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With each show, you are presented with a new experience, group of people, and likely venue.  The only thing that remains constant is that you are attending, but your actions at a show can have potentially drastic consequences, both good and bad.  This past weekend, a few of the marquee aspects of show etiquette were broken.  Below, I have outlined the absolute necessities in order to be a respectful fan in a slew of environments.  All of this is done to prepare yourself for every genre, because no one likes a push pit at a Modest Mouse show.

GENERAL COURTESY:

Regarding clothing, specifically shirts, perhaps the number one rule, is NEVER wear a shirt of the band you are about to see.  Everyone knows you like the band because you’re at the show.  If you do wear a band t-shirt, make it count, as in something that is out of that band’s genre.  Also, sandals are generally a bad choice, along with any heavy clothing.  The temperature inside a venue can be brutal, so consider that run from your car to the entrance in shorts during the middle of the winter.

Regarding height, if you are on the short side of the stick, know if the venue has some sort of in-house elevation, or get there early so you are in the front of the stage.  Also, don’t complain when someone is tall, like myself, is in front of you.  There are hundreds upon thousands of different spots that you can stand, so realize standing behind me would be counterproductive.  If I get there early and have a great vantage point, realize and understand you could have had the same spot.  Just because I can see over everyone does not mean I can see well from a far distance.  However, I will not stand in front while waiting for a band that I enjoy if I do not like the previous act.  At any rate, if you are tall, it would be wise to stand near other tall folks, as vertically challenged fans can find plenty of other spots to avoid the mass of tall fans.

Preach it, brother.

Regarding moshing, only start a pit that is centrally located and avoid two pits.  By having two pits, especially within a close proximity, you create a hazard for those who were there just to get a good spot for the band.  So, either open up the pit more, or confine yourself to that singular mosh pit.  In festivals, you will be more inclined to have multiple pits, but in an enclosed venue, you should at least attempt to join in a singular pit.  Also, realize the spots that would be ideal for making a pit.  Try opening a mosh pit that happens to be around fans that are genuinely rocking out because there will be some casual observers that may not want to partake in the physical nature of a mosh pit.  Lastly, recognize whether or not the band you like are a mosh pit-esque band.  Acts such as The Mars Volta frown upon mosh pits and would much rather spastic dancing.

BRING DA MOTHA FUCKIN' RUCKUS

Regarding talking, between songs or sets, or even asking what song is currently being played is acceptable, but do not have full conversations during a set.  Not only is it rude to the band, but potentially fans in your general area.  You may be able to get away with this at heavier shows, but not all shows have the volume cranked loud enough to drown out conversations.  No one paid to listen to you talk about the last episode of Entourage, trust me.

Regarding phones, generally just turn them off, I am guilty of this occasionally, but really there is no reason to have your phone out during a band’s set.  If you are using your phone to record the setlist or checking the weather of an outdoor show, by all means do so, but avoid texting during a set.

Regarding drugs and alcohol, if you do happen to go to a show under the influence, which is something personally that I would never do, know the environment around you.  If it is a hot day, it is not such a good idea, as you may pass out due to heat exhaustion.  Also, if you plan on drinking, THINK about what type of drunk you turn out to be, as in, belligerent drinkers are not the best for a show atmosphere.  Also, loud and physical drunks tend to damper the situation.  Furthermore, keep your drink in your cup or in your stomach, do not have it in a place where it could easily spill or think it will be cool to throw your drink.  The best course of action is having alcohol to the point where you are at a reasonable level of judgment and where you can actually remember the show you are about to see.

Regarding costumes, they are always acceptable, especially when it is not Halloween.  There is nothing better than seeing Whinnie the Pooh mosh at Warped Tour or a man wearing cardboard locust wings with a cardboard sword at a The Locust show.

“Do you know if the Dr. Dog show is sold out tonight?” via LATFH.com

Regarding song requests, DO NOT do this unless you know the artist takes requests during their set.  About 99.9% of bands have their setlist already planned when they walk on stage.  For whatever reason, Brand New fans have yet to understand this concept, and trust me, if I was Radiohead today and heard someone requesting “Creep” I would make sure not to play that ever again.  Additionally, no one think you are funny when you ask for “Freebird,” no one.

