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raginghobo
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Worst Concerts Ever?

Alright, we all have our story of that one truly mind-blowing concert that you'd give your left nut to relive.

Now, tell us about the opposite -- your worst, bar none, concert experience(s) ever. Even a shitty festival band would apply, let's hear the horror stories.

You first, me later.

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Well, I haven't been to that many so this concert, while being the worst, still wasn't all that bad.

Saw Sebadoh a few years ago, with a friend that was really into them, while I was just there to increase my quota of gigs having been to and for a night out. You know something is dull when you keep looking at your watch and wondering when it was going to finish. The worst part was that because I was driving, I couldn't drink while watching

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Hrm. I have 3 I think.

1. Gwar, 1996. If only because I was underage and had to smuggle in a flask of gin, and because of that I couldn't really tell how much I was drinking (and I was young and not really sure of where my tolerance level was at.) I ended up getting plastered during the opening act (Chemlab) and ended up passing out under a table around the moment Gwar launched into their first "song". I woke up halway through to hear Oderus scream "Wow, that's amazing! That's the first time the audience has ripped the face off the mechanical dinosaur!" and I decided I was in no shape for that and went out and passed out in the car.

2. Jayhawk Music Festival, 1998ish. There were a lot of great bands, and I enjoyed some of the performances (Poe, for instance, was great.) But everybody had been there since 8 in the morning, and by the time the last band was up (Violent Femmes), everybody was exhausted. The sound system was terrible, everybody was dirty and tired and rowdy. I remember Violent Femmes kept stopping in the middle of their set and would whine "okay you guys! Whoever is throwing that beach ball at us, please stop. That's just not cool." or "Okay, those little plastic bottles of water that you guys keep throwing really hurt. Cut that out!" They were just being REALLY ghey about the crowd "Please, no mosh pit!" and eventually the crowd was getting really fed up WITH THEM. They must have stopped the show a dozen times to bitch about something or other, and near the end everybody was just wanting to go home but most had come in large crowds and there is always that one die-hard Femmes fan that refuses to let their group leave until the very last note is over. So finally the Femmes stopped and said "Okay you guys, if you throw one more water bottle at us, we're walking!" followed by a hail of plastic water bottles.

You sort of had to be there. I love the Violent Femmes, but they were just being little bitches. They deserved it when they found themselves being pumelled by thousands of empty little plastic water bottles, running for cover.

Now that I think about it, maybe that was a good concert after all.

3. The Urge, No Doubt, 311. 1995-1999. I have seen that exact lineup a dozen times, I kid you not. 311 are from Nebraska and the Urge are from Kansas City (not sure where No Doubt are from), so they spent a lot of time touring around the Midwest, and I would CONSTANTLY find myself being dragged to their shows. They put on some pretty good shows, mind you, but when you've seen the same set over 5 times, it starts getting really taxing on your patience. After about the 8th time I'd seen that exact lineup, a buddy would come to me and go "hey, I scored some concert tickets!" I'd start sobbing. There is only so much pop ska that one man can take.

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Oddly enough one of the concerts Ive been too was one of the worst and one of the best.

In '86 I saw the Cult at the Orpheum in Boston. They were backed up by the Divinlys. The Divinyls had to be the worst (although funny, yet sad, in a clown sort of way) band Ive ever seen. Actually it was the singer, I dont remember her name at the moment. She was a mess, couldnt sing, could barely stand up, and was just generally a strung-out mess. When the crowd pretty much stopped responding in a positive way she started stopping midway through songs to toss out a few expletives much to the obvious distress of the rest of the band. During the last song she managed to get a hold of an axe (guessing it was one of those firefighter axes from an emergency box) and started swinging wildly it over her head. The crowd in the front quickly moved away and/or ducked. I had a great view because I was first row, balcony. She finally stopped and just wandered off. My friends and I, along with most of the people around us, were laughing and booing quite heartily.

The Cult came out a little while later a put on a power show, tight, loud and into the crowd. No frills, no amazing light show or effects. Just a great rock band playing good music and enjoying themselves. This was the 'Love' tour, the album before they started putting out crap, in my opinion. Ian Astbury seemed quite intoxicated by the the end but fuctioning. Probably the second or third best live band Ive seen.

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quote:
Originally posted by Paint CHiPs
(not sure where No Doubt are from


Southern Cal most likely

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Bros, Wembley Stadium, I have the T-shirt.

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quote:
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Southern Cal most likely



You're right.

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Bros, Wembley Stadium, I have the T-shirt.


You have to explain why you went to that concert in the first place, skalie. How could you do it, man?

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Roadie

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If you really needed the money, why not prostitute or streetsweeper?

Bros were heinous.

Some description of the event would help to satisfy my macabre curiousity

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I've never been to a bad concert, I've just seen some bad shows. So, here's a listing of some of the worst bands I've ever seen.

Deftones (opening for Pantera and Sabbath) - they were so noisy that you could focus on the crackle of the speakers easier than focus on their music. Very disappointing, they were just a wall of loud bad sound. Neither Pantera nor Sabbath had a problem with the sound system, they both sounded excellent. Thankfully the Deftones were much better at Ozzfest that summer.

420 (local band) - At a radio station's annual concert, one of the DJ's always brings out a band from her area to play. The band was all hyped up, they got on stage, "it's 420 everyone!" Then the singer started, uh, singing? He sounded horrid. His voice was so freaking annoying and the music was dragging and dull, kinda like hard rock being molested by the Carpenters. Shoot me.

