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Michael Heatley

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Gigs you have walked out of
« on: October 30, 2018, 01:05:13 PM »
1. Ry Cooder, sometime in the early 80s. Boring and self-indulgent.

2. King Crimson, yesterday. Left at half time. 'Interesting and atonal' was Pete Clarkson's verdict. Mine was slightly more succinct!

Any more confessions welcome! ;D

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2018, 01:36:15 PM »
Yes, while I am in awe of certain stages of KC's career, videos I have seen of them confirm them to be pretty much up their own arses.
I walked pretty swiftly out of a Jah Wobble/Bill Laswell gig a few years back. Same reason. This was a gig in which Mr Wobble thoguht the bass should not only have centre stage but drown out all other instruments. (No, not all bass players are like that.)
That may be the only one I've actually walked out of. But I have fallen asleep twice, in front of Nils Lofgren and the Stones. Long days' hitch-hiking ahead of the gig was to blame in both cases.
Oh. I tell a lie. I was given comps to see the Bay City Rollers' farewell gig (one of many, I suspect) in Edinburgh a few years ago. It seemed like a Moment so I went along. Support acts were the Glitter Band (dreadful, with Gary unavoidably detained elsewhere); T Rex (with no original members but pretty good in a MA's Man sort of way); and Alvin Stardust, who was sensationally good, a real pro. He died soon afterwards, or I would have gone to see him again. The BCRs came on and clearly could not have cared less. Les phoned his vocals in and walked away between verses and even lines; and instead of playing bass Woody was handing out autographs or phone numbers to the no-longer-young fans at the front. I walked out after three numbers.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 02:22:53 PM »
I don't think I've ever walked out of a gig.

But departing a King Crimson show at the interval seems like a high crime. I'll be seeing them in Glasgow on 12th November, and the new album Meltdown makes me anticipate it all the more.
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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 02:44:13 PM »
I walked out of a Michael Jackson show at Wembley stadium in 1997,the late Mr Jackson was not singing he was miming the whole show  so when he came to "sing" Thriller/Billie Jean/Beat It we were all well too aware he wasn't singing a note--so all seemed a bit ridiculous

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 05:08:46 PM »
I don't think I've ever walked out of a gig.

But departing a King Crimson show at the interval seems like a high crime. I'll be seeing them in Glasgow on 12th November, and the new album Meltdown makes me anticipate it all the more.

Have a pal on standby to do a half time sub. You get 20 back, they get Schizoid Man. Fair, Id say.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2018, 07:16:01 PM »
Don't think I've ever left a gig before the end, and I've seen some pretty poor ones.

Is this counted though?

Many years back went to see Elton John with the ex Mrs W. Only to get brownie points (didn't work obviously!  ;D) Anyway, he threw a strop and he walked out, not to return.

I was delighted.

And does this count? Client took me to a VDGG gig in Liverpool. He wasn't really a VDGG fan. In fact knew nothing about them. He was into Gary Numan, the late singer from Hot Chocolate, and Paul (or is it Phil) Carrack. He walked out after about an hour, politely mind, just couldn't hack it. He had to wait until the end of the gig (and encores) as he'd chauffered me.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2018, 10:04:18 PM »
I don't think I've ever walked out of a gig.

But departing a King Crimson show at the interval seems like a high crime. I'll be seeing them in Glasgow on 12th November, and the new album Meltdown makes me anticipate it all the more.

Have a pal on standby to do a half time sub. You get 20 back, they get Schizoid Man. Fair, Id say.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2018, 08:53:41 AM »
I'm signed up and committed for the full monty.

So will you be getting your kit off, Allan?

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2018, 10:10:43 AM »
Didnt you miss out an l there? >:)

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2018, 10:21:21 AM »
Didnt you miss out an l there? >:)

Err, not in this weather outside. Again.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 11:00:32 AM »
Genesis early seventies The Red Lion (I think) Southend on Sea. I had seen the Manband there the previous week and saw that Genesis were on. Didnt like them at all!

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2018, 01:01:00 PM »
Walked out, almost in tears, of a Rory Gallagher gig at The Town & Country Club (aka The Forum).  He was clearly 'not well' and shouldn't have been allowed to go on to start with.  I believe someone else on this board was at the same gig.
Also walked out on Elton John at a Crystal Palace Garden Party circa 1972.  With the aforementioned Rory Gallagher Trio and Yes earlier on the bill he didn't stand a chance (in my world).  Played 'Your Song' - which I like and he never bettered IMHO - and that was enough.  No regrets!

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2018, 01:32:29 PM »
I left the Elton John Crystal Palace show for the same reason !
Around the same time I walked out of the Beach Boys show at the same venue when they took hours to get the sound sorted for a TV recording and it was pouring with rain.
Can I propose an another tread ? Has a band ever walked out on you?
Happened to me at a Groundhogs gig around the 'Split' album period.
After about 20 mins without addressing the crowd they downed tools and walked off,even the promoter was dumbfounded.

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2018, 09:20:28 PM »
I went to see Bob Dylan a few years ago at the NEC.  Although I did not walk out, I wanted to.  He did not acknowledge the audience, there was no
friendly atmosphere at all.    I recall a friend also saw him somewhere in the UK and walked out the venue as Bob Dylan decided to play with his back to the audience!

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Re: Gigs you have walked out of
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2018, 09:31:33 PM »
Dylan! The man's an arse and he cannae sing. Or play the harmonica.
Which reminds me of an old Glasgow joke. What's the different between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney? Bing sings, and Walt disnae.