Thread: Funny Concert Question:

magodee - 2/9/2008 at 03:17 PM

Just sitting here thinking about concert memories, some funny stuff happens on-stage and off. Does anyone remember when a lead singer or whoever called out the wrong city?

Like, "We love coming to Detroit!!" in Cleveland.

Thats never happend during a show ive been to, but im only 24. How about some other funny concert quotes that you can remember?


dancingrhonda - 2/9/2008 at 03:19 PM

Actually I remember Warren doing that at one the local shows here in DC. I can't remember where he thought he was. But if you tour as much as he does, it must be hard to keep it straight.


fast43 - 2/9/2008 at 03:27 PM

A couple times on the wrong city. Once was Gregg and Dickey cut him off before he said the wrong thing.

Anyone remember a band in the late 70s called Rex? They were fronted by Rex Smith, who later went on to host Solid Gold or some other show like that. They were opening for somebody I don't remember who. An uneventful concert other than this.

Before Rex played their last song Rex Smith yells out "F@# the authorities we're gonna play all night". At the time I'm thinking please don't. After he became mainstream I find it funny that he that he once tried to be bad.


abbfan47 - 2/9/2008 at 03:37 PM

I was at Winterland in San Francisco.
Late 70's or so. Rush was on the bill. I don't think they were Headlining.
3 bands. I think Rush played 2nd. Anyway, The anouncer comes out and
says something like, "Alright, Lets give a big welcome for Mahogany Rush!"
Ooops, Wrong Band. So the house lights come back on and there is what seems
like a 30 minute delay(I assume the anouncer was getting his A** Chewed).
The lights go back down and the anouncer gets it right the 2nd time.


dimplesjbc - 2/9/2008 at 07:36 PM

I was at a Stones concert in Regina Saskatchewan when Mick says " Hello Regina the City that rhymes with Fun "


Haisija - 2/9/2008 at 07:40 PM

Clmax Blues Band, FM LIve LP...classic introduction...


Charlesinator - 2/9/2008 at 08:26 PM

Buddy Guy during "Mustang Sally", while the primarily white family oriented crowd was singing the "Ride, Sally, ride" chorus, shouted, "Awwww ... sang da mother f@cker!"


tommars - 2/9/2008 at 10:14 PM

I remember seeing Dickey Betts at Mulcahey's in Wantagh, NY and he said " It's great to be in Wantauk " For people not from L.I. those old Shinnecok Indian names of a lot of the towns can get confusing. He obviously merged Wantagh with Montauk. The crowd thought it was pretty funny though.


silverdollar - 2/9/2008 at 10:31 PM

Not a quote but a funny story. I went to 4 McCartney concerts in 2005 (Phili & MSG). They were exactley the same set!! Even the in between song banter & jokes were the same. I could swear every McCartney wink was the same!!!

There was only 1 thing different. In between songs a baby grand came up from beneath the stage for Paul to play. I guess the piano was not yet level with the stage because while McCartney was backing up towards the piano he fell into the pit!! In true McCartney fashion he just popped up out of the pit, joked about it, and onto the tune!!


Zambi - 2/9/2008 at 10:52 PM

On the first Fox run back in, I guess it was '98, Gregg introduced Kofi as "Kofi Oteil." I guess he thought that was their last name. Not sure what he thought Oteil's first name was though.


becksbolero - 2/10/2008 at 03:25 AM

my first ABB show. early in the show gregg's hammond conk's out and the roadies had to wheel out a replacement. gregg without missing a beat goes "a man can't work with a busted organ."


Shapeshifter72 - 2/10/2008 at 12:18 PM

K true story.....

