What I hate about concerts – .

the only thing i hate is him bad sound and some banners that speak of the lack of culture and lack of respect from the public; Among these there are people next to you talking at full speed while the band plays, also recording everything with their cell phones, it seems that they do not have the culture of being in a show focused on this happening on stage.

I wouldn’t ban anything other than flammables and sharp weapons. But I wouldn’t ban phones, I think it’s a cultural thing. If we tell people that it is forbidden to take photos at this or that concert, I think they understand.; That happened with King Crimson, for example, but it didn’t happen with The Raconterus, when they came, they also had a rule that phones weren’t allowed in the room. There are artists who want people to be focused, but there are people who abuse their cell phones and are afraid to share a record. For any emergency, it’s good to be connected, but your phone needs to be put away where it belongs.

the the big cultural change in concerts is that people can’t smoke that’s the only thing that bothers me, because smoke is very intrusive when you sing, because you demand much more from your lungs than when you speak. It is prohibited in closed places, but in open places it is also smoked and it is very unpleasant. Also any type of contaminant; Aerosols bother me, these air fresheners.

I started my career in places where there were 100 people smoking. I remember getting up and asking if you could stop smoking while I sang… the pifiadera that came to me! because the smoker felt entitled to smoke anywhere.

I wouldn’t ban anything. We have not considered banning phones. For bands that have many years of experience, what we dream of is to win new audiences and we have managed to have a young audience, which is digitally native. You can’t get this young audience out of the cell phone, that would be absurd. For people like us, it is easier to understand that you can see something without having to record it, but I think there is a cultural problem that is difficult to combat. I understand that some bands are distracted by the fact that they record, but I don’t care. I feel like it’s more awkward at smaller gigs, when you’re on top of people.

in the old days It bothered me when people talked, but for several years what bothers me the most is the presence of cell phones., for something simple and practical; It does not allow me to see the scene or the details of the scene because all the people are with their arms raised and that is why it blocks the view of the rest. Even a very tall person will always be annoyed when someone raises their arms. for they are at least eighteen inches above what you can raise your humanity. I find it intrusive, although I am aware that people can go to the event and enjoy it as they see fit, but you have to respect the environment.

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I wouldn’t ban anything, it doesn’t fit. People buy an experience, they have the right to enjoy that experience, but in my opinion it is absurd to record a musical event instead of enjoying it. The vast majority of the time these videos are uploaded in professional quality, bands these days record their performances, so it’s of no use to me.

What bothers me most in a show is the lack of punctuality; when they tell you it starts at 9am but it leaves 45 minutes later and nobody comes out to tell you anything. You plan, they tell you that the show starts at 9, you calculate that you arrive twenty minutes early to line up and all that, but then it turns out that the artist doesn’t come out or there’s filler and you don’t understand what’s going on, it’s annoying not knowing what’s going on. It also happens to me when you go to a function in a theater and there are stragglers who are disrespectful when they arrive and rush without waiting for a good moment. Finally you wait a bit and calm down.

on phones, I think bans are always super annoying. But I think restrictions like when the place allows the right of admission are things that can be followed as long as you don’t mind. If a group is going to ban something, it seems to me exaggerated, too drastic. You can restrict how it’s done in theaters when people are asked to turn off their cell phones, and there are even performers asking people to take out their phones and turn them on; in this case, I prefer a restriction. I have no problem with people taking pictures, but will they ever review them? Sometimes I’ve shared photos from a concert or snippets of a song I like, but I don’t care. It bothers me more when someone smells bad next to me.

What I hate most are two things: when you hear more viewers singing horribly out of tune than the artist’s voice. Y, that the volume is too high to fully understand what is playing. It’s like going to a painting show and having a bright light shine on you that overwhelms your sense of sight and you lose all perception of detail.

A lot of things are already off-limits at concerts, so I guess it’s fair to me that certain things are off-limits in order to maintain safety on one hand and the experience on the other.

