a-hole audience members

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Slade N, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    Im sure from time to time yall have encountered a-hole audience members that disrupt the night.
    we had one friday. she came up to me before we started and asked if we play ANY country, I replied yes we play SOME but are mostly rock. She said great.

    even tho we were playing some to honor her request she keep heckling us with "play country!", "come on boys I said country"...or sometimes when we would play a country song we'd get, "that aint country"

    just annoying

    please share your a-hole honor role
  2. Ritchie_Darling

    Ritchie_Darling Bass @ AZ Supporting Member

    May 22, 2006
    Impulse buyer...
    Last night, playing with our disco and funk band. Some drunk crazy woman asked for PIANO MAN!!! Then proceeded to scream "PIANO MAN" after every song. They finally threw her out after the barman cut her off and she threw her empty glass at him. GEEZ!!
  3. My Country/60's band decided to play out our last bookings and retire last fall. Our very last gig was a Vet's club where we've always been their top draw. Everything was going great, room and the dance floor were full (as usual). During our second set I have someone come up and complain loudly we weren't playing enough rock & roll and we needed to be a whole lot louder. People close to the stage told here it was just fine, they really appreciated exactly what we were playing and we were plenty loud enough. During the next couple of tunes she kept hollering from the dance floor, turn it up. Again people on the floor told her it was just fine, they liked what we were doing and if she didn't like it she should leave, which she did after yelling at us we would never play there again.

    When we picked up our check at the end of the night, the bar staff apologized profusely for her behavior, that she just had too much to drink.

    Turns out it was the bar manager who was fired the next day.
  4. but it's the chickens coming home to roost.....how many times have you seen bands revving up an audience by encouraging bad behavior.....these days audiences go events specifically to act like ---holes....next time you're watching a concert,ball game,hockey,anything public you can see that.....and it's encouraged mostly by the guys selling the tickets.....

    so don't be surprised to see it in your local venue.....every time i hear some lead singer and the all too familiar "c'mon people lets make some ----'n, noise"....i'm not sure exactly when the notion that rock shows were deemed to be places to act out,but i can recall those 60's beatle movies where screaming chicks drowned out every word of dialog and every note of music...

    how did mosh pits and slam dancing work there way into the concert experience.....who decided that someone's music concert was for that.....i get why venues tolerate it,but it is a public place and how is it that those morons took them over.....

    ..i guess when you don't have much to say musically,firing up an audience with cheapo antics is required,but now every one is doing it....even the good bands feel some obligation to appear to "get into the music".....remember when jagger started his chicken dancin'....just after going on after james brown....before that the stones and most the british invasion
    bands let their music do the talking....

    this year's super bowl,with a tattooed fifty something dude,jumping up and down while holding his muted bass,seems to be the epitome of this ...one of the most pathetic images i've ever seen on a stage.....and the saddest thing is he can really play....or townsend swapping out his guitar for some asian cheapo just before the big smash up finale

    ..it's all about the visuals dude.....music as an audio medium???? ..get real.....i mean,who does that???....
  5. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    It's ok to request songs, but if it gets out of control, just tell 'em this: "Hey, I don't go to where you work and bother the crap out of you and tell you how to do your job."

    Or, just have a little talk with the biggest bouncer there. I've done that before. Resolves ALL issues very quickly.
  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I get a lot of people yelling "FREEBIRD!!!!"

    Of course, if they stick it out until they end, we'll play it.
  7. i went to a show here in the venue where the symphony plays.....john sebastian opened for whoever it was,and actually had to stop playing and ask the guy if he had ever gone to his workplace and stepped on his shovel..

    ..buddy guy was drowned out every time he slowed the tempo to do something subtle....with drunks screaming "crank it"..and the steady stream of concert goers back and forth to the beer bar DURING the performance....jeez...it's a concert venue,not a club....