Bob Dylan played the University Spring Concert here (UMass), christ I don't know, it was early 90's maybe. I can't remember. Anyhoo, he's in the middle of the set, maybe 4-5 tunes in and the crowd is quietly listening along to Bob do a acoustic tune when out of nowhere he sneezed but tried to hold it back, but it didn't work and (swear to god) shot like a 8 inch snot shot out of his nose, which hit the neck of the guitar then fell to the stage.
So, he tries to keep playing, and the crowd is trying to be adult about it, but everyone was so grossed out so we started laughing. It was like a fart in church, you know your not supposed to laugh, but it only makes you laugh harder!! Soon it looked like the scene in Monty Python's Life Of Brian where Biccus Dickus is addressing the crowd and everyone is falling all over each other laughing. lol
Bob was SO pissed off and I am sure embarrassed, that he walked of the stage and didn't return. End of gig. Looking back at it, I feel bad for him, but it was just so gross and so funny we couldn't help it.


heineken515 - 2/10/2008 at 04:53 PM

Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow...opened up for someone...Blue Oyster Cult maybe, in the early 80's in Cleveland......anyhow Rainbow comes out on stage and Blackmore promptly and immediately disappears from the stage. The show goes on, without Blackmore, BUT you could hear his guitar...not sure if it was "tape" or a guitar tech playing the parts or what...bizarre and we never heard what happened.


JimSheridan - 2/10/2008 at 04:58 PM

I saw Blackmore with Deep Purple in the early 90s when Joe Lunn Turner was their singer. He tried FAR too many audience participation routines, no joke, like half a dozen times. Ritchie walked off stage during the solo for "HIghway Star"!


BNAKED - 2/10/2008 at 05:51 PM

Les Claypool (can't remember if solo or w Primus) greated us with "Philadelphia, Land of the Cream Cheese) or something like that, but les is pretty wacky


heineken515 - 2/15/2008 at 06:20 PM

Todd Rundgren solo at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville..."I like coming to Florida, I like this local bottled water called Zephyrhills, but I have to admit, everytime I read the word Zephyrhills, I see the word syphilis"

That was mildly funny, then he continued his between song banter in a decidedly political tone and I became completely unimpressed...this coming from a Todd fan.


rottinpeach - 2/15/2008 at 06:23 PM

quote:
Les Claypool (can't remember if solo or w Primus) greated us with "Philadelphia, Land of the Cream Cheese) or something like that, but les is pretty wacky



LMAO I can hear him saying that. Going to see Claypool in Charlotte this month.


fensranger - 2/15/2008 at 06:48 PM

it wasnt funny then but in 1969 i went with some college buddies thru a large snowstorm in upstate NY to see a Traffic concert at Oneonta. We got incredibly wasted, went to the show and of course the band was nowhere to be found. After about an hour or so, i passed out. When i woke, they were playing their final song, Freedom Rider.

Anyhow after another 2 1/2 hour ride home, i was pretty upset. However, it seems funny now.


SantaCruzBluz - 2/15/2008 at 07:01 PM

I saw Jimmy Buffet in Knoxville in 1982, just before the World's Fair. At that time it was a national scandal that landlords in Knoxville were kicking college students and other tenants out of their homes so they could rent them out for big bucks to World's Fair visitors.

So when Jimmy came out on the stage, he said, " I got into town a little early today, so I was looking around to see if I could find a CHEAP APARTMENT!!"

Everyone got a big kick out of that.


whoknew - 2/15/2008 at 07:01 PM

I always get a chuckle when I hear Gregg talk about being in Boston at Great Woods/Tweeter Center shows. Sure, it's only 30 Miles and it sounds better than "It's great to be back in Mansfield again!" - it just amuses me for some reason....


Buppalo1 - 2/15/2008 at 07:44 PM

Couple years back, when Jack took over for Derek in Huntsville for a show, the band goes into Sailing Across the Devil's Sea. Gregg forgot the words, the band went around again, Jack's zoned out somewhere, finally realizes something's up, walks over to Gregg and gives him the lyrics. Band still playing the intro. The guys were cracking up, Gregg seemed sheepishly amused too.

