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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 11:43 AM
We've all been to shows where "fans" drink too much and do stupid things to ruin the concert experience but last night reached a new level. This habit of the ear piercing, shrieking whistling has got to stop. Ok, we all like the band and song that was just played, we all like to show our appreciation by clapping or cheering in one fashion or another but I can't for the life of me figure out why people feel the need to whistle loud enough to shatter ear drums. Now I've been a drummer for over 25years and play in 3 working bands. I go see a lot of shows. I'm no stranger to high volume settings but this whistling is downright painful.
So last night (in row T behind the soundboard) this "fan" proceeded to nearly make me and my friend's ears bleed throughout most of the first set. Finally my friend politely asked the whistler to stop. After a temporary break he started up again and my friend reminded him that he was being disruptive to us and everyone around him. The whistlers response was "come on man, you're at a rock concert". My friend then warned him that it was in his best interest for this not to escalate. The whistler was not receptive to the admonishment and began whistling louder and more frequently solely to P*#& us off! My friend then told him he better not be there when the lights came on and needless to say, he wasn't.
This is not the first show where whistling was a problem but it was the first time something was said and unfortunately it put a damper on our Beacon experience. Can't people enjoy a show without getting stupid and intentionally aggravating the real fans around them?
I doubt the whistler in question is a member here but if he happens to see this my friend and I would be more than happy to discuss this problem in person :o)

 
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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 12:45 PM
I wonder what Whistlers Mother thinks of him................

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 12:47 PM
I would have said the same thing come on man your at a rock concert people whistle and clap after each song feverishly just like after a homerun at a baseball game. You let the guy get into your head and damper the show for you. Live a little!!

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 12:57 PM
Well your friend was 100% right to threaten this person for interupting your fun in between songs (you'll have to imagine my eyes rolling)



 

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I was at a Derek Trucks show once, out of about 35 shows of his I have been too. I couldnt believe it, everyone was just sitting there. Everyone was just sitting there like they were listening to a preacher giving his sermon.

Ironically, it was in an old church that had been converted to a venue. We were sitting on the floor right center. After Derek hit a couple of astounding riffs, I jumped up clapped, whistled and hollered. I think the band wanted to thank me. The band looked down at me with a smile. Soon everyone was dancing, hollering and giving it all they had. I have to admit. With everyone sitting there like a lump on a log it was quite boring. After the crowd got cooking a little bit, everyone including the band seemed to enjoy the show even more...............I danced like I have heard folks on here say before, "dance like no one is watching".

I am not going to be obnoxious, I am respectful of the concert goers around me, but I am not paying the ticket prices, hotel costs, travel and eating expenses to sit there like I am at a Pirates of Penzance opera. I am going to get down and boogie. Sorry thats the way I feel about it. I saw where someone on here said before and I quote" If it bothers you get a cooler full of beer a DVD and stay home."

Dont let it get in your head and destroy your good time.

There is a big difference in being obnoxiously out of order than responding to the band when they make you feel good. Different people respond in different ways. Dancing, clapping, whistling, yelling are quite common and respectful at a concert.

Now some of what I have heard like talking loudly among each other or gabbing gabble gabble where everyone can hear you can get on anyones nerves. I do agree, pay attention to what your there for.

Its kind of like the person behind you continuing to kick your chair. I just nicely stand up and watch out of my seat. If they ask me to sit down, I nicely ask will you quit kicking my chair. Confrontation will get you know where, and this music is not about confrontation. Its about being together, love and sharing the experience.

Its like one another time at a Mule show. My girlfriend and I were on the floor about 1 row off the front. I kept having this guy about 6'4' wanting to get in front of me. Between songs I turned and asked him., Man, I wish you would quit bumping me and trying to squeeze through where there is no where to go. I told him while smiling, look at you, your over 6 feet, hell I am 5'8'. Cant you see ok over me. Another foot or so is not gonna matter is it??

He looked at me real mean at first, then smiled, and said, man, can I get you a beer. I said sure, friend but the next one is on me. Hey, it all turned out ok. I didnt threaten the guy, I would have wound up in the hospital or something, feeling pretty stupid about handling it the wrong way. That guy and myself wound up talking about the band at the break and found we had a hell of alot in common musicwise. Case/Problem solved and me and that 6'4' fellow loved the show....




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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:13 PM
hmmmmm - I'm a whistler.....one of my finer accomplishments, I might add - I whistle cause I CAN - MUCH easier than clapping....guess I am just a fake fan......

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:18 PM
Drumtramp, are you joking? Did April Fool's come early this year?

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:18 PM
I think I sat near "The whistler" last year in the Upper Balcony on a Thursday. Forget which date, but you can hear him and his loud incessant whistling on one of the Audience recordings. He really was annoying, we just ignored him the best we could though. When he wasn't whistling he kept yelling out "Play Whipping Post" and then puked all over the seat in front of him. It looked like he had a pretty good time though

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:30 PM
Iíve got two words for people who get mad at concerts because a fan is being too loud and boisterous: Ear Plugs.

You should sit by the people who complained about others standing up. Iím sure they were nice and quiet.

And to want to fight about it; not cool. I hope Iím not around you at Wanee!

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:35 PM
I found the whistler..................

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:48 PM
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hmmmmm - I'm a whistler.....one of my finer accomplishments, I might add - I whistle cause I CAN - MUCH easier than clapping....guess I am just a fake fan......

Ya know what else? I whistle sober! GO FRICKIN FIGURE!

disclaimer....I do have WHISTLER ETIQUETTE

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:55 PM
I can understand to a point. When I was at a fundraiser show that Derek Trucks was apart of in Raleigh there were a couple of guys sitting behind me talking very loudly. Generally I can shrug it off but it got to the point where they started talking about some private stuff (don't understand the airing dirty laundry in public thing) and I finally had to turn around and tell them I could hear their whole conversation. I think they were embarassed but man some of the things they were saying made me blush!! And that's hard to do!!! ;-)

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 01:57 PM
yeah sucks when you get that sh*t on an IL

but man, at least he was just whistlin'.....he could've been doing alot worse

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:01 PM
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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:04 PM
I think he is talking about the loud piercing whistle. He isn't really talking about the clapping and cheering.

To some that whistle can be painful. I can do that whistle and it is damn loud and can get attention in even a very loud room. I spare people at concerts and just clap, cheer and yeehoo at the proper times.

Besides he could have shown some respect and just switched to clapping. Sounds like he was being a pain or challenging you. Which caused both you and the "whistler" to take your attention away from the enjoyment of the show.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:06 PM
More WHISTLER sightings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouijWZtRCRA

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:10 PM
was he doing it like it was is job... ah, maybe it was.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:11 PM
Whistlers (and their mothers) ... clappers ... standers - they're all fine with me. If you want to dance (and I WANT you to dance) - please at least try to keep your flailing arms and body from coming into contact with others.
The "Drunken Tornado" is a fine dance. Really, it is. It's just not much fun to have the crap beat out of you while you're trying to watch and listen to a show.
Smoke, clap, whistle and dance all you want. To the best of your abilities. Just try to show a teeny-weeny-little bit of consideration to your fellow concert-goer.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:24 PM
I have experienced the super-loud painful whistler who is right behind me too and I agree it sucks. When someone is doing it all the time you find yourself bracing yourself, waiting for the next painful blast. I'll take shouting, clapping, dancing into me over the loud whistler anyday and if someone stands in front of me, no big deal for me to stand as well (I would think the person standing in front would only really be a problem for people who have medical reasons why they can not stand).
 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:28 PM
I can live with the whistling.........
if I can just keep from having beer spilled down my back again!

Luckily my first night is on the back row of the Loge so hopefully it won't
be a problem!!

But then again....I guess ya never know

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:30 PM
I was right in front of you and I heard your conversation. That guy really could whistle. The kind that hurt.
 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 02:31 PM
I'm with ya 100% "the whistler guy " SUCKS !

Absolutlely F-ING annoying .

Maybe I can pair up the guy who comes down from the Loge, to the Orchestra aisle and thinks he can share my aisle seat with me , I'm gonna get him and "the whistler guy" to sit next to each other at the next show.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 03:16 PM
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hmmmmm - I'm a whistler.....one of my finer accomplishments, I might add - I whistle cause I CAN - MUCH easier than clapping....guess I am just a fake fan......

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  posted on 3/28/2007 at 04:59 PM
Man, you would have hated seeing the Allman Brothers at Roosevelt Stadium back in the 70's
 

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I was at a Derek Trucks show once, out of about 35 shows of his I have been too. I couldnt believe it, everyone was just sitting there. Everyone was just sitting there like they were listening to a preacher giving his sermon.

Ironically, it was in an old church that had been converted to a venue. We were sitting on the floor right center. After Derek hit a couple of astounding riffs, I jumped up clapped, whistled and hollered. I think the band wanted to thank me. The band looked down at me with a smile. Soon everyone was dancing, hollering and giving it all they had. I have to admit. With everyone sitting there like a lump on a log it was quite boring. After the crowd got cooking a little bit, everyone including the band seemed to enjoy the show even more...............I danced like I have heard folks on here say before, "dance like no one is watching".

I am not going to be obnoxious, I am respectful of the concert goers around me, but I am not paying the ticket prices, hotel costs, travel and eating expenses to sit there like I am at a Pirates of Penzance opera. I am going to get down and boogie. Sorry thats the way I feel about it. I saw where someone on here said before and I quote" If it bothers you get a cooler full of beer a DVD and stay home."

Dont let it get in your head and destroy your good time.

There is a big difference in being obnoxiously out of order than responding to the band when they make you feel good. Different people respond in different ways. Dancing, clapping, whistling, yelling are quite common and respectful at a concert.

Now some of what I have heard like talking loudly among each other or gabbing gabble gabble where everyone can hear you can get on anyones nerves. I do agree, pay attention to what your there for.

Its kind of like the person behind you continuing to kick your chair. I just nicely stand up and watch out of my seat. If they ask me to sit down, I nicely ask will you quit kicking my chair. Confrontation will get you know where, and this music is not about confrontation. Its about being together, love and sharing the experience.

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He looked at me real mean at first, then smiled, and said, man, can I get you a beer. I said sure, friend but the next one is on me. Hey, it all turned out ok. I didnt threaten the guy, I would have wound up in the hospital or something, feeling pretty stupid about handling it the wrong way. That guy and myself wound up talking about the band at the break and found we had a hell of alot in common musicwise. Case/Problem solved and me and that 6'4' fellow loved the show....




[Edited on 3/28/2007 by rottinpeach]

 
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