Craziest thing you've done (or bought) at a concert

Neilbag2_l1As EW names the 20 fall concert tours we can’t wait to see — and I celebrate my one-month anniversary carrying my Neil Diamond 2008 World Tour messenger bag (pictured) — it seems like a good time to share stories about the craziest things we’ve done, or bought, at concerts.

I, myself, am disappointingly tame at shows (unless you count jumping up and down at Dolly Parton and Hanson concerts as "crazy" — which I do not). Like, I won’t even try to sneak into better seats because it just causes me too much anxiety. The most out-of-control thing I’ve done is probably wait around waaay too long to get a photo of myself with Air Supply.

As for the most insane purchase I’ve made, that would be the aforementioned Neil Diamond messenger bag. I’d just seen him rock Madison Square Garden, and I’d just consumed three alcoholic beverages — what are you gonna do? I take comfort in knowing that I’d been wanting a messenger bag for a while, that this one was $5 cheaper than a "Neil Diamond Rocks" T-shirt, and that even in New York, strangers are kind enough not to comment aloud when they see me carrying it.

Your turn.

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  • Eric Friedmann

    I was actually stupid enought to buy a YANNI concert tour shirt when I saw him perform at Jones Beach in 1995. I (happily) threw that shirt away a few years later.

  • Winona

    Looking back, making a huge posterboard that said “JOE!” for a NKOTB concert in 1990 was stupid, especially considering that I could barely hold it up without blocking the view of about 10 rows back… but at the time it was a great idea.
    As for silliest thing I’ve purchased: Hanson playing cards, with caricatures and drawings by Zac. The joker is Puff Broccoli. (And this was just last year.) I’ve never played with the cards; just looked at them.

  • snarky

    I have two: I bought a license plate frame at the Police concert last year (why? No one can see it as I speed down the road, and it says “Police Live” whatever that means.) AND…I bought a Barry Manilow hat and magnet when I went to see him in Vegas recently. I do love me some barry, but a magnet??? WTF?

  • Catherine

    I bought a Freedom tank top at a George Micheal concert. It’s cheap, too big for me, but I love it!!

  • Simeon

    A couple of years ago, I was so drunk from bad Mai Tais at the United Center in Chicago, I bought myself a MADONNA IS MY HOMEGIRL trucker hat. So sad.

  • Michelle

    Not sure if this qualifies as crazy, but I brought and proudly flaunted an Australian flag to the Keith Urban show in Nashville this year. Keith saw it and gave me a high five!

  • Lauren

    This wasn’t a concert, but last year the best friend and I attended the national tour of High School Musical (the stage show). He bought a “Wildcats” backpack and I purchased a bright pink T-shirt with “I (Heart) Troy” bedazzled on it. We were 22 and 27 at the time. And yes, I’ve worn the shirt on many occasions.

  • Sarah

    When the Backstreet Boys were in my city in early September, I was so tempted to buy a t-shirt that said “What Would Nick Do?” and had a great cartoon drawing of him on it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I did buy one with the Unbreakable album cover on it, though. I do have a t-shirt from 2000 that has cartoon NSYNC heads on it.

  • Stephanie

    Um… I went to a Rod Stewart concert and my two friends and I bought Rod Stewart underwear… I love them, and I wear them all the time.

  • Beth

    I went to the American Idols Live tour this summer, and got a t-shirt with all of their grinning cheesy faces on it. And I haven’t actually WORN it, but I’ll get to it. Eventually…

  • Lori

    Mandi, I waited around way too long to get my picture with Air Supply…twice! They also kissed me on the cheek in what now has become my infamous “I made out with a rock star” story.
    Please don’t judge me people.

  • Zet

    Anything we buy at concerts strikes me as crazy. After the glow has worn off, usually ten minutes into trying to leave the traffic-choked amphitheater, I wonder why did I buy another poorly made t-shirt that has a scratchy iron-on transfer? So uncomfortable, I can’t even wash the car while wearing it. Or a $50 commemorative program? Where am I going to keep that? We’ve even bought stupid drink glasses to serve as reminders of the special event. If it can’t go in the dishwasher, we’re never using them again.

  • Anonymous

    what’s crazy is that 20 years ago for $20 you could buy a ticket, $20 could get you a shirt & $20 went towards gas & booze. nowadays, it’s $60 to sit in the grass, $60 for a shirt & $60 for gas. i need a drink….

  • donner

    in college, I went to an Alabama concert and bought their shirt…some dude drove up to me afterward, asking to buy it so he could ‘prove’ he was there, apparently to fix a lie he told someone…I shoulda sold the thing to him for $50 bucks, but instead i kept it…I don’t have that shirt anymore and coulda used the $50 in college…d’oh!

  • NutsInNY

    Plenty nutty to qualify for a “Nuts in NY” posting!

    http://www.nutsinny.com/all-nuts/soup-to-nuts-the-latest-nyc-tidbits-92408

    That’s SOME confession!

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