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Biggest Concert Pet Peeve

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After Kanye West took to his computer keyboard to blame the organizers of the Bonnaroo Music Festival for his extremely tardy appearance (4:25 a.m. — dang!), I got to thinking about other bad concert situations. While the folks who paid good money to see Kanye at that festival clearly were not thrilled with the major delays, diva behavior isn't the only situation that can irritate a concert-goer.

For example, I went to a festival once where the organizers refused to publish a schedule so there was no way to plan the weekend around the acts I most wanted to see. Another peeve: when really tall people have zero perception of their tendency to block the stage from vertically challenged folks (like me!). I'm also often sad when a band won't perform an encore even when the crowd cheers and chants for what seems like an eternity.

Now it's your turn to rant. What are some of your biggest pet peeves at concerts?


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Advah Advah 8 years
Oh and having to queue for hours to get a ticket, and that's if I'm lucky. So not looking forward to fighting for the next U2 tour. :( As for the comments re tall/small people, I don't go to concerts only to listen to the band, otherwise I'd just get bootlegs off the Internet. And I agree that tall people have the right to be there, but when you have a tall, large guy elbowing his way to the 3rd row and standing right in front of me (literally 10cms), I can't help taking that personally.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
When I can't get backstage. Heh.
zombielove zombielove 8 years
when im in the front row and then someone leaves, so im actually at the barricade and then i get pushed and get bitched at. I've had several people leave and then try to push me out of the way and say "this was my spot" and i push them back and say "you left, tough shit". if you leave your damn spot, seriously, don't try to fight me for it. i might be 5'3" but i can still kick some ass. I also HATE seeing girls WAY too dressed up for metal/hardcore/punk shows I mean, seriously? And when those same dumb girls don't even know the words or the bands and make fun of people in the pit. they're just there to be hood rats.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
so being stuck behind super super super tall people sucks as but i understand that its not their fault they are so tall. The thing that irks me the most about the tall people is that when they drink they start leaning on me because I am the perfect armrest height. So NOT COOL leaning on a 5 tall chick. The other thing is that people smoke at concerts. DEAL WITH IT!!! Do you really think people are NOT going to smoke at Snoop or 311 (which to inform 311 is pretty much a mellow stoner band).
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i'm under 5' tall and my best friend is almost 6' tall, so i stand in front of him and people are generally pretty nice to get out of my way - sometimes even letting me stand in the front row in front of them - they can see just as well anyway, so what is it to them? this one venue i like that has a lot of good indie concerts has a bar at the back and food service to the many tables around the standing area, so we always reserve a table and order pizza and have a pretty good comfy view of the stage! a pet peeve? when the opening act is really awful! also - when the band/main act is too drunk/stoned to perform well! The Morcheeba concert i went to was so awful because everyone was high and it sounded terrible. i left really early and don't listen to their music much anymore.
bleached bleached 8 years
Reading through the other comments, I just wanted to add that I am short (5'1" on a bad hair day) and although being stuck behind tall people sucks (especially tall sweaty men in mosh pits with no shirts on), everyone has just as much a right to be there. And besides, most of the time you're there to hear the music, no?
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
Oooh, and general admission shows with no seating... Standing through more than one band can be brutal!
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
I just wish shows would start earlier. Gosh, I guess I'm getting old! Haha.
bleached bleached 8 years
When people boo the opening act... DRIVES ME NUTS. Worse yet, people who throw garbage (or other) on stage.... I can understand flowers, bras and perhaps even panties but full PET bottles or beer bottles... c'mon people, have some class...
atpanda atpanda 8 years
My biggest pet peeve is ENCORES. Do they think we're stupid? They force us to cheer and chant to get them to come back on stage to play their most popular song, when they planned on doing it all along! I mean seriously, the lights don't come up, the backup band stays on stage, and we're meant to believe that our cheering brings them back. It's the artists' way of forcing you to cheer for them. For once I wish I went to a concert where people DIDN'T yell for an encore, just to see what happens. Would the self-absorbed artist come back on anyway? Uncomfortable silence? Backup band slinking off stage? That would be awesome...
foxgirlie04 foxgirlie04 8 years
I hate when guys take their shirt off and its all crowded & you are right next to them. They need to keep it on.
kayla74 kayla74 8 years
