Kevin writes: "you tell NYCdave (who is always a gentleman..."
Uh, while I appreciate the compliment, it ain't necessarily so. Truth be told, my comments were both sarcastic and baiting. This approach while hinting at humor, has little to do with being kind.
People would like shows and audience behavior at shows to be all about peace, luv and unicorns. While this is a nice idea, if you have been to two or more shows, and take a little walk around, you can't help but notice that the behavior of (some) people doesn't quite fit into the above stated program. I agree with DenverMan when he states " I don't let people ruin what I love most. Some situations are harder and or worse than others but in the end I am going to be there until the bus comes to a screeching halt."
I saw my first GD show in July of 1972. At that show people were complaining that both the band and the audience where not what they used to be. Some things never change.
I don't know Burt, but I remember him playing bass with a talened professional musician (by a pool at a hotel near Red Rocks). After a few songs, said musician (married to a member of our forum) complimented him on his chops.
There is nothing wrong with questioning whether going to shows is a positive thing. Different strokes for different folks. There is also nothing wrong with telling someone off when that person is baiting them. An old boss once told me that just because I think that something is funny, doesn't mean that everyone else shares my opinion. In other words if someone feels that I am bringing up stuff that is none of my business, tell me so. In my universe, two rules ring true. 1) Here's what Ginger says, She always tries to play by the golden rule, She says if you treat other people all right, Other folks probably treat you right too. 2) If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind
One last minor point: It's all cool in the bus pool!