But maybe my WTF peeps have super-secret tricks to get the people around them to keep their wankerism to a minimum. Sully? How would you handle it, my gig-going expert? Set me up, girl.
Philly is pretty much famous
for bad crowds. I mean, we booed Santa
! So, depending on which venue you you're in, the security/ushers may be a little more strict than others. As I see it, there are 2 options for dealing with annoying neighbors.
Option 1: take care of it yourself. Last year, a fist fight broke out behind me at a BonJovi concert during a power ballad ('You Wanna Make A Memory' which was one of my fav new songs. Super romantic). If I remember correctly, someone got a little too drunk and friendly with his neighbor's girl and the neighbor didn't like that. Security took about 10 minutes to get there and drag out the idiots. So, while physical violence might probably be the quickest and most effective way to silence the idiots, but it would also cause you to miss a good chunk of the show...
Option 2 (and the better option) is to get your usher to do the dirty work, that is
their job after all. Be friendly and nice to the usher in your area. But not obnoxiously friendly or "friendly," because they see right through that (I was at a show a couple weeks ago and a lady flashed
the usher in attempt to get backstage. Please people, this trick does not work
and will only get you laughed at by the ushers and the audience the rest of the show!) But for the most part, if you're nice to them, they'll treat you nice too, especially since most people seem to treat them pretty crapilly. While they're directing you to your seat, make small talk: talk about the weather, find out if they like the group (or have ever heard of them), joke with them. The goal is to make yourself memorable in a good way
(see "flasher" for an idea of what not
to do). Once you've established a friendly relationship with your usher, they may do you small favours, such as correcting nearby obnoxious people.
Two struggling musicians, living in poverty and despair, selling their...instruments.