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2013-01-19 11:33:23 PM  
#11 - Chicks who constantly go "woo".
 
2013-01-20 12:11:02 AM  

Cewley: #11 - Chicks who constantly go "woo".


...unless, of course, they're showing boobies.
 
2013-01-20 12:15:08 AM  
I couldn't see over the iPhone zippos.
 
2013-01-20 12:15:34 AM  
Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...
 
2013-01-20 12:16:50 AM  
I like the guy that gets right in front of the plentiful space right in front of you and then very slowly inches backwards. I don't mind someone standing in front of me since I can see over most people, but goddamit stay there.
 
2013-01-20 12:20:59 AM  
The only thing worse than someone ironically screaming "Freebird!" is when the band actually decides to ironically play it.
 
2013-01-20 12:25:52 AM  
We're the fark are they seeing concerts? I never found too much of any of that.
 
kab
2013-01-20 12:28:08 AM  
List is incomplete without crowdsurfing and moshing.
 
2013-01-20 12:28:30 AM  

T.M.S.: We're the fark are they seeing concerts? I never found too much of any of that.


Huh?
 
2013-01-20 12:28:42 AM  

T.M.S.: We're the fark are they seeing concerts? I never found too much of any of that.


Yeah... I went to a concert last weekend and it was pretty tame. Of course, the band in question was Weezer so it's not like they had a wild crowd anyway, but the worst I saw was a couple of people trying to take photos with their phones, which is not all that beyond the pale.

I did not see any chicks flashing their tits, which makes me has a sad.
/Metalica concert in wings stadium back in '91 was where I saw my first real life boob. God bless you skanky metal fan girls.
 
2013-01-20 12:30:12 AM  
I was at a Fleetwood mac concert in Vegas.One of the dudes we were there with
was singing along with Stevie Nicks,We ditched him immediately...

I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees' voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.

//And so it begins with the Rush fans.
 
2013-01-20 12:30:17 AM  
#12 The idiots who do the ear spliting whistle throughout the show.
 
2013-01-20 12:32:11 AM  
I want to kill the people (usually girls) who take pictures with their cell phones and then have to immediately a) check the pics as if they're going to get any kind of a good picture with a cell phone anyway, and then b) pass the phone around to all their friends to show them the picture. Biatch, you're all RIGHT THERE. You're all seeing the same thing (I assume). Did the chicklet next to you not just see the same thing 1.5 second ago? Or maybe not, judging by the way she's squealing over the blurry picture on the tiny screen.

I can barely handle going to shows anymore because of this.
 
2013-01-20 12:38:19 AM  
Ah, vomit.  I saw Queen in '82 at the L.A. Forum, sat a million miles away.  Four guys showed up late, missed the opener completely (Billy Squier), and stumbled to their seats right in front of us, reeking of booze.  One dude passed out right away.  It was one of the loudest shows I've ever seen, and he's sleeping it off.  About 15 minutes later, he stirs, leans forward, drops his head between his legs, and pukes.  They eventually left, nobody came along to clean it up, and we had to deal with the aromatic aftermath the rest of the show.

Upside: saw Queen.
 
2013-01-20 12:40:31 AM  

JolobinSmokin: I couldn't see over the iPhone zippos.


Oh shiat! And I know you ain't kidding!

*sadface*
 
2013-01-20 12:47:14 AM  
12. Meathead alpha male beer jocks who find their way into the mosh pit and proceed to purposely try to hurt everyone.
 
2013-01-20 12:49:34 AM  
6. Pushing your way to the front.

If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots. They got there early and laid claim to their space. The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you're being a huge asshole. Don't do that. If you show up late and there's only room in the back, you've just gotta deal with it.

Your pansy ass wouldn't last 2 minutes at a metal concert. Sorry, no.
 
2013-01-20 12:51:55 AM  
#13: (As seen at Coachella a few years back) White college kids that dress up as "indians" with feathers in their hair and neon "war paint" on their faces, running around doing war whoops.

I wished Russell Means had been there to beat some ass.
 
2013-01-20 12:53:34 AM  
13. Drunken assholes who repeatedly yell their undying love to the female lead singer, in small jazz venues. I'm talking to you, Mr. Drunken Asshole at the Janis Siegel show.
 
2013-01-20 12:54:01 AM  
People with absolutely no rhythm . . . dancing. I'm not talking about bad dancing, I'm talking about people that clap or move completely off the beat, way off.

I had a buddy that at concerts would clap entirely opposite the beat. "Dude, do you not heat the drum!? Do not hear the beat?! It doesn't change at all during the song. Same, start to finish. . . . DO YOU NOT NOTICE EVERYONE ELSE CLAPPING . . . TOGETHER?!"
 
2013-01-20 12:58:12 AM  

Farker Soze: 6. Pushing your way to the front.

If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots. They got there early and laid claim to their space. The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you're being a huge asshole. Don't do that. If you show up late and there's only room in the back, you've just gotta deal with it.

Your pansy ass wouldn't last 2 minutes at a metal concert. Sorry, no.


I've been to plenty of metal concerts. I have no problem telling people to move the fark up, move the fark back or move over. Most Metal fans are pussies that use the music as a coverup for no self confidence. I prey on their souls.
 
2013-01-20 12:59:51 AM  
General seating(festival seating) deaths from trampling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster

The Who concert disaster[1] took place at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on 3 December 1979, as part of the band's U.S. tour, the first in three years and their first performance in Cincinnati since 1975. Eleven fans (Peter Bowes, 18; Teva Ladd, 27; David Heck, 19; Connie Burns, 18; James Warmoth, 21; Bryan Wagner, 17; Karen Morrison, 15; Jacqueline Eckerle, 15; Walter Adams, Jr., 22; Stephan Preston, 19; Phillip Snyder, 20) were killed by compressive asphyxia and 26[citation needed] others injured in the rush for seating at the opening of a sold-out concert.

Attending the performance were a total of 18,348 ticketed fans (3,578 reserved seats, 14,770 general admission seats). The concert was using "festival seating" (also known as "general admission seating"), where the best seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the festival seating, many fans arrived early. As they waited outside in bitter cold conditions, the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check and thought that the concert was beginning, and a rush into the still-closed doors began. Some at the front of the crowd were trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware that the doors were still closed. Only a few doors were in operation that night, and there are reports that management did not open more doors due to union restrictions and the concern of people sneaking past the ticket turnstiles.[2] The band members only found out about the incident after their performance ended. After the incident, the victims' families sued the band, promoter, and the city until the lawsuit was settled. As a result, festival seating was banned in Cincinnati for 25 years, with minor exceptions.[3][4]

This incident was the subject of a book and of a second season episode of WKRP in Cincinnati called "In Concert" and inspired scenes in the film Pink Floyd-The Wall, whose 1982 premiere was attended by The Who's Pete Townshend.[5]
 
2013-01-20 01:00:29 AM  

hbk72777: Farker Soze: 6. Pushing your way to the front.

If a concert is general admission, the people in front earned their spots. They got there early and laid claim to their space. The people all the way in front might have even spent all day camped out by the doors, so when the lights go off and you shove your way to the front, you're being a huge asshole. Don't do that. If you show up late and there's only room in the back, you've just gotta deal with it.

Your pansy ass wouldn't last 2 minutes at a metal concert. Sorry, no.

I've been to plenty of metal concerts. I have no problem telling people to move the fark up, move the fark back or move over. Most Metal fans are pussies that use the music as a coverup for no self confidence. I prey on their souls.


That's what I'm saying. You aren't entitled to your special spot. Get out of the way and let me hug the barricade.
 
2013-01-20 01:05:08 AM  

TwistedFark: Metalica concert in wings stadium back in '91 was where I saw my first real life boob. God bless you skanky metal fan girls.


I wouldn't at all be surprised if i personally knew the woman. She was a frequent bed mate of an old drug buddy during my (not-entirely-evolved-away-from*) drug/metal years in that area. Was she a really white-trash-pretty redhead and did she have a held-by-a-sole-safety-pin patch over her strategically-cut-out-jorts' pubic area. This chick (since dead of a heroin o.d [quelle surprise!]) used to flash all of the metal performers who "came" through the area (from top to bottom).

*left the narcotics behind but I still hold a certain nostalgic attachment to some of the genres' music.

The last show I attended (Neko Case last year) I experienced absolutely none of the (really, petty) annoyances experienced by the article's author.
 
2013-01-20 01:05:56 AM  
genre's
 
2013-01-20 01:06:35 AM  
Mother farking damn for the love of heaven bullshiat, can you people just go to an event and try to enjoy it together without ruining things for others? I thought going to the movies was a hassle sometimes. I can't imagine paying so much money for a concert ticket just to have someone act like a jerk.
 
2013-01-20 01:08:12 AM  
...area?
 
2013-01-20 01:08:28 AM  

W.C.fields forever: I was at a Fleetwood mac concert in Vegas.One of the dudes we were there with
was singing along with Stevie Nicks,We ditched him immediately...

I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees' voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.

//And so it begins with the Rush fans.


You brought it motherfarker!


Just kidding.
Here's how cool humans are. Revel in our differences!

I swear to all things music that Geddy Lee's voice is the most beautiful singing voice I've ever heard. And I like classical opera. I like bluegrass yodel. I like Joe Walsh's voice, Dave Matthews', Trent Reznor, James Murphy, Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti (rip), Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Robert Johnson, Placido Domingo, some Russian lady tenor I can't remember right now, Neil Young, Chris Cornell, Les Claypool, Enrico Palazzo...
so, I think you get it.

I have no taste.
Haha. Did it for ya.

But I'm not kidding. I first heard his voice at 13, I had no idea who it was. I had to find out without the internets.
Now I'm 44, and I saw him this summer. Even more beautiful, still the most beautiful voice I've ever heard.
I know I'm a freak, but that's ok. I'm good with it.
 
2013-01-20 01:09:54 AM  

kab: List is incomplete without crowdsurfing and moshing.


I've been to a few metal shows and actual moshing is generally confined to certain areas and thus easy to avoid. It's the god damned karate kids that are the problem.
 
2013-01-20 01:13:12 AM  
FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.


Sit the fark down . . . you gain nothing by standing up for entire farking show.

/ of course I'm old . . . I'm a goddamn Rush fan
 
2013-01-20 01:19:45 AM  
How about the idiot standing 2 feet away from you who has to sing every word (badly too)so loud you can't hear the show over him?
 
