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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 03:44 PM
Well after seeing the Drive by Truckers for the first time at memphis in May iwas so excited that they would be coming back to memphis to play a indoor venue Minglewood Hall...

The show was this past friday night and the opening band Henry Clay People were so bad my wife and I were getting anxious. the sound was way too loud and pitchy...

We were hoping that this was the typical cliche of a crappy opening band and the DBT sound would be better...well our thought process could not have been so wrong..

I really like the band and after five songs and no sign of the sound person getting it right we decided to leave...very disappointing...

The next night Saturday Grace Potter and the Nocturnals played the sound was perfect no flaws and GPN brings the A game every show so at least the entire weekend was not a bust

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:02 PM
I left an Aerosmith concert in either '78 or '79 because it was so loud the vocals were indistinguishable from the instruments.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:12 PM
I left a Pearl Jam concert early at MSG about 5 years ago because the guitar level was over the top and high notes were piercing and distorted.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:13 PM
Never left because of the sound, but once came close to leaving a Black Crowes show. The music as awesome, the playing was awesome, but it was extremely loud, as in actually causing physical pain loud. About 40% of the crowd did leave before the show was over. On top of the volume the band had at any one time 10 to 15 sticks of incense going, sitting on top of the amps and drum riser. Headache recipe.

Nothing against the Crowes, though.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:25 PM
Wanted to melt into the floor and disappear. The hub was on stage (bass) and their "singer" (that's in quotes for a reason) came in half a verse too early. They gave him every opportunity to fix it. They routinely work around him so that no one can notice it. But this time they gave him every chance and he would not fix it. A kindergartner would have realized the mistake and fixed it. It sounded like when you open two tabs on your browser and play the same song, except one is 5-10 seconds behind the other.

They had to keep playing (laughing because it was either that or kick his ass, literally) and I was right up front and didn't want to turn around and see if anyone else was laughing. So that's not because of the sound, technically. The sound man should have shut him off. This was only a few months ago, btw.

[Edited on 9/20/2010 by DownHomeGeorgia]

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:29 PM
Never left but unfortunally too often concerts or festival performances suffer from poor sound. Or too loud or not loud enough. What freaks me out is that even if plenty of people are complaining the sound guy often looks like everything is going well. If some technical issues arise and you see a sound guy working his butt off in order to try and fix things you at least know that he acknowledges that the sound ain't right and he's on it but often i look to a sound guy and think WTF? Standing around while everybody is either going deaf or getting pissed off that the sound is a mess.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:30 PM
I also saw the North Mississippi All Stars at the Beacon several years ago when the opened for the Mule during one the pre NYE Mule shows. The sound sucked, no one was distinguishable and the bass lines actually hurt my chest, whcih forced me to head out to the lobby to wait until the Mule came out.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:38 PM
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Never left because of the sound, but once came close to leaving a Black Crowes show. The music as awesome, the playing was awesome, but it was extremely loud, as in actually causing physical pain loud. About 40% of the crowd did leave before the show was over. On top of the volume the band had at any one time 10 to 15 sticks of incense going, sitting on top of the amps and drum riser. Headache recipe.

Nothing against the Crowes, though.


My first ever ABB show was at Jones Beach and we had sixth row seats but they were all the way to the side which actually put us three rows from the stacks of speakers. That and a Twisted Sister show back in the day at a bar were the only two shows to actually cause my ears pain.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:39 PM
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Never left because of the sound, but once came close to leaving a Black Crowes show. The music as awesome, the playing was awesome, but it was extremely loud, as in actually causing physical pain loud. About 40% of the crowd did leave before the show was over. On top of the volume the band had at any one time 10 to 15 sticks of incense going, sitting on top of the amps and drum riser. Headache recipe.

Nothing against the Crowes, though.


My first ever ABB show was at Jones Beach and we had sixth row seats but they were all the way to the side which actually put us three rows from the stacks of speakers. That and a Twisted Sister show back in the day at a bar were the only two shows to actually cause my ears pain to the point where I had to move back in the crowd. I have been to quite a few ear ringers for a couple of days after shows though.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 04:45 PM
Saw Leon Russell a couple of years ago in a small outdoor venue. The sound of the vocals was terribly distorted. My friend, who has run sound for my band and ran sound at a TV station, went to check out the board; the vox were redlining the whole time! Leon's soundman didn't care, we think he was messed up.

As a musician who occansionally gets drafted to run the board, I have real respect for a good soundman. It doesn't matter how well the band plays if you can't hear it.


That's also why you should never p*ss off your soundman before you go onstage!

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:00 PM
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It doesn't matter how well the band plays if you can't hear it.

