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Concert pet peeves

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Night Prowler, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    o_O
    I'd wager that is the first time anyone has said that of the man.
     
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  2. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    It's the crying. It makes a mockery of how I felt when Brucie left...
     
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  3. Magnus

    Magnus Educated Fool

    Like, greetin?
     
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  4. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

    I'm not a fan of Bruce's rants either. In 2010 he had a really boring anti-BBC rant about how Maiden are still able to sell loads of albums and sell out arenas without any radio play. It was basically because his crap radio show was dropped by the BBC.
     
  5. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    Tall people standing in front of short people is my pet hate too. Also venue organisers who don't know what they're doing. The first time I saw Alestorm was in a fairly new venue and although we were queing from before the doors opened, by the time I got in Rainbow Dragon Eyes (the first and most interesting of the support acts) was on his last song. Then the singer of Lagerstein made and appeal for "all the wenches with big tits" to be let through to the front and I was forced about two thirds back down the hall and when Alestorm came on I couldn't see anything except Christopher Bowes' hat! Being somewhat lacking in loftiness my usual course of action is to get there before the doors open, go straight to the front and then stand there as long as I need to, so I really think it's not on to get that sort of interference from the stage. Also during Alestorm's set the singer of Largerstein (yes, him again) was right at the front of the audience, sitting on someone's shoulders and waving a massive half-full bottle of rum - if he'd dropped that on someone's head he could have killed them, I don't understand why the venue staff allowed that sort of thing to go on.

    Consequently I was a little nervous by how late we got into the Maiden show in May, thinking I'd end up right at the back. However I was surprised to discover that the fight for the front, at least away from the centre, doesn't actually go back that far: there was quite a lot of room further back and I was able to walk up to, say ten from the front without difficulty. I'd never force my way in front of someone else but from then on, every time a space opened up I stepped into it (which I think was inoffensive enough) and thus was able to get to about five from the front by the end without apparently upsetting anyone - I imagine @Ariana and the rest were basically doing something similar in the middle.
     
  6. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

    I had this issue when I saw Anthrax in February. Doors opened about 2o minutes late so we were forced to queue in freezing cold with some snow and the support band had to play to a virtually empty venue. It was The Raven Age though, so I wasn't upset about missing part of their set.
    @Dr. Eddies Wingman and I had fun.
     
  7. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Rainbow Dragon Eyes is probably worth a rant (or celebration?) thread in his own right. :D

    Speaking of organisers who don't know what they're doing....Drownload. To be fair they did ask for, and get, feedback via social media after 2016, and took action on it, but it's really shoddy when compared to Sonisphere.

    I think rants by Bruce, and others, are planned to some extent. They think angry/forthright/outspoken frontman is a bonus for band image. Just leave it for Bruce to find something topical on the day.
     
  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Actually, she grabbed us and made room. I was impressed at her aggressiveness and ingenuity.
     
  9. AlexS

    AlexS Trooper

    Damn straight. I'll weasel my way closer if I can, but always politely, stepping into gaps left behind by other people who moved and being mindful of people holding drinks. People who just bull their way through the crowd to the front deserve whatever spilled drinks, elbows to the ear, and stepped-on toes they get.

    I showed up early to a Chris Robinson Brotherhood show a few years ago, parked myself right at the front of the near-empty floor and held my place through 1-2 openers without going to the bar or the bathroom. The floor filled up when the headliner started, and a couple songs in I felt something knocking into the back of my leg. It was a guy in a wheelchair just deliberately slamming into me to try to force his way up front. His two companions asked me to move for him. I told them to fuck off and show up early next time, and that if he bumped into me again I'd let the air out of his tires. If he hadn't been so deliberately rude and inconsiderate I might have made some room for him, but I wasn't about to reward that behavior.

    Related pet peeve: clubs with no cocktail waitress service or trash bins for empty cups.
     
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  10. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Pff. Why exactly can't I make my way to the front?
     
  11. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    I'm not a fan of all this tall people hate. <_<
     
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  12. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    I'm not a fan of this I've been at the front for three hours with this beer. Don't nudge me.
     
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  13. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    We don't "hate tall people", only their insensitivity to shorter people behind them whose view is being blocked by their heads ...

    (Especially when the short people were there before them :grumble:)
     
  14. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    You can, you just need to be subtle and tactful with it ... ;)
    Agreed - if they've been prepared to stand for three hours in order to be at the front then they deserve to be there, but they should have acknowledged that being nudged (at least) is part and parcel of being at the front :)
     
  15. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    If the short people are already there before me, then I completely agree. But if I get there early and get a spot at the front before someone else comes up behind me, I'm not going to move just because the person behind me isn't as tall as me. If that were the case, then I'd end up only being allowed all the way in the back!
     
  16. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    How tall are you? I'm 5'4" and I think @Ariana may be a bit less tall than me.

    I agree that if you get there first then you have a priority right to that spot, and that is why I won't force my way in front of you if that happens. But I will step into any space that opens up and having done so I won't surrender the space afterwards (unless I get the chance to step a bit further forwards of course!) But if I notice someone behind me is even shorter (which has happened a couple of times, believe it or not) then I will make an effort not to stand directly in front of them.
     
  17. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    I'm about 6'4. Probably more precisely 6'3.5

    Fair enough!

    If the person directly behind me is obviously much shorter, I don't have any issues with stepping to the side a bit to accommodate them. Provided, of course, they aren't being a complete asshole or demanding to get in front of me.
     
  18. Easy for me. Idiots who spend the entire show coming back and forth to the bar. Far more annoying than cell phones. Why don't they just get pissed at the pub? Why do they buy an expensive ticket for a band they barely watch?

    I also seem to always end up lurched behind a teenage couple who spend the entire gig swapping saliva.
     
  19. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    Cos yer a ballbeg
     
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  20. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Baw. The word you're looking for is baw.
     

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