FESTIVAL COURTESY:

With every festival, there are more bands that you can stomach, but during the downtime of your favorite bands, do yourself a favor and research bands you might be interested in.  There is nothing worse than going to a festival and overlooking a slew of bands in order to gain energy only to find out that your new favorite band(s) played that same festival, but you missed out.   Festivals generally cover a wide range of genres for a reason, to expand tastes through people simply stumbling around the grounds.

The absolute number one issue that happens at every festival that fans should NOT do, is wait out the storm for their band.  By this, I mean fans that are in the first three rows, waiting an entire day until the headline act performs.  The main after effect of this is there is a HIGH possibility that you will not like the other bands playing before the headline act, therefore, causing a motionless, dead front-and-center of the stage.  Not only is that a buzzkill for the band playing earlier, but buzzkill for fans of the earlier bands.  Often you will find fans like this at festivals where a major act are reuniting, such as Rage Against the Machine, or simply one of the most popular bands around, such as Radiohead.  From a personal experience, Radiohead played on the same stage as Gogol Bordello, and it wasn’t exactly the most desirable outcome for Gogol Bordello, while Brand New and Rage Against the Machine shared the same stage.  Yeesh.

METAL/ROCK SHOWS:

Like mentioned before in the mosh pit section, at certain shows, especially metal shows, mosh pits are mainstays.  Therefore know where you would be safe if you simply want to headbang along or watch the band.  Also, if you do mosh, recognize your surroundings and try to avoid actually hitting other people in the pit.  There is nothing as bad as getting windmill kicked in the face.  Also, grow out your hair to ridiculous lengths, otherwise you will not get the full experience.

ALT/INDIE SHOWS:

Alt/indie shows are often described as boring, especially the fan base.  So in order to change that, break out of your hipster shell and sing or dance a little.  There is nothing wrong with rocking out or singing out loud to your favorite artists, and alt/indie performers are no exception.  Even with post-rock acts like Explosions in the Sky, sway with the music, or at least do something.  If you are going to see your favorite band and you are standing in one of the front rows, it is pointless to stand there stationary watching their act, when you can be rocking out harder than they are.

If the band you are seeing, such as The Tallest Man on Earth or The Antlers, for instance, are bands that are generally soft and intimate, DO NOT talk during their sets, ESPECIALLY if they are the headline band.  No one paid to listen to you talk, they paid to see the band performing.  I have heard bootlegs of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and been at a The Tallest Man on Earth show where fans were having full conversations in the middle of their sets and it is obnoxiously rude.  Fans also, for whatever reason, have tried to start clapping during moments that the band had not started clapping themselves, which usually means, you should not clap.  So please, save your energy, enjoy the moment, and be quiet during intimate sets.

PUNK SHOWS:

Punk/post-hardcore/hardcore etc. shows you will find the most crowd surfing.  There is nothing wrong with crowd surfing if: you are under 250 lbs and you do it, at most, three times in a show.  First of all, if you do weigh a significant amount, there is a chance you will hover over a group of girls, in turn nearly killing them and yourself (God bless if you manage to get up surfing in the first place).  Secondly, if you do make it to the stage, realize how to jump back into the crowd.  Do not be one of those dicks that jump into the crowd and then tries to walk on the crowd.  As far as girls crowd surfing, be respectful.  Just because you cannot touch a breast or buttocks outside of crowd surfing, that does not mean it is okay to do it whatsoever. Lastly, expect to lose essentially everything in your pockets and your shoes.  Some fans do no like crowd surfing in the least; so you may be punched or dropped, so let that be a fair warning.

An experienced crowd surfer

HIP-HOP SHOWS:

If you are not getting down at a hip-hop show, you are at the wrong concert.  Make sure you are complete copycats of whatever is going on stage with hand motions, otherwise the artist will not feel the effect of puppet mastery.

