I may growl occasionally, but I never bite
While I agree about the beer, how in the World is it unprofessional to put down a bottle of water on a gig? I, for one, sweat like a trussed hog under stage lights and have learned through painful personal experience that failing to remain hydrated is a quick trip to a split lip....such as taking a drink while the band is playing (regardless of whether it's beer or water). Even on informal bar gigs or outdoor gigs, I hate seeing a musician swigging from a bottle of water or a glass of beer while someone else is soloing. It's unprofessional, disrespectful, and distracting.
As for cellphones on the stand, I hate it. When my wife was 9 months pregnant and ready to drop any minute I HAD to take a gig out of town to keep a long standing gig. I had my phone on my stand the whole time and felt like a total heel for it, but it really was one of those emergency situations. Didn't mean it was fun though.
I guess I'm old school, but texting or making/taking a call during a set and you're gone. I mean during or between songs. Take care of personal business on the break.
Water bottles and drinks - I saw TOP Saturday and they would take a quick hit from a water bottle between tunes, which is ok in my book, especially if you're working up quite a sweat during your gig. But taking a swig of something during a tune like on a rest or during a solo is a bit rude, distracting the audience from what should be the focal point - the soloist or vocalist. Again, wait until the tune is over, show some respect for your bandmates.
In general, I often wonder what people who have to be constantly on the phone must be saying that's so important it can't wait. Will the world stop rotating on it's axis if they don't communicate that very second?
I've been guilty of 'drinking on the job' among other things, but am certainly much more mindful of it thanks to this thread! I've just played so much in bars and at informal jams that the bad habits sometimes carries over to other gigs.
I apologize, I won't do it nearly as often again! :-)
"The key to improvising is being able to play and listen at the same time."
I do ocassionally take a swig of water or beer while on the bandstand. I wouldn't do it constantly, though. To me that's a lot differernt than texting or talking on a cell phone!
I don't care if someone is taping because that can't really be controlled anymore. I see people in the audience holding up cellphones or those tiny video recorders fairly often on a gig. The first time it happened it bugged me a little, but now I take it as a compliment. Nowadays anything you do in public could be taped/recorded, put up on the internet, and spread all over the globe. That's just reality now. I'm really, really glad it wasn't that way when I was 'young and dumb,' though.