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What band have you been disappointed in when seen LIVE?

Sun, 05/03/2023 - 15:44

You know that concert that just didn't live up to LIVE as when listened to on CD or LP.

bad_american1992's picture

I caught Sabaton as an opener a while back and they just did not win the crowd over. Also, Marilyn Manson was in pretty rough shape when I saw him too, forgetting words and not really putting an effort into his performance.

Streptococcus's picture

Nekrogoblikon; not a band I ever wanted to see anyways but there was quite a bit of hype around them and it seemed like half of the room was there just to see them. And they sucked the most ass I've ever seen a band suck on stage and all their fans were still going crazy, maybe it's just me for disliking gimickcore who knows haha.

Arch_Caligula's picture

No one told me that Blackie was going to be lip-syncing most of the songs in the set! It was cool when he actually sang the songs (like during "Wild Child"), but unfortunately most of the songs had the vocal track from the albums playing over it. And for having just seen Mercyful Fate kick ass live the week before, it was doubly dissappointing. It makes for a funny story, though.

phantasm's picture

Unfortuntately Blackie wasn’ the only member of the band playing to a track when I saw them on that tour. An actual fucking joke.

Arch_Caligula's picture

Yeah my best friend and guitarist in our band was with me when I saw W.A.S.P. and they pointed out that the guitarist played a pinch harmonic on the guitar without actually playing it. Had a good laugh about that when that happened.

andermatten's picture

Napalm Death. I'd listened to Scum, FETO, Harmony, Mentally Murdered and Utopia before and although they were an incredible experience it did not live up to expectations.

gorestar's picture

Cancer. I saw them live for the first time at MDF 2022 and sadly it was right after Carl Stokes and Ian Buchanan left the band so the only original member left was (and still is) John Walker. Don’t know how to really describe the performance I watched other than it being disappointing. I left about 4 or 5 songs in to wait at the other stage and I watched the rest of their set from afar

no_teleology's picture

Yeah Cancer sucked at MDF, probably them or Massacre were the worst set I saw at that fest.

bad_american1992's picture

Damn... I would have been totally dissapointed had I gone.

gorestar's picture

I was kind of bummed because I ended up missing out on Massacres set but hearing that makes me feel better I wasn’t able to see them at last years MDF 😂

bad_american1992's picture

Razor at California Death Fest 2016 was a shit show. A couple other TSS members were there and will probably back me up. I think it was just a bad day for them honestly.

MortalCoil138's picture

That's interesting, was there anything they did in particular that was shitty that night? or were they just not feeling it?

bad_american1992's picture

They had a lot of Spinal Tap moments this show... all of their gear was malfunctioning (this always happens at the Oakland Metro), they started like 20 minutes late all pissed off and then a stage diver knocked the guitarist into the drum kit and they were all threatening to "stop the show" rah rah rah. Everyone I've talked to who's seen them after said they were on point, so I think this was just a bad night at a bad venue with a bad crowd.

MortalCoil138's picture

That's a shame, doesn't sound entirely their fault though. I guess they dropped the torch on that one (haha get it?)

BloodFireDeath's picture

Have actually heard about this show firsthand from some friends in the scene here and they all had pretty much the same story. Oakland Metro Shows have always been hit or miss but I do wish they'd bring CA DeathFest back to the bay!

Dr. Wilbur Graves's picture

Omen. Of course doesn't compare to album but even compared to recent live videos it was quite bad. They had two vocalist. The other had lost his voice and other didn't quite know the songs.

Lord Cthulhu's picture

Didn't actually see them, but I was listened to the live broadcast of Whitesnake at Donington 1990 and boy did they suck. It was in the period Steve Vai was in the band, so not only had they forsaken their traditional blues roots (and most of their decent songs), but David Coverdale was sounding like shit and the band seemed to rely on false finishes and other nonsense to provoke a reaction from the crowd. Shocker.

Cardboardcity's picture

Ulver at the 2011 edition of Damnation Festival were abysmal. Granted, I don't care for much of their oeuvre but they sound checked forever and then mostly played War of the Roses material, which isn't a favourite.

Chameleonsvox at Rebellion 2019 were a shambles, which is a shame as they were great the two previous times. Mark Burgess was trollied and kept shit talking the audience because they were headlining the seated opera house. Musically they were competent, but the mood of their music doesn't translate when the vocalist won't stop slagging the audience!

madbutcher's picture

Deicide back in 2002. Benton was drunk and behave like a total asshole not only to the fans but even to his own band. After that i lost every interest forr them even if their debut album is one of my top 5 death metal releaces

An Overdose Of Mkultra's picture


And to a smaller extent, Corrosion of Conformity, but the latter wasn’t a poor performance on their end by any means. The venue just had shit sound.

