Writing to Lin’s Bin, a guy asked for advice and since my last ‘first date’ was in 1973, I had to do research. One of the dangers of a first date at a concert is picking the wrong band.
I have enjoyed canvassing co-workers who have shared their worst first date at a concert experiences. I’m dying to hear what bands contributed to your worst first date ever. Some bands are too loud or too misogynistic.
Some bands are so cultish that you’re just not going to find a date that shares your fascination with, say, The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. Although, they were awesome.
Nickelback- The numero uno worst first date band chosen by the professional women in the offices of WXRT. Not sure a second date would make this concert experience better. But how would you find out?
Sigur Ros- As cool as Icelandic spring water, Sigur Ros has quite a large following around the world, but their crystalline ambient ministrations would send many first dates running out the door.
NRBQ-At one time, the greatest rock and roll band in the world, but they were not always audience friendly. Quirky and confrontational, NRBQ brought a touch of Andy Kaufman to their live performances. Not for a first date. You only took the woman you were going to marry.
Steve Vai- He’s played with everyone. He has a world of talent. His guitar pyrotechnics will drive your date up a wall.
Gentle Giant- A prog rock band that experimented with wacky time signatures. I excitedly purchased their CD catalog a few years ago and put “Working All Day” in my wife’s car CD player. She pulled the car over after a few seconds and announced that the car would not be moving forward until The Gentle Giant stopped. An acquired taste. And they knew it. One of their albums was called Acquiring The Taste.
Iggy Pop-With or without The Stooges, Iggy remains one of the most kinetic live performers I’ve ever seen. But he can be a little scary. Not the way to introduce yourself to a new friend.
Bjork- Her famous wardrobe notwithstanding, Bjork’s avian chirping would scatter a flock of first dates.
Jeff Beck-Jeff is god, but not everyone is prepared for that level of illumination. See Jeff by yourself. You can be properly prayerful.
Metallica and Lou Reed- Their new album together has been savaged by the critics. Metallica fans are ready to riot. If they tour together, how about you check out this new track before you try to impress someone you’ve never dated.
Insane Clown Posse- Uh, that’s just a no.