The Unexpected Concert Experience

Perhaps driven by the desire to be the one on stage myself, I love watching an unexpected concert experience play out on stage. Its a time when I feel like anything can happen. My experiences:

1. I've been part of the first three packed rows at a little late-career Love and Rockets concert, (Ground Zero Cafe) only to look behind me and see that there was almost no one behind us. It was either huge fans or non-fans, with no one in between.


2. Someone threw sunglasses onto the stage at an MGMT concert and Andrew immediately picked them up and put them on his face. It seems obvious that that would happen now that I've seen it, but I've never thought of trying it.

3. A gal perched on her boyfriend's shoulders gave a long flash to Everclear to the dignified approval of the band. The bands reaction was so tame they must have seen it a hundred times.


Writing these down, these sound pretty tame. I would like to know what kind of odd audience interactions you've watched unfold in a concert hall.


Artist: Ladytron    

My friend and I went to see a Ladytron concert at a small venue with maybe 100 other people. Me and said friend ended up getting heavily intoxicated prior to the gig and ended up being the only two people in the audience punching the air during the concert. The Ladytron girls seemed to like this and faced themselves our way for most of the rest of the gig. Good gig. Wish I remembered it.

Friday 16th of April 2010 3:06 am

Artist: Johnny Socko    

saw a great ska band in the mid 90s in iowa. the owner of the bar ("Gunner") brought out a case of whipped cream and they did whip-its on stage. then the drummer got completely naked. it was a pretty slow-moving show!

Friday 16th of April 2010 3:20 am

Artist: Some comedian    

I was watching some commedian and he was heckled by the audience. The heckler was african-american and the comedian just went at him with a crazy racist tirade. I think the comedian was on some TV show back in the day.

Friday 16th of April 2010 4:19 am

Artist: Phil Keaggy    

As a group of us waited to go inside to see Phil Keaggy in concert, a short little man walked through the group towards the side entrance. I recognized him and yelled "There's Phil Keaggy!" He then turned around and laughed at us and said "HA! I just walked under all of you!" Funny and great guy!

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 4:45 am

Artist: The Anniversary    

The Anniversary played a show at my college. Myself and a few other people were HUGE fans. After they finished, we started a cheer of "Let's go Janko *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*" (Janko was the nickname of their drummer, whose last name is Jankowski). We kept the cheer going steady for about 5 minutes. They were obliged to come out and give an uplanned encore.

Equatorial Guinea
Friday 16th of April 2010 5:27 am

Artist: Phish    

I've been to a few Phish shows at Alpine Valley in WI where the band came riding through the parking lots on mountain bikes. Odd thing to see at an amphitheater-sized venue.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 5:44 am

Artist: 8stops7    

So this one time many years ago I went to an 8stops7 show at a Hard Rock Cafe. It was a fairly small restaurant, so they just moved a couple tables, set up their gear, and had quite a bit of fun. It was crazy seeing people playing the music that (up until then) I had only heard on the radio. Kind of a feeling of "ohhh, that's what it's supposed to sound like..."

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 5:48 am

Artist: New Order    

In the mid 1980's I went to a New Order concert at the International Centre in Toronto. The band played for about 30 minutes, then quit and left. What a bunch of wankers!

Friday 16th of April 2010 6:35 am

Artist: Bright Eyes    

Saw Bright Eyes Live at the Orpheum In LA. Conor Oberst got quite drunk started to have a nice conversation with the audience involving him being a vegetarian, but sill enjoying fish. Guy next to me lit a doobie. Nobody said anything. Great show.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 6:50 am

Artist: Citizen Cope    

My friend was front and center for a small Ben Folds show The opener, Citizen Cope, was playing an acoustic and rather drawn-out set and my friend grew impatient. In one of Cope's songs, he sings "put the gun down" at least 8 times in a row. As the line kept repeating, my friend yells "Put the gun down already!" The crowd laughed. Citizen Cope shot him a look that could have killed.

Burkina Faso
Friday 16th of April 2010 6:50 am

Artist: Living Colour    

Back in 1991, at Penn State. During the drum solo the drummer starts saying "Give me an N", the audience responds "N"; Give me an O, "O". This goes on for a long time. Eventually, we realize he's spelling "No blood for oil." The drummer did not get the reaction he was expecting. The audience grew very quiet; Then, some guy way in the back yelled "F*** Iraq!" and the audience went crazy.

Friday 16th of April 2010 7:14 am

Artist: Tragically Hip    

Some joker threw a battery at Gord Downie and he got pretty mad. Took a few minutes to cool down as the band played on, then came back and told an incredible impromptu story about how it *wasn't* a battery: it was an engagement ring, thrown by the guy's fiancee, and how she was leaving him because he was a tool for throwing things at concerts. Hilarious!

