A note on John Mellencamp fans, and boorish concet behavior
Have you ever been to a concert where the fans were obnoxious, yelling out stuff that had nothing to do with the set, spilling drinks, talking during songs and generally acting like That Guy?
We have. Flight of the Conchords, April 2009, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Fans shouted requests between songs, and yelled non sequiturs during songs, to the point that the duo had to stop in the middle of Carol Brown to catch their place.
Experiences like that can ruin a show for even the most ardent of fans, as Sean Daly discovered this weekend while covering John Mellencamp at Ruth Eckerd Hall:
As soon as the 59-year-old Hoosier, suddenly alone on stage with nothing but a guitar and his Fonzie haircut, started singing the incandescent Save Some Time to Dream, a wide assortment of morons, dopes and related loudmouths in the crowd started hooting and hollering as if a wet T-shirt contest had just broken out. "Yeow!" "Johnny!" "Blaaarrghhh!" And so on.
I don't get it. At all.
It got worse from there. Click here for Sean's full review of the crowd.
Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, tbt*