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question Does audience reaction improve the gig?
« Thread started on: Mar 22nd, 2015, 5:28pm »

I saw the Stranglers in a medium-size standing-only venue in Manchester last night. Having last seen them over 20 years ago in that same venue, & several other bands there since, I was really struck by how static the crowd were this time, even after allowing for the obvious fact that most of their audience are much older & less mobile now. Okay, pogoing is too much to expect but hardly anyone was even tapping their feet during the livelier numbers undecided

It helped make the gig much less enjoyable than most others Iíve been to, including Kasabian at the much larger, less atmospheric & seated Manchester Arena, where no one sat down or kept still during the entire concert. There was much more animation at the all-seated Steve Hackett concerts I went to in 2013 than there was last night, & his audience werenít any younger than the Stranglersí.

Anyone else noticed this being a problem?
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 22nd, 2015, 9:15pm »

For me, it depends on the artist and on what that reaction is.

If I'm seeing someone like Tom Petty, an artist who seems to feed off audience energy, being part of a lively appreciative crowd that's singing along and giving standing ovations can really enhance the concert experience.

But then I've been to, say, Yes shows where the audience sat, was attentive and clapped only between songs - sort of like I was at a symphony - and to me, that was perfect because with a band like Yes all you want to do is hear the music and stare at them.


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 23rd, 2015, 01:19am »

Evidently yes. I have been to several IQ gigs, and the best ones were those, where the audience were enthusiastic. There is an interaction between band and audience in these cases, that makes the gig more enjoyable for both band and audience.

The death of a rock and roll concert is a venue with seats.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 23rd, 2015, 04:14am »

Ok as a peformer I prefer it when the crowd sing every word with us and air Drum/Keyboard and Guitar...

Come to think of it...air KEYBOARDS...You don't get that at a ZZ Top gig.... rolleyes

Played both theater (The Maltings) and intimate venue shows (The Cavern) and each have their merits.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 23rd, 2015, 04:18am »

Personally speaking I think it does. Sometimes (IMO) seeing a band repeatedly in a relatively short space of time might breed over familiarity with the songs in the set/performance or the band might play a lot of new unfamiliar material, any of which might lead to inertia from the audience, hence a lack of atmosphere.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 24th, 2015, 06:47am »

Hi there



Applause and appreciation at the correct moment is great but cheering, shouuting etc at the wrong moment can ruin things for the audience AND the musicians.


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« Reply #6 on: Mar 24th, 2015, 07:23am »

on Mar 24th, 2015, 06:47am, alanh wrote:
Applause and appreciation at the correct moment is great but cheering, shouuting etc at the wrong moment can ruin things for the audience AND the musicians.

Not to mention talking loudly during Steveís guitar solo in Hogweed .... rolleyes
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 24th, 2015, 08:19am »

on Mar 24th, 2015, 07:23am, boredatwork wrote:
Not to mention talking loudly during Steveís guitar solo in Hogweed .... rolleyes

AND the subsequent fisticuffs................ wink
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