The worst thing that can happen to me at a concert is that it doesn’t sound good. I remember that Lenny Kravitz had audio problems at Lollapalooza 2019 and they even stopped the show for a while. I also remember 2015 at the Caupolicán, when Robert Plant played the then Jack White; the latter it sounded so loud i had to go out for a while. Anyway, the technical problems depress me a bit, because we wait so long for certain shows that it’s stupid when they are marred by these kinds of unforeseen events.

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I think that the problem of mobile phones at concerts is not minor. Sometimes it is really painful not to see well, because everyone has their cell phone upstairs. I think This obsession with virtuality and recording everything robs us of much of the enjoyment of the very experience of being at a concert. In any case, despite this diagnosis, I am not in favor of a ban. I wouldn’t, although I find it interesting to see what happens at the Placebo concert.

I think in front of a show It bothers me that the sound does not reach the expected level. On the other hand, that there is no good organization, nor general problems of production of the event. Knowing the context of the issue prior to the Placebo case, If something in the public bothers you, you will not play. You have to like the public to work, go on stage. If you’re going to be a performing artist, that’s part of the package.

Something that I say “must be prohibited”, is very complicated. I tell you that Garbage was thrown on Calle 13 at the first show in Mexico at the first Vive Latino more than 10 years ago and we continue to play. We are super exposed on stage. However, why should you ban something? If I was exposed to that, well, I don’t care about the ban. Perhaps elements that can harm the same public, white weapons, pistols.

I can understand the telephones although it makes me laugh because that same recording, or that documentation, there are people who have used it in favor. I know of concerts here in Puerto Rico where people were asked to record and then send the material to the artist.. With that, they made a video or something. You can take advantage of it in some way and engage the audience as well. When it comes to protecting your income, there are opportunities to take advantage of the vast number of cameras available to the public.

Nevertheless, if the main reason to ban phones is to force people to enjoy the show without distraction or to break the addiction to technology, then it is already about identifying what is real and true joy for everyone. On the other hand, if we already know that a telephone is stronger than the work that we stand to defend on stage, I think that the work that creators have to do is to combat that addiction to technology with music that makes you not want pick up the phone Maybe the problem is not the phone, the problem is the current music offer.

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what disturbs me it does not come from the public, but from the organization; when they put those crazy bars in the national stadium this made getting to concert tickets awkward and unfriendly.

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As for the phones I have the impression that finally in these times for people it is to treasure something of the artist, to have a memory, a photo, a video, then that would be removing part of the experience that they can share. This is how the experience of music is lived today, it is about listening to records, seeing, sharing a part of everything on social networks. The selfie stick is different, because it already has to do with some security, but ban mobile phones per se, I don’t think; I feel that the Placebo thing is kind of out of context with the times and I don’t know if it suits them.

The only thing that bothers us is when we hear ourselves poorly, when there is bad feedback, insufficient sound or excessive power that damages our ears; It has more to do with sound than people. It’s unmountable for us, it’s uncomfortable, but we have to move on. But with behavior, in general, people listen to us carefully, we never had problems like that.

the cigarette smoke bothers in the smallest places; Before, when it was done on the rocks, it was complicated. But these performances in such small places hardly exist anymore. The unpleasant thing is the smoke -although it is said to be water vapor- that comes out of the stage to mark the lights, makes us cough in the middle of songs and that’s the whole mess; In general, we do not accept this.

What’s up ban cell phones in living rooms, it seems stupid to me, I do not know what it could be. They are things of people who give them importance to have notoriety. But mobile phones do not bother at all. Sometimes there are artists who have rights and do not want the images to be published, but they record in poor conditions. These are, in my opinion, minor things. I don’t think anyone is too bothered by having their picture taken from the stands.

When there are very big parties, what bothers me the most is when you are cold, thirsty and hungry during the day, because there are very long queues to buyand we eat a special diet, so it’s complicated.

About cell phones, the same It’s difficult because when you go to the program with your phone, you’re going to record it, you’re going to share it and in the end you don’t live the experience.. I don’t know if I would dare to ban cell phones in shows, but maybe we could recommend the public not to use them, or if not, schedule concerts in places that don’t have a signal, like a park or like Blondie, so that people can live in the present.


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