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    Bad/Disappointing/WTF concert experiences

    What are some concerts you went to that were disappointing, bad, just plain weird, etc.?

    The Smashing Pumpkins in 2008 comes immediately to mind. I've seen SP many times over the years, with different lineups and they almost always put on a great show. The 2012 Oceania show and the concert I went to last week at the Boston Garden were awesome. However, the 2008 shows at the Wang Center in Boston were bad. First, the Wang Center (which is far smaller than the Garden which had a good turnout last week) was half-empty, which kind of gave the show a depressing atmosphere. The band (which consisted of Corgan and Jimmy and friends) totally lacked cohesion. The classic lineup and even the later Oceania lineup were real bands. The Pumpkins I saw on the 2008 tour seemed less like a band putting on a show than a bunch of friends running through a dress rehearsal. They played few songs most people would even recognize, opting for deep album cuts, newer songs and songs-in-progress instead. The audience was just kind of "meh," at which point Billy bitched about the crowd's lack of enthusiasm, which led to people starting to heckle them. When Billy was playing one of his lesser known songs, an acoustic morose balled (might have been from American Gothic) some guy kept yelling "don't call me daughter..." which the audience seemed to find more entertaining than the show that they payed to see.

    Scott Weiland in Boston, 2013 and 2015. Weiland, in his prime, was one of the best frontmen of his generation. Saw him with STP, Velvet Revolver and solo several times and he was awesome, a true star. I caught his show at the Wilbur in Boston in March of 2013, about a week after he was fired from Stone Temple Pilots. He was about an hour late coming to the stage (an announcer said he was en route from his hotel, but staff there said he was backstage, just too fucked up to take stage). When he played, he was clearly on something, drugs and/or booze. He was still a commanding frontman, still sang fairly well, but was very sloppy--sort of like a later-day Jim Morrison on an okay night. It was just kind of sad to watch, especially in hindsight. Saw Scott two years later at the Brighton Music Hall, which itself was sad. Here is a guy who played packed theaters and arenas with STP and VR, and here he is playing a 400 capacity club in Boston. He put on a better show than two years earlier and sounded good, but he seemed so joyless, unhappy. His guitar player Jeremy Brown died a week later and Weiland was dead by the end of the year.

    Stone Temple Pilots at the Boston Pavilion in 2018. I'm lazy and just going to repost my review from the STP thread. I had real mixed feelings about their set. The band sounded great, they have the goods (their songs are as good as anything that was on the radio in the 1990's IMHO), and new singer Jeff Gutt has the chops to sing all the classics--that said, I felt that Gutt was trying way too hard to ape Scott Weiland. Not only does Gutt sound a lot like Weiland, now he dresses like him, copies his moves, has a similar hair style, etc. It was a bizarre experience watching STP. I know that Scott is dead, but there he apparently is, alive and well, playing with STP, as though the last five years never happened. I like Jeff Gutt, he's a good singer, a good fit for STP and I really like their new album, but I think Gutt should just try to be himself and not try to mimic his deceased predecessor. When Chester Bennington sang with them, he brought his own unique style to the band (okay, he sort of tried to look like Scott, but not nearly to the extent as Gutt). They didn't play any deep cuts, just the big hits from the first four albums and two new songs. Whatever concerns I had, the crowd loved them and they probably got the best response of the three headliners (the others were Bush and the Cult). So while I found STP's set to be a little ghoulish (for lack of a better word), I still enjoyed their set.

    Tom Jones at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, 2016. I kind of went thinking it would be kind of a joke--super cheesy, schmaltzy and I'd be the youngest guy there--boy was I wrong. First, Tom Jones was fucking awesome. He was 76 at the time and looked and sounded a good 20 years younger. His voice sounded great, he was in fantastic shape, and his catalog was very impressive and diverse--a great mix of rock and blues. The audience was very diverse--20 somethings to the elderly, about 50/50 men and women, and the bras flew like confetti--it was quite a sight.

