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I hope I never attend a show with you Master Jim. Between song heckling is almost never "witty".

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 19:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

And even if it is, you have to choose your marks. For one thing, you don't do it after every song. For another, Neko Case?

El Poopo Loco (Pancakes Hackman), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 19:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

kinda disagree

"you don't rock" and "play the hit" were two of my favorites

when i go to a lot of shows i start to see a lot of the same people, 'specially if it's a trendy act in a small venue. i have sympathy for the idea of concerts as just an extension of your social life. but you should be nowhere near the front and respectful of listeners and if you're a ligger talking loudly i'm not sure i'd step in to save you if it led to your being beaten viciously.

chronicles of ridic (zvookster), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm not saying it can't be witty, but nine times out of ten the heckler thinks he or she is 1,000,000 times more witty than they actually are.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 19:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pretty glad I didn't go to the Girls show at teh Blue Note last night tbh

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Though I would have liked to see Smith Westerns

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

One of my favourites concerns Bono on stage at a famine relief concert, whether true or not I don't know nor care.
There he is standing centre stage between songs and he starts clicking his fingers every 3 seconds and he starts his sermon:
"Everytime I click my fingers someone in Africa will die of starvation". He continues to slowly click his fingers to the silent crowd.
Cue heckler:"Well stop clicking your bloody fingers then!"

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

hahaha

guammls (QE II), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

xxp

there was no one there & everyone looked to be 18-20

smith westerns were really rad

birther blood (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

I figured, with the weather and all. If I was going anywhere it would have been to the DIY show on Orr street to see my friends. The fact that no one was there and they were being really loud makes it worse. The Blue Note is so depressing when it is empty.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pretty used to being surrounded by 18-20 year olds.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/bono.asp

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

whether true or not I don't know nor care

chronicles of ridic (zvookster), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

congrats

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

PaulTMA, why do you hate fun?

sarahel, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

sarge u were in the right they were in the wrong

i almost got beat up at a gwar show in like 96 cuz dudes were trying to start a pit by the back bar

the dong remains the same (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Way to rain on my parade, Paul. :'(

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Don't worry ilxor, I'll tell it to my friends as if it were true.

Moka, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I rarely heckle myself. But I do enjoy it. Not if its overdone, true. But I like the way it deflates the typical show dynamic a bit. My favorite example, I guess, is at the end of some bands set and before they went offstage to wait out the inevitable encore, some guy yelled "play another song you fucking faggots!" Admittedly not witty, but it made me laugh. Now that I think about it, I only really like it when there's a roomful of people all rapt over some sensitive soul up there sharing their intelligence and genius or whatever. I like seeing that deflated.

xposts

Mister Jim, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is how it's done

guammls (QE II), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think the thing is also that what even constitutes heckling or rude behavior at a show is going to depend a lot on the type of show it is. Like say a punk show and an indie show and a metal show and a jazz show are going to have totally different norms of behavior. Heckling is funniest at the indie show, and most obnoxious at the jazz one.

Mister Jim, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

some guy yelled "play another song you fucking faggots!

Anyone that laughed at this is a disgusting savage imo.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Heckling is funniest at the indie show

Everything is funniest at indie shows. Indie music is funny music.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Admittedly not witty, but it made me laugh.

typed with all the pride of a man boasting about the size of his last turd.

I only really like it when there's a roomful of people all rapt over some sensitive soul up there sharing their intelligence and genius or whatever.

yeah god forbid people go to shows to appreciate and enjoy artists they admire.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

tell you what'd be funnier than "play another song you fucking faggots" - punching "mister jim" in the face

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

sometimes a man boasting about the size of his last turd is pretty funny

sarahel, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think ur wrong there

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

or just have a really low bar for "funny", whichever

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

a good heckle is shouting count-offs right before a band is getting ready to start a song like "1-2-3-4!" my friend got a band to "false start" two times in a row...that's stuck in your lizard brain as a musician, it's hard not to

the dong remains the same (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 20:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 21:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

my favorite heckle from another ILM thread was to shout "one more song!" after the band's first song

99. The Juggalo Teacher (dyao), Wednesday, 10 February 2010 05:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

So can I safely conclude that the best way to get to the front of any show now is to take a $2000 camera lens with me?

The entire front row at the School Of Seven Bells show last night consisted of photographers (at maximum I counted 14). And I'm not counting folks with cameraphones either - these were all multi-thousand buck rigs with big lenses, etc. I've never seen that many photographers at a show before (outside of like of something like U2 or the Stones) and I had to wonder how many of them were actual music photographers and how many were there just to perv on the Deheza sisters.

