Music is a distant third at rock concerts .
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They're called Music Festivals in Europe and thousands attend every weekend. The DJs are the entertainment, and of course, the Ecstasy (or whatever it's now called).
Remember "Raves" in the 80s and 90s?
Now there are dance clubs where the kids all listen to their ipods...that's the weirdest concept of all.
Thank god I grew up in the 70's. I saw so many great concerts and the best bands that inhabited the planet. At the time I really didn't appreciate it. Now I look back and those are the best memories of my entire life. When these kids get my age they will be thinking about all the great shows they saw listening to pre-recorded music.
I'm with Taters on this! I also came of age during the 70s and there were soooo many great bands, alums, and concerts about - it was impossible to see and hear all of them. But I damn sure tried my best and was fortunate to see almost every group I wanted to see. And in most cases the ticket prices were $5.00 or less.
The 1st show I ever saw was Grin (Nils Lofgren) at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Kensington, MD. Tickets were 50 cents each - w00t!! Nils was one year ahead of me in high school and I used to sneak out of class and watch them practice in the gym - what a treat!
One of the greatest shows I ever saw was held at the Orange Bowl near Miami. The lineup included The Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh (pre-Eagles), The Eagles, The Band, and, finally, Leon Russell!!
Talk about a *terrific* show - whoa! Oh yeah, the tickets were about $13 each....[smile]
Wow, that Silent Disco thing is cool and strange all at the same time. I think its kind of a cool idea and I'd love to sit there in silence watching a bunch of people dance to a bunch of different music. Seriously guys, you can't pay for that kind of entertainment.
On a side note, Electronic music played in front of large crowds is live music. Dj's read crowds and feed off the energy of a crowd. Some Dj's play mostly music they produce. Others are actual live performances on digital equipment. All of it is realtime and it all has the signature of whoever is performing. Some is great, and some is total crap, just like any genre of music.