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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 09:02 AM
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The 'Bogus' Fleetwood Mac at the Academy of Music...you know the story, we walked out.

But the NYC premier of some band called KISS started the evening off.


I was there too. I felt awfully bad for Michael Des Barres who was the lead singer for the second band on the bill. They were forced to strech 45 minutes worth of material into an hour. The 45 minutes wasn't very good, but he was trying hard to get something going.

I stayed.

The lead singer for Bogus Mac quit right before the show, which is one of the reasons their start was delayed. So the 4 other guys came out and jammed for 30 or 40 minutes

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 11:10 AM
"Disappointing" implies high expectations, thus all of mine are Brothers shows.

1) July 1991, Oak Mtn. Nobody could stay in time. Subtle, but it made them sound like a really good club band. But they sure didn't charge club prices. I found it to be very disrespectful of what Duane intended this band to be. I don't know if some of the players were messed up, having a bad night, or what. Or maybe tired.

2) 6/21/09, the return of Warren. Warren's first post-Beacon show, and indeed a Warren show. Timid, dull, imho. Especially after seeing the final show of 2000, with Herring. Seeing the potential, seeing the band back to what I believe to be Duane's true vision for his band. From the highest to the lowest. We know now that it worked out just fine. But it didn't start that way.

3)Riverfest (is that what it's called?) in Chattanooga maybe 2006. The band was great, but the crowd control plan was such a disaster that it made it unpleasant to be in the place. WAY too many people, and all in gridlock. Not a happy place to be.

 
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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 11:17 AM
Nazareth/Deep Purple - Illinois State Univ. Nazareth was ok, Deep Purple was horrible. This was right after Blackmore left the band. It was way too loud - the airplane-hangar style fieldhouse already had bad acoustics, but the sound was muddled and loud. They were playing Smoke on the Water for a couple of minutes before anybody figured out what is was. The only concert I have ever been to where half the crowd left the show before it was over (and Lee wasn't even there).

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 11:31 AM
The first time I saw Ratdog. I had ZERO expectations as far as it being a post-Dead incarnation. No one can replace JG, of course, but the lead guitar was so weak it did a disservice to the songs.

I have seen them several times since and have enjoyed them with varying results.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 11:53 AM
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3)Riverfest (is that what it's called?) in Chattanooga maybe 2006. The band was great, but the crowd control plan was such a disaster that it made it unpleasant to be in the place. WAY too many people, and all in gridlock. Not a happy place to be.


Chattanooga Riverbend. I had a similar experience there one night when too many people tried to pack in for the Skynyrd show. The crowd overflowed into the entrance area and onto the strip where all the vendors are located. It was impossible to move more than three feet in any direction and at times it felt like the crowd was moving me.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 11:59 AM
Traffic's concert in late 74-early 75 in Columbus OH was a letdown -- all just a midtempo drone w/no energy, although I may have been too overly stoked too

The Experience Hendrix show from a couple of years ago, same thing -- probably went there too fired up to be blown away but the show never seemed to gather momentum -- they spent the first 10 minutes playing the three-chord intro to Purple Haze -- they weren't really working hard I didn't think, but at least all those players like Mitch Mitchell, Mick Taylor, Buddy Guy etc were there

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 12:03 PM
Van Halen a few years ago at Bank Atlantic center....i have been a long time VH fan actually first concert i ever went to was VH at the spectrum in Philly... Hagar sounded aweful and Eddie was off on some jam every song four songs into my wife and i walked out really disappointed.

Cheap Trick same year opened for Aerosmith same venue the issue really was the sound it was so loud we couldnt stand so we walked around the venue until Aerosmith came on.

Then last year my wife grew up listening to Poison four songs into i couldnt stand it poor excuse for a band.

Also last year velvet revolver - we tolerated just about the entire show the isue was scot weiland he obvioulsy was high and was a major let down

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 12:15 PM
In terms of EXPECTATIONS - mine is also a Clapton show (really, sorry there Eric!).

