Thread: Worst or Most Disappointing Shows ever Attended

bettyhynes - 8/6/2018 at 01:17 AM

Johnny Winter in later years.We were so excited going and we sat in front row as I'd seen his earlier amazing shows. It was so bad he seemed almost catatonic and they had to help him off his chair at the end-so disappointing and sad to watch.

joe cocker-in the 70's in a sold out arena-he was so bad he slurred his words and could hardly stand,(kept waiting for that awesome woodstock perfrmance) found out later he drank 24 beer just before show-really bad & disrespectful.

T-rex-the hype was so strong and they all bounced outta backstage so stoned & disjointed-sounded like a bunch of noise & amateur hour-reminded me of sly stone & his stoned out band. The big highlight though was the surprise opening act doobie bros but we really expected a special show from t-rex. who knew

ac/dc-last tour-I was so excited to catch their new tour but I walked out Early as the singer was totally offkey singing & it was so loud I thought my ear would start bleeding-the vocals were really bad & I kept looking at the crowd but they seemed ecstatic. Most of crowd seemed oblivious but there was also lots of beer spilling around and the hype was so high.The guy sitting in front of me had a beer spilled totally over his head by some guy passing in front of me.
found out later the poor singer had lost most of his hearing sadly which explained the off key & he couldn't even hear himself. The band replaced him on the tour later that month.Pretty sad actually-I really like the singer.

of course then theres all the 'honorable mentions' like standing beside the stage for Black Sabbath & watching the drummer puke on his drums for 10 minutes while he's playing-digusting; or the main guitarist who missed the concert cause he's in jail-disappointing; or the band who played only 40 minutes disrespecting the crowd; or the lead vocalist who lost his voice...but they were only bad shows

Fortunately for every one of these really bad ones theres 50 good shows but it would've been nice to know ahead of time.





[Edited on 8/8/2018 by bettyhynes]


PhotoRon286 - 8/6/2018 at 01:48 AM

Most recent- Jeff Beck. Bucket list show that sucked butt.

Crappy hip hop singer as well as a horrible "performance" by Jimmy Hall

BB King, one of his last tours.

He did Thrill is Gone twice, didn't seem to realize it was a repeat.

Buddy Guy opened both those shows at CMAC and was the highlight each evening even though his is the same show every night.

We walked out on beck.

Also walked out on jj grey & mofro at the Syracuse BluesFest.

Too many garbage stories between songs, I didn't care if his grandma loved this number, it was awful.

We gave them five songs and each was worse than the one before.

At least that was a free show.

The last time I wasted an evening with marshall tucker.

Took both sons to this freebie Taste of Syracuse concert.

Played the Boston concert on the way in, told them it would be NOTHING like what they were hearing in the car.

It was even worse than I expected.

Saw a couple Dickey clunkers where he was either pissed at his tech people or was just flat out off key, out of tune, "medicated".

Last time he played the NY State Fair he didn't even do an hour, let alone the 90 minutes it was supposed to be.

Hoping this year's fair show will be better.

Other than that I've been pretty lucky over the years.


I took my oldest son to see Johnny Winter headline the Syracuse BluesFest one year.

Even in declining health Johnny did a good job, my son was impressed and we both enjoyed the show.


StratDal - 8/6/2018 at 02:41 AM

Robert Cray opening for Steve Winwood. Boring and just went through the motions. Fortunately his set was 45 minutes. Steve came out and the gig was a blast!

Dickey a few years back. Total cluster from the get-go. Left early because I didn't want to hear ER butchered. That being said, he and his band performed at a different venue the next day and nailed it big time.

Such is life!


JimSheridan - 8/6/2018 at 03:34 AM

Deep Purple, Slaves and Masters tour, Bushnell Theater in Hartford CT. It was a lame album and Joe Lynn Turner is not my fave, but I had high hopes. They started with the song "Burn" and it was great, but the evening swiftly devolved to numerous attempts to have audience singalongs, plus mostly halfhearted solos from Blackmore, Who was so uninterested that he eventually walked offstage in the middle of a solo. My pals wanted to leave, but I made them stay.

A few bands I've seen were doomed by bad sound systems: Tesla, Cinderella, Heaven & He'll. The latter was the worst because I was so eager to see them, but even sitting at the back of the arena, my ears were almost bleeding. My pal wanted to leave. But I made him stay.

I'm a bad pal.


fender31 - 8/6/2018 at 08:40 AM

1. Nickelback

2. Velvet Revolver


robslob - 8/6/2018 at 09:48 AM

1972, Hollywood Bowl. I was 17. Now here is a somewhat odd bill for you: Black Sabbath, Gentle Giant, Captain Beyond.

Now let me say first that Captain Beyond was ANYTHING but disappointing! My buddy and I had never heard of them. They walked out and played their entire first record, maybe a 40 minute set, and blew the entire crowd away, standing ovation at the end. I had the record within a week.

It got a lot worse from there. Gentle Giant if you don't know was very much a prog rock English band, very unusual time signatures and harmonies. Quite out there and more than that, they just did NOT belong on what otherwise was very much a hard rock bill. The crowd (NOT us) was embarrassingly rude and obnoxious towards them; at one point some assh*le actually lit a cherry bomb. The band stopped and one of the band members actually said in his thick English accent, "Bloody disrespectful BAST*RDS." I could not disagree with him.

Then of course the band we came to see, Sabbath. I was a huge Sabbath freak and at 17 it was my second time seeing them. I couldn't say they were bad, but they did a 45 minute set, walked off and never returned. Of course the crowd was booing. Someone came up to the mike and announced, "I'm sorry people. Tony Iommi is vomiting backstage. The show is over." Wow. I found out later that poor Tony had a nervous breakdown at this show. Sabbath were on their way upwards, being pushed relentlessly by their promoters, and of course were on a grueling touring/recording cycle. I guess at this point it became a bit much for Iommi.

Overall the night was not a total loss because I was introduced to Captain Beyond. They could have been huge but they were on Capricorn which of course was pushing Southern Rock including you know who. CB never got much help from them and the band was history within I think a couple of years. I heard that singer Rod Evans, who was Deep Purple's first vocalist ("Hush"), became an x-ray technician.
I will always consider that first record, "Captain Beyond", to be a classic and by the way it was produced by Johnny Sandlin. The sound is amazing, still holds up to this day, and Johnny said in his book, "They were great." If you don't have that record you need to get it.


blackey - 8/6/2018 at 12:25 PM

The Allman Brothers were terrible at the Atlanta baseball stadium in 1974. I saw several of their 1973 shows promoting Brothers and Sisters and while not the same band as the unequaled original lineup, the Chuck/Lamar band was really bringing it when I saw them in 1973. Southbound and very long Ramblin Man absolutely smoked at each show. Whipping Post and You Don't Love Me were powerful.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's music to me is not as sophisticated and nuanced as several ABB originals but LS was high energy and party to the sunrise and they let it fly that night in Atlanta. Free Brid was 15 minutes of standing next to a Space Shuttle launch. But being a huge ABB fan ( I still am) I was confident the brothers would rock that stadium to the ground with better songs to a good extent. Ronnie even set the stage to hand it off to the Allmans when he dedicated Free Brid to Duane and Berry.

But what actually happen was so shocking to me. So unexpected. Lynyrd Skynyrd actually took the title of the top southern band from the Allman Brothers in Atlanta, Georgia that night. The brothers were as bad as the Joe Cocker show I saw months earlier when he mumbled, blew the words on several songs then finally vomited all over his shirt and the stage and quit after just 6 songs.

The Allmans were all over the place. Miscue after miscue. Gregg also mumbled and blew lyrics, sang to early in places and Chuck Leavell who seemed okay and had to cover for everybody at times would improvise on the piano to cover for the few times Gregg didn't sing at all when he was suppose to. The band got a little better toward the end and Chuck was in good form on Jessica and on Southbound.

