By McMullen from Sunday’s Sunday Mail.
It’s going to be a rant today.
Oh yes it is.
I attended my first ‘gig’ at the Apollo in Glasgow in 1976. All those years ago, there were certain unwritten rules and etiquette amongst the audience. There was a certain courtesy afforded to your fellow music enthusiast. For a start the Apollo didn’t have a bar. Those venues who did would stop serving pre-show.
You would proceed to your seat in those days only after having a precautionary visit to the toilet. It was not just bad form to get up during a performance to visit the loo, it was downright disrespectful and rude to the artists on stage and to the people around you. If anyone absolutely had to visit the toilet, they would wait until the end of a song and would not attempt to return to their seat until the next gap in the performance.
I have attended hundreds of gigs since that first one some 37 years ago and not once have I felt the need to get up during a performance to visit the toilet.
Over the years, the code of practice, the etiquette amongst concert goers has deteriorated. It is worst at venues who serve drinks throughout a performance but even at those who don’t serve refreshments, the behaviour of some people is simply terrible.
Last night at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (who actually close their bars at concert time) was a case in point. I was there to see the Waterboys with my daughter and a friend of mine. After a rather good support set from Freddie Stevenson, punctuated only by having to get up for various latecomers (presumably 8:00 pm hadn’t been printed on their tickets) I nipped out to the toilet at the interval, returning to my seat in plenty time. Despite there being several announcements that The Waterboys would be beginning their performance soon, there were several stragglers who interrupted the opening number.
Then it started.
Three songs in and a woman in front needed to go. She decided this half way through a song and barged past the people in her row. During the rest of the concert I don’t think there was one further song uninterrupted by audience members around us nipping out.
And don’t start me on the ones who were on their phones tweeting for the whole bloody gig!!!
The gig was great and the Waterboys, reprising the Fisherman’s Blues album via their Fisherman’s Box set were superb. Their support act, Freddie Stevenson was pretty good too.
I could just have done without the pishermen and women….
Can I just apologise to readers please? Friend and regular correspondent Glade Rover informs me of the horror of being confronted by some ad for Robbie Williams at the end of a recent post about Nelson Mandela.
I have no control over the ads that appear and I’m certainly not going to take the payment option to have them removed.
This is from my poetic friend who spent his childhood in South Africa
AnElephantCant always be funny
And he can’t always write the best rhyme
But he can say thank you to Nelson Mandela
The greatest man in his lifetime
We remember the man in the green shirt
We remember the smile on his face
We remember he forgave the long hurt
We remember he united a race
Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
The words stir this elephant’s heart
Lord, bless Africa
Oh, Nelson, you made a great start
Well not quite 100 years ago, but an old blog posting of mine from 2007
It seems obvious that a clever speech-writer told George Dubya to say something like “People say where is the equivalent of Mandela for Iraq? Where is the peace-maker who can unite everyone? Well, he doesn’t exist because Saddam killed all those of that calibre. He killed all the ‘Mandelas’.“.
Instead, George was probably as surprised as the rest of us to discover that Nelson was dead, and not only that but Saddam had killed him.
Here is the post:
NELSON Mandela yesterday assured the world that, contrary to the impression given by the President of the US, reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
Even for blunder-prone George Bush, it was a gaffe of toe-curling proportions.
Defending his stand on the war, Mr Bush said Saddam Hussein’s brutality made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge to halt civil warfare that has torn Iraq apart.
“I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s Mandela?’,” Mr Bush said. “Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.”
The South African authorities were besieged with calls after Mr Bush’s speech, which was carried live on TV. Many viewers feared the country’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner had died.
Just in case you can’t believe that the most powerful man in the world can spout such pish…..