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    Just like the title says, what was your funniest and/or craziest concert experience, including the pre/post concert time.


    For me, its the memory of a McDonald's that nearly everyone who went to the Hollywood Sportatorium before a concert. Seemed this particular Mickey D's did not understand the concept of "to go" and would more often than not give you your food on a tray even if you said it was take out. This actually wasn't a problem for any of the concert goers, as the trays were perfect for "rolling" while a car was on the move. What was funny was standing out in the area that passed as a parking lot after the concert as the cars were clearing out and seeing all the serving trays all over the place.
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    1980 Blossom Music Center - The Cars Panorama tour.

    I was 15 years old. Security back in those days was very lax, and I was able to work my way up to stage's right side... which was basically a five foot high concrete slab. I hung there for about two songs, watching with my elbows up on the stage, when Ric Ocasek walked over and was playing guitar no less then two feet above me like a new wave god. My first instinct was to reach out and try to steal one of my hero's black and white checkered Vans canvas loafers. The next ten seconds seemed to last an eternity, but I reached out, grabbed his shoe and tried to pull it off as he teetered on one leg and hopped back from my grasp. The dude must have had strong toes, because he wrested control and regained his footing. Ric looked down and shook his head at me, but with a huge smile, then continued on with the song as if nothing happened. A security guy came and lead me away from the stage, but I was allowed to go back to my assigned pavilion seats in the fourteenth row, where my older sister was laughing her ass off and cheering at what I had just attempted to do.

    Wish I could say I had that checkered Van on a mantle somewhere, but alas... it was not meant to be.

    Concert security sure did change since those days.

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    In 1966, when my big sister was twelve, she saw The Beatles at the St. Louis baseball stadium. The stadium was packed, she says, with thousands upon thousands of hyped-up, screaming pre-teen and teenage girls.

    Back in those days, the concession stands sold soft drinks in racks of open paper cups, which the vendors would carry through the crowd. Before the show started, a rumor went through the crowd that Paul McCartney had stepped out of his dressing room, taken a sip from one of the cups of orange soda, and put it back in the rack! Thousands of screaming girls immediately stormed the concession stands, buying all the orange soda they could carry in hopes of, maybe, getting the cup that Paul had sipped from. My sister says it was total mayhem.

    She has always suspected that the whole story was made up by the clever soft drink vendors who were overstocked with orange soda that day.



    Interesting note: The price of a ticket to see the Beatles was $4.50. An unheard of amount for a ticket back then when you could see a movie for a quarter.







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    of course, the show (at least the Beatles portion of it) was probably barely over half an hour, but still! I doubt I paid $10 to see Van Halen play for 90 minutes in '81.

    Not much usually goes on extraneous to my concert experience - well, we could talk about the kid that fell in pee at Huey Lewis at Summerfest in Milwaukee, but probably the best was when I lived in Maryland, and U2 was going to play in Hampton, Virginia during the ZOO-TV tour. My brother was stationed at Norfolk at the time, so he was going to call and try to get tickets for he and his wife (I think there was a 2-ticket limit), and I was going to call and try and get mine. Also, you had to be a Virginia resident, so I had to give his address. So after dialing all morning and getting mine, I called him and found out they had never gotten through. So I had a ticket and they didn't - but I could still stay with them while I went to the show. So the weekend of the show arrives, and I drive down. When I get there, I think my brother was still at work, but my sister in law has good news - she'd just won the last pair of tickets the radio station was giving away! So they got to go - we didn't get to sit together, but we got to see the show. Oh, meanwhile, my ticket had never arrived in the mail! So I had to go deal with the ticket people to get in. I don't remember if it was that night, or a day or two later I called TicketMaster arguing that they should refund my "convenience" fee, since there was no convenience. They, of course, refused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    1980 Blossom Music Center - The Cars Panorama tour.

