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and they did "maps". an old school friend had hanged himself a month before, and i'd been listening to that song when i heard the news. it just sort of brought EVERYTHING back.
Crying in public usually is
It's all about the juxtaposition folks
Or it may have been when I heard the radar pings of "First Breath After Coma," I don't remember. Point being, Explosions In The Sky, man!
I know it's happened once or twice other than that. I don't remember when, though; I think I may have gotten a little misty around the "Holly's inconsolable, unhinged and uncontrollable" part of "First Night" by The Hold Steady.
I saw Colin Meloy do an acoustic set in a record store downtown a couple years back, and at the time "Of Angels And Angles" was the "song" of my girlfriend and I. I shouted for it amidst everyone else shouting for California One and such, and he just said, "Okay!" and played it. I know I cried then. But that's just a pretty and sweet song, you know, whatever.
I know that, when I finally get to see The Mountain Goats, if he plays Love Love Love or Pale Green Things I'll lose my mind. Same for Low and Words or Sunflower.
I am a sissy, but what the fuck ever. I just don't care. Crying at gigs just means that you aren't afraid to let your emotions out when you hear music. Hearing a song that means something special to you performed live is magical, no matter how many shows you go to in your life. I'm planning on seeing Frightened Rabbit in May, and I know darn well that Poke will probably make me kinda teary if played, because that song is heartbreaking. You're not pathetic for it. It's not like you're weeping whilst eating a salad at a coffee shop. It's a gig, and if the people on stage are letting their emotions out, why the fuck can't you?
But that's just, like, my opinion, man.
and if that means that my emotions get the better of me then so what. I shed a few tears at Silver Mt. Zion just the other night because it was so fucking beautiful.
...have both brought tears to my eyes at gigs. I take that as proof they're doing something right, and hitting the spot.
tears of pain
As did Mono playing Halcyon (Beautiful Days) the other week.
I see no reason why this should be considered any different than crying at the cinema. In fact, I'd think it would be more genuine at a gig.
i can't see it.
although after about 15years of listening i finally get to see kiss this summer maybe just from sheer joy
i was with him until he said he would cry watching U2.
and completely agree with ThisTemporaryLife's sentiments.
I'd imagine i'm going to burst into tears when I see Joanna Newsom
Joanna doesn't need any more people acting with whimpering reverence around her.
Whilst I admire her work, I am completely bemused as to how anyone can can be moved emotionally by it to the point of tears. Some people...
brought a wee tear to my eye at King Tut's on Friday 26th...... I had my reasons!
i wasn't crying though.
If was going to cry though I would have cried at Lamb's last gig.
pretty much my favourite band in the world playing Ibi Dreams of Pavement in the midst of a totally epic and huge set at the end of an incredible weekend whilst i was running on minimal sleep and caffeine and alcohol and pizza? go on then.
My wife told Paul Leary that I cried during the Butthole Surfers at ATP. He seemed quite touched.
I knw I shouldn't have but I think it was hunger, PMT and How Soon is now that tipped it.
never get watery-eyed listening to music at home either?
I haven't read the article but I assume we're talking about wiping away the odd tear rather than sobbing uncontrollably with snot streaming down our t-shirts.
I done it at
The Dirty Three
Drugstore (intimate reunion)
So now you know the cut of MY jib.
especially the song with victoria - slow life. i had just broken up with my long-time girlfriend u see and we had a connection with grizzly bear. then 3 days later during why? when they played fatalist palmistry and the line 'there's a moth flock in my gut growing' once again reminded me of how i wont get that feeling with her again
but I read this earlier and started laughing, and now I’m back here and laughing, perhaps even harder than the first time
Definitely going to hell, and the worst corner of it.
I don't think I've ever cried at a gig. I would if I had a soul. I don't really care if others do though. APATHY.
They were more of a backdrop.
I was at the Coldplay gig when they filmed their video for Fix You (very cool, I know) and some 30s couple were both sobbing hard as they hugged and mouthraped eachother. I thought it was pretty funny.
But I wouldn't cry at Paul Weller either. Or Kasabian - what if they saw? can't have them thinking I'm gay. I'd never carry off that Umbro shirt with any proper masculinity again.
Bender? Really? You're a bit of a cock aren't you?
I'm almost positive this was SATIRE
you're probably giving him way too much credit there. I could be wrong, I doubt it though...
that I've wept at a gig was when I saw Brian Wilson do 'God Only Knows'. I think my Dad maybe shed a couple of sly tears too. Up until that point, to be perfectly honest, I'd been bored to tears, not moved to them... And I always kind of feel somewhat lachrymose when I hear it anyway.
I think I came close when I saw Edwyn Collins at the [Edinburgh] Festival over the summer and he did 'Searching For The Truth'. Beautiful.
I think I maybe cried a little when a fat goth girl jumped up and down on my foot (not on purpose) at a Nick Cave gig. I actually had trouble walking properly for about a month after it. Doctor said I probably had incurred 'soft tissue damage'. It felt like it was broken in several places. Bloody fat goth birds.
I CRIED BLOOD
when I saw them last year.
It was more tears of joy though
And as for people going to bands and EXPECTING to cry.....well you're no better than those people who enjoy a good 'weepie' at the cinema.
