OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. I'm all over this thread tonight!!
So I went to see The Airborne Toxic Event (great show!!) and there was this guy, right beside me, who seemed to think it was necessary to try to start "the clap" for every single fucking song!
I mean, buddy, just because there is a steady kick-drum going, it doesn't mean you have to try to replicate it with your hands every single time. And also, when it's a nice gentle unplugged intro to a song I love (Wishing Well), no one is interested in hearing your loud clapping over it, to the beat you think you are hearing. Best part was, he was so drunk that when the band did want us to clap along, he couldn't match the rhythm.
I guess I should thank him for being so fucking irritating-- and I did some really nice mdma for tonight's show, so if he was bugging me while I'm in this fantastic happy place, I can only imagine how bad it would have been if I had been drinking instead; I probably would've been in my first bar-brawl-- anyway, he was so irritating, it forced me to move closer and closer to the front to get away from him. And because of that, I got to dance with the lead singer, and he somehow got his belt and mic cord caught in my belt so we had to jump together until I got my pants undone. Great sweaty moment.
So still a great show, but I am in total agreement about this clapping phenomenon. Even the band themselves did incite the crowd into clapping a few too many times, I think like four or five different songs. I'm good with one or two key moments, but it's getting out of hand here. We need to put a stop to this.