Friday 16th of April 2010 7:45 am

Artist: Matisyahu    

The small club was packed full of people. When Matisyahu started to sing the Shema - Shema Yisrael Hashem Elohenu Hashem Echad (Hear, Israel, the L-rd is our G-d the L-rd is One) - everyone in the crowd began to sing with him. To hear a packed room full of concert goers, Jew and non-Jew alike, sing the Shema was both unexpected and amazing.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 8:25 am

Artist: The Planet Smashers    

Some idiot Planet smashers fan was doing backflips off the stage into the pit. He did one, kicked a mic stand straight into the singer's face. Matt, the singer, stopped playing and the band realized he was hurt and stopped too. He had chipped a tooth right in half. After moaning and swearing a minute he just said "let's take it from the 'hey hey hey!'" and off they went. What a trooper!

Friday 16th of April 2010 8:46 am

Artist: Queens of the Stone Age    

Some heckler had apparently shouted something at Josh Homme between songs, so he just relentlessly made fun of this guy, with such zingers as "Oh what was that? I couldn't hear you, your penis is too small."

Friday 16th of April 2010 8:58 am

Artist: Godsmack    

Before Godsmack started to play at the Memorial Auditorium, Everyone that had a beer threw it straight up in the air. Everyone was soaked in beer and rock.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 9:27 am

Artist: Some Random Comedian    

In my 2nd year of college my father took me to a comedy club in NJ. So the comedian asks if anyone here has slept with 2 women at the same time. My father heckled him back that he had. The 2 of them started bantering & my father says in college he had slept with a mother & daughter. Then the comedian asked who my dad was at the club with; my dad answered, "My daughter." AWKWARD!

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 9:46 am

Artist: Ramones    

Show was at a hard-rock type bar. c1991. We secured a front row spot early. Opening band (Trouble) was a perfect match for Spinal Tap. We were openly mocking them, only drummer caught on - and he spit a big loogie at us (fell just short, fortunately) at the end of their set. Ramones were awesome.

Friday 16th of April 2010 10:50 am

Artist: nine inch nails    

i caught a warm-up show in in san francisco just prior to the major 1994 downward spiral tour. into the second song, trent reznor hurls his mic stand up behind him and the base lands on drummer chris vrenns's head. show stops. 30 minutes later they come back on stage, trent apologizes to chris & the show resumes. it was memorized in just about every music outlet that year.

Friday 16th of April 2010 11:24 am

Artist: Freezepop    

I went to the Freezepop 10th anniversary daytime show. They have a song called "Super-Sprode" which has the line "You like to dance / And take a chance / So throw your undies on the stage." Everyone accepted the invitation and the stage was covered in underwear. Someone threw a thong, which the lead singer was not expecting.

Friday 16th of April 2010 12:56 pm

Artist: This Condition    

It was at a small event outside and it was late July and sweltering out. The weather was beautiful and their set was going great when pretty much out of nowhere it started downpouring like crazy. No one cared though, it just really pumped up the fans more.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 1:19 pm

Artist: Patton Oswalt    

I saw comedian Patton Oswalt at the Boulder Theater last year. After he finished his encore, he set the mic down on the stool and left. Then the mic rolled off and hit the floor. But Oswalt came back on to fix it, and said that he didn't want to end the show on such a sad and pathetic image. So he ended up doing 10 more minutes of material. It was awesome.

Friday 16th of April 2010 1:24 pm

Artist: Slayer    

Slayer had just finished playing the main stage at Reading Festival 06 and had the erm 'honour' of announcing the next band My Chemical Romance thus setting off the biggest Booing + beer cup throwing act in human history.

United Kingdom
Friday 16th of April 2010 1:24 pm

Artist: Smashing Pumpkins    

Some a-hole brought a laser pointer and was shining it on stage. Billy Corgan took a moment between songs to call him out. "To the guy with the laser sight," Billy said, "go f--- yourself, 'cause I'm getting tired of this sh--." The lasering then promptly ceased.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 1:32 pm

Artist: M.I.A.    

This wasn't my experience, unless you count seeing it on Youtube, but the "Dance Party started by one guy" movie is incredible. It features one solo dancer on a green hill being joined by one, two, three, then dozens or hundreds of others in a spontaneous dance party for the ages. I wept.

Friday 16th of April 2010 1:38 pm

Artist: Face to Face    

not the LA band, but the earlier Face to Face from Boston. Circa 1988 they play a free concert at UConn Storrs. Not many people showed up, at most 20 people watching this awesome outdoors show. They started inviting audience members up on stage and giving them instruments to play. By the end of show there was no audience, just a big jam session. I think I played tambourine.

Friday 16th of April 2010 1:59 pm

Artist: Iron Maiden    

At a metal music fest, Avenged Sevenfold had the unfortunate luck of playing just before Iron Maiden... Nearly their entire set involved the crowd chanting "Maiden" and booing Avenged Sevenfold themselves.