    ..i had taken one of the ex's kids because,well it's buddy guy....they don't make those any more..i felt it important that another generation see the real thing......but the entire thing was an embarrassment...i could only picture buddy at home in chicago telling every one what a bunch of rude,clueless,rubes go to concerts here....
  8. Boom762

    Boom762 I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Alpine, TX
    In my hometown all the subcultures (kickers, thugs, rockers, hippies, etc) all hang out together. I was playing by myself at a hippy guys studio to show a friend of his how I played. The hippy guy grabbed his guitar and wanted to join in which was fine. At that time in my life, if it wasnt thrash metal I didnt generally play it. This guy didnt wanted to join innsomuch as he wanted me to play the stuff he wrote... which ive never heard. I told him if he played I could folloe along and intertwine with what hes playing. He kept getting all pissy that I didnt know his personally written music and complaining that all I was playing before he came over was metal. So now Im thinking this was all just to start a fight. I told him to just playing something and Id back him and hed say "okay well start playing a C# and Ill go along with you". I told him that didnt make any sense. I reminded him ive never heard anything hes written and informed him I didnt know notes and chord names as I am by ear. He kind of just derailed the convo me and his friend were having and Im assuming he had been drinking and just wanted some attention I guess. Thags the only negagive nancy ive ever dealt with.
  9. In my RHCP tribute band, we got a drunk once yelling for some Metallica. He clearly did not get that we only played RHCP songs. At one point the singer announced "and now we're going to play a Metallica song, just to please that guy over there"

    And we played Aeroplane.

  10. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    I used to play a joint where we encouraged people to write down their requests and send them up to the bandstand.

    One memorable one was, "Play anything by Miles Davis or the Theme to Rawhide".

    Another one simply said, "Take a break".
  11. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    we learned Anthrax's starting up a posse for just this reason, we are not a country band and do not play mixed or country venues but there is always some jackass (male or female ) that ALWAYS call out for country (even though we do not do requests either) so we will break it out and it usually shuts them up or gets them so riled they get escorted out by the doorman , works every time

  12. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    We get that as much or more than most bands.

    We're not the least bit shy about taking it straight back to them. If you want to be part of the show, that's fine. We've been squashing drunk hecklers since before you were born. We will make you the center of attention until you cry and the rest of the room is laughing at you.

    There's been more than one occasion where the front guy will yell,"STOP THE MUSIC!" and in the ensuing silence say, "Dude, what the eff is your problem?" over the PA at about 105db's and proceed to pluck him like a chicken.
  13. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    This is a great way to handle it...

    "Please write your request on the back of a $20 bill and we'll be happy to consider it!"
  14. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    It's usually friends of the band (or someone in the band) & we'll probably return the favor next time it's their gig!
  15. Johnny StingRay

    Johnny StingRay

    Nov 24, 2006
    That's a shame. Sorry you had to deal with her stupidity/inebriation.

    Unfortunately, the way "country" is today is nothing but watered down pop music, I doubt if anyone below the age of 60 knows what real country music is anyway.

    My wife has had the Ann Arbor, Michigan "country" station set on her alarm clock radio for the past five years....in all that time we've never awoken to a real country song!

    Just because the singer has a little twang and they sing about how great Mississippi is or tupelo honey (whatever the hell that is) doesn't make it "country".

    I'm really considering putting a "country" band together here in Michigan and start writing songs about how great the NORTH is and that we can play/sing REAL country songs.

  16. modern country seems more akin to arena rock from the 70's with a lap steel or violin....big stages,big lights,and no more big hair....
  17. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    Yep, we did this too. We also assured the audience that their request would sound more like what they wanted if it was on $20 versus a $1 or $5.
  18. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Not being in a cover band, I don't have to deal with drunk people yelling out random song titles or requesting we play a certain genre of music. That would be a drag after a while.

    I've had plenty of a-holes spill beer on my gear or knock stuff over. Sometimes it's their fault, sometimes it's not. That's one of the reasons I don't use expensive gear.
  19. BassinCT

    BassinCT …still tuning…

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut, USA
    I like this ^.

    If it doesn't upset the club/bar owner, a rude parody of their requests can be fun.
  20. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    It's like a train wreck. They can't look away. After a while you sorta become know for doing it and people actually bring their friends in and tip well to have them tormented from stage.