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When the guy in the band needs to STFU

Listening to a band is awesome.

Listening to a band not play music and prattle on about how they were “inspired” to come up with a certain song?  It may work for Jimmy Buffett – but we’re here to listen to the music, not to you talk.

I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie


The 50 Greatest Live Rock Concerts You Have to See

Going to a rock concert is an experience.  Going to a GREAT rock concert is an experience you’ll be sharing with others for years – perhaps decades – to come.

We all have our favorite artists, but not all of them know how to give a great performance.  Web Watch appreciates The Steve Miller Band, for instance, but didn’t need to hear them perform a 2-hour rendition of the Steve Miller’s Greatest Hits album.

We also recall one start-up band (whose name we will purposefully leave out) that had to fill a 30-minute set… but only had about 15 minutes worth of material.  They opened with their hit, they closed with their hit – then, after being told backstage that they “need to get back out there”, finished their set by playing their hit a third time.  Almost a text-book example of what the term ONE HIT WONDER really means.

The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll:
The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music

How To Internet Music

Where to get free, live music online

You can’t deny that Apple’s iPod had a defining effect on the technology and music industries.

Web Watch had been using other MP3 players for years before Apple came to the portable music party, but it was Apple’s ease of getting the music through the iTunes Store that solidified Apple’s place in history.

But there is some music that isn’t available in the iTunes Store, or Amazon’s Music Store, or Google Play.  And that can be frustrating to fans who are really looking to complete their collection of music from their favorite artists.

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Have you ever snuck into a concert?

Web Watch has been lucky enough to have seen pretty much every major artist we’ve ever wanted to see play in concert.

Kenny Rogers?  Check.

U2? Check.

Neil Diamond? Check.

Village People?  You betcha.

And for the most part, we had tickets or passes for every show.  Now, we’ll admit that there may have been one or two where we did end up having to finagle our way into a venue or two, but we swear that we had a legitimate right to be there to justify our sneakiness.

Just because we didn’t have a ticket at the time doesn’t mean that we didn’t know where we could get one.

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Flashing your boobs at a concert can get you in trouble

FLASH! Bars, Boobs, and Busted: 5 Years on the Road with Girls Gone Wild
FLASH! Bars, Boobs, and Busted: 5 Years on the Road with Girls Gone Wild

Canadian music fan Andrea Irwin has an incident on her permanent record , just for attending a Kid Rock concert.

It’s not unusual for people to be arrested at a Kid Rock show – it’s mostly out-of-control drunks and the occasional fight in the pit.  Web Watch has seen it first-hand — Rock puts on a great, entertaining and engaging show.  He’s a showman. His fans really get into it.

But to kick Andrea out of the building for merely enjoying herself and getting caught up in the moment?  That’s not right.

So what did Andrea do that was so horribly, horribly wrong that got her in trouble at a Kid Rock show?

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Where do Ticket Scalpers Get Their Tickets?

Nine Inch Nails’ lead singer Trent Reznor has not been shy in the past about airing his opinion about other musicians or the music industry in general.  More often than not, he’s been the one willing to talk about the elephant in the room that everyone else ignores.

So it should come as no surprise to anyone – let alone Nine Inch Nails fans – when TRENT POSTED A MESSAGE ON THE OFFICIAL NINE INCH NAILS MESSAGE BOARD explaining exactly what happens when NIN goes on tour with regards to what they do to minimize ticket scalping.  As part of Trent’s post, he includes a number of links to ticket scalping-related news articles that offer additional insight to the problem.

It’s refreshing to hear a band’s opinion of the whole mess. Here’s what Trent has to say about how the whole thing works: