The most boring concert you've ever been to?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Captain Keefheart, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Captain Keefheart

    Captain Keefheart Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bob Dylan for me, Newcastle Arena, 2004. Tedious beyond belief and a real sense of just going through the motions. One of the only gigs I've ever left early, which was a shame as I had been really looking forward to it.
  2. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
    Pink Floyd in a Lyon football stadium in the 80s (luckily the tickets had been free).
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  3. delmonaco

    delmonaco Forum Resident

    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Same here - Bob Dylan again, but in 2010.
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  4. cungar

    cungar Forum Resident

    Torrance, CA
    The Corrs, Wiltern Theater
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  5. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    Lou Reed, RAH, 2000: efficient performance but zero audience involvement. Fortunately, tickets were comps.
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  6. Probably Jesu, about a decade back. Musically it was great, but they stuck so close to the album arrangements that they could've been miming for all I knew, and they were so stock-still under pale blue lightning that only the movements of the drummer proved that they didn't just stick a trio of mannequins up there. They were opening for Pelican, who by contrast were great.
  7. klockwerk

    klockwerk Forum Resident

    Ohio USA
    Steve Miller, Bowling Green University in Ohio, maybe 1975. I believe he played most of the tunes solo. Less said the better.
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  8. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident

    NJ, USA
    Simon & Garfunkel reunion tour, Boulder, sometime in mid-80s. First concert I ever went to where everyone was sitting down and you didn't smell weed. Of course, now that's the only kind of concert I want to go to!
  9. William Barty

    William Barty Forum Resident

    Dylan & the Dead. Giants Stadium 1987. 4th row from the back on the top tier of the stadium.

    Seemed like a good idea at the time (the concert, not the seats).
  10. Scooter59

    Scooter59 Forum Resident

    North Shore, MA
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Greendale Tour. I really tried......but it just didn't work for me.
  11. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    I was there; the Dead alone were great; Dylan not so much.
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  12. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Without giving away the name.....
    it was a famous synth-pop band (formed in 1980) in a packed venue (2005)...however, I didn't know any of their material.
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  13. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman 'Let's Rock'

    I'll get hanged on this forum...

    Paul McCartney, 2005. This was the second time I saw Paul (first time in 2002, and that was a good show). I believe it was a combination of the audience and the band. There was not one ounce of energy in that arena. The audience was dead and lackluster, with barely the energy to clap at the ends of the songs. Paul just did his stock Paul thing. Nothing felt alive or interesting. I was disappointed and wouldn't see him again.

    I think I needed more than just the awe of "I'm breathing the same air as a Beatle" to get me going. Maybe it was an off night. :hide:
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  14. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    Tough call; Either Elton John at Shea Stadium in 1993, Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Bottom Line in 2000 or Drivin n Cryin at the Limelight in about 1992 (even Peter Buck looked bored)
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  15. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    Ryan Adams, right up his own jacksie, insufferable oafishness beyond belief...
  16. Clucking

    Clucking Elixer of Life

    Phoenix, AZ
    Sadly, it was Bob Weir at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix maybe 3 years back. We left about 5 songs in.
  17. Gagnedouze

    Gagnedouze Forum Resident

    Blink 182. One of the last shows they ever did before their first break/hiatus. Absolutely no chemistry on stage and showed in the material they played.
  18. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    I've fallen asleep at a couple of concerts, including Son Volt, which was particularly memorable, as it was a standing room only show. Not sure how I didn't fall over.

    In Son Volt's defense, I'd really been burning the candle at both ends prior to the show, and would probably have zonked for any band playing at less than 110 decibels.
  19. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Elvis Costello & The Confederates - It just went on and on until I left.
    The Attractions show the next night rocked.
  20. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    A tie between Luscious Jackson and Fatboy Slim (separate shows) at Boston’s Avalon. Dull & lifeless, left early from both.
  21. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    1996, saw ELP open for exactly one hour, as most in the audience appeared to be there for, and then it was Jethro Dull.
  22. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    Peter Gabriel-So. Will get slammed for this but besides from some Genesis cuts, pretty monotonous.
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  23. Massive Attack despite the fact . that my good friend Horace Andy was on fire
  24. joepepitone

    joepepitone It's money for dope, money for rope

    Based on other similar threads, this will be a win for Dylan. That's my vote too.
  25. Nomadicarchivist

    Nomadicarchivist Forum Resident

    Washington D.C.
    The Eagles. Their final tour. No Don Felder and the insistence upon showing interview clips before the songs in the first half of the show killed any chance of sustained momentum..

    All of that, the high ticket prices and knowing how badly Henley and Frey treated Felder over the last decade and it was hard to enjoy what was a mellow occasion to begin with..

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