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Old 16.06.2009, 15:26
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

You guys must be going to the wrong shows. Ones I've gone to here have had quite active crowds. But the genre might not be to your taste

Here's a bad shot I took of the singer from a band being pulled into the audience - I had to be off the side of the stage or my equipment would have been shot:

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Old 16.06.2009, 15:40
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

Very much depends on the genre I guess. Most of the bands you're quoting here are favourite bands of some middle class bores from when they were still young...
I believe Swiss people in their 30ies to 40ies are mostly extremely conservative and boring in their lifestyles, they just settle too quickly when they have a lifepartner & good jobs. And then once a year they buy a concert ticket and wish the chairs were more comfortable, after all they paid good money....
Go to a real rock concert and things will be very different.
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

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Perhaps there's a crap atmosphere because you go to see Mom & Dad pop bands?

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I see your point but for someone who's been listening to synthpop since adolescence attending a Mom & Dad pop band's concert who in comparison with other artists know how to evolve musically and artistically through the decades despite their age that makes no excuse since there were quite a lot of people who like me are in their late 20's...

...and yes you can dance to a P.S.B song! especially if you r a girl or a gay... (To b honest I don't find it that good when men dance like crazy to a P.S.B song)
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Old 16.06.2009, 20:46
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Organisers are required to provide earplugs. As I have some experience with organising concerts I must say that 93 dBA isn't really that loud and 100 for which they most likely had a permission is bearable, too... but the limit is not always respected.
I went to the London International Music Show at the weekend. On the ticket it states:

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This was the first time that I had seen this in the UK. I was given my free earplugs, but didn't feel that I needed them. I also noticed staff going round checking the sound levels with meters.
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Old 17.06.2009, 01:07
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

I was shocked when I saw The Ex in Bern and the place was half empty, a few old fans, couple of punks. The gig was phenomenal. The audience mostly seemed too cool to notice what was on the stage or too busy with their joints.

I kinda like when people came to our gigs just to hang, to have fun if they felt like it, danced if they felt like it or yelled some funny stuff at us..We put everything in our performance, high energy, etc every single gig but I would not expect everybody to sweat and dance all the way through like Duracell rabits.

It seems as culture is rare and expensive here, peeps here make time for it on a special occassion, come, sit at their chairs and savor it. Like movies back the Swiss mountains where we used to live - it was preceeded with a introductory lecture and apero, then there was an intermission with apero and then there was the discussion (and apero), everybody was little ceremonial and thankful for having things interpreted to them, so they knew what to look for in the movie. Very organized.
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Old 17.06.2009, 16:15
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

Ha ha ha, thats so funny. I experienced the same thing. I went to the Michael Buble concert with my mum who came out from Australia. Now he is a pretty god looking guy, and at all his concerts, he runs out to the croud and kisses all the desperate housewive women, who are screaming and throwing themsleves at him, he did the same in Zurich, only to find when he ran out, the people were really confused and didnt know what to do. I felt so embarressed for the poor guy. I felt like running over to him from the other side of the stadium. And after each song, the croud was just mildly clapping.
...then on the way home, the NRJ was interviewing some of the croud and they were screaming around saying how geil the concert was...hello??? They almost made him fall asleep
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Old 17.06.2009, 16:23
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

@Gingi: That made me laugh. Extremely typical behaviour.
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Old 17.06.2009, 17:12
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Ha ha ha, thats so funny. I experienced the same thing. I went to the Michael Buble concert with my mum ...
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Perhaps there's a crap atmosphere because you go to see Mom & Dad pop bands?
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Old 17.06.2009, 18:47
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

It isn't just Zurich, I went to see Deep Purple in La Rochelle (France) a couple of years ago. We were standing 20 meters from the stage, dead centre and ready to give it some. The other folks around us looked like rockers and they were going to make it a great night. The light's went down, the band came on.... and the French just stood there waving lighters in the air.... listening to Black Night will never be the same again
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Old 17.06.2009, 19:12
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

So what do you all do then at concerts, being packed in with the crowd, what CAN you do?
Maybe people are just being polite, not wanting to step on someone's toes or slap someone on the head or kick in someone's side, what do I know ...

