L Woods Stop Sitting at Concerts*

Last week, two of my all time favorite bands – Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys – played a sold out show at the Air Canada Center. My best friend and I bought tickets for the show months in advance. We could have bought two months worth of groceries with the money that we spent on our 300-level tickets, but they were worth every penny.

I’m a huge fan of Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner, but this was my first time actually seeing him live. He was flawless. His voice sounded perfect live. It honestly sounded like they were playing a recording over the speakers. I don’t condone crying in any situation, as it is the ultimate sign of weakness, but when he sang “She’s Thunderstorms” I was reminded that I actually have tear-ducts. It was amazing.

The Black Keys absolutely killed it on stage as well and thankfully played some songs off of their older and, in my opinion, much better albums, rather than just sticking to Brothers and El Camino. Overall the concert was flawless in terms of both band’s performances.

I do, however, have a bit of an issue with the audience at the show. I have been to many, many concerts in my life, and this was the first time I have ever actually been told to “sit down” at one. Pardon me, asshole, I wasn’t aware that I was in a fucking movie theatre. I was not wasted or being obnoxiously rowdy; I was simply standing and enjoying the awesome performance being put on by two of my favourite bands who I paid a lot of money, and waited many months to see.

I would understand if it was a Bon Iver concert. As much as I love the band, I could understand people just wanting to sit and chill through that concert. But The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys are upbeat, and you would think that the people there would want to party and have a good time. I’ve seen people rock out harder at a Hedley concert. If you’re going to be a complete buzz-kill, you might as well wait a few more months for the tour DVD to come out. Rather than paying $175 to sit on your ass so high up that the band members look like ants, you’re paying $20 to sit in the comfort of your own home.

Also, unless you have a toddler, no tiny blonde girl is going to “block your view.” [I’m 5’0…] Stop fucking sitting down at concerts. If anyone tells me to “sit down” at Red Hot Chili Peppers, I will not be held responsible for my actions. You’ve all been warned.

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