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The 10 biggest no-nos of concertgoing

The 10 biggest no-nos of concertgoing

When editor Sarah (of Reality Check fame) sent me this list of the 10 Worst Ways to Behave at Concerts, I chuckled in my cubicle.

The list, which was put together by Much Music's Red Hot blog, has 10 taboos for crowd members.

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What's on the list?

Snapping cell phone photos and videos during the show, crowd surfing unnecessarily, elbowing your way to the front row, standing up at seated shows, talking through the whole performance, etc.

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I'm guilty of a few of these offenses, but I don't feel guilty about it ...

A couple years ago, Amie and I saw Billy Joel at the Verizon Center in Washington. During one of his slow songs, we stood up and swayed back and forth together, romantically. About halfway through the song, a rather stern looking old fellow in the seat next to me asked me if we could sit down. Nope, I told him, and we continued to dance. We paid for those seats, and if we wanted to stand, we were going to stand whenever we wanted. Is that rude? Maybe. But I don't care.

Talking through the whole performance is rude, if it's an acoustic show. But if it's a crazy rock band, and a few people are chatting near the back of the room, so what?

And as for elbowing your way to the front row at a club? Hey, if there isn't assigned seating, I say it's fair game. I've slipped, pushed and prodded my way up to the front row many times. If you get to a show waaay early to be the first person in line so you can be right up front, you're going to have to fight to stay there. Is it fair? Is it right? Nope. But that's how it is.

I was trying to think of stuff I could add to this list, but nothing came to mind. What do you think?

(AP photo)

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