POP SHOWS:

Since pop shows are generally in arenas (you know, since they go from not playing at all to 20,000 seat arenas with one song), know that you will likely have an awful seat with a large amount of people near you with signs reading about marriage proposals and affection, so brace yourself mentally.  Then again, most fans at a pop show would not mind this, unless of course your girlfriend drags you to such show.

On a final note, think about your actions before acting.  A show should be a positive, memorable experience, so try to not let anyone ruin that for you.  So support your favorite acts and have fun doing so without being that guy or girl.





thebhoy
07.28.10
When I see my friends play I tell them to play Freebird all the time... but specifically for the reason no one thinks it's funny and I just piss them off.

Lucid
07.28.10
This was a fun and entertaining read. Bookmarked.

Deviant.
07.28.10
Entertaining read, needs more raves though

TRMshadow
07.28.10
Nice Guide, May bookmark

vanderb0b
07.28.10
Nice read, I lol'd quite a few times.

Blindsided
07.28.10
This is good stuff Ryan.
I was at the Gaslight show on Monday and some of this would apply here, there was a brother and sister there and every time someone would walk by/through/past them they would push them as they went by and it just blew me away because there was no need for that. Well the biggest thing was because we were standing on a landing of a stairs and at the end of the set this guy came through going down the stairs and they pushed him through like they had been and he basically fell down the steps and then insenuated he was going to pick a fight with the guy who pushed him. It's shit like that at concerts that make me wonder why people even bother existing.

bailar12
07.28.10
enrique approves

WeepingBanana
07.28.10
nothing pisses me off more than the shouting out requests thing.

fromtheinside
07.28.10
i didn't know people still yelled freebird.

Eclectic
07.28.10
What is your position on talking to strangers at festivals? I personally haven't done it, but several times someone has struck up a random conversation with me.

bloc
07.28.10
This is a pretty good read

IsItLuck?
07.28.10
thanks guys
@blindsided I've dealt with that, I'm generally not one to push forward but be pushed since I hardly leave my spot, but I have seen that happen numerous times.
@Eclectic, I see no problem with it. I enjoy when a stranger starts talking, I think it should happen more often. I'm not one to strike up a convo either, but that's because I'm generally shy

Masochist
07.28.10
I kind of expect the whole song-shouting. I don't think anyone at all ever expects that the setlist is going to change because one person wanted to hear a song, but it's never bothered me.

Crowd-surfing, on the other hand, has almost ruined concerts for me. I ALWAYS seem to find the spot where everyone crowd surfs, and it has made me miss some of my favorite songs (fuck the guy who kicked me in the back of the head while screaming my lungs out to "Send The Pain Below"). Now I'm the guy who screams, "HEADS UP!" whenever they're about to come up.

Masochist
07.28.10
Also...not only am I guilty of wearing a shirt of the band I went to see, I changed into that shirt after buying it AT THE SHOW. And I've done that twice (Deftones and Demon Hunter). How sad is that?

fr33convict
07.28.10
I agree. In me experience the people who get there early to see the headliner and appear bored during your set really bug me.

Skimaskcheck
07.28.10
'The absolute number one issue that happens at every festival that fans should NOT do, is wait out the storm for their band. By this, I mean fans that are in the first three rows, waiting an entire day until the headline act performs.'
YES! this is so annoying at festivals.

This is an awesome write up haha, agree with pretty much everything

klap
07.28.10
covers everything except raves, nicely done

robertsona
07.28.10
im tall and i fucking HATE people who ask me to move it's like shut the fuck up

klap
07.28.10
i guess most people at those under-18 shows are pretty short :0

Winsomniac
07.29.10
Good read. I disagree slightly with the band shirt rule in some cases. Radiohead concert? Okay, probably not a good idea to wear the shirt; fairly obvious. Hardcore show? In my personal experience, less well-known bands tend to like to have identifiable fans in the crowd. All in all, I think it'd be situational.

