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The worst concert I’ve been to

Last updated on August 23, 2017

In preparation for my top 10 list of concerts, I had some time to go study my spreadsheet of concerts and think about the worst concert I had been to. Truth be told, it would be difficult to come up with a “bottom 5” list, but easy to come up with the single worst concert…

The Black Eyed Peas w/ Pussycat Dolls & Flypside [2007]
I quickly fell in love with the Black Eyed Peas when I heard Elephunk, and it didn’t take much convincing to buy tickets to this concert – but this became the only concert that I walked out of, due to distaste.

What started out as a strong hip-hop concert quickly degenerated into a solo showcase of each band member, as if the band was simply a platform to boost each member’s standing. Each member took turns doing entire songs that just featured themselves. I could understand if they took a solo in the song, or took it off into a tangent for part of the song, but there were points where the other members left the stage while
one person gratified themselves with their self-serving song. I’m not talking about singles from “The Dutchess”, I’m talking about the two guys who aren’t Fergie and Will.I.Am.

This show was right after Monkey Business came out, so you had two solid albums to choose from – yet the Black Eyed Peas found a way to only play 3 hits in the over-an-hour we were there. My wife and I were sick of being jerked around, so we left, right in the middle of the show.

My fuse probably wouldn’t have been so short if it wasn’t for having to endure the Pussycat Dolls, which was basically a gentlemen’s club without the brass poles – setting a great example for the crowd of pre-teen girls. Any curiosity to the question, “I wonder what it had been like to go to a Spice Girls concert” was answered by the Pussycat Dolls. My favorite part was the cheesy intros, as if any of us cared who any of them were (besides that lead singer Nicole, who possessed 97% of the band’s talent).

Top all of this up with Flypside, who made the crowd do wrist/finger pumps to 8th notes during Somedaythere was no way not to look like an idiot.

So that rounds out the worst concert I’ve been to, have you been to one that’s worse?