2013-01-20 01:20:46 AM  
How about the guy sitting next to you who engages you in drunken conversation, then passes out before the show starts?

/the bad part is the puke on the seats
 
2013-01-20 01:23:01 AM  
I used to shout "Play Freebird!" at the band in the bar every weekend. They never did.

/they just bought me a drink and ignored me
//of course, I was running their sound board at the time
 
2013-01-20 01:24:32 AM  
The only concerts I've seen flashing at were back in high school(2000). 3 Doors Down/Collective Soul and Jerry Cantrell. Haven't seen any since, I saw naked chicks walking around at Bonnaroo last year, but no-one baring breasts just for the band.
 
2013-01-20 01:27:18 AM  
How about sweaty shirtless dudes with dreadlocks headbanging in front of you.
Mouthfull of juicy dreadlocks. Ewww.
 
2013-01-20 01:39:23 AM  

sheep snorter: The Who concert disaster[1] took place at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on 3 December 1979, as part of the band's U.S. tour, the first in three years and their first performance in Cincinnati since 1975.


I was at that concert... thanks for the memories

Took a while for me to not get freaked out at close crowds

Still have the t-shirt from the concert... I've never put it on.
 
2013-01-20 01:45:49 AM  
Personally I hate people who turn into attention whores at concerts. We didn't pay to see YOU.

Strap in for the CSB...

I saw ZZ Top play at the Hard Rock here in Vegas three or four years ago. This was in The Joint before they remodeled it, It was pretty small and very cool to see a band up close like that. I've seen them play several times and there's always a lot of die hard fans but there also some younger people who probably had comped tickets and couldn't care less. During one of the songs some young hot girl trotted up to the stage tossed up a bunch of dollar bills. 'Making it rain' I guess, in the parlance of our times. I guess she thought she was being hilarious. I thought it was borderline insulting. The band ignored it and played the rest of the song, but afterwards Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill made a big show of going over and picking up every bill and stuffing them in their pockets.

Then Billy went back to the mic and drawled 'Now normally we don't like it when people throw things on stage but sweetie, you can do that as often as you want."

/Billy Gibbons is the coolest cat ever
 
2013-01-20 01:47:00 AM  
What's the deal with the "negroplease" at the end of the link? Did I not RTFA enough?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/19/us/mlk-conservative/index.html?negrople a se
 
2013-01-20 01:47:47 AM  
40-something crumblies who cram their gunts into the same "Trixter" concert shirts that they wore backstage when they were in their 20's.
 
2013-01-20 01:54:35 AM  
Pissing in the sinks didn't make the cut?
 
2013-01-20 01:56:40 AM  
Puke ain't nothing. Try Woodstock 2000 (what a clusterfark of organization that was,) naked chicks walking around covered in what they think is mud but is actually overturned porta-potty ooze, that'll make you think.
And more annoying than any picture taking, wooing, non-booby flashing girl is $7 for a small bottle of water, $10 if you want it cold, and $!5 mystery meat taco/gyro/kebab pita thing, I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't iguana or maybe a really meaty rat.
 
2013-01-20 02:01:30 AM  
the last concert i went to was toadies...at billy bob's in the ft worth stockyards...sort of surreal to see a 90s hard rock band in there with all the tables & chairs removed from the floor. all the typical douchebag concert stereotypes were there, but it did not stop me from enjoying the 3-people-from-the-stage spot i laid claim to earlier in the evening.

the last concert i went to prior to that was much better crowd-wise. crosby stills & nash. front row seats i won from the radio station. took my dad as a belated birthday gift. what a show!
 
2013-01-20 02:07:54 AM  
Wait, so people can actually hear other people at concerts? Compared to metal concerts are other genres quieter?
 
2013-01-20 02:10:36 AM  

sheep snorter: General seating(festival seating) deaths from trampling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster

The Who concert disaster[1] took place at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on 3 December 1979, as part of the band's U.S. tour, the first in three years and their first performance in Cincinnati since 1975. Eleven fans (Peter Bowes, 18; Teva Ladd, 27; David Heck, 19; Connie Burns, 18; James Warmoth, 21; Bryan Wagner, 17; Karen Morrison, 15; Jacqueline Eckerle, 15; Walter Adams, Jr., 22; Stephan Preston, 19; Phillip Snyder, 20) were killed by compressive asphyxia and 26[citation needed] others injured in the rush for seating at the opening of a sold-out concert.

Attending the performance were a total of 18,348 ticketed fans (3,578 reserved seats, 14,770 general admission seats). The concert was using "festival seating" (also known as "general admission seating"), where the best seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the festival seating, many fans arrived early. As they waited outside in bitter cold conditions, the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check and thought that the concert was beginning, and a rush into the still-closed doors began. Some at the front of the crowd were trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware that the doors were still closed. Only a few doors were in operation that night, and there are reports that management did not open more doors due to union restrictions and the concern of people sneaking past the ticket turnstiles.[2] The band members only found out about the incident after their performance ended. After the incident, the victims' families sued the band, promoter, and the city until the lawsuit was settled. As a result, festival seating was banned in Cincinnati for 25 years, with minor exceptions.[3][4]

This incident was the subject of a book and of a second season episode of WKRP in Cincinnati called "In Concert" and inspired scenes in the film Pink Floyd-The Wall, ...


My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.
 
2013-01-20 02:14:14 AM  
Damn near killed half the audience at the Nashville Dead Can't Dance concert for almost all of the reasons in the article. Got so mad I left before the encore.
 
2013-01-20 02:16:10 AM  

Soulcatcher: My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.


Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.
 
2013-01-20 02:17:36 AM  
What I hate at concerts (at least metal shows) are the hardcore straight edge kids or whatever the fark they are that do those breakdown ninja dancing shiat. They do these stupid as kids in the air in the farking pit. I hate when I am in a circle getting kicked in the stomach by those dumbasses. Why would you just start kicking randomly at a show anyways? Also I really hate when people can't properly start crowd surfacing; especially if you are in the front, because 9/10 you will get kicked in the head. Not fun.
 
2013-01-20 02:21:06 AM  
FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.

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2013-01-20 02:23:30 AM  

Soulcatcher: sheep snorter: General seating(festival seating) deaths from trampling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster

The Who concert disaster[1] took place at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on 3 December 1979, as part of the band's U.S. tour, the first in three years and their first performance in Cincinnati since 1975. Eleven fans (Peter Bowes, 18; Teva Ladd, 27; David Heck, 19; Connie Burns, 18; James Warmoth, 21; Bryan Wagner, 17; Karen Morrison, 15; Jacqueline Eckerle, 15; Walter Adams, Jr., 22; Stephan Preston, 19; Phillip Snyder, 20) were killed by compressive asphyxia and 26[citation needed] others injured in the rush for seating at the opening of a sold-out concert.

Attending the performance were a total of 18,348 ticketed fans (3,578 reserved seats, 14,770 general admission seats). The concert was using "festival seating" (also known as "general admission seating"), where the best seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the festival seating, many fans arrived early. As they waited outside in bitter cold conditions, the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check and thought that the concert was beginning, and a rush into the still-closed doors began. Some at the front of the crowd were trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware that the doors were still closed. Only a few doors were in operation that night, and there are reports that management did not open more doors due to union restrictions and the concern of people sneaking past the ticket turnstiles.[2] The band members only found out about the incident after their performance ended. After the incident, the victims' families sued the band, promoter, and the city until the lawsuit was settled. As a result, festival seating was banned in Cincinnati for 25 years, with minor exceptions.[3][4]

This incident was the subject of a book and of a second season episode of WKRP in Cincinnati called "In Concert" and inspired scenes in the film Pink F ...


Here to testify: 6' 180 lbs and got carried a good 50' down the concourse by the crowd at a Who concert in Oakland, CA with my feet never touching the floor

/people are f*cking fatally stupid in large numbers
 
2013-01-20 02:53:47 AM  
Saw King Crimson at the Greek. This huge shirtless black guy with a super loud beaded gourd percussion instrument wandered around not keeping time to the music. Nobody was going to approach this guy and ask him to stop and he never did.
 
2013-01-20 03:26:57 AM  
God, I hate that video shiat. The quality is going to be bad enough to make a hog puke, you can't hold it still, the sound is distorted, and you're not even watching what you're doing. Put the shiat down and enjoy it. You were never going to watch it again anyway and you know it.
 
2013-01-20 03:31:55 AM  
One time, we had second row seats and the asshole in front of us decided to stand - ON HIS farkING CHAIR. Again, he was first row, no one was in front of him, and he felt the need to stand on his chair. My buddy's wife pushed him off.

Another concert, a guy next to me in the orchestra pit kept yelling, "I LOVE YOU BONITA" to Bonnie Raitt, then later yelled for Jimmie Vaughan (who was playing with The Thunderbirds), "PLAY VOODOO CHILD." Yeah, ask someone to play the song HIS BROTHER is known for, like that's not a slap in the face. I feel like he achieved maximum douche.

At an oldies concert, I almost got into a fight with some obnoxious drunken guy who wouldn't shut up during Mary Wilson's performance about how Diana Ross was the better Supreme. I was close to fighting this seven-foot giant over who was the better singer in a 60's girl group - quite possibly the most surreal thing that's happened to me.
Concerts are like a box of choc-o-lates.
 
2013-01-20 03:49:27 AM  

Lith: Puke ain't nothing. Try Woodstock 2000 (what a clusterfark of organization that was,) naked chicks walking around covered in what they think is mud but is actually overturned porta-potty ooze, that'll make you think.
And more annoying than any picture taking, wooing, non-booby flashing girl is $7 for a small bottle of water, $10 if you want it cold, and $!5 mystery meat taco/gyro/kebab pita thing, I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't iguana or maybe a really meaty rat.


I was at Woodstock 97. The ooze. I'll never forget it.
:::managed to stay somewhat ooze free:::
 
2013-01-20 04:06:18 AM  

feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...


Its pissing me off that i cant remember who it was, but i was at a show once and someone yelled "freebird" and the singer was like "What, you think we dont know how to play it?" and then they played the whole damn song... the long version.

Careful what you wish for.
 
2013-01-20 04:12:43 AM  

Cyno01: feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...

Its pissing me off that i cant remember who it was, but i was at a show once and someone yelled "freebird" and the singer was like "What, you think we dont know how to play it?" and then they played the whole damn song... the long version.

Careful what you wish for.


Also in the "careful what you wish for" category, someone yelled "Freebird" at a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert, and he played it... all of it... then had the guy who yelled it thrown out.
 
