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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:46 AM
As topics often are, this one was born of the current Aerosmith thread.

What concert were you most disappointed by?

Mine was Aerosmith, Hershey Park Arena, around 2002. Tyler and the boys had been on my “need to see” list for quite some time. I loved the band and still do, but the show was horrible.

It was nothing more than a Best of Aerosmith Broadway musical with lots and lots of lights and pyro. The ‘music’ was way too loud. Steven Tyler spent the night literally running around the stage, up and down and jumping off ramps which were part of the props. Right in the middle of the show, the music just stopped. A ton of security came on stage, surrounded all the band members, then walked them through the massive floor crowd to get to a mini-stage right in the middle of the floor. This operation took more than 15 minute and completely disrupted the flow. They played a few songs out there, then the chaotic march back to the main stage took place, again taking another 15 minutes. The drunk woman screaming along to every song (of course they had the words wrong to Dream On “Sing Women”????) didn’t help the matter.



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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:55 AM
probably Lynard Skynard a couple years ago...

or maybe David Lee Roth... but not sure what I was expecting there...

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:56 AM
ABB with Mike Lawler on Keytar at the Oakland Auditorium....when he walked out for his keytar solo in whipping post I just about lost my lunch.......I had seen them the year before and they were awesome....Then came the Reach for the Sky tour......sad to say it was less than good

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:56 AM
I saw Kiss once. A girl was the cause of it all....

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:56 AM
prob the last few time's i saw OZZY. just really bad. same setlist for the last 10 year's except if he has a new album and does 2 new song's and not that he was a GREAT singer but he flat out suck's now. i will alway's be a fan of him but time to put it to bed
 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:58 AM
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when he walked out for his keytar solo in whipping post I just about lost my lunch



"Keytar" and "Whipping Post" just DO NOT belong in the same sentance.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:01 PM
Chris Brubek ( Dave's son ). I was anticipating a really good jazz show, but unfortunately he mostly did his dad's well known instrumentals with lyrics he had written added . i ditched at intermission .
 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:02 PM
Saw Zeppelin at the Chicago Stadium in 1980. Plant and Page were totally coked out and completely out of sync. The three other people I was with kept trying to get me to leave early. For some reason i kept thinking things would change. They never did. Actually the show i was referring to was 1977 or 1978.

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:06 PM
Allman Brothers Band 9/2000 at the Madison Blues Fest. First tour sans Dickey and the band sounded very distracted if not downright bored. For the first couple of songs Gregg kept getting up and walking off stage for some reason. The festival was on a lake and I think he was swatting at flies. They were on autopilot for "Jessica" - pretty uninspired. Jimmy Herring is a great guitarist but his sound just didn't mesh with the Allmans. Oteil singing "Franklin's Tower" was the highlight, which is saying something considering I'm no fan of The Dead.

Found out the next day from Susan Tedeschi that Allen Woody had died hours after the Allmans' show. Doesn't get much more depressing than that. To say that they have recovered nicely nice then would be an understatement.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:08 PM
Mine would likely be Emerson, Lake and Powell, late 80's, or whenever it was they put out that album of theirs.

I was excited. Only in my late teens at the time, I had missed the ELP hey-day of the previous decade, so I figured this was the closest I was going to get. I caught them at the Rosemont Horizon, now known as the Allstate Arena. They had cut the place in half due to lukewarm ticket sales.

Maybe the sound was bad, but I couldn't tell, because Emerson was just too damned loud. The word is a bit overused, perhaps, but "cacophony" certainly applies in this case. Most of the high-energy parts were simply lost in a wash of white noise, so loud I couldn't distinguish one note from another. The only respite was in the quieter parts of tunes like Lucky Man and From the Beginning, in other words, when Keith was in the background. When it was his turn to shine . . . a dimmer switch would have been good.

It was disappointing.



 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:11 PM
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Saw Zeppelin at the Chicago Stadium in 1980. Plant and Page were totally coked out and completely out of sync. The three other people I was with kept trying to get me to leave early. For some reason i kept thinking things would change. They never did. Actually the show i was referring to was 1977 or 1978.

[Edited on 1/14/2008 by Peachypetewi]


I think that you may have your dates mixed up.

Opps didn't see your correction till now.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:15 PM
most disappointing is hard to say because of so many concerts.

ELP played a bad show for me also. They were part of a triple bill in the middle of Dream Theater and Deep Purple.

Dream Theater comes out first and plays very well. Sound excellent and the musicianship out of this world.

ELP comes out and sounds dreadful. Using old battered up equipment from 15 years before. Very lack lustre after Dream Theater's set and they seemed to think so also. Didn't last much longer and broke up yet again.

