I’ve been to two concerts in the last 5 days . Before I post about them , I feel its necessary to write about the kind of people who go to concerts. These people can be broadly be classified into 4 types :
1. The Real Fans: These people really like music . They know about music and would go to almost any length to see a good concert. They hate people who come just for the heck of it . Most importantly the sole reason a Real Fan goes to a concert is for the music , not for a chance to show off or to impress someone.
2. Pseudo-Fans : These people have heard of the band and like music in general but are not really into the act that is playing. All of these people have listened to the ‘Best of ‘ album before coming to concert and that’s about it.
3. Semi-Pseudo Fans: These people haven’t even heard the best of album . Their rationale for attending the concert is ” I like Metallica , therefore I must see Zakir Hussain” .
3a. Over Zealous Semi Pseudo Fans : These are a subset of Semi Pseudo fans and are without doubt the most irritating creatures in the world . They not only come to concerts just for the heck of it, but they also screw up the concert for the Real Fans (and given Murphy’s Laws they always land up near a Real Fan in a concert) by screaming irrelevant stuff, making totally WTF comments , moshing in case of rock gigs and asking the Real Fans whats going on. eg: A guy shouting ‘Nothing Else Matters ‘ at a Roger Waters Concert.
4. Posers: These people have no interest in music whatsoever . Generally these people are rich and can afford to go to concerts in spite of not liking it. They go along to concerts only to show their friends that they are not total idiots who don’t listen to music . Going to a concert is also sometimes seen as a cool thing to do. Some people like to just say to people that they went to a big concert. This gives them the opportunity to show they are better than those who didn’t go. Best way to spot a poser is that they are driven by stereotypes and think all the stuff the newspapers say about music is true. eg ” What? You didn’t see Iron Maiden perform yesterday? Dude ! You missed an awesome gig. The crowd was great …all the moshing and screaming . And the band played some famous songs. Though I have to agree with Times of India that the band from Rock On is probably better”