How do you feel about bands destroying their equipment after performances

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#5
The only one's who pulled it off right were the who, and hendrix's guitar fire. I personally couldn't ever bring myself to destroy an instrument of any kind however.
#6
only when Im drunk. otherwise I cant afford to break any of my shit cuz im broke
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#8
I couldn't bring myself to do it, and its kinda cliche IMO.
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#9
If it's their equipment, fine. It annoys me, but they can do what they want with it

I'd never do it myself though.
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#10
I'd much rather them throw it to me in the crowd
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#11
My guitarist has smashed his guitars at shows a couple of times, the audiences we've done it in front of enjoyed it.
#12
It would be cool if instead of wasting it they gave it to a fan
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#13
It's not cool. Kind of a waste, unless the equipment is really jank.
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#16
I feel it's a waste of a child's hard labor in India that worked their fingers to the bone for a 2 cent a week salary who misses a fingertip every time they get off from work. But you know...it's your gear apparently.


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#18
I usually thought "Waw. I wish I had that much money."
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#19
It's ok if they do it properly, like fully trash the crap out of everything. A drummer putting holes in a few skins, or a bassist snapping the neck is a bit meh.
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#20
guitarists have a special bond with their axes so i dont see how they can do it unless its a fresh one or its already beat to hell. Would never smash my guitars, would wait for someone with enough balls to ask for it backstage and then i would give it to them.
#21
I think it can be pretty cool to end shows, if you have the money to afford breaking shit.

Like Nirvana, I always loved how they did that.
#22
depends on how you feel at the time and how the mood is. If its really energetic/angry, it could be the cherry on the top of a great show.
#23
It is kind of a waste. I wouldn't do it. I do laugh when Avril Lavigne fails to do it.

EDIT: I wouldn't say no to the opportunity to throw a TV through a window...but I'd probably feel inclined to clean up the mess afterwards.
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#25
Overdone IMO. It's become such a cliche that it has no meaning to me. I wouldn't of course because I don't have the money to get a new axe, but really The Who and Hendrix are the only ones I consider to have done it properly.
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#27
A lot of people are saying it's cliche, but I can only think of 4 people who I've seen do it:
-Pete Townsend (first one to do it?)
-Jimi Hendrix (set his guitar on fire)
-Kurt Cobain
-Avril Lavigne (trying to be Kurt Cobain)

Does anyone else do it regularly, or is 4 people enough?
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A lot of people are saying it's cliche, but I can only think of 4 people who I've seen do it:
-Pete Townsend (first one to do it?)
-Jimi Hendrix (set his guitar on fire)
-Kurt Cobain
-Avril Lavigne (trying to be Kurt Cobain)

Does anyone else do it regularly, or is 4 people enough?

I specifically meant that it's become so associated with rock that it seems almost any movie with a band in it will end with them smashing instruments. This might just be my perception of it though.
But yeah, very few actual people do it because they don't have the money for it.
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I hate it, it's such a waste. Plus, destroying a musical tool is such a disgusting display as well.


not necessarily, Cobain repaired and reused a lot of the guitars he smashed, I lot of time's he would just break the neck, and since he was mainly a Fender guy it wasn't that hard to fix.
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#31
I always think "Goddamn, I wish I was rich enough to be able to do that"
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#32
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A lot of people are saying it's cliche, but I can only think of 4 people who I've seen do it:
-Pete Townsend (first one to do it?)
-Jimi Hendrix (set his guitar on fire)
-Kurt Cobain
-Avril Lavigne (trying to be Kurt Cobain)

Does anyone else do it regularly, or is 4 people enough?

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#33
As a big Who fan, I think that great bands can get away with it but few do it right. When Paul Stanley does it it seems staged and deliberate. When Pete Townshend did it, it generally seemed improvised and was an extension of the chaos and energy that was channeled through the music. Not enough bands put enough feeling into the music anymore so when they smash their instruments, it just doesn't feel right.
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#34
Why the **** anyone does it I wouldn't even know. If you're going to waste equipment like that, why don't you give it to someone else?
#35
It's a bit stupid and I lose respect for people to do it, and would never do it myself because I love all my gear far too much, but if you can afford to do it then go ahead. It won't gain you my respect though
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#36
It seems stupid. If you're rich enough to have new equipment every show, than why not do something more productive with it like donate equipment to music schools in underprivileged areas or something. What point is their to destroy it?
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#37
if it was just like a new one that i had not become emotionally attached to/physically used to and the moment was truly right then yea, of course.
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#39
If you have the money to do it then why not?... However, if you do not, stop trying to be cool and think!
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#40
Well if they paid for it then they can do what they want. You won't get much of a crowd response if you package everything and donate it instead of smashing it.
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