Lamar Williams didn't play most of the show. A fill in base player I think from Grinderswitch took his place and understandably was shaky on songs like Jessica. I remember Dickey avoided some of his solos so Chuck covered and for a period seemed to have a wemmt towel over his face while playing behind the drummers.

I left shocked and perplexed. I felt embarrassed for the band which was the number one band in America then because of Brothers and Sisters selling millions of copies and being number one on Billboard for 5 weeks. Something LS never did and of course the brothers never did again. Pink Floyd or the Stones would have never had such a bad show so what happened?

Beginning the next day amid the bad reviews and some noting how LS took the southern rock crown from the Allman Brothers and actually kept it as the brothers seem to unravel after that night as we all know. Win Loose or Draw and it's problems and Gregg and Cher and Scooter and the break up in 1976. The word that got out from Capricorn was embarrassment by the band and someone dosed the band with bad drugs. The affects on band members who used contributed to what happened and was the reason Lamar Williams had to be replaced on the fly which made the performance even worse because of a fill in bass player.

The stadium was packed. I'm sure others here probably were there. Anybody remember that night in Atlanta in 1974?


rayg - 8/6/2018 at 02:15 PM

most recent was Dickey set at The Beacon. The show started off with the too short Devon and Duane 3 song set . Dreams and Multicolored Lady were outstanding and the crowd definitely showed their appreciation. There clearly was a Beacon buzz in the air. Doug Gray of Marshall Tucker managed to destroy the buzz as soon as he said hello to the crowd . Still the other Tucker players overcame Doug's disheartening interruptions and pulled off a satisfying set.
Dickey didn't hit the stage till around 10:30 after some lengthy technical issues with Mike's gear ( Isn't that what sound check is for? ) . Pedro finally joined the band and picked up his bass several minutes after the rest of the band ( what the heck was he doing?) . The idea of a Hot Lanta opening was brilliant in concept only. Sloppy play, missed cues , **** ty Dickey notes and the beginning of what ended being a very disappointing set for The Dickey Bett's Band.

Dickey and crew made up for The Beacon set with a very satisfying appearance at Peachfest the following Sunday . The only disappointment was the lack of any Brother collaborations with Dickey, Oteill and Warren all on site on the same day . A nice Southbound at the end of Dickey's set with Warren and Oteill joining in would have been the appropriate finish to Dickey's fine set. Mike Kach has raised his level to the point where you look forward to anything he does on the stage. His vocals and keyboard work were outstanding.


hankpipes - 8/6/2018 at 03:15 PM

Yes at Jones Beach 2004. Can't say the band itself was bad, just hard to tell because the sound was positively awful. Dream Theater, on the other hand, had the sound dialed in and blew them away. Really disappointed, was expecting so much more since I saw such a killer show at MSG just 3 months prior.

Diana Ross at Radio City 95. Dragged there by a friend her voice was shot and couldn't finish the show.

Paul Simon Greenwich Town Party 2012 bored to tears left before it ended.

[Edited on 8/6/2018 by hankpipes]


Bhawk - 8/6/2018 at 03:30 PM

Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Hot Minute Tour. It was a rescheduled date because Anthony Kiedis fell and hurt his leg, he was still hurt and used a cane. Dave Navarro looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else. They played as fast as they could, 70 minutes total. Come to find out later that Navarro and the rest of the band weren't even speaking and they couldn't wait to fire him. It's the one and only time I've ever seen backstage drama onstage so obviously.

AC/DC, Stiff Upper Lip Tour. The first half of the show was awesome, then Brian Johnson's voice went out. Like, completely. Ugh.

Cypress Hill. Same beat for every song for 45 minutes.

Helmet. Same beat for every song for 45 minutes.

On the Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral Tour, Marilyn Manson was one of the openers. The music was absolutely awful, but the visual spectacle of a guy in white face paint wearing a Girl Scout dress and a two foot long artificial, um, well, it was a bit of a distraction.

Everclear. Didn't get it. At all. Still don't!


stormyrider - 8/6/2018 at 05:08 PM

Eric Clapton, September 74. It was my 16th b-day, I was sitting in the 9th row of Nassau Coliseum. The guy just couldn't play. During his solo in Badge he just dropped his hands and shook his head

Allman Brothers, March 76 - The wheels were coming off. Dicky was great, the band had no energy


dzobo - 8/6/2018 at 05:59 PM

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The Allman Brothers were terrible at the Atlanta baseball stadium in 1974.

Saw the band shortly thereafter in New Haven. Long delay before the band started and then, when the lights go down and the band comes out, they open with Statesboro and there is no Dickey on stage! They just play a rhythm right through where his solo was supposed to be. About two thirds of the way through the song he eventually makes an appearance. What gives? Did they not realize what was going on or was this deliberate on Dickey's part? Rest of the show felt like the band was just going through the motions.

All in all have been pretty fortunate with the shows I've seen. Did witness the Mahivishnu Orchestra getting seriously disrespected at Stony Brook as an opener for the Kinks in 1972. Not exactly an ideal pairing. BTW, Yes was sandwiched in between.


emr - 8/6/2018 at 06:07 PM

I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


The_Newt - 8/6/2018 at 07:08 PM

quote:
I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)

I also saw a Neil Young show that tour, in Camden, and it was as you described. I had seen CSNY and that show was great, and I knew they would play some of the greendale songs but my friends and I went in not knowing what they were like at all. I like plays, but Neil should let professionals stick to writing songs and putting on plays/stage productions, and just play his songs everyone came there to hear instead.

The worst Allmans show I went to was 3/27/09. Jimmy Hall wasn't that bad at first but it got tiresome hearing him on the rest of the songs he was a guest on. Kid Rock should have never been invited as a guest on stage. Yes I know he and Warren Haynes are buddies and probably partied a lot together, but it was a total joke and everyone was left wondering why he was a guest. Also, it would have been cool had Derek and Warren actually played on free bird that night with the guitar parts, but it didn't happen and I'm not even a huge Skynyrd fan.

moe. they opened up for the Allmans in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and my friends and I sat through them. It was basically the ultimate jamband wankery, corny, and their songs sounded basically just like they do on their studio CDs without any improvisation. I can't believe some of their fans go to see them literally 100s of times? We went to the Scranton show later on that summer tour and skipped them and drak beer in the lot instead.

Phish 11/25/2009. I grew up loving phish and going to some great 1.0 shows and a few great 2.0 shows in the summer of 2003 with friends-I totally skipped 2004 as the band was completely strung out and out of control with hard drugs and playing horribly. Unfortunately compared to the first night the second night's show on 11/25/09 was boring, lacked energy, and is one major reason why I no longer go to see phish live since I don't like phish 3.0 or cash grab phish. Don't get me wrong, the show was fun at the time and had some good moments, but it's nothing I re-listen to with AUDS or soundboards of other shows from other bands I went to see, including phish 1.0 shows. I'm really glad I saw phish when they were in their prime and at their best.

[Edited on 8/6/2018 by The_Newt]


anthonyspare - 8/6/2018 at 08:07 PM

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moe. they opened up for the Allmans in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and my friends and I sat through them. It was basically the ultimate jamband wankery, corny, and their songs sounded basically just like they do on their studio CDs without any improvisation. I can't believe some of their fans go to see them literally 100s of times? We went to the Scranton show later on that summer tour and skipped them and drak beer in the lot instead.


My one and only ABB show was that tour, saw moe. open up for them in Cinci and it was terrible, had never really listened to them before but your description hit the nail on the head.


IPowrie - 8/6/2018 at 08:10 PM

Morrissey, he was headlining one of the nights of Riot Fest a couple years ago and he came out late and wouldn't play until all the food vendors closed. I chose to ignore that but the music was boring. Same year at Riot Fest the Flaming Lips played and I was stoked to see them. They just sucked. Figuring it was them having an off night I went to check them out again at a an indoor venue and it still wasn't good.

