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Old 08-14-2019, 11:10 AM
Royal Nonesutch is offline
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It is not universal, although it happens as you describe 98.5% of the time, at least with the vast majority of the bands I see live.

Things like a strict time curfew at a specific venue, often to do with jurisdictional laws governing alcohol sales, enforcement of local noise ordinances, a contractual issue with the union stage crew, strict time scheduling at a multi-act music festival, or an accute cocaine shortage can all lead to bands forgoing the traditional encore format and just leaving outright after the last song of the set, or going off for a brief 30 second pause and coming right back out without waiting for the de rigueur standing ovation from the audience.

Last edited by Royal Nonesutch; 08-14-2019 at 11:13 AM.