Friday 16th of April 2010 4:32 pm

Artist: The Smiths    

This was back in the 80s, in Irvine CA. In between songs (and sometimes during) Morrissey kept yelling "There's more of you [audience] than there are of them [security]!" implying that people should leave their seats and flood the aisles to dance. Or something. Well, folks started climbing on the stage, touching and grabbing Morrissey, until he panicked and ran backstage for a while.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 7:25 pm

Artist: Ice-T    

Saw Ice-T in Phoenix years ago, when he was still cool. I was about the only white guy there, suddenly he jumps off the rotating state at Celebrity theater, stands next to me (aisle seat), give me 5, then sings "Lethal Weapon". Ahh...those were the days.

United States
Friday 16th of April 2010 8:05 pm

Artist: My bands    

So I'm a musician and have had some interesting stuff. I was playing a gig in a pretty conservative college town. This idiot guy in the front row kept on trying to give me a cigarette. I don't smoke. We started our next song, and he flicked it at me. I was busy playing, so it hit my bass, and rolled down my leg. I kicked it aside, they got so mad and left

United States
Saturday 17th of April 2010 9:36 am

Artist: My band    

At another gig, some girls threw a home-made thong on stage, made from a shamwow.

United States
Saturday 17th of April 2010 9:36 am

Artist: The Roches    

One night a tiny performance art club I frequented had the scheduled headliner listed as the Roches. I figured it would be a cover band, but was actually the Roches, swigging whisky out of a flask and singing a capella to about 8 people in the audience, just for fun.

Saturday 17th of April 2010 4:06 pm

Artist: Taj Mahal    

Taj Mahal, better known back in the 60s and 70s, was touring the USA from his home base in the Berkeley California area when he landed in Boulder, Colorado to perform at the college there. I was driving long-haul semi-truck and stopped in Boulder to see a cousin. She wasn't home yet so I went to the laundromat to get some clothes clean. One other person inside... Taj Mahal.

Vatican City
Saturday 17th of April 2010 9:30 pm

Artist: Marilyn Manson    

alpine valley, east troy, wisconsin. marilyn taunted the crowd about throwing chunks of grass torn up from the big hill. ten minutes later there were 10 acres of sod sitting in the 'expensive' seats down front.

United States
Sunday 18th of April 2010 7:29 am

Artist: Billy Talent    

Security hauled some guy out of the moshpit and out of the arena. When the song ended Ben, the lead singer announce that this guy punched a girl in the mosh pit, followed by "This isn't f*cking Limp Bizkit. We're here to party and dance and have fun. Girls like guys who can dance, it means they're good in bed. And I'm the best dancer of all!"

Sunday 18th of April 2010 7:26 pm

Artist: Billy Talent    

Security hauled some guy out of the moshpit and out of the arena. When the song ended Ben, the lead singer announce that this guy punched a girl in the mosh pit, followed by "This isn't f*cking Limp Bizkit. We're here to party and dance and have fun. Girls like guys who can dance, it means they're good in bed. And I'm the best dancer of all!"

Sunday 18th of April 2010 7:26 pm

Artist: Hole    

Saw Hole at lolapalooza in the 90's...front row @ south park meadows in austin. Courtney asked if we were hot, to which i replyed "YOU ARE!"...she smiled and put her foot on the monitor and squatted in front of me and showed me that she had no panties under her prom dress outfit! She smiled at me and i winked and then she sprayed me with the water hose in my penile area....memories!

United States
Sunday 18th of April 2010 8:24 pm

Artist: Jukebox the Ghost/Skybox    

At a very small intimate venue in Indiana, the two bands were onstage together playing some cover song. The lead singer of Skybox handed a pair of maracas to my friend and me. We shook them along to the I think we should have jumped onstage and danced!

Sunday 18th of April 2010 9:38 pm

Artist: Ludo    

I asked some members of the band to sign my buttocks. To the surprise of me and my roommate, they agreed to do so.

The Netherlands
Sunday 18th of April 2010 11:21 pm

Artist: Giant Sand    

Some guy yelled "Freebird" to the lead singer. He stopped everything and went into this long story about how the rest of his band was Mexican and they did not "get" why people always shouted "freebird" at shows. He talked about it for some time, then said with complete sincerity, "You sir, in the audience, can you explain what it is about that song?" The guy yelled back, "STAIRWAY!"

Trinidad & Tobago
Monday 19th of April 2010 4:22 am

Artist: Regina Spektor    

I saw Regina get hit in the face by a rolled up tshirt, thrown by a teenage fan..

Monday 19th of April 2010 5:24 am

Artist: Semi Precious Weapons    

They were one of the opening acts for Lady Gaga. They got in trouble for serving champagne to underage kids during their set (apparently this happens a lot).

United Kingdom
Monday 19th of April 2010 8:45 am

Artist: Weird Al Yankovic    

During Weird Al's Wichita Stop during the Straight Outta Lynwood tour, Al was performing "Wanna B Ur Lovr", in which he climbs off the stage and slinks through to aisles, singing as he goes. A few rows behind mine, he trips over a chair and wipes out. He catches himself, keeps singing, and slinks back to the stage.

