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(Guardian)   10. And finally... If you really don't like the band... it's a surefire way of annoying them   (theguardian.com) divider line 16
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2013-09-02 10:04:13 AM  
2 votes:
Okay, musician here  Let's see what we think of the list....

1) Things are supposed to be distracting.
Okay Ms. ADwannaflyakite, maybe YOU need to be distracted, but just because every concert story has a "and there was this one jackass..." doesn't mean YOU have to be that person.

2) There are worse ways to watch a show.
WTF does that have to do with anything? And hell, until you've taped one radio off of another one with a cassette, you have no idea what worse ways exist.

3) It's not about making a great recording of the event.
While that may be sorta true, the mic on my phone maxes out at 90dB.  (I know this because I tried using a dB meter app at a rehearsal once.)  As most concerts start at 100db, you won't hear anything but mud over said phone.  (Again, rehearsal.)

4) It's a way of communicating with friends.
I freely admit I text my best friend a lot, but that being said, we don't need to talk through EVERYTHING.

5) Wish you were here?
My sister did this to me once.  Look at comment #3 and guess what happened when she tried to phone me "Margaritaville."

6) It's sometimes the only way to make yourself heard.
I can see trying to meet up with someone who's late (or if you're the late one), but otherwise? No.

7) Phone use makes the musicians step it up.
Don't know about any other musicians, but I give 100% at  rehearsals.  I don't need jack shiat to make me step it up at a live show.

8) We all get to have a conversation.
Again,  why?? Oh, wait...

9) It alleviates boredom.
Yup.  A-D-wanna-fly-a-farking-kite.  You know why we don't have time travel movies anymore?  It's because of dipshiats like the author.  They wouldn't last five farking minutes in the past without running in circles to alleviate said boredom.

10) And finally...
If you're going to a show and you feel you want to annoy the farking band, guess what? You are now hated by the vast majority of the crowd.

And just because it needs to be pointed out, from her little profile:

Wendy Fonarow is a professor of anthropology in Los Angeles, the author of Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Culture and has been to far more gigs than is strictly healthy

Enough farking said.
2013-09-02 08:57:50 AM  
2 votes:

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood the appeal of live concerts. Unless you're in the first 15-20 rows, you can't see shiat anyway. What's even worse is that even the ones lucky enough to score a front row seat always spend the whole show standing, which leads to everyone behind them standing, which leads to the entire stadium standing. Why they even bother with chairs is beyond me.


I never saw the point of big-dick stadium shows, but shows at a sub-1000 capacity venue can be electric. Not trying to get into a dick swinging contest with any of the old heads here, but when you're close enough to Rollins for him to get so pissed off at you that he punches you in the face that's entertainment on a new level.
2013-09-02 03:59:07 PM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood the appeal of live concerts. Unless you're in the first 15-20 rows, you can't see shiat anyway. What's even worse is that even the ones lucky enough to score a front row seat always spend the whole show standing, which leads to everyone behind them standing, which leads to the entire stadium standing. Why they even bother with chairs is beyond me.


I've seen thousands of shows in every kind of venue you can imagine.   When I was young, I wanted 75,000 screaming maniacs.   Now that I'm old, I want 75 screaming maniacs.

And the only shows worth seeing are ones where you have to stand.  If you are sitting down, it's not a show, it's a recital.
2013-09-02 01:34:39 PM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood the appeal of live concerts. Unless you're in the first 15-20 rows, you can't see shiat anyway. What's even worse is that even the ones lucky enough to score a front row seat always spend the whole show standing, which leads to everyone behind them standing, which leads to the entire stadium standing. Why they even bother with chairs is beyond me.




You sound old.
2013-09-02 12:28:32 PM  
1 votes:
And turnabout's fair play.

If my band stops playing jn the middle of a song to update our FB page with "OMG we're totally nailing this sing tonight! That extra practice is paying off!" don't get fussy with me.

If your phone is part of your enjoyment, then mine can be part of the performance.
2013-09-02 11:00:00 AM  
1 votes:
Brazil is not a comedy.
2013-09-02 10:34:39 AM  
1 votes:
No, you never need to record the entire performance (or even part of it) through your camera.

I whip out my phone and take one or two pictures (choosing the better one to post on facebook to prove I was there) and that's it. That's all you need to do.
2013-09-02 10:30:42 AM  
1 votes:
Basic fact is, the band is the show, not you.
If you don't like their performance, STFU and leave.
An empty venue is the biggest insult a band can get not involving fire arms or broken bottles.
2013-09-02 10:30:12 AM  
1 votes:
A number of years ago I went to see Mojo Nixon play a show in the Akron area.  This was before smartphones, and I think it was before my luddite ass even owned a cell phone.  Anyway, in the middle of the show, after he finished playing a song, Mojo saw a guy in the crowd talking on his phone, and asked him to pass it up to him.  Mojo then proceeded to tell the (probably bewildered) caller, "Come on down to the show, we're having a great time, we got a lot more songs to play, so come on down, cos if you don't, I'm gonna f**k your friend in the ass!"  He then handed the phone back and said "You should know better than to hand me a cell phone!"

/csb
2013-09-02 09:29:11 AM  
1 votes:
Jammers.
We need cell phone jammers.
2013-09-02 09:14:55 AM  
1 votes:
Well, the article says "10 reasons." I think someone needs to explain to that writer the difference between  reasons and lame-ass rationalizations. It alleviates boredom? What? If boredom is that much of an issue, LEAVE! If your friends want to stay, tell them to meet you at the McDonald's across the street, go have a cup of coffee, and play with your phone to your heart's content. They'll probably even have free wifi for you.

Having said that, I really don't see the issue at a rock concert. If you're expecting good behavior, you're at the wrong place. (But then again, my rock-concert-going experiences were definitively shaped at my very first concert, Aerosmith, when I saw a couple guys drag their passed-out-drunk friend out of the venue before the show even started--an image that sticks in my head vividly to this day.)
2013-09-02 09:09:18 AM  
1 votes:
somehow phones don't bother me as much as some jerk in front of my trying to record the show with an ipad.
2013-09-02 09:07:59 AM  
1 votes:
Phones out at concerts?

I'm agin it, the bible's agin it, God's agin it and you should be agin it too!

Actually it just annoys me how people feel the need to broadcast every minute of their lives.

You are not that important. The things you do are likely not that exciting. No one cares what you are eating. Just stop already.
2013-09-02 09:00:07 AM  
1 votes:
There's always the chance that a band member will spontaneously combust. Otherwise, from a guy who's filmed/taped bands since the 70s, the recordings are a great thing to have decades later.(Ramones in 1979 ).
2013-09-02 08:33:17 AM  
1 votes:
People like this writer are pretty much the sole reason I don't go to shows anymore. That and drunks screaming the lyrics off key and at the top of their lungs, in between blasts "WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
2013-09-02 08:31:17 AM  
1 votes:
I can't have fun unless I can show my friends I'm having fun.
 
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