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2013-01-20 02:09:29 PM
3 votes:
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 12:16:24 PM
3 votes:

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 11:38:03 AM
3 votes:

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 08:35:19 AM
3 votes:
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 01:23:01 AM
3 votes:
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 08:11:30 PM
2 votes:

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 10:14:53 AM
2 votes:
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 06:20:46 AM
2 votes:
mjg
2013-01-20 06:18:47 AM
2 votes:
www.lauramerica.com

pretty much sums it up
2013-01-20 12:38:19 AM
2 votes:
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 12:20:59 AM
2 votes:
The only thing worse than someone ironically screaming "Freebird!" is when the band actually decides to ironically play it.
2013-01-20 12:15:34 AM
2 votes:
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...
2013-01-19 11:33:23 PM
2 votes:
#11 - Chicks who constantly go "woo".
2013-01-21 12:08:07 AM
1 votes:

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...
2013-01-20 06:31:23 PM
1 votes:

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 05:30:38 PM
1 votes:
#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 01:50:33 PM
1 votes:

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 01:46:28 PM
1 votes:
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 01:44:33 PM
1 votes:
11. Singing the wrong words poorly during the quiet, brooding piano-driven song.

/stupid hippie biatch
2013-01-20 12:34:01 PM
1 votes:

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 12:29:58 PM
1 votes:
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 11:55:10 AM
1 votes:

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 11:19:18 AM
1 votes:

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 10:25:54 AM
1 votes:
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 10:10:14 AM
1 votes:

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 10:05:45 AM
1 votes:
Saw the Eagles a few years ago (Farewell I tour). They play all the hits, except Hotel California. They go off stage, come back for encore 1. They play a few more songs (but not Hotel California). They go off stage. Jackass in the row in front of me decides to go take a piss. Of course he comes back halfway through the song. Idiot.
2013-01-20 09:54:07 AM
1 votes:

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.
mjg
2013-01-20 09:31:21 AM
1 votes:

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


Just ask the band at the next show you go to.
2013-01-20 09:19:46 AM
1 votes:
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 09:13:48 AM
1 votes:
Speaking of Freebird, I wonder how many people cringe when they remember that they quoted it in their high school yearbook?
kth
2013-01-20 09:07:27 AM
1 votes:
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 07:19:50 AM
1 votes:

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 04:12:43 AM
1 votes:

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 04:06:18 AM
1 votes:

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 03:49:27 AM
1 votes:

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 02:53:47 AM
1 votes:
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 02:21:06 AM
1 votes:
FTFA: 10. Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up.

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2013-01-20 01:56:40 AM
1 votes:
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 01:13:12 AM
1 votes:
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 01:08:28 AM
1 votes:

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 12:53:34 AM
1 votes:
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 12:15:08 AM
1 votes:
I couldn't see over the iPhone zippos.
 
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