That's also why you should never p*ss off your soundman before you go onstage!
What he said.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:08 PM
Kings of Leon when they opened for U2 a few years back. The sound was so loud and garbled that it just sounded like noise, unlike any kind of music at all. U2 sounded great however.

Also had the same experience mentioned above at Aerosmith shows.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:18 PM
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Kings of Leon when they opened for U2 a few years back. The sound was so loud and garbled that it just sounded like noise, unlike any kind of music at all. U2 sounded great however.

That was by design. U2 always sounds better after having the opening act blow your ears out.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:32 PM
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Never left because of the sound, but once came close to leaving a Black Crowes show. The music as awesome, the playing was awesome, but it was extremely loud, as in actually causing physical pain loud. About 40% of the crowd did leave before the show was over. On top of the volume the band had at any one time 10 to 15 sticks of incense going, sitting on top of the amps and drum riser. Headache recipe.

Nothing against the Crowes, though.


Same here, except I did leave the Crowes about 4 songs in. It was not the volume, but rather a subwoofer boom about every 2 seconds in each of the songs. It made no sense musically, and was the low-frequency equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me. I like the material, but it was presented in a way I found to be torture to my ears.

Lesh and Friends was the co-headliner which opened and they were great as usual, so it was not a total loss.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:36 PM
I've walked out of 3 shows I was REALLY looking forward to seeing because of the sound.
JJ Cale,Jerry Lee Lewis and David Bowie.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:39 PM
Three times in the Woody days of Mule they played a club in downtown Detroit. I loved that place but Mule was so loud that I would take a break with the smokers to step outside and give my ears a rest. And my ears would still ring for three days after the shows.

Dickey's shows can be that way too.

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 06:07 PM
The Replacements--opened for Keef--they were way too loud.

Grinderswitch-in 1975--blew my ears up!

ABB--i think in '79--not the best musical time for the band & a poor lineup plus disturbingly loud & distorted sound...oh well--1 poor show outta at least 80 live performances i've attended...not a bad road record

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 06:10 PM
I left a mule show at the warfiled that I was looking forward to. Chuck Leavell was on Piano and Les Claypool on Bass. I had seats in the balcony on the far right side of the theatre. All is could hear was the bass and bass drum no Chuck what so ever some guitar that sounded very distant and thin. I'm sure in the middle it probably sounded great but the place was packed and there really wasn't anywhere to go for a better spot.....So I left.....

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 06:56 PM
I didn't leave, but 1/2 the crowd left Deep Purple/Nazareth at Illinois State University - it was right after Blackmore left, and the sound was loud and distorted - I didn't even recognize Smoke on the Water.....

The Mule show at the Riv in Chicago this year was so painfully loud upstairs we had to move downstairs, where it wasn't quite as bad....

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 07:18 PM
I was a bit young for the "real" ELP, so was excited when Emerson, Lake and *Powell* toured in the late 80's/early 90's or whenever that was.

The softer songs, or the softer parts of songs were o.k., Lucky Man, From the Beginning, Still You Turn Me On, stuff like that. But on the more aggressive numbers, where Emerson really goes off, it was a true cacophony. You couldn't distinguish one note from the next. Didn't leave, but it was one of the most disappointing shows I've ever attended.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 07:26 PM
For the U2 fans:

ca·coph·o·ny
[kuh-kof-uh-nee]

–noun, plural -nies.
1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
3. Music . frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 08:11 PM
I didn't leave the show but I had to vacate the area....

I saw Govt Mule at Roseland Ballroom in NYC during the "Rising Low" movie era. I was right up front of the stage. For some reason, the sound crew decided to put a bank of speakers right there in front of the stage. So when the music began there was a roar of thunder coming from the stage and was way too loud & distorted. As I said I had to vacate the area because there was just too much noise in the front row center area!

So I took a spot in a distant part of the arena and was able to enjoy the show.
But to this day I can't figure why the sound crew decided to put speakers in front of the stage.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 10:05 PM
Both shows that I left were on Halloween's years ago. One was electric Tuna, my ears are still ringing. Another was The Tubes.

I tend to suffer through bad sound shows and then complain to my wife later. It's a tradition.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 10:33 PM
Me and my wife went to see Leon Russell at the Lafayette Tap Room in Buffalo a few years back and actually looked at eachother 3 songs in and said what the f**k is this sh*t!!! It was terrible, he sounded like he had the mic down his throat and he had no idea he sounded like poopy!! Me and Heidi just decided to stand at the bar at the other end of the building and people watch.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 02:41 AM
Ian Hunter Leeds Irish Centre about 5 years ago,Though I did not leave early I wish I had the sound was so loud and distorted It took about 3 days for my hearing to come back and I sometimes think that it has permanently damaged my hearing.

 

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