quote:Originally posted by Andrew B:
I think that there are two things to consider here:
1. Not everyone wants to stand up, dance, scream, jig, boogie etc. Some people really do want to just sit and take it all in. I guess they deserve to have their way of enjoying a concert respected.
2. Some bands (and venues) naturally suit a standing or sitting audience. For example I cannot imagine watching someone like Elvis Costello (who I have seen numerous times) sitting down. On the other hand when I saw Steely Dan at Hammersmith the whole audience (or 99% anyway) sat through the whole show but it was still one of the best and most enjoyable concerts I have ever been to.
I totally agree with both of these points. I am one of those types who likes to get up and sing, although I have seen people (such as Steely Dan like you mentioned) where it's just more natural to sit.
I have no problem with those who do prefer to sit during shows like Crowded House, as long as they don't sit right up front and expect everyone else to stay seated. I've never encountered anyone like that though as I'm sure those who prefer to sit have come to realise they've got to sit further back so they can actually see over the rest of us.