Bob Seger was disappointing last fall. Heard his music a lot growing up so I thought it would be a fun show to see. His sax player sounded like Kenny G and some of the things Bob did where kind of cheesy.


hankpipes - 8/6/2018 at 08:51 PM

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moe. they opened up for the Allmans in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and my friends and I sat through them. It was basically the ultimate jamband wankery, corny, and their songs sounded basically just like they do on their studio CDs without any improvisation. I can't believe some of their fans go to see them literally 100s of times? We went to the Scranton show later on that summer tour and skipped them and drak beer in the lot instead.


My one and only ABB show was that tour, saw moe. open up for them in Cinci and it was terrible, had never really listened to them before but your description hit the nail on the head.


Yup, saw that Jones Beach, wish I stayed in the parking lot and hung out for that opener.


hankpipes - 8/6/2018 at 08:57 PM

quote:
I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


WarEagleRK - 8/6/2018 at 09:04 PM

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The worst Allmans show I went to was 3/27/09. Jimmy Hall wasn't that bad at first but it got tiresome hearing him on the rest of the songs he was a guest on. Kid Rock should have never been invited as a guest on stage. Yes I know he and Warren Haynes are buddies and probably partied a lot together, but it was a total joke and everyone was left wondering why he was a guest. Also, it would have been cool had Derek and Warren actually played on free bird that night with the guitar parts, but it didn't happen and I'm not even a huge Skynyrd fan.




I remember watching this on Moogis. Kid Rock's "make some racket!" trying to pump the crowd up was more than enough to walk away from the computer for a little bit.

I'm shocked someone didn't enjoy a J.J. Grey show.

My worst for this list would be seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers follow the Foo Fighters in Chattanooga in 2002. The Foos opened and were on fire and the Peppers just went though the motions.

I've been to a couple of Widespread Panic shows (both on the 2009 tour with the ABB) where I would have enjoyed the show except for their fans.

[Edited on 8/6/2018 by WarEagleRK]


Lee - 8/6/2018 at 09:26 PM

quote:
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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


If that was during an ABB Beacon run, I was there. Early to mid 2000s I want to say? I got there when the show had already started and there were all these props on stage. I thought it was odd, but okay.

Second set was all Crazy Horse. Quite the segue. From one thing to another for sure.


hotlantatim - 8/6/2018 at 10:24 PM

I didn't go to to it but I got play by play from a Neil die hard who saw his Greendale show at Chastain Park. The show went on sale before Greendale was released with no indication it was a theme show. The Chastain crowd would be a greatest hits type corporate crowd to start with and known to be chatty. People are grumbling and complaining in the concession and bathroom lines. At one point, Neil pulls out the acoustic but his guitar is not plugged in / silent. People start yelling to him at the stage about the situation. He stops the action, bitches at the crowd and says he's never playing Atlanta again.

He ends wtih 3-4 Crazy Horse classics but it was not enough to save the night. Even my buddy who liked Greendale said it was uncomfortable.

As with any Neil show, I have to know something about that tour before I'd commit. I've lucked up and only seen 4-5 great Neil shows (including 1 with CSNY about 17 years ago).


hotlantatim - 8/6/2018 at 10:28 PM

My worst was one that didn't really have high expectations to start with. Went to see Motley Crew about 10-12 years ago. Went with some college buds just to have a good time and enjoy some cheezy 80s hard rock. Their sound was horrendous. Loud, heavy bass, couldn't understand lyrics, lots of bass drum.

After an hour, they take an odd intermission that lasts 45 minutes then 3 of them come back on to announce that Neal broke his leg on stage (we didn't see it somehow) and that they hoped everyone understood the show was over and not to riot! They were begging. People were well behaved and exited.

My buddy who got the tix was actually a Motley Crew fan and he took the refund instead of the reschedule.

We still had a fun guys night out but that horrible.


Agerst1574 - 8/6/2018 at 11:04 PM

quote:
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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


I saw four shows that tour and really enjoyed them. The Radio City show was toward the end of the tour where they went full blast with the second set. Remember the great thing about Neil is he is unpredictable, I don’t want to just see the hits with him. He is a special artist.


DeadMallard - 8/6/2018 at 11:12 PM

ABB at the Gorge in George, Wa in 1997.

I took 10 people that worked for me. The volume was so ear crushing loud almost everyone left after 4 or 5 songs.

Turned me off to seeing the ABB live for 5 years until a good friend told me the Beacon shows were volume pleasing. I still have no idea why Dicky insisted on such volume levels?


DeadMallard - 8/7/2018 at 12:22 AM

Did not mean to apply everyone in the crowd. I meant everyone in my group.

Still bitter about it because it was my one & only time to see Jack Pearson.


shep66 - 8/7/2018 at 12:37 AM

I guess I'm lucky, but there's only 1 performer that's dissapointed us. I hate to even say it but Neil Young was not good both times we saw him. The 1st was with the blue notes and the second was solo. Probably my fault to hope for Crazy Horse or CSNY tunes, but we couldn't take it and left early both times. Probably my fault for hoping for older tunes, but based on all the shows we've attended, these were the most dissappointing.

As an aside, we saw Little Feat open for the Headliner Jimmy Buffet at the Mann in 88 or 89. Little Feat played an unbeliveable set. Jimmy Buffet put us to sleep and we all left together after 9 of hist songs. Ironically, one of the best times we had at the Mann thanks to Little Feat.


hankpipes - 8/7/2018 at 01:16 AM

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If that was during an ABB Beacon run, I was there. Early to mid 2000s I want to say? I got there when the show had already started and there were all these props on stage. I thought it was odd, but okay.

Second set was all Crazy Horse. Quite the segue. From one thing to another for sure.




2004 Beacon season


Sang - 8/7/2018 at 04:05 AM

Deep Purple with Nazareth at Illinois State University. Nazareth was ok, but loud. Deep Purple came on and it was so loud and distorted that you couldn't even tell what song they were playing. This was right after Blackmore left. Couldn't even tell they were playing Smoke on the Water..... only concert I have been to where haif the crowd left before the show was 2/3 over................


Also a most disappointed - Guns and Roses. Bought tickets for my brother for his birthday. This was the Use Your Illusion tour ... at their peak, IMHO............ on my way to the show, and I hear on the radio that GNR had cancelled. Seems the police were going to arrest Axl for an incident at a show in St. Louis. This was the 2nd of 2 shows in Chicago - GNR decided to skip town to avoid the police. Later on the incident was settled - and it was no big deal. My brother is still pissed to this day..........


Lee - 8/7/2018 at 11:48 AM

Kind of a fun thread for a disappointing topic. Interesting to hear everyone's take on various bands. My thoughts on some of the bands mentioned:

JJ Grey & Mofro - I LOVE this band. Going to see them in two says at Wrigley in Chicago with Blackberry Smoke. Saw them open for TTB a few months ago. They were very good. Not great but really good.

Johnny Winter - I agree with how he was toward the end. I saw him with James Cotton at The Chicago Blues Festival at the end and it was frankly, sad. James Cotton hadn't been able to sing for a while so that was bad too.

BB King - Yeah, he certainly went downhill toward the end of his life. But I truly admire any of the greats that perform until the end. No retirement for them. Especially the blues greats.

Robert Cray - I've heard the same thing from a couple of friends that saw him live. Boring. It doesn't surprise me really. I have a couple of his CDs and I enjoy them on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee.

Deep Purple - I've seen them twice, the first was in 1985 in Flint, MI. It was at an outdoor high school football stadium. My first concert as a budding teen. Loudest thing I've ever heard. Even with it being outdoors. Blackfoot opened. They were great.

ABB - The only bad show out of the 80 plus times I have seen them was in September, 2004 in Rockford, IL. I couldn't believe how bad they were. This on the heels of the night before in Rosemont, IL, which was perhaps the best show I've ever seen of them. I swear at Rockford the Rocking Horse went on for half of the show. Bought the Instant Live before the show. Never took it out of the package. I gave it to someone of this site years ago.

