I seem to remember having sort of a "moan" about something similar somewhere else . . .
I don't go out to see many live acts, so when I do, it's a big deal (to me). Rude audiences must be ubiquitous nowadays, so I always try to get way up front and be excited, engaged, interested - dancing, singing, whatever seems appropriate at the time, so the artist will know SOMEONE is listening! A concert is an interactive event (within reason) - it's not a ballet!
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As a new fan, I was not there at the beginning so I can't comment on how it was in the 80's.
What I can say is that those of us that wanted to enjoy the concerts and dance this time around did so and had a fantastic time. OK we had to dodge a few over zealous security staff and notably the strangling nutter, who did spoil that particular concert, but that's life, eh??
What Neil has not mentioned is that he primarily took part in the tour to take photograhs of the band and so was in his way also part of the "freak show", if you like. He seemed less interested in joining in and more interested in what he has written above, and photograhing the photgraphers... By Sheffield he spent most of the concert looking around to see what the audience were doing and hardly joined in even when we were joined by a good friend and long-time fan, who was having "crowd trouble" behind us. It put me off enjoying the show
It would have been lovely if all the true fans had been together and left the saddos at the back to complain together that they should have a good seat at the front so they could pretend they were at the opera. I really feel that if they had got rid of the seats, especially at the front by the stage, so that all the fans could have got together instead of being scattered here there and everywhere, the atmosphere would have been totally different. There were loads of gunuine fans there jumping up and down and yelling and screaming and singing along, but the whole experience was coloured by having to sit next to nobs on many occasions...
In just about every concert I have been to, you get the ones that want to watch and not join in. At an all standing venue, as the concerts in Germany were, there is a natural segregation of the audience into their "comfort zone". As soon as I heard the venues in the UK were to be all seated, I was not happy for this reason. Even more so when it became clear that there was no provision for the long-time fans to all sit together.
So sorry Neil, but on this occasion you are indeed:
maybe I am becoming a grumpy old man
Yes it could have been better organised, but the boys did great and as a new fan to get to see them live just blew me away and no-one is going to sour that experience for me. I had a great time and would do it all again next week if I could!
I was in row B at liverpool, and the couple in front, aged about 30, sat on their arses all the way through - never even twitched. They should sell the front tickets to people who have got the records or people who know the words to the songs!
well everytime I've gone I've jumped about like a nutter!!! last night, felt like I was the first to clap after Dazzle ships (yes that was me) the first to stand up, ON MY OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and refuse to sit down, where ever I have seen Omd will always give them my fulll support, PaulH got lots of screams n claps off me durin the onetwo phase with Erasure. Appreciate the jumpin about Andy does, its just so fantastic! Yes its reliving my childhood, so fcuk, if every now and again I see band, Erasure, Yaz, The police, Omd and relive my childhood, will fcukin go ahead and do it! cos one day they will be too old to make the effort themselves. I take no notice of others around me, because, I dont care!!!! dont care about the fans (yes thats true) I go for the music, not to look about see who is takin pictures, videoing, good luck to them, means nowt to me!!! So Neil, if you feel its time to pack it in, fair enough! You have done this site for maybe too many years, yes I'll be sad not to come here. You're a great guy, but life does indeed move on.. Shall just continue to nosey the news page on the 'official' for any future gigs if any, and will be there!