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so what shows have y'all had tickets to (paid tickets, not freebies you didn't use) that you weren't able to use? were you able to see them later on the same tour or another tour? how big of a bummer was missing the show, etc...also bonus points for the more outlandish reasons for missing (ie accidentally using the tickets as a makeshift joint).

and also what shows do you wish you hadn't used your tickets for?

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 02:59 (four years ago) link

i probably took a bath on at least 3-4 shows a few years ago. Missed Geto Boys, Deicide, Anthrax, and Iced Earth.

Geto Boys was one of those shows that they announced well in advance of the show, and I was stoked for it, but when the show came around, I wasn't listening to as much hip hop anymore and I found a metal show I wanted to go to instead, and wasn't able to sell the ticket. regret missing them given how rare it was for them to come around given their legal troubles (think I saw Vader that night instead, though, who don't come here often either).

Deicide was just a casualty of buying a ticket on a night I had a performance in a short play and then finding out we were slotted last in the lineup so I couldn't make it. have seen them since tho...

Anthrax a similar reason (bought it, then joined a production and couldn't go on that night anymore). had seen once prior, but not since - being rectified in a few weeks.

Iced Earth I wound up not going because the jackass promoter (J0n F1nberg, an infamous asshole of the metal community) charged me for two tickets when I bought one, despite my insistence that I only bought one on my phone. and wouldn't give a refund, even fought the chargeback (and somehow won) with my bank. kinda bummed I didn't go cos even though the album they'd just put out sucked, they seem like a fun live show. was too afraid I'd knock that dickhole's lights out.

Wish I hadn't used my tickets to Meek Mill/Tyga that same year. Meek's tracks didn't have the vocals removed, and most of the time he just stood on stage dancing to other people's songs and going "yea, yeah" over it and nothing else.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:06 (four years ago) link

Guided By Voices 2002 (had tickets, forgot to go, was a massive bummer).
Neurosis 2014 (had tickets, got drunk with mates, didn't have the inclination/ discipline to leave the bar, was bummed in a minor way afterwards, but on that particular night didn't favour intense, angry music anyway).

charlie h, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:09 (four years ago) link

there are at least half a dozen others.

charlie h, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:09 (four years ago) link

how'd you forget to go? day arrived and you spaced that the show was that day?

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:10 (four years ago) link

the weirdest reason one acquaintance gave me, for a Metallica show I was supposed to see him at, was that he wanted to go but he was "working on his lawn and decided the lawn care was more important that night"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:11 (four years ago) link

i had a friend who didn't join me at a Shellac show a couple of years ago because he was hungover. i genuinely thought that was pretty pissweak.

charlie h, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:13 (four years ago) link

Depeche Mode on the World Violation tour, 1990. We had the tickets and were relying on a friend's mother to drive us to Atlanta for the show. She flaked out and nobody else's parents picked up the ball.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:27 (four years ago) link

I was at highschool in Dallas and I remember at least 2 people asking me if I was going to the Nirvana show at Trees (Oct 19 1991) -- somehow at this late date I was still unaware of who they were so I shrugged it off. Supposedly a legendary show.

rip van wanko, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:29 (four years ago) link

oh fuck i didn't have tickets, sorry didn't read carefully

rip van wanko, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:30 (four years ago) link

I woulda been 10, just shy of 11, and listening to MC Hammer at the time. I know they came by here on tour but by the time I'd started listening him he'd long shuffled off this mortal coil

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:33 (four years ago) link

I had tickets to see Jimmy Page on the Outrider tour in 1988 and something happened... I got grounded or my parents decided it wasn't a great idea to let a dude take their 15 year old daughter across state lines to see Jimmy Page or maybe it was something more mundane like car trouble? I don't know but I was CRUSHED.

I have definitely had tickets to shows and then not gone (or gone and left early) a few times as an independent adult but I honestly can't remember them so clearly I was not too upset about the decision.

carl agatha, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:40 (four years ago) link

ahh man at that Jimmy Page miss! :(

I just remembered I had a ticket to see Mercyful Fate the last time King and the band toured, in 1999. at the time, I had no car because I was away at school (TAllahassee), and the show was in Atlanta. Couldn't rent one as I was too young, and this was back before I was the self-sufficient traveler who was good at navigating buses/trains. So I wrote some real cheesy ride request note asking someone to help me see the "kings of dark metal" or some crap, of course no responses.

then some guy saw something I posted about MF online on some board, and he purported to be one of the tour crew for MF, and started emailing me, even intimating they might be able to like, pick me up or something.

dunno if he was legit or not. the show wound up getting cancelled anyway. I told myself no biggie, they'll be back in a year or two.

but nope, MF has not toured since, King has just done his solo thing since then.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:44 (four years ago) link

how'd you forget to go? day arrived and you spaced that the show was that day?

boringly, that is exactly what happened. bought the tickets well in advance, made a vague mental note of an incorrect date, and didn't think about it again. i had a friend who was going, but i think he himself spaced out and forgot to give me a head's up. that didn't stop him from harping on about how unbelievable a show it was.

charlie h, Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:46 (four years ago) link

Jason Isbell, last month ;_;

we missed his last 2 Sacramento shows bc of timing etc, so this time we were determined to see him & bought tix to his Reno show AND hotel room as soon as the show announced in like June

Then Mr Veg down with the killer flu, sinuses were totally fucked & he was completely deaf in one ear, there was no way he could make the drive up over the mountains.

We tried to wait it out & even tried to offload to a friend but no

Fuck that was an expensive bath and we STILL havent seem him live since he left DBT :(

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:47 (four years ago) link

Slint
Mercury Rev
Swans
Richard Thompson
Sun Kil Moon

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 13 September 2015 04:13 (four years ago) link

I didn't see Nirvana in Detroit on October 11th 1991 when I was in high school and visiting a friend in Ann Arbor; tickets were sold out and we weren't willing to gamble on trying to sneak in with ones for a different show.

I didn't see the Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins finish Lollapalooza 1994 because I got arrested at the show.

joygoat, Sunday, 13 September 2015 05:55 (four years ago) link

I got arrested at the show.

Top that, ILM!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 13 September 2015 06:55 (four years ago) link

had to leave a sting concert on his "brand new day" tour after the third song because i got shot.

rushomancy, Sunday, 13 September 2015 07:06 (four years ago) link

went to see phil collins in '82 and it was great but when he started playing "in the air tonight" he put a big spotlight on me and then the cops came and arrested me. turned out i'd murdered somebody a couple years previously and phil saw the whole thing and wrote the song about me, and i wound up doing twenty for it, so i never saw the end of the show.

the phenix horns were great that night, though.

rushomancy, Sunday, 13 September 2015 07:10 (four years ago) link

lol

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 13 September 2015 07:28 (four years ago) link

- missed Lollapalooza 91 because I'd totaled my car a month before hanging out with this super cool girl I was trying to impress but I didn't know where any "parties" were because I wasn't cool in that way, but instead we drove around country backroads trying to tail a car with a Jesus Loves Me bumper sticker and I got in an accident and rolled the car.

- Chrome a few months back because I had a weird panic attack and didn't want to leave the house (I haven't had a panic attack in about 15 yrs?)

- Malcolm Mooney in 2009 (?) because I spent his entire set making sure protesters didn't trash the building while they were trying to run from the phalanx of riot cops on the corner

- Aaron Dilloway from Wolf Eyes (about a year ago) because I tripped going down the stairs to the cool rad cave by the beach and sprained my ankle

sarahell, Sunday, 13 September 2015 09:31 (four years ago) link

Jane's Addiction October 1990 because they rescheduled the Ghent, Belgium date to a day in March 1991 when I couldn't go. Still have the ticket somewhere, I think.