Neil Young - I don't care what he is playing, I'll go to it. That's one of the things I like about him; you never know what he will do. That Greendale show I saw was worth it just for the second set with Crazy Horse. My favorite Neil show was about 20 years ago. Steve Earle opened. Neil opened with "Hey Hey My My" and closed with "My MY Hey Hey".

I guess I can understand wanting to know what he is playing on any given tour, but like I said, whatever he does I'll take it!

Worst show? This one is easy. About 25 years ago at a Bad Company show, this band opened for them, Oriental Spas. Worst thing I've ever heard and I've been to tons of shows. Fortunately I was able to go out into the lobby of the State Theater in Detroit to somewhat get away from it. One of those things you just don't forget.



[Edited on 8/8/2018 by Lee]


emr - 8/7/2018 at 04:44 PM

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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


I saw four shows that tour and really enjoyed them. The Radio City show was toward the end of the tour where they went full blast with the second set. Remember the great thing about Neil is he is unpredictable, I don’t want to just see the hits with him. He is a special artist.


Hated Greendale, but agree re: Neil being special. As Forrest Gump said: "Neil is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." When people booed/walked out during Greendale Neil basically said doing the same thing all the time is "like dying."

So I always try to reserach ahead of time. Chrome Dreams II Tour 2007 was really good; solo tour 2008 was great; Neil at Carnegie Hall 2014 a top ten moment

And re: CSNY I took my son when he was about 13-14. He said he never realized that it was basically "Neil young and 3 other guys"


hotlantatim - 8/7/2018 at 04:47 PM

I loved CSNY 2001 with "Duck Dunn" and Booker T. It was great to hear Neil play and sing on CSN and CN tunes he didn't originally play on. It was amazing to hear the CSN harmonies on Neil solo tunes. Great nearly 3 hour night of music.

They returned about 6 years later in support of Neil's album that basically said "GW Bush is a Nazi" with screens in the back spelling out politics......I skipped.


emr - 8/7/2018 at 05:11 PM

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I loved CSNY 2001 with "Duck Dunn" and Booker T. It was great to hear Neil play and sing on CSN and CN tunes he didn't originally play on. It was amazing to hear the CSN harmonies on Neil solo tunes. Great nearly 3 hour night of music.

They returned about 6 years later in support of Neil's album that basically said "GW Bush is a Nazi" with screens in the back spelling out politics......I skipped.


Can't take the politics with artist anymore. Saw Alan Cumming and he sange 5 minutes for every 10 he pontificated. Imagine if Roger Federer was starting to serve and stopped mid motion; grabbed a mike and called for there to be more Croatian tennis players. Its all out of hand.

Think the NFL came up with the perfect solution. You don't have to pledge; but you can't protest on the field. Imagine how long we would last if we protested at work?


rationalrebel - 8/7/2018 at 06:37 PM

Paul McCartney a couple years ago. We left about 6 songs in. Since then, my wife and I still can't see something about him on television and not say the word "cheesecake"

Only Allmans show that has ever left me bitter was a couple years back when they toured with Widespread Panic. The show was supposed to be outside on the river (in Nashville) but rain forced it inside to a terrible basketball gym/auditorium and the sound was just awful. Not really the band's fault. The Allman's actually opened; and being the sound was a wall of mud, you can imagine how muddy Panic sounded after the Allmans. Only Panic show I ever left early to my recollection....


VTAB - 8/7/2018 at 08:53 PM

Aerosmith Springfield civic center late 70's band was beyond awful. They played about 40 minutes and home town crowd (Boston based) basically boo'd them off stage. All band members were totally wasted.


VTAB - 8/7/2018 at 08:57 PM

My son and I caught Greendale tour, he loved it. I didn't but Neil & Crazy Horse redeemed themselves with an amazing 45 minutes of blazing classic rock to end the event. Lucinda Williams kicked a$$ to start the show.


emr - 8/7/2018 at 10:52 PM

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My son and I caught Greendale tour, he loved it. I didn't but Neil & Crazy Horse redeemed themselves with an amazing 45 minutes of blazing classic rock to end the event. Lucinda Williams kicked a$$ to start the show.


My problem with the "classic" ending at Jones Beach was that it felt slapped together to please the hungry wolves at the door. Was not a flowing concert (As David Bromberg always says when the audience makes requests: "You know what you want to hear but you don't know **** about putting together a set list")


StratDal - 8/7/2018 at 11:37 PM

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I loved CSNY 2001 with "Duck Dunn" and Booker T. It was great to hear Neil play and sing on CSN and CN tunes he didn't originally play on. It was amazing to hear the CSN harmonies on Neil solo tunes. Great nearly 3 hour night of music.

They returned about 6 years later in support of Neil's album that basically said "GW Bush is a Nazi" with screens in the back spelling out politics......I skipped.


Can't take the politics with artist anymore. Saw Alan Cumming and he sange 5 minutes for every 10 he pontificated. Imagine if Roger Federer was starting to serve and stopped mid motion; grabbed a mike and called for there to be more Croatian tennis players. Its all out of hand.

Think the NFL came up with the perfect solution. You don't have to pledge; but you can't protest on the field. Imagine how long we would last if we protested at work?


+1


Buzzy82 - 8/8/2018 at 03:36 AM

I saw ZZ Top in 2016 cheese it.up in Atlanta. They were going thru the motions! Caught David Lee Roided Roth’ out with fake hair and gold jumpsuit play at music midtown in Atlanta . It was circuis like !


The_Newt - 8/8/2018 at 02:26 PM

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I saw ZZ Top in 2016 cheese it.up in Atlanta. They were going thru the motions! Caught David Lee Roided Roth’ out with fake hair and gold jumpsuit play at music midtown in Atlanta . It was circuis like !


haha that's funny. Sorry to hear that ZZ Top just basically go through the motions now. I'm not a van halen fan at all, but I'm not surprised that screaming closet queen David Lee Roth takes steroids and wears a gold jumpsuit.


The_Newt - 8/8/2018 at 02:33 PM

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most recent was Dickey set at The Beacon. The show started off with the too short Devon and Duane 3 song set . Dreams and Multicolored Lady were outstanding and the crowd definitely showed their appreciation. There clearly was a Beacon buzz in the air. Doug Gray of Marshall Tucker managed to destroy the buzz as soon as he said hello to the crowd . Still the other Tucker players overcame Doug's disheartening interruptions and pulled off a satisfying set.
Dickey didn't hit the stage till around 10:30 after some lengthy technical issues with Mike's gear ( Isn't that what sound check is for? ) . Pedro finally joined the band and picked up his bass several minutes after the rest of the band ( what the heck was he doing?) . The idea of a Hot Lanta opening was brilliant in concept only. Sloppy play, missed cues , **** ty Dickey notes and the beginning of what ended being a very disappointing set for The Dickey Bett's Band.

Dickey and crew made up for The Beacon set with a very satisfying appearance at Peachfest the following Sunday . The only disappointment was the lack of any Brother collaborations with Dickey, Oteill and Warren all on site on the same day . A nice Southbound at the end of Dickey's set with Warren and Oteill joining in would have been the appropriate finish to Dickey's fine set. Mike Kach has raised his level to the point where you look forward to anything he does on the stage. His vocals and keyboard work were outstanding.



Why did Duane and Devon play only 3 songs at the Beacon? I understand that two other bands were playing that night, and that it takes time to set up and take down the stage/equipment for them, and Duane was playing with his dad's band as well, but why only 3 songs?

I agree with you about Peach Fest. I am not surprised Oteil, Jaimoe, and Warren did not play with Dickey.

I love the Allmans and Dickey's music as I literally grew up with it as my mom is a fan of them and took me to my first show as a teenager back when Dickey was still in the band; but I'm really glad I did not go to the Beacon or Peach fest, as I was fine hearing Dickey's music from peach fest on youtube.

'Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night!'-Johnny Rotten


emr - 8/8/2018 at 02:51 PM

Pretty standard for 3 band show is 30min/45min/90min. They played long songs so only three in the half hr


BirstallBlue - 8/8/2018 at 03:11 PM

Curved Air, at Leeds Town Hall, in the 70’s walked out after around 20 minutes truly awful, however the support band, Climax Blues Band, were excellent.


kevdab - 8/8/2018 at 03:14 PM

I saw Neil Young and the Blue Notes way back when. Really disappointed, but I should have known better because it was advertised as such. Another time I saw Neil, he played for only 90 minutes. Really disappointed. His reasoning was that there was two opening acts. Not what I paid my money for. I've seen him a bunch of other times and loved the shows.


emr - 8/8/2018 at 03:37 PM

Saw Judy Collins when she was into her "Whale Noise" period. We all struggled to stay awake. Encore was "Both Sides Now." The audience was awake for a brief moment and clapped along - she put her hands up to stop the clapping. YIKES


oldcoot - 8/8/2018 at 04:56 PM

Indigenous show in a smallish bar. Their volume was turned up so loud that even with earplugs, my ears were ringing for about another 24 hours. It was loud enough for an outdoor stadium. Decided right then that I'd never go to another one of their shows and I have passed on numerous ones that were close by.


PhotoRon286 - 8/8/2018 at 06:22 PM

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I saw ZZ Top in 2016 cheese it.up in Atlanta. They were going thru the motions! Caught David Lee Roided Roth’ out with fake hair and gold jumpsuit play at music midtown in Atlanta . It was circuis like !


haha that's funny. Sorry to hear that ZZ Top just basically go through the motions now. I'm not a van halen fan at all, but I'm not surprised that screaming closet queen David Lee Roth takes steroids and wears a gold jumpsuit.


I've seen ZZ Top twice in the last two years, they certainly DON'T "go through the motions".

The co-bill with John Fogerty this year was excellent.


Joe_the_Lurker - 8/8/2018 at 06:26 PM

Cheap Trick opening for Aerosmith a few years ago in Wichita. Aerosmith was fantastic but Cheap Trick is hands down the worst show i've ever seen. The guy with the 5 neck guitar...I swear one of the necks was broken off. I do have a theory though about opening acts at arena shows: I think the energy of the crowd has a lot to do with the opener sounding bad, or if it isn't "bad" i'm just not feeling it at all, and I think it's the apathy of the crowd that brings down the collective energy of the place. For example, I saw Roger Daltrey open for Clapton once and although the set was great, I wasn't really having a good time listening to it. And last year I had 6th row for Tom Petty and Joe Walsh opened and the same thing happened. Even in the 6th row on the floor and Joe right there in front of me, I just couldn't get in to it. It's the collective consciousness.

Widespread Panic. I LOVE Jimmy Herring and my 2000 Allmans show in Bonner Springs, KS is one of the concert highlights of my life. They fulfilled one of my dreams that show, opening with Les Brers (scanning the set lists that summer, they only did that twice. Thank you ABB for doing that. It's the best opener!) Also, one of my favorite CD's is Jazz is Dead Great Sky River. So because of all that, I gave Panic a few chances, even making it up to the front row the last time I saw them, on Jimmy's side, a few years ago at Starlight Theater in KC. The band didn't say a word to the crowd and even in the front row, it felt like they were over "there" playing their songs and we were over "here" disconnected to the whole thing. It feels like they don't let Jimmy do what he can do and the music holds him back from his potential. I left completely bummed out and unfulfilled and that was the last Panic show for me. If front row can't do it, nothing will. One of the best shows I ever saw was my one and only time seeing Panic with Micheal Houser, at the first Bonnaroo.



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Bhawk - 8/8/2018 at 07:30 PM

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I loved CSNY 2001 with "Duck Dunn" and Booker T. It was great to hear Neil play and sing on CSN and CN tunes he didn't originally play on. It was amazing to hear the CSN harmonies on Neil solo tunes. Great nearly 3 hour night of music.

They returned about 6 years later in support of Neil's album that basically said "GW Bush is a Nazi" with screens in the back spelling out politics......I skipped.


Can't take the politics with artist anymore. Saw Alan Cumming and he sange 5 minutes for every 10 he pontificated. Imagine if Roger Federer was starting to serve and stopped mid motion; grabbed a mike and called for there to be more Croatian tennis players. Its all out of hand.

Think the NFL came up with the perfect solution. You don't have to pledge; but you can't protest on the field. Imagine how long we would last if we protested at work?


Take politics out of music from 1962-1975. You'd certainly have to remove some of the most famous songs of all time.

No Joe Hill, no Woody Guthrie. No Woody Guthrie, no Bob Dylan.

Pete Seeger? Edwin Starr? Country Joe and The Fish? Hendrix? Phil Ochs? Joan Baez? Marvin Gaye?

Politics and popular music have a rich history together. Can't separate the two.


Lee - 8/8/2018 at 07:45 PM

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Politics and popular music have a rich history together. Can't separate the two.



Perhaps if you go back you are probably correct. It was like that back then. But times change.

Think about this; if you pay your $$$ for a musical event and a political diatribe breaks out, why did you pay your money for the concert to begin with?

Some artists have a soapbox to stand on and they use it. Pretty sad if you ask me.


Bhawk - 8/8/2018 at 09:29 PM

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Politics and popular music have a rich history together. Can't separate the two.



Perhaps if you go back you are probably correct. It was like that back then. But times change.

Think about this; if you pay your $$$ for a musical event and a political diatribe breaks out, why did you pay your money for the concert to begin with?

Some artists have a soapbox to stand on and they use it. Pretty sad if you ask me.




Depends on who the artist is, but even then, it doesn't bother me. Art has been commenting on the society around it since there's been art.

I've seen Roger Waters twice. Pretty much his whole career his music and message has come from a place where his father was killed when Roger was a baby and ever since he's written and sung material that is very political and very anti-war, so, if there's political messages in the show, I'm not surprised.

Carlos Santana usually comments on his faith. Rage Against the Machine is political by design, there's certainly others.

Everyone's different. I don't look at musicians as paid organ grinder monkeys that must put on a show to fit my exact likes and dislikes. I've never understood why entertainers must adhere to a strict rule of no social awareness.


emr - 8/8/2018 at 09:37 PM

I have no problem with the contact of anyones music; its the 20 minute tirades re: politics between the songs.


hotlantatim - 8/8/2018 at 11:00 PM

Have to agree with Buzzy on the Van Halen Music Midtown show in Atlanta on their last tour. Roth can't sing much any more and he refuses to go with the melody. That's an ok approach some of the time, but not every.single.song.

And the music was muddy with tons of kick drum. Every song sounded like the drums from Hot for Teacher.

What made it worse is that I took my 13 year old boy and it was his first rock concert.

PS....(Maybe) I"m amazed anyone would say McCartney was the most disappointing show they saw. Mac & his killer band (together now for 17 years) have been tremendous to the two times I saw them (2009, 2017)


shep66 - 8/9/2018 at 12:49 AM

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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


This is a great thread, because our musical heros can't always live up to our expectations. Having said that, when you go to a show, there is a resonable expectation that you are going to hear something that you are familiar with. Having said that, I apparently picked the wrong time for me to see Neil Young, he played whatever he wanted and couldn't care less about playing songs anyone knew. I get it that he's entitled to play what he wants and that he doesn't have to cater to the masses, however, when you go hoping to see a few songs that you might be familiar with, then you could possibly be dissapointed.


jcb - 8/9/2018 at 11:08 AM

Easily The Sex Pistols, reunion tour. They played for about 45 minutes. Looked and acted like they wanted to be somewhere else. Sound was just white noise.

Dropkick Murphys opened. At the time I hadn't heard of them. They played a killer close to 2 hour set. Had to extend because the Reverand Horton Heat didn't show up.