StreetlightRock
07.29.10
OMG that Corgie picture is fucking awesome! I've got one and I'm totally making him wear that.

Obfuscation24
07.29.10
"There is nothing as bad as getting windmill kicked in the face."
^
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iarescientists
07.29.10
no mention of zach savage

interesting

IsItLuck?
07.29.10
you commented on the wrong blog post Zach.

TMobotron
07.29.10
The worst is when people take their shirts off and they're so fucking sweaty (I live in arizona, impossible not to be drenched during a concert), and then they try to crowd surf. I already don't like crowd-surfing, but if someone's sweaty back comes my way, I'm letting them drop at the very least.

iarescientists
07.29.10
irrelevant because zach savage should be in every blog post

Aids
07.29.10
I hate when I get shit for being tall and up front at a show. Also, three times as a max for crowdsurfing? Uh-oh, I did it like 6 or 7 at the last AOF show I saw. I's a dick.

MunsuLight
07.29.10
Agreeing with everything thing you said beside from the t-shirt rule. Sure, you don't wear "the band" t-shirt, but wearing a shirt outside the genre is so hard when you go to metal shows. Metal and all his subgenres is still metal to me. Outside of that, I have bad experiences with mosh pits and body surfers. I'm always near of and don't want to be part of them(I'm always in the front row) and the surfers always fall near me. This is why I prefer alt or hip-hop show(I'm talking about underground artists).

Yordy
07.29.10
Great read. The only thing I slightly disagree with is the shouting songs thing. I've personally seen Misery Signals play a song everybody was shouting that they clearly weren't planning on performing.

But I do understand it for songs that a) they are clearly going to play, or b) are songs by completely other bands.

Anyway, like I said, I really enjoyed reading this.

BallsToTheWall
07.29.10
Amazing read and I concur. Headbanging with short hair is a terrible idea.

Deviant.
07.29.10
"Sure, you don't wear "the band" t-shirt, but wearing a shirt outside the genre is so hard when you go to metal shows."

It doesn't have to be a band t; be bold, pop a collar and go polo

fr33convict
07.29.10
The only time a shirt for the band I was going to go see was Tool, and that's because I couldn't think of another band's shirt I owned that would fit in well.

BallsToTheWall
07.29.10
Haven't been to a metal show in years but when I do end up going to one im busting out the Gaga.

DaveyBoy
07.29.10
Nice write-up Ryan. I pretty much agree with everything you said. Of course, you are making one huge assumption here; that everyone has common sense!

And as for your point on mobile phones, it's a losing battle mate. I was at a gig last night & at one stage during a song, I looked across a row of about 15 people & about 10 of them were doing something on their phones. I distinctly saw 2 of them on facebook!

Winsomniac
07.29.10
Balls, Gaga merchandise or Gaga costume? Although I suppose the thought of any man owning either is a tad unsettling.

krig9412
07.29.10
Quite true, quite true. This was a good read. Out of curiosty, is Cynic ever a mosh pit worthy band? I'm seeing them Sunday for the first time, so I was just curious

Electric City
07.29.10
guy behind the moshing chick is the best part

Ire
07.29.10
awesome article

IRAI
07.29.10
I'm tall as well, and when people use me as their ladder to crowd surf, or hit me with their body(normally around the neck/head area), i attempt to steal their shoe(s). i got 2 last show.


they deserve it for being an asshole.

Ire
07.29.10
tbh the only people who are worse than hardcore dancers are the people who stay 100% still.

Awesomesauce
07.29.10
This is cool, a good heads-up for the kids.
I wish the arsehole at the Strike Anywhere gig the other week in Melbourne read this before he decided to jump on stage and continuously fuck with the drummers kit. It did result in the drummer spear tackling him over the kit and having to be dragged off him by the singer. Classic.

ShadowAmI
07.29.10
people texting during a show might be my biggest pet peeve

eternium
07.29.10
People always laugh when I yell Freebird. I wanna do that at a Converge show or something.

Damrod
07.29.10
This is so true and should be a complete must-read for anyone attending shows.

