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.
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: