^^^ Yikes - I'd be curious to hear more about what exactly sucked so bad about it.
I ended 2017 with a mixed bag of a concert. My son and I saw Devin Townsend open up for Clutch on New Year's Eve. Both bands were great, but the audience not so much. I expected partying, but people were drinking like it was their last day on earth, and before you knew it, fights were breaking out and some dude thew up right next to us. We were near some employees of the venue who had the shitty job of keeping people from standing in a fire lane, and the resistance they got as the night went on went from annoying to disgusting. Finally, during Clutch's encore, a guy near us had to be wrestled down by five security guards, and as much as we wanted to hear the final song (which we knew would be the immortal X-Ray Visions), my son and I split rather than risk that asshole getting loose and/or pulling out a weapon.
Good news, though: we were back at the same venue a week later, and 2018 started off right. After the last experience, I was not exactly looking forward to the next show, plus the headliner was Avatar, a band that is much more my son's thing than it is mine. But not only were Avatar excellent, but the audience was the kind that makes a show special. They were so into the band, and everyone we interacted with (even the very drunk ones) were friendly and just psyched to be there.
Hey scratch, sorry the assholes in the crowd tainted yer enjoyment of Clutch et al.
. I have had a few similar experiences at punk and hard rock shows. People can sorta suck.
As far as the misnamed Bowie/Elvis fest, it's hard to adequately sum up how bad it was. My main beef is that it was fraudulently advertised. Very little Bowie and Elvis music was played -- it was like an afterthought by the bands, like, "oh yeah, I guess we need to play something by Bowie or Elvis b/c of their birthdays and shit, do we know any of their songs?" And the few Bowie/Elvis covers were uninspired and sloppy. And there was only one Bowie cover at all ("Suffragette City") which was dreadfully and disrespectfully done.
This was not an Elvis or Bowie tribute, a glam show, a celebration of decadence, or anything like what was advertised. It was just some mediocre nobody roots-rock bands who got away with charging $15 by claiming to have a Bowie/Elvis fest. The John Evans band was particularly awful ... like an unintended parody of Blueshammer. Hipsters with no stage presence or originality, their lead bespectacled geek in a bowtie singing about riding boxcars and revving his hot rod and how his hot devil woman loved his bodacious sex drive, whoa whoa whoa whoa -- in the most trite embarrassing terms possible. My skin crawled.
And then you had totally unnecessary smarmy hucksterism going on between sets. Shout outs to corporate sponsors, which were like paid commercials. I saw no need for corporate sponsors at all -- all they contributed was free drinks for the shitty bands! I mean, after all, the persons responsible were charging $15 a head!
And the owner of some shitty record label in Houston getting out on stage and promoting some terrible sounding keg party he was gonna throw . And then the so-called "MC," which was just some lame middle-aged white dude, making the crowd beg for crappy BowieElvis fest T-shirts they made, and constantly telling everybody what a great time we were all having, and instructing us in great icky detail how we needed to scream really loud or the upcoming amateur burlesque act wasn't gonna take some of their clothes off.
Then to see all the millennial frat boys and their dates grooving to shit music that had nothing to do with Bowie or Elvis.
Does that give you a flavor for how lame it was?