Guy with the shirt is a complete dick, the Luchador-Crowdsurfer is epic.

Eclectic
07.29.10
"I see no problem with it. I enjoy when a stranger starts talking, I think it should happen more often. I'm not one to strike up a convo either, but that's because I'm generally shy"
Awesome, this has encouraged me to try it at least once. Just hope I strike it lucky and don't pick a dick.

bailar12
07.29.10
talking is only okay between songs

eternium
07.29.10
I know a guy that went to one of those Aaron Lewis (Staind) solo acoustic shows and said that these guys were talking the entire time. Eventually Aaron told them to shut the fuck up, unplugged his guitar from the amp, and said that everyone had to be completely silent or he would leave.

Captain North
07.29.10
But seriously, if you are really tall don't stand at the fucking front. Sure, if you're heaps far away you can't see the band. But 7/8 rows in is still really really close. If you're insanely tall, the likelyhood is that you won't only block short people (me) but medium size people as well. Which is just plain selfish. I understand as a shortarse that I have no chance of seeing the band unless I manage to get to the front.

sniper
07.29.10
The requests thing is so annoying. I once stood next to a kid at a TFOT show who yelled "GHOSTSHIP 4" after every song until Thomas was like "Or maybe I'll play whatever the fuck I want to play" and then he shut up. I also once had a friend pass out in the middle of an Explosions in the Sky set. It was indoor at a tiny venue and he was wearing a hoodie and jeans so yeah, dress cool.

bailar12
07.29.10
whats the policy on throwing quarters?

Winsomniac
07.29.10
^ apparently nothing like nutgrabs.

deadinholywood
07.29.10
So I can't wear my "MOAR OPETH" tshirt at an Opeth gig?

You just wrecked my day :(

BSX
07.29.10
Damn it bailar12 I was going to ask that

Eclectic
07.29.10
"whats the policy on throwing quarters?"
One of my favourite artists, Lisa Mitchell, has a song called "Coin Laundry". It is her defining song, it's what made her famous. She refuses to play it live however, because every single time she does people throw coins at her as a joke.
Do not throw coins, it is not funny, it is annoying.

Winsomniac
07.29.10
Plus you'll get punched in the fucking face, you 16 year old prick.

Eclectic
07.29.10
"Plus you'll get punched in the fucking face, you 16 year old prick."
I forgot about that. Aye, punched in the face as well!

deadinholywood
07.29.10
I'm not saying I condone coins being thrown at Chad Kroeger.....

TheyTookOurJobs
07.29.10
Nice as.

Spare
07.29.10
saw sunny day real estate earlier this year and several people were obnoxiously screaming requests, somebody then retaliated with "WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT"

thought it was pretty funny

Hypochondria
07.29.10
I'm personally 6''6 tall and I don't really care about it in shows. I mean I'm not a total dick and I try to accommodate people behind me (which 90% of the cases solves the problem) but there are some people who are total jerks and just yell ''Get shorter!''. It seriously irritates me, as I paid as much as the said person.

Hypochondria
07.29.10
Some people are just stupid

IsItLuck?
07.29.10
@Yordy: "The only thing I slightly disagree with is the shouting songs thing. I've personally seen Misery Signals play a song everybody was shouting that they clearly weren't planning on performing."
Yes and I did say that there are a small amount of bands that do take requests, but generally not openly (Jonah Matranga is one that I know of). Everyone and their mother asks for Seventy Times 7 at Brand New shows, and Lacey is hardly warm to that request, even though lately they have been playing it.
@Krig "Out of curiosty, is Cynic ever a mosh pit worthy band?"
That's a good question, I really can't see moshing, but I guess it could happen. They kind of remind me of Isis in the sense they are playing heavy music, but I'd rather just headbang to it than anything else, mainly because they have quick and drastic speed and passage changes.
@Eclectic "Awesome, this has encouraged me to try it at least once. Just hope I strike it lucky and don't pick a dick."
Well, also find something that you really want to talk about (say a shirt they are wearing or what have you) and be prepared for a likely awkward ending, but don't feel embarrassed about it afterward. After all, the chances of you seeing them again are basically none.

p.s. thoroughly enjoyed this stories, thanks


ReturnToRock
07.29.10
I pledge guilty to wearing the band t-shirt, but COME ON, everybody does that! It's part of being in the "brotherhood"! This is especially true of any kind of rock show.