StanM, Sunday, 13 September 2015 10:15 (four years ago) link

Immortal/Blasphemy/Rotting Christ in 1993. Couldn't arrange transport, missed three of my favourite bands in their prime.

Siegbran, Sunday, 13 September 2015 11:37 (four years ago) link

the weirdest reason one acquaintance gave me, for a Metallica show I was supposed to see him at, was that he wanted to go but he was "working on his lawn and decided the lawn care was more important that night"

Landscaper of Sorrow

Josefa, Sunday, 13 September 2015 16:18 (four years ago) link

This happens to me all the time b/c I travel frequently for my job. I buy tickets for shows I'm interested in as soon as they go on sale andd before I know when I will be travelling. Then I have to go away when the gig is on so I miss it. Refunds are never available of course so I normally end up making a little pyre and burning the tickets.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:18 (four years ago) link

I buy concert tix a lot drunk

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:59 (four years ago) link

Had a ticket to see Karlheinz Stockhausen conducting one of his own pieces (I forget which) in London, but it was happening the day I got back from 3 week round-the-world honeymoon trip, with an ear infection, and I fell asleep. Woke up at 10pm, cursing. Then Stockhausen died (not that day you understand) so I never got to see the man in the flesh.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Sunday, 13 September 2015 21:44 (four years ago) link

missed daft punk in 07 because I was too tired

brimstead, Sunday, 13 September 2015 22:34 (four years ago) link

1993, not sure which artist, I'm guessing Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Brother came over to join. I couldn't find the keys to my house when we were to leave, didn't dare leave the house unlocked. Found keys the next day at a shop where we'd bought a six-pack.

March 1995, R.E.M.
Brain aneurysm Bill Berry.

July 1995, R.E.M.
Intestinal issues Mike Mills.

^Both were cancelled and refunded of course, but man I was so bummed. Eventually saw them play an epic show at a festival a couple years later and all was good again.

willem, Monday, 14 September 2015 11:42 (four years ago) link

Soulwax performing Nite Versions because I fucked up the dates. It was a v much looked forward to thing during a p shitty period in my life and I think I might have cried when I realized it :-(

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 14 September 2015 11:48 (four years ago) link

I missed several in autumn 2012 due to a really arsehole housemove that took far too much time and caused far too much stress; a few were things I had guest list spots for, but I'd bought two tickets for Orbital, who I adore but have never seen for various stupid reasons, and just couldn't be arsed to drive the 200-mile round-trip on the day (it would have been after work).

Many many years ago I left a gig before the headliner came on because a; I'd seen them the previous night, and (more pertinently) b; I was absolutely pissed out of my mind and decided to go home instead.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 14 September 2015 12:14 (four years ago) link

Had a ticket to see REM and the Minutemen in 1985. Somehow my dad convinced me that it was a bad idea to go out that night because it was a school night. Can't remember if I gave the ticket away or what. Two or three weeks after the show D. Boon was killed and the Minutemen were no more. (And to this date I've still never seen REM.)

Had tickets to see Kraftwerk in 1991 (and a hot date to go with) but they scrapped their entire US tour. Fortunately did see Kraftwerk in 1998, which was very satisfying.

Last year I had a ticket to see Morrissey and Cliff Richard. Was really looking forward to seeing Cliff. Morrissey got sick and canceled the gig. To his credit, Cliff Richard did a makeup performance at a much smaller venue, but I couldn't make it to that.

Josefa, Monday, 14 September 2015 13:14 (four years ago) link

Sturgill Simpson, a few weeks ago. I'd just finished performing a cabaret show, and opted to go for celebration drinks up the road with the cast, rather than make a 45 minute train journey.

mike t-diva, Monday, 14 September 2015 13:43 (four years ago) link

Fall 1993 I missed Stereolab / Unrest / Butch Willis at 9:30 Club in DC. I had been super into both Stereolab and Unrest (Butch Willis, not so much) but couldn't get from Baltimore to DC on a weeknight and back again, plus had some insane amount of work to do for school (I was a junior in college at that point) so didn't go. I'd seen Unrest before but not Stereolab, though I got to see them the following year.

city worker, Monday, 14 September 2015 14:06 (four years ago) link

Some of these stories are making me disproportionately sad.

carl agatha, Monday, 14 September 2015 15:11 (four years ago) link

Was listening to the Grifters this morning. Very very sad I couldn't make the reunion show in NYC.