2013-01-20 04:29:39 AM  

styckx: 12. Meathead alpha male beer jocks who find their way into the mosh pit and proceed to purposely try to hurt everyone.


I used to go to the all ages show for bands like Hatebreed, Norma Jean, etc. just to see the kids beat the shiat out of each other. I noticed that the all ages pits are a lot more dangerous than the drunken pits in 21+ shows.

/those teens are f'ing insane
//it was more amusing than the actual show
 
2013-01-20 05:10:11 AM  

acad1228: #12 The idiots who do the ear spliting whistle throughout the show.


This... had one of these assholes directly behind me at Radiohead at the Gorge on the Kid A tour. Ruined one of the best shows I've seen.
 
2013-01-20 05:48:46 AM  
I talk during concerts. But I also sit at the bar and watch from a mile away. If you shush me, you just suck. Go watch the show, not me.
 
2013-01-20 05:54:07 AM  
Here's a simple rule of thumb: If you can't see, stand up. It's very easy. Inversely, if everyone in front of you is seated, sit down. Go with the flow and just relax. We're all in this concert together.
 
mjg
2013-01-20 06:18:47 AM  
www.lauramerica.com

pretty much sums it up
 
2013-01-20 06:20:46 AM  
 
2013-01-20 06:29:25 AM  
I saw the foo fighters once and scoured the entire arena looking for a spark of someone, anyone, smoking a j.

"Come on!" I said, grabbed my girl, and ran half way around the arena. It was two 20 year olds trying to sneak a cigarette.

"no weed?"

"No, they arrest you for that at concerts!"

no, I don't won't to live in this world anymore.
 
2013-01-20 06:35:36 AM  
I understand taking a few pics or even a short (-30s) video to aid your own memories years down the line, but to record an entire song or more? What's the point?

Then again, I'm not much bothered by it. Have never been overly high on seeing shows.
 
2013-01-20 06:45:10 AM  
Cyno01: feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it.

Then she said "So do you want to supersize that combo?"

/It's ok, Michelle Shocked works at the same Wendy's
//So does the last living member of Bananarama
 
2013-01-20 06:50:36 AM  

red5ish: Saw King Crimson at the Greek. This huge shirtless black guy with a super loud beaded gourd percussion instrument wandered around not keeping time to the music. Nobody was going to approach this guy and ask him to stop and he never did.


What tour was that? I've seen Crim 4 times, Fripp solo and also with The League of Gentlemen, and I've seen Adrian Belew with and without Gaga and The Bears many times (Adrian is from Erlanger KY which is a suburb of Cincy). We used to go see Adrian at Shipley's in Clifton for a 2 buck cover charge. Good times!
 
2013-01-20 07:19:50 AM  

red5ish: Saw King Crimson at the Greek. This huge shirtless black guy with a super loud beaded gourd percussion instrument wandered around not keeping time to the music. Nobody was going to approach this guy and ask him to stop and he never did.


To be fair, I imagine it can be tough keeping time to songs that start out in 7/8, then switch to 3.5 measures of 11/13 followed by a slow groove in 28/9...
 
2013-01-20 07:25:44 AM  
In the last year, I've seen Counting Crows, Milo Greene, ZZ Ward, Common, and Rakim. My wife has video she took with her phone of her favorite Counting Crows and she's watched it numerous times. I recorded a Milo Greene song I like. In the next few months, we'll be seeing Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, ZZ Ward, Flaming Lips, and the Black Keys. I can guarantee my wife will be phone videoing some songs. Fark you, we paid for our tickets and we'll enjoy the show.

I do like the author's stand up/sit down suggestion.
 
2013-01-20 07:28:34 AM  

h0t5auce: I can guarantee my wife will be phone videoing some songs. Fark you, we paid for our tickets and we'll enjoy the show.


How do you enjoy the show if you're busy documenting your presence there?
 
2013-01-20 07:30:08 AM  
Idiots who cheer with their school's fight song.
 
2013-01-20 07:43:30 AM  

REO-Weedwagon: h0t5auce: I can guarantee my wife will be phone videoing some songs. Fark you, we paid for our tickets and we'll enjoy the show.

How do you enjoy the show if you're busy documenting your presence there?


You just kinda hold your phone a bit under your chin and hope for the best. The video isn't great, the audio is passable, you still see the show live with your own eyes, and you have a bit on record for the memories.

It's really not all that different from the Notorious BIG show a buddy and I recorded on cassettes back in the day.

I just had a thought! Maybe we're all different in how we derive enjoyment from things. Maybe that's how I enjoy the show while documenting my presence there.
 
2013-01-20 07:53:25 AM  
I'm not a big fan of concerts so I've only been to a few. My biggest problem is that everyone (or a significant percentage of people) at the show seems to be a douchebags.

For reasons I don't understand, the cool thing to do was throw water bottles into the air. I really didn't get it, but it sure did piss me off. You've got these scrawny dickwad junior high/high school/college aged kids who want the thrill of hitting someone in the back of the head; but lack the balls to do it directly. So they get their friends to stand around them so they can chuck it without attracting attention, then they all giggle like school girls at the thought of someone getting hit with a half empty water bottle.

I also didn't understand the impromptu crowd 'running' or moshing or whatever it was. If you want to run in a circle or bang into other people - go for it. Just do it where everyone wants to be involved. There were 12 year old girls getting trapped by 17 year old jackasses who could care less.
 
2013-01-20 08:19:50 AM  

Omahawg: I saw the foo fighters once and scoured the entire arena looking for a spark of someone, anyone, smoking a j.

"Come on!" I said, grabbed my girl, and ran half way around the arena. It was two 20 year olds trying to sneak a cigarette.

"no weed?"

"No, they arrest you for that at concerts!"

no, I don't won't to live in this world anymore.


Douchbags that want to show off by smoking pot at a concert. You must be real cool to ask those 20 year olds for some weed.

The requests bother me. At Chris Cornell's acoustic tour, some drunk asshole kept screaming "CHRIS! BLACK HOLE SUN! CHRIS! BLACK HOLE SUN!" - which,btw, might barely make a 25 song Soundgarden set list if I was making it - might not.
 
2013-01-20 08:26:21 AM  
The YouTube videos people post are nice for the band and people that work creating the shows. It's pretty rare to be able to see and hear people's reaction to a live event but the videos document audience reaction pretty well. I never realized it was annoying to the spectators.
 
2013-01-20 08:35:19 AM  
14.  Spoiler assholes who show their Internet savvy by revealing the next song in the set list to everyone within earshot.

If you want to be a DJ, go work at a radio station or a wedding.  The band doesn't need any help from Prick Dees.
 
2013-01-20 08:46:31 AM  
I hate the people who go through the trouble to get there early and stand up right up against the barricade or stage and then don't show the slightest bit of interest in the band they're supposedly there to see.
 
2013-01-20 08:51:06 AM  
FTA:

Not all artists take the Rod Stewart/Billy Joel/Tom Petty approach of "nothing but the hits." Performers like Neil Young or Van Morrison are unpredictable. This is actually a good thing. Try to enjoy the show you're getting as opposed the one you wish you were seeing. Besides, haven't you heard "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Southern Man" enough?


I wish more bands would heed this. Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.
 
2013-01-20 09:00:12 AM  

McGrits: FTA:
I wish more bands would heed this. Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.


BWHAHAHHAHA! Good one.
 
2013-01-20 09:01:10 AM  
I'll never understand the desire to drop $40+ for a concert ticket, then spending the evening alternating between drinking lousy, overpriced beer and, subsequently, pissing it down the drain.

Do us all a favor and get drunk at home.  Most of us in the row are tired of letting you by so that you can fulfill your endless need to relive your frat party memories, douchebag.
 
2013-01-20 09:01:30 AM  
The only place to be on a concert is front row in the pit. Everything else is boring.

Man I need to find some good live music.
 
kth
2013-01-20 09:07:27 AM  
7. Getting so drunk you puke.
8. Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn't play your favorite song.


So my sister and I went to see the Old 97's show a few years back. She knows them from early days in Dallas, and I've met them several times. So my beloved sister gets hammered. And starts loudly requesting one of their early, delightfully weird songs during the show. And then during the encore. Then after the show when we're talking to Ken.

/mortified
 
2013-01-20 09:13:48 AM  
Speaking of Freebird, I wonder how many people cringe when they remember that they quoted it in their high school yearbook?
 
2013-01-20 09:16:46 AM  

McGrits: Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.


Maynard is old and his vocals can only handle a limited number of songs in the band's catalogue.
 
2013-01-20 09:19:46 AM  
If someone is hold a cell phone in your line of sight, knock it out of there hand. Hopefully they are close enough that bending over to pick the phone isn't possible.
 
2013-01-20 09:24:16 AM  
I don't get that 'Freebird' reference.
 
2013-01-20 09:29:56 AM  

maxx2112: FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.


Sit the fark down . . . you gain nothing by standing up for entire farking show.

/ of course I'm old . . . I'm a goddamn Rush fan


It's a concert, who the fark wants to sit down during a show? Seriously, if you are not enjoying the concert enough that it wants to make you sit down for 2 hours why even be there. Shows are supposed to be fun.

/ not old (30) but my body feels that way sometimes
//don't mind anything on the list really, as long as I can see and hear the band I'm content
 
2013-01-20 09:30:37 AM  

h0t5auce: I can guarantee my wife will be phone videoing some songs. Fark you, we paid for our tickets and we'll enjoy the show.


Fark you and your wife. Stay home and watch youtube.
 
mjg
2013-01-20 09:31:21 AM  

AlanSmithee: I don't get that 'Freebird' reference.


Just ask the band at the next show you go to.
 
2013-01-20 09:35:42 AM  
This guy sounds really old.

If your concert experience is ruined by things like this, stay home.
 
2013-01-20 09:40:27 AM  

SubBass49: Soulcatcher: My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.


I quit going to Coachella partly because it turned into a corporate festival where the celebrities go to be cool and partially because I was just about crushed during Tool's performance. I am 6' 1" and at the time was about 190 and I was trying yo protect the girl I was with that was 5' 2" and 85 lbs. The crowd were absolute assholes I had waited years to see Tool reunite and I ended up leaving because my friend was so scared she was nearly crying and I could barely move and at times couldn't breathe.
 
2013-01-20 09:40:35 AM  
Don't be the vomit guy!
 