As to moshing, AMEN, brutha. I once got suckered into going to the front row to watch Stone Sour at a festival. Of course, me and my friend are seasoned festivalgoers, and we generally stay in the back and, you know, ENJOY THE SHOW. But one time my friend's girlfriend's brother wanted to go into the moshpit for Stone Sour, so we stupidly went along. We lasted all of one song before literally popping out again and walking away from stagefront to get some fresh air and enjoy an open space. We still discuss that day today. Worst experience I've had art a concert in my entire life. NEVER AGAIN.

Also, I noticed some bands tend to have rude fans. I once was at a festival with several metal and hard rock bands, and Korn were headlining. During the first few shows, it was all right - if you had to go to and fro and back again, folk would open up a path and let you through. But when I had to pop out during the Korn show, and I tried getting back to where my friend was, this fangirl started huffing and rolling their eyes and mouthing off at me. As Link would say, WELL EXCUUUUUUSE ME, PRINCESS! I guess it has to do with age (Korn fans are mostly teens, while other bands have more mature fanbases), or maybe it's just that fantards get too into it and forget to respect other people.

Anyway, good article, I agree with pretty much everything except the "no band t-shirts" part, because that's just stupid. I bet you didn't mean it either; I bet it's only there for shock value, though I could be wrong.

ReturnToRock
07.29.10
I also talk to strangers, both male and female, and find them quite open (again, METAL shows mostly). Oh, and I once stood in the front row at a friendly band's concert and shouted for the only song they had never, EVER played live. They didn't play it, but they did give me a setlist at the end.

Also, I always shout for Metal Militia and Trapped Under Ice at Metallica concerts, on the off-chance that they will hear me through the tens of thousands of people. Sometimes I even try to start a "CREE-PING-DEATH!" chant (yeah, I'm a dork). Nobody ever complained, though, as mostly I just do it once or twice before quitting.

ReturnToRock
07.29.10
Oh, and I met the guitarist for my band because I started talking to him over his Ramones t-shirt. Which he almost DIDN'T wear that day. Talk about fate.

IsItLuck?
07.29.10
Well, it's 'no band t-shirt of the band you're seeing,' and that was the first rule that I learned during my first concert. I went to a Tool show with my friend who had been to more than a few shows, and he said you can't be 'that guy' with the Tool shirt at the Tool concert. So before we left, I switched into one of his Rammstein shirts. I wear band t-shirts all the time at shows, like a The Locust shirt at the Cap'n Jazz show.

PanasonicYouth
07.29.10
i wore a verse shirt to a coheed show am i cool?

ReturnToRock
07.29.10
AC/DC shirt for the AC/DC show.

Metallica t-shirt for the Metallica show.

Slipknot t-shirt for the Slipknot show.

Maiden t-shirt for the Maiden show.

My friend doesn't own so many, so he always wears Metallica or Slayer. Once I went to see Korn with an Adidas shirt, which I thought was pretty clever.

ReturnToRock
07.29.10
Also, where I live, EVERYONE is "that guy with the X t-shirt at the X concert". Might just be an European thing, though.

SCREAM!
07.29.10
Until this summer id always been in seats at shows but i got to see Iron Maiden at an outdoor concert and managed to get pretty close to the front (id guesstimate 10ish rows). But we were in the shit place where every song wed be on the edge of a moshpit. Just as you start getting into the song and headbanging a little, kinda mesmerized at how bruce can still go at it, you get snapped out of it by some fatass who thinks its funny to run into at full speed. Ended up having to move a couple rows back cause it was going on during every fucking song and i dont see maiden as a moshing band at all

2muchket!
07.29.10
article does not cover hatexmoshing

i am disappoint

IsItLuck?
07.29.10
I tried not to include things that would give people ideas, at any rate, it's obvious that it shouldn't be done, along with throwing things on stage (see Acacia Strain)

Thanntos
07.29.10
Went to a Mastodon concert in Philly last year, and they have an upper deck to the venue. I just chilled up there and watched all the moshing and crowd surfing from there. It's not my thing.