I've posted this story often - I think it was the 1973 tour for "461 Ocean Boulevard" - Birmingham, Al (Legion Field). Clapton just came out skunk as a drunk. Hardly played guitar at all, choosing instead to hold himself up with the microphone and sing like a typical front man. The show was saved from total ruination by the then relatively unheard of Charlie Daniels Band.

In terms of DELIVERY - Uriah Heep - about 1972 at Birmingham's Rickwood Field (officially the nations oldest standing baseball park). Heep just didn't even show up! Following a fine set by a new band called Earth, Wind and Fire - the local radio deejay (Artie Dracos) had to come out and make an excuse ( "without saying too much, I think the guy is gonna be alright ..."). Artie got pelted with everything that people could find to throw - including a couple of stray baseballs from the Bham Baron's practice earlier in the day).

In terms of OKAY, I GUESS I REALLY JUST DON'T CARE FOR 'EM - The Black Crowes.

I know a lot of y'all love 'em - I just don't get 'em. I saw them at three separate festival type gigs. Each subsequent time, I was giving them another chance. It just didn't seep in. I've walked out on 'em all three times. I'd still be willing to take another chance with Luther in the band, though.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 01:49 PM
Such a good read this thread.... Had to think about this for a few minutes.

Well, one I walked out on was in 2002 ish? in Plymouth, Massachusetts for The Marshall Tucker Band. I love the band. But this show was just terrible. Doug Gray sounded terrible, i think he might have had a touch of the flu? But, really what bothered me was the "band" was all players who, they sounded like a crappy garage band trying to play Marshall Tucker tunes. I was there with a couple of fellow musicians and we we're horrified at how bad it sounded. We left maybe 1/2 way through.
ZZ Top and the Black Crowes on the ill fated 1991 Tour in Providence, RI at the Civic Center. BAD GIG all around. Although, a couple of tunes top did we're alright "Heads In Mississippi" comes to mind.
Late 80's/Early 90's Bob Dylan, at Spring Concert at UMass, Amherst. Couldn't understand a word he sang, not once, and this is a true story. He either, coughed or sneezed and blew a gigantic (Okay I know this is gross but true) snot, like 6 or 7 inches long out his nose, which hit his guitar neck, then fell on the stage, and everyone couldn't help but start laughing. It looked like Pontius Pilate addressing the crowds with Biccus Dickus in Life Of Brian. Just extreme laughter.He got really pissed and walked off the stage.
Hank Williams Jr, mid 1990's, Great Woods, Mansfield, Mass. This was a gig with Jo Dee Messina (good), Charlie Daniels Band (Great), Travis Tritt (Great) then Hank. Opened with a terrific "Born to Boogie" then the entire show took a nose dive after the first song. It was apparent, that he was hammered drunk. And kept drinking, while sitting there trying to play "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" (and all the other tunes) he kept stopping to tell "drunken stories" that went no where. It got bad enough where he made a few off color, racist remarks, and people were getting up and leaving in droves. Just awful. We actually still joke about how bad this show was to this day.
The Black Crowes, Mullins Center, UMass Amherst, 96/97. They were just too stoned. Gov't Mule opened (which is really the only reason I went) Sat in the front row and wished the Mule just played all night. But about 5-6 tunes into the Crowes set I walked to the back of the house, to the top row and gave my pair of front row seats to a couple who were in the worst seats.
Had to endure KISS at Mohegan Sun. A friend got free tickets and basically paid for gas, beer, and transportation if I went so he didn't have to go alone.
And sadly, coming in at number 1, was the last nights of the 1997 Beacon Run with the Allman Brothers Band. Warren and Woody left right after these final performances. Music was all over the place, people in the band were messed up on substances, tripping over the wah wah, staggering. there was arguing. Just bad vibes all around. It was quite depressing.

