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Old 02-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched, and nothing came up that was precisely what I wanted to talk about, so I hope that it was appropriate to start a thread about this.

So, what do you think about people in the audience talking during concerts? I don't mean the normal talking about what's going on on the stage, songs being played, how awesome it is to be at the concert, or anything like that. I mean the people who just won't shut up, who talk through the entire concert about things which are completely trivial and stupid, often shouting to their friends to be heard over the band and completely ignoring the concert itself, aside from ceasing talking long enough to applaud at the end of a song then going right back into the, "Oh my God, did you see Jane's new car? Yah. Yah. It's like blue. It's like, a Pontiac Firebird..."

Does this irk anyone else? Does anyone else see this as completely fine, even going so far as to do this yourself, and is it usually accepted as good concert behavior in your opinion?

I personally almost always get stuck next to people who are talking through the whole show. I know that it would typically be douchey to just tell someone to shut the hell up during a show, because, I mean, it's a concert and it's supposed to be fun. But the talky people who don't seem to give a **** about being there irk me to no end. And they make my concert experience less fun than it needs to be. I always hope that someone else around me will just tell them to shut up so that I'm not the one who has to start the bad vibes, but GOD.

Also, do you think that this is really common at concerts, or am I just unlucky?
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man, I hate those people. I mean, I'm pretty sure I paid money to listen to some music and not learn about who's screwing who or about the strange new rashes that showed up on someone's genitalia.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Really? I never actually noticed this, I was too busy watching what was going on onstage I guess. *shrug*

I guess it also depends on the type of concert and who's playing. Really though idk who would pay good money to go ot a concert and stand there talking about "Jane's new car' or whatever it may be.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I went to see Elton John and Billy Joel about 2 years ago, and was stuck beside two women who would not shut up or stop laughing. I can't remember what they were talking about but they really only quieted down for Piano Man, which was the last song played. I'm betting that was the only song they cared about. I could hear the whole show just fine, but man were they ever annoying. Great concert, though
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I detest anybody whose experience intrudes on my own, be that by talking or moshing or yelling for their favourite songs.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think I've ever been to a concert where I could possibly hear someone nearby talking during the music, but I could imagine that it'd be just as annoying as people talking during a movie, if the music was soft or something.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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this annoys me in certain circumstances, like if the song they're talking during is quiet and mellow and one you're wanting to stand and appreciate but you can't cos of people talking. reminds me of when I went to see NiN a few years ago, this couple were sat a few seats up from me and they saw this guy they knew and they were screaming and constantly talking and this was during Hurt
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You can't underestimate the importance of idle chit-chat at a gig, until you have been to see HIM live.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've thankfully never had to endure a HIM concert
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You're lucky, I saw them years ago at Northumbria University and spent most of the show at the bar.

Then they played a Download festival sometime after that and were even worse. I wasn't even planning on watching them at Download but I caught the start of their set and it became one of those car-crash like scenarios where you know you shouldn't look at it....
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