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Concerts you went to where the opening act got booed off the stage

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Mark Davis, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Stratburst

    Stratburst Friend of Leo's

    Mar 31, 2009
    Wow, that crowd was dumb. Fishbone put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen.

    Never seen an opening band booed offstage, but I saw a headliner get booed offstage at a club. Saw a British girl punk group called Fluffy several years back; imagine a bunch of trust fund babies who decided to form a band. The crowd wasn't into it (they were crap), they started heckling the band and the lead singer threw a hissy fit, saying, "Don't you wankers get it?"

    At which point, a guy I knew who ran an indie label gave her a beer shower. Needless to say, the band left the stage right after that. I thought we were going to get thrown out but the bouncers were laughing too hard.

    I saw the Blind Boys of Alabama open for Peter Gabriel in Toronto. The crowd wasn't booing but they all headed for the concession stands; a shame because the Blind Boys put on an incredible show. It was so bad that Peter Gabriel actually had a few words for the crowd when he took the stage.

  2. Reverend D

    Reverend D Tele-Meister

    Jul 13, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Haven't seen a opener boo'ed off stage back in Sacto where I was raised. But I did see in about 73 or 74 Little Feat opened for ELO. Truthfully, Little Feat rocked the place, long jams which were just spur of the moment. ELO sounded pretty much like the record and didn't get much in the way of rocking until Roll over Beethoven. That night they got taken out by the opening act. A few years later, I want to say 76 Little Feat came back on the Waiting for Columbus album with the Tower of Power horn section, probably they're most popular time and shortly before Lowell George went solo and passed a few months later. The first time was at the Memorial Auditorium which was a very old place, the second time at the Civic center which was pretty new.



  3. Batman

    Batman Tele-Holic

    Jun 12, 2010
    Northampton, UK
    We weren't that impressed with "Glasvegas" who supported U2 in Cardiff last year... We were pleased when they left the stage but I don't remember anybody booing...

  4. GreeneFan

    GreeneFan Tele-Meister

    Oct 9, 2009
    SE Virginia
    Tulls opening act here in the States around 70 - 71 (as close as I can get) was a group called Curved Air. I've got pics someplace, female singer is all I can remember.

  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Banned

    Apr 19, 2010
    London, UK
    Wasn't that the band with Stewart Copeland on drums?

  6. stinkey

    stinkey Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2010
    malmö sweden
    The Mahavishnu Orchestra, i've seen them been booed of stage in Copenhagen. They followed Made in Sweden, and was to play before main act danish Gasolin'. Mostly rockers and bikers filled the biggest soccer stadium in Denmark. Can't pin down the year, but i guess round 75-80.

  7. Mechanic

    Mechanic Tele-Afflicted

    Never saw an act booed. At the Inglewood Forum saw Its a Beautiful Day open for Jethro Tull. IBD gave it thier all & the crowd showed it by calling for an encore, Ian Anderson came out and asked for it as well. IBD raised the bar that night. Anderson came back out made the compliment about raising the bar and said they'd give it a shot. Best show I'd seen in So Cal.

  8. GreeneFan

    GreeneFan Tele-Meister

    Oct 9, 2009
    SE Virginia
    Regarding Curved Air

    Apparrantly, looks like they had a few heavy hitters pass through, I'll see if I can dig up the photos I have.

    From WikiP:

    The first lineup consisted of:

    Francis Monkman - (keyboards, guitar)
    Darryl Way - (electric violin, vocals)
    Sonja Kristina Linwood - (vocals)
    Florian Pilkington-Miksa - (drums)
    Rob Martin - (bass guitar).
    Throughout their lifespan the band experienced frequent personnel changes. To name but a few of the better-known:

    Ian Eyre (born 11 September, in Knaresborough, Yorkshire) played bass on the second album
    Mike Wedgwood (born 19 May 1950, in Derby, Derbyshire) played bass on the third and fourth albums (later in Caravan)
    Eddie Jobson (later Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull and UK) played keyboards and violin on Air Cut
    John G. Perry (ex-Caravan) played bass on Midnight Wire
    Stewart Copeland (later of The Police) played drums on Midnight Wire and Airborne. He was a full member of the band between 1975 and 1977.
    Tony Reeves (born 18 April 1943, in Lee Green, South East London), (ex-Greenslade, Colosseum, John Mayall) played bass on Airborne.

  9. willwatson

    willwatson NEW MEMBER!

    Nov 20, 2012
    Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    Alice In Chains Booed Off Stage As Opener For Van Halen

    In 1990, I lived in Shreveport, Louisiana. Van Halen came to town with Alice In Chains as their opening act for the 5150 Tour. I loved the music of AIC, especially back then, but in all honesty Layne Staley came out on stage looking like a skin head! Eddie Van Halen is a huge icon and favorite in Shreveport, LA, so needless to say, AIC wasn't welcome...apparently.

    AIC was able to get through the first song or two, and then something went wrong! Some guy in the crowd in front of the stage started yelling, "You suck!" and "Get off the stage mother f***er!" A few people standing around that guy joined in and started booing.

    Of course this made Layne even more ticked off, so he started swearing back at the crowd. The guy who instigated all of this b.s. flicked a beer bottle cap up at Layne and Layne dove down into the crowd on top of the guy! Security was standing nearby, so they lifted Layne back up on stage and vigorously escorted the member of the crowd out of the coliseum!