When I go to gigs, I stand legs astride, arms folded against my muscled chest, rocking my head like Dolph Lundgren.
because i was SO FUCKING ANGRY WITH THIS STUPID FUCKING ARSEHOLE COUPLE OF WANKER GIRLS TALKING REALLY LOUDLY AND SHOVING THEIR MASSIVE BACKCOMBED HAIRNESTS IN MY FACE when i was trying to watch Andrew Bird. Seriously, felt tears of pure frustrated anger coming on when i realised killing them was not really feasible.
just reading some of the comments on that article, someone saying they started crying during Highway To Hell at AC/DC...
I asked if she was alright. But she didn't notice/ignored me as her Thom Yorke infatuation/cry-trance had created some kind of impenetrable wuss bubble.
when Low played 'Dragonfly' at Birmingham. Just been dumped to fuck. Didnt get tears but a bit of a throat lump.
but never actually cried, jesus. Slightly watery eyes a few times that is ABSOLUTELY ALL. Including Skullflower which means I probably have more issues than the man who cried at AC/DC.
I don't think I felt watery eyed when I last saw Skullflower though...You definitely won't cry if they start touring their latest record. It is harsh.
Watery eyed watching Mogwai a couple of times. Watery eyed from all the AWESOME.
A very scary man bloke I was with wept at LIVE FFFFEAR SATAN after rather a lot of poppers.
but I DID cry when Ladytron played Soft Power followed by Playgirl at the Astoria. I just went. It was nice !
For a number of different reasons I also came pretty close watching Sufjan Stephens, Of Montreal, Dexys, Brooce, The Who and dEUS.
Neurosis @ The Forum
Slint @ the Forum
Silver Mt Zion @ St Georges Church
and then Thom said I was the most uncool kid he'd ever met
matched only in emotional intensity by the fucking plonk woman infront of me, determind to ruin the beginning of the show by making up her own words and melody to Svefn-G-Englar. Disruptive bitch.
watching EITS brought me close but i'm pretty sure there's only been one time
...like a big old baby, but my eyes definately got a bit damp when I saw Lou Reed do Berlin in Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh Playhouse as the most perfect acoustics I've probably heard at a gig. My dad bought me and some friends tickets for my birthday, I knew this gig was coming up so I made sure we were up nice and early so as soon as it hit 9am we could both launch an attack on our desktops and laptops, we ended up front row, centre. Reed had a choir, brass, strings, backing singers, the lot. Lou's always been my biggest hero, hes released my favourite albums and so listening to this really sad, orchestral music by my hero was a bit overwhelming.
what the fuck does anyone care what emotional response you have to music? Bollock off. It's my party, I'll cry if I want to.
Y'see, the problem is emo and it being aligned to weakness. Y'all need to forget that. Hemingway cried at art and there isn't a big motherfucker badman in history more nasty than he. Churchill wept, are you all gonna call him a bender?
because I suddenly found myself in a one-to-one conversation with Tim Smith*, and didn't actually know what to do except break down and fall into his arms
*for those unknowing, the stroke-stricken Cardiacs frontman/king of music
I WILL cry like a fucking baby
but was too busy going completely fucking insane in the moshpit, sorry, Pond, to bother crying
if I'd been standing still I'd have probably cried buckets
like, the whole gig was so awe-inspiring I probably SHOULD have cried, but y'know when you're just too cheerful to cry?
(if I see them again, I and the whole crowd will be in floods obv)
lots of times. I feel very lucky too, seeing as it's probably my favourite song.
Yes, it's pretty much the most enormous and beautiful thing ever. I'll never forget being on the front row of the Astoria balcony, jaw on the floor, and Tim looking me right in eye during the intro and giving me that huge crooked smirk. I miss that fucker so much. :-(
Damn, and I thought I was beyond consensus ;-)
Nah, it's pretty unimpeachable. That was my first and only Cardiacs gig, their last Astoria date. If I'd been sat on the balcony I'd have possibly been even more mindblown, but I wouldn't have been able to join the non-stop all-ages bacchanale that is the birthright of any Cardiacs fan, and I wouldn't change that for the world. GET WELL SOON TIM
i probs will cry if i ever see the mountain goats or if the unicorns reform, that's about it. think i'm safe.
My friend blubbed like a war widow through Sigur Ros a while ago, was actually quite worrying, what was this music doing to her poor brain!?!
Then found myself choking back tears when Phil Elvrum did an audience singalong to Voice In Headphones a lot later, had just been sacked that day, was expecting wife to give birth within weeks and was completely at throw-self-in-front-of-bus stage so the song touched a nerve slightly! The singing helped, thanks Phil.
on topic, dunno if the guardian article mentions it but the Iron Maiden flight 666 film has this wonderful shot of a guy in the front row of a south american show weeping uncontrollably for joy as he caught a drum stick from the band, bless him.
I don't get it. I've cried during more novels than all the gigs I've cried at combined. I've cried during one novel. Gimme a break. If you pass them a joint will they grow up and save the sobbing for somewhere else? Which is home b/c they're too moved to worry about an after party or the gig down the road that you can just make it in time for.
or twenty something boys who are trying to get into the pants of 16 year old girls by showing their "sensitive side".
There are SO many better things to cry about other than live music, even if you REEEAAALLLYYYY like a band or artist. I've cried at countless songs/books/films etc, but whichever way you look at it, when an artist performs the song live they ARE going through the motions to some extent. So what's the point in crying?
cried infront of me when Radiohead played Lucky at the LCCC last year
...a fuckin beautiful girl crying during Flume by Bon Iver and I was in a...weird....place and it bought a tear to the eye. I wasn't sobbing or anything, just a little moment...