Also upset I never caught Sun Kil Moon in 2010 or earlier. Try seeing him live now and you'll be lucky to catch at least one song written at a time when he put energy into "singing" and "composition". He's trying something different out these days and doesn't want to be bothered much with anything he'd written prior to 2012 it seems.

Evan, Monday, 14 September 2015 15:20 (four years ago) link

One of my favorite bands as a kid was The Ramones, but I never got to see them because they typically played at a non-all ages venue when they came to town. In 1995 though, they were the headlining act at a local festival. I went, but everyone in my party had dosed earlier in the day, so as the end of the concert drew closer, we were completely exhausted. We ended up leaving during penultimate act Tony Bennett.

how's life, Monday, 14 September 2015 15:22 (four years ago) link

Fuckin' 1995.

how's life, Monday, 14 September 2015 15:22 (four years ago) link

I had a ticket to see the Fall, got into the venue and stood through a pretty dire metalcore band that were the support act. Thought it was slightly weird that rest of the audience were all so young and dressed in black hoodies and stuff. Only when I checked the ticket did I realise I had actually come one day too late, and to my dismay, I found myself at a One Minute Silence gig instead.

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 14 September 2015 15:27 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Cannibal Corpse cos i wrecked my car en route (this was two years ago)

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:29 (six months ago) link

my goth friends and i all bought tickets for the sisters of mercy at wembley arena in 1990. it was their first tour in five years so we were really stoked about it. then they released more and we all hated it so we sold the tickets.

visiting, Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:50 (six months ago) link

Lol

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:00 (six months ago) link

I once skipped a show cos of forks's review making it sound awful, eating 20 bucks or so (Goodie Mobb)

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:01 (six months ago) link

Missing a concert by a band you don't expect to ever get the opportunity to see again sucks. Similar feeling to when a shirt you really like gets a weird little stain that doesn't really ruin it, but your awareness of it sours and distracts you just a little every time you put it on.

Evan, Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:27 (six months ago) link

Missed my last chance to catch James Brown because I mixed up a 2 and a 7 on the calendar.

Missed my last chance to see Ornette Coleman cuz I was feeling a little run down.

Missed a chance to see Iron Maiden two nights ago because my wife had to travel for work and I had to go to a school open house.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:01 (six months ago) link

I had a ticket to see the Fall, got into the venue and stood through a pretty dire metalcore band that were the support act. Thought it was slightly weird that rest of the audience were all so young and dressed in black hoodies and stuff. Only when I checked the ticket did I realise I had actually come one day too late, and to my dismay, I found myself at a One Minute Silence gig instead.

― feargal czukay (NickB)

this is amazing

I blew off seeing Nirvana *open* for The Fluid in Denver, summer 1989, cuz I hadn't heard them and wasn't a big fan of the other Sub Pop stuff I'd heard with the exception of Mudhoney

sleeve, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:20 (six months ago) link

Missed Straitjacket Fits once in London because we didn't realise it was a rotating bill and turned up late thinking hey were headlining, still to my lasting regret.

MaresNest, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:20 (six months ago) link

(also NickB how did you even get in to the show?!?)

sleeve, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:21 (six months ago) link

My friend posted all week once excited about seeing Heart at Hard Rock Live Orlando and hours later posted a sad FB post - "There's a Hard Rock Live in Vegas?"

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:22 (six months ago) link

Lol that's what i wondered

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:22 (six months ago) link

XP to 2015 Matt#2, I was at this, it was Gruppen, KHS was great, really sweet and the performance was fantastic, sorry man!