Methods of Mayhem - Ozzfest, they were about as bad as a band could get. Horrible music, horrible sound, no stage show, and Tommy didn't even play drums. Thank god I was in great position for Incubus after them

Half the bands at Ozzfest, 2001: Crazy Town was fairly boring, their music just sucked in general, Papa Roach was a joke, bad show and sucky music, Linkin Park was a whiney noise fest, and Slipknot was just a barrage of crackling crap (they were good when I saw them before, REALLY good). Pure Rubbish saved the day on the second stage, thankfully. Yay for them!

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i worked as a stagehand at an amphitheatre here for a couple summers. I had to endure a lot of shitty country bands. After running follow spot for Colin Raye a few times, i feel i could probably endure a week in Branson. If i have to count those shows that i was paid to attend, then i would say that the Everly Brothers show was one of the lamest of the lame. They are midgets, i never knew that till i saw them live. I think they're a touch over four feet tall. They didn't say a word to the audience all night, just played "the hits" and let the session guys carry them through the show. Towards the end, they left the stage completely during a long round of solos. My brother and i were at the edge of the stage, on the side, right next to the semi trailer they were walking into. Most of the show i had only seen them from behind. As they walked up, i shouted to my brother, "Whoa! They look like two little johnny cashes!" They heard, they glared. The band finished the song without them. Then the Neverlays came back out, dressed in black, head to toe. One of them says, "We get mistaken for country folk singers from time to time" or words to that effect. That was the only thing they said to the audience all night.

As far as worst concert that i've paid money to see, I'd say it was Soundgarden on their superunknown tour. the sound was shit (that was mostly the venue's fault), they didn't play much off their previous albums (superunknown was kind of a disappointment to me), and chris cornell's guitar kept having problems. he threw it down a couple of times and stopped songs just to deal with it. The closest thing to a saving grace was TAD. all 350+ lbs of Tad Doyle opened the show. can't go wrong with a short tad set. anything over fifteen minutes and the dude would probably have a heart attack.

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quote:
Originally posted by Smug Git

Some description of the event would help to satisfy my macabre curiousity



Er, I have a distant memory of seeing half a song from somewhere up in the cheap seats, getting extremely drunk after a night of scaffolding, wondering what the fuck they were doing there, they only filled up about a fifth of the playing field, seeing the brothers doing a high five going "We did it" while loading a truck, wondering wtf they were doing in the loading bay/ car park when they should have been in the green room etc.,

And the t-shirt which sucked as well.

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They should have asked 'for how long will I be famous'.

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Slipknot, headlining the Pledge of allegiance tour, two songs and I was gone. SHort description: 8 Monkeys in jumpsuits on a multi million dollar set that looked like shit and sounded like, well the monkey house.

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so does that mean you missed System of a Down?

hell, i'd let the monkeys sling shit for awhile if i got to see System of a Down.

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Notice I said Slipknot was headlining, that means they play last. System of a Down was the reason I was there silly man.

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Metalica, Riverport Amphitheater... july 94 I think. The sound was awful, we had about 40 morons slam dancing in front of us and making me spill my beer, my girlfriend and I were about ready to break up and it was about 95 degrees and humid as fuck.

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i haven't been to many concerts.
the second time i saw sloan (whoo? the first time, rufus wainwright opened. i missed most of his set because i was off somewhere getting drunk, but he was/is great), i had a raging fever. the opening act, danko jones, was really good. at that point i was feeling okay, and his "act" while performing was funny as hell. so far, so good.
by the time sloan came on, i was feeling a tad off. eventually, i was covered in my jacket, cold as hell. my friends had left to get closer to the stage (the vouge in vancouver=the best venue ever), so i was alone as i felt too weak to stand. i just kind of huddled in my seat with my eyes half-open, thinking about how nice it would be if there was a nurse's room where i could still hear the music, PLUS get some medicine and lay in a cot. i was all delerious and shit.
the concert itself was good, though.

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In the early 90's Guns N' Roses played the Boston Garden on St. Patrick's day. Opening up was Brian May of Queen. He played some new (then) shit that nobody had ever heard of, and then tried to play Queen songs. It was just terrible.

GNR on the other hand, blistered for almost three hours.

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Bob Dylan.

Opening act was the Jeff Healy band....kicked ass

Dylan came out, and started singing.
(badly, but that's to be expected)
never said one word to the audience.
finished his set and left the stage...
It was raining and he didn't even play "rainy days".

Glad I didn't pay for those tickets.

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Femmes is right!!

The worst concert ever was The Violent Femmes.
They played at small venue down here and they were the biggest bunch of pussy's. They kept stopping the show becuase people were actually "having fun" in the front row.
They must have been fucked up becuase they could not keep the beat through most of their set.
Oh...and the fire alarms went off keeping us waiting outside for over 20 minutes halfway through the show.
Christ that was horrible!

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Re: Femmes is right!!

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The worst concert ever was The Violent Femmes.
They played at small venue down here and they were the biggest bunch of pussy's. They kept stopping the show becuase people were actually "having fun" in the front row.
They must have been fucked up becuase they could not keep the beat through most of their set.
Oh...and the fire alarms went off keeping us waiting outside for over 20 minutes halfway through the show.
Christ that was horrible!



Seems a pattern.

Go read my post.

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quote:
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Slipknot, headlining the Pledge of allegiance tour, two songs and I was gone. SHort description: 8 Monkeys in jumpsuits on a multi million dollar set that looked like shit and sounded like, well the monkey house.

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arent there nine members in slipknot???



my worst gig, Donnington 1996, KISS with face paint. they were so bad i cried with agony!!!! korn were cool back then, fear factory were shite, seputura played as a three piece, ozzy was cool, paradise lost were ok, and type o were gothic.

oh yeah a machine head gig i went to was funny, they started playing davidian and they were just building to a crescendo when the front of house amps blew. all you could hear was the sound of the drums and monitors.

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9? I dunno, I only recall seeing 8 of them flailing about on stage. I didn't hang about to learn more.

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