Have you guys ever been to a show & the artist plays their “last song” & thanks the crowd for a great night? They leave the stage & a few minutes later come back out for their encore? Pretty much the concert expectation these days, right?
I’ve always had on my mind to see a show that gives an element different to the encore. I feel it used to be a special thing the crowd would roar so loud for. These days, it definitely is something that is pre-planned into an artists set [from my experience, at least]. The only thing remotely close to something other than an encore was when I saw Ed Sheeran play a radio show in Michigan a few years ago. This was when his song, Sing, was a massive hit – he had the crowd sing along with him the lyrics: SING, oohhhweeeeohhhh, oooooohhhhh, oohhhweeeeohhhh, SING [that’s definitely not how the oh’s go, but cut me some slack LOL]. The entire crowd was singing along & all of a sudden I noticed that he was no longer on the stage. HE. WALKED. OFF. Leaving the crowd to their own accord, but also, left me wanting more. Guessing. Confused. It was such a crazy feeling & something I had never seen before. That is probably THE closest thing other than an encore that I have experience.
I’m not even sure what that would be., though I’m not an artist. I don’t have that creative production mindset that people who work concerts have. However, as a concert go-er, I am ready for SOMETHING ELSE. Yet, I’m here thinking, I don’t even know what other avenue a concert set could take other than an encore.
What I pose to the music world is: get creative, leave us guessing & wanting more. Change up the concert experience. I DARE YOU.