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Old 12-11-2019, 03:29 PM
 
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I love the energy at live shows, whether concert or stage play. I can’t stand for long periods of time anymore so some shows are off-limits (in our area I wanted to see 38 Special, the Avett Brothers but no reserved seating, just standing).

I’ve enjoyed Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Peter, Paul & Mary, Beach Boys, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, The Who, I know I’m forgetting some. The Who was the best.

As others said, people enjoy different things. Good thing we’re not all alike.
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:57 PM
 
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I love the energy at live shows, whether concert or stage play. I can’t stand for long periods of time anymore so some shows are off-limits (in our area I wanted to see 38 Special, the Avett Brothers but no reserved seating, just standing).
I passed on a show because of no reserved seating. 3 hour drive on a Friday to stand... couldn't do it.
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:44 PM
 
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Old people?
Lots of oldies, and a good percentage will be professional people. Without fail, they will behave better than a bunch of wild-eyed teenagers. The only annoying thing is coughing. This is particularly distracting during a classical music concert. I always carry a supply of cough drops to hand out to the offenders.
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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Lots of oldies, and a good percentage will be professional people. Without fail, they will behave better than a bunch of wild-eyed teenagers. The only annoying thing is coughing. This is particularly distracting during a classical music concert. I always carry a supply of cough drops to hand out to the offenders.
One of the more recent concerts I went to was generally 55+ (don't ask) and they were they rudest bunch of a-holes. We think millennials are on their phones a lot? You couldn't even see the stage from all the phones and full-on iPads being held aloft.
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:16 PM
 
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When I was a kid there was the sort of "starstruck" factor of being close to my musical heroes. Wait a minute, I guess I would still have that as an adult...

Never mind.
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:27 AM
 
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Back in the early 70's, concert tickets even for the biggest acts were $7, $10, $15 max. Now I am a lot more selective for sure, it is hard to justify paying $100 plus for a seat. But a live experience is always better than a recording.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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My post assumes it is a band that actually plays live

I love attending concerts for several reasons. While the band may play songs I've heard many times, it's exciting for me to hear them recreate them live and in the moment. It isn't the same exact performance I've heard at home, I'm watching a unique performance of that song. Maybe the band will decide to play it differently, or maybe the lead guitarist will improvise and take an extended solo. Sometimes you hear notes flubbed here and there or a wrong lyric which I enjoy. Maybe the band will play a song they rarely put in their live set and you'll be there to see it.

There is also a social component. It's fun to see a band you love and be around others who feel the same way. It's a shared experience and there is a real energy being there live.

I am a huge fan of live music. A live concert is the closest thing I've ever had to a religious experience. To me music is the only real magic that exists on Earth.

Way way back in the day (70's) I saw the band Genesis live, at a smallish venue. For me, it was the very best, no higher superlative, concert I've EVER been to. I often compare it to a religious experience. I sat in complete awe through every song.


I've been to a LOT of enjoyable concerts...but religious experience? That Genesis concert.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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What do people like about them? I know of people paying $300++ for a ticket. Celebrity worship?

I couldn’t care less about seeing the actual celebrity/performer in person. I certainly wouldn’t want to stand in a crowd watching them on a big screen.

If I like a song - I just want to HEAR the damn song! And after I hear it about 100 times I need my distance...might enjoy it only occasionally if it pops on the radio.

I feel like people think I’m weird when I say I don’t care for concerts.
I'm probably not going to pay $300 for a ticket. There are very few concerts I would go see in a stadium. But I'm not a "small intimate venue" snob either.

The closest analogy I can draw is a restaurant. I can buy an excellent steak, make a good soup, twice baked potato, salad, and pair it with a wine. But it does go beyond the food.

Concerts go beyond the music. It is the performance, not the music in and of itself. It's the hidden verses, audience participation, hearing the artists recreate what they wrote for an album, playing someone else's song for the concert. I don't know if he ever recorded the song, but I saw George Strait encore with "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. You can hear commentary about the artists, hear songs they won't really record, etc...
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Nightwish would be interesting, especially given the vocal differences in their lead singers over the years.
Since you know Nightwish and the changing line up with singers, you might find this interesting. It’s all three singers, singing the same song in the same key. I have to admit, I didn’t care that much for Anette. I did like Tarja but I like Floor best of all. Quite a difference.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3Rl1lT9PY

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Old 12-12-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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I enjoy concerts. As others have said, it's the experience, the vibe etc. I don't do many arena concerts, though. The one's i'v attended most recently have been at the casinos. I saw Stevie Wonder and Dianna Ross at the Hard Rock Casino last year. It's not too big but small enough to have an intimate feel. I loved seeing Dianna Ross's costume changes plus she talked to the audience a couple of times. I loved it!

When I was younger, my parents couldn't afford to send us to concerts so now that i'm able to afford tickets, i go whenever one of my old favorites is touring. I just hate that the big 3, Jackson, Houston and Prince are no longer with us because they were on my concert bucket list. I'm still trying to see Elton John before he retires.
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