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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 04:38 PM
I've never seen a crowd turn violent toward a band , but my uncle did . He told me the other day that he went to a Humble Pie show in Jacksonville , Fl . in the 70's . The opening act was Nick Gilder ( the Hot Child In The City guy ) . His band kicked-off his signature tune . Gilder let them run through a few bars while he prissed about the stage and attempted to work-up the crowd . He was successful , but not in the way he intended . Angry boos and gestures escalated into a "runway" being formed in the middle of the floor for disgruntled audience members to throw things at Gilder and his band mates . Security intervened and evacuated the stage before bloodshed insued .

 
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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 04:45 PM
Are you asking if anyone else has witnessed anything like that? Not sure where you're going w/this....if you are asking....I wasn't there but,i do have a boot dvd of the Guns n' Roses St. Louis "Riot" show...it's about the craziest stuff i've ever seen happen at a concert....

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 04:49 PM
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Are you asking if anyone else has witnessed anything like that? Not sure where you're going w/this....if you are asking....I wasn't there but,i do have a boot dvd of the Guns n' Roses St. Louis "Riot" show...it's about the craziest stuff i've ever seen happen at a concert....


I was fishing for other funny stories people around here have witnessed . Sorry I wasn't clear on that .

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 07:54 PM
iwas at a club in syracuse back in the 80'sto see johnnywinter. he came on late and drunk. started a song,stopped.started again,stopped. then he started about not having the right capo. after about a half hour of this the crowd got rowdy and the bottles started to fly. the opening bands equipment and lighting got trashed. we left before it got uglier.it was not good. it's nice to see that johnny has gotten it together.
 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 08:30 PM
Funny....prolly not.

I was at the Academy of Music in NYC early 70's, saw the Manager of Fleetwood Mac roll out a 'Bogus Mac' on stage because he thought he owned the name of the group...everyone booed, we left.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 08:46 PM
Humble Pie only played 40 minutes at Summerfest in Milwaukee in about 72. I guess a couple of them came down with flu or food poisoning or something. Anyway the crowd went berserk. i high tailed it out of there.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 09:23 PM
Saw the Dictators open for Uriah Heep and get pelted with everything the audience had to throw at them.
Got so bad that they pulled the plug on them after 2 songs.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 10:44 PM
The Rolling Stones concert in 1978 in Cleveland Stadium, the crowd was ok with a guy who did motorcycle stunts on a wire above the crowd across the open air stadium yet booed Toots and the Mayalls off the stage.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 10:52 PM
I once saw the "Good Ole, Blues Brothers, Boys Band" get bottles throw at them for playing Gimme Some Lovin' at Bob's Country Bunker.....


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  posted on 9/28/2009 at 10:52 PM


[Edited on 9/29/2009 by whoknew]

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 08:50 AM
I wasn't there, but I like this fans account of attending a Bogus Deep Purple (Rod Evans & a bunch of bar band nobodies) concert in 1980:

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Quebec, Capitol Theatre 12.08.80
"Deep Purple" played Quebec August 12th 1980 and after the 1st song (Highway Star) people started to realize, what was going on, i.e. who was in DP and who was not... The audience started to boo at them during the 2nd song (Might just take your life),which Rod Evans really introduced as "here is one off OUR Burn album..." and threw things on to the stage. They finished the song and Rod's microphone went down. As it could not be helped, they did a instrumental (Wring that neck) with long solos from Tony Flynn and Geoff Emery, to give the crew time to get the microphone working again. The audience was getting more and more impatient, and booed the band off really loudly. Rod comes back "One, two...one, two,... "here's Space Truckin'..." While the band started to play the song, more and more things began being thrown on stage, and someone in the audience up on the balconys takes a chair and throws it on to the stage, just missing the drum kit. The audience booed. Rod left the stage and never reached the vocal cue to Space Truckin', the band played it instrumental.The audience kept on booing and somebody else throws another chair on to the stage, this time hitting the drum kit and the audience gave this a big applause... The band stopped playing and left the stage as well. After the audience calmed down a bit, Tony Flynn returned to the stage and grabbed Rod's microphone and yelled to the audience: "...whoever wants to see the REAL Deep Purple is welcome to stay, the rest of you, f*** off!!!!" After more boos and more things being thrown on to the stage, Tony gives up and they never returned...


http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/aprilskies/65/dp1980.html