    Van Halen at Mansfield in 1998. Poor Gary Cherone lost his voice four songs into their set. While most VH hated/hate the Van Halen 3 album (I feel it has its merits), the show was good. Gary might not have been the best fit for the band, but he is a good singer and frontman and tried his best to give the fans a good show. The show at the Boston Garden (called the Fleetcenter then) that past Spring was great. The band made up for the show the next day, but the place was half empty and you could sense that VH 3.0 wasn't going to last. Next time I saw Van Halen Dave was back.
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    I heard women throwing bras and panties at Tom Jones is pretty much a common thing at his shows. That would be nice to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoid99 View Post
    I heard women throwing bras and panties at Tom Jones is pretty much a common thing at his shows. That would be nice to see.
    I thought that was a joke--something that maybe happened 30 years ago but not anymore--but no--that did happen, and a lot. Within five minutes of the show a woman ran up to the stage and threw her underwear on the stage, another woman held up the line because she had a big wrapped present she wanted to give Tom (was told to give it to crew and they would give it to him) and the women around me were screaming so loud you would think it was the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. The dude still has it.

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    I hate to admit this, but HIM's final show in Chicago was kind of lame. They sounded fine, but the setlist mirrored their setlist from past tours. There was absolutely no stage banter and very little energy. It's like they were up there just to do their job and then GTFO. And you'd think since it was supposed to be their final tour, they would interact with the crowd more or just thanks fans for years of support. But nothing. They waved and then they were gone. I thought it was just me at first, but others felt the same. It was such a disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaydraven View Post
    I hate to admit this, but HIM's final show in Chicago was kind of lame. They sounded fine, but the setlist mirrored their setlist from past tours. There was absolutely no stage banter and very little energy. It's like they were up there just to do their job and then GTFO. And you'd think since it was supposed to be their final tour, they would interact with the crowd more or just thanks fans for years of support. But nothing. They waved and then they were gone. I thought it was just me at first, but others felt the same. It was such a disappointment.
    Must've been a bad show for you. I seen them in Charlotte for that tour last year and it was great. That sucks!

    My shirt was lost or stolen by a shuffle of a crowd surfer or a wall of people living. It totally ruined the show for me for a good chunk of the set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Suicide View Post
    Must've been a bad show for you. I seen them in Charlotte for that tour last year and it was great. That sucks!

    My shirt was lost or stolen by a shuffle of a crowd surfer or a wall of people living. It totally ruined the show for me for a good chunk of the set.
    Oh wow! Seems like they were hit or miss on that tour. Kind of sucks, but ah well. Got to enjoy them one last time at least. That sucks that your shirt was stolen! That would've messed up my night too. The crowd was also pretty lame at my show. No one liked 3Teeth, everyone was super excited for CKY, but seemed like they had low energy when HIM came on. It was weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    SP and Tom Jones
    I was at the Vancouver stop of the SP 2008 tour and you hit the nail on the head...it was pretty bad. As for Tom Jones, funnily enough I saw him before 2016...must've been about 2005 or so? Granted, he was obviously younger, but still pretty old I guess. I was the manager of a music store and basically got tickets to any show I wanted just by making a call or two to a label rep. Bob Dylan on a Monday? Sure. Aerosmith and Motley Crue on a Wednesday? Meh, nothing else to do lol.

    And holy shit Tom Jones wailed. The show I saw...the guy never like, took a drink of water between songs. For some reason that's what I remember. He'd belt out this crazy song with these long notes....then just wipe his brow, and here comes song #29. I was like 'this guy must be a robot.'

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    @october_midnight
    This NEVER gets old for me, both his performance and the audience reaction:
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    Hearing about Tom Jones reminds me of three things:
    1) Cut to just under 4 minutes in if it doesn't already:


    2) Read the story/rumor/urban legend about Cassandra Petersen hooking up with Tom Jones before she was Elvira.

    3) The time I bumped into him in Las Vegas years ago. It was like 3am at the MGM Grand, I was walking back to the elevator after playing sigma-derby for hours when he exited one of the big casino bars right in front of me. He had performed earlier in the night and was hanging out in the bar after the show, and bought a round for the entire bar.

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    30 Seconds to Mars - I was a fan of their first and second record and saw them on tour during that time period at a tiny venue. Good performance, pleasantly surprised at Jared Leto’s voice and how it translated live. I saw the band several more times, most recently opening for Muse last year. Jared gets worse and worse every time I see him in that he now spends half the set talking to the audience. Telling the men to yell. Telling the women to yell. People under 20 yell. People over 40 yell. Divide the audience into two sides and let’s see who can yell the loudest. For the love of god Jared, shut the fuck up and play your songs already! I will not spend my money on this band again.

