RANT ALERT! I feel fortunate to have grown up in a pretty extraordinary time musically: the '90's. There was so much amazing, innovative music that came out during that time across all genera - rock, metal, electronic, rap, alternative, etc. I went to a lot of shows back then that I'll never forget, but unfortunately wasn't able to see everyone I wanted to. Luckily for me, many of those bands are still touring and I now have the means to go see them. However... This weekend was the forth such show, seeing a band of my youth, that was such a complete disappointment. It's not that the band was bad (Alice in Chains), far from it. It was the crowd. Every one of these shows I've gone to in the last year has had the same general spectrum of concert goers: - Middle age women so drunk they can't stand up - Guys trying to push through a packed crowd with 6 drinks in their hand, one of which is going to get spilled on you. - Dudes standing next to you who thought that NOW was a good time to catch up on old times by shouting over 120 db - A sea of people watching the concert through their iPhones - Guy in his 50s still trying to relive his youth by throwing the devil horns in the air and waving them around like mad, during every song, oblivious to fact that he keeps hitting people in the face. - People forcefully trying to shove past you in an effort to get closer to the stage after the band has started. Getting angry and threatening to fight you if you don't give up your ground. And finally, the overall energy level at these hard rock show was about on par with a high school JV game. Pathetic. I'm done. I've had it. All the above issues ruin the show for me. I'm tired of spending a bunch of my hard-earned money to deal with a bunch of drunk, entitled, middle-aged assholes. Luckily I listen to a lot of music across many genera and times, so I can spend my money elsewhere and have a good time. Honestly, the best shows I've been to recently have been bands my teenagers are in to. The enthusiasm and excitement of the younger crowd, lack of drunk assholes, people are more polite, etc. Alright. Rant over. Carry on.