10 Awesome Things Bands Do at Concerts

Isn't it nice when the artist directly interacts with the crowd?
Isn't it nice when the artist directly interacts with the crowd?
Taylor Hamby

Concerts can be a truly amazing experience. When one of your favorite bands puts on a great performance, it can make for a mind-blowing night.

While there is a wide variety of ways for bands to make concerts awesome, there are a few things that we personally enjoy seeing at shows. Here's 10 of them.

See also: 10 Annoying Things Bands Do at Concerts

10. Debut songs that haven't released yet. Knowing every song your favorite band plays is cool and all, but isn't it a great feeling when you know you're hearing a song that the world hasn't even heard on YouTube yet? Particularly if the band has an album coming out within the next couple of months, playing a song or two that hasn't been (officially) released yet can really put a set over the top. From time to time, you'll even get a sample of the band's first single off of a new album weeks or months before it shows up on the Internet.

9. Let the fans go up on stage. We only have this one so low because sometimes people do really stupid stuff when they're on stage. Not having your roadies (or security) throw fans off of the stage after they crowdsurf to the front of the venue is totally awesome, but there's inevitably that one idiot who decides they should steal a mic stand for at least one chorus. Bonus points to bands who let fans completely mutiny and take over the stage during the encore at the end of a tour.

8. Play portions of albums in order. Singles are great, but playing a song or two before and/or after a single in the same order they appear on the album is really the kind of thing that excites us. Concerts where bands play straight through the entire album are nice, but only if it's a record that truly deserves it. No one wants to sit through the deep cuts off of the back end of a band's mediocre fifth album, but if they want to play the first couple of songs on the album leading up to the big comeback hit, that'd be really sweet.

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