Before I start, I’d like to stress that this is about a small minority of bands, not every band, and the majority of bands I see are not like this. This is also simply my opinion.
I went to a gig a couple of months ago to see a lovely band I know play a matinee show, the whole show was amazing as always – full of people singing along, dancing and generally having a fabulous time! The band then spent over 2 hours after the show chatting with fans, signing autographs etc, which is a lot longer than a lot of bands out there these days – it was lovely having the chance to catch up with them. However, when I got home I was told that another band – who were playing at the same venue later the same day – decided to bitch about this, and complain about the amount of time they spent meeting fans.
Seriously, random band?! You’re saying they spent ‘too much’ time with the fans, and even laughing at them for doing so? Is there even such thing as a band spending too much time with their fans, considering they’re such a massive part of being in a band? I know bands often have their own opinions on other bands and their ethics, but I think it’s ridiculous and curious to imply that a band are strange for wanting to meet their fans, and spend time with them. It’s also making me wonder whether they’re the kind of band I’d spend money on going to see, if they’re just going to fob off their fans, no matter how good they may be.
The amount of time a band spends with their fans is obviously incredibly important, as it helps them to gain more fans, and makes the fans they have already feel appreciated. If you don’t spend any time with your fans, or interacting with them over social media, how do you think it makes them feel? They often spend hours on end queueing to see you in all weather conditions to be front row, and spend their money on tickets/travel/merch. It’s like a giant slap in the face when you hang around before or after a show for ages to meet a band, and they either don’t come out for whatever reason, or rush out and don’t spend time with fans – fair enough, sometimes security stop them from coming out if they’re going to get mobbed, and sometimes there’s unforeseen circumstances such as family illnesses – at one show I went to, there was a fight backstage and the police got called, so the bands weren’t allowed out, but even then, they hung out of a window to inform the fans of what was going on. If you do have time or the opportunity to stop, even if you only spend 10 minutes meeting fans, it will make their experiences so much better, and give them fantastic memories that they can remember forever. There have been times where I’ve waited for a band for ages, and only got a hug or a photograph with them before they had to go, but even just that small gesture makes it all worth it.
What do you think? Do you like it when a band takes the time to stop and chat with you? Or are you not the kind of person to hang around after a show?
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