Can't really go by me I was at the Brother's show that was released as "Live at Great Woods." I had a miserable time at that show. Not related to the music, just could not get into it, too many distractions.


DeadMallard - 8/10/2018 at 02:14 AM

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I have no problem with the contact of anyones music; its the 20 minute tirades re: politics between the songs.


BINGO

Agree 100% but my limit is about 10 seconds. If I didn't hate politicians so much I might have more tolerance. They're a bunch of pimps in suits & ties.


StratDal - 8/10/2018 at 03:17 AM

I saw Pat Benatar/Cheap Trick a few years ago just to celebrate a friend's 50th. Pat nailed it. She still has her pipes and her band was tight. Cheap Trick stunk. We left sometime in the middle.


dadof2 - 8/10/2018 at 11:12 AM

Sheryl Crow-just awful,amateurish show-she’s good for a 3 minute pop song on tv but live...ugh.Her guitar player was terrible too.
Greendale-a waste of an evening-I love Neil but this was a mistake on my part...I shoulda guessed.
Matisyahu-also a big mistake.
Allmans-in 80 I think...so loud and so bad-I recall synthesizer music? Walked out...last time
I listened to them till 89-I’d just had enough but 79-80 was awful. when Dreams came out in 89 I reconnected.


Lee - 8/10/2018 at 11:46 AM

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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


This is a great thread, because our musical heros can't always live up to our expectations. Having said that, when you go to a show, there is a resonable expectation that you are going to hear something that you are familiar with. Having said that, I apparently picked the wrong time for me to see Neil Young, he played whatever he wanted and couldn't care less about playing songs anyone knew. I get it that he's entitled to play what he wants and that he doesn't have to cater to the masses, however, when you go hoping to see a few songs that you might be familiar with, then you could possibly be dissapointed.



Yeah, Neil marches to the beat of his own drum. That's for sure. As I have opined, I like it. Greendale was weird but I had a good time seeing it for instance.

Here's a thought; some of these artists are huge and probably don't really have to appeal to the masses. Can do whatever they want. I think it would suck to have to do the same song every night for 30 or 40 years.

But I get that if you only see the performer every few years (if ever), you want to hear what you know. For instance, I saw Steve Miller and Peter Frampton two months ago. Frampton did two Humble Pie songs. Other than those, I knew every song the whole night. Even Miller's cheesy Abracadabarra thing.

Years ago I saw Miller and he didn't have an opener. Played two sets for 2.5 hours or so and he had to dig deep. People were pissed. I loved. Played stuff from before I was even born.


hotlantatim - 8/10/2018 at 01:37 PM

I've seen Steve Miller 3 times I think. One of those was that 25th anniversary tour in 1994 with no opener where he did the 2.5 hour show and played a number of songs from from pre-1974 including some blues stuff. I don't recall a negative crowd reaction as he also played the mid 70s hits to satisfy the masses. It was indeed a great show.

Ga Tech basketball coliseum used to host concerts and the sound was always bad. One of my 10 Cheap Trick shows was there and the sound system was indeed terrible. I was a student so we still had a blast partying it up.

Another where I was very disappointed was the first time I saw Ryan Adams. He's known to be loud. The Tabernacle in Atlanta had just changed sound systems around 2006. His sound was loud and the mix was really bad. He did a 2+ hour show with a great setlist heavy on his first two albums plus Cold Roses and had a strong band in the Cardinals. I brought a friend who hasn't given Ryan Adams a chance since then. The next 2 times I saw him he was 15-20% too loud but it still sounded good. The last time was at a Festival where it was a perfect 60 minute set with superb sound. Still wish I could get that first one back as it was the ideal tour.


BIGV - 8/10/2018 at 03:14 PM

Just this past weekend my girlfriend and I drove out to San Diego to see Hall & Oates (Train opened) and at a different venue "Toto"...The Hall and Oates performance was very disappointing for a couple of reasons, first, I have never been a big fan ( aside from a couple of songs here and there) and secondly they were literally run over by a "Train". Where do I start?.. Train opened and to my surprise, these guys were pretty entertaining, covering a nice version of Zep's "Black Dog". being interactive with the crowd and putting on a show that featured a nice mix of the familiar with a touch of Vegas showmanship thrown in. The sound was bright and clear and overall quite fun. Hall and Oates followed and the mix was awful, so much bass that almost every other instrument was almost drowned out. Vocals were difficult to hear (and we had good+ seats) and whenever Daryl Hall addressed the crowd it was to sell his TV show. Mr Oates is almost invisible during the performance not only because of his meager contributions vocally and instrumentally, but dude is incredibly small as well. Slow ballads had long drawn out, aggressive guitar solos and the crowd was siting on their hands until the singer from Train was brought out to sing a "duet" with Hall that made the audience scream, not because of the tune, but solely because someone with a pulse had re-emerged, When Pat left the stage, the band kicked into "Rich Girl" which was amongst many songs that just well, showed their age. The band walked off and returned for a nice rendition of "You make my dreams come true" and mercifully, it was over.


Breezy - 8/10/2018 at 03:27 PM

Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”


rayg - 8/10/2018 at 03:39 PM

79- 80 for The Brother's worked for me . 81 was a different story . Without Jaimoe in the band, the connection I felt for the band was not the same in 81 . It didn't stop me from going to shows though . I was working as a waiter in hotel in Glen Wild , NY the summer of 81 and low and behold The Brothers were playing at a place called Magic Mountain less than a mile from the hotel on a Saturday night . Great summer weather and The Brother's always worked for me no matter what they were playing or who was in the band.


Lee - 8/10/2018 at 04:00 PM

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Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”




Thanks for the review. Seeing this in less than a week in Chicago. Clever concept. LSD. Hah Hah. Only time I saw lucinda was when she opened for The ABB years ago. Wouldn't say she was horrible but I'm not sure I'd pay to see her.

I just want to see Stave Earle. Seen him a million times. And Dwight Youakm. Never seen him.

Did they all play together?


porkchopbob - 8/10/2018 at 04:11 PM

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they were literally run over by a "Train"

Literally?! Hope they get well!

I'm not a big fan of Train's music, but Pat killed it at the Gregg tribute.


Breezy - 8/10/2018 at 05:24 PM

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Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”




Thanks for the review. Seeing this in less than a week in Chicago. Clever concept. LSD. Hah Hah. Only time I saw lucinda was when she opened for The ABB years ago. Wouldn't say she was horrible but I'm not sure I'd pay to see her.

I just want to see Stave Earle. Seen him a million times. And Dwight Youakm. Never seen him.

Did they all play together?

They all did one song for an encore, Lucinda and Steve did one in Steve's set. Other then my rant about Lucinda it is a good show and yes the LSD tour indeed great name. It was my first time seeing Dwight, very very good tight band. The first two or three songs were overly loud, but that was just a sound board issue after that it settled into a good rockn' set. I'm sure you will enjoy, who knows Lu might bring her A game this time


Lee - 8/10/2018 at 08:32 PM

Thanks for the update. I'll post next week after the show! Looking forward to Dwight. Never seen him. Seems like an odd guy Should be fun.


PhotoRon286 - 8/10/2018 at 10:27 PM

We saw Lucinda with Buick 6 either 2016 or 17 and she was great.

First saw her open for the ABB, first Allman show for two of my kids.

Been a fan ever since.


StratDal - 8/11/2018 at 01:10 AM

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Literally?! Hope they get well!

I'm not a big fan of Train's music, but Pat killed it at the Gregg tribute.


My son is a big Train guy. We saw them for my friend's 50th and they Rocked it. If Strat Jr. wants to go see them play, we'll go. Other than that, I'll live.


DeadMallard - 8/11/2018 at 05:14 AM

I love Lucinda's albums. Most are incredible. Never seen her live but friends say she can be awful, uninterested and arrogant.


mikesolo - 8/12/2018 at 03:14 AM

It might have been the tour before the one you mention, but worst show ever for me was Steve Miller at the Orpheum in Boston 93 or 94. He played 3 great solo blues tunes to start then brought out Ben Sidran and band and played Vegas Lounge Lizard junk for awhile and then when near my breaking point it turned into a sing along with the crowd on hits like Abracadabra and that’s when it was all I can stands and I can’t stands no more and we left.