Every time I read this review I start laughing as I envision that chair thrown from the balcony crashing threw the drum kit!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 09:05 AM
A Lynerd Skynerd show in Charlotte almost got out of hand. Ronnie came out feeling pretty good. He tripped over his mike stand, the old ones with the 3 legs, one of those legs caught him where the sun didn't shine. It was like whooo that hurt. They carried him off the stage. The crowd started booing throwing stuff. The Marshall Tucker Band had opened for LS. Luckily they all were still around. MTB came out with all the remaining LS members and did a extra long kick @$$ version of FreeBird..............that turned the boos in to cheers. Seeing Toy Caldwell up there with all the LS's guitarists jamming on Freebird was a great experience. I met Toy a few years later and asked him about that. He smiled widely and said that was a hell of a night.
 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 09:15 AM
There is a Ted Nugent story that has been a part of KC concert lore for years.

Sometime in the 70s, either at Memorial Hall or Municipal Auditorium or Kemper Arena, Ted Nugent was opening for Rush or Rush opened for him or he was the headliner, he got hit in the face with a ball bearing as he was walking offstage or onstage singing, or it was a pinball, or it was a slingshot ball, it was either thrown or slingshotted, it either broke his jaw, knocked out one tooth ot two front teeth, he either came back out and told Kansas City off or later swore to never play here again or he didn't. This has been told so many times who knows what the truth is. If Haisija is around I'll bet he's heard this one...or maybe he was there...

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 11:13 AM
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There is a Ted Nugent story that has been a part of KC concert lore for years.

Sometime in the 70s, either at Memorial Hall or Municipal Auditorium or Kemper Arena, Ted Nugent was opening for Rush or Rush opened for him or he was the headliner, he got hit in the face with a ball bearing as he was walking offstage or onstage singing, or it was a pinball, or it was a slingshot ball, it was either thrown or slingshotted, it either broke his jaw, knocked out one tooth ot two front teeth, he either came back out and told Kansas City off or later swore to never play here again or he didn't. This has been told so many times who knows what the truth is. If Haisija is around I'll bet he's heard this one...or maybe he was there...


Wasn't there but I remember the story. Whoever it was should have launched a bowling ball at the pr!ck !

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 11:31 AM
Early 70's Wishbone Ash show which was opened by Taj Mahal many in the crowd made it known they were there to see Wishbone Ash and harrassed Taj to the point he walked off the stage in disgust (disappointing to those of us in the crowd who came for BOTH acts).

Some kid threw a dead bat on the stage during a local Ozzy Osbourne show and he bit it's head off - maybe that doesn't fall under the rowdy category so much as gross (barf).

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 11:51 AM
I was at a Zappa concert at Memorial Hall, probably 74 or 75 when some guy launched a couple of dozen gerkins up at Zappa.
Zappa picked up a pickle and said " Some sort of pickle cult ?"
Funny thing was, we picked the guy up hitch hiking up north of the river with this bag of pickles and asked him where he was going. He said he was going to the Zappa show and was going to throw all those pickels at Zappa.
Maybe he was the Nuget/ball beariing guy too.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:00 PM
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Early 70's Wishbone Ash show which was opened by Taj Mahal many in the crowd made it known they were there to see Wishbone Ash and harrassed Taj to the point he walked off the stage in disgust (disappointing to those of us in the crowd who came for BOTH acts).

Some kid threw a dead bat on the stage during a local Ozzy Osbourne show and he bit it's head off - maybe that doesn't fall under the rowdy category so much as gross (barf).




Deb, I was at that Wishbone Ash / Taj Mahal show in Des Moines around 74' or so. What happened was Wishbone Ash opened the show but after they hit the first opening chord all the stage power went out. So after they mucked around for about a half-hour or more trying to get the power going, Taj Mahal came on-stage by himself and played a hand held kalimba and told the crowd to be quiet as he tried to hum with the kalimba. Crowd went nuts and Taj kept yelling shutup you motherf*****s over and over. Finally he stormed off stage. They never got the power back and they cancelled the concert and you had to mail your ticket in to get a refund.


I was at Dead concert in the 70's the crowd was tossing around these foot long glow sticks. Someone threw it at the stage and nailed Weir in the forehead. They finished the song. Took a break and then announced Weir had a headache and the show was over.

