DreamyKnight Posted October 28, 2008 Share Posted October 28, 2008 I'd like to open this thread for folks to share the difference in the concert experience from many years ago, to that of todays concert experience. Here is what inspired me to share this. A couple years back we attended a "Rolling Stones" concert, which on many levels was as close to the old days as one could get. Cept for the astronomical ticket prices. Which is a far cry from most current concert events. In the old days everything was general admission. $50 was the top ticket price and being close to the stage depended solely on your passion to get to the front of the ticket line when they went on sale. Today, this all comes down to how much money you have, regardless of your devotion to the artist. In the old days every concert was scheduled on a Friday or Saterday night. Now days it is rare to see a concert on these nights. Most folks that can afford todays ticket prices work, and have to work the day after a concert, since they have done away with weekend shows. In the old days a concert was a major event, the party continued long after the concert ended, usually at a private party or club. Today, a concert is like a really expensive movie...a couple hours and your back in bed getting sleep for the work day ahead. In the old days general admission ment freedom to mingle during the show. Today concerts have an extreme case of security and control at the event. No one is allowed in the isles, everyone is kept politely in their seats. You can dance, ya just cant use your feet! A friend and I went to a Stones concert a couple years back. After the show started, everyone danced in the isles. It was over barring for the security staff, which turned a current structured concert into a huge party for all on the floor seats. We danced and had the room to dance, we ran around the stage...some moved closer and some stayed on the outer isles drinking and watching. Went to a concert a couple weeks ago at Mountain Winery in Saratoga California. That was an excellent venue in that it only seated 2200 people. It was very intimate. But it was also extremely controlled as well. On the one hand you had extremely good personal service, on the other hand you were smothered in so much attention that it was impossible to cut loose or feel as though you could. A gal sitting in front of me was inspired by the music and started to dance, an attendant tapped me on the shoulder and asked if she was bothering me. My answer was, if I could dance like that I would...but I was appauled that at a musical concert that the staff would actually stop a person from dancing...they dont provide anywhere to dance...all you can do is move around in your seat. Everytime you stand up, someone behind you gets upset you blocked their view. Todays concert experience is so controlled it has taken away the spontenaty of yesterday. The extreme security of the venues and crowd control methods have taken away the free flow of the experience itself. Concerts for a couple hours today cost as much as a week vacation anywhere else. And the show itself is as long as a movie at a theatre. It's over in a blink of an eye and cost a weeks pay. Concerts are now confining in movement for the listener. It simply is not the same as it used to be, no matter how much the talent of the artist. Any of you having the same feelings for concert going today? (you will need to send an email to email@example.com to notify me that you replied, if you wish for me to answer your reply. As this site has no post notification) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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