2013-01-20 09:40:55 AM  
The last concert I went to was ruined by aged fratboys and their wives going back and forth for beer and to pee every 7 minutes and the constant glow of cell phones as people checked email, or worse, carried on loud conversations, most of which started like this: "HEY GUESS WHERE I AM. I'M AT A PETER GABRIEL CONCERT"
 
2013-01-20 09:54:07 AM  

kth: 7. Getting so drunk you puke.
8. Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn't play your favorite song.


So my sister and I went to see the Old 97's show a few years back. She knows them from early days in Dallas, and I've met them several times. So my beloved sister gets hammered. And starts loudly requesting one of their early, delightfully weird songs during the show. And then during the encore. Then after the show when we're talking to Ken.

/mortified


Last time I saw the Old 97's Rhett started the show by announcing that he would not be playing " Question" so all of the guys could put their engagement rings away. Apparently there were a few guys that planned to propose to that song.
 
2013-01-20 10:00:26 AM  

Omahawg: I saw the foo fighters once and scoured the entire arena looking for a spark of someone, anyone, smoking a j.

"Come on!" I said, grabbed my girl, and ran half way around the arena. It was two 20 year olds trying to sneak a cigarette.

"no weed?"

"No, they arrest you for that at concerts!"

no, I don't won't to live in this world anymore.


Because people don't want to get farked up to listen to music any more? Not all of us are 13 dude. And not all of us need to be farked up to listen to music.

gadian: God, I hate that video shiat. The quality is going to be bad enough to make a hog puke, you can't hold it still, the sound is distorted, and you're not even watching what you're doing. Put the shiat down and enjoy it. You were never going to watch it again anyway and you know it.


This. I hate it in every form. Stopping to take 4000000 pictures on a 'night out' is stupid. Take your pics when you're bikini bathing or during a drunken underwear party or something.
 
2013-01-20 10:00:46 AM  
I guess the metal equivalent of "Freebird!" is "SLAAAYYYERRRRRR!!!"
 
2013-01-20 10:06:13 AM  
As a 20 something who attends a lot of shows, mostly of the indie-rock/electro variety, I would like to add a different view from most of you who have already posted.

I agree a lot with what the author said. People who push up close after everyone has packed in for a show and many showed up early to get their spot are terrible aholes. I am 6'2" and make sure that I get to a show early because I know I will be blocking people behind me, but since I got there early they cannot complain. If you are tall and push up in front of some girl that is 5'7" or tinier, you are a dick.

Generally though, the most annoying people are drunk females. I was up close for a Fleet Foxes show, the second time I've seen them live, and these two horribly drunk 30 somethings and their drunk boyfriend push up close just before they go on and then proceed to talk during the songs. While there was a great soundsystem, Fleet Foxes play the type of music that is enjoyed most when everyone is quiet and the audience can hear every note. They got the message eventually, but ruined the first few songs.

The other annoying thing 20 something females do is show up to the show, but then decide to take pictures of each other with flashes with their backs to the stage. They pratter on about whatever and ruin it for everyone else. Why you would pay money to be able to show off to your friends that you were at a show that you don't even care about I'll never know. Those of us who are there to enjoy the music think you are inconsiderate assholes.

Based on the comments the rules for metal shows/arena shows are different but my comments pertain to shows at clubs that have 1100 or fewer people (the places in DC I go to shows have 1100, 750, 300, 200, and 150 person limits).
 
2013-01-20 10:07:06 AM  
I hate the people
 
2013-01-20 10:10:14 AM  

maxx2112: FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.


Sit the fark down . . . you gain nothing by standing up for entire farking show.

/ of course I'm old . . . I'm a goddamn Rush fan


FTS: some of us like dancing to music.
 
2013-01-20 10:11:30 AM  
a running commentary that begins in the middle of the first hook line of the first song...including how you're pretty sure one of the roadies is your real Dad...
 
2013-01-20 10:13:15 AM  
I go to lots of heavy metal and punk shows and I completely agree with not taking pictures/video the whole time. Nothing is worse than watching the band play through the view finder of the person in front of you. Drunken idiots pushing their way to the front and getting pissed at you when you won't let them through also need to stop being pieces of human garbage, I had a guy almost take a swing at my wife because I wouldn't let him push past me to the first row. That shiat is redicilous. The worst are guys that try to cop a feel when people get smashed together. Women deserve to enjoy a show without being molested. I've seen that happen before and when I see it, things get serious real quick. The world would be a lot better place if crowds started policing that behavior themselves.
 
2013-01-20 10:14:53 AM  
1978 KISS concert - the guy in full Gene Simmons gear and a can of butane blowing flames in the middle of 10,000 people crushing each other on the floor at the Pontiac Silverdome.

/I like to pull out the BIC and yell "Freebird" at high school graduations after the choir and band performs the alma mater.
 
2013-01-20 10:16:53 AM  

Cyno01: feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...

Its pissing me off that i cant remember who it was, but i was at a show once and someone yelled "freebird" and the singer was like "What, you think we dont know how to play it?" and then they played the whole damn song... the long version.

Careful what you wish for.


Playing in around Jacksonville, FL (home of Skynyrd) especially in the late 70's/early 80's, the call to play Freebird was ubiquitous (still is; sigh). On one occasion, my new wave/performance art band wound up playing a rather fun, impromptu ska version. It actually works pretty well in that style and takes all the pompous "Southern Man" hubris out of it.

As far as the picture and video takers, TFA has an excellent point. You're not making a band documentary, goddamit,  and taking pics and vids on your phone doesn't make you part of the show, so don't act like you are. The pic in the thread of the girls at the concert sums it up well. I think it's a strange part of current social culture that seems to say that "if it's not on my phone and shared with my friends, it didn't happen." Seems to be rather pathetic and sad, to me.
 
2013-01-20 10:19:45 AM  
Writer is obviously too young, and Jann Wenner too old, to remember the 70's
 
2013-01-20 10:25:54 AM  
You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!
 
2013-01-20 10:32:30 AM  

McGrits:

I wish more bands would heed this. Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.


I hope you're kidding...I've seen them many times and I don't think I've ever seen the same set twice - including back to back nights in different cities.
 
2013-01-20 10:33:56 AM  
I went to see Van Halen in Dallas over the summer and had nose bleed seats. I didn't mind because they were $70 and I felt like sitting thru the show. The problem was that my buddy and the guy next to me are farking fat asses. I'm 5'8" 150lbs. I had to sit on the edge of my seat and lean forward the whole time to be comfortable so these two whales wouldn't place their fat laden extremities on me. About 45 minutes into VH, I couldn't take it anymore. I went and stood in the aisle. I was there for about 15 minutes when an usher told me to take my seat. I told her"I'm between two fat guys and I have no room to sit". She scowled at me and said"SIT DOWN!"
On a related note, I bought some plastic flasks from amazon and snuck in some delicious Crown. I bought one 8$ diet coke and was good to go throughout the night.
 
2013-01-20 10:43:50 AM  
It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....
 
2013-01-20 10:48:41 AM  

demonfaerie: What I hate at concerts (at least metal shows) are the hardcore straight edge kids or whatever the fark they are that do those breakdown ninja dancing shiat. They do these stupid as kids in the air in the farking pit. I hate when I am in a circle getting kicked in the stomach by those dumbasses. Why would you just start kicking randomly at a show anyways? Also I really hate when people can't properly start crowd surfacing; especially if you are in the front, because 9/10 you will get kicked in the head. Not fun.


I agree. Went to see Dillinger Escape Plan and the opening band was some hardcore/punk band hybrid and all the punk hipsters were doing it. Im all about moshing but those farks are just dangerous. I didn't even enter the pit and just stayed on the outside perimeter and had 3 random peoples blood all over me less than a minute after the concert started.

And like a kid on a candy rush, less than 2 songs in, all of them were *Poof* gone sitting down tired or seeking medical attention.
 
2013-01-20 10:52:10 AM  
Annoying things bands do at shows
#1 turning the mic and letting the crowd sing the entire song chorus instead of actually performing
 
2013-01-20 10:53:32 AM  
One night my fiancé and I were at a tiny local restaurant when two guys came in with acoustic guitars and began playing. I was slightly embarrassed for them as we were the only two customers there. They were good though, doing 90s alternative covers (my favorite). I yelled out, "Freebird!" The two guys looked at me, looked at each other and busted into the most awesome acoustic cover of Freebird I've ever heard. I sat there aghast, mouth gaping, and immediately burst into enthusiastic applause and cheering at the end. Just wish I could find those guys again.
 
2013-01-20 10:55:37 AM  

feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...


8/10. Subtle yet believable.
 
2013-01-20 10:57:11 AM  

W.C.fields forever: I was at a Fleetwood mac concert in Vegas.One of the dudes we were there with
was singing along with Stevie Nicks,We ditched him immediately...

I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees' voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.

//And so it begins with the Rush fans.


Rush is a great band, perhaps one of the best. Until the vocals come in.
 
2013-01-20 11:05:28 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: If you are tall and push up in front of some girl that is 5'7" or tinier, you are a dick.


5'6"

best concert of my life was seeing The Who at Glastonbury in 2007 (and I'm not even a big Who fan, it was just epic for me).

Had great vantage point right at the second barrier until three guys drinking Pims sidled up next to us, and then plopper their girlfriends in front of me. (I was newly dating my SO and didn't want to seem like a complete biatch by telling them to farking move, nor did I want to start a fight)

Watched most of it on the jumbotron.

Still best concert ever
 
2013-01-20 11:06:11 AM  

megalynn44: maxx2112: FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.


Sit the fark down . . . you gain nothing by standing up for entire farking show.

/ of course I'm old . . . I'm a goddamn Rush fan

FTS: some of us like dancing to music.



I smoked a lot of pot when I was a kid, but I don't think I ever smoked enough to dance to Rush, even at a concert.
 
2013-01-20 11:07:28 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: I go to lots of heavy metal and punk shows and I completely agree with not taking pictures/video the whole time. Nothing is worse than watching the band play through the view finder of the person in front of you. Drunken idiots pushing their way to the front and getting pissed at you when you won't let them through also need to stop being pieces of human garbage, I had a guy almost take a swing at my wife because I wouldn't let him push past me to the first row. That shiat is redicilous. The worst are guys that try to cop a feel when people get smashed together. Women deserve to enjoy a show without being molested. I've seen that happen before and when I see it, things get serious real quick. The world would be a lot better place if crowds started policing that behavior themselves.


