When Neil Young is Playing, You Shut the Fuck Up
Last night's Neil Young Solo concert at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri was marred by audience members shouting song requests and yelling while Neil spoke between songs, according to numerous attendees.
Over the years, we've blogged on numerous occasions about etiquette at a Neil Young concert...
Sit vs Stand.
Smart Phone Etiquette.
Shouted requests. Clapping and singing. Incessant photos and videos and flashes.
The June 28th concert experience was marred for some by the obnoxious behavior of a few at the expense of the many.
From a comment on Neil Young Solo: Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri - June 28 by Peacelover Doc:
It really was a drag because Neil came out in a great mood.Thanks Peacelover Doc!
He was talking to the crowd more than I'd ever seen, he drank a couple beers & was explaining that Stills gave him this particular guitar & where he was when he wrote this tune. How they went on a tequila binge after Bruce Berry & some other roadies OD'd & was just going through parts of his career & telling stories but the morons kept screaming instead of listening & finally Neil said "it doesn't even register with me" but they didn't understand that either. A few of us were saying SHUT UP because we've seen it before but it didn't help.
Maybe I'm being over dramatic but it's been 11 years since I'd seen Neil & it broke my heart to see such disrespect.
OTOH, Neil himself may not have even noticed or been annoyed as he writes on NYA:
"What a night! The audience was really amazing. They listened to me and they listened to John Hammond. It was quiet while I sang and played..."