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HeadyBrosevelt
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Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


I can only think of one or two times when an opening act (one that I've never heard of prior) has left a good impression on me. Most of the time,in fact,the opener is flatout terrible. Is this a plot by the headliner to make themselves sound better?






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Big Lake
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


I have never seen an opening act I thought was terrible some I thought were not that great.

I thought GIVERS blew the Dirty Projectors out of the water when they opened for them in BR and I love the Dirty Projectors.






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IIxxBREADxxII
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


I agree 100%

A friend of mine always compares opening acts to "jobbers" in pro wrestling. Lol

It especially worse when your going to see a band that has an exremly loyal fan base who only wants to see that particular group






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BCLA
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Most often now i go to see the openers.

My dad loves to tell the story of when he went to see Boston at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport way back in the day, and some unknown band called Van Halen opened for them, and after they were done Boston didn't stand a chance.






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Brosef Stalin
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


Your favorite bands all opened for someone at one point in their careers.





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HeadyBrosevelt
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It especially worse when your going to see a band that has an exremly loyal fan base who only wants to see that particular group


Yeah, last time I saw Radiohead it was like this. Their opening act was from Kentucky and had fake British accents






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JordonfortheJ
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I can only think of one or two times when an opening act (one that I've never heard of prior) has left a good impression on me.


A lot of singers who are big now started out as opening acts for someone.






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HeadyBrosevelt
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Your favorite bands all opened for someone at one point in their careers.



Debatable that all of them did. Still in those instances the band probably just hadn't honed their craft yet.






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TFTC
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


It all depends on the opener is, Ive gone to see many opening bands and left before the headliner...

I'll say that I'm not a huge fan of more than one opener as a general rule (obviously it depends on the band), too much of a time commitment and the headliner goes on way too late... yes, I'm old...






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Sublime
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


Most concerts I would agree with you. I usually avoid openings acts, but a couple years ago I stumbled into an MGMT show too early and the opening act was Tame Impala. They had just come over from Australia and played most of InnerSpeaker.





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TFTC
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Oh, and no worse feeling thinking you were clever enough to plan your arrival midway through the openers act, only to find out that they havent started yet... and not only that, the promoter threw some local band on the bill, too... who hasnt even started yet





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lacajun069
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


I thought when I saw the Balck Crows open for ZZ top in the early 90's that they were very good. I thought they were better then the headliner that night.





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emboslice
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I thought GIVERS blew the Dirty Projectors out of the water when they opened for them in BR and I love the Dirty Projectors.


I saw the GIVERS open for the Flaming Lips at the Varsity and I was very impressed. As for other openers, can't even think of some of their names, so I guess that shows how much of an impression it had on me






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Oh, and no worse feeling thinking you were clever enough to plan your arrival midway through the openers act, only to find out that they havent started yet... and not only that, the promoter threw some local band on the bill, too... who hasnt even started yet



one worse feeling: missing the opening band and 6 months later realizing how bad arse said band is and you wished you wouldn't have missed them live.






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TFTC
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dont live your life with regrets TheDoc...





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HeadyBrosevelt
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I saw the GIVERS open for the Flaming Lips at the Varsity and I was very impressed


Yeah,but GIVERS were pretty well known at that point,especially in BR






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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


At the time, two unknown opening acts that blew me away:

Jane's Addiction opening for Love and Rockets
Guns-n-Roses opening for The Cult

Some great opening acts I've seen.

The Cult opening for Metallica
Blind Melon opening for Lenny Kravitz
Candlebox opening for Rush
PIL opening for INXS
Nitzer Ebb opening for Depeche Mode










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yurintroubl
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


I've seen TONS of opening bands that were worth the price of admission (not that they were better than the headliner)...

Reverend Horton Heat opening for Soundgarden
Concrete Blonde opening for Sting
Vertical Horizon opening for The Samples
The Cranberries and Counting Crows opening for The London Suede
Nitzer Ebb opening for Depeche Mode (cdawg - thought I was the only one)
Lush opening for Weezer

ETA:

Days of the New opening for Metallica
Paula Cole opening for Sarah McLachlan



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Tiger in Texas
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re: Does anyone else think opening acts are worthless?


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Your favorite bands all opened for someone at one point in their careers.


Exactly, but also in the old days, you could see opening acts that were just as big as the headliners. I think after time, some headliners even felt like they were being outshined by opening acts, so they started really digging up no-chance no-name bands.

On a different note, under the "who would have thought", can you believe Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for the Monkees??






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