In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the singer-songwriter, Anna Graceman, shares one of her stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
Back in 2011, I spent some time performing at Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas. The first few performances went smoothly, everyone was on top of it. But of course, once things go right, you get comfortable and then that’s when things can get overlooked.
One of the more memorable moments happened when I walked out on stage and realized my in-ear pack wasn’t working. I sat down at the piano and popped my in-ears out. The drummer counted in the first song and that was it. All I could hear was the drums and the delayed sound coming through the house PA. My only choice was to stumble my way through the set and hope that I was playing and singing in key.
You can’t practice things going wrong. You never know when it might happen. All you can do is be prepared to put on the best live show you possibly can. And that’s the thing. It’s a LIVE show. Nothing’s gonna be completely perfect. That’s what makes each show special. One thing I always try to keep in mind when it comes to the audience is that this might be the only performance these people get to see of mine and I wanna give them the show they deserve.
When the performance was over I came off stage and announced, “My pack wasn’t even on!!”. Thankfully, no one else noticed that there was an issue and I was told that nothing sounded off during the performance. It was one of the first scary experiences I had where I was put in a situation where the whole show could’ve gone wrong. I’ve learned a lot just from that performance. Knowing that you’ve played these songs a thousand times and trusting in yourself is important. Trusting the people around you is important too. I knew that the house band was fine and that if I just did my best to follow the drummer, I’d probably be okay. Those kinds of shows are the ones you remember the most. The ones you learn something from. The ones that get you out of your comfort zone and push you just a little. That’s how you grow and that’s how the best memories are made.