There's a story out there I've heard a few times about Col. Bruce opening for a big act (Three Dog Night? Blood Sweat and Tears?) in Tuscaloosa. He went out and played the main act's big hit song over and over in different styles until he was politely asked to move on. Hilarious story, perhaps some here that were closer to the tale can relate it better.


crossroads24 - 2/15/2008 at 07:49 PM

saw buddy guy a few months ago and when he played Hootiche Cootchie Man, he stepped away from his mic so everybody could yell "Son of A Gun!". He did this without warning so nobody really sang it. H then says somthing like "a Aww i'm not gonna let you f**k this one up!" so he started the song again and had everyone sing. He was pretty goofy the entire show, lot of fun!!


paulzavodnyik - 2/15/2008 at 07:59 PM

I'm always amused that Warren introduces Susan Tedeschi as "Miss Susan Tedeschi". Dude, she is married to the guy standing next to you. Clearly Derek doesn't mind but it is kind of funny.

On March 19, 2005 at the Beacon, Warren introduced Little Milton as "the late Little Milton". I'm sure many of you were at that show so maybe you can confirm or refute my story.


leftyblues - 2/15/2008 at 08:13 PM

maybe Warren said Great ?


PauliG - 2/15/2008 at 08:18 PM

quote:
On the first Fox run back in, I guess it was '98, Gregg introduced Kofi as "Kofi Oteil." I guess he thought that was their last name. Not sure what he thought Oteil's first name was though.


I have all those shows, I'll have to check that out. I don't remember that one.


heineken515 - 2/15/2008 at 08:20 PM

In Spinal Tap when they all come up in those tubes / pods or whatever and the one dude's door won't open...that was funny.

Sorry, back to the thread.


PauliG - 2/15/2008 at 08:24 PM

These aren't band mistakes, but they crack me up...

I have a 92 ABB show (I can't remember the exact date) but someone in the audience (it's an audience tape) keeps shouting for "Southbound" through the whole show.

Then, they finally play "Southbound". The first thing I heard when they're done, is "PLAY SOUTHBOUND"... I was wondering where that guy was for the past 8 minutes of the show...

The other great thing is after "High Falls" or something on one of the June 2000 shows I have, someone shouts out "YOU ROCK DICKEY!!!" Well, apart from the fact that Dickey isn't anywhere on that show, it's also halfway through the show... I'm surprised the guy didn't realize Dickey wasn't there!


PauliG - 2/15/2008 at 08:27 PM

The first time Jimmy Herring sits in with the ABB in '93, Warren introduces him as Jimmy Ferring... Until they correct him.

"I always get a chuckle when I hear Gregg talk about being in Boston at Great Woods/Tweeter Center shows. Sure, it's only 30 Miles and it sounds better than "It's great to be back in Mansfield again!" - it just amuses me for some reason...."

All bands do that at various "Chicago" venues all of the time. You know venues that are in different cities, but near Chicago. In fact, I used to hear that at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin all the time. THANK YOU CHICAGO. And I'd be thinking, "dude, you're not even in Illinois!"


porkchopbob - 2/15/2008 at 08:38 PM

quote:
saw buddy guy a few months ago and when he played Hootiche Cootchie Man, he stepped away from his mic so everybody could yell "Son of A Gun!". He did this without warning so nobody really sang it. H then says somthing like "a Aww i'm not gonna let you f**k this one up!" so he started the song again and had everyone sing. He was pretty goofy the entire show, lot of fun!!


Nobody gets the crowd into it like Buddy. He did the same thing when he opened his show in Madison, WI a few years back. He walked out, started singing the opening number and staring at his feet. Then he queues the crowd to sing the titular line of the song "i just want to make love to you!" which they got right, to which he finally looks from his shoes to the crowd and says "hello, Madison." One of my favorite concert moments.

Right after that BB King took the stage and tried the same thing on "Caledonia". He gave the crowd three chances, but every time the lights went up to queue the crowd to respond with a "CALEDONIA!" the crowd just started cheering as if the song was over. That's one where the audience f'ed it up.


heineken515 - 2/15/2008 at 08:44 PM

Well if we're talking about concert moments we heard but weren't there live...one of my all time favorite Keith Moon moments, of course 'meant' to be funny, when trying to get the crowd quieted down for the beginning of Tommy..."Quiet please (tap, tap, tap of a drum stick) quiet please...have a little respect, it's a F**CKING opera"


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