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#1 pfrushfan0122

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 09:00 AM

So I went to the Tulsa show and had a blast! By far my favorite show of all time, and I won't give spoilers :) However, it would've been much better if the guy behind me hadn't been a drunk a**hole.

So, like a normal person at a ROCK concert along with everyone else in the first 4 rows of our section, we stood up even though we were stage side up in the bowl of the BOK center. It was a great view regardless of whether you were standing or sitting. For about 3/4 of the first set, I jammed out on my air instruments with my three other friends, and then I feel a tap on my shoulder from this guy behind us. He says "C'mon guys sit down, we have great seats." So we kindly oblige, but the people in front of us are still standing, and then we ask them to sit down, but they encourage us to stand back up. So with this in mind, we do that and everything goes back to normal.

About 5 minutes later, my friend hears rustling behind him and a spillage. He turns around to see the guy spilled a beer "accidentally" all over his flag he had brought. We think to ourselves, alright benefit of the doubt, its a coincidence.  

At intermission, my friend leaves and goes to wash out his flag. I talk to the guy during intermission and attempt to explain my side of the story and why we're standing, but he wanted none of it. He was not even that intoxicated at this point, but he said "I asked you all "nicely" to sit down, but you didn't, so shit happens and your friend's seat got wet." I was getting pissed at this point, but remained my cool and tried to talk to the guy a little more to diffuse everything. Yet again he wanted none of it and was making derragatory comments about my size (in terms of weight and height) and wanted to "take this "argument" outside."

As an aside: Look, I know I'm a pretty big dude, but get over it.

Anyway, at this point, I just turn around and wish him well and start taking photos of the stage. As this happens, I can hear him bitching about us to this lady behind him, and now I'm just done. So, I run to an usher at the top of the arena and explain my story and she was very helpful and pleasant and agreed that this was getting out of hand.

During the first song of the second set, she got security to come talk to the guy and he didn't do anything/say anything from there on out.

I would've sat down/exchanged seats with the guy if he would've handled the situation differently and gave me and my friends respect or if more than 50% of our section was sitting, but unfortunately that didn't happen.

So, TL;DR, what is your stance on standing at concerts? Was I in the right for standing and doing what I did?

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 09:12 AM

View Postpfrushfan0122, on 09 May 2015 - 09:00 AM, said:

So I went to the Tulsa show and had a blast! By far my favorite show of all time, and I won't give spoilers :) However, it would've been much better if the guy behind me hadn't been a drunk a**hole.

So, like a normal person at a ROCK concert along with everyone else in the first 4 rows of our section, we stood up even though we were stage side up in the bowl of the BOK center. It was a great view regardless of whether you were standing or sitting. For about 3/4 of the first set, I jammed out on my air instruments with my three other friends, and then I feel a tap on my shoulder from this guy behind us. He says "C'mon guys sit down, we have great seats." So we kindly oblige, but the people in front of us are still standing, and then we ask them to sit down, but they encourage us to stand back up. So with this in mind, we do that and everything goes back to normal.

About 5 minutes later, my friend hears rustling behind him and a spillage. He turns around to see the guy spilled a beer "accidentally" all over his flag he had brought. We think to ourselves, alright benefit of the doubt, its a coincidence.  

At intermission, my friend leaves and goes to wash out his flag. I talk to the guy during intermission and attempt to explain my side of the story and why we're standing, but he wanted none of it. He was not even that intoxicated at this point, but he said "I asked you all "nicely" to sit down, but you didn't, so shit happens and your friend's seat got wet." I was getting pissed at this point, but remained my cool and tried to talk to the guy a little more to diffuse everything. Yet again he wanted none of it and was making derragatory comments about my size (in terms of weight and height) and wanted to "take this "argument" outside."

As an aside: Look, I know I'm a pretty big dude, but get over it.

Anyway, at this point, I just turn around and wish him well and start taking photos of the stage. As this happens, I can hear him bitching about us to this lady behind him, and now I'm just done. So, I run to an usher at the top of the arena and explain my story and she was very helpful and pleasant and agreed that this was getting out of hand.

During the first song of the second set, she got security to come talk to the guy and he didn't do anything/say anything from there on out.

I would've sat down/exchanged seats with the guy if he would've handled the situation differently and gave me and my friends respect or if more than 50% of our section was sitting, but unfortunately that didn't happen.

So, TL;DR, what is your stance on standing at concerts? Was I in the right for standing and doing what I did?

stand away.

the exception i make is if there's a young kid behind me since I'm 6'4". If that's the case, I'll try to change diplomatically change seats if someone next to me is shorter.

but adults should understand that's the risk you take at a rock concert.

but in your case i would have told him in the first conversation...it's a rock concert, everyone is standing.

after that he gets ignored.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 10:03 AM

I almost punched a guy in the face at a Motley Crue show for literally shoving me down into my seat because I was standing up.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 10:33 AM

If your on the floor you stand.  If your in the stands and the people in front of you are standing then you stand.  Not hard to figure out... or is it?

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 11:45 AM

Standard protocol? If you're on the floor you stand. If you're in the loge you sit unless your entire section is standing.