MaresNest, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:27 (six months ago) link

Missed most of John Cale's voice and piano set at the Middle East while eating dinner slowly because the listed set times are always wrong. Except this once. Only caught the encores.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link

That's OK, I saw Straightjacket Fits at the gig you were talking about! Assuming you mean the triple-headliner with the Bats and the JPS Experience. Unless it was the tour with Galaxie 500, which I also saw.

xpost to MaresNest

michael schenker group is no laughing matter (Matt #2), Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:28 (six months ago) link

My wife bugged me for years to go so Les Paul when he played Monday nights at Iridium. Finally I bought tickets for her for her birthday. About two weeks before the show we received an email saying the show was canceled due to his bad health. IIRC he died a couple of weeks later. I am an idiot.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:47 (six months ago) link

*see*

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:49 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

went to see phil collins in '82 and it was great but when he started playing "in the air tonight" he put a big spotlight on me and then the cops came and arrested me. turned out i'd murdered somebody a couple years previously and phil saw the whole thing and wrote the song about me, and i wound up doing twenty for it, so i never saw the end of the show.

the phenix horns were great that night, though.

― rushomancy, Sunday, September 13, 2015 3:10 AM bookmarkflaglink

still loling about this

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:24 (two weeks ago) link

I had a ticket to see Unwound on 9/11/01, which was cancelled for fairly obvious reasons. The band never toured again.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:41 (two weeks ago) link

damn!

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:43 (two weeks ago) link

I have had tickets to see Matthew Sweet like 4 times while in hs and college and each time something happened. Hurricane, car broke down, show canceled...still never saw him.

I also got two tickets to nirvana and smashing pumpkins in hs, then lost interest in going so I sold the tickets. didn't get the chance to see them again.

Yerac, Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:45 (two weeks ago) link

oh no, why?

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:48 (two weeks ago) link

well kurt cobain...

Yerac, Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:56 (two weeks ago) link

lol yeah i was joekz

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

Lately I've occasionally been digging deep into setlist.fm checking out nearby venue/show histories and feeling dumb that I missed so many great bands.

billstevejim, Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:21 (two weeks ago) link

Sun Ra and AMM are my two greatest regrets, also passing on Nirvana when they played Denver in summer '89

sleeve, Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:34 (two weeks ago) link

I was listening to local pop radio shit like Ace of Base when Kurt died, didn't become a big fan until long after he kicked it.

idk how much I can really lament it, though, it's not like my parents would have let me go and see them between ages 11 and 13. they vetoed me even buying a Nirvana shirt at fuckin' 15 because (my dad's words) "he killed himself, I don't want you celebrating him"

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:42 (two weeks ago) link

consolation prize: seeing the Foo Fighters tour in 1995

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:43 (two weeks ago) link

I passed on Kanye West at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA, must have been just before College Dropout came out. I had heard a buzz about him but apparently wasn't worth walking four blocks for. Hmffh.

Also had tix for Zep in '79, but Bonzo.

henry s, Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:43 (two weeks ago) link

Vader is the band I seem to have bad luck with. saw them the first time I bought a ticket, second time I just came back from Atlanta and didn't have the energy to make the 90 minute drive to see them.

had a ticket last night, my back gave out 20 minutes into their set and I had to go home early like an old man and lay down.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:49 (two weeks ago) link

they vetoed me even buying a Nirvana shirt at fuckin' 15 because (my dad's words) "he killed himself, I don't want you celebrating him"

I mean, I get it. #dadlogic

Mocha Sauce (morrisp), Thursday, 13 February 2020 04:26 (two weeks ago) link

my mom asks me why I listen to death metal today and I'm like "you pushed me into their arms, you wouldn't let me listen to the scary tame rock guys so that just escalated things. you shoulda bought me a Rudimentary Peni cd early, that woulda made me listen to Englebert Humperdinck"

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 04:31 (two weeks ago) link

Still crying about a Damned show I didn't know about a few years ago. When I looked at the setlist...

geoffreyess, Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:44 (two weeks ago) link


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