A Modest Proposal For Houston Concert Audiences

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Don't bother us in the morning until we've had our coffee, and don't bother us - or anyone else, for that matter - at a concert until we've had our music.

We've all been there. You spent $100 on concert tickets to a show, which you and your best friend or significant other have been looking forward to for months. As you arrive at the venue, you drop another 15 bucks on parking.

Sure, you could have found a spot and walked, but you're like a kid pulling up to Chuck E. Cheese - you've got to get inside, and fast. When you finally walk in, before making your way into the pit, you open up a tab at the bar and of course, you'll end up spending at least $50 on drinks as the night plays out.

At this point, you've spent a lot of hard-earned money, you're ready for the show, and you expect to have a good time. Then, just as you and your (lady) friend settle into the closest open spots you can fit into, you hear it, and your stomach drops.

The guy you're now stuck next to is already drunk, disruptively loud, and won't stop talking. He may even be throwing elbows, spilling his drink or both.

A night out is expensive, and when you get stuck next to some loudmouth who thinks his comments are more important than the show you've now paid close to $200 to see, there isn't much you can do about it. But if our fellow concertgoers decide to make it a priority, perhaps we can change this mindset for good.

For those who aren't seasoned concert-going veterans, Rocks Off suggests you behave at a show the way you would at a movie. If your phone rings, either ignore it or leave to answer it. Talking between bands is fine - just like it's all right to talk between movie previews - but once the curtain drops, please shut up.

For the sake of all those around you who have also paid to see the show, control yourselves. If you must mingle, make your way to the back or go outside. And if you feel like getting drunk and rowdy, just don't. If you're a fan of mosh pits, make sure the rest of the crowd is willing to mosh with you, too. If they aren't, don't force it.

Anywhere else in public, this behavior wouldn't be tolerated, but for some reason many fans feel that they have a right to act out of control at concerts. But what about the rights of the fans who don't wish to engage in such behavior? Isn't it their right to not have to put up with you? When do your rights begin to infringe on those of others? Ask yourself these questions the next time you attend a concert.

And before you accuse Rocks Off of being all preachy or holier than thou, let us be clear: We're not saying that a family with small children should to attend a Slayer concert, stand directly in front of the stage and not expect to get pulled into the mosh pit. If you go to a GWAR show, you're going to get covered in fake blood, and if you attend an Insane Clown Posse show, we hope you aren't allergic to Faygo.

Common sense should be taken into account - certain concerts entail certain happenings - but at the Silversun Pickups concert a few months ago, we vividly recall one fan punching another in the face after the punchee wouldn't stop elbowing the women behind him, spilling their drinks.



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Sbrasseux
Sbrasseux

A big F U to the parents who brought their preteen kids to Disturbed/ Avenged Sevenfold concert (?!?) and ruined it for me by jumping up and ytaking cellphone photos of their kids every ten minutes, and no we don't want to hear you singing along!

Radio Zero
Radio Zero

Don't bring a date to a show by a singer/songwriter until after you know how sloppy of a drunk she is...otherwise she might scream "sing fire and rain" constantly throughout the set. True story.

Mansweater
Mansweater

I've been to see at least two bands (who generally appeal to a college-age fan base) where there has been one creepy older dude who thinks the band is the best thing since zeppelin and proceeds to get plastered and "rock out" to the music, all the while knocking into people obliviously. And while it's great to see people get into music, if you elbow my girlfriend in the face because you're trying to mosh violently to innocuous bands like third eye blind, I'm not going to be happy with you. So when that bouncer looks the other way to bust some kid smoking pot, I'm gonna accidentally "rock out" my fist right into your throat.

Snickers
Snickers

You know, I went to a lot of concerts when I lived in Florida. The people of Ft. Lauderdale were largely assholes... rude, pushy, not friendly in the least. Coming back to the Houston area was a breath of fresh air as far as friendly people... until I went to a concert here. The people at the concert here nearly crushed me as they all surged towards the stage, and they managed to block in a tiny girl I met at the venue so that she could see absolutely nothing. The drunk girl behind me was singing so loudly (and horribly off key) in my ear that I could hardly hear anything, though the crowd nearly drowned out the band anyways, and she seemed to labor under the delusion that I was actually a wall for her to lean her elbows on.

And then there were the smells. Please, for the love of all things holy, wear deodorant, people. Or at least bathe.

Rudemark
Rudemark

And if u look and act like a yuppy fuck bitch boy or a prissy little stuck up trick then wut the fuck do u expect dumb fucks!!!!

Rudemark
Rudemark

First off if ur 40 or 30 and u come too an icp concert or just about anything underground that u think will be kool think again ur a stupid ass. you stepped into our realm u winey bitches so just deal with it or go home fucking moronz!

Jeff
Jeff

To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life's problems.

Grant
Grant

Amen. Totally agreed!

stfu scenester
stfu scenester

Thank you. I am so tired of this. (People at Blonde Redhead opening act- who I still don't know the name of because I couldn't hear- I am talking about you!) While harder to do at larger venues, I think the Anderson Fair approach works best for quieter sets- if they don't shut up, kick them out. I don't mind when the artist tells people to shut the fuck up either.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Who hasn't punched someone in the face at a show?

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Nothing in Texas is a lost cause...even fans showing respect for our local musicians.

It will be interesting to count the number of venues here that take a stand against out-of-control jerks by creating concert opportunities for serious musicians and their serious fans all-the-while becoming wildly successful in the process.

More successful than venues in Austin.

Until then, there is always the movies and drinks afterwards with friends at the local neighborhood tavern.

Guest
Guest

Ever heard of a place called Utopia? Yeah, it doesn't exist. Enjoy your loud talkers and rabble-rousers, they are not going anywhere.

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