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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:04 AM
http://www.whereseric.com/news/2009/03/eric-clapton-allman-brothers-band-be acon-theater-20-march-2009.html

Stumbled on Clapton's fan site and in their story about 3/20/09 they write:

"One Clapton fan that reported into Where's Eric! that another thing that made both evenings at The Beacon pleasurable was the Allman Brothers' fans. He said, 'They are truly passionate about the music. They give the music and the musicians on stage the attention and respect they deserve while having an absolutely fantastic time. More concert crowds should be like this.'"

Pretty astutely observed IMO!

 
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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:17 PM
I watched the 19 and 20 March shows from the Loge.

The VAST majority were respectful of the music and musicians and onstage. A tiny minority stood with no thought for others even when it was brought to their attention ("ASSHOLES! **** S!!!!)

However, a minority still feels it's okay to talk (about non-music related matters) all through the concert. The louder the band plays, the louder they yell at each other! WTF?!!

And a few people around me spent most of the evening sending and receiving text messages! "So what," you may say. Well, the screen is a bright light that catches the corner of your eye. But why pay over $100 to send messages and not watch the show? They weren't texting the setlist etc either. If there's any texters out there, I'd love to know WHY!







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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:30 PM
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But why pay over $100 to send messages and not watch the show? They weren't texting the setlist etc either. If there's any texters out there, I'd love to know WHY!


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would you prefer they talk on the phone during the concert?

i text during shows ( i try not to let the spotlight from my 2x2 screen blind anyone though) to check in on my wife to see how she is doing, to find out where a freind is that left to get beers hours ago, sometimes i am just sending a random thought that i didnt want to get lost, etc, etc

i can still hear the music if i am looking down for a few seconds.

and if you are so concerned that they are not watching the show then why are your eyes checking to see if they are texting the setlist and not watching the stage yourself? hmmmm, maybe that is why the light seemed to be in your eyes.

yes i agree it texting can be distracting, many people are distracting at shows, but i think txting is the least of my worries when someone is in my vicinity.
its quick and easy and beats having to get up and walk in front of people to go out and use the phone especially if you have to check in with family members to make sure they are ok at home.

that's just my take on the txting thing

but anyways back to the original post i agree the ABB fans are overall a great groupl and i always have a great time at the Beacon!

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:38 PM
Even my wife, who is not a big ABB fan, admits that they have the best fans in the world. She likes going to shows with me just to be part of a fine crowd.
 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:49 PM
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i can still hear the music if i am looking down for a few seconds.



Fine! The people I had in mind spent, as I said, almost the whole concert in "conversation" and rarely looked at the stage.

Isn't the interval long enough for all those "checking up" messages?

However, I agree that texting is a minor irritation compared to talking/ yelling!





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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 02:04 PM
I accept the complement.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 03:18 PM
as far as the texting goes...i dont do a lot of it during shows, but last thursday i sent a few to my friends who couldnt come to the show... they wanted to know if/when clapton showed up and what kind of songs they were doing.... usually it doesnt make sense, but sometimes i will send friends updates from shows if crazy things start going down....
 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 04:25 PM
If they played louder folks wouldn't be talking

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 08:07 PM
Some people can't resist playing with their thingie.

That's a lounger joke.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 09:50 PM
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A tiny minority stood with no thought for others even when it was brought to their attention ("ASSHOLES! **** S!!!!)


I can agree with this when it comes to the Loge, b/c even if you stood up you couldn't see over the people in front of you standing up. No slope to speak of in the Loge. But I don't get that thinking in the balcony. There's plenty of slope in the balcony, and it's a rock n roll concert. I don't get why so many people in NYC sit in the balcony at the Beacon and expect everyone in front of them to do the same thing. It's a freaking rock 'n roll concert. There's nothing like an ABB show at the Beacon when the balcony is rocking on its feet and you can feel the sway of the balcony to the beat of the music. First time it happened, it scared the dog-squeeze out of me and I thought it was going to collapse. And then the very next night everyone sat down and would yell at people in front of them standing up. WTF!!??

 

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  posted on 3/23/2009 at 11:10 AM
Heard several comments about the improvement in audience quality this time over 2007,
I found it really noticeable. I always try to prepare myself to be surrounded by jerks these days, but it didn't happen. Very minor stuff. Everybody was into the music. At those prices, I guess a lot of the social event-types were weeded out, and it was down to pretty much music fans. And if you were a music fan, you were mesmerized, astounded at what was taking place. Very refreshing.

 
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  posted on 3/23/2009 at 01:01 PM
I like the comments from Clapton's fans. I assume the hard core Clapton fans have way more fair weather fans to deal with than what we're accustomed to at ABB shows.

He's such a huge name that whenever he's around, I bet tons of people go just to be seen or entertain clients. Even non music heads know his hits so they must chatter away the night at his shows. Must be frustrating to the true fans.

I've watched both his sets on Moogis and they are absolute gems (Coupled with 2 amazing over the top ABB Sets ). It's crazy to me how this seemingly refined English gentleman oozes the blues and plays like quick silver. He's got the Mojo and then some. He's one of those guys that somehow would of been famous even if he never picked up a guitar. I think all past criticism of him here will be laid to rest. 3/19 and 3/20 speak for themselves

 
 


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