But to leave things on a real positive note. These minor instances are only a dot, on an otherwise fabulous run of 100's shows over the years. I dont think I could put down how many spectacular performances I have seen over the years. Hey, musicians are humans too. These cat's have bad night's just like everyone else. No Problem. That's Rock N Roll....Oh and P.S. Eric Clapton, btw, has always been great everytime I have see him

[Edited on 12/7/2009 by Shapeshifter72]

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 02:03 PM
I've posted this one on here before.The Rock'n"Roll Revival in Toronto 1969 included a band made up of John Lennon,Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White doing a one off. Clapton hadn't been seen much lately and it was to be my first time seeing him live. Lennon unforunately brought Yoko Ono who climbed in a burlap sack with a live mic and yowled like a cat getting done anally. What a treat. Coulda been big too.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 02:10 PM
You all have done a great job in recalling and reporting on your most disappointing shows....I can't recall at this point.....

For some reason I thought of this....I'm no Dead Head, never saw Jerry Garcia, but just watched his thing on the Biography Channel and he had this quote:

"Recording a song in a studio is like building a ship in a bottle. Playing live onstage is like being in the raging ocean in a row boat"

Edit: and he mentioned that they seemed to have more than their fair share of BAD shows....

[Edited on 12/7/2009 by heineken515]

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 02:15 PM
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I wasn't even born when this show happened, but after watching The Dirty Mac perform on the Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus, I can relate. John Lennon must have been in love to allow Yoko to 'perform' on stage with him....horrible!!


Yeah, agree...Love is blind. John had $$, John had fame....what else could it have been?...You really can't call what Yoko does.. music. Even John must have realized that it was performance art and had no place on stage with musicians of his caliber...it must have been love.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 02:15 PM
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You all have done a great job in recalling and reporting on your most disappointing shows....I can't recall at this point.....

For some reason I thought of this....I'm no Dead Head, never saw Jerry Garcia, but just watched his thing on the Biography Channel and he had this quote:

"Recording a song in a studio is like building a ship in a bottle. Playing live onstage is like being in the raging ocean in a row boat"




Cool quote!!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:23 PM
Motley Crew about 3 years ago
College buddies & I went to see them at Philips arena. Original lineup. I'm no big fan...too close to hair metal for me but I was known to turn up Doctor Feelgood in the car back in the day. I was looking for a fun, cheezy, sing along type rock n roll show.

It was the loudest, most bass heavy, rumble from the speakers you've ever heard. After about 50 minutes they take an intermission. It goes on and on and on...about an hour later everyone except Vince Neel returns to the stage to tell us Vince got hurt and the show is over. We took the refund instead of the make-up ticket!

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:25 PM
Not so much entire concerts, but PARTS of concerts definitely.

Saw Stephen Stills in '76 (on what started out as the Stills-Young Band tour, it was one of the shows that Stills decided to keep after Neil bailed out)....the Marshall Tucker Band opened...NOBODY was going to be able to follow them that night. Poor Stephen decided to open his portion of the show with an acoustic set....even though the crowd was STILL buzzing from the MTB's set. Crowd got restless, Stills spent more time bitching about the sound coming out of the monitors than playing...wasn't until he got into playing his electric set that he started getting the audience into him.

I guess I've been lucky...after all the times I've seen Clapton between 1974 to now, I've never had a disappointing show.

Every Fleetwood Mac show I've seen since 1997 has been MORE than disappointing...not that they haven't put on a good show, I guess I'm just OVER Nicks & Buckingham these days. Whole show seemed contrived and robotic. Gimme Green, Welch or Vito anyday.

Rod Stewart & Faces in '75...they were over an hour & a half late in starting (it was almost 2 hrs between Loggins & Messina who'd played before them and the start of their set), the set was barely an hour long. I'd seen them a couple of years earlier and thought they'd put on the greatest show ever, so maybe my expectations were overtly high....well, higher than I WAS that day, that is.

Van Halen....the initial "Van Hagar" tour...had just seen DLR's 1st band (w/Vai, Sheehan, Tuggle & Bissonnette) a few weeks earlier at the same venue; sound & performance was impressive...VH?? Not so much on either account.

