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I went to see John Fogerty/ZZTop recently.  John Fogerty was very good and was clearly happy to be there.  ZZTop on the other hand looked bored and uninspired.

I get that they don't have that deep of a catalogue and have been playing the same set for almost 2 decades, and a lot of their shows are back-to-back. I also get that anybody can have a bad night, but it just looked like a job to them.  No real interaction with the fans and what seemed to be cookie-cutter dialogue and rushed songs. 

Have you ever had a similar experience with a band?



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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 12:18:28 PM »
One Direction lol

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
Yeah i think it was 2003 maybe 4 i saw kiss and aerosmith co headline tour kiss looked like they were having a blast especially paul stanley ,as for aerosmith they seemed bored and Steven Tyler had his back turned towards the drums pretty much the whole show i was so disappointed

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 11:46:48 AM »
i always wondered about the Ramones.  They were notorious for their never-ending tour and constant playing, but yet they hated each other and two members didn't speak for decades despite being around one another all the time.  Worked with a director who did one of their mucis videos and he said it was a nightmare because the band all spoke through him and didn't trust the other band members.  I would think that they would hate playing shows together, but maybe that's the only world where they could co-exist.

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 12:27:53 PM »
It was hard to tell from my seat a million miles from the stage, but I didn't get the impression that the Police were terribly interested in much more than the paycheck on their reunion tour.

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 08:28:00 AM »
I love 'em, but the Violent Femmes, I'm thinking it was sometime in 1998...  They clearly didn't want to be there, to the point where we just left early.

I saw the Violent Femmes earlier in the mid-90s, and they put on a good show.  In 1998, I couldn't tell if they hated each other, or just hated the audience.  Either way -- not good. 

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2018, 11:16:10 AM »
One of my favorite bands is the New Pornographers, but I've seen them 5 times and they've only been really "into it" twice. Most of the problem is that they don't always perform with their full complement of members, so when Neko Case and/or Dan Bejar is absent, some of the energy is just gone.

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2018, 11:08:46 AM »
I've seen shows that started out like that, but I can't think of one where the whole band was like that all the way through.

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2018, 03:54:22 PM »
Saw Interpol once. They looked so bored and uninterested, regardless of whether that was an act or not. The bassist would start to get into the music, but then he would catch himself and go back to looking uninterested. Really killed the vibe. We left before the show was done.

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2018, 07:02:40 PM »
Suede, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, late 94/early 95 (can't remember exact date). They looked bored stiff and went through the motions. Singer Brett Anderson at one point said "God, you really are a sh** crowd!" They only played for 45 minutes (yes, they were the headline act!) I was excited to see them live as they were one of my favourite bands at the time but I can't say it was the greatest gig I've ever been to, lol! :)

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Re: Have you ever seen a band who clearly didn't want to be there?
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2018, 09:41:52 AM »
Going back to the OP, i also witnessed ZZ Top at Glastonbury a year or two back. It was just on the TV, but man, were they just going thro the motions or what!! The most 1 dimensional performance i have ever witnessed