A Band’s Audience And The Live Concert Experience
It doesn’t happen often but it did happen yesterday at the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at the Beacon Theatre, the audience irritated me so much that while I was enjoying the show I left anyway. Two big fat slobs on either side of me, playing air guitar, getting down, and hitting me like a pinata. That got me thinking about bands, fans, and live performances.
Adele – Middle aged women regretting their life choices.
Ani Di Franco – Baby dykes ignoring that she is married with children… to a man.
A-Trak – Girls on ecstasy and boys looking to get laid.
Beyonce – Oprah’s old audience.
Conor Oberst: Girls 2 Women
Dawes – 20 something couples who can’t believe they missed the 70s soft rock explosion.
Drake – White 20 somethings.
Charlie Wilson – Middle class black couples.
Dolly Parton – middle aged couples who vaguely remember “Jolene” but loved her in “9 To 5”
Donovan – 70 year old’s reliving their past.
Ed Sheeran – Girls and their moms.
Foo Fighters – Classic rock fans in an unclassic rock world.
Green Day – 20 to 30 somethings, most without tattoos.
Gucci Mane – Teenage pop fans in over their heads.
Guns N Roses – Affluent 40 somethings and come lately 20 somethings. The women were dressed to kill, the men looked like slobs.
Harry Styles – Females from ages 15 – 25
Joey Bada$$ – White bridge and tunnels sophomores.
Kendrick Lamar – White hipsters.
Kesha – Homosexual men and women power women -all in their 20s.
Lady Gaga – Gender fluid, plus families with their pre-teen kids
Noel Gallagher – 30 something ex-pats.
Paul McCartney – Cuts right through the demo, but mostly parents and their children and their children’s children.
Phish – Weekend hippies.
Ringo Starr – Beatle fans.
Spice Girls: The one time I saw em in the 90s was the youngest audience EVER, nine year olds and their mommies.
Springsteen On Broadway – Very very rich and besotted Springsteen fans mix.
Ski Mask The Slum God – Teenagers at their first gig -and that’s the performers as well.
Taylor Swift – Mostly Swifties and their moms.
Ted Nugent – Rich trailer trash.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Fat, rude, middle class guys who miss the Allman Brothers
Tiesto – 30 something Italian-Americans fucked up on coke and ready for their first rave.
The Killers – almost rock fans who couldn’t get a ticket to Coldplay.
The Wonder Years – early thirties men on their second job and first girlfriend.
U2 – Nostalgists who are finding it harder and harder to get off.