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Monday, September 26, 2005

Play It Again Sam And Other Myths
Matt Good discusses his refusal recently to play an encore for an obnoxious university crowd: "Last night I decided not to do an encore. For those of you unfamiliar with how the encore process works, allow me to fill you in. An encore is played when a band feels that the audience deserves it, as a reciprocal show of appreciation. It is by no means mandatory. And while there were some in attendance last night that were obviously there to enjoy the show, I was unable to bring myself to return to the stage to show my gratitude to those who spent the majority of the night conducting themselves like school children."

Is that really how it works? We always understood it to be the other way around; if a crowd deems a band's performance to be of particular quality, the crowd cheers long and loud, requesting the band's continued presence. An encore just confirmation that the band has done their job on this night. "An encore is played when a band feels that the audience deserves it?" Really? So if we pay $150 to see U2, but don't cheer with appropriate glee for Stuck In A Moment (arguably, on a side note, U2's worst song ever), we're not entitled to as much music as Bono, Edge and the other two can possibly squeeze in before curfew? That seems unreasonable.

Have we had it wrong all along? Please advise. If need be, some sort of summit may have to be organized.

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