As for the shirts, at said concert, pretty much every fifth person was wearing a Mastodon shirt. I really don't see a problem with it to be honest. You like the band that much to be there, show off the merch you bought to support them and let them know you love the band.
I wore an Isis shirt though, so im safe :D


IndieMetal
07.29.10
I disagree with not wearing the band's shirts. Especially at smaller venues, the bands seem to really appreciate it. Heck, I was at a metal concert where the vocalist dedicated a song to a random dude in the crowd just because he was wearing the shirt for one of the band's less popular albums.

ReturnToRock
07.29.10
Haha my Maiden shirt is from the equivalent to JC Penney's. The others were either bought straight from the band or are bootlegs from shady stores and merch stalls. Not to mention my AC/DC shirt that I got when I bought Black Ice on the day of release as part of a special promotion :D

AnotherBrick
07.29.10
i fucking hate more then anything when people start clapping along with a song

Winsomniac
07.29.10
^ Enter Shikari - Sorry, You're Not A Winner.


CLAPCLAPCLAP!

promiseswept
07.30.10
totally disagree with the "don't wear a t-shirt of a band you are about to see"

Captain North
07.30.10
Well...I don't think there's all too much point wearing the shirt to a headlining band, but wearing the shirt for a supporting band I would think would be appreciated by the band.

elephantREVOLUTION
07.30.10
i yell out "with arms wide open" instead of "freebird." it gets an amazing response every time. especially at a sleepytime gorilla museum show.

Thor
08.02.10
I just wear my King Crimson shirt to every show, because it makes you way more elite than anyone else, regardless of genre.

witchxrapist
08.02.10
band shirt rule: for retards who care too much what other people think.

metal shows: don't hit people in the pit, no shit, but if you're throwing down, you're likely to accidentally hit someone else, so if you do get hit, don't take it personally and start pushing people who are moshing into each other, because that just truly injures people.

Terrifyer
08.02.10
fuck t shirts, wear a battle jacket



Monstar1790
08.03.10
I've always seen it as "never wear bands' shirts to their shows...unless it's Maiden or Slayer, then fear for your life if you don't"

Lions
08.04.10
my biggest issue at shows are the people who bully their way to the front and JUST STAND THERE!!! i can at least understand if they really love the headliner, as obnoxious as it is, it's understandable. but i've seen people wait through the entire show at the front and not move, not sing, and simply just look plain bored. if you're going to a show, please at least attempt to have fun and enjoy yourself, otherwise you'll bring down the mood for everyone and you'll be the reason the youtube video of the show will have comments reading "crowd sucks".

IsItLuck?
08.04.10
Lions, my thoughts exactly. People who push through are generally obnoxious, but I find a bigger problem with talkers.

sniper
08.04.10
I hate 30o lb dudes who hardcore dance whille I'm trying to watch HORSE the band.

sniper
08.04.10
300* idk how that even happened lol.

ReturnToRock
08.05.10
Once me and my friend were early to a rock festival, so the doors hadn't open yet. This was hours before the actual concerts started, and even more hours before the headliner, Maiden, came on. Anyway, we stood around waiting for the thing to open so we could stroll in calmly, maybe have a look around the merchandise and food booths, catch a few Z's in the sun, then go on to see the concerts. Suddenly, we're standing there and we hear an honest-to-God roar and see a cloud of dust rising up as something akin to a stampede happens in front of us. No, it wasn't wildebeest escaped from the zoo; it was the Maiden fanboys running to get to the front row before everyone else. About five hours before the actual Maiden show started. Yeah.

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