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#1
I've seen a few bands live now.

For example, I thought The Rolling Stones did a good job with Jagger's charisma as a lead singer.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta and Cold War Kids, for example, hardly had any stage persona.

Green Day tried too hard.

Aerosmith was boring save for Steven Tyler and Joe Perry who made the show unforgettable.

Last week I saw the Barenaked Ladies and they had the crowd in absolute control. Unlike all the other previous bands they talked to the crowd and had everyone in stitches and every single one of them seemed to have fun, so why don't other bands do this kind of stuff?

So, let's say your band would be playing a venue, what would you do in order to captivate the audience? Instead of, you know, just standing there...
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Quote by Philip_pepper
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta and Cold War Kids, for example, hardly had any stage persona.


explain this nonsense
#3
First and foremost, have good songs. The crowd normally does the rest.

If not, engage with the audience. Make them do silly things, big them up, put on a spectacle.

But this doesn't work without the tunes.
#5
The Barenaked Ladies are considerably lesser known than every other band that you mentioned.

Bigger bands have more technically demanding shows, so they can't be as "casual".
#6
Q: How does a band win over a crowd?

A: by being good/talented/entertaining/giving away free drugs/alcohol/hookers


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#7
I have a hard time believing RHCP was not energetic and shit...

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By having a terrifyingly large penis
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#9
Standing there staring at your fretboard and playing will NEVER win over a crowd. Of course, most UGers don't realize this.
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#10
By genuinely caring.
Smaller bands tend to care more - bigger bands less.
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explain this nonsense


Ok, Flea was the best, hands down. He was his usual self and personally, the one I find the most interesting. John was good as well for the energy he put into his solos and Chad into his drums. Anthony, however, seemed really tired so it didn't feel to me as if he wanted to be there.


Mars Volta were horrid. Sure, their music is something else, but the singer had his back turned to the crowd ALL the time and was reading the lyrics off of a music sheet stand. After the performance he flipped off the crowd. :/

Cold War Kids...well, I wasn't feeling it.
#12
when i saw Goldfinger the lead singer realised he looked like Draco Malfoy, so got the crowd divided into two and started a 'Gryffindor vs Slytherin' chant

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have no stage persona? Are you feeling alright?
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Pearl Jam has Eddie Vedder who means every word he sings, everytime. You can see the passion in his eyes from the worst seat in the venue. Also has a voice that grabs you by the balls and never lets you go. The rest of the band contributes with a catalog that seems made for live shows.

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Bloodhound Gang had sort of a Powerpoint presentation going on in the background with hilarious fake text messages and videos. Also, the bassist chugged a liter of beer and did some penis lifting.

Kings of Leon don't.

Local bands do it by being excited themselves and maybe playing the right cover on the right moment.
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Ok, Flea was the best, hands down. He was his usual self and personally, the one I find the most interesting. John was good as well for the energy he put into his solos and Chad into his drums. Anthony, however, seemed really tired so it didn't feel to me as if he wanted to be there.


Mars Volta were horrid. Sure, their music is something else, but the singer had his back turned to the crowd ALL the time and was reading the lyrics off of a music sheet stand. After the performance he flipped off the crowd. :/

Cold War Kids...well, I wasn't feeling it.

You must have caught them on a bad night. Because TMV are notorious for dancing a lot, Cedric does hand stands off the drum set, etc.

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Tenacious D had an amazing concert, nothing less from the guys who wrote the greatest song in the world
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For some reason I found this hilarious.

I suppose the best advice is just to have fun with it, but keep a good balance. They're still there to hear music, but sure you can **** around and just improvise and roll with whatever you see. Also, don't be those jackass bands that just put their back towards the crowd and play in one place, run all around the ****ing stage playing.
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#27
I would say confidence in maintaining a top effort, if they become unmotivated by an initial slow start, they will only pick it up if they can hold it together and do well.
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Tenacious D had an amazing concert, nothing less from the guys who wrote the greatest song in the world

It was just a tribute, man.

I would say by playing good music?
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#30
My band is always told were just "fun". apparently if you look like your really having a good time, the crowd joins in too. Just have fun, dont look all serious and "bad ass"
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Tenacious D had an amazing concert, nothing less from the guys who wrote the greatest song in the world

No no, they PLAYED it, it's not sure they ever wrote it. In the original version of tribute they played Stairway to Heaven =p

But really, all a band really needs to do to win over a crowd is engage with them and not be too distant, y'know. Make sure the crowd feels welcome and establish a connection with them. Sometimes just looking some people in the eye and smiling and nodding or pointing at them is enough.

It's enough for me anyway...
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#32
Bands who are starting out where no-one knows their songs use humour to put the audience at ease and win them over.

Bands who have been going for years look comfortable on stage and everyone knows their songs and can sing along.
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Any one notice the Asian dude at the front holding 2 bananas?
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#34
^and the guy behind him dressed as a banana. Weird gig..

Anyway take lessons from the likes of Benji Webbe from Skindred, he makes the crowd do really stupid stuff which makes their shows unique. For example he has recently been making the entire crowd do the robot and during their final song of each set he makes everyone take off and item of clothing and swing it around their head. Also through the set he constantly motivates the crowd to jump up and down, cheer and sing along.

Another front man we shall study today is Jason from letlive. I saw this band for the first time at download and through the entire set he was doing something entertaining be it taking monitors off the stage, throwing a mic stand at the drummer, doing a backflip into the final chorus of Casino Columbus and constantly getting involved with the guys standing at the front. Not to mention entering the stage from the audience causing him to be wrestled away by security not knowing he was in the band.

Basically my tips are to constantly acknowledge the crowd and get them involved, make sure they know you are having an awesome time and have something unique in the set that people will talk about for time to come
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Any one notice the Asian dude at the front holding 2 bananas?


I just noticed the 2 people dressed up AS bananas lol.

My answer would be, the band needs to genuinely entertain the crowd. Have good songs, look like they're having a good time, make eye contact with the audience, come across as cool guys, show charisma, etc.
#39
1. Play well
2. Organize group activities (musical chairs never fails)
3. Throw stuff at the crowd, anything - bodily fluids are always and added plus
4. Tell them you're too good to play for boring shitheads = instant respect
5. Throw in Nyan Cat wherever possible
6: ????????
7. Result.
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