[I tried finding Stewie Griffin’s version of this song, but apparently it isn’t on YouTube. First time for everything I guess.]
I’ll try not to turn this into too much of a rant, but that’s basically what it is, so I hope you’ll forgive me some hubris on this one. I was spurred into though by The PRP‘s report of yet another monumental fuck-up by Guns ‘N Roses; during which Axl Rose cut short yet another show due to being pelted with stuff during a performance.
Why on earth would people – fans, even – who’ve paid good money for tickets for the show throw things at such a beloved figure and risk injury to his already damaged ego?
Oh yeah; because the show started three hours late.
I’m not saying it was definitely Axl’s – or even the band’s – fault on this occasion, because I don’t know, and the band came back out and finished the show eventually, but this certainly isn’t the first time Guns ‘N Roses have shown such mind-boggling unprofessionalism, so I wouldn’t put it past them (let’s face it though, it’s usually if not always Axl). If I had to stand around for three solid hours in hot (hotter than most of us are used t, it being Mexico and all) cramped conditions with a few thousand other people, all farting and belching and dehydrated, even for my favourite band, I’d be pretty pissed too.
My question is this: why do fans continue to put up with this shit? More specifically, what is your breaking point?
There are wider examples, including but not limited to live performance. We all heard about Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop making a dick of himself on stage back in April (although the rest of the band sorted him out), but we also have more recent incidents like Jonny Craig’s (it’s always the frontmen isn’t it?) criminal antics and narcotics problem forcing Dance Gavin Dance on hiatus until he gets his shit together, and, well, Metallica making big bags of utter shit.
Metallica aside (not so much behaviour as insanity), at some point these people will have alienated fans and caused their bands irreparable harm, yet they’re still going. I can’t stand this kind of arrogance and disregard for the fans who helped get them where they are.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this any more, so I’m going to sign off here and let you get on with the commenting.