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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 10:05:45 AM
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 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.
 
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