United States
Monday 19th of April 2010 9:31 am

Artist: the pouges    

I went to the Voodoo music experience in New Orleans last year. The pouges were headlining on one of the last days and they had to start without shane mcgowan. when he finally come to the stage, spider started calling him a tw@t. Shane just stole the mic away from spider, who had his hands full of pennny whistles. This led to an eventual fist fight. An amazing weekend

Monday 19th of April 2010 10:33 am

Artist: Slayer    

Not sure whose idea it was to put chairs on the whole floor for a Slayer show but as soon as the lights went out and the intro was played chairs were flying over our heads.

United States
Monday 19th of April 2010 11:51 am

Artist: Phish    

Phish show in Boise, some person(s) smuggled in backpacks full of flour tortillas. If you grip a tortilla stack & fling it up as hard as you can, the tortillas seperate and 12 "flippy flyers" go zooping off in random directions. Midway through a long jam about 30 salvos of tortillas got launched. Soon everyone is throwing tortilla-frisbees everywhere. Phish just laughed and jammed on :)

United States
Monday 19th of April 2010 3:16 pm

Artist: Page Plant    

I saw Page Plant at the Palace of Auburb Hills back in either '98 or '99. There was these two old guys playing air guitar next to us. They were really drunk, but still taking it pretty seriously (the air guitar). When one of them would start to play air guitar out of tempo with the music, the other one would correct him. Lame.

Palestinian State*
Monday 19th of April 2010 6:17 pm

Artist: White zombie    

I went to a concert in the early 90's in davenport iowa in a uppity theater with seating. Rob zombie taunted the crowd into ripping the seats out and making a mosh pit and the crowd responded in kind. I kept waiting for the power to be shut off and lights to come on. but they played a full set. Foam cushions from the seats turned into areal frisbee's! It was epic chaos at its very best!

United States
Monday 19th of April 2010 9:21 pm

Artist: The Misfits    

Back when The Misfits first reunited (without Danzig, of course), they came to DC with Anthrax. The lead singer, Michael Graves, got pissed at the sound guy and beat him up on stage. When he realized he was about to be arrested, he left the venue. The rest of the set was sung by any fan who wanted to come up and sing their favorite Misfits song!

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 5:54 am

Artist: Dem Brooklyn Bums    

Dem Brookln Bums in Orlando. They were playing upstairs at the Rat Pack(owned by the one and only Janey Lane). For some random reason, they decided to walk downstairs as they played, out onto the main street and lay down while they continued to play. So you have maybe 5 guys with 2 guitars, a standup base, guy with drumsticks and a trombone playing swing music. Then the cops showed up.

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 5:58 am

Artist: Lush    

Summer of 1994 in Denver. Lush came on and opened with "Blackout" I think. I was in the front, kind of off to the side and I was plenty warmed up for the show. Lush finished the first song and the place was silent, the band kind of stood there. I let out the loudest most enthusiastic howl I could, the place erupted and the band reacted. The level never went down from there.

Tuesday 20th of April 2010 7:00 am

Artist: Leftover Salmon    

I saw Leftover Salmon in a small theater in St. Louis that had a rotating stage. The bass player had his bass guitar hooked up wirelessly, so he kept stepping off the rotating stage and playing along with the band as they rotated around. At one point, he left the stage area completely and sat in an empty audience seat in front of me and played the whole song sitting there. weird.

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 7:27 am

Artist: Squirrel Nut Zippers    

Back in '99 or '00, I saw the Squirrel Nut Zippers in a theater in Boston, where nothing is open past 1 or 2. When the venue needed to shut down, they kicked the patrons and the band out, but the band had a better idea! They strapped on their instruments, and walked out into the street, marching-band parade style. They continued to play on the street for about 45 more minutes.

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 8:48 am

Artist: They Might Be Giants    

TMBG did a show at the Seattle Bumbershoot music festival in '92 (I think). They played in the Seattle Center opera house. It was during the height of the grunge movement in Seattle, and a mosh pit formed in front of the stage, to which one of the John's commented: "You Seattle folks will mosh to anything, won't you?" After the show, the first row of seats had been demolished.

Tuesday 20th of April 2010 9:12 am

Artist: REO Speedwagon    

This happened to my dad way back, probably thirty years ago. REO was in Wichita for a concert. They began to perform "Ridin' the Storm Out" when it began raining. Rather than calling off the concert and putting away all the equipment so no one ends up electrocuted, well... you can guess what they did.

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 11:20 am

Artist: OBAMA    

I went to see obama in concert and he sucked

Tuesday 20th of April 2010 2:41 pm

Artist: Of Montreal    

Of Montreal in Lincoln, Nebraska, playing in a bar that had no business holding a decent sized concert. The place was well over 90-100 degrees. Not nearly enough ventilation. Audience was great, however, and Kevin (singer, leader, etc) went and stripped out of his costume well before the set ended. He did the the last third maybe in only his briefs and gladly posed for pictures after.

