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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:31 PM
I saw something Saturday night at the Steely Dan show here that I couldn't believe. I'm sure many of you have much better stories. But this was just so tragically uncool that I had to share.

So I'm sitting there with my buddy and we have some pretty good seats - about 4th row, slightly left of center. From the beginning, everyone nearby couldn't help but notice a guy in the first row, dead center stage. He was standing most of the time through Michael McDonald's warm-up, either chatting with his girlfriend or moving closer to the stage, trying to talk to the band (mid-song, mind you), and clapping it at the oddest times (again, often mid-song - not following any solos or any appropriate time like that - during the lyrics, during the chorus, not in time with the rhythm: you name it, he just liked to clap).

While the crew was setting up for the Dan, I note this guy fiddling with something. Turns out he's brought a bunch of LP's. When Becker and Fagen take the stage, this guy is immediately up as close as possible to the front, albums held high, Sharpie's in hand, gesturing that he'd like to have them sign the covers. Of course that doesn't happen - they have a show to perform. But this guy just won't stop. Back and forth in front of Donald and Walter he runs, song after song after song, album covers held over his head (blocking the view of many behind him). He's obviously pleading to get these signed - and not between songs mind you - right during the middle of tunes, as if Walter might just put down his guitar, and come over and sign his crap.

This goes on for 3/4 of the show. He catches Walter's attention at one point, who just smiles and gets ready for the next song. Finally, Donald looks at the guy while he's talking to the crowd between songs and says "hey, looks like you have a few Steely Dan albums there, cool", and just starts the next tune. Next thing I know, the guy is gone. I don't know if security asked him to leave or if he just gave up and went home. Maybe he was hoping to pay for the night by trying to auction signed covers on eBay after the show. But all he did was be an annoyance to everyone around him and a distraction to the band.

I'm sure much worse has happened - but this was one of the more moronic things I've ever seen. What's your experience?

 
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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:34 PM
From the title, I thought this was about Sang.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:36 PM
all i wanted was for them to sign...sorry..

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:41 PM
I actually saw just the opposite Wednesday night at a James Taylor concert. When they were just leaving the stage for a set break, someone came up the the stage with an album for James to sign. He did, and pretty soon there were many people lining up to get an autograph. James patiently signed items and shook people's hands for 13 MINUTES!
I checked my watch just to see how long it would go on. Finally his manager or someone came and got him to go backstage and about 5 minutes later they were back playing again. I thought that was above and beyond the call of duty, and extremely cool for someone as big as J.T. to do.

And as far as uncool things at a concert, the entire Police presence at Wakarusa this year was EXTREMELY UNCOOL.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:44 PM
I was a dTb show at this little place on the Jersey Shore and this dude kept on buying drinks and beers and tried repeatedly to force them on Todd and Derek and Kofi. It was bizarre.

And Sang.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:51 PM
I witnessed the opposite one time also.

I had to work at a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. I was suprised and even amazed at a few things.

First the band was great musically. Billy wasn't really my thing and I was suprised at his band. Lots of jamming and some great guitar playing. He had three guitar players and all got their chance to shine.

The thing that really amazed me was that all show long he signed things. Between songs he brought people (well women really) up to take pictures of him and the band and also with them also. It amazed me the whole show long. But the biggest kicker was after the show. After is encores, Billy jumped off the stage into the front rows of seats instead of heading back stage. He started signing and doing photos with anyone who wanted them. TWO hours later he was still there signing and chatting. I have seen and worked at countless shows but I never witnessed anything like that. He must have signed and chatted with a couple of thousand people.

The best part of the show was that there were only about 100 guys out of 5000 people. the ladies were also dressed to kill and looked great.

When asked if I would go see him again, my reply was any time.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:57 PM
One time at a John Mellancamp show, two guys were in the front row and just kept talking to each other the whole show. Non stop. Not paying attention at all and ruining the show for those close to him. Best seats in the house and they just didn't care. That is until John gave them **** from the stage. He told them that others around them paid good money to see and hear him play songs that he and the band worked real hard to play great. He suggested the lobby would be the best seats for them. He then waited to make sure they got his drift.