I saw Tom Petty a couple years ago. We had lawn tickets and this really drunk guy near us was stumbling around and PEED on this couple's blanket. While they were sitting there! My friends tried to tell him to leave (the couple wasn't sure what he was doing) but he wanted to start a fight with us. It was so disrespectful (and disgusting!!). Who needs to get that drunk at a concert?
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
trvasquez - I concur! I hate when the set list consists primarily of songs off an album that hasn't been released yet. I want to be able to sing along, not just stand there bored. I went to see Death Cab a few months ago (before their latest album was released), and seriously, 90% of their performance was new songs. yawn. Concerts & shows just don't entertain me anymore; tickets are too expensive and I just don't have the patience for other people anymore.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
My biggest pet peeves are when people around me are soo drunk or out of it that they are being so rude and obnoxious and ruining the show for me, or when the opening acts last 3 hours, and then the band I paid to see only sings for one!!!!!!!!!!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
that I can't afford to go to them!
em113 em113 8 years
haha hipflowers I just saw 311 last night with Snoop opening and his backdrop is a huge pot leaf. Smoking doesn't bother me though so it's never a problem at concerts. I have to second the heels comment. Some women were in dresses and heels at a 311 concert, it boggles the mind. I also wish the girls that go just to accompany their boyfriend wouldn't bother, because no one wants to watch you looking awkward and not enjoying yourself.
spazzydana spazzydana 8 years
yes! artist lip syncing! horrible! who would pay money to hear their CD? we want to hear it live!
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
oh and hipflowers, I am an avid 311 fan. It is expected at their concerts but dont worry, its only during the heavy songs like "who's got the herb". Otherwise, their shows are the best I have ever seen.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
The ticket prices are killing me lately for concerts. But for me I have a few things that irk me. 1) If you are going to be in the pit floor ladies, DONT WEAR HEELS/ WEDGES/BOOTS or a fresh pedicure and then bitch when you get stepped on. It is a pit. If you dont want to mess up your fancy shoes, dont come in the pit. 2) People who talk on the cell phone during a show, screaming into it telling people where they are. It so rude to the fans who actually appreciate the music and the artist who is performing. 3) Being a drunk does not make you cool at a rock concert. Last year I saw Silverchair at HOB and these idiots were so drunk to the point where they started fighting with someone else and Daniel stopped the music and yelled at them. Mind you it made for an interesting concert experience, but it was not necessary. 4) I think there is an unwritten rule that you do not where the shirt of the band you are going to see to their concert. They know who they are.
teagirl teagirl 8 years
My first concert was a 311 show and the pot smokers next to me nearly ruined the whole thing. Thankfully, I was able to move closer to the stage as a result of that.
Advah Advah 8 years
The audience - 1.I'm 4'11 and somehow always end up behind the tallest people in the world (the worst being that CYHSY at the Barrowlands, I had a moment where I was like "I won't get out of this alive"), 2.loud people chatting in front of the band and/or insulting the band (the Twilight Sad guys seem pretty unlucky with that kind of attitude, sadly), and 3.die-hard fans who sing along so loud you can't hear the concert (two guys like that sort of ruined an Interpol concert to me, I heard them more than Paul Banks, bas*ards). Of course that makes me sound like an old lady.
jillerin457 jillerin457 8 years
I also hate the obnoxious people, whether they're drunk or just stupid. I paid $160 to see the Rolling Stones, and it was a general admission, outdoor show, which was such a mistake. The whole time, my little sister and I were stepped on, shoved, yelled at (not directly, just idiots yelling "Gimme Shelter" like Mick could possibly hear them), and having beer spilled on us. It was miserable. The most I've ever spent on a concert, and I could barely even enjoy it! Also, Lance Armstrong and Kevin Bacon were in a special tent in the middle of the field, and some frat-tards kept yelling at THEM the whole time, and getting mad when they wouldn't turn around. Maybe this is old and boring, but my favorite shows are when I can sit down in comfortable seats. This happened both times I saw Death Cab, and once with Ryan Adams, and it was GREAT. Seated people are way less likely to knock into you, spill beer, scream, etc.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
Not something I wanted to see!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I can deal with tall people, I can almost always find an angle where I can see. I absolutely HATE drunk people at concerts..for example..we went to see VanHalen in February and we had floor seats about 10 rows back. we were aisle seats so we had some room too. The aisle next to us on the other side was at least 5-8 feet away. There was a group of guys, maybe 5 of them, that were so drunk they were stumbling around, almost knocking people over, including me...5-8 feet away! And they were spilling beer everywhere, including all over our aisle and my shoes. It was disgusting...humorous, but disgusting. One guy's pants were falling down so he was showing major a$$ crack the last hour of the show. Not someth
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