    I was 15 years old. Security back in those days was very lax, and I was able to work my way up to stage's right side... which was basically a five foot high concrete slab. I hung there for about two songs, watching with my elbows up on the stage, when Ric Ocasek walked over and was playing guitar no less then two feet above me like a new wave god. My first instinct was to reach out and try to steal one of my hero's black and white checkered Vans canvas loafers. The next ten seconds seemed to last an eternity, but I reached out, grabbed his shoe and tried to pull it off as he teetered on one leg and hopped back from my grasp. The dude must have had strong toes, because he wrested control and regained his footing. Ric looked down and shook his head at me, but with a huge smile, then continued on with the song as if nothing happened. A security guy came and lead me away from the stage, but I was allowed to go back to my assigned pavilion seats in the fourteenth row, where my older sister was laughing her ass off and cheering at what I had just attempted to do.

    Wish I could say I had that checkered Van on a mantle somewhere, but alas... it was not meant to be.

    Concert security sure did change since those days.
    Your first instinct was to try and pull off the lead singer's shoe?

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    DLR solo show in 2003 - he says any requests and my friend shouts Poundcake! Dave points right at him and smiles.

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    Hmmm, there's a lot I can relate and I'd probably take up pages blabbering on, so I'll try to keep it brief.

    First off, here's a Van Halen-related bit, but it has more to do with getting tickets for the show than actually the show(s) itself. When it was announced that tickets were going on sale for Van Halen's 1981 Fair Warning tour at the Forum in LA, my buddy and I decided we'd go to the Forum parking lot the night before and camp overnight to get a great spot in line for the next morning. I always bought tickets from agencies or scalpers for reserved seating concerts and I figured wtf, do some work, save some money this time around. So we get there around 9pm and there's already like 300 people in line and it's a total heavy metal parking lot party. We decide to stay more for the fun than a chance of getting decent tickets and for a couple hours, everything's cool. Around midnight, cops show up and order us off the Forum grounds and warn us that there's no line-ups 'til the next morning.

    So we go back to our car and as soon as the cops leave, we watch *everyone* run back to line up again in front of the Forum box office. A *lot* of cops show up again, this time pissed and aggressively hustling everyone out of the parking lot. Problem is, a lot of people including us went to the Hollywood Park race track parking lot and hotel next to the Forum and it's gotten so out of hand, people are partying and swimming naked in the hotel pool and it's now about 2am. Now cops are bum rushing groups of people, hitting 'em with batons and in full riot mode. A bunch of us run down the street and hop the wall that circles the huge Inglewood Park Cemetery and we're hiding in bushes laughing like it's some hide n' seek game with the cops. After a while, things cool down and we decide to wait 'til dawn in the cemetery. There's a low fog on the ground, it's pretty much horror movie creepy in this place. So a group of about 6 of us are walking around killing time, I accidently step into I guess a fresh grave 'cause the dirt's so soft and I sink into mud right up to my knees. We're all freaked out and I had to strip off my pants and wash the mud off in sprinklers, lol!

    Dawn finally arrives, we're all hung over, I'm miserable and freezing in sopping wet pants, we go back to the Forum parking lot and we discover there's no line-up, it's "random number draws" for the ticket line-up. So several security guys (who are obviously paid by pro scalpers to give them the first numbers for the lineup) wander through the crowd and you pull a numbered ticket out of a shopping bag. My buddy and I got fair numbers only a dozen or so apart and we figure we'll get shit seats but we lasted this long, may as well see it through. So tickets for 1 show go on sale, my buddy gets terrible seats for the first Forum show, then they add a Sports Arena and another Forum show just as I go to the window to get tickets. I wound up with 18th row for the 6/21/81 show. When we got back home, we heard on the news that Reagan had been shot. What a weird day that was.

    Here's another couple good 'uns.

