It’s happened to all of us. We’re at a gig trying to enjoy the music but two people right next to us insist on having a conversation throughout the set. And because the music is loud, they’re shouting at each other. Why don’t they just STFU?
This article in Slate recounts a recent unpleasant such encounter at a Sloan show in Toronto.
A few days ago, my husband and I trekked out to a local club on a weeknight to catch Canadian rock ‘n’ roll stalwarts Sloan, who are touring the U.S. in support of a predictably great new album, “12.” As per usual, the band was also firing on all cylinders, busting out album deep cuts, hits and rarities (shouts to the cowbell-heavy “Live On” and obscurity “Step On It, Jean”).
For much of the first set, we sat at the bar, roughly 10 feet away from a group of men also parked on seats in the back. I physically can’t stand for long periods of time, so this was a good compromise so we could still see and enjoy the music. However, after the show started, one of the guys in said group proceeded to carry on a conversation — a very loud, intense conversation, in fact. It was so loud that my husband and I moved to another area where we could sit, as his voice carried over the music, and he seemed more interested in chatting than paying attention to Sloan.
People are disrespectful all the time during concerts; his behavior was absolutely nothing new. But an off-hand tweet I made about the incident — “I will never understand why people pay money for a concert ticket and then will spend the entire show loudly talking and ignoring the band” — struck a nerve. Days later, likes, quote-tweets and commiserating comments continued to roll in at a steady pace.
You know you want to see how this turns out. Keep reading.