He did this mid-song. Once he felt certain that they would shut up, he continued from where he left off. Not missing a beat. As if someone had hit the pause button. Huge cheers followed. The two guys headed off to the lobby shortly after. When they returned they were booed.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 01:57 PM
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From the title, I thought this was about Sang.


The rest of these people don't seem to realize but it is........

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:03 PM
One band I was playing with were booked into a club for a six night stand. On the first night, a HUGE biker type got on stage and took the singers mic and simply said. "DRUM SOLO". This guy was a giant so we decided that a drum solo was in order. (My buddy is an incredible drummer)

The next night, he repeats the same thing. Again we thought it best to listen.

He came for six nights and brought lots of his friends. He became a huge supporter of the band and built in security. When someone started any type of trouble, he stepped in and put an end to any trouble. Fans come in all sorts of different shapes and forms. Not to mention colorful characters.

Became a long standing joke with the band. Still is with my friend and I. For a while, we joked that the band's name was DRUM SOLO.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:05 PM
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all i wanted was for them to sign...sorry..


LOL!!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:07 PM
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I witnessed the opposite one time also.

I had to work at a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. I was suprised and even amazed at a few things.

First the band was great musically. Billy wasn't really my thing and I was suprised at his band. Lots of jamming and some great guitar playing. He had three guitar players and all got their chance to shine.

The thing that really amazed me was that all show long he signed things. Between songs he brought people (well women really) up to take pictures of him and the band and also with them also. It amazed me the whole show long. But the biggest kicker was after the show. After is encores, Billy jumped off the stage into the front rows of seats instead of heading back stage. He started signing and doing photos with anyone who wanted them. TWO hours later he was still there signing and chatting. I have seen and worked at countless shows but I never witnessed anything like that. He must have signed and chatted with a couple of thousand people.

The best part of the show was that there were only about 100 guys out of 5000 people. the ladies were also dressed to kill and looked great.

When asked if I would go see him again, my reply was any time.


Well in that case, if there is going to be good looking women, I might check him out at the NYS fair, he's playing free.

A strange thing I heard about was Gregg signing autographs after the first night in Niagara Falls.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:07 PM
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One band I was playing with were booked into a club for a six night stand. On the first night, a HUGE biker type got on stage and took the singers mic and simply said. "DRUM SOLO". This guy was a giant so we decided that a drum solo was in order. (My buddy is an incredible drummer)

The next night, he repeats the same thing. Again we thought it best to listen.

He came for six nights and brought lots of his friends. He became a huge supporter of the band and built in security. When someone started any type of trouble, he stepped in and put an end to any trouble. Fans come in all sorts of different shapes and forms. Not to mention colorful characters.

Became a long standing joke with the band. Still is with my friend and I. For a while, we joked that the band's name was DRUM SOLO.
Bikers have more fun than people do!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:11 PM
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I witnessed the opposite one time also.

I had to work at a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. I was suprised and even amazed at a few things.

First the band was great musically. Billy wasn't really my thing and I was suprised at his band. Lots of jamming and some great guitar playing. He had three guitar players and all got their chance to shine.

The thing that really amazed me was that all show long he signed things. Between songs he brought people (well women really) up to take pictures of him and the band and also with them also. It amazed me the whole show long. But the biggest kicker was after the show. After is encores, Billy jumped off the stage into the front rows of seats instead of heading back stage. He started signing and doing photos with anyone who wanted them. TWO hours later he was still there signing and chatting. I have seen and worked at countless shows but I never witnessed anything like that. He must have signed and chatted with a couple of thousand people.

The best part of the show was that there were only about 100 guys out of 5000 people. the ladies were also dressed to kill and looked great.

When asked if I would go see him again, my reply was any time.
Billy Ray Cyrus got a bad rap from the get go on account he seemed to come from nowhere and had a HUGE mega hit with Achy Breaky Heart. Travis Tritt was especially hard on him, accusing him of "degrading country music to an ass wiggling contest." Truth of the matter is, people dug his music and the whole line dancing phenomenon started up around then. He's actually a good singer and a decent guy. He didn't deserve the harsh treatment he got, whether you like Achy Breaky Heart or not.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:24 PM
Well it sure as hell WASN'T the very pretty young chickie who decided that Tom Petty needed to see her soft, yet firm, perfectly shaped breasts in Hartford on Saturday night!

 

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I witnessed the opposite one time also.