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:24 PM
August 1980, CNE Stadium Toronto Alice Cooper. I was there with a couple of buds and as the night goes on there is no AC. Finally around 10pm, some guy comes out and says ACis sick and won't be going on tonight. the crowd already in a frenzy because we were made to wait and wait, drink and drink, smoke and smoke etc, some idiots up front start taunting the cops and who then decide to take action, which is a huge mistake as alomost everyone on the floor gets into the fray throwing everything they can get there hands on at the cops the stage and whatever. At first it was kinda cool, and then really escalated so we tried to get out of the place as many others were doing. It was mayhem, when we finally got outside the stadiumthe entire area was like a police state. We finally made our way out of the fray with only cuts and bruises down a shoe a shirt and a wallet but happy to be alive. We figured AC was hammered and couldn't stand up to perform. Never did buy the cold medication bs. News report below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZiJ5WwO3do " target=_blank> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZiJ5WwO3do

Another good one I was at was Canada Jam in the summer of 1978 at Mosport Race Track north east of Toronto. About 150000 went to the weekend long festival and while the line-up was great, there were some questionable bands on the bill. I'll never forget, around 2 or so in the afternoon, this incredible funk band comes on stage and starts playing this great instrumental. Just funky and rockin', and then in the blink of an eye out come the Village People and start into YMCA - within the next two minutes all had been hit severa times with bottles cans shoes, fruit veggies, everything you could imagine. They left the stage before the first chorus never to return. Next up was Dave Mason who got a much nicer reception.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:28 PM
Calling ScotiaDave, calling ScotiaDave. Please report in and tell us of one of your father's onstage appearances..ie...the Black Oak Arkansas and Uriah Heep ( I think) ego show.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:30 PM
1972 ... 1973, I can't remember too much from those days!
I had tickets to see Uriah Heep at Birmingham's Rickwood Field (now officially the oldest ballpark in the US!). After a nice set by an unknown band called Earth, Wind and Fire, the promoter (a little Greek dude named Artie Drakos) walked out and made a quick announcement that due to unspecified problems, the headliner would not be appearing. Everything that wasn't nailed down came flying in his direction!

Eart Wind and Fire were spectacular, though!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:36 PM
Check out one of the most infamous examples of a rowdy crowd!! Due to poor sound system and a riot that was taking place outside the festival grounds:

Kris Kristofferson 1970
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-kuiy8sRww

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:39 PM
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Early 70's Wishbone Ash show which was opened by Taj Mahal many in the crowd made it known they were there to see Wishbone Ash and harrassed Taj to the point he walked off the stage in disgust (disappointing to those of us in the crowd who came for BOTH acts).

Some kid threw a dead bat on the stage during a local Ozzy Osbourne show and he bit it's head off - maybe that doesn't fall under the rowdy category so much as gross (barf).

Deb, I was at that Wishbone Ash / Taj Mahal show in Des Moines around 74' or so. What happened was Wishbone Ash opened the show but after they hit the first opening chord all the stage power went out. So after they mucked around for about a half-hour or more trying to get the power going, Taj Mahal came on-stage by himself and played a hand held kalimba and told the crowd to be quiet as he tried to hum with the kalimba. Crowd went nuts and Taj kept yelling shutup you motherf*****s over and over. Finally he stormed off stage. They never got the power back and they cancelled the concert and you had to mail your ticket in to get a refund.
Thanks, Tom! Your mention of the power outage woke up my memory (ahhhh ... the mind isn't what it once was... lol ). I mainly remember how MAD Taj was this night and the way he stormed off the stage. Now I'm trying to remember - did I send in that ticket stub for my refund!!!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 12:52 PM
I saw Rickey Medlocke at a bar on Blanding Blvd, in Jax back in late 80's or so...at that time he wasn't touring as Blackfoot and not with Skynyrd yet....

Anyhow, out of nowhere behind me comes a plastic cup full of beer, aimed at his head, missed but whisked his hair...it was a bar and yes I was that close to see it.

Anyhow, he did not even flinch, never missed a beat.

The crowd was on top of the beer thrower quickly, he got pushed around and lead out, I'm not sure, I kept watching the show.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 01:27 PM
Fortunately the only violence I saw at a show was delivered upon one fan. It was a Yes show back in the early nineties. It was the "Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe an Evening of Yes Music" tour. Anyway, a guy tried to steal a shirt from one of the vendors as he was walking by the stand (it was an outdoor show in Weedsport, NY). The guys running the stand chased him down, tackled him and proceeded to beat the sh*t out of the guy. The interesting thing was watching all the fans walk right by and not bother to try and stop the woop ass that was occurring. Great show though. Anderson still had his pipes and Steve Howe was fantastic!
 

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  posted on 9/29/2009 at 02:51 PM
Around May 1974 James Gang opened for Edgar Winter in Macon at the colleseum. Someone threw a Miller bottle and just missed guitarist Tommy Bolin I think it was. He flipped a bird in the direction of the thrower.

 

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