Geeky Randy wrote:
Geeky Randy wrote:
I've got a friend that stopped going to see Buffett after a show where he shushed the audience because they were trying to sing along. Could you imagine that happening now?
What! No way! That makes no sense to me! When was this?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I'm not sure. I'm no longer in touch with the person that shared that story with me. I could see it happening though especially if it was back during Buffett's bar room days. I've gone to smaller, club shows where the audience sings along to the point of drowning out the person on stage. That is very irritating to me as an audience member and it has to be an annoyance to the performer on stage.
In that case, do you think JB was somewhat justified in his actions?
If it was in the intimate confines of a small club, yes. The previous time I saw Chris Knight (also an acoustic show in a club) a lady in the front row kept hollering "I LOVE YOU CHRIS KNIGHT!!!!" at the top of her lungs between every song. Finally, after about 10-15 minutes of this, Chris said, "I heard you the first seven fucking times, lady!" After that, you didn't hear a peep out of her. It was obvious that he didn't want to have to be put in the position of admonishing her but someone had to say something as she was taking away from everyone's enjoyment of the show. There's a real fine line when it comes to concert etiquette in situations such as this. In some settings it's expected of an audience to shut off their cellphones and keep chit-chat to a minimum. Whereas, in a bar there is going to be some chatter but the least people can do is be respectful of the person performing on stage. When this crosses the line to the point where people have their back to the stage, talking to others and on their cellphones, then I think the performer has every right to say something. Like I said, it makes me wonder why people would pay $15 (and up) to go to a concert only to talk through the entire thing.