I had to work at a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. I was suprised and even amazed at a few things.

First the band was great musically. Billy wasn't really my thing and I was suprised at his band. Lots of jamming and some great guitar playing. He had three guitar players and all got their chance to shine.

The thing that really amazed me was that all show long he signed things. Between songs he brought people (well women really) up to take pictures of him and the band and also with them also. It amazed me the whole show long. But the biggest kicker was after the show. After is encores, Billy jumped off the stage into the front rows of seats instead of heading back stage. He started signing and doing photos with anyone who wanted them. TWO hours later he was still there signing and chatting. I have seen and worked at countless shows but I never witnessed anything like that. He must have signed and chatted with a couple of thousand people.

The best part of the show was that there were only about 100 guys out of 5000 people. the ladies were also dressed to kill and looked great.

When asked if I would go see him again, my reply was any time.
Billy Ray Cyrus got a bad rap from the get go on account he seemed to come from nowhere and had a HUGE mega hit with Achy Breaky Heart. Travis Tritt was especially hard on him, accusing him of "degrading country music to an ass wiggling contest." Truth of the matter is, people dug his music and the whole line dancing phenomenon started up around then. He's actually a good singer and a decent guy. He didn't deserve the harsh treatment he got, whether you like Achy Breaky Heart or not.


Couldn't agree more Dave. He was a great guy to chat with and I have never seen any artist appreciate the fans more.

 

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One band I was playing with were booked into a club for a six night stand. On the first night, a HUGE biker type got on stage and took the singers mic and simply said. "DRUM SOLO". This guy was a giant so we decided that a drum solo was in order. (My buddy is an incredible drummer)

The next night, he repeats the same thing. Again we thought it best to listen.

He came for six nights and brought lots of his friends. He became a huge supporter of the band and built in security. When someone started any type of trouble, he stepped in and put an end to any trouble. Fans come in all sorts of different shapes and forms. Not to mention colorful characters.

Became a long standing joke with the band. Still is with my friend and I. For a while, we joked that the band's name was DRUM SOLO.
Bikers have more fun than people do!!


Well I played bars full of them for years so I agree completely. Would be afraid to say otherwise.

All of them combined were almost as big as that guy.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 02:39 PM
Great thread!

Wow, I've seen lots of weird stuff happen at concerts, many uncool.

Let's see; peeing in the middle of a general admission show, right where you stand...the crowd separated fast, as the guy started moving circularly, spraying whatever.

I've seen people point out pot smokers to security.

I've seen a guy try and feel up a drunken girl in front of him, only to get smashed in the face by a returning boyfriend...that was comical to say the least. As no one seemed to notice, I was on my way to help her when it happened so I was a couple of feet away about to grab the creep's arm when the boyfriend spun him and "pow"...it was awesome.

Lots more stuff, but I'm pressed for time right now.

 

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I witnessed the opposite one time also.

I had to work at a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. I was suprised and even amazed at a few things.

First the band was great musically. Billy wasn't really my thing and I was suprised at his band. Lots of jamming and some great guitar playing. He had three guitar players and all got their chance to shine.

The thing that really amazed me was that all show long he signed things. Between songs he brought people (well women really) up to take pictures of him and the band and also with them also. It amazed me the whole show long. But the biggest kicker was after the show. After is encores, Billy jumped off the stage into the front rows of seats instead of heading back stage. He started signing and doing photos with anyone who wanted them. TWO hours later he was still there signing and chatting. I have seen and worked at countless shows but I never witnessed anything like that. He must have signed and chatted with a couple of thousand people.

The best part of the show was that there were only about 100 guys out of 5000 people. the ladies were also dressed to kill and looked great.

When asked if I would go see him again, my reply was any time.
Billy Ray Cyrus got a bad rap from the get go on account he seemed to come from nowhere and had a HUGE mega hit with Achy Breaky Heart. Travis Tritt was especially hard on him, accusing him of "degrading country music to an ass wiggling contest." Truth of the matter is, people dug his music and the whole line dancing phenomenon started up around then. He's actually a good singer and a decent guy. He didn't deserve the harsh treatment he got, whether you like Achy Breaky Heart or not.


Couldn't agree more Dave. He was a great guy to chat with and I have never seen any artist appreciate the fans more.