Burkina Faso
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 6:13 pm

Artist: We The Kings    

I work in radio and one of the bands at a festival show we had was We The Kings. As I'm in the back of the crowd tending to some winners, I hear Travis (lead singer) saying over and over "STOP FIGHTING!". I look up and can't really see anything, so after the show I'm backstage and we're shooting the bull when I ask him what happened. He said he saw something fly up from the audience..

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 7:52 pm

Artist: We The Kings    

...and realized it was blood. He tried to get the girls to stop (I believe security ended up breaking up the fight), and later as I was packing up I saw a rat-sized ball of brown hair laying amongst the trash on the venue floor.

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 7:54 pm

Artist: Various (Festival Show)    

When I was 15 I went to my first major all-day rock show. I can't remember who played, but I remember grabbing more boobs than I can count from all the female crowd surfers. I now know that's wrong, but at 15 it equaled one of the greatest days of my life. I got my first contact high that day too. :-)

United States
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 7:58 pm

Artist: qlmycff    

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Wednesday 21st of April 2010 1:34 am

Artist: Green Day    

I saw Green Day back in 2000 in Mesa, Arizona, and there was this one song where a bunch of people fell down in the pit. When Billy Joel stopped the song to have everybody help each other up, one jackass yelled back at him. Billy cursed the hell outta him, and had him thrown out of the show.

United States
Wednesday 21st of April 2010 10:05 am

Artist: Some comedian    

At one point the comedian asks the crowd if anyone smoke's up? I shouted back I do. No one else clapped or hollered as I was expecting. Since it was dead silent the comedian singles me out and says they're a bunch of liars me and you we're smoking one after the show. Never saw him again bastard.

Wednesday 21st of April 2010 12:24 pm

Artist: Green Day    

At a Warped Tour concert in Calgary, Green Day asks if anyone plays guitar. They got some guy from the audience up to play lead guitar for a song. He got to keep the guitar.

Wednesday 21st of April 2010 12:49 pm

Artist: Sneaker Pimps    

#1 happened exactly the same to me - I was at a Sneaker Pimps concert and there was a change to the lineup... the vast majority of the crowd were rather peeved, but there were about 50 diehard fans who were crowding the front of the stage. Behind them was a good two clear meters of space, and then everyone else was just hanging around the bar. Odd experience for a 17th birthday!

United Kingdom
Wednesday 21st of April 2010 8:26 pm

Artist: Beyonce    

We were at a Beyonce concert and I was about 15 rows back. During one of her slow songs, she motioned at me, which was weird cause I had my arm around a girl at the time. Anyway, she pointed at me and told the security guards to come get me, so I didn't want to kill the mood or anything so I joined her on stage. We made out for about 5 minutes straight.

United States
Wednesday 21st of April 2010 11:51 pm

Artist: Everclear    

I went to an Everclear concert at Irving Plaza and there was this huge fist fight right in front of the stage where these two grown men where fighting because one tried to push in front of the other. Art just looked shrugged and went on with the show. I guess they've seen it all.

Thursday 22nd of April 2010 6:21 am

Artist: Livingston Taylor    

Livingston Taylor played my college back in the early 90's. During intermission I wandered backstage and he was just hanging out in the dressing room with the door open. He said "come on in" and i did. We chatted for a while, mostly about playing guitar, then we sang a song together with 2 guitars (a Dylan tune I think) before he went back out to finish the show.

United States
Thursday 22nd of April 2010 1:48 pm

Artist: Akron/Family    

At the beginning of the show the lead singer asked us to all loosen up by "having a shake". We all shook our heads and limbs. The singer looked at an audience member who wasn't too into it in the very front and said, "You don't have to do it ironically." At 2am we were being kicked out of the bar. The band grabbed acoustic instruments and finished the show in the street.

United States
Thursday 22nd of April 2010 10:37 pm

Artist: Add N to (X)    

So, in the late 90's I went to see Add N to (X) at the Whiskey in LA. During the show this guy starts to heckle Barry 7 and he's starting to get really pissed off about it. Finally the dude blurts out after a song "What the fuck was that? Peter Frampton?" Barry 7 then flicks a cigarette in his face and jumps off stage and they start fighting right next to me and my gf. It was funny.

Friday 23rd of April 2010 1:42 pm

Artist: Jordan Knight    

The former New Kid was playing a festival in Rock Island, Illinois. My friend and I, very intoxicated, yelled "WE LOVE YOU DONNIE!!!" He was less than amused. Have also done the same thing to Darius Rucker.

Friday 23rd of April 2010 1:57 pm

Artist: Nine Inch Nails    

It was 1994. My friends and I had seats just above the main floor. We decided as soon as the lights dimmed that we'd jump. Everyone made it but me. I got snagged by a security guard and hauled out by my neck. He threw me out a door into a hallway where other dudes who'd had the same idea as me were standing. We all found an entrance back into the show...on the main floor!

