Richard Buckner @ MOTR Pub (8/6/16)

Probably the less said about last night’s Richard Buckner show down in Over-the-Rhine the better.  I arrived late to find him playing to a decent-sized crowd of people, but I soon realized that only about a dozen of them were paying any attention to what he was doing onstage.  The rest were drinking and chatting and ignoring him.  They were loud and disrespectful.  The situation made me grumpy and embarrassed for my town.  It made Richard Buckner angry.

Richard had just finished “When You Tell Me How It Is” and was starting in on “Before” when I guess he reached his limit.  He stopped the song a few lines in, stood up, and began packing his equipment.  He looked furious.  An oblivious man from the audience made the mistake of going up on stage to talk to him.  Richard yelled at him to “get off the fucking stage.”  I believe that may have been the last thing he said in MOTR Pub.  He packed his minivan in a barely-contained rage and was gone five minutes later.

blurry buckner with boxes

(blurry Buckner with boxes)

This was a rough concert to witness.  I don’t blame Richard Buckner at all, though.  I’m actually surprised he lasted as long as he did.  The audience was obnoxious and showed a complete lack of respect.  Still, I’m glad I went.  If nothing else, it’ll explain why Richard skips over Cincinnati the next time he tours the Midwest.


Here’s to happier times and better audiences:

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10 Responses to Richard Buckner @ MOTR Pub (8/6/16)

  1. crankypants says:

    ohhhh ooof that really sucks. Why were people even there? Was he opening for someone else? THat’s really the only time that I’ve had that experience when people are there to see the main attraction and don’t give a shit there is a human being on stage trying to do their thing to a bunch of people who are waiting for someone else. It is so bad though, like you said, disrespectful. The people who run the place should have stepped in at some point, one would think. That *must* have been painful.

    • M-----l says:

      This was a free Saturday night show that took place right in the middle of Cincinnati’s #1 neighborhood for drunken revelry and hipster idiocy. It also started late with the opener going on around 10:30. That’s according to the pub employee I spoke with on the phone earlier in the day. It was clear by the background noise during the phone call that the place was already loud and obnoxious in the middle of the afternoon. By the time Richard Buckner took the stage many hours later, there was little hope for civilized behavior. People were there to drink and the “venue” was there to serve them.

      Also, this concert was doomed by the fact that the dude working the door was smoking a robot dick. I should’ve turned around and gone home as soon as I saw that.

  2. aubrey says:

    Long ago, I saw a band called Stiff Little Fingers in concert – possibly at the New Florentine Gardens in Hollywood. At one point, the lead singer stopped and demanded that the audience to stop being so ‘fucking rude’. They must have taken heed, for the concert proceeded and a very good one it was, too.

    I thought it was pretty fine of him – and wasn’t insulted at all, since I was most well behaved.

    • M-----l says:

      I’ve witnessed similar incidents where the performer calls out the audience for bad behavior. This was the first time I’ve ever seen the musician just up and leave. Now that some time has gone by, I realize it was a pretty bad-ass move on Richard Buckner’s part.

      Your appreciation of Stiff Little Fingers–and the Only Ones, I think it was–leads me to believe that there’s a whole other side to aubrey. All the sides are well-behaved, of course.

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