Deep Purple came out and rocked. Sounded amazing also so the fault lies with ELP.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:18 PM
Like Rhonda, mine would be the 1978 (it may have been 1980, now that I think about it) Aerosmith show I mentioned in the other thread. I think that is the only time I have ever walked out of a concert disgusted. To top it off, I got back to my car and it had been burglarized. They stole my Jenson 6X9's from the back seat and a bottle of speed I had in the glove box.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:20 PM
Without a doubt it would be Sly and the Family Stone circa 1971/72 at Cumberland County Arena in Fayetteville, NC. Took Sly over an hour after the opening act, which btw was Toy Factory (Toy Caldwell's old band before MTB) finished. And when he did come out he was completed "f'ed up" and could barely talk, much less sing. On top of that he had a "sh*tty attitude" towards the crowd. They played maybe 30 minutes and stopped, primarily because the band couldn't get it together because of Sly, and because most of the crowd had left or was leaving. Huge disappointed has I was huge fan of Sly and the Family Stone. But that was the nature of that band, you either got a great show or a sh*tty one. Nothing in between.


 
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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:26 PM
I'm not sure of the exact date but the year was 1999. Virgil and I went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. I'd seen ZZ Top several times, but I'd never seen Skynyrd. STILL HAVEN'T!! Leon had been rushed to the hospital upon arriving in Odessa, so ZZ Top played an extended set. Still a good show though.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:32 PM
I forget the dates, but:

Carlos Santanna w/Buddy Guy. Very disappointing show.
ABB w/Dave Grishom filling in for Betts in '93. Good show, but not the same.
Van Halen Philly stop on their F.U.C.K. tour. Sounds like the pa was sitting in a puddle of mud.


 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:32 PM
Mitzi, I saw that tour in Macon, GA! I won tickets off of the radio. Me and my buddy Patrick rode down there in my Z28 convertible, top down and stoned just right. That was a great night!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:42 PM
Cool Dave! Honestly, I wasn't disappointed by the show at all. I love seeing ZZ Top any chance I get. But you should've seen all the people standing in line to get their money back when they announced Skynyrd wouldn't play!! Oh well. Their loss!

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:45 PM
The Amazing Alex Harvey Band.sometime in the mid '70's.
The only show I've been to where everyone was able to actually boo the act off of the stage early.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:47 PM
Saw a Johnny Winter show that started at midnight. Not sure whose bright idea that was. They carried Johnny on stage. I mean carried. He was too **** faced to stand. And he kept drinking during the show so it didn't get better.

Everyone deserved their money back for that one.


 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:53 PM
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I'm not sure of the exact date but the year was 1999. Virgil and I went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. I'd seen ZZ Top several times, but I'd never seen Skynyrd. STILL HAVEN'T!! Leon had been rushed to the hospital upon arriving in Odessa, so ZZ Top played an extended set. Still a good show though.


I wasn't there, but I was flipping through channels and came across a horrible, horrible sound emanating from a guy named Roky Erickson. I was then dismayed to see none other than Billy Gibbons backing him up. Billy must be bored these days.

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:59 PM
Without a doubt, after 35 years at it, we took the kids to see the Rockstar Supernova show last January. Never walked out of a show all these years but after the second tune my 13 year old son asked if we could leave it was so bad - of course niether my wife nor I had any problem with that. We all enjoyed the TV show, but live it was just terrible from every aspect. Bad sound in Massey Hall of al places, the two tunes we saw were a terrible cover of Satisfaction and the "hit" which Tommy Lee f&*(ed up totally).

 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 01:01 PM
Jethro Tull at MSG in 1981 or '82 or so was a BIG let down...generic show with no energy.

The Kinks at The Spectrum in Philly in the early 1980's...boring, like listening to their radio hits.

Skynyrd many years ago, but post Ronnie VZ....yawn...zzzzzzzzzz! My first and last L.S. experience.





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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 01:03 PM
Too bad. Roky Erickson is one of the all time greats from the 60's and "invented" the term psychedelic music. Also one of the tragic stories in rock history too. The documentery "You're Gonna Miss Me" is excellent and details his story.

 

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Too bad. Roky Erickson is one of the all time greats from the 60's and "invented" the term psychedelic music. Also one of the tragic stories in rock history too. The documentery "You're Gonna Miss Me" is excellent and details his story.


Just looked him up, I had heard of his 60's band (and of that movie, which I'm going to check out), but not of him. I guess time, drugs and mental illness have taken their toll. I suppose it could have been a lot worse, but the sub-garage band level song "Two-Headed Dog" isn't the best showcase for him. Or maybe it is.

 

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