United States
Sunday 25th of April 2010 7:40 pm

Artist: Milli Vanilli    

I was dating the guy who did follow spot at Lake Compounce in CT, and he swore the group had their music skip, and that they later confessed they didn't sing their own stuff. I thought he was just trying to impress me...

Monday 26th of April 2010 5:55 pm

Artist: Megadeth    

When I Went To See The Megadeth/Exodus/Testament Show In Lubbock TX. Dave Mustain Narked On A Guy With A Camera, And Stopped The Show And Got Onto Another Dude For Smoking. I Was Lke WTF Dave? But It Was Still An Awesome Show.

United States
Monday 26th of April 2010 10:14 pm

Artist: Exodus    

At The Exodus/Megadeth/Testament Show In Lubbock TX. I Think It Was Right At The End Of Their Set, The Guitar Pulled A Kid (Proally About 7) Outta The Crowd, And Let Him Strum On The Guitar At The Same Time The Band Was Closing One Of Their Songs. It Totally Rocked!

United States
Monday 26th of April 2010 10:25 pm

Artist: Reel Big Fish    

There were two openers, then Less Than Jake, and then finally Reel Big fish, so it was a kinda long show. My friend decided to shout "SLAYER!" at each new band that took the stage. When Reel Big Fish took the stage, he waited until after their intro and then, in a semi-quiet moment, shouted "HEY! THIS ISN'T SLAYER!" Everyone, including the band, lost it completely.

Tuesday 27th of April 2010 12:28 am

Artist: Green Day    

On Green Day's American Idiot Tour, the Dayton, Ohio show was cancelled and re-scheduled for a few months later. Billie Joe came out and said "We want to make it up to you, so we're going to play the whole 'American idiot' album." And they did, beginning to end - followed by the rest of their show and four encores. I walked out of there completely exhausted.

Sri Lanka
Tuesday 27th of April 2010 1:10 pm

Artist: Motley Crue    

I was working the concert when I came out from backstage to prepare for the end of the show. I looked into the side bleachers and saw an entire section of women, ranging into the upper middle-age, perform what can only be described as a "breast wave". Instead of standing up and raising their hands these women stood up and raised their shirts. It was so well done they must have practiced.

Wednesday 28th of April 2010 7:59 am

Artist: Man or Astroman    

Bands usually get some beer for free backstage. Man or Astroman decided to supply me during their gig.

Wednesday 28th of April 2010 8:01 am

Artist: Hoobastank    

Saw Hoobastank in Santa Cruz, CA back in 2004. Doug Robb (vocalist) closed the show singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" a la Cindy Lauper. It was way cool.

Wednesday 28th of April 2010 9:36 am

Artist: Cake    

Went to the show too early so we went to a diner nearby. Passed the band on the way...they had just come back from the same diner. I'm not surprised because they would be the band that would go to a diner instead of bitch about m&ms backstage. Still, it was delightful.

Wednesday 28th of April 2010 11:54 am

Artist: Ramones    

Ha! another Ramones one. Toads in Waterbury Ct. The opening band was "lost generation" or something like that. Same deal, loads of heckling. Since they were punk, I couldn't really tell if it was normal for the crowd to be yelling "nazi punks fuck off" Figured it wasn't when they apologised for having to play. Plus a bonus fight right in front of me duringthe ramones show.

Burkina Faso
Wednesday 28th of April 2010 8:38 pm

Artist: Bouncing Souls    

During the huge eastern blackout (I think circa 2003) the bouncing souls were supposed to play with Hot Water Music in Ottawa. When it was discovered that the venue had no power, everyone kinda hung around for 4 hours waiting to see if the gig would start. The lead singer ended up playing an accoustic set in the alley behind the bar while I smoked pot and drank beers with the bassist.

Thursday 29th of April 2010 5:31 am

Artist: Carbon Leaf    

During a Carbon Leaf show in Blacksburg, VA, some folks in the front row were taking pictures of Barry, the lead singer. He took their camera, took a couple MySpace-style shots of himself, and then a pic or two of the would-be photographers, and handed their camera back. The band didn't stop the whole time.

Saturday 01st of May 2010 12:40 pm

Artist: Edwin McCain    

Edwin McCain played at The Call in Rhode Island, and everyone vacated the seats and bar--kind-of set away from the stage--to come sit on the floor right at the band's feet. It was like a family picnic or something. Edwin and the band kept commenting on how special the atmosphere was, how at home they felt. They played a really long set, took requests, and talked to everyone.