Most of the metal shows Ive gone to have been pretty good about people cycling through the first front rows. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to get back up to the front of the stage, especially if people are rowdy and theres alot of crowd surfing going on. Yeah I finagle my way up there, but im not typically aggressive when i do it and make sure to liberally toss around "Excuse me" and "Pardon me" and most people aren't annoyed.

On the other hand, I see plenty of assholes who violently shove their way though like people actually have the audacity to be in their way in a farking jam packed concert.

Thankfully Ive never witnessed a groping (Thou Ive heard about it from friends) cause that would send me in to a violent rage. Not cool no matter what the situation.
 
2013-01-20 11:08:11 AM  

Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!


Especially if it's the Melvins.
 
2013-01-20 11:15:58 AM  
i've seen some Monsters of Rock concerts turn into Puke Fests. it aint' pretty and really distracts from some of the terrible music.
 
2013-01-20 11:16:34 AM  

Cewley: #11 - Chicks who constantly go "woo".



that's chicklese for 'i love penis'.
 
2013-01-20 11:17:33 AM  

feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...



i bet he was ready to bust a nut.
 
2013-01-20 11:18:22 AM  

acad1228: #12 The idiots who do the ear spliting whistle throughout the show.



because they know how much you crave their unique sound.
 
2013-01-20 11:19:18 AM  

W.C.fields forever: I was at a Fleetwood mac concert in Vegas.One of the dudes we were there with
was singing along with Stevie Nicks,We ditched him immediately...

I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees' voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.

//And so it begins with the Rush fans.



if you can puke in sync with the drum beat, you've got a great concert.
 
2013-01-20 11:20:43 AM  

Peaceboy: Ah, vomit.  I saw Queen in '82 at the L.A. Forum, sat a million miles away.  Four guys showed up late, missed the opener completely (Billy Squier), and stumbled to their seats right in front of us, reeking of booze.  One dude passed out right away.  It was one of the loudest shows I've ever seen, and he's sleeping it off.  About 15 minutes later, he stirs, leans forward, drops his head between his legs, and pukes.  They eventually left, nobody came along to clean it up, and we had to deal with the aromatic aftermath the rest of the show.

Upside: saw Queen.



that is a Quality Evening Show there. that guy knew your concert evening wouldn't be complete without the stench of fresh vomit.
 
2013-01-20 11:22:57 AM  

Lith: Puke ain't nothing. Try Woodstock 2000 (what a clusterfark of organization that was,) naked chicks walking around covered in what they think is mud but is actually overturned porta-potty ooze, that'll make you think.
And more annoying than any picture taking, wooing, non-booby flashing girl is $7 for a small bottle of water, $10 if you want it cold, and $!5 mystery meat taco/gyro/kebab pita thing, I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't iguana or maybe a really meaty rat.



the naked chics, minus the poop, would be nice at a concert. i enjoy the female form. the rest of it is no good.
 
2013-01-20 11:24:12 AM  

Peaceboy: puke



also, be thankful he didn't spray the back of your head. he made the effort to make you comfortable.
 
2013-01-20 11:27:33 AM  

Ross E. Krushan: vomit



be the piss guy! i saw one dude stand there in awe of his Rock Heros and piss his pants. he didn't miss a beat.
 
2013-01-20 11:32:48 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: As a 20 something who attends a lot of shows, mostly of the indie-rock/electro variety, I would like to add a different view from most of you who have already posted.

I agree a lot with what the author said. People who push up close after everyone has packed in for a show and many showed up early to get their spot are terrible aholes. I am 6'2" and make sure that I get to a show early because I know I will be blocking people behind me, but since I got there early they cannot complain. If you are tall and push up in front of some girl that is 5'7" or tinier, you are a dick.

Generally though, the most annoying people are drunk females. I was up close for a Fleet Foxes show, the second time I've seen them live, and these two horribly drunk 30 somethings and their drunk boyfriend push up close just before they go on and then proceed to talk during the songs. While there was a great soundsystem, Fleet Foxes play the type of music that is enjoyed most when everyone is quiet and the audience can hear every note. They got the message eventually, but ruined the first few songs.

The other annoying thing 20 something females do is show up to the show, but then decide to take pictures of each other with flashes with their backs to the stage. They pratter on about whatever and ruin it for everyone else. Why you would pay money to be able to show off to your friends that you were at a show that you don't even care about I'll never know. Those of us who are there to enjoy the music think you are inconsiderate assholes.

Based on the comments the rules for metal shows/arena shows are different but my comments pertain to shows at clubs that have 1100 or fewer people (the places in DC I go to shows have 1100, 750, 300, 200, and 150 person limits).


Agreed. I go to a lot of smaller-venue shows in san francisco, and lately they seem to be overrun with these self-absorbed idiots. You want to stand up front? Then shut the fark up and put away your farking phone you twat!
 
2013-01-20 11:35:22 AM  

AcesFull: It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....


Why? The Beatles sucked.
 
2013-01-20 11:38:03 AM  

gunther_bumpass: AcesFull: It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....

Why? The Beatles sucked.


I like when people say this. It's like a face tattoo, it means I never have to consider their opinion again.
 
2013-01-20 11:42:03 AM  

Crewmannumber6: gunther_bumpass: AcesFull: It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....

Why? The Beatles sucked.

I like when people say this. It's like a face tattoo, it means I never have to consider their opinion again.


Orange Whip??? Orange Whip??? Bring us all another Orange Whip.......
 
2013-01-20 11:42:08 AM  
As mentioned upthread, the farking first verse sing-along followed by 'WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!' makes me want to pull a Carrie on the concert hall.


I am not much of a fan of the band Live, but I recall that their unplugged concert/video thing they did in the mid-90's, was rendered unlistenable by the tools in the audience going WOOOOOO the whole effing time.


I was at a small-ish show a few years ago at a PAC (few hundred people) to see a local guy who was backed by some really talented musicians. Everything was plugged in for most of the show, but at the end the singer stepped to the mic and said 'We want to try something with you, we're all going to turn off, come to the front of the stage and just play acoustic.' Everyone applauded, then they unplugged and the singer started thanking the audience, who nearly all went silent to hear him. Then some ahole near me starts yelling over him 'WE WANT TO THANK YOU TOO DAVE, YOU ARE THE BEST' blah blah blah. All at once everyone around him went ''Hey stupid, shut up for second!!'. The guy looked like 'what? everyone wants to hear what I have to say don't they?' just another ahole who thought the world revolved around him.
 
2013-01-20 11:42:10 AM  

Crewmannumber6: gunther_bumpass: AcesFull: It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....

Why? The Beatles sucked.

I like when people say this. It's like a face tattoo, it means I never have to consider their opinion again.


Personal taste.. how does it work?
 
2013-01-20 11:55:10 AM  

gunther_bumpass: AcesFull: It seems odd that any local band playing a 75-100 seat bar,has a P.A.system with more power than the Beatles used at Shea stadium....

Why? The Beatles sucked.


Buddy Holly and The Crickets..Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps..Eddie Cochran..Elvis..etc.. Those guys were doing shows singing through guitar amps...Do they qualify as suck,also???
 
2013-01-20 11:55:38 AM  

Sinbox: TwistedFark: Metalica concert in wings stadium back in '91 was where I saw my first real life boob. God bless you skanky metal fan girls.

I wouldn't at all be surprised if i personally knew the woman. She was a frequent bed mate of an old drug buddy during my (not-entirely-evolved-away-from*) drug/metal years in that area. Was she a really white-trash-pretty redhead and did she have a held-by-a-sole-safety-pin patch over her strategically-cut-out-jorts' pubic area. This chick (since dead of a heroin o.d [quelle surprise!]) used to flash all of the metal performers who "came" through the area (from top to bottom).

*left the narcotics behind but I still hold a certain nostalgic attachment to some of the genres' music.

The last show I attended (Neko Case last year) I experienced absolutely none of the (really, petty) annoyances experienced by the article's author.


That's because Neko Case doesn't take shiat off of anybody! maybe NSFW
 
2013-01-20 12:05:16 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Generally though, the most annoying people are drunk females


now that I think about it, pretty much every negative concert experience I've had involved drunk women. They seem to be the most likely to try and claw their way forward, talk during the music, and generally just act retarded. The worst ones were during the Flaming Lips when a group of them started sumo wrestling or some shiat. (though I also think The Flaming Lips attracted a lot of outside, non-fan attendees who were there for the show rather than the music; thus attracting a lot of really annoying people.)
 
2013-01-20 12:16:18 PM  

KwameKilstrawberry: /I like to pull out the BIC and yell "Freebird" at high school graduations after the choir and band performs the alma mater.


Nephew graduates in May; I put a reminder in my calendar. My sister will try to kill me when I do this.
 
2013-01-20 12:16:24 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: As mentioned upthread, the farking first verse sing-along followed by 'WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!' makes me want to pull a Carrie on the concert hall.


I am not much of a fan of the band Live, but I recall that their unplugged concert/video thing they did in the mid-90's, was rendered unlistenable by the tools in the audience going WOOOOOO the whole effing time.


I was at a small-ish show a few years ago at a PAC (few hundred people) to see a local guy who was backed by some really talented musicians. Everything was plugged in for most of the show, but at the end the singer stepped to the mic and said 'We want to try something with you, we're all going to turn off, come to the front of the stage and just play acoustic.' Everyone applauded, then they unplugged and the singer started thanking the audience, who nearly all went silent to hear him. Then some ahole near me starts yelling over him 'WE WANT TO THANK YOU TOO DAVE, YOU ARE THE BEST' blah blah blah. All at once everyone around him went ''Hey stupid, shut up for second!!'. The guy looked like 'what? everyone wants to hear what I have to say don't they?' just another ahole who thought the world revolved around him.


I was at Silversun Pickups a couple months ago, at the end of the song the lead singer goes "we hope you're enjoying yourselves" and some guy in the audience goes "YOU farkING ROCK" not missing a beat, the lead singer says "Thanks Dad, means a lot that you still come to all of my shows"
 
2013-01-20 12:19:48 PM  

RickN99: KwameKilstrawberry: /I like to pull out the BIC and yell "Freebird" at high school graduations after the choir and band performs the alma mater.

Nephew graduates in May; I put a reminder in my calendar. My sister will try to kill me when I do this.



Also works great at awkward press conferences and piano recitals..
 
2013-01-20 12:24:43 PM  

RickN99: KwameKilstrawberry: /I like to pull out the BIC and yell "Freebird" at high school graduations after the choir and band performs the alma mater.

Nephew graduates in May; I put a reminder in my calendar. My sister will try to kill me when I do this.


