2006

Somewhere I have a set list from The Whites who played right before us. I thought that was very cool indeed. The Whites are one of my favorite bands anywhere.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:23:22 AM
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In 1981 the Rolling Stones were recording in a studio in Massachusetts and kicked off their tour by playing in a small nightclub, Sir Morgan's Cove, in Worcester, MA. When they left their set list was pinned up in the dressing room. Much like Woodstock, I've heard more people claimed they attended that concert than could fit in the nightclub.

Edited by - DC5 on 02/20/2020 05:23:54

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:31:41 AM
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8827 posts since 7/1/2006

Interesting thread!

I haven't ever really left anything on stage before, but I have been fortunate enough to find all kinds of stuff left behind, apparently abandoned by other musicians.

There's such a long list of these musician hand-me-downs (as I like to call them) but it includes all sorts of picks, a McKinney and a Reagan capo and other capos too many to remember, a music stand with set list still attached, a wide assortment of jackets, coats and ball caps, a flask half-full of Crown Royal, all sorts of patch cables, some sort of metal slide, and oddly enough, a clarinet stand. I even found someone's dignity laying right there puddled in the corner of the stage, and it even still had some life left in it!

So what the heck. I grabbed all this stuff and it's all stashed at home, the packrat that I am. Musicians will leave behind the darnedest things!

Edited by - banjoy on 02/20/2020 06:34:47

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:00:44 AM

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I've been fortunate. But then again, gigging is about the only thing I ever do in which I'm actually organized.

In that I own the PA every piece of gear, other than the instruments owned by other players, is included on a gig-specific inventory sheet. Every piece is accounted for before leaving the house, and every piece is accounted for when going into traveling totes, bags and cases prior to load out.

I know people who weren't so lucky. Years ago, I came back from Tennessee with gifts - Blue Chips - for my guitarist and mando player. Both loved 'em. The mando player lost his after the first set. I never gave him another thing, other than attaboys.

Edited by - eagleisland on 02/20/2020 07:02:04

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:54:34 AM

44 posts since 1/31/2020

My ex wife bought me a $100 guitar cable, when gig was finished, I unplugged, went to the bathroom, came back.its vanished...asked everyone, nobody seen it. That's 20 years ago, it still pisses me off that a fellow musician would steal from me. But it happens..

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:34:04 AM

3875 posts since 9/21/2009

If memory serves me right, the only thing I have left on-stage is an all original pre-war Granada in it's original case. Both like new.........................:) Just shooting the bull of course.

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:39:47 AM
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474 posts since 9/21/2018

Originally posted by Mooooo

Other than my dignity and self-respect, I have left patch cables onstage after a show and lost a metal slide.

Was any of it ever returned? 

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:28:17 AM
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536 posts since 11/21/2018

My innocence ;-)

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:47:20 AM

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Originally posted by northernbelle

My innocence ;-)

Very nicely played.

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:06:56 AM

Paul R


12463 posts since 1/28/2010

I left a speaker cab at the Tranzac club, and never reclaimed it.

A friend gave me a set list from Bruce Cockburn's concert at the Fox on the Danforth, Toronto, 1981. It was for the lighting crew and she found it in the washroom. It has since disappeared. In '69 our drummer gave me a string from Pete Twonshend's guitar after the ritual smashing at a Montreal concert.

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:11:44 PM
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3700 posts since 6/17/2003

Originally posted by Harry

Just wondering what things others have left behind on stage after a gig.
Me: picks of course, a coat, a guitarstand, a Mckinney capo (after coming back next year they told me one of the kids had be playing with it, didn't know what it was and finely trew it away in the garbage :().

In case you were wondering, after all these years, were your D-28 went...

It moved in with us...laugh  But then, we paid for it...yes


Left anything  behind? Now wait...

Not on stage, but after a tour through the United Kingdom.

While waiting, lined up in the queue, before boarding the ferry, there was this knock on the car window.

Our heads turnes right and there she stood, our host we left 40 minutes earlier.

In her hand, a mandolin case, eerily simlar to the one containing my Gibson A-5L....

She found out minutes after we'd left and raced all the way to catch us in time.

I would have sailed back to pick it up, but to my relief this wasn't nescesary...


Since Elly and I mostly play as the duo Heartstrings, any other line up could spell trouble.

So far we always managed, but only weeks ago it happened.

We were scheduled a gig as a trio, with her brother as leadsinger and guitar player, and Elly on bass. Because we also included a small Heartstrings set, we never noticed until....

I set up the PA, carefully ringing out the room for our large membrane condensor mikes.

Then I was supposed to put a foam suspended SM-58 in the bridge of the bass.

Bass??? Where the.... Holy ravioli!!!!!

We left it at home, being so used to playing without it...

Stupid is as stupid does.

But two bloopers in well over 20 years is not a bad average, is it?

One of the guys there went home and came back in 10 minutes, offering Elly two electric basses to choose from.

So all was well that ended well.

Edited by - RB-1 on 02/20/2020 13:24:49

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:27:52 PM

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One of my favorite stools.

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:11:01 PM
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4085 posts since 6/15/2005

Our guitar player and his girlfriend (true story).

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:09:51 PM



561 posts since 9/19/2006

That D28, a D18, a Stelling Golden Cross, a maple L'Arrivee, Deering Black Blossom etc. etc.
Years ago we traveled with an acoustic and an electic bass and somehow the electric bass ended up on top of the car and we saw it flying through the air not much later after we left home...
Recently I bought a new L'Arrivee (D-40) and so far it's the best guitar I ever owned.
But what about a topic about your best moments on stage? When it all realy seams to match,:a lot of energie, totally focused and feeling as happy as you can be on stage?

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:14:16 PM
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6849 posts since 2/14/2006

I played in Cicero IL (up next to Chicago) one time with the Chicago Bluegrass Band, and forgot to pack my banjo in my car on the way out. I thought about it at least 100 miles southwest of Chicago, and had to go back up the next day and pick it up. Luckily the people held it for me safely.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:18:33 PM



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Women’s panties......(in my dreams)

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:08:46 PM



1969 posts since 2/22/2006

Left a capo in a club once. Came back 3 days later and it was still there, even though others had played after me - in fact, a friend who played there the following night told me he saw it on the piano.

For years I played a once-a-month gig at one place, and one time I left the phantom power adapter for my condenser mic behind. Didn't discover it right away, but it was there when I went back the next month (I have more than one).

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:26:44 PM

6849 posts since 2/14/2006

I usually leave a bunch of carbon dioxide behind.

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:57:06 PM

Jim Yates


6642 posts since 2/21/2007

A case with 6 harmonicas, a harp rack, string winder and side cutters, spare strings, slides, kazoo and Acme Siren whistle.
I went back the next day and the custodian said, "If you can tell me what's in the case, you can have it." I could.
Someone once helped me pack up my car at a festival and when I got home, I had a really nice music stand that was not mine. I never found the owner, so we use it as abanner hanger. I never play from a song sheet on stage, but we have a banner for the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band that hangs from a music stand. It hold tuners, slides, capos mouth harps and a set list (See the photo).

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