Today's 10 Most Predictable Acts to See in Concert

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There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as a disappointing concert. We've all been there; shit rolls downhill the minute the dude behind you dumps his beer on your girl's shoes, or the security bro doesn't find your umpteenth "Freebird" request to be quite as funny as you did. It'll ruin the night with one swift flick of the handcuffs.

I'm not talking about those times, though; it's your own fault if your Chihuahua bark bites off more than you can chew. I'm talking about the kind of soul-crushing that happens when you're all jacked for the concert, making your descent down I-45 hell, and you're met with an utterly mundane concert.

It's the same set list as last year, the same theatrics and the same crappy covers. Foghat sure can be disappointing, can't they?

Well, being the friendly neighborhood blogger that I am, I'm here to keep you out of such disappointing concert predicaments. Below are ten of the most predictable concerts I've seen; from the set list to the anticlimactic theatrics, these concerts were completely textbook from one venue to the next.

Perhaps it'll save you some heartache (and a ton of cash, if you're one of the fools who keep StubHub in business) if you're lucky. However, if you're dead-set on buying those damn Nickelback tickets you've been eyeing on Craigslist, you're on your own.


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10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg (or Lion, I'm not really sure at this point) is one of my favorite rappers of all time, but he's unfortunately also a repeat offender. He opens and closes with the same songs from venue to venue, and has been doing so since around 2010.

His set list is the same, too, so if you've seen one Snoop concert, you've more than likely seen them all. Maybe now that he's switched up his name and found a higher calling, he'll switch up the songs that he plays live. I wouldn't bank on it, though...I know how lazy all you resident stoners can be.


9. Marilyn Manson
I worshiped at the alter of Mr. Manson's music in high school, so it pains me to write this (and yes, I had JNCO's...it was the '90s). I have no choice in the matter, though; he's been following the same formula both onstage and off for as long as I can remember. There's nothing shocking about it anymore; he takes the stage, opens with "Hey Cruel World" and even he seems bored with it.

His set is always short, the theatrics always include a white fur coat and references to the Pope (wtf is he going to do now that we don't have one?!), and you know at some point he'll throw something at the audience. That's what you'll get for your 15 songs; nothing more, nothing less.

Oh, and he'll never play an encore. That might be too unpredictable for the shock-rocker to commit to.


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GaryGrooviak
GaryGrooviak

I've seen flaming lips 4 or 5 times, (once being the darkside of the moon) and I've never gotten tired of it. Not sure I understand where you guys are coming from. I'm not even a super fan. I don't often pay to see a band play more than twice unless I'm fanatical. If you're tired of a show, why keep going? Even at festivals, surely there's some different band you can be experiencing.

Tiziano Dominico
Tiziano Dominico

The Flaming Lips are a bit predictable but that's ok because they're The Flaming Lips. Girl Talk should probably be on this list.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

Amen on Motley Crue. it's the only concert I have ever walked out of for being bored to tears.

Quinton James Miller
Quinton James Miller

This list is predictable too. That's unfortunately what the majority of people like....no surprises.

Bettie Rumble
Bettie Rumble

Reverend Horton Heat, I'm looking at you on this one...

Dave275
Dave275

Hilarious, Angelica. Sad, but true.  I suppose there's no Santa Claus, either?   And as much as I enjoy listening to Lindsey Buckingham play guitar in Fleetwood Mac, they're been playing on auto-pilot for most of their shows, too. I blame everything I don't like about going to concerts now on YouTube...The thrill is gone...However, in Motley Crue's defense, I'm pretty sure Tommy Lee's been dropped on his head quite a few times, so they gotta keep their shows simple for a reason. The more pyro you can set off, the less likely you'll be distracted by Vince Neil's caterwauling. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

Flaming Lips. They have been doing pretty much the same show for years now.

Suzanna White
Suzanna White

Goo Goo Dolls (although, you probably could have predicted the predictability of that lameness). Dave Matthews Band was really predictable, and that was disappointing :(

dermgerm
dermgerm

I'm about to get all Rascal Flatts fan girl in here. Nyaaaah! But that is disappointing. They do sing a lot of covers. I guess I should have known better. Thanks for saving me $40 (I buy cheap seats, yo).

Keith A. Smith
Keith A. Smith

You could say the same about a lot of the big D.J.'s who tour the country. I can literally stand on the dance floor and predict which lame remix they'll spin next.

Jen Lavine
Jen Lavine

Green Day - fun show but repeat offender!

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Predictable - Paul McCartney but in a GOOD way !!  Dozens of songs, played with passion, and even the deep album cuts are sing alongs for everyone in the audience. 

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Thanks to the internet and people posting setlists, every concert is pretty predictable now.

Roger Gent
Roger Gent

The Flaming Lips. The first time I saw them the confetti, the cartoon hands, the dancing Santas, and Wayne in a bubble were all pretty awesome, but they play at nearly every festival nearly every year and the act has gotten old.

Blake Hopper
Blake Hopper

Other than when they had the contortionists hanging from the ceiling, every TOOL show since 2001 has been about the same

Geoff Widmier
Geoff Widmier

Dave Matthews was the most boring show ever. It was like listening to their CD. I was never a fan, anyhow.

Ben First
Ben First

Snoop killed it Houston at FPSF last year.

dermgerm
dermgerm

@DuckDuckGoose what about the McCartney/Grohl thing that's going on?

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