Throw her a spare BIC and make her a co-conspirator. I swear there were people, numb with boredom, who stared wistfully, wishing they were sitting with our family.
 
2013-01-20 12:29:58 PM  
Biggest tool I ever met at a concert was this guy who kept giving me shiat for (get this) cheering too loudly after songs.

Finally he gestured me forward, grabbed my shoulder, and screamed "SHUT UP" full volume into my ear.

Mind you, this was a guy pushing 50 and I was not quite 30. I shoved him away, then grabbed his shirt and screeched (in my best heavy metal vocalist roar) "Go home and listen to your 8-Tracks, old man!" into his face.

Then security showed up and while they were sorting it out, I quietly poured my entire drink onto his seat (and coat), so when he sat back down to get organized (the other folks backed me up and he got ejected) he had to walk out of the place with his pretty khaki pants soaked. I yelled something about needing Depends at him and he flipped me off.

The best part of this? It was at a Moody Blues concert, during Nights in White Satin. RIOT MUSIC! FARK THA POLICE!


/Cool story, sis ... I know.
 
2013-01-20 12:30:54 PM  
Attention whore chick sitting on boyfriend's shoulders.
 
2013-01-20 12:32:52 PM  

I've been to many many concerts since the mid to late 70's.  The only thing about concerts today that make me look funny are the people that try to record video the whole time. You won't remember any of the nuances of the show and will only have that shiatty little video to see it.  Take it in, remember it.

/also miss the heavily smoked filled arenas even though I don't smoke
//yeah, vomiting is not cool, maintain, dude
///I can't blame anyone for taking a few photos.

farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2013-01-20 12:34:01 PM  

T.M.S.: We're the fark are they seeing concerts? I never found too much of any of that.


They're going to see bands that other people have actually heard of.
 
2013-01-20 12:39:30 PM  

titwrench: SubBass49: Soulcatcher: My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.

I quit going to Coachella partly because it turned into a corporate festival where the celebrities go to be cool and partially because I was just about crushed during Tool's performance. I am 6' 1" and at the time was about 190 and I was trying yo protect the girl I was with that was 5' 2" and 85 lbs. The crowd were absolute assholes I had waited years to see Tool reunite and I ended up leaving because my friend was so scared she was nearly crying and I could barely move and at times couldn't breathe.


Props to you, seriously.

/5'2''
//been to many concerts
///after almost crushed at one, I learned to stake out my space and GTFO if I saw danger signs
///also if you're being a dangerous dick, my elbow can and will accidentally jab you right in your side
////if you're just excited, I give you a *much* bigger pass even if it's annoying
 
2013-01-20 12:52:48 PM  

T.M.S.: We're the fark are they seeing concerts? I never found too much of any of that.


So, wait... You found just the right amount?

:)
 
2013-01-20 01:09:50 PM  

Solid State Vittles: The only thing worse than someone ironically screaming "Freebird!" is when the band actually decides to ironically play it.


I've born witness to multiple bluegrass versions of Freebird as a result of this.

As far as TFL goes, some hits and misses....

3. Incessantly talking to your friends.

Depends on the show, and where you're at. If you're at a small venue, STFU. If you're in the nose bleeds at the Coloseum while DeathRawk McBloodyPants is on stage dodging their fireworks show, well, it's probably OK to chat a bit if you want.

6. Pushing your way to the front.

Fark off, you giant pussy. The people that are at the front are the people that can get there. If you stood in line for seven hours to be on the gate, and can't manage to hold it, then you get what you deserve... Hauled over the gate by security. Being up front at a generall seating show takes skill and strength. It's not for everyone. You especially.

7. Getting so drunk you puke.

This is true of any location.

10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.

Entirely show dependent. Are you at a general seating show in a big arena? Yeah, then STFU. Are you at a small venue where people are actually, you know, seated? Then sit your ass down. I saw Dick Dale in Portland a while back. The venue has a lowered section up front for standers, and a seating section towards the back for drinkers. It is overall a great setup as it meets both needs. But it doesn't work when you are a douche bag and decide to stand right behind the rail of the elevated section, at which point Mr. Grumpy McOnionbelt tells you to sit down you farking moron.

/ Mr. Grumpy McOnionbelt
 
2013-01-20 01:42:20 PM  

PanicMan: The only place to be on a concert is front row in the pit. Everything else is boring.

Man I need to find some good live music.


Back in the good old days, the Grateful Dead put a secondary PA on the concourse for people who wanted to dance with reckless abandon. Most shows I never even bothered to find my seat.
 
2013-01-20 01:44:33 PM  
11. Singing the wrong words poorly during the quiet, brooding piano-driven song.

/stupid hippie biatch
 
2013-01-20 01:45:15 PM  

peewinkle: W.C.fields forever: I was at a Fleetwood mac concert in Vegas.One of the dudes we were there with
was singing along with Stevie Nicks,We ditched him immediately...

I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees' voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.

//And so it begins with the Rush fans.

Rush is a great band, perhaps one of the best. Until the vocals come in.


Until the fans arrive.
 
2013-01-20 01:46:28 PM  
SubBass49:

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.

how tall are you now?
 
2013-01-20 01:49:20 PM  

titwrench: SubBass49: Soulcatcher: My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.

I quit going to Coachella partly because it turned into a corporate festival where the celebrities go to be cool and partially because I was just about crushed during Tool's performance. I am 6' 1" and at the time was about 190 and I was trying yo protect the girl I was with that was 5' 2" and 85 lbs. The crowd were absolute assholes I had waited years to see Tool reunite and I ended up leaving because my friend was so scared she was nearly crying and I could barely move and at times couldn't breathe.


I learned to stay back after a few Coachellas. Attended the first 10 of them, until I stopped going for the same exact reason you did.

For the first Coachella (99) I was on the rail for several of the sets, including A Perfect Circle & Tool. I'm a fairly big guy, so being on the rail actually felt much safer than being fully engulfed in the crowd. I could brace my arms on the rail and keep space between the bar & myself. If I had taken my girl at the time though, there's no way I would have been up front though. You can't really enjoy a show of that nature when you have to worry about someone else getting hurt...which is why i wasn't up front for Rage Against the Machine (seeing as my little brother's acid trip was peaking as the police helicopters started flying overhead and the banners were being set on fire). I pretty much had to babysit at that point.

/CSB.jpg
 
2013-01-20 01:49:57 PM  

basemetal: I've been to many many concerts since the mid to late 70's.  The only thing about concerts today that make me look funny are the people that try to record video the whole time. You won't remember any of the nuances of the show and will only have that shiatty little video to see it.  Take it in, remember it.

/also miss the heavily smoked filled arenas even though I don't smoke
//yeah, vomiting is not cool, maintain, dude
///I can't blame anyone for taking a few photos.

[farm5.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


Wisdom. Also, excellent pic!
 
2013-01-20 01:50:33 PM  

Evenbiggerknickers: SubBass49:

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.

how tall are you now?


Same height, but weigh about 210...some of it added muscle, some of it added fat...lol
 
2013-01-20 01:57:07 PM  
Kinda guilty of this myself. Went to see Roger Waters play The Wall in Indy last summer & just HAD to record Comfortably Numb. If it makes you feel any better the video turned out ok but the guy next to me was doing his best Ben Stein impression while trying to sing along. lol
 
2013-01-20 01:58:29 PM  
Conversely, seeing an old leather-clad biker dude, sitting with his adult son, wipe tears of joy from his eyes during the Grand Funk Railroad Bosnia concert.

/on that album
//one of the assholes whistling in your ear
 
2013-01-20 02:00:19 PM  

Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!


I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?
 
2013-01-20 02:02:29 PM  
They probably really meant "Pina Coladasburg."
 
2013-01-20 02:09:29 PM  
I read somewhere that some people like to sing loudly, way off key, during songs when people are recording video during concerts.  People don't notice it while it's going on and then hear it when the video is played back.  Sounded like a nice videobomb.
 
2013-01-20 02:10:06 PM  

Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?


it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.
 
2013-01-20 02:14:10 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.


No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.
 
2013-01-20 02:18:52 PM  
This thread is a sweet chaser for "Hank Fixes Everything" from KIng of the HIll..season 10.....Lucky,Luanne and Bobby wait in line for Brownsville Station tickets....From Lucky's code of the line to a lady's medium t-shirt...If you like this thread you will enjoy that show...
 
2013-01-20 02:25:52 PM  
I've been to exactly one concert in my life and only because it was Rammstein.

Some complete farking idiot on the other side of my husband was doing the "sieg heil" salute the entire time, which proved he wasn't a real fan because anyone who knows anything about the band knows they hate that shiat. Anyway, a guy in front of us kept turning around to give the guy dirty looks. We were ignoring him because we know you don't pay attention to trolls. But this guy in front wouldn't just ignore it, and he eventually (during "Ich Will," which entirely pissed me off as it's one of my favorites) leaned backwards and tried to shove Mr. SS.

Mr. SS throws a punch at him and the fight was on. This was in the seating area (though no one was sitting, we were all standing), so they couldn't get at each other very well. Mr. SS got in a good shot to the face so the other guy and his girlfriend and her mother left and got security. Mr. SS got hauled out and we got to watch the rest of the show in peace, well as peaceful as MASSIVE MUSIC BEING PLAYED MASSIVELY LOUD can be.

I will say it was the only time I've gotten to hear Rammstein played as loud as it should be played and it was overwhelming, even with earplugs. It shook your whole body, internal organs were vibrating. AWESOME show. The heat, the flames, Till *sigh*

/will only go to another concert if it's also Rammstein
//spoiled for anything less
 
2013-01-20 02:42:04 PM  

SubBass49: titwrench: SubBass49: Soulcatcher: My brother was at that concert. I don't care what Wiki says, it happened because they initially only opened ONE door to let the 4000+ people who were waiting outside in (people that got in line early). The crowd surged and people got trampled. My bro (who was 6' and 180 at the time) got lifted off his feet and carried across the floor. He saw people fall but couldn't even move to do anything.

Happened to me at Coachella one year, when Bjork (of all people) performed. I was about 6'1" 190 lbs at the time...lifted right off my feet and carried forward at about a 70 degree angle...was farking terrifying.

I quit going to Coachella partly because it turned into a corporate festival where the celebrities go to be cool and partially because I was just about crushed during Tool's performance. I am 6' 1" and at the time was about 190 and I was trying yo protect the girl I was with that was 5' 2" and 85 lbs. The crowd were absolute assholes I had waited years to see Tool reunite and I ended up leaving because my friend was so scared she was nearly crying and I could barely move and at times couldn't breathe.

