After reading the comments on Sue’s wonderful Baltimore post and watching the Soaked video from that show, I’m almost in tears too. Not from just Adam’s amazing connection to this song, but from the rudeness of the “fans.” I added my comments to the post, saying most of this, but felt it deserved a post on its own.
I guess you can’t stop people from singing along, that’s a lot of the fun of going to a concert. I’m sure artists appreciate that. It’s got to be flattering to them for so many to know their lyrics inside and out to a song that isn’t radio-play. I don’t know if there’s a protocol about singing along to fast versus slow songs, but when an artist like Adam connects so much to his ballads that his performance is visibly altered, I’d like to let him have his moment, and command the stage by himself. He doesn’t have backup singers or dancers then, so we should follow his lead. The constant conversation and shout-outs are really a lack of consideration for the performer. We don’t know what Adam can hear from the stage. He may be so into his performance that he doesn’t even hear it. But it seemed like you could almost see Adam searching for new areas of the audience to focus on, one that is getting his message.
When someone is talking and taking away from my enjoyment of the show, I don’t have any problem with letting them know. Let’s all agree on what to say. Something like “I have been looking forward for so long to hearing this amazing man sing, and I would really appreciate it if you’d hold your conversation until it’s over” is non-aggressive and gets the point across. Whattaya say Glambs?
~ Carol – Glamb #7 ~