    In 1982, I bought a pair of tickets from an agency for two shows on consecutive nights at the LA Sports Arena. ZZ Top and the next night, The J Geils Band with U2(!) opening. A couple days before the show, an old co-worker who I'd lost touch with years before shows up unannounced at my door and we spend the afternoon drinking and hanging out at the pool catching up. Turns out he'd moved back with his parents and was working some shit job for the LA Times. At one point, he excuses himself and goes back to my apartment to grab some sodas. That night, after he left, I discover my tickets are gone. I have no way to get ahold of this clown, so I go back to the ticket agency and they happen to have *another* pair of tickets for the ZZ Top show next to the one's I'd previously bought. So my buddy and I go to the ZZ Top show and when two total strangers go to sit next to us, I start grilling them on where they got their tickets and it turned out my ex co-worker pal had sold them the tickets at The Times and gave me info on where to find him. So after the show, we drive to this guy's house at like 1am, wake his parents who get the fucker to cough up the tickets for the J Geils Band/U2 show *and* pay us for the ZZ Top tickets he swiped. So that worked out.

    Then there's the Motorhead/Wendy O' Williams (the mohawked, big boobed singer for The Plasmatics) Santa Monica Civic show in '84. I went with 3 friends, one who was a real troublemaker and the other two, brothers. Early in opener Wendy O' William's set, the one guy starts hitting on some utterly drunk bimbo and they disappear. Meanwhile one of the brothers is getting *really* drunk, and weird and he's doing shit like spitting huge gobs on the back of chick's hair muttering "slut, whore, etc." I know it's going to be an ugly night so me and the other brother go looking for the missing bud and find him up in the back of the bleachers surrounded by a big group of people cheering him on as he's getting a blowjob from this chick he picked up. The brother's freaked out thinking we're all going to get arrested or something and it's just a total clusterfuck now. At this point, it's "fuck it, everyone's on their own" and I go back up near the front on my own for the rest of the show. After the show, I find out the drunk brother got his ass thrown out after getting in a fight with some girl's boyfriend and the guy who got the blowjob wound up going out to their car and fucking for the rest of the show. The postscript to this was the two brothers were so... I dunno... traumatized from the whole night, they went to some Christian meeting the night after the show and became Born Again Christians.

    Finally, I have a whole book's worth of stories centered around Stiv Bators (R.I.P.), former punk singer for The Dead Boys and Lords Of The New Church. The first time I saw The Lords in '82, he let a bunch of us crushed in the front get up on stage and sit on the monitors to watch rest of the show. At the end of the show, he invited "anyone who wants to come party with us" to their hotel. Nothing like seeing some rock star shoot up in front of you. A few years later in late '85, The Lords lost their record deal with IRS Records and spent the next couple years living and playing every shithole in Southern CA. Notable among one of the many shows I caught at this time was seeing Guns n' Roses open for The Lords at one Long Beach club around the time GnR was about to release their first live EP. Duff was so fucked up, he passed out mid-song on stage in a heap in front of his rig while the band ignored him and finished the song. As my buddy and I saw so many shows, we eventually got to know Stiv and the drummer, Nicky Turner. After one show they did at a local club, Stiv, one of the roadies/drug suppliers and a few other fans came back to my place and we watched "Apocalypse Now" on laserdisc (that was a big thing back then). Best part was introducing a friend to Stiv, who was really wasted, he goes to shake his hand and Stiv projectile vomits all over the poor guy. Ahh, good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leroy View Post
    DLR solo show in 2003 - he says any requests and my friend shouts Poundcake! Dave points right at him and smiles.
    heh, excellent!

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    Here's a couple more that just popped into my head:

    Loudness at the Country Club in Reseda, CA 1985......

    This was an industry showcase show for Japanese metal band Loudness who'd just been signed to a US record label. They brought their huge PA from Japan where they regularly played arenas to this club and proceeded to put on one of the most comically unpleasant shows I've ever seen. It was hard to decide what was more funny, the singer mangling the English language or scores of record company execs stuffing cocktail napkins in their ears and wincing in pain as this band played at an incredibly loud volume.

    Hole & Jane's Addiction at the Hollywood Bowl, 2001.......
    I've always made an effort to separate an artist's music from their persona and sometimes silly political agenda, thus I'm able to enjoy a band like U2 and Springsteen despite their often annoying politicking even during a show.

