What is your worst concert experience?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by beachboydw, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. fretbuzzed

    fretbuzzed Well-Known Member

    Location:
    UK
    pretty much every open air gig these days is spoilt by 'daytrippers' who are not really into the band or the music.
    It would appear they just just want to take selfies and talk incessantly during the gig.
    Thus spoiling everyone's enjoyment who is close by who has come to listen to the band.

    I had to miss Roger Waters at Hyde Park this year due to late commitments and gave my friends my tickets.
    If I am honest, having seen the footage on YT of the gig I think I dodged a bullet there as I don't think I could have handled it peacefully.
    I am generally quite calm and laid back, but some of the window lickers at Hyde Park would have sent me over the edge.

    Yap, Yap, Yap, ffs shut the funk up will ya.

    It would appear from the footage they only came for 'the hit'. I think I would have delivered a hit sooner than the band.
     
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  2. George Jones in Ithaca/Trumansburg NY at the great Grassroots Festival a couple years ago... just before he called it a day & apparently some time after he should have... never had gotten a chance to see him before... while he was something major I was looking forward to at the fest, at least there were other great acts there.

    Brian Wilson at the NY State Fair in Syracuse last year ... I've seen him a couple other times solo & he was wonderful. This last time he was just awful & sadly it also appeared that he felt like he sounded too. It was a couple hours of driving round trip, but at least the show was a free heartbreaker - just injury, no insult added...
     
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  3. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Concord, NC
    I forgot that Grady Cole was called Park Center until the late '80s. It's still there. The Charlotte roller derby team has their matches there.
     
  4. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    Location:
    NYC USA
    I saw quite a few great shows there in the early 70’s. If memory serves me Pink Floyd, Leon Russell, James Gang, Blue Oyster Cult and Johnny Winter to name a few. I seem to recall the Pink Floyd tickets were $6.00 a piece and they played the brand spanking new album Dark Side of The Moon. I had never heard anything from it played on the radio yet.

    Sorry not trying to thread crap just having a flashback.
     
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  5. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    Location:
    NYC USA
    I don’t know how I missed that debacle maybe I had to work at the car wash.

    Remember High School?
     
  6. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Concord, NC
    Yeah, it's actually a decent place to see a concert. Better sound than Independence Arena (the "old" Coliseum). I saw a handful of shows there late '80s, early '90s: Little Feat, Mylon LeFever, Michael W. Smith, and a few others.
     
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  7. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    Location:
    NYC USA
    I saw some great blues shows at the old Owens Auditorium too back then. They were two of my favorite venues in Charlotte, but after graduation in 1975 I moved to NYC.
     
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  8. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO USA
    1979 - as teenagers, sneaked into Foghat/Billy Paul at the Boston Garden.

    Security guard chased us, so we ducked under a stack of folding temporary seating.

    Turns out, the circus was there the week before. Days earlier, lots'a large animals must'a been roaming the floor we were laying on.

    We escaped, but since we had no tickets, we had to crouch down in front of various peoples' seats throughout the show.

    Smelling like circus animals - in the (possibly) 98 degree Garden - we thought it best to relocate fairly frequently.

    Probably the only reason we were tolerated is because we liberally shared our "supplies".
     
  9. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    Santana when he opened for Jeff Beck back in (I think) '93. His setlist was straight out of WTF?
     
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  10. Finch Platte

    Finch Platte Forum Resident

    Location:
    NorCal
    Wow, couple of blasts from the past! I remember Hughes Stadium (I'm in Stockton)- but I can't remember if I saw any bands there. And I loved GBoA!

    But as for Tool, you are dead to me. :p
     
  11. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Location:
    Baja Virginia
    Wait, the "Me & Mrs. Jones" guy?

    They had some weird opening acts in the 70s, that's all I'm going to say.
     
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  12. sleepjar

    sleepjar Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ
    Funny story, hopefully appropriate for this thread: When I was dating the woman who would become my wife, I thought I heard her say she liked Diana Ross. So when I found out Diana was playing at a local venue, I surprised my gal with tickets. We attended the show, which was not my cup of tea, and when it ended I asked her if she liked it. She replied that she hated it. I said, “What do you mean? I thought you liked Diana Ross!” She looked at me like I had two heads and said, “I don’t like Diana Ross, I went because I thought YOU liked her!” We continued back and forth like this while the crowd filed out around us.
     
  13. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Surprised nobody has mentioned Cat Power.

    Saw her once, at a point when I was heavily into Moon Pics etc.

    This was when she put out the Covers LP. I think I listened to that album once and filed it away. Anyway the live performance was such a disappointment. She only played a handful of songs. Most of the time she just fiddled with a keyboard. I think at one point she just stood on the stage crying. I pretty much lost interest in anything she did after that.
     
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  14. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

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    St. Louis, MO USA
    ...oh, man - I didn't catch that 'til you asked about it!

    Not Billy Paul.

    Henry Paul!!

    ...not like it would'a made a much different impact on me that night (...or would it?).

    uzn007, you've got me laughin' so hard now thinkin' 'bout "the 'Me & Mrs. Jones' guy"!!!
     
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  15. The Cape Cod Coliseum.
     
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  16. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO USA
    I loved that HOT HOT place!
     
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  17. CCC Lots of great shows, God awful venue.
    Total sweatbox! The part of me that isn't Irish, is Finnish.
    I have never been in a more unforgiving sauna.
     
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  18. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO USA
    "CCC Lots of great shows, God awful venue."


    We'd get there in the afternoon, to see the bands get off the bus.

    Allmans; Charlie Daniels; Santana; Kinks; Tubes; Clash; Elvis Costello; probably many more I can't think of off-hand.

    Festival Seating (sprint to the front).

    It was SO HOT in there - but the attire was scant and they sold beer and wine.
     
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  19. J. Geils was always a given.
     
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  20. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO USA
    I heard they made that building a Christmas Tree storage facility - and now it's gone?

    Well, there's still the Melody Tent.
     
  21. plugmeintosomething

    plugmeintosomething Well-Known Member

    Location:
    USA
    Saw him about 12 years ago and same thing. No crowd interaction, no encore. He would walk off stage between songs. The good thing was John Fogerty opened and blew the doors off the place!
     
  22. I haven't been to the Cape in years. Traffic, you know. (just kidding)

    Couldn't tell you about the physical building, it became warehousing; which kind of figures.

    I go to beaches in Rhode Island, Scarborough or Misquamicut. Out of the Cape loop.
     
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  23. Magic

    Magic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Franklin TN
    Forgot about this one. Saw Jethro Tull at the Los Angeles Forum during the early 70s. Worst seats I've ever had, way up nose bleed section adjacent to the stage. Sounded like listening to the band through a cheap radio being playing on the stage. Worst sound system that I've ever head before or since. Was by far the worst I've ever head a band sound but can't really blame it on the band.
     
  24. MisterNines

    MisterNines Distinguished Member in Residence

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO USA
    I still hit the Melody Tent almost every summer; actually plan my trip timing around who's playing there!

    Fewer and fewer artists I love are making it out these days. The last we saw at the Melody Tent was Gregg Allman.
     
  25. SoundDoctor

    SoundDoctor Forum Resident

    Location:
    United States
    I had a very good experience at Jack's Portland, OR show this summer. He played a full show, and seemed happy to be there. I may be biased as I met him backstage, though. Seemed like a nice guy, too.
     

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