Don't Go There: Rules of the Road
The first in a series of posts in which we provide bands with a laundry list of things they should never, ever do at a concert.
1. Do not talk to the audience before the first song.
The lights go down, a cheer goes up, we are ready to rock. Don't ruin the moment by blabbering before rocking. There will be plenty of time for small talk during the show.
Exception: A simple "Good evening" is fine. That's just being polite. And, of course: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." (Only, you can't do that unless you're actually Johnny Cash. And you're not. So just ... don't.)
2. Do not open with the first song from your most recent album.
We know you like that song as an opener - otherwise you wouldn't have put it at the beginning of the album. But this isn't the album. We're paying money for a different experience. (Well, some people are, anyway. We're actually on the list +1.) Still: Don't be so predictable. Also, some of us with unhealthy gambling habits like to bet on what the first song of the set will be and "first song off most recent" album is such a cop-out pick that even if we win, it feels like dirty money.
Exception: If you're an opening act, this is more acceptable. There's more of a need to put your best foot forward to win over a crowd that's not there to see you, so go with what works.
By David Malitz |
May 16, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
Rules Of The Road
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