St. Lucia
Sunday 02nd of May 2010 11:04 am

Artist: John McCutcheon (folk)    

Like your experience, we found ourselves to be the only fans! The artist and the small audience of fans connect, a breath of fresh air for artists who play to thousands. My 7-year-old daughter was singing all the lyrics, and John asked her name and wanted her to come sing w/ him onstage. :) She was too shy! But he told her to keep singing because she sounded great! :)

Sunday 02nd of May 2010 11:12 am

Artist: Saves the Day    

Getting into the music, people were too crazy, and a girl with bloody,gashed face was lifted by security onto the stage. The band played chill music while the lead vocalist thanked everyone for coming out and made the crowd promise we would keep it safe so everyone could have fun. Somehow it came off cool and not a buzzkill. The show was wild and awesome and no one got hurt after that.

Sunday 02nd of May 2010 11:26 am

Artist: world's greatest funk band    

around 1986, friend asked me to play in his band for a one-off show. when we got to the gig, we learned that the band we were opening for wouldn't be there. so our audience consisted of a friend of mine, the gf of someone in the band, and a guy in a sleeping bag who slept through the show. my friend got bored and joined us on stage. said it was the most fun he ever had in a band.

Sunday 02nd of May 2010 8:13 pm

Artist: DevilDriver, Killswitch, Lamb of God(?),    

I caught a metal festival with the above bands, and possibly others whose names escape me, in Texas on the anniversary of Dimebag Darrell's shooting death. Some or all of the members from the three bands came out on stage for a final song and they all covered "Walk". There had to have been 4ish guitarists, two drummers and an unknown number of other musicians. Pretty cool.

Tuesday 04th of May 2010 7:13 am

Artist: Prince    

This was back in 96 or 97. Prince would invite several people at a time to come up on stage to dance. This chick with these thigh high boots and a mini skirt gets up there, tosses a hand full of condoms at Prince's feet then squats down in the middle of the stage....AND TAKES A PISS RIGHT THERE! Security tackled her and had her out of the arena before she could finish.

United States
Wednesday 05th of May 2010 9:34 am

Artist: Primus    

Saw Primus and Fishbone at the State Theater in K-Zoo, MI. Got tossed up on stage and got to shake Les Claypool's hand before security threw me back out on the crowd.

United States
Friday 07th of May 2010 7:59 am

Artist: Project 86    

They were playing at an out door festival. It had rained earlier in the day and everyone in the mosh pit was covered in mud. During their last song the lead singer commented how he was glad no one threw mud at them. Soon after the stage and band were coved in mud. They haven't played at the festival since.

United States
Friday 07th of May 2010 10:30 am

Artist: Peelander Z    

So, Peelander Z regularly pulls audience members up to play their instruments when they play human bowling or stage wrestling matches. The last time I saw them I got to play drums. It was fun.

Monday 10th of May 2010 11:05 am

Artist: The Cult    

I've seen The Cult twice. Both times Ian Astbury picked a fight with someone up front and stormed off after fewer than 5 songs. Damn that guy sucks. So, I guess the second time wasn't so unexpected...

United Kingdom
Monday 10th of May 2010 11:06 am

Artist: Grateful Dead    

Saw the dead many times. Once saw Bob Weir get fit in the face with a frisbee. He flipped off the audience and almost left. Another time, Jerry Garcia walked off stage in the middle of a song near the end of the encore. Just put his guitar down and left.

United States
Tuesday 11th of May 2010 6:19 am

Artist: Styx    

I saw John Panozzo (the drummer for Styx) get married onstage at the end of a concert at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre (formerly called the Tweeter Center, before that called the World Music Theatre).

United States
Thursday 13th of May 2010 10:18 am

Artist: Joan Jett    

Met Joan Jett at an after party and told her how much I loved her even dating back to 20 plus years ago when I was just a little kid. I guess I made her feel old because she cussed me out. And it was AWESOME!!!!

United States
Friday 14th of May 2010 11:47 pm

Artist: Ani Di Franco    

Ani Di Franco - Universal Ampitheatre. On one of her more popular songs (can't recall which) the audience starts singing along, and she stops cold. Band stops playing and everything. Tells everyone to please not sing along cause the song means sooooo much to her, before starting over... WTF?

Monday 07th of June 2010 4:08 pm

Artist: Ani DiFranco    

Related to the last post - The song was likely Untouchable Face. I have seen her stop 2 shows during that song to admonish the crowd to let her sing.

United States
Monday 21st of June 2010 7:06 pm

Artist: Dire Straits    

At a concert they played at the Bruce Stadium in Canberra, it started drizzling during Hothouse Flowers opening set. When stopped raining for a bit and the sun came out they did their version of "I can see clearly now the rain has gone".

Saturday 26th of June 2010 2:16 am

Artist: Big Wreck    

At the KRockathon, Big Wreck played a few songs, and during the set, someone threw an almost full water bottle at the stage. I don't think it hit anyone, but the lead singer proceeded to kick it at my friend that it knocked him on his ass.

