The day has finally come. Your favorite band is on stage in front of you. You’re singing along with your best friends. And when the show ends, you run outside to meet your favorite artist, hoping that you snag a phone number…or at least an autograph. But are they really what you expected them to be in your dreams, or do you come out disappointed?
These are real life encounters in the music industry, and they may leave you thinking twice before running out to another show.
It seems as though a lot of bands nowadays assume that if they can create mediocre mainstream music, people will love them. And because of that, they believe they can just be absolute jerks. Fans will think those rude actions are funny, fans will ignore the deeds, or if they’re like me, they’ll speak out. I have been keeping this on the back burner for too long, and it has been happening so often now that I simply cannot continue to ignore it.
That being said, what has happened to respect? If you’re a musician, or you have a fan base of any sort, you should be so unbelievably thankful for each and every supporter you have. Those followers are especially important to so many people’s jobs today. Without fans, musicians would not be able to make a living doing what they love.
Now, I’ve met a lot of fantastic musicians, and I’ve met a lot of rude ones. Normally I just write it off, or excuse it as a bad day; we all have them. But you know what? First impressions are everything. And I for one have had enough.
This writing stems from two recent events. Both were extremely surprising: one outstanding, the other miserable.
If you know me you’ve probably heard the story. More than likely you don’t, but maybe you have had a similar experience. Let me start off by saying this: I am not here to put down anyone. I know for a fact that the vast majority of musicians have worked hard to get where they are, and no matter how unpleasant an experience I have, I would never, ever want to cost someone their job. Therefore, I’m not going to name names. I wish I could say that everyone is a great person, but I know that no one is perfect. But can you at least try to be a tiny bit appreciative of what you have?
Anyway, here’s the story. About a month ago, I went to a show with some friends. At least a few times a month I go out to a show, so believe me when I say I’ve seen a lot of bands and met a lot of people. The show was one of the most fun I have ever been to, but that doesn’t matter here.
After the show we got a quick bite to eat and then waited outside the venue to see if we could meet anyone, as one of my friends favorite bands had played. We met a couple of people from other bands who were all very nice, which was pretty ordinary. The last person we talked to told us he had to run because everyone on the tour was going down the street to go bowling. We said goodbye and decided to start toward our car, figuring everyone would be leaving. Just as we were about to leave, the lead singer from the band we had wanted to meet walked past in the middle of the road. He happened to glance over at us as he walked by, so we waved, told him great show, and returned to our conversation. No more than two minutes later I feel a tap on my shoulder, turn around, and am face to face with the singer.