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I've seen Steve Miller 3 times I think. One of those was that 25th anniversary tour in 1994 with no opener where he did the 2.5 hour show and played a number of songs from from pre-1974 including some blues stuff. I don't recall a negative crowd reaction as he also played the mid 70s hits to satisfy the masses. It was indeed a great show.


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 11:47 AM

I'd say Steve Miller is sort of like Neil Young in the sense that he kind of plays whatever the hell he wants. Steve Earle actually yelled at me once and said just that when I was just asking for a particular song. That was kind of funny.

I've seen Steve Miller do that old blues thing and the crowd thought it sucked. I liked it cuz I had his old albums and appreciated it.

Wouldn't have walked out cuz of Abracadraba. Excuse to hit the bathroom.

When I saw him last month that was the only song I didn't like. Crowd loved it.


DanB - 8/12/2018 at 12:38 PM

I saw Sang once. Not much of a show


Uponthe2ndfloor - 8/13/2018 at 07:43 PM

Loved the debut album by Boston.Couldn't wait to see them as the headliner at Giants Stadium.Todd Rundgren was good.Poco was very good.The Outlaws played a great set.Close to a 100 degree day.They open with Hurry Sundown and the skies opened up.Great set in pouring rain.Soon as they started encoring with Green Grass and High Tides,the rain stopped and the sun came out.Weird.

Back on topic,Boston was so dissapointing we only stayed for half their set.We had gone in two groups(seatwise) but one car.The only reason we lasted as long as we did was that the driver was in the other group.When we went to wait at the car,they were already there wanting to know what took us so long.

Five or six months later they were at MSG.Figured I'd give them another shot,maybe they had had a bad day last time.Nope same result,walked out again.

Too bad,I thought they were really good in the studio,but they just didn't do it for me live.

And then there was the Kinks at Roseland.I've seen a lot of good/great Kinks shows,but on this night they played two songs,the brothers got in a big fight onstage and they walked off.


canuckABBfan - 8/19/2018 at 09:47 AM

Lots of bad/ boring shows over the years!

The Kinks in 1980- Same as the live album, even the banter between songs... I haven't listened to them since.
Rainbow 1981'- Not a Joe Lynn Turner fan but as I recall Blackmore was great.
Motorhead backing up Ozzy for Blizzard Of Ozz in 1981'- Motorhead was so loud it was just a wall of sound, couldn't tell what they were playing.... thankfully when Ozzy came on the sound was better but probably the loudest show I've ever seen.
Foghat in 86'-no Lonesome Dave, Rod or Craig, just Roger Earl calling his band Foghat.
Stevie Ray Vaughan in 86'- Seemed out of it and was mad with his technical problems.
Mick Taylor in 86'- Seemed out of it and bored which was very disappointing to me.
Alvin Lee back up Steppenwolf in 1987- Should have been the headliner as Steppenwolf didn't even come close.
John Lee Hooker 87'- Sad to see at that point.
Bob Dylan 88'- I was as bored as Bob seemed to be.
Lou Reed 92'- He had some woman singing with him wreaking all his tunes! lol
Red Hot Chilli Peppers being backed up by The Foo Fighters in 2000.... as someone mentioned here earlier The Foo's were great and The Peppers seemed uninterested.
Johnny Winter in 2001- I've seen Johnny many times before and since and this one was hard to watch.
Elvis Costello in 2003- Just him and his pianist, yawnfest.
Joe Bonamassa in 13'- I love his albums but I was bored.
Jonny Lang in 15'- Never spread his wings.
Z.Z. Top in 2014- I stopped going years ago when the shows were all the same, I thought it would be different in a theatre but nope, the fuzzy guitars still came out!
Sting with Paul Simon in 14'- Not a great match to me.
Gary Clark Jr. 1n 2016- I was so looking forward to seeing him live but he was flat and I was disappointed!


soulshine59 - 8/22/2018 at 03:52 AM

Saw Van Morrison at the Spectrum maybe 10 years ago. Came on around 5:00 played a little over an hour. Awful - went through the motions and could have cared less. Think he had a show in AC later that night.

Bob Dylan after Tom Petty at PNC 10+ years ago. Garbled unemotional mess. Never looked up from his keyboards. Band was tight though. Mailed it in. May have been sick.

Joe Jackson at Count Basie. Piano and a drum and crappy music.

Don't care for Buddy Guy's non-stop taking and playing 30 second riffs all show long. Amazing guitarist though just disappointed with his shows.....

Elvis Costello - never saw a good show.

Absolute worst was Southside Johnny playing before ZZ Top at PNC 2 years ago. Love his vibe but he used a horrible sound system - got up and left.

Any Gary Clark Jr. show. Way overrated.


crazyjoe - 8/22/2018 at 04:10 AM

Poorest performance I have seen by a paid musical act was Aerosmith, 1978 October maybe? So loud and distorted it was way difficult to tell even what song they were playing, I did stay through though, AC/DC opened and they were insanely hard rocking and sounded great, blew the lid off! I have never walked out on a show, skipped the encore on a couple lame ducks, REO Speedwagon in '81 and Def Leppard in '83, when I saw them open for Ozzy in '81 they kicked it pretty good, after the Pyromania thing, not good, girlie rock..........Peace........joe


Rusty - 8/22/2018 at 01:55 PM

Disappointing as opposed to utterly bad: The last two Allman Brothers shows that I attended (Beacon) - no Gregg - no announcement from any party that he wouldn't be participating. I knew right before because of a call from an "insider". Great fill-in by the incredible, Jimmy Hall and lots of other guests. These two no-shows spawned the revisit to the Beacon several months later that culminated in the "farewell" show. I was on-line the second the tickets went on sale and couldn't get a pair for any of those shows.

Most disappointing performance wise was Clapton (1974 - I think) - 461 Ocean Blvd tour, Birmingham (Legion Field). I don't know if Eric was just upset over low ticket sales or what. He seemed drunk off his arse - played very little guitar - instead, steadying himself on the mic stand all night. The night was salvaged by an outstanding performance by a little known act called the Charlie Daniels Band.


74Jer - 8/25/2018 at 11:22 PM

ZZ Top 1994. Canned blooze cheese. I almost walked out when the dancers did their thing during Legs.


Lee - 8/26/2018 at 11:21 AM

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I love Lucinda's albums. Most are incredible. Never seen her live but friends say she can be awful, uninterested and arrogant.


Love her albums if am in the mood. They can be pretty dark.

Last week when I saw her she seemed kind of out of it. The guy sitting next to us who seemed to know what he was talking about said she was. I thought it was Steve Earle.

This was when they were playing together.

[Edited on 8/26/2018 by Lee]


GregB86 - 8/28/2018 at 12:02 AM

This thread is such a good read. Reading about all these bands who were in their prime putting on less-than-stellar shows is quite the eye-opener (Sabbath not bringing it in 72?? Man that would kill me).

I've been pretty lucky overall. I guess the most disappointing was the time Harley Flanagan, formerly of the Cro-Mags, went backstage and stabbed the current bassist of the band. John Joseph came out and announced the show was over (before Cro-Mags and Sick of It All could play) because of "Harley's bull****". Show got rescheduled. You would think this is a story from the 1980s Lower East Side, but nope, it was 2012.


ssepr - 8/28/2018 at 04:50 PM

Thought I'd never say these words but, Jeff Beck at Blue Hills pavilion in Boston. Should have called it the Jimmy Hall band. he was stail and predictable. Paul Rodgers wasn't much better.
The Wilson girl stole the show.


owencarol - 8/28/2018 at 09:44 PM

Got tickets for Al Kooper, one of my favorites, about six or seven years ago. Turned out to be a solo gig. Him on programmed keyboard. Talked throughout the show telling stories about times long past. Probably the most disappointing show I've ever attended. Still think he and Mike Bloomfield were some of the most influential early guys ever. Saw Bloomfield play with Paul Butterfield opening for Muddy Waters in the 60's in Philly. Turned my head around for life.


yankweed1 - 8/29/2018 at 12:59 AM

I guess over the years some not as build up as I expected, but usually the party surrounding the concert was part of the event, and hanging with guys and gals , good knows doing what over the years, nothing really hits home... Although I know a lot of uuuz, might have been at Tampa Stadium June. 3 r Led Zeppelin show.....amaziNg day catching up with friends coming into town was attending USF at the time...pumped for Zeppelin....1977.......everyone timing their drug release, ha ha, well 3 rd song sky opens up, crazy typical west coast lightning show, tons heading to the over crowded hall ways of Krasnodar drugged up, peeps, fights breaking out , was just happy to get out of there eventually,, show cancelled, never rescheduled,,, and Tampa banned shows out door arena ones for a couple of years,,still have my ticket stub.... Ps ten bucks....... Saw them week ior two later back home in Ny krazy summer opt Sam...77.......


emr - 8/29/2018 at 02:49 PM

quote:
Got tickets for Al Kooper, one of my favorites, about six or seven years ago. Turned out to be a solo gig. Him on programmed keyboard. Talked throughout the show telling stories about times long past. Probably the most disappointing show I've ever attended. Still think he and Mike Bloomfield were some of the most influential early guys ever. Saw Bloomfield play with Paul Butterfield opening for Muddy Waters in the 60's in Philly. Turned my head around for life.


I saw Al two years ago at BB Kings. Totally different experience. Had his band with him. Loved the show. Unfortunately didn't schedule the last two years. H e was supposed to play the Iridium with Jimmy Vivino two months ago and was replaced. Think his health problems are worsening


PhotoRon286 - 8/29/2018 at 04:31 PM

quote:
Thought I'd never say these words but, Jeff Beck at Blue Hills pavilion in Boston. Should have called it the Jimmy Hall band. he was stail and predictable. Paul Rodgers wasn't much better.
The Wilson girl stole the show.


We walked out on beck two years ago.

He was awful, playing hip hop crap.

jimmy hall sucked that night too.


amyjared - 9/3/2018 at 10:41 PM

Quite the interesting read, going through this thread.
I've been to probably 1000 shows, everything from rap to rock, country, blues, jazz, punk, funk, etc. I always try to find some redeeming value in something. Often it's one of the musicians in the band that I will fixate on and enjoy their talent.
The other thing I noticed about this thread is that people dislike things for different reasons: The poor sound quality, the band not living up to what they expected, band too drunk/stoned to play well, too predictable, etc.

I've been disappointed only a few times:
John Fahey. I brought all these people, telling them all about him and how influential he was for the acoustic guitar, etc. It was a few months before he died. He was so laconic and bland and was pissed that people were talking during his set but he could barely play. It was horrible and everyone I took looked at me like I was crazy.

Sturgill Simpson. Heard he wrote great lyrics, had a good band, etc. I couldn't hear much of his lyrics, it was straight-ahead new country with a lead guitarist that looked like he wanted to play metal and was slumming and being held back. So disappointed. Have seen him on youtube ROCK the place and would give him another chance.

Ice Cube. It was at one of the lollapalooza or Horde festivals. It wasn't much of a performance, more of a pep-rally. He'd scream, "everybody say 'yeah'" and everybody would do it. They he'd sing for 2 minutes and start screaming at the crowd to repeat after him. Everybody say "hell yeah". Everybody say "what!". Reminded me of a high school pep rally. I've seen other rappers that were great, but he didn't do it for me.


gotdrumz - 9/4/2018 at 02:20 PM

Blue Oyster Cult and Rainbow in 1983

It was lethargic and it seemed like they gave the entire audience Quaaludes at the door.


BIGV - 9/4/2018 at 03:08 PM

Pat Travers opening for Dickey Betts in 1978, nothing but loud noise for a group of people who where obviously there to see a completely different style of guitar playing. "Boom Boom. out go the lights" was the encore and for the first time that evening, the crowd applauded....not because they enjoyed it....

Chuck Berry at Humphries (San Diego) in the mid-Eighties. I was excited to see this legend play and had really good seats. He was 45 minutes late (Blamed it on traffic) Drunk and his hands went everywhere on the fretboard but where they were supposed to go. Sloppy, short set that was awful.

Shania Twain in 1998, 2 hours of on stage pyrotechnics, costume changes and dancing by musicians with little headsets playing violins and banjos all whom of smiled throughout this carefully choreographed "performance"....omg

Pat Metheny in the mid eighties. This was during my "I am going to like jazz if it kills me era"...The shows location was changed at the time of the show... We arrived at the address printed on the tickets and are told the show is now "just down the street" at a new location. 90 minutes of endless out of synch, directionless guitar and piano "rambling". I am sure some loved it....

John Legend & Ben Harper (separate performances) at the Aspen jazz Festival in 2007. John Legend?... Who is this guy? Gloppy attempts at "romantic" ballads..I actually nodded off in my beach chair. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals......Somebody explain this stuff to me....


PhotoRon286 - 9/5/2018 at 12:19 AM

quote:
I actually nodded off in my beach chair


I fell asleep at Genesis in the Carrier Dome.

Abacab was a huge lullaby tune.

Got even with the wife for falling asleep in the tenth row at a Grateful Dead concert in Houston.

We were sitting with some friends of mine who were DJs at Houston's #1 rock radio station.

Heh heh.


alloak41 - 9/6/2018 at 11:15 PM

GRATEFUL DEAD - Manor Downs, Austin TX 1983
This show was held at an old horse racetrack...Band sounded awful IMO. Jerry Garcia was sadly overweight and looked like he was about to fall down. Big buildup, big letdown.


FRANK ZAPPA - Erwin Center, Austin TX 1984?
Sunday night, sparse crowd...Disappointing show even for Zappa it seemed. At the end he just said, "tough cookies" and walked off.



Two bombs that come to mind immediately...


Southernfan - 9/7/2018 at 12:01 AM

Looking back now, I guess I was lucky to be there at all. It was a sweltering August night in Pittsburgh at the Civic Arena, around 1970, if I remember correctly. Thousands of people outside pushing toward the doors waiting for them to open. Festival seating! When the doors opened, I thought I would be crushed. Everybody ran for the front. When the show started, the acoustics were awful. The sound just bounced around the place, making it almost hard to tell what song they were playing. Great anticipation to see them, then to have the sound be so bad was pretty deflating. Now Im just glad I even went, when I think of all the people that had to try for a lotto type of ticket for their reunion show. Lord knows what they paid. Wish I had the old ticket stubs. I doubt I paid even $10 back then. It was Led Zeppelin.


musicmann - 9/14/2018 at 02:34 PM

It was Aretha at Radio City at least 10 years ago around Easter. from the outset you could tell she was waisting time; she talked alot, brought out other acts (her son, another vocalist) while she diasappeared. She had performed the night before and her voice sounded offor hoarse. She actually sang the easter bonnet song and as a finale sang Respect. She sang nothing esle I could even identify. It was a horribe expericen and spoiled my anticipation of this great vocalist.


fensranger - 9/14/2018 at 06:49 PM

i cannot remember the dates but as others have said, all of the Clapton shows since his Me and Mr. Johnson tour which i really enjoyed. Have seen him a few times since at MSG and Jones Beach and been disappointed except for the Crossroads Festival at MSG

He really seems to mail it in these days and even his show with Derek and Doyle was boring as he really never let Derek loose IMO

One other show that I did not enjoy at all was the last time I caught Steeley Dan at the Beacon. Becker was still alive but not well and I thought the show was really boring compared to several of their other shows I have caught.


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