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Posted: 24 February 2010 10:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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What the heck is it called at concerts when someone gets picked up by the standing crowd and gets passed overhead like flotsom on a human wave?

We went to see Flogging Molly ( http://www.floggingmolly.com/ )last night and I wanted to get down to the main mass because this was happening along with the back and forth movement of the mass that you had to be part of and move to because there was no other choice…no room. 

The safety rail in front of the stage was pushed back to provide an open moat for security who kept taking the living, floating bodies as they came forward and ushering them off back into the mass gallery HA! 

We walked up to the second tier and had more room though to jump but the rail was full so I had to watch stuff between the legs of those standing there or turn and just watch the numerous screens everywhere. 

Since this group is considered celtic-punk, dance is generally jumping and screaming and it was fantastic (except I should’ve worn a better bra), but I can barely talk this morning and I can barely move.

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Posted: 24 February 2010 11:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Crowd surfing?

And glad you had a good time. smile

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Posted: 24 February 2010 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Dave says it’s called stage-diving, crowd-diving, or crowd-surfing.  Sounds like you had a fun evening! *hugs*

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Posted: 24 February 2010 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It’s appropriately called crowd surfing.

How was the show? Flogging Molly plays for free at our Irish Festival every year, though there was a little crowd control problem this last year.

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Posted: 24 February 2010 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hulitoons - 24 February 2010 03:31 PM

or turn and just watch the numerous screens everywhere.

That sort of thing pisses me off.
You’ve paid to go and see a band
You can always watch TV at home!

Wifie and I went to a concert about fourteen months ago and it irritated me then that I had to bend into unnatural positions to see the band.

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Posted: 24 February 2010 02:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The last band I went to go see was Charlie Daniels.  Fantastic concert. When we showed up I went to the ticket window to try and upgrade our tickjts. (They were in the nosebleed section).  It turned out that a radio station had reserved a row of seats, and then had declined them at the last (30 min) minute.  So Crafty and i sat about 7 rows from the stage, dead center in a row full of empty seats! surprised  It was AWESOME!!  Charlie must have gone through 6 or 7 bows during the concert.

The last ‘rock’ concert I went to was Rush:2112. red face
Yeah, i don’t get out much. LOL

I think that if I went to the concert and couldn’t at least see the band, I would get my money back and go home.

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Posted: 24 February 2010 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I think the last concert I went to was GWAR.  Excellent concert.  The one before that was probably GWAR also, though it might have been KMFDM and Raymond Watts from PIG.  Both were absolutely excellent.  Especially KMFDM.

I’m really sad I missed out on the Atmosphere/Sage Francis benefit for Haiti concert they had earlier this month at First Ave.  I only heard about it after the fact.  Shame because I like both of them (even if Slug is a humongous jerk).

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Posted: 24 February 2010 03:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I don’t mind Shar because we were right above the band and usually people move aside for me anyway.  I don’t like concerts that have seats so Erik doesn’t get tickets to anything like that anymore.  I can’t sit still and if it’s great music it floods the whole area whether you can see them or not and I usually dance, jump, yell, scream and move all over the place the whole time…........ CANNOT sit in a seat when it’s good music.  We could have moved down into the mass, but I had more room above. 

Yeh, security was pretty heavy.  Tickets sold out 2 months ago so that tells how long we waited HAHAHA!!!  I can barely move today partly because I actually had two WHOLE glasses of wine too (I’m not a drinker so that’s a mile mark).  I was so sweat soaked when we left that I had to lay my clothes out overnight to get them dry.


note:  I have slept most of the day away now and am REALLY stiff, but I had to go out and shovel the deck of snow and ice since we have another possible storm coming through tonight.  Slipped and cut one heel up pretty badly but only bruised the other one…..............I need motrin.  I am NOT going to the Y tonight!

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Posted: 25 February 2010 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I haven’t been to a concert in so long it’s not funny.  I never did get into the whole concert scene and never understood all the stuff like crowd surfing.  Guess that’s what I get for growing up in the boonies with a rifle and fishing pole in my hand.  lol

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Posted: 25 February 2010 11:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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*Points and laughs at Gray.*

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gray - 26 February 2010 03:02 AM

I haven’t been to a concert in so long it’s not funny.

Oh. long face  Sorry.

Seriously, though, I can’t say I’ve really been to many concerts overall. Frankly, I’m not that much into music that there are many acts I would be interested in seeing perform live. I have seen a few. Van Halen, the Eagles, Aerosmith and Poison to name a few.

But the last two concerts I’ve been to were both by the same artist (different shows and years, though), and that is Weird Al Yankovic. He puts on an awesome, fun, family-friendly show with videos and costume changes throughout.  And since he’s not a big act it’s generally in a smaller, more intimate venue where you can see everything no matter where you are.

Anymore he’s really the only artist I would be interested in seeing live because as a general rule I don’t understand the want or desire to see a live performance of the music I already spent $15 (or more for multiple albums) to own when most of the time I can’t really see or enjoy the act anyway. If I’m going to hear the music I’d rather be in my own, comfortable environment than crammed in an overly loud, crowded drug- and alcohol-infused environment with a bunch of people I don’t know and wouldn’t really have any desire to hang around with outside of listening to that band.

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Posted: 26 February 2010 06:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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gray and Tah, both of your observations are interesting to me because I, myself, do not listen to music at home, (except Il Divo that I play every day for FuzzyButt and which I hear through the nannycam).  So, I don’t buy music via iTunes, nor cds, radio, tv, etc.  I find it irritating. 

I had never gone to a concert (except symphonies over seas) until I was in my 40s and then only once until I met Erik when I was nearly 60.  I ONLY like those whose music is not only good, but fast (I don’t like folk stuff). 

I like them live because I can feel the vibrations of the drums and instruments through the floor, and because I can move around, jump, kick and no one cares.  No one thinks it silly or somehow obscene for someone my age to ‘celebrate’.  When I’m in crowds where the audience is punk or goth, I am especially comfortable and am even invited to touch spiked hair while others want to try my glasses on so it seems not to matter whether I know their names. 

I leave feeling exhilarated and clean and alive, even when I am physically wilting. 

I would not listen to the same music at home even though I know that Erik does buy a lot of it.  He’s bought cds for me and they sit here still sealed in their wrappers.

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Posted: 26 February 2010 03:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I’ve never really cared for the sorts of concerts where people are all jumping around and screaming, much less flinging themselves bodily into the crowd.  The times I’ve gone to those concerts, it was generally because I was with somebody else who did want to go.  If I go to watch a performance live, I go there to listen to the music. . .not to listen to somebody in the audience screaming non-stop into my ear while somebody else shoves their elbow in my face.

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