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That's it... I'm done going to see bands from my generation

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by rust_in_peace, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. rust_in_peace

    rust_in_peace Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Sioux Falls, SD

    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.
  2. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    i thought kids went to '90s era band shows.:rolleyes:
    DIECHEATO, pats, Wolfboy1 and 4 others like this.
  3. rizla

    rizla Member

    May 9, 2010
    sounds like you are just getting older. It happens.
    DIECHEATO, Rasmus, Goku13 and 51 others like this.
  4. ToneDeVille

    ToneDeVille Member

    Jul 16, 2017
    I think that Korean boy band is coming to America for a big tour...maybe they'll put SD on their schedule.
  5. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Jan 20, 2015
    Erotic City MN
    I feel your pain,, been to some shows like that. When I went to see Maiden, some douche walks down our row( everyone is standing) and then stops and stands next to me and the wife. Our row is already full and dude just thinks he can "general admish" his way in?? Told him to take a hike but c'mon. I can't stand when people distract from the show.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019
  6. GaryMcT

    GaryMcT Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    Went to a Metallica concert in Chicago a while back and got my ass beat (concussion) by some drunk asshole that was trying to form a mosh pit way away from the front. Yeah. No more general admission for me at the very least.
  7. cadduc

    cadduc Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    Years ago I saw the Who in Tacoma, it was a sold out show. Keith was already dead, and Kenny was the drummer.
    The audience was standing, some guy pushed into no space three rows in front of us. He stood there, for about one tune.
    When he left, everyone around him discovered he took a leak while he was there.

    However, on the other hand, I personally like drunk, middle aged women, that have a tough time standing.
    But that is just me.
  8. Dasein

    Dasein Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Maybe that's just your city/culture for your age demographic -- it's not necessarily the case in other localities.
    massacre likes this.
  9. Qstick333

    Qstick333 Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    There’s a smaller show near me this weekend that I’d like to see. $15 for GA floor or $60 for an upper level seat. I’ll pass on the whole experience.
    ctreitzell likes this.
  10. Madsen

    Madsen Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Denver, Co
    I got hit in the head at a Filter/Everclear concert in the early 90's. 13 stitches later I quit trying to stand anywhere near the front at a General Admission concert if the crowd is at all rowdy.

    Most shows I go to these days I have a seat & people are generally well behaved.
    Pidgin English likes this.
  11. Noise Under The Floor

    Noise Under The Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    "In the drag of this atmosphere" (Maryland)
    It’s not an era or generational thing. People act like stupid animals, especially in crowds and social gatherings, especially when alcohol is involved. I grew up in the 80’s. Same exact kind of scene at those shows as well. Last show I went to was Peter Murphy with David J. performing an all Bauhaus set list. The crowd was awful.

    They actually started a mosh pit up front and people who just wanted to enjoy the show we’re getting knocked down and shoved around by a pack of about 20 goons doing it. At one point after a song Peter Murphy actually called them out and asked, “What the hell are you doing? Where the f*** do you think you are?” If you’re familiar with Bauhaus, Peter Murphy, Love and Rockets then you know how out of place and stupid a mosh pit at that show was.

    No one around me could just shut up and watch the show. It was constant conversations....idiots trying to shout to each other over the music about unrelated BS. I didn’t pay to hear to boneheads talk about work. Same thing with the drinks....people back and forth with arm loads of drinks, pushing through the crowd during the set, trying to get back to their spot, and spilling them everywhere.

    Not just the rock crowd either. Wife and I went to see Neko Case (more rootsy Americana type stuff). It was assigned theater seating. People couldn’t just sit the F down and shut up and enjoy what we all paid to. Lots talking during the set, some people CONSTANT, and the entire time. Couple beside us and some people in front of us were blabbering while also up and down from their seats, back and forth to the bar and whatever the hell else they were doing. There was a strict no phones, no cameras, no recording during the show. It was told to you upon admission. There were signs everywhere, and it was announced over the PA twice before the show. They made it clear, you would be escorted out to the lobby and not let back in if you had your phone out. The first song no sooner started and some numb nut in front of us holds up his phone and starts live streaming it to Facebook. Ushers warned him once. He complied, but kept running his mouth to his girlfriend or wife, then a few songs later he had the phone back out. Got himself booted out and was pissed about it. It wasn’t just him either. We had balcony seats and could see people getting booted out down on the floor.

    Another thing that seems pretty evident is that a LOT of people who go to concerts I’ve been to recently have apparently forgotten how to bathe and wash their clothes. The smell of mildew and body odor at the last few shows I’ve been to has been ridiculous.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2019
  12. Rockledge

    Rockledge Member

    Jun 15, 2011
    Thank God I grew up during rock and have seen very little of those unfortunate experiences that it seems fans of later styles of music endure.
    Concerts back then were huge parties. Security often was pointless, because if someone was an asshole the crowd dealt with it, most often in a mild but forceful way.
    And because of that,, even drunk fools or guys enjoying hippie vacation dust behaved themselves, because it jsut wasn't "cool" to be a douchebag.
    Nath@n, Kenny Blue, Simon and 24 others like this.
  13. Exiled_On_Main_St

    Exiled_On_Main_St Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    So, what you’re saying is; you want me to stop doing all of the above.

    Got it.
  14. ZeyerGTR

    ZeyerGTR Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    And this is worse than shows from bands from other generations? When I was in my 20s and seeing rock bands back then the crowds were much rowdier than what I see now in my 40s. I know I was more drunk and less considerate!

    I only go to 4-5 shows a year - mostly rock, metal and blues... typically bands form "my" generation - but I've had pretty good luck. I do get frustrated with the number of cell phones being held up, blocking views and generally being distracting, but other than that no big issues.
    Little_Wing, sportycliff and massacre like this.
  15. Rob Taft

    Rob Taft Supporting Member

    May 14, 2006
    NE FL
    It could be worse. I grew up in the 50's and 60's.

  16. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

    May 15, 2007
    I kinda like going to local punk shows and being the oldest person in the audience. I agree; the young crowd is a lot more pleasant to be around than people my own age at a concert. But I don't know how much of that is age, and how much is the kind of people who only go to major-band shows and ignore the local scene.

    My worst memory was a while back now, with John Paul Jones opening for King Crimson. He'd just released his Thunderthief album and was touring with a great power trio band, but the audience was full of drunk Led Zeppelin fans shouting out their favorites, with no regard for the fact that he'd done other things in the intervening 25 years or so, things he might want to play instead of rattling the bones of the band he was in decades earlier. (He finally did When the Levee Breaks on lap steel as an instrumental, for an encore.) Ugh, those Zeppelin fans were awful. I'm sure a few of them were also kind of interested in seeing King Crimson too, though, since they remembered 21st Century Schizoid Man from their older brother's record collection...
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  17. PdL

    PdL Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    United States
    Apparently there’s been a recent change in concert-going etiquette: if you want to dress up like a middle aged woman you’re gonna’ have to moderate your booze intake.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2019
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  18. cottonmike

    cottonmike Member

    Jun 2, 2011
    Perfectly stated.
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  19. Exiled_On_Main_St

    Exiled_On_Main_St Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    Are they really mutually exclusive? Can’t I do both???
  20. sundog964

    sundog964 Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    We did third row for the Who concert a couple of years ago. The entire row was one of the Vendors that my wife uses. So the vendor policed the row and kept the people from standing near us.

    Other concerts we just get seats in the club section, where people bring you your drinks. Much more civilized, and enjoyable.

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