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I saw Jeff Lynne's ELO a few years ago. Music was great but it could have been a cardboard cutout of Jeff up there, no words except "thank you" and little movement.
I love ELO, I love Jeff, but yeah, he isn't a ball of fire on stage. I think that he, and his late friend, Roy Orbison, who was even more motionless on stage, are both extremely shy and introverted, and that gets reflected in their lack of stage presence.

BTW, here's a video clip of ELO performing their first single, "10538 Overture," on a TV show (I'm guessing Top of the Pops), in the very early '70s. Jeff is pretty animated (I'd almost guess that he was advised to ham it up for the camera), but it just looks awkward as heck.

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im told the Ramones could be great one night and totally drizziling shitty the next.....i mean theyed have to start the songs 2 or 3 times .... sometimes playing a totally different song than the one they started ..... and they could be great at pissing off an audience ....... like taking a break and then get in a fight with each other backstage and just leave the concert in separate directions with everyone waiting for them to come back ...
Are you sure you aren't talking about the Replacements?
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Old 05-14-2019, 01:23 PM
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James Brown was often timid, reticent, (almost cowering), as was GG Allin and Madonna.
That's quite a combination of artists.

Victoria where? Canada? Australia? Somewhere else?
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I could have been staring at a poster while listening to the albums turned up really loud.
The first time I experienced this was an INTERPOL concert. Hey, not surprising, but I got so bored that I left, walked down the street to a Walgreen's where I'd seen cheap snapback baseball caps with no logos. Bought a dozen, and a set of colorful Sharpies. Back in the club (The Rave in Mke where I could stand on a balcony looking down on a dance floor), I made INTERPOL hats and frisbee'd them into the crowd.
Some looked like legit merch, some had scruffy unicorns and cigarette-smoking clouds, some had the venue and date.

Wish there was a way to find out if someone hung onto their DIY Interpol hat...
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:33 PM
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That's quite a combination of artists.

Victoria where? Canada? Australia? Somewhere else?
Canada
I was hoping by the time I mentioned Kraftwerk that there might have been some silly-goosery involved. (Totally true, though, about us being quiet 80's rockers.)
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The first time I experienced this was an INTERPOL concert. Hey, not surprising, but I got so bored that I left, walked down the street to a Walgreen's where I'd seen cheap snapback baseball caps with no logos. Bought a dozen, and a set of colorful Sharpies. Back in the club (The Rave in Mke where I could stand on a balcony looking down on a dance floor), I made INTERPOL hats and frisbee'd them into the crowd.
Some looked like legit merch, some had scruffy unicorns and cigarette-smoking clouds, some had the venue and date.

Wish there was a way to find out if someone hung onto their DIY Interpol hat...
Where's MKE?
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:48 PM
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Where's MKE?
Sorry, an abbrev (& airport code) for Milwaukee.

And abbrev is an abbrev for abbreviation.
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More recently we saw The New Pornographers, who we had seen several times and really liked, but this time was awful. They only played songs from their latest two albums which haven't sold well and were mostly unknown to the audience And their playing was very much by the numbers.
That's too bad, as their last two albums were pretty great. I love Brill Bruisers to death, and "Dancehall Domine" may well just be my favorite song by them.

That said, I last saw them on the Brill Bruisers tour, right after drummer Kurt Dahle left. I was saddened when I heard the news and, after seeing them with the new drummer, who was absolutely competent and did a good job filling in, it just wasn't the same for me. I loved Kurt's swing and his sense of fun behind the set, and I felt he brought a lot of great playful energy to the band, with some of my favorite drumming in a modern rock band. Even the shows without Neko I enjoyed to death just to hear and watch him play. Since his departure, though, I felt the band lost a bit of fun and rhythmic swing, and I've had little interest to see them again.

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Watching The Stone Roses and Oasis live they both seemed pretty miserable but their music was amazing.
I saw Oasis once at an outdoor festival in Hungary c. 2000. It was probably the most boring rock performance I had ever seen. Now this was maybe a couple years after the heart of their heyday, and this was just an outdoor rock festival, but, man, it just looked like everyone was going through the motions onstage and thinking about what they were going to do after the concert was over. The music was competent, but just completely devoid of soul and energy.

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Two massive 90's bands I've seen live that had the most boring stage presence I'd eveer seen:

1. Smashing Pumpkins. Their Lollapalooza headlining gig in '94 - the big homecoming show in Chicago (actually Tinley Park) and they were just awful. Music sounded ok, but they all just stood there and barely spoke. I know there were tensions in the band back then and it obviously showed while on stage. The truest definition of 'meh'.

2. Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder showed a little emotion, but for the most part just stood there leaning on the mic stand. Rest of the band pretty much stood in place; played the songs and split. Again, music was good, but boring to watch.
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Sorry, an abbrev (& airport code) for Milwaukee.

And abbrev is an abbrev for abbreviation.
I actually thought so.

Wouldn't it be wild if someone who caught one of those hats sees this, and says (and later posts), "Wow! I wondered where that came from."
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I actually thought so.

Wouldn't it be wild if someone who caught one of those hats sees this, and says (and later posts), "Wow! I wondered where that came from."
Could be just the nudge I need to start my new career! (of giving away hats... hmmm, I might need a better business model)
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