I have seen Billy Ray cyrus sing the National Anthem at 3 or 4 races I've been to. He probably sang it better than anyone that I've seen do it

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 03:35 PM
After the Eric Johnson show last week, people were standing by the stage handing a variety of items to the "roadies" (I guess), who would take the items back to Eric, who would sign them (nice guy!). One of the people handed a familiar looking item to one of the roadies: Eric's lyric sheet. The BIG roadie took the sheet from the guy and walked away with it. The guy started screaming at the roadie (not real smart - this roadie was like, 6'-3" and weighed about 220) to bring the sheet back to him - signed! The big roadie walks over to the guy, leans down to him and says, "you stole his lyric sheet - how cool is that?"

Other uncool stuff I've seen:

* @ssholes flick lit cigarettes and even firecrackers into a crowd;
* a very drunk couple down near the stage alternately fighting (physically!) and then nearly copulating right there in front of everybody;
* people shoving their way toward the front when the area was already packed tighter than a sardine can (especially at outdoor festival type shows);
* and just about every form of drunken obnoxiousness you can imagine.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 03:57 PM
I forget what concert it was, but in the late 70's I was at a show and had this cool cowboy hat my sister sent me from Texas. I was walking in a wave of people in one direction and there was a dude walking in a wave of people in the opposite direction who decided he wanted my hat more than me, so he snatched it off my head. I had to turn around and chase him down to get it back, and I got it back the same way he got it from me. I snatched it back off of his head. EMM EFFER

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 03:59 PM
I find it pretty sad how people at the Beacon come and stand right in front of the area where wheel chair bound folks are placed thus blocking their view of the stage. I stand through most ABB shows but always turn around to see if people behind me are doing the same. It's usually the case down in the Orch.

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A few weeks ago I got to BB Kings early enough before the show for dinner and saw the weirdest thing ... a grown woman eating with her husband and when she finsihed her meal she cleaned the remains on her plate off onto the floor and started taking food from his plate. After using a napkin she'd toss that onto the floor as well. Our waitress so nice and I felt bad to see her picking up after this woman.
I know this incident isnt really concert related but this is where it happened. I wondered if she did that at her wedding or even better when she goes to her in laws :-)

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 04:11 PM

REM concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta back in the late 80's....the people manning the greenpeace booth smoking cigarettes and putting them out on the beautiful Fox Theater Carpet.

Another uncool/sad thing I saw at a concert...Same Venue - Ray Charles was the artist this was sometime around the early 90's. Some snobby b^tch was arguing with a bartender about her drink "are you sure this is a manhattan?"

 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 04:19 PM
The security at Jones Beach is totally uncool. They are always looking for something to break your balls about, that is unless you have one of those VIP tags around your neck, that seems to give you a free run of the place. Also people who talk at shows, man I hate that.
 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 04:21 PM
Getting teargassed by the dc police in 1973. My friends & I were sitting in the bleacher seats at RFK on June 9th. It was mid afternoon, GD were cookin' & so was that joint that passed down the row. I hit & passed to my buddy Rocky..at that moment, a dc cop appeared out of nowhere, holding a paper bag- ordering Rocky to put that joint in the bag & turned to me,asking if I had any "****ing drugs". No, I lied & Rock dropped the lit joint in the bag, which turned the cop's attention from me. The cop made him fish the joint outa the bag & put it out. The pissed off cop went away to boos & catcalls behind his back. About 5 minutes later, a tear gas grenade rolled down the next aisle over. People scattered, getting away from the big cloud of gas. The breeze carreid the gas out of the stadium, never getting near the stage. The music never quit & the show went on like nothing happened. Our crew regrouped & made it down to the field for The Allman Brothers set. I never sat in those bleachers again.
 

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  posted on 8/14/2006 at 04:27 PM
Just last night at a Brooks & Dunn concert some woman in front row center was talking incessantly on her cell phone, to the point that Kix Brooks grabbed the phone and explained to the person on the other end (who happened to be the woman's sister) that there was a concert going on and princess couldn't talk right now. Then he said to the lady, "I don't know what minute plan you have, but I hope it's a good one because your sister's going to hear the whole show", and he set the phone on the piano on stage without hanging up and left it there the rest of the night. Pretty funny really.

 

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