Not that anyone abides by standard protocol.

Short folks have a rough time at shows. They're the ones taking the biggest risks. Unless they're front row of a section.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 11:45 AM

My rule is, if the guy in front of you is standing, you can stand and not feel bad. If you're the only one in the section (unless for a song you absolutely adore and you want to dance or whatever) then you should sit down

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 11:50 AM

View PostBard, on 09 May 2015 - 11:45 AM, said:

Standard protocol? If you're on the floor you stand. If you're in the loge you sit unless your entire section is standing.

Not that anyone abides by standard protocol.

Short folks have a rough time at shows. They're the ones taking the biggest risks. Unless they're front row of a section.

if you're short, acknowledge your challenge and adjust seat choices accordingly.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 11:56 AM

If you're into the show you stand up.  If you don't like it, you sit.  It's better to have a full house of excited people than it is a bunch of fuddy-duddies just sitting there.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 11:59 AM

You have to approach a concert like a tactical operation.
FLOOR- Expect to stand ALL night.
BOWL- Surveillance is the key
Example-
I have already done my research. I am sitting in Row 6 Lower Bowl in New Orleans. The sections BEGIN with Row 4. (Hence Row 4 = Row 1)
On StubHub since February there have been 8 seats in Row 4 for sale for $600 each.
If no one is sitting in those Row 4 scalped seats when we arrive, My group is sitting there. If by some chance all of those seats are sold/ get sold,
we move back 2 Rows to OUR original seats. Anything to gain a tactical advantage.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 12:25 PM

Is 5'8 short?

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 12:47 PM

Not for a woman.  It's probably average for a man.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:18 PM

I hate sitting at concerts regardless of the type of music, or how long the concert/festival is. If the musicians who are at least twice my age can stand on stage and play music for hours then I feel like I owe it to them to stand and pay my respect by rocking out as hard as them. That being said, I know now to plan my seating accordingly. I got floor row 10 and 9 for the Vancouver and Portland shows respectively, and took my time choosing my Seattle seats because they sold quicker and I have a lot of people who want to go with. I finally realized that the show is pretty much sold out so I went on the resale and got the very last row of the 100 section so that my crew can stand all night. I'd rather get the back row and stand than get closer seats and risk people behind me bitching.

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:19 PM

View Postfraroc, on 09 May 2015 - 12:25 PM, said:

Is 5'8 short?
It's average if your name is Tom Cruise

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:50 PM

I am groot

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 07:56 PM

I'm 6'3. I stand at concert and sporting events. I usually tell the people behind me in advance to give them fair warning. I just spent $1,400 on 4 Rush tickets for the show in Austin. You better damn well believe I'm going to be standing on my feet all night and not sitting on my hands. If that bothers the people behind me (who probably spent close to the same pre ticket) then I'm sorry, but that's the risk you take. It's a rock concert. What do people expect?

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:18 AM

View Post2112FirstStreet, on 09 May 2015 - 11:50 AM, said:

View PostBard, on 09 May 2015 - 11:45 AM, said:

Standard protocol? If you're on the floor you stand. If you're in the loge you sit unless your entire section is standing.

Not that anyone abides by standard protocol.

Short folks have a rough time at shows. They're the ones taking the biggest risks. Unless they're front row of a section.

if you're short, acknowledge your challenge and adjust seat choices accordingly.

I do. That doesn't mean tall guys shouldn't sit down if they're the only ones standing. :)

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:20 AM

Haha, more folks who don't give a f**k about anyone's concert experience around them.

Weird how there's so many of you who simply don't care about the people around you.

It's all symbiotic, and really not that hard to work out, with a few kind words and general respect. Communal appreciation of art works best when things are handled with give and take for everyone involved.

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 07:28 AM

View Postx1yyz, on 09 May 2015 - 11:56 AM, said:

If you're into the show you stand up.  If you don't like it, you sit.  It's better to have a full house of excited people than it is a bunch of fuddy-duddies just sitting there.

I get the point here, but I think if you can nail 10,000+ butts down to their seats that is quite the command and power of the music you are pumping out.

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 10:40 AM

View Post78jazz, on 10 May 2015 - 07:28 AM, said:

View Postx1yyz, on 09 May 2015 - 11:56 AM, said:

If you're into the show you stand up.  If you don't like it, you sit.  It's better to have a full house of excited people than it is a bunch of fuddy-duddies just sitting there.

I get the point here, but I think if you can nail 10,000+ butts down to their seats that is quite the command and power of the music you are pumping out.

I see it as the opposite.  Sitting is passive and standing is active.  So if I band can get 10,000 butts out of their seats, that shows the power and the energy of the music!

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 05:33 PM

View PostBard, on 10 May 2015 - 03:20 AM, said:

Haha, more folks who don't give a f**k about anyone's concert experience around them.

Weird how there's so many of you who simply don't care about the people around you.

It's all symbiotic, and really not that hard to work out, with a few kind words and general respect. Communal appreciation of art works best when things are handled with give and take for everyone involved.
It's a Rush concert. Who the hell sits at a Rush concert?  If you're going to sit in your sit like a lump why not just stay home?





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