 
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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:31 PM
Allmans - Jazzfest 2000, just before the fax. Sad day at the fairgrounds.

Bob Dylan - San Diego 2002. Can't recall a single highlight.

Van Morrison - Merriwether Post late 80's. If he wanted to be there he didn't show it.

Stevie Wonder - Jazzfest 2008. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:33 PM
Van Halen.
You know. Simply based on the sound system, the VH with David Lee Roth show Feb 08 was a huge disapointment. You could tell the playing was solid, setlist minus the Jump encore was wonderful, and DLR's vocals (and Eddie & son on background) were good, particularly for 30 years later.

The sound guy should have been fired and apparently was shortly after! Terrible, muddy, bass heavy, overly loud sound ( I heard their sound was much, much better a couple months later at Gwinnet Center in ATL).

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:43 PM
Just goes to show that its all about one's own expectations and perception.

I loved Stevie Wonder at 2008 Nola Jazzfest. I waited all afternoon in on and off rain for his set and I couldn't have been happier with the setlist and performance. Stevie was in fine voice and the band was top notch. Unless you didn't like the pro-Obama rap, I don't know what could have been so disappointing about the performance.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 03:57 PM
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Eric Clapton, September 74.
My 16th birthday, sitting on the 9th row at Nassau. I was stoked.

Put it this way, during Badge, EC tried to play a solo, stopped in the middle, looked over at George Terry and shook his head.


9/29/74... This show is out there in the trading circles!


Wow, I think I actually remember this show. Maybe it was a different day, but I definitely saw EC at the Nassau Coliseum around that time.

As I recall, a pretty good show, but the mind does play tricks after a while.

 

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Runner Up - Neil Young (Greendale) at Jones Beach. Neil is one of my all time faves; I know others loved this record. The crowd was so stunned that it was like the "Springtime for Hitler" bit in the Producers


Sorry to read this. I saw the Greendale performance at Radio City and thought it was brilliant. But I agree with what you're saying about the crowd, I could tell much of the crowd at RCMH was not into it and many were hollering out for some of his classics. Which was a shame, because if they settled into it they may have been able to enjoy the performance.


I also saw the Greendale show at radio city.

After a bit of heckling, Neil said something to the effect of Im going to play some more of these songs and then Ill go back to being who you think I am.

And then he finished with about 30 minutes of classic Crazy Horse.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 04:03 PM
Bob Dylan, Atlanta, Omni, early 80s?, so boring, left early.

Grateful Dead, Atlanta, Fox, '78?, we left early for this sleeper too.

Sex Pistols, Atlanta, Great Southeast Music Hall, '78?, this may have been their first American show, should have been their last.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 04:04 PM
Allman Brothers September 2000, Madison, WI. Absolutely dull, flat show, and my first post-Dickey show so it was extra disappointing. Jimmy Herring is a great guitarist but he just didn't fit in very well, they flew threw "Jessica" as if their bus was leaving and Gregg was swatting flies like Jack Rebney. The next day I found out Allen Woddy died a few hours after the show, so extra times a thousand disappointing.

 

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This one was pretty bad. What made it doubly painful was that I wanted to believe, I loved Skynyrd, (saw them at Winterland when Billy Powell didn't perform because of a cut on his hand)
These were my boys...and it was the worst. A band called the "Four Horsemen" opened, one of those just "turn it up to eleven and play" bands. Man they flat out sucked.... we could see some stuff being thrown at the stage from our seats, so that kind of ended their set....So, Skynyrd comes out and JVZ is holding a Bottle of Jack Daniels and schwagging from it as he sings.. I mean.. the music was ok for a while, but Johnny's act was almost comical. I also remember him sitting on the edge of the stage with the bottle of jack in his hand trying to talk to the crowd...The encore was Free Bird and I recall turning around to see very few people behind us...

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 04:31 PM
The Allman Brothers Band..................ATLANTA 2009!!!
 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 04:32 PM
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The Allman Brothers Band..................ATLANTA 2009!!!


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