Friday 09th of July 2010 4:08 pm

Artist: steve malkmus    

saw steve malkmus in santa barbara a few years back. yelled some corny stuff to him and he was annoyed. after the show we were getting some pictures with him and he was pretty cool until he found out i was the guy yelling. then he said sternly "no more pictures!" and he was out of there. guess he's taking himself pretty seriously lately

United States
Friday 30th of July 2010 10:44 pm

Artist: steve malkmus    

saw steve malkmus in santa barbara a few years back. yelled some corny stuff to him and he was annoyed. after the show we were getting some pictures with him and he was pretty cool until he found out i was the guy yelling. then he said sternly "no more pictures!" and he was out of there. guess he's taking himself pretty seriously lately

United States
Friday 30th of July 2010 10:58 pm

Artist: steve malkmus    

saw steve malkmus in santa barbara a few years back. yelled some corny stuff to him and he was annoyed. after the show we were getting some pictures with him and he was pretty cool until he found out i was the guy yelling. then he said sternly "no more pictures!" and he was out of there. guess he's taking himself pretty seriously lately

United States
Friday 30th of July 2010 10:59 pm

Artist: The Aquabats    

During an interlude in their song "Pool Party", the band threw a child who must've been 5 or 6 who had been watching the show into the audience.

United States
Tuesday 28th of September 2010 11:08 am

Artist: Captain Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen    

My Dad went to a Commander Cody Concert at the Freestate when he was in college. He and his buddy were coming out of the bathroom during intermission, and found the band drinking bourbon in a little room next to the bathrooms. They were invited in and spent the next half hour drinking with the band!

United States
Wednesday 29th of September 2010 10:50 am

Artist: Sweet 75    

After Nirvana, Kris Novoselic joined a band with called Sweet 75. They played at my school in Tacoma. Well, it wasn't that long after this: So, we kept yelling at him to do his epic bass toss. He ignored us for awhile, but we finally got him to shake his head at us in a disapproving manner. Love ya Krist.

United States
Thursday 30th of September 2010 7:40 pm

Artist: Muldoon    

Early 70's. Band called Muldoon supporting Uriah Heep at Birmingham Town Hall. The singer was absolutely mashed out of his head. They played for 30 seconds before he collapsed into the drum kit, sending drums rolling off in every direction. The rest of the band carried him offstage. Never heard of them again!

United Kingdom
Monday 11th of October 2010 2:46 am

Artist: Taj Mahal    

Boulder Colorado. Did laundry on a weekday. Only two patrons. Me and the Berkeley, CA based Taj Mahal who was performing at the University of Colorado. I am a Californian who was passing through so we had a pleasant chat as we watched the clothes dry.

United States
Wednesday 13th of October 2010 11:21 am

Artist: the new pornographers    

We saw Neko Case and the New Pornographers at Old Ironsides back on 03 or 04. Anyhoo they are a totally tame band- people started dancing and the bouncers held up their big Mag-lights shining them at people in threatening manner: No Dancing. The band watched as this happened for a bit, but finally stopped, saying "I feel like we're in 1952" and broke into Footloose. People went nuts.

United States
Thursday 14th of October 2010 11:35 pm

Artist: Elton John    

Saw EJ in Taipei around 2004 at a stadium on the flight path to Taipei airport. He was singing Rocket Man "I think it's gonna be a long long time" when a jet went over just above our heads. Was wicked.

Monday 08th of November 2010 8:05 am

Artist: Green Day    

Went and saw Green Day at DTE and they brought a girl on stage, had her sing ALL of longview (terribly) then Billie Joe gave her his guitar (telling her he hoped she would learn how to play that since singing was not her thing.

United States
Tuesday 09th of November 2010 9:26 pm

Artist: Bob Dylan - Columbus, Ohio    

About half an hour into the show a young man was dancing up and down the isles. Security took him back to his seat, a few minutes he was doing it again, then he leaned into the crowd and kisses some woman on the lips as most of the security team was escorting him out the woman he kissed ran up on stage and then backstage. The concert promply ended.

United States
Thursday 20th of January 2011 6:00 pm

Artist: Flight of the Conchords    

FOTC in Dallas Fort Worth area. Well-stacked hick chick throws her cowboy hat onto the stage, but it is a dark color and ends up backstage somewhere. Someone with a big-ass sombrero sees this and decides to launch the sombrero, which perfectly makes it to Bret. Bret actually puts it over his crotch during the song, flippin' hilarious. Jermaine busted my neighbor videoing, on youtube.

United States
Saturday 02nd of April 2011 11:57 pm

Artist: Flight of the Conchords    

FOTC in Dallas Fort Worth area. Well-stacked hick chick throws her cowboy hat onto the stage, but it is a dark color and ends up backstage somewhere. Someone with a big-ass sombrero sees this and decides to launch the sombrero, which perfectly makes it to Bret. Bret actually puts it over his crotch during the song, flippin' hilarious. Jermaine busted my neighbor videoing, on youtube.

United States
Saturday 02nd of April 2011 11:57 pm

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