Brendon's picture

Electric wizard i was so fucking stoked to see them and the band sounded great but you could hear absolutely no vocals and people kept yelling at the sound dude but it continued the entire set and you could tell jus was getting fucking pissed. Not electric wizards fault but still my biggest concert letdown.

bad_american1992's picture

Nothing tanks a concert like a crappy sound engineer.

no karate in pit's picture

wow almost all the concerts ive been to fall into this category except poison,Joan jet,def leppard,hair ball,

the suckiest would be motley crue my hate for that band started when i saw them during there stadium tour with def leppard, my god mick mars could barely stand up,nikki was the only talent,tommy was wasted as usual, and Vince looked like a hooker pig and sang like one too. honesly i couldn't understand one word he was singing and all i wanted was for Nicholas cage to shut him up again. the other band i wasn't impressed with was bon jovi but i dont hate them cause it was just the setlist that was bad they sang good but they only played there new music no 80s so i got no never say good bye or runaway or blaze of glory, but ill give him credit for having lung issues and still putting on a ok show( but then again dio closed the biggest metal concert while suffering from throat cancer)

Kofuv6's picture

Testament, seen them 2 times and left both times after a couple songs, horrible live, good thing Gene left and hopefully Steve will leave as well soon

primordial_hordes's picture

Virgin Steele at Up the Hammers festival some years ago. DeFeis was worst than a cat

Into Glory Ride's picture

He sounds like a guinea pig with love sickness these days sadly.

Into Glory Ride's picture

Only good things about the dead, but: Sanctuary with Dane. That was disappointing as fuck.

On the other hand: Sanctuary with Joseph Michael. They played Refuge denied from start to finish plus a bit of ITMB and it was one of the best concerts of my life.

Allpathsendthesame's picture

Kreator was extremely low energy when I last saw them, particularly the Mille songs. Could have just been an off night but Mille barely "sang". He just, like, talk-slurred the lyrics.

no karate in pit's picture

hey guys does metallica put on a good show still cause i hope to see them in 2024, but if they are usually shit might as well not see them

cza2129's picture

Metallica is still very tight...and their shows are great. STILL.

no karate in pit's picture

k thanks man,hell yeah my fav bands not shit wooohoo

cza2129's picture

I saw them last year in Vegas in Alegiant Stadium (Home of the Raiders) huge stadium but still not big enough for their sound. Great Set List
2Ride the Lightning
3The Memory Remains
4Seek and Destroy
7Sad But True
8Moth Into Flame
9Wherever I May Roam
10For Whom the Bell Tolls
11Creeping Death
12Fade to Black
13Master of Puppets
15Nothing Else Matters
16Enter Sandman
They will be promoting the NEW Album this coming tour though, so I imagine they will be playing songs from that as well as classics. DON'T MISS IT !

no karate in pit's picture

those are some bangers i hope they play harvester of sorrow but it sounds like no matter what it will be a good show

frankie530's picture

Marilyn Manson was pretty trash live when I last saw him in 2018

sandmanforce's picture

Tiamat at Brutal Assault festival some years ago...the singer Johan was terrible

CEROXER's picture

I have seen them several times, one of those times the vocalist sang as if he were dragging his voice and out of time.

Dan's picture

Metallica in '04 in Amsterdam was ok..they only played the 1st 4 albums.
Slipknot and Korn as starters..Korn fucking sucked as to be expected.
Now Slipkot on the otherhand...I hate that band but if I tell you they performed a goddamn good live gig that was even better then 'tallica...you'd not believe me..yet they did...So...answer in short..Korn (Shite band anyways) and...Sepultura in '96 was fucking shit too.
Dummy Burger at WOA '08 I believe was hilarious too..all the crowd moved over to the Machinehead stage...which was a blast laughing...

Edit...Endstille without Iblis on the vocals but with Mannevond who filled in...I dunno...As an Iblis fanboy I was disappointed as fuck....

MrCrispy13's picture

I was unimpressed by either Exodus or Yngwie in '85, Crue in '88, Ozzy in '97, In Flames but for sound reasons in '00 when they opened for Slayer who was great. I dont mention openers or bands where I just didnt care for the music. These were shows where the band just failed for whatever reason. Venues can suck but when two bands play the same night, same venue and only one sucks...its the band.

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