    However, I've never really cared much for Courtney Love *or* her music but wtf, I was willing to give her and her band a chance when they opened for Jane's Addiction this show. Unfortunately, Courtney proved she's one of the few people whom it's impossible to separate art from artist. Hole played a decent set, but proceeded to go far beyond their allotted time resulting in the PA power being cut after several "bonus" songs. So Courtney decided to stay on stage, run around playing acoustic guitar (no one could hear her), taunt jeering audience members and general refuse to leave the stage for almost another hour preventing Jane's from going on until she was physically carried off stage by a pair of roadies like a screaming spoiled child. The result was Jane's had to cut short a couple songs for a one-off Porno For Pyros reunion in the middle of their set due to curfew.

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    Man, there are so many great concert memories for me.

    The first one that popped in my head was from a VH show back in '04 in Worcester. A couple of friends and I got the VIP tix so we were sitting in the 2nd row. At the end of the show Eddie is standing right in front of us wiping his face with a white towel. When he was done he started winding up his arm and then he whipped the towel into the crowd, hitting me right in the middle of my chest. Part of it was dangling out under my arm and a guy behind me grabbed it. I turned away from him and he let go as I exclaimed "GET THE FUCK OFF ME!" Then reality hit me. I turned to one of my buddies and said "great! What the fuck am I going to do with this?" He started laughing his ass off. I mean, really, what the hell do you do with a white towel with EVH's sweat on it?







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    Off the top of my head, seeing VH @ AAC in 2004 and having better seats than Mark Cuban (he was standing right behind me)...and he owns part of the place! LOL. Say what you will about the guy, love him or hate him, he was truly a nice guy to me and ended up buying me quite a few beers. Good times!
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    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
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    LOUDEST shows I've ever seen:

    Eric Johnson @ Liberty Lunch in Austin right before Ah Via Musicom dropped. GOOD GOD those Fender Twins made my ears bleed...and that was his CLEAN tone.

    And, Steve Vai @ The Granada Theater in Dallas. Sweet shit. Never heard anything louder...except for he Eric show.
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    "20 minutes (late to work)? Shit. Last year I woke up three weeks too late.
    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

    "something tells me that after the nuclear holocaust, there'll be twinkies, cockroaches, and a dave vs. sammy argument going on somewhere".
    - han valen, 6.11.04

    "in my best "saw" scary movie voice: "oh, yes, there will be beagles."
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    Another one: watching Don Dokken & George Lynch have it out onstage with each other opening for Aerosmith in S.A. in '87. Priceless.
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    "20 minutes (late to work)? Shit. Last year I woke up three weeks too late.
    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

    "something tells me that after the nuclear holocaust, there'll be twinkies, cockroaches, and a dave vs. sammy argument going on somewhere".
    - han valen, 6.11.04

    "in my best "saw" scary movie voice: "oh, yes, there will be beagles."
    - hatchetforce, 6.7.06

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    Loudest shows? Grr. In my old age I've taken to wearing foam plugs, tinnitus finally set in a few years back. 30 years of concert going, mostly to hard rock gigs, will do that.

    But loudest...yeah, AC/DC generally wins it pretty much any gig, though the Scorpions at Gibson really pushed the ol' ears over the edge in '07. VH in '04 at Staples was FUCKING loud, but that was 'cause we were in Ed's golden ring and somehow the sound there was just bangin' us around like monkeys in a barrel. Ouch. Green Day was pretty loud too.

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    ...and, the MARATHON that was MOR '88 @ the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Damn I'm glad I wasn't drinking that day. I stood so long down on the floor that my knees swelled to the size of watermelons. And, as a result of the fire department spraying us down all day with ultra chlorinated water, I went home with green, yes, GREEN hair when it was all said and done.

    Another note about this one was how much fun I had watching the Metallica heads go APESHIT in unison. A SEA of hair, denim & leather. Quite possibly one of the funniest things I've been witness to.
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    "20 minutes (late to work)? Shit. Last year I woke up three weeks too late.
    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

    "something tells me that after the nuclear holocaust, there'll be twinkies, cockroaches, and a dave vs. sammy argument going on somewhere".
    - han valen, 6.11.04

    "in my best "saw" scary movie voice: "oh, yes, there will be beagles."
    - hatchetforce, 6.7.06

 

 

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