What a great thread!!!
I too love going to shows solo, in fact the few times lately that I've tried going with others have been as close to disasters as any show could ever really be.
So many people touched on the same reasons, easier to meet new people, not worrying about other people's head trips( i just went to a couple summer shows with a neurotic logistics nut who kept wanting to know how many miles to the venue, how much gas is left in the tank, where will we meet after the show when we had just gotten there....)Never again!!! I went to Seven Walkers with my then significant other and we had to leave after the first set because he said everyone in the bathroom was raving about the show, but to him all the song just sounded exactly the same and made his head hurt. Needless to say, that relationship is no more
I also know that going to any non-Dead related show alone is not just lonely and boring, it's setting oneself up for some serious weird looks and whispering. Last non-dead show i went to some woman asked me if I was there alone & when I said yes, she said , "That's soooooo brave of you" but the tone of her voice was pitying, as if i only went there that way cuz i was all alone in the big bad world...pretty amusing, but def not fun. Edit: MWoods, I just read your post and it was truly perfectly hysterical, a person alone amongst certain types of people makes those people uncomfortable. Your commentary was priceless.
My whole thing is the total let go, just seeing what happens - and lots of people cannot do that. It is really cool to see how many people here enjoy the solo ride!
I loved the comment comparing the solo experience to Dark Star