    Bon Jovi - I was never really a fan but was familiar with some songs. They were in town and tickets were cheap. Incredibly boring. The band looked bored. Bon Jovi kept boasting about his #1 hits and all the bands’ accolades. We left about halfway through.

    Fionna Apple - Last saw her about a decade ago. Voice was warbly and she kept backing away from the mic so you couldn’t hear her sing.

    Cat Power - Very hit and miss performances. When she’s on, the shows are great. When she’s not, I was bored to tears. One show in the early 2000’s involved her chitchatting with a band member after every single fucking song. Apparently she was battling a substance abuse problem and stage fright back then. I would see her again though.

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    how bout this one? summer after eighth grade, i got tickets to see metallica featuring ALICE IN CHAINS, FIGHT, and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.
    Can't fucking go wrong there.

    Weeeeel, my homeboy's dad forgot to give us the tickets. I'm PRETTY goddamn sure fight wasn't there as i was a HUGE fan and sure didn't hear them playing from outside the arena. we bought scalped tickets with our t shirt money and suicidal was just finishing up when we finally got in.

    But HEY! ALICE IN CHAINS was up next, YEEEEEAH!

    The thing was though, that AIC had dropped off the tour about 8 weeks earlier because of Layne's, ahem, stomach issues.
    Bottom line, news traveled slow in 94 and we all still thought we were getting AIC.
    SO
    Either we missed fight or they weren't there, we missed most of suicidal, and the band they picked to replace AIC?

    It was CANDLEBOX lolololololol. And Candlebox, aside from being VERY mediocre, damn sure didn't do much to assuage the crowd who thought AIC was gonna be there. to each his own, and maybe there's a time and place for candlebox...i guess?...but i'm pretty damn sure that time and place wasn't double billing for metallica when they were still supporting the black album.

    it was ROUGH. the crowd was NOT having it. i mean AIC/Metallica was almost like a double bill in 94, like fucking Megadeth and Nirvana or something.

    Even worse?
    This was adding insult to injury.

    Sixth months earlier, almost to the day, i went to see Rush on Counterparts.
    We were expecting Primus, and there was a rumor that Satriani might make an appearance.
    Again, news traveled VERY slow and rumors abounded, especially if you were 13 years old.
    And guess who opened up the show?

    It wasn't Satch and it wasn't Primus.

    It was...CANDLEBOX!!!, perennial queens of idiotic melodramatic "drug rejection" bullshit.

    So yeah, i accidentally saw candlebox twice.
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    Yup, as noted, I accidentally saw Candlebox during that Metallica/AIC tour, as well, in Carson, CA. Oh well, at least Metallica was good. I also had similar SP experience as with the OP, but, at a festival around 2010. Corgan had a mini-tantrum because the crowd wasn't "into it."

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    I've got nothing, but almost everyone else in my family has one of these.

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    I don't recall any bad/disappointing concerts I've been to though as a child, I've been told by my parents that they took me to see Men at Work where I supposedly threw my bottle at the stage for some reason. I was a year old I think. They took me to see Chicago, Kenny Loggins (WTF indeed as I have small memories of that) and Linda Ronstadt when she did her mariachi thing. That's all I can recall as an adolescent while my dad went to see Santana in the mid-late 1990s which he found to be boring because Santana wasn't playing any memorable songs or anything. A few years ago, my sister bought tickets for my parents to see... *vomits* Air Supply.

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    Aerosmith 2001 - They played 3 songs from the first album (that weren't Dream On) and killed the crowd. Took them forever to get them back, and even then it was maybe 70%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    but I think Gutt should just try to be himself and not try to mimic his deceased predecessor.
    What if, by some weird chance, that is how he acts normally? You never know. It could be how he always was.

    Im not gonna say its not, but there is always that possibility

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    Any Marilyn Manson show between 2008-2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManBurning View Post
    Any Marilyn Manson show between 2008-2018.
    YES!

    Especially that 09-13 period. I have never seen someone struggle so hard to perform an hour set. Especially when he was constantly on the floor.

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    Worst concert for me was Ladytron in 2008.

    I saw Ladytron open for NIN in 2007 and I was pleasantly surprised by them. I hadnít known them before, but that concert made me go and buy some of their CDs.

    So, when they returned to Switzerland a year later for a headline show, we went to see them.

    Turns out they took the stage super late. Canít remember they delay, but it was long enough that some people were already concerned if they could make it back home with public transportation.
    And when they finally took the stage, the sound was abominably bad. Bass overpowered literally everything. People were standing there in disbelief about how bad it sounded.

    Some people in the audience went up to the soundguy (Ladytronís soundguy) to let him know about the sound issues. But he just aggressively let them know to go away.

    Topping things off, the band appeared super uninterested in playing a decent show.

    Needless to say, we left after just a few songs, it was that bad.

    Really made me not want to listen to them anymore.

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    Iíve posted this before, but here it goes...

    Went to see A Perfect Circle last year at the Hollywood Bowl with my girlfriend (now wife). Must-see venue that I got to knock off the checklist!!!! APC comes on and we both get excited, stand up and yell out some yelps... only to be told to sit down by some in our entire section who are all... sitting???

    Talk about a buzz kill. Iíll never go to another show in LA due to the crowd. We could whisper to each other and hold a conversation. I have no idea if APC were good or bad that night (Iím sure they were fine at the very minimum). I think I would have rather been surrounded by drunken rowdy frat bros.

    And +1 for Manson being a train wreck now. Saw him last in 2015 I believe, donít think Iíd take free tickets to one his headlining shows.

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    Ohhhhhhhhhhh i have a couple of these...

    Razorlight - Now in my early gig going days i had to settle for the bands my friends at the time wanted to see rather then bands i liked (this was always with the promise they'd come with me to see bands i liked, until i got NIN tickets for my first ever show and they ALL BAILED, citing they'd rather just go clubing instead and didn't even offer to pay for the tickets i'd got them when they said they'd go...we're not friends anymore) and one of those bands was Razorlight and the Alexandra Palace in London. Firstly, the venue was AWFUL! The show floor is completely flat, so unless your at the front your view is terrible. The crowd were just the worst, everyone was pushing everyone else down to get closer and just trampling everyone, as if none of them had ever been in a pit and just assumed it was every man for themselves. I ended just standing at the back for most of the show. It's a nightmare to get to as well. And as for RAZORLIGHT...the less said about them the better (there's a reason they don't exist anymore, yet somehow they were the biggest band i the mid 2000's accordng to NME)

    The Libertines/Chas and Dave - Well this was weird, The Libertines (in there height of fame in mid 2000's) supported by Chas an Dave, the cockney pair...and believe it or not Chas and Dave were fucking good! Super tight, got the crowd going, even had Carl Barat join them for a few songs. Then The Libertines came on and fuck me were they forgetful. Another terrible crowd who thought a pit was trying to beat up everyone. The highlight was Pete Doherty, complaining about the tuning of his guitar for several songs before getting the right hump and throwing it down in an upright position, only for the guitar to bounce straight back up into his face and force him off for a couple of songs, before returning with a very bloody nose (which some in the crowd thought he'd gone back stage to cut himself...no, he just lost a fight with his guitar, the tit)

    Linkin Park/Biffy Clyro - Another tale of one great and one terrible band. At the O2 in London this time in 2008, and Biffy were supporting...and they straight out sucked. I saw them again supporting Muse much later and were also pretty bad then, but this one they played the ENTIRE SET OUT OF TUNE, and they just didn't seem to give a flying fuck. But thankfully Linkin Park knocked it outta the park, with a show that had all the classics and 2 freaking encores!

    Glenn Tolbrock (Squeeze) - Now this was a very WTF experience...in a good way. Back in 2009 (i think it was) i was living with someone who loved Squeeze, and Glenn Tolbrock was playing The Albany in Deptford, and sort of arts centre, at midday and dragged me along. What started as just a little acoustic show with about 200 Squeeze fans (and a few others along for the ride) turned into and musical tour of Deptford market, with Glenn leading the charge. Basically he'd managed to get everyone in the centre to follow him with his guitar as he played us out of the centre and around Deptford like the freaking pied piper before leading everyone back to the centre to finish the show...and it was amazing! I don't think i'll ever experience anything like that again, he was a real showman!

    Bonus - My mum at Guns and Roses - A story my mum always shares is when she saw GNR at Wembley Stadium in the early 90's, a food fight broke out and she got a birthday cake thrown in her face...i have no idea if this actually happened, but it is a funny story.

