So you guys could actually plan when to go, where to go, and how to go?!
I'm either in awe of y'all, or supremely sorry that you were that rigid at a show.
"Now, when they go into the drum solo, we'll hit the head, okay?"
maybe for the men folks life was easier at half time because the sinks were also employed...
drums/space was usually nap time for me, especially when it was hardcore tour daze. I needed those zzzz so I could get behind the wheel of the bus and drive later that night.
I remember hearing a tour buddy tell me; there were a bunch of sorority gals near us at one show; drumz starts out, I set down in my seat - pass right out.
the sorority girls, much aghast, ask my buddy who was still grooving away,
'is he OK??!!'
"sure, sure. he is OK, he's just taking a nap"
I got up just as space was fading, pop right up, start dancing to the next tune. such was life on the road.
my friend would always wait until a somewhat new tune and then proclaim"making a move" whilst exiting to the restroom.....I wanna say childhood's end or easy answers....but I agree with other posters on not wanting to miss a single song....
...that while there were definite non-fans of, say, "Ship of Fools" in our little group, non-fans who would groan at the opening notes, all too often those same non-fans would have to admit that the actual rendition was pretty darn great, when they stuck around.
Maybe some folks really did duck out just to avoid a song they don't like. To each - their own. I still call Black Peter my pee song because it was pretty much a given with my friends... and when a band plays it to this day, there I go, getting in line for the head.
I agree that when you gotta go, you gotta go. Believe me I understand, no one makes more "rest stops" than my wife. Also, I'm sure that I missed a song or two when nature called. But that is not how I interpreted the initial post. In fact, the language "the perfect opportunity, in short, to be anywhere but in the hall listening to the tune" certainly connotes something more than just nature calling.
think it's a matter of despising or even disliking some tunes, just picking an opportune time to dash to the restroom if need be. Going at half-time when everybody else is doing the same thing was a drag, IMO. Dashing out during a tune was usually a lot more efficient in minimizing missing anything.
pomo1, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! sooner or later, I'd have to hit the head, so having a pee-song was like a scheduled break. I don't like Black Peter still, never have really, and it was a good time to get out and do whatever else I had to do. I don't know anyone who stepped out for Dark Star though!
Boy, whenever the boys started to drift into Dark Star, I just had to duck out.
IMHO, this question deserves nothing more than such a sarcastic, ridiculous response.
Maybe my view is distorted because I stopped seeing shows in about 1983. Did things get so bad that "just about everybody" had at least one song they despised hearing? I recall there were some songs that I didn't love, and after hearing 40 or 50 "drums," I sometimes got a little bored, but never did me or any of my group of deadheads want to be anyplace else. Wow.
But to each their own!!!
Anyhoo to answer the question:
For years, I really didnt have one, wanted to see and hear EVERYTHING. Every little note in Minglewood, Rooster, Des Row, CC Rider, Push, Walkin Blues..you name it, I would not miss it. Even Day Job~~~~
Drumz when I could hold no longer...but really it was the intro of songs like
Wave to the Wind & Corrina when I decided...oh man, pee break songs.
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