I saw Chris Knight last Friday night and it looks like Chris is suffering from "Robert Earl Keen Syndrome". Half the crowd was there to see AND hear one of the most talented Americana artists we've got. But the other half, the vocal half, was there to shout lyrics, shout "Chris Knight", drink too much beer and talk about how much they loved Chris during Chris Knight songs. I'm pretty sure I saw Chris send out the evil eye a few times. I found an archived concert (same club, four years earlier) with a track where Chris actually stops "Crooked Road" and tells some of the crowd "Why don't you boys go on back to the frat party". It takes balls to tell your fans they're acting like rude *ssh*les. I've heard Keen use sarcasm. Knight, in 2008, added more directly "I'll come over there and stomp the shit out of you".....and did that draw cheers from the other half of the crowd!
PS-And what moron cheers a line about "cooking meth" anyway?
The drunken frat boy was tiresome when I was playing in my teens. When a performers reach the point where they can't handle that guy, it's time to do house concerts.
(about half house concerts now)
That's not cool, only bar I went to was a place called McCloskeys, a friend of mine and I went to see a couple of great local singer/guitarists do a New Years Eve show. They played Allman Brothers - "Ramblin Man", We stood up to enjoy it , not blocking anyones view,and I not, thinking, put a foot on the chair, one of the owners came over and said, What you doing? and I said"Enjoying a great night of music", Then he said,wanna get your foot off my chair?, I said sure, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cause any trouble. So I took my foot off and This guy hangs arond while my buddy and i were enjoying the song, he said, what are you drinking? I said Coca cola. He gave me a Dirty Look and walked back to his seat. My back was to this guy and his bouncer, we were sitting down, I kinda wanted to leave, I wasn't trying to cause trouble. My buddy was a big dude and I noticed he was staring at somebody, The bouncer was acting bad and having a stare down with my bud, My friend just kept staring at him. Kinda weird, I went there alot in those days and never had a problem.
I was at a John Prine show a few months ago and some asshole kept screaming, "Dance for us, Johnny!" between every song and sometimes during songs. I was desperately hoping that he would plummet from the balcony, whether it was with assistance or not.
Ugh. And that is exactly what I'm talking about!