    I have another couple of stories from Festivals and a few Paramore shows i might add later, but i should really be doing some work now...
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    I saw Cake twice in 2002, and both had some rather bizarre moments.

    The first, early in the set, the leader singer got mad at someone in the front few rows, and asked him "if we play sheep go to heaven will you leave?", then they played it and he demanded some guy leave immediately.

    At least they kept playing though.

    The other was edgefest 2002, where they were playing just before nickelback. They started out with a deeper cut that the crowd wasn't getting into, and then made some jokes about Canada on Canada day. And then the crowd started throwing water bottles, and one hit the keyboardist on the hand and the band left after 2 songs.

    They were the band I had most gone to see, and it was so disappointing. Did this band always like to fight with their crowds? Or was that just the two shows I went to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo View Post
    I saw Cake twice in 2002, and both had some rather bizarre moments.

    The first, early in the set, the leader singer got mad at someone in the front few rows, and asked him "if we play sheep go to heaven will you leave?", then they played it and he demanded some guy leave immediately.

    At least they kept playing though.

    The other was edgefest 2002, where they were playing just before nickelback. They started out with a deeper cut that the crowd wasn't getting into, and then made some jokes about Canada on Canada day. And then the crowd started throwing water bottles, and one hit the keyboardist on the hand and the band left after 2 songs.

    They were the band I had most gone to see, and it was so disappointing. Did this band always like to fight with their crowds? Or was that just the two shows I went to?
    I've always heard that at least the singer had a reputation for being "difficult."

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    Marilyn Manson last night. Cancelled due to thunderstorms after we'd all been standing out in the rain for an hour waiting to find out what was going on.

    Arctic Monkeys last month. I'm just glad I managed to stay awake through the whole thing. Most boring show I've ever paid money for.

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    the magnetic fields in 2010 at the aladdin in portland. so boring. stephin kept bitching about being jet lagged. there was a fucking intermission. there's a portlandia sketch called "battle of the gentle bands" -- it must've been inspired by this sad, uptight performance.

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    Only disappointment I could think of was Tool was scheduled to perform at my hometown in Dayton back in 2001. They were scheduled to play on September 12, 2001. They canceled for obvious reasons.

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    -The Smashing Pumpkins: Saw them in 2010 and it was a terrible and boring show, both the band and the crowd sucked.

    - Marilyn Manson: Sad to say it's one of the worst concerts i ever attended, dude was on the floor singing the whole time...

    - KORN: To be fair i hate the band since "Issues", but i also have atentend many of their shows on festival dates because they usually play before the band i'm really into... they always play the same set and they are boring as a live act.

    Funny; i also saw Tom Jones live, but i absolutely loved it, he's an awesome showman and he even sang "unbelievable" by EMF!
    But it did have a WTF moment when some random dude ended up completely naked (but it was Glastonbury, so no one complained...)

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    Off topic: is it sad and pathetic that I don’t know who Tom Jones is?

    i just went to his Wikipedia page and still can’t say I ever heard of him lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazy View Post
    Off topic: is it sad and pathetic that I don’t know who Tom Jones is?

    i just went to his Wikipedia page and still can’t say I ever heard of him lol.
    Ever seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Tom Jones is Carlton Banks' favorite singer and he does his own little dance to the song "It's Not Unusual".

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoid99 View Post
    Ever seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Tom Jones is Carlton Banks' favorite singer and he does his own little dance to the song "It's Not Unusual".
    Cant say yes, as I never was a big fan of the show. Watched it here and there back in the day (over 20 years ago?) when nothing else was on.

    Slightly back on topic: whenever there’s a good non-arena band coming through Milwaukee, they typically book the Eagles Ballroom at The Rave, about 3,500 capacity. Biggest shit hole you can go to. No air flow (hotter than hell in summer) and the sound is the absolute worst. A ballroom three floors up- all the sound gets absorbed through the floor. Never heard a “good” show there. First experience was when I was 17 years old in April of 1994- Pantera, starting their tour fresh off reaching #1 album of Far Beyond. I had to ask friends around me what the hell song they were playing. We all tried to help each other out on the answers. Nothing’s changed in years since, so money talks I guess.

    That place sucks so bad I didn’t even bother to see NIN when they were there during WT tour, I think early 2006.

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