Sure photojournalists gotta eat and all that, but why should I give up my place at the front just because you have a camera.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 3 June 2010 22:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I make it a point to fart near photographers

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 3 June 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

then again when I'm at a show I fart near everyone

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 3 June 2010 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tori Amos gets a couple of girls ejected mid-song, presumably for talking (comes at 2'28"):

Keith Jarrett bawls out a festival audience for taking photos:

anagram, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

SHOREDITCH, LISTEN TO ME

LEARN. SOME. GODDAMN. MANNERS. STFU WHEN YOU'RE BEING SUNG TO. especially when the artist in question (glasser) (fucking awesome btw) prefaces a song with "this is a quiet one" and then has to look really awkward and embarrassed when NO ONE SHUTS UP. this was a sold-out ticket-only affair; everyone in the room had actively decided they wanted to check out glasser tonight. if they decided they didn't want to pay attention to her, the area is not exactly short of bars that they could have FUCKED THE FUCK OFF TO instead. fucking inane cunts! who the hell raised these people? that is what i want to know.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 23:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

outdoor show last summer and some sad bootlegging bastard sets up in front of me, stands on a MILK CRATE which he had brought to the show so he could videotape it.

i wasn't moving because it was a rare patch of shade and the place was packed shoulder to shoulder.

i brought to his attention that he was blocking my view and the view of many other people as well.

he made clear that he intended to stay where he was and we could all move if we wanted to see.

about four songs in a big mike tyson looking dude told him to pack the fuck up unless he had a press card.

he packed up and then turned and called me an asshole because i had been blasting off REALLY FUCKING LOUD two finger whistles right behind him all show.

we all clapped as he left.

feels good to get that off my chest. thanks ILM....

m0stlyClean, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 02:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

What's the etiquette when you see a headliner in the crowd before they go on? E.g. is it OK to take pictures with them?

Asparagus Peee (Leee), Friday, 18 February 2011 04:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

It okay to take pics if they're into it.. Always ask. If they are the slightest bit put off, then forget it. You don't what to fuck with there head space before they go on. But if they are out in the crowd, they have to expect some fanage...

SeanWayne, Friday, 18 February 2011 06:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was amused by audience behaviour at a Dean-Wareham-plays-Galaxie-500 concert last week, where people were more or less shushing people for applauding too much between songs.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 18 February 2011 13:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

probably b/c people are applauding too much for a cash-grab tour on the G500 name/reputation featuring only one of the original band members?

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Friday, 18 February 2011 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

In a combination of the most recent question and original thread purpose, I was at a Guillemots gig a few years ago where the singer started with a quiet solo song and the person next to me carried on talking so I gave her a look. She stopped and apologised, and it turned out she was the bassist.

I am generally in favour of asking people to stop talking but was recently at a (seated) show where the guy next to me reacted in such an over the top and angry way to a small bit of talking that he put me on edge and spoilt the show far more than those chatting.

if, Friday, 18 February 2011 15:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've completely given up on asking people not to talk at shows or movies or whatever, because the seething rage I've gotten in return is far more upsetting than just dealing with it.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 February 2011 16:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I still have to give Bernard Butler credit all those years ago when he did a solo show in LA -- 1998 or so -- when he pretty much told all the music industry hacks at the bar to shut the hell up, to the mass applause of the audience. Said hacks then seethed about it via stories from friendly journalists to make it seem like Butler was the rude one.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 February 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I saw the Dan Deacon ensemble in Milwaukee, and if you've ever seen his show, you'd know they get some really bizarre opening acts. This time there was this collective of like 7 guys, all with these weird electronic instruments (and maybe one guy with a bass guitar) that played this long, droney junk for like 20 minutes at a pop. No rhythm or melody, just dense noise. Of course if you're at a Dan Deacon show you're expecting to see something weird but all you could think was "what the hell are they doing up there?" At the end of the second piece I shouted, "ONE MORE TIME!!" which got a laugh but the group ACTUALLY PLAYED ONE MORE becuause of it, and it sounded just like the other two!! I thought the audience was going to kill me!!

frogbs, Friday, 18 February 2011 16:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

do you remember what they were called?

sarahel, Friday, 18 February 2011 16:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Arcade Fire

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Friday, 18 February 2011 17:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

who the fuck are theY?

chandelier falling through a bar in a batman costume (dog latin), Friday, 18 February 2011 17:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just looked it up...they were called Teeth Mountain

The other opener was Future Islands and they were really good.

frogbs, Friday, 18 February 2011 17:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is it me or does anyone else want to deck people who spend entire shows screaming out the title of one song over and over in hopes the band plays it. It's usually less an honest attempt to get the band to play it and more to show off how 'hardcore' a fan they are...especially since most setlists are pre-determined.

When I saw Savatage in 2001 this asshole kept screamong "fuck this, play SIRENS" over and over until they finally played it halfway through the show. It's like he paid 30 dollars to hear one three minute song.

Also at Deicide last year this fan kept screaming for one song...problem was they'd played it already. Shouts of "THEY ALREADY FUCKING PLAYED IT" had little deterrence.

sarah, palin and tall (San Te), Friday, 18 February 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

there were a few Low Life parties that were in the basement of this club that you could smoke in. Even as a smoker the novelty wore of in like 1 second.

owenf, Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interviewed Craig Finn the other day and we talked a bit about gig etiquette. He said:

There’s a weird thing as well of people who want to be front and centre whether they enjoy it or not. There was a girl in New Orleans. Her boyfriend was having the time of his life and they were front row centre. She was crying, storming off to get a reaction then coming back and crying, then being dramatically dejected and flopping down on the stage. We got between a song and I said: “You’re really distracting me. I would like for you to leave.” And the whole crowd started cheering. Then she said: “It’s his fault!” I was like, “It doesn’t look like it to me. You look like the problem.”

He was the one who dragged her along! Wasn’t it his fault?

He was fine for her to go! They probably got married. That’s my experience with those things. Those people find each other and stick together.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Thursday, 9 February 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink


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