I learned to stay back after a few Coachellas. Attended the first 10 of them, until I stopped going for the same exact reason you did.

For the first Coachella (99) I was on the rail for several of the sets, including A Perfect Circle & Tool. I'm a fairly big guy, so being on the rail actually felt much safer than being fully engulfed in the crowd. I could brace my arms on the rail and keep space between the bar & myself. If I had taken my girl at the time though, there's no way I would have been up front though. You can't really enjoy a show of that nature when you have to worry about someone else getting hurt...which is why i wasn't up front for Rage Against the Machine (seeing as my little brother's acid trip was peaking as the police helicopters started flying overhead and the banners were being set on fire). I pretty much had to babysit at that point.

/CSB.jpg


My first was 2000 my last was I think 2007 Tool played and Yeah Yeah Yeahs for some reason I think Depeche Mode played but it doesn't seem right. Madonna did a side stage acoustic thing that actually wasn't bad.
 
2013-01-20 02:48:58 PM  
I was at the Marillion concerts in Chicago over the summer. During the song Neverland there is a small gap of silence between the piano intro and when the full band kicks in. Only a second or so. During that one second, some twat nearby shouts "best song ever!" so that everyone in the place heard it. Way to make it all about yourself. Then the band released the concert as a download, and sure enough it's in there. What a coont.
 
2013-01-20 02:50:41 PM  
There is some middle ground, because I'm not the type of person either who wants and expects some existential spiritual experience out of a concert either, and for every douchebag pushing to the front of the crowd or dunk girl yelling and obstructing your view with her phone, there's "that guy/girl" who will ssssh you over...breathing too loud.

My login is an old Radiohead b-side, so obviously I'm a big fan of them, but when I see them live, I'm more there just to have a good time. I don't project any deification onto the band, so I'm not THAT interested in overhearing what Thom Yorke muttered to to Ed O'Brien in between songs, or what equipment Jonny Greenwood is fiddling with in between songs, so excuse the fark out of me for leaning into my friend's ear and whispering something or taking three seconds to stretch my arms over my head at "the wrong time".

To be honest, the only concert I've attended that literally put me in a trance because the combination of the music and ambience was just so gorgeous and surreal was Sigur Ros. But even then, after leaving, I was immediately back to my normal snarky self on the drive home. Concerts just aren't the things that have me pondering the great unanswered questions of our universe, so I enjoy taking in a little bit of people watching too.
 
2013-01-20 03:12:34 PM  

Dee Snarl: FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.

No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.


well, maybe the line itself, but it is rather goofy to show up at a band's concert wearing the same band's t-shirt.
 
2013-01-20 03:14:51 PM  
The classic, dudes that put the girlfriends up on their shoulders. Usually right in front of me.

The rule should be, that if a girl gets up there she has to show boobs. No exceptions, because it's usually decent looking chicks.
 
2013-01-20 03:15:04 PM  
CSB, concert edition. A few weird things I've seen:
A guy crowdsurfing in his wheelchair during the Big 4. Literally heavy metal.
Two women getting into a fistfight at a Morrissey show.
A girl sitting down and crying during Black Mountain.
An extremely drunk guy windmill air guitaring and twisting around until Bob Mould called him out from the stage and told him it was time to leave.
And most recently, at the Rolling Stones last month, a guy a few seats down from me basically watched the entire show through his iPad screen.

/taking pictures is fine, just stop using a flash and don't put the camera above your head
 
2013-01-20 03:18:58 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Dee Snarl: FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.

No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.

well, maybe the line itself, but it is rather goofy to show up at a band's concert wearing the same band's t-shirt.



What's the over/under of any dude and,or,chick;wearing said t-shirt..what's the odds they scored a ride,to said concert,with someone else??
 
2013-01-20 03:45:58 PM  

Farkenhostile: How about the idiot standing 2 feet away from you who has to sing every word (badly too)so loud you can't hear the show over him?


Did the band only have one 50 watt amplifier?
 
2013-01-20 04:29:59 PM  

overfienduglar: If someone is hold a cell phone in your line of sight, knock it out of there hand. Hopefully they are close enough that bending over to pick the phone isn't possible.


yup, other than talking through the show, this is the worst thing about going to concerts these days.

the right strategy for dealing with the phone assholes is to make them think twice about raising the phone and forcing you to watch the show through their viewfinders. you can disguise your intentions by holding up your own phone (turned off) and smacking theirs with yours. Then when they turn around, immediately turn around and look behind as well, as if to find the jerk who pushed both of you.
 
2013-01-20 04:38:59 PM  

Dee Snarl: FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.

No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.


PCU one of my favorite movies.
 
2013-01-20 04:42:25 PM  

W.C.fields forever: I got all vomity at a Rush concert back in the 80's....I hate Geddy Lees'Lee's voice.
Neal Peart was the best drummer I ever saw with one eye open.


FTFY and CSB.
 
2013-01-20 04:44:30 PM  
Freebird!
 
2013-01-20 05:06:27 PM  

Deadwing: I was at the Marillion concerts in Chicago over the summer. During the song Neverland there is a small gap of silence between the piano intro and when the full band kicks in. Only a second or so. During that one second, some twat nearby shouts "best song ever!" so that everyone in the place heard it. Way to make it all about yourself. Then the band released the concert as a download, and sure enough it's in there. What a coont.


Whenever I see a comment from you it always freaks me out. On Amazon.com and Radio Paradise my nick is Deadwing. I'll see a post of yours every now and then on Fark and think I've had a stroke since I never remember posting the comment.

=]

/Glass Arm Shattering
 
2013-01-20 05:30:38 PM  
#10 made me laugh after nine things the author biatched about others doing.

1-9 "don't do things that slightly annoy me!"
10 "don't tell others to stop annoying you!"
 
2013-01-20 06:17:47 PM  
List fails 'cos of no mention of the assholes who dance and flail both arms spread wide. If you wanna do that, at least get in the back of the arena with the other douchebags.
 
2013-01-20 06:31:23 PM  

LonMead: sheep snorter: The Who concert disaster[1] took place at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on 3 December 1979, as part of the band's U.S. tour, the first in three years and their first performance in Cincinnati since 1975.

I was at that concert... thanks for the memories

Took a while for me to not get freaked out at close crowds

Still have the t-shirt from the concert... I've never put it on.


I went to a Molly Hatchet/Outlaws concert the following weekend in Portland ME. It was like everyone was walking on eggshells.
 
2013-01-20 06:34:29 PM  

Linux_Yes: feanorn: Shouting "Freebird!" isn't always bad. A buddy of mine got a big smile out of Suzanne Vega with it. That was a great show...

i bet he was ready to bust a nut.


He was pretty pleased.
 
2013-01-20 06:56:37 PM  
Someone tried to push their way to the front with me before at an Amos Lee concert. Literally. I had waited in line an hour or so, and when the doors opened I went straight to the front of the stage. I couldn't have cared less about getting a drink. I just wanted the best place to stand in the house. There weren't any seats. Not at this venue which was cool. There were a couple hot chicks up there with me that had been there just as long as I had.

A little bit into the concert there was a lady pushing another lady in a wheelchair. No idea where she came from, and no further idea why she just had to have the exact spot I was at. It was during a song, as well, which seemed rather rude to me. The lady pushing the other one kept telling us (myself, and the two girls I was standing with) that the wheelchair lady wanted up front.

We ignored her. She tried to make a fuss saying "They won't let her up front" to the people behind us, but we further ignored that.

I know how it may look, but here's the real kicker. There was a handicap zone right to the right of the stage. Less than twelve feet away from us. As a matter of fact it was probably better than where we were standing. They have those zones for a reason, and I wasn't about to give up a place I had been standing at for hours just because someone in a wheelchair thought it was owed to them to let them up front.

Sorry, the world doesn't work like that. It would've been different if there wasn't a plethora of other people she could've harassed, and if that handicapped zone didn't exist. She finally gave up. After she left the three of started talking, and we all had the same general consensus.

Sucks for her luck with the broken leg (she wasn't paralyzed or anything), but I'm not very easily manipulated or guilt tripped. Try that nonsense elsewhere.

The concert was great.
 
2013-01-20 07:16:04 PM  

Soulcatcher: Deadwing: I was at the Marillion concerts in Chicago over the summer. During the song Neverland there is a small gap of silence between the piano intro and when the full band kicks in. Only a second or so. During that one second, some twat nearby shouts "best song ever!" so that everyone in the place heard it. Way to make it all about yourself. Then the band released the concert as a download, and sure enough it's in there. What a coont.

Whenever I see a comment from you it always freaks me out. On Amazon.com and Radio Paradise my nick is Deadwing. I'll see a post of yours every now and then on Fark and think I've had a stroke since I never remember posting the comment.

=]

/Glass Arm Shattering


You have good taste in music sir.

SW has a new disc dropping soon.
 
2013-01-20 07:56:11 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Dee Snarl: FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.

No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.

well, maybe the line itself, but it is rather goofy to show up at a band's concert wearing the same band's t-shirt.


You know, they actually sell band t-shirts at some concerts. And the band makes money off of it. So even if you don't think it's cool, the band probably does.
 
2013-01-20 08:07:10 PM  

MacWizard: FeedTheCollapse: Dee Snarl: FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.

No, it's just cuz of some stupid line from some stupid movie.

well, maybe the line itself, but it is rather goofy to show up at a band's concert wearing the same band's t-shirt.

You know, they actually sell band t-shirts at some concerts. And the band makes money off of it. So even if you don't think it's cool, the band probably does.


wearing the shirt you just bought at the merch table's not goofy, just wearing one that originated elsewhere.
 
2013-01-20 08:11:30 PM  

Mooches: Lith: Puke ain't nothing. Try Woodstock 2000 (what a clusterfark of organization that was,) naked chicks walking around covered in what they think is mud but is actually overturned porta-potty ooze, that'll make you think.
And more annoying than any picture taking, wooing, non-booby flashing girl is $7 for a small bottle of water, $10 if you want it cold, and $!5 mystery meat taco/gyro/kebab pita thing, I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't iguana or maybe a really meaty rat.

I was at Woodstock 97. The ooze. I'll never forget it.
:::managed to stay somewhat ooze free:::


You must have forgotten something, considering there was no "Woodstock 97" concert.

/Woodstock 94
//Woodstock 99
 
2013-01-20 08:33:33 PM  
This is possibly the most accurate article ever.