    AIC stopped playing immediately at that point because the entire coliseum started chanting, "Eddie...Eddie...Eddie...Eddie!" It was awesome to see all of that happening and to hear the entire coliseum start chanting for Eddie Van Halen to come out on stage to rock the socks off of that place, but I felt bad for AIC. Talk about a tough crowd...geez!

  10. DrumBob

    DrumBob -------------------------

    Jul 23, 2009
    Highland Lakes, NJ
    Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band at the Roanoke Civic Center, opening for Jethro Tull, 1972. The audience just didn't get Beefheart at all. They booed and pelted him with garbage. Terrible behavior. I gave him a standing ovation and have been a fan ever since.

    The worst case of this was the time I saw Savoy Brown in Central Park around '75 or so. The opening act was a singer/songwriter named Hank something or other. He wasn't very good, but the audience savaged him with boos, threw garbage and flipped him off. I'm surprised the guy managed to do a half hour set. He probably came offstage and quit the music business! I was appalled at the behavior.

    Back in the days of the Fillmore East, if you didn't like the opening act, you sat quietly until they were done. You never saw people acting out.

  11. Bob Mc

    Bob Mc Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Mo'town NJ
    Harry Connick Jr. opening for Branford Marsalis (and the rest of the Blue Turtle era Sting Band) at the Bottom Line, NYC. After Harry's second or third vocal, someone behind yelled something after Frank Sinatra and it went down hill quickly. He did maybe one more tune, played a barrel house boogie woogie (which was freakin awesome) and left.

  12. Chickin-Pickin

    Chickin-Pickin Tele-Meister

    Feb 18, 2009
    Over here...
    I went to see Van Halen for the Carnal Knowledge tour and Alice in Chains opened. Layne Stayley jumped in the crowd after cussing someone, they beat him severely and tossed him back on stage, the bass player laid on his back the entire time. Needless to say, after the beating they were done.
    I know Jerry Cantrell is a great player but I don't remember much from him that night.

  13. xMercury69x

    xMercury69x Friend of Leo's

    Nov 9, 2012
    Haven't gone through the entire thread (yet) and I've been to quite a few shows, but a couple of really interesting ones occured when I was still a bike messenger in Toronto. Dunhill used to sponsor this race around a figure 8 track built out of plywood (Alley Cat Scramble, I think?) and tons of couriers came from across Canada, the USA and Europe to play hard and crash harder.

    The concert angle is why I'm posting though. I was at two of the Scrambles and one featured Fishbone, who totally rock/funked the house, and the other featured Run-DMC, my only "real" hip-hop show to date. Both were awesome experiences and I might never have seen those two great bands if I hadn't been at the events.

    PS: Frank Zappa x 5! (4 in Montreal and 1 in Brussels); bonus for having gone to NYC to see Zappa host the premier of the Dub-Room Special movie.

  14. Le Jab

    Le Jab Tele-Meister

    Nov 28, 2003
    London England
    I think as rock has grown up, so have the audiences. I remember some real hostile times in London during the '70s when you could smell real danger in the air when an act wasnt liked. Late '70s I saw Sham 69 (BNP) skinheads spit and throw bottles at Saxa of The (English) Beat. Shaved heads, Doc Marten shin highs etc. They stormed the stage and temporarily stopped the gig until a 'truce' was negotiated..... I dont want a return to the 'bad old days', however, now a gig is so middle class! Boos have been replaced with polite applause.

  15. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's

    Dec 29, 2006
    Potsdam, NY
    I'm surpirsed I didn't post in this zombie thread whe it was young and alive, but with all the Philly stories, I'll add another.

    I actually saw the same band get booed off the stage at the Spectrum twice. The band was Blondie and it was the late '70s, when punk and the new wave were both, well... new. Both times, Blondie were the victims of bad opener/headliner matchups. In one case, they opened for Alice Cooper, the next time it was Rush. In both cases, the die-hard fans didn't want to waste any time on Ms. Harry & company.

    Who thinks up these concert bills?

  16. mickeydean

    mickeydean Friend of Leo's

    May 29, 2008
    I was at that show. The boos started right after Perry introduced themselves as The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.

  17. zatoichi

    zatoichi Tele-Holic

    Jan 30, 2010
    Old South
    They aren't "from" anywhere; they're the helpless-yet-despicable victims of fore-brain rot. The real tragedy of the condition is that it does not kill its hosts....

    My feelings exactly. I've frankly found them intolerable since Exiles.

  18. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    I was at a show where the main act was booed off stage, they turned the PA and the lights off on him and he was never allowed to return to the venue. It was a show in Houston at the Texas Opera House with Dan Hicks and his bass player, Jaimie Leopold, not the whole band.

    He was stumbling drunk and abusive to the crowd and started making a loud obnoxious grating sound through his microphone so the house shut him down.

  19. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Far N.E. Philadelphia
    I was at that show with Mickey Dean - I forgot about Journey. George Thourogood was great and he's local. Some Girls tour I think it was. I was messed up, but I'm sure it was JFK. The Stones - uninspired at best. No encore - they had alot of equipment damaged by flying bottles. Charlie Watts kit definitely suffered. I was in throwing distance myself, but I just had a plastic gallon milk container with my last bit of Budweiser in it. Never wanted to see the Stones again. Kief still the man though.

  20. zatoichi

    zatoichi Tele-Holic

    Jan 30, 2010
    Old South
    Prolly mistaken for Darryl Rhoades' Hahavishnu Orchestra?

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