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Or do you prefer to go in 'fresh'?
I even check setlists so I can familiarise myself sometimes. You don't want to go overboard and get bored of them though.
whenever I book a ticket in advance I usually end up hating the band by the time it comes to the gig and wish I never bought a ticket in the first place
I like listening to the band on the way back home to keep my buzz going
never in the aftermath, weirdly.
One exception being the first time I saw Pissed Jeans. I then didn't listen to anything else in the following days but them.
I like an informed decision if there's bands I'm not familiar with. It's nice to go in fresh particularly when a bands showing off new material.
Have been listening to loads of Converge recently as I'm seeing them tonight and it's been 7 years since I've seen them - not to 'brush up' for the gig or anything cos it's not like I can realistically 'learn the lyrics', but I just have been thinking about them more in the run up to the show and therefore thought to listen to them more.
A few years ago I had a couple of occasions of listening to the band I was seeing on the train to the gig and found myself getting bored of the music whilst watching them. Best solution I find is try to listen to everything I own by them in the week or two running up to the gig so it's somewhat fresh, with a no play limited imposed for 48 hours beforehand (or 24 hours with exception).
Other times, no.
Depends on the back catalogue of the band and when the album that the band are touring was released. If I'm familiar with the band's stuff, then no.
I had a ticket for Slow Club for a gig on a date that their album was released. I heard their album via streams several times before that date and repeatedly after downloading it that day.
The only rule is to never wear the t-shirt for the band you're seeing at the gig.