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Old 06-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #961
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Yeah, even though I let myself get irritated by stupid shit at U2 concerts (I think I've finally come to terms with my issues; we'll see how I deal with the next tour), I love going to shows.

Sucks if you end up next to idiots or if there are other hassles beyond your control, but it's rare that I don't have those same "zomg" moments that LeMel mentioned above.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:17 PM   #962
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I could go on a rant about how it's usually girls who are annoying at concerts but I don't know if I have the energy for it. But it seems like except for the occasional drunk dude, it's usually some girl yap yap yapping through the whole show who I want to kill.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:10 AM   #963
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Live performances don't really captivate me as much as a perfectly crafted or perfectly captured record (in music of course, where there's even a comparison, but the same approach applies to all purely 'recorded' media like film and literature). Well, they have sometimes, but it's not regular. Plus shows are expensive and time consuming, and a big hassle and ephemeral as an art. The latter of which isn't a good or bad thing... just a thing... to consider.
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I feel really sorry for you. Maybe the actual music is ephemeral, but the memories aren't. Almost six years on, the first time I saw U2 still stands as probably the best night of my life, sad as that might sound. I wouldn't be into The National if I'd never seen them live. The experience of live music is one of the best things life has to offer.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:45 AM   #965
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I don't know if there's any cause for people to be feeling sorry for people. I'm into a whole lot of bands I've never seen live and almost certainly never will.
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I feel really sorry for you. Maybe the actual music is ephemeral, but the memories aren't. Almost six years on, the first time I saw U2 still stands as probably the best night of my life, sad as that might sound. I wouldn't be into The National if I'd never seen them live. The experience of live music is one of the best things life has to offer.
I'm long past the point of feeling sorry for people. Live and let live. If you derive enjoyment from live music, that's fantastic. If someone else doesn't, well, that's their thing. That's one more ticket for a concert fan.
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Perhaps one day I will be as sage as you BoMac

I meant no offence, btw, Lance
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #968
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Just got a tweet from Radiohead and saw the new dates.

I'll go and get my Bologna ticket refunded because I can't go on that day.

BUT I was just able to get myself a ticket for the first show in Berlin :yippeh:

It's a Saturday and since it's a weekend it's easier for me to go. AND I just have to see Berlin again.

Won't be able to go to the second show or to Cologne or Italy because Sept/Oct are heavy working months for me, but Berlin will be fine.

I hope the weather will be good enough since it's in fall.
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I meant no offence, btw, Lance
No offense taken. Don't need anyone to feel sorry for me, but it's great you're so passionate about it. I certainly don't think ill or anything of anybody who love live performance so much, it's just not my bag. I do enjoy it still, btw, just not interested in putting forth the money and time for it as often as I used to. And nothing within my price range of great enough interest has come around here in the last year or two (Radiohead aside, but the hassle of getting tickets for them is just too much), so meh.
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Nice to see Cobbler taking a page out of my jerk playbook.

I have to say I feel much like Lance does these days. Maybe because it's that I've seen most of the active artists I'm into, maybe it's because I can't adjust to the inflation rate and don't feel newer acts are worth $25-$30, I don't know.

And the list of bands I will see without fail every time they come into town has shrunk drastically. Pretty much down to Shuttlecock, Malkmus, and Los Campesinos! I mean, I love Spoon, but unless they put out another great album I'm not compelled to see them again.
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I will say that I don't have a lot of enthusiasm for huge shows anymore, but I have really, really enjoyed the small-venue shows that I have seen recently. Los Campesinos, St. Vincent, and Morrissey were all fantastic largely because everyone in the crowd seemed to be engaged. By contrast, the crowds at the two Lollapaloozas I have attended were both atrocious.
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I'm in the same boat as you guys. I went to fewer shows last year than any point since I was in college. I don't even want to mention how few I've seen this year, you probably would shun me from music discussion.

I still love concerts, and I try to go when possible, particularly for bands I love or ones I haven't seen yet. Sadly, for me I think age has had to do with my ever decreasing number of shows attended. A lot of the things associated with going to shows has become much more a of a hassle / pain, and can really take a lot of the excitement out of going for me. Considerably harder to arrange seeing it with friends now, not nearly as enjoyable to go to solo, etc. etc. etc.

That all said, age has its benefits as well. Having the funds to fly to various cool places you've never been to see bands you love has been a blast, and can make a concert all the more memorable.
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Wow, I hope age never keeps me from going to shows because then I'll really start feeling old. Whenever there are longer periods of not being able to go to any concerts I feel like I'm really missing something. Live music makes me feel alive, gives me a lot of energy and I really connect to music, emotionally. Listening to music at home just isn't the same. I love shows where I meet all kinds of people, all ages, because I don't believe going to a live show is really an age thing.
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So basically you're saying that u2popmofo et al are not the same person as you and feel differently about things? Thanks for clarifying.

The only time age becomes a factor for me with shows is when I want to go to shows at clubs where I know the band will not start until very late. I just can't do that anymore. (Well, I CAN. I just don't like to, because I know how tired I'll be.) I hate going out for things that START at 10:00 or later. If I'm already out and about, that's different.

I think that's why I was very 'meh' about the first time I saw Florence and the Machine. She didn't even go on until after 10, and I was just so damned tired! ha.

After this marathon year of concerts, I probably have to stop saying "gee, I don't really go to many concerts."

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