A few weeks ago I covered just a few of the instances where an artist's behavior ruined a concert for their fans. Of course, terrible concerts tend to be few and far between. Most go off without a hitch and people have a good time. Occasionally, though, the artist or band does something that makes the show extra special, either for a specific fan or the audience as a whole.
File this one under "good things come to those who help others," especially when your assistance goes to the guy you're driving to see. Last month singer Dave Matthews was out riding before a concert in Hershey, PA, without a cell phone when the bike developed a flat tire. Emily Kaus, a Dave Matthews Band fan who was heading to the very same concert, and her boyfriend, stopped to help and discovered the subject of their rescue was none other than Matthews himself. So Matthews hitched a ride to the venue with Kaus and boyfriend. The two ended up having dinner with Matthews, and received a backstage visit and front-row seats at the show.
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So let's say you're attending a concert for your favorite artist or band. The opening acts have finished and you're sitting (or standing) around getting restless. Now it's been 45 minutes since the opener left the stage and you're still waiting. Finally, an hour and a half later the artists waltzes onto stage. By this point you're probably quite cranky, but maybe that'll be consumed by the energy generated by the fans around you. Maybe.
Okay, so stuff sometimes happens to make an act late. Traffic is heavy. A band member gets sick. The lead man gets a flat tire on his bike and is without a cell phone (spoiler: crisis averted). That's not what I'm talking about, though. What I'm talking about is an artist that is late of their own accord. And it's not all about artists who are late. Sometimes they're just downright rude or abusive to their fans, making for a very bad experience indeed.
This isn't something that happens everyday, but it happens often enough to be worthy of highlighting. So here are five artists who ruined a concert in the last few years by their lateness or bad behavior.
It's no secret that pop icon Justin Bieber has upset fans lately. As you can see above, he was over an hour and 45 minutes late for a concert in Des Moines, IA, earlier this month, and it made a lot of fans (and parents) angry. A staff member of the Iowa Event Center where the concert was held said Bieber was scheduled for 9:30pm, making him 25 minutes late, even though the last opening act finished up at 8:30pm.
This wasn't the only time this year, though. It seems that as his star has increased, Bieber has seen fit to mozzy onto the stage whenever he well pleases. At a concert on Friday in Hartford, CT — our backyard — Bieber was more than 40 minutes late. And he was also late in March, April, and May, for concerts in the UK, Germany, and Dubai, respectively.
So between planning this post and actually writing it, up to 12" of snow descended upon Connecticut, so I guess a good New England winter is finally here. What won't be here much longer is the year. We bid goodbye to 2012 tonight and welcome 2013 with celebrations galore.
As the new year starts, much is going on. Here's just some of it:
Justin Bieber: Biebs continues his Believe Tour on January 5, with several dates throughout the month, before heading to Europe.
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George Strait & Martina McBride: George Strait begins his farewell Cowboy Rides Away Tour on January 18. The tour will span two years and the first leg will feature special guest Martina McBride.
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Soundgarden: Soundgarden also has a tour beginning on the 18th: it's Winter 2013 North American Tour. The grunge band will play through mid-February.
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Other Concerts in January:
- Lady Gaga brings her Born This Way Ball Tour to North America beginning on January 11.
- Luke Bryan begins a tour on January 17.
- Muse begins a tour on January 21.
Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:
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Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?
In this edition of the Concert Top 10, Justin Bieber still reigns supreme (was there ever any doubt?), holding steady to his commanding lead, which is fairly considerable given that he only came in on top by a hair in May. The event that almost beat it, American Idol Live!, actually completely dropped out of the Top 10 in June.
Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney took two spots. This is a first for the Top 10. How can someone double-dip, you ask? Well, Chesney is part of a tour with Luke Bryan, but he also had a solo performance on June 20. As it's not part of the Brothers of the Sun Tour, it needed to be split up. Something that's interesting is, if Bryan were part of that event, it would have helped the BotS to convincingly overtake Bieber.