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TACOMA: Dome isn’t worse than other venues

Letter by Bruce Partridge, University Place on Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm with 3 Comments »
August 25, 2010 2:43 pm

Re: “Dome didn’t do right by Gaga fans” (letter, 8-25).

The writer singling out the Tacoma Dome for lack of security at the recent Lady Gaga concert obviously does not attend many live shows.

I started going to music events in 1968, starting with the Jimi Hendrix Seattle homecoming, and over the last 40 plus years have encountered a broad spectrum of poor crowd management at every major Northwest venue – everything from a fan leaping to his demise at a Seattle Led Zeppelin show to a foul-mouthed 15-year-old showering my wife with all the liquor he had consumed before a Tom Petty performance at Key Arena.

The Tacoma Dome is nowhere close to possessing a monopoly on boorish and even dangerous behavior at its shows. To suggest otherwise reveals a lack of event experience and a comically misguided “superiority complex” in the age- old Seattle vs. Tacoma argument.

It’s truly puzzling that she would cite Husky Stadium and Safeco Field as bastions of safe and pleasant events. Neither is known for hosting concerts, but obviously this individual has never been seated in the student section in the former, or near rabid Red Sox or Yankee fans at the latter.

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  1. Hmmm, interesting thoughts..”leaping to to his demise at a Seattle Led Zeppelin show”…….”a foul-mouthed 15-year-old showering my wife with all the liquor he had consumed before a Tom Petty performance at Key Arena.”

    My guess is “birds of a feather”. One would think that a large group of characters that finds concerts of THAT sort of “music” entertaining, would be the sort to engage in such bizarre, anti social behavior wouldn’t one..

    If one prefers to avoid people behaving like uncivilized animals, one should avoid the places where such roosters roost. ;)

  2. seetheriverman says:

    By painting all attendees of popluar music events as Philistines, you are merely revealing a tendency towards an elitism which is transparently self- aggrandizing, which in this case, is a kind of anti-social behavior.

    More fundamentally troubling is your ill-founded contempt for all genres of music which do not fall within the narrow confines of your patrician definition
    of True Music.

    BTW, you would have fit right in with the audience of “serious” music aficionados when Stravinsky premiered “Le Sacre du Printemps” in Paris in 1913. Many of the attendees of that uncouth event showed their displeasure for this remarkably innovative piece by destroying the concert hall and then taking the riot out into the streets. Ruffians.

  3. spencerspencer says:

    Bad people are everywhere. When you pack that many people into a confined space there will just be lots of bad people there too.

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