I don't go to concerts anymore, I just hate crowds and noisy hysterics.
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Old 17.06.2009, 22:20
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I don't go to concerts anymore, I just hate crowds and noisy hysterics.
Exactly. Besides, at the last few concerts I went to, the talent of the artists got lost in all the loudness and hyped-up trappings. Call me a curmudgeon, but I'll take a live act in a small, local venue over a modern "concert" any day.
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Old 17.06.2009, 22:40
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

Hi if someone can find me a venue where I can dj and play my old time house music (for free) I am happy to have an event where all the forumers come and dance till their feet bleed...
I use to have a monthly night in UK and it was great. We can forget about people who don't dance and have a great time.

Any one feeling like a good old boogie. Give me a shout to see if we can organise something.

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Old 17.06.2009, 22:51
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I was amazed at the recent Snow Patrol concert when the security guys at the front of the stage were handing out earplugs, and people were actually using them.. at a concert... Now, I appreciate Snow Patrol may not be everyone's thing but if you've paid to see them then surely earplugs is a bit much?
I don't see anything uncool about wearing earplugs. It's like saying it's uncool not to smoke.

Earplugs have never stopped anyone dancing

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Old 17.06.2009, 22:58
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Well, seeing the White Stripes at the Rote Fabrik was one of the best concerts in my life. Everyone bounced like there was no tomorrow.

Manu Chau the previous week was equally exhilarating.

Perhaps there's a crap atmosphere because you go to see Mom & Dad pop bands?

Didn't Madonna lambast the audience a few years back for being fReAkInBoRiNg?

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Totally agree I have seen stuff like the White Stripes, the Prodigy or Nick Cave and the atmosphere was great.

I think it depends on what you go and see.
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Old 17.06.2009, 23:22
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Went to Moods for a disco fashion night. Disco! alright! Arrived in my 70s outfit. I looked like a clown. I was the only one dressed up. The music started as some cheesy funk moved to some house for about 30min then TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO.
lol man that made me laugh. and now its making me laugh again.
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Old 17.06.2009, 23:23
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I'll take a live act in a small, local venue over a modern "concert" any day.
But thats one of the beauties of concerts in switzerland, i have often seen bigger bands play in smaller venues here than they would in their home countries, leading to a lot of good experiences. Just last year that included supergrass, air, and travis.
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Old 17.06.2009, 23:24
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lol man that made me laugh. and now its making me laugh again.
and one final time before i retire in front of the telly for a bit.

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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

I am most surprised! I went to The Simply Red Concert at Hallenstadion and thought the Swiss fans were having a great time! Almost everyone was out of their seats! Having lived in Asia for four years and seen many concerts. Singaporeans don't even clap! Looking forward to Michael Jackson at The O2 in July though!
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

It probably depends on the venue as well. I'm not a fan of stadium gigs, but have seen a few bands at the pretty small Volkshaus in Zurich (Stereophonics, Snow Patrol, Starsailor, The Script), and each time the crowd have gone nuts.

With the exception if Snow Patrol (who looked like they didn't want to be there), you could tell the bands were loving the reaction - and perhaps hadn't expected it. They fed off it and the overall atmosphere was fantastic, especially in a smaller room.
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Re: Zürich people attending a concert: What is wrng with these people?

I'm with the OP here, swaying heads, polite clapping and a forest of cameras filming at arm's length are pretty much the norm here.
Having seen a bunch of young Zurichers groove to a live band on New Year's Eve a couple of years ago, I now know where Micheal Jackson got those lurching undead for his 'Thriller' video (and at least those guys were in time). Probably better for all involved if they just sat quietly and clapped.

When the missus went to an ABBA tribute show with a bunch of exitable buddies, they were the only ones dressed up, and got into trouble / nearly into a fight with a bunch of purse-mouthed Swiss women, because their raucous singing was drowning out the music.

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