There’s always a risk when it comes to going to a gig. Will the act be in top form or just phone it in? Will they play the hits or get all self-indulgent by playing tracks only they want to hear? Will the sound be good? Then there are the issues of security (are they being jerks?), fellow fans (ditto), the sightlines from your seat/position, the price of merch.
With concert ticket prices in a permanent upward vector, we as fans have every right to expect value for money. And while most artists work hard to turn a great performance every single night, there are those duff gigs where things just suck.
This week’s question is simple: What was the worst gig you’ve ever seen and most importantly, why? What made that show suck so much?
Me? Too many to count, really. But there was one particular Smashing Pumpkins show that annoyed me to almost the point of tears. At one of the first Virgin Fests on the Toronto Islands–the first time in years that they were on the road–Billy Corgan insisted starting the set with an hour on unfamiliar new stuff. No “Cherub Rock.” No “I Am One.” No “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” Nothing anyone who’d been waiting for this reunion wanted to hear.
After about 50 minutes, my reaction was “Screw you guys. I’m going home.” I was angry and gutted.
Let me know so I can share your experience/warning with others.