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HeadyBrosevelt
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Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?

It is no secret that The Grateful Dead had/has the strongest following by any touring musical act. Phish's fans are right behind them. Even the lower tier jam bands like Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic, etc... have hordes of people following them around the country.

What causes this? One of the bigger differences between jam bands and a normal band (in a live setting) is that jam bands utilize a unique setlist every show, while "normal" bands stick with the same setlist throughout an entire tour. This explains why someone would see a jam band multiple times on a single tour, but there has to be more to the puzzle.

Why do jam bands have the best fans?


GreatLakesTiger24
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
drugs and
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jam bands utilize a unique setlist every show, while "normal" bands stick with the same setlist throughout an entire tour. This explains why someone would see a jam band multiple times on a single tour, but there has to be more to the puzzle.


LSUnowhas2
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
And Jam Bands actually jam out for long periods of time. I have been to GD and Panic shows in the past where they played for 4+ hours. You will never see that with a mainstream act.


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HeadyBrosevelt
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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drugs


The Phellowship and Wharf Rats prove this theory wrong.


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Melvin
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
I think you pretty much summed it up in the op. No matter how many times you see them, you get excited to see them again because you know you are in for something different every time.


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Baloo
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
Because it is an identifier. You are signing up to belong to a tribe. And it's fun to be part of your own secret world, whatever that is.


HeadyBrosevelt
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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Because it is an identifier. You are signing up to belong to a tribe. And it's fun to be part of your own secret world, whatever that is.


Me thinks a wook stole your girlfriend.


LSUvegasbombed
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
i predict 337 says drake


Melvin
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Baloo
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
No. It was the same appeal to punk bands or the rave culture. It's the scene. I don't think that's a bad thing at all. But jam bands foster a sense of belonging in the fan base. If anything, that's a positive thing.

but I can see why you're so defensive about not being special. No one likes their clique to be analyzed.


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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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jam bands utilize a unique setlist every show, while "normal" bands stick with the same setlist throughout an entire tour


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Melvin
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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It was the same appeal to punk bands or the rave culture


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TFTC
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Member since May 2010
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
Dedicated in the sense that they are willing to watch the same bands for x nights in a row... I'll give you that..

Not in any other sense... they definitely don't purchase every LP, 12", 7", etc..

Most people are content with a ~1:30 long set of a band and then we'll catch them the next time around...

I have no desire to dance at a show, memorize a setlist, trade live shows are memorize and archive live shows... give me a quick blast of visceral rock n roll and I'm good till next time!



HeadyBrosevelt
Hawaii Fan
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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I have no desire to dance at a show


What.The.frick.


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MrFreakinMiyagi
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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Why do jam bands have the best fans?

Laziest =/= best

These people don't have jobs.

And yes, contrary to what you might say, a whole shite load of them like drugs.

I love me a good JB show as much as anyone, but when the show's over, it's time to get back to reality.

Reality for those you like to claim are the "best fans" is getting fricked up and attending a Phish show.


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HeadyBrosevelt
Hawaii Fan
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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Not in any other sense... they definitely don't purchase every LP, 12", 7", etc..


Barely anyone buys music anymore, regardless of genre.

Also, the sheer amount of band-related merchandise (both official and unofficial, with the popularity of the latter a telling sign) is off the charts in the jam band world. The Steal Your Face logo and to a lesser extent the Phish logo are recognized worldwide.


TigerWise
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
Hey Heady was that you I saw passed out on the front door of Theo's on Mag Saturday & Sunday morning? Fit your description.


Cdawg
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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Why do jam bands have the best fans?

they don't. Just b/c people choose to drop out and follow a band show to show and it becomes a lifestyle doesnt' make them the best. That's the worst kind of fan.

This post was edited on 10/7 at 10:33 am


HeadyBrosevelt
Hawaii Fan
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re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?


Nah mon, I was in Baton Rouge that night.


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HeadyBrosevelt
Hawaii Fan
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Member since Jan 2013
20440 posts

re: Why do jam bands have the most dedicated fan bases?
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they don't. Just b/c people choose to drop out and follow a band show to show and it becomes a lifestyle doesnt' make them the best. That's the worst kind of fan.







Way to generalize and stereotype, bro. That's like saying every LSU fan wears cargo shorts and is from Livingston Parish.

95% of the people I know that go to jam band shows hold down jobs and are "normal." The amount of actual "wooks" at shows these days is very low. Talking about Phish shows here.


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