Annoying smart phone-picture taking- people not only annoy at concerts but also at sporting events as well.
 
2013-01-20 08:37:44 PM  

puckrock2000: Mooches: Lith: Puke ain't nothing. Try Woodstock 2000 (what a clusterfark of organization that was,) naked chicks walking around covered in what they think is mud but is actually overturned porta-potty ooze, that'll make you think.
And more annoying than any picture taking, wooing, non-booby flashing girl is $7 for a small bottle of water, $10 if you want it cold, and $!5 mystery meat taco/gyro/kebab pita thing, I'm starting to wonder if it wasn't iguana or maybe a really meaty rat.

I was at Woodstock 97. The ooze. I'll never forget it.
:::managed to stay somewhat ooze free:::

You must have forgotten something, considering there was no "Woodstock 97" concert.

/Woodstock 94
//Woodstock 99


I'm not the person who posted that, but from what I have heard there was one every single year for awhile, just not highly publicized except for every few years.
 
2013-01-20 10:07:23 PM  

Farkenhostile: How about the idiot standing 2 feet away from you who has to sing every word (badly too)so loud you can't hear the show over him?


I sincerely want to stab that person. I came to hear Leonard Cohen do Ten Thousand Kisses Deep, not the loser lady behind me.

Some songs are everybody sing along as loud as you want. Some songs aren't. Learn the difference.
 
2013-01-20 10:18:50 PM  

Phins: Farkenhostile: How about the idiot standing 2 feet away from you who has to sing every word (badly too)so loud you can't hear the show over him?

I sincerely want to stab that person. I came to hear Leonard Cohen do Ten Thousand Kisses Deep, not the loser lady behind me.

Some songs are everybody sing along as loud as you want. Some songs aren't. Learn the difference.


I have never been to a concert where I could hear the person a few feet away from me singing. Hell, I can hardly hear my wife standing right next to me shouting in my ear. Maybe I go to different types of concerts than the rest of you do?
 
2013-01-20 10:47:58 PM  
Totally agree on the "Guy who pushes his way to the front" point. I go to a lot of metal shows, and it always seems like there's some hulking douche who takes advantage of his freakish size by pushing his way through a crowd of people half his size. Invariably he ends up standing directly in front of a girl who is maybe 5' 1" and 90 pounds, thereby making it impossible for her to see the stage.

I would also add "the guy who puts his girlfriend on his shoulders, thereby blocking the view of the people behind him", although this one is forgivable if his girlfriend is hot and she takes her top off.
 
2013-01-20 11:12:15 PM  
Another annoyance:  a girl who is maybe 5' 1" and 90 pounds who thinks she should be perfectly safe near the front of the stage at a metal show.
 
2013-01-20 11:42:48 PM  

gadian: God, I hate that video shiat. The quality is going to be bad enough to make a hog puke, you can't hold it still, the sound is distorted, and you're not even watching what you're doing. Put the shiat down and enjoy it. You were never going to watch it again anyway and you know it.


Actually, I disagree.

I generally record the bulk of the shows I go to. The audio and video quality is remarkable. I don't watch the show through the screen- I watch the goddamned show. I generally get to a spot where I won't be in anyone's way- I leave people alone, they leave me alone. Of all the shows I've ever recorded, I have yet to have an artist tell me to stop. In fact, some of them even thrive on it- Richard Patrick of Filter and Brian Fair of Shadows Fall are the first two that come to mind. They actually encourage it.

Recording- it's the bootlegging of the digital age. And I do go back and watch the clips. So, while it's not your thing, it is someone else's thing.
 
2013-01-21 12:08:07 AM  

Already Disturbed: CSB, concert edition. A few weird things I've seen:
A guy crowdsurfing in his wheelchair during the Big 4. Literally heavy metal.
Two women getting into a fistfight at a Morrissey show.
A girl sitting down and crying during Black Mountain.
An extremely drunk guy windmill air guitaring and twisting around until Bob Mould called him out from the stage and told him it was time to leave.
And most recently, at the Rolling Stones last month, a guy a few seats down from me basically watched the entire show through his iPad screen.

/taking pictures is fine, just stop using a flash and don't put the camera above your head


You inspired me.

CSB, concert edition. A few weird things I've seen:

I see guys in wheelchairs all the time. First time was at a Soundgarden show in 1992, last time was at a Shadows Fall show about a month ago.

A guy in a full leg cast, with crutches, crowdsurfing during Shadows Fall.

Richard Patrick, of Filter, swiping someone's camera, and filming two entire songs from his point of view- himself, the rest of Filter, and the crowd. And then giving it back.

Lamb of God flipping the house circuit not once but three times in the span of 20 minutes. All of a sudden it's black in there, and all you can hear are the drums. Three times.

Some douche in the front of a Rollins Band show kept putting dollar bills in Henry's shorts, stripper style. Rollins kept pushing him away, finally, he switched the mic from one hand to the other, not skipping a beat, and clocked that motherfarker as hard as I've ever seen a guy get hit. He never missed a word while he did it.

A full blown toilet paper war at a Blink 182 show about 100 years ago. Apparently, the TP rolls in the porta potties were very easy to remove, and there were 100's of them flying through the air most of the show. Tom was really upset, he was concerned how people were going to wipe.

The first time I saw the Offspring, also about 100 years ago, they encouraged everyone to pick up all the garbage around them, and THROW IT TOWARDS THE STAGE. It looked like a couple garbage trucks fell from the sky. WTF?

Also 100 years ago, a guy's wallet was thrown on stage at a Green Day show. Billie Joe took all the money in the wallet ($60), rolled it up, and shoved it up his ass. He then took out the license and called the poor guy out, who promptly came up on stage AND REMOVED IT FROM BILLIE JOE'S ASS. WTF?

I don't recall the show, but at some show a few years ago, they thought it was a good idea to give out trial size shampoo bottles AS YOU ENTERED. Needless to say, every single bottle given out ended up on stage.

I saw MXPX, Incubus, Cypress Hill, and Static X at a ski resort once. In winter. Whoever thought that was a good idea obviously didn't expect the bands to have to dodge snowballs for five hours.

I could go on and on...
 
2013-01-21 07:26:38 AM  

Cewley: #11 - Chicks who constantly go "woo".


Link
Link
 
2013-01-21 09:19:57 AM  
I hate the "can't stand the quiet"' types

You know, the ones who choose the prettiest moments in the ballads to yell "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

fark those people. fark them right in the ear
 
2013-01-21 11:09:40 AM  
People who stand and stare passively at the bands. Especially a punk rock shows. You don't have to dance or mosh, but farking do something with your body. It's a rock concert not a farking opera.
 
2013-01-21 12:45:00 PM  
I live in Columbus, OH, so am stuck seeing most shows with a room full of a-hole OSU students.

They really are the worst sort of people
 
2013-01-21 03:10:56 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Freschel: Electric_Banana: You know what I hate at concerts? People who wear the shirt of the band they are going to see! Don't be that guy!

I don't get the "don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see". Can someone clue me in why?

it strikes me as redundant and Stuart from Beavis and Butthead like. Kind of like saying "Yeah, I like [band]!" when you are obviously at that band's concert.


Dude, no one goes to Winger concerts.
 
2013-01-21 03:18:39 PM  

jsindal: McGrits:

I wish more bands would heed this. Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.

I hope you're kidding...I've seen them many times and I don't think I've ever seen the same set twice - including back to back nights in different cities.


At least the last 4 shows I have seen (last in 2010) had the same set list except for 2-3 songs. This was in both Houston and Dallas and includes that most horrible show when maynard couldnt sing at all. AGain nothing from Opiate for yearx.

/first show in '96
 
2013-01-21 03:22:12 PM  
Being 6'5", I'm the target of every object thrown. I'm also not allowed to be close to the stage as I'm blocking the view of some douchebags.

Being in Vegas stinks. You get a huge group of people that probably got their tickets comped so they don't give a fark about their behavior. You also get about ten times the amount of drunk/drugged up people. I stopped going to concerts here years ago since they are wayyyyy overpriced and the crowds are terrible.
 
2013-01-21 06:13:13 PM  
A little late for this thread but oh well...
In my 11 years of going to shows here in Toronto, I've seen all 10 of those items on the list, most frequently 1,2,3,6 and 9. #3 and #6 are the types that tick me off the most.

Smashed Hat: Personally I hate people who turn into attention whores at concerts. We didn't pay to see YOU.


We've got a local 'character' that has turned AWing into an art form:
.

They even did a documentary about him. He shoved his way in front of me once at a Holy F**k concert and turned his jacket on; the 'FLYERMAN' logo was right in my face. Thanks for the free light show, asshole.
 
2013-01-21 06:14:52 PM  
Here's the jacket in question:
enlighted.com
 
2013-01-22 01:55:47 AM  

CarnySaur: Speaking of Freebird, I wonder how many people cringe when they remember that they quoted it in their high school yearbook?


How about having it as your class song.

/graduated 2001
//*facepalm*
 
2013-01-22 02:02:43 AM  
Re #10: No, fark you, sit down. Fark you.

If the venue has seating, it's meant to be sat in.
 
2013-01-22 05:38:37 AM  

McGrits: jsindal: McGrits:

I wish more bands would heed this. Every Tool show for the last billion years has been the same with maybe one or two songs different, and nothing from Opiate.

I hope you're kidding...I've seen them many times and I don't think I've ever seen the same set twice - including back to back nights in different cities.

At least the last 4 shows I have seen (last in 2010) had the same set list except for 2-3 songs. This was in both Houston and Dallas and includes that most horrible show when maynard couldnt sing at all. AGain nothing from Opiate for yearx.

/first show in '96


First 2 times I seen them were in'94 for "Undertow". They played about 80% of "Opiate". Seen them a half dozen times during £nima 96 &7, and they played 2 songs off the ep. After that they stuck to newer material. I'm ok with this. Bands that are creative don't usually want to play a 10 year old song they have played 10000 times already. Never seen a bad Tool show. But I do miss Maynard stalking around the stage like a snake...first time I saw them with Flaming lips opening, Maynard farked a blowup doll during "Prison sex". I miss the '90's
 
2013-01-22 07:08:48 AM  

Girion47: Silversun


I was at a show a few years ago at a small venue, and there was the token drunk guy raising all kinds of hell shouting at the band to play different songs. Finally the singer of the band says "Weren't you here last night? I never forget a shirt." The crowd roared in laughter and drunk guy slinked off somewhere.
 
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