We go to concerts for the music, but the best moments are often unrehearsed. For some bands, a show is just a series of songs -- the moments between, nothing but time to be killed until the music begins again. But we don't go to concerts to kill time-- and, truly, we don't go to hear songs, either, because we can do that much more comfortably and with less money at home, where beer doesn't cost $5 a glass. The reason we go to shows is to connect with a group that first connected with us. Whether they're funny, sentimental, crude or inspiring, some musicians do it better than others. Here are the twenty best quotes from concerts this year.
"There's a curfew. Oh! We don't wanna listen to the curfew. We gotta beat this curfew. They're telling us we can't play, and we say, 'We'll take our chances.'"
"I knew I'd figure out what that song was eventually. Yeah, they all sound the same to me, too."
"It's possible to change, and it's possible to change the way you feel about yourself."
"Governments can do one thing: turn their back on you and fuck you in the ass at the same time."
"Tim Tebow has never been laid. Tim Tebow has never been drunk. Tim Tebow has never had his dick sucked. I, Mojo Nixon, will suck Tim Tebow's dick to send him down the right path."
"They expect me to look a certain way and act a certain way and weigh a hundred pounds, and I don't, because, frankly, I like to drink beer and eat a chicken-fried steak."
"Just because we yell 'shit,' 'piss,' 'cunt,' 'motherfucker' and 'asshole' doesn't mean we don't love you. It's just our way."
13. Shirley Manson of Garbage, Ogden Theatre, 10/6/12
"So we may be a little bit of a weird motley crew, but being the owner of mutt and a motley dog -- that's the kind of thing that I like in my life. I'm not looking for pure breed. I'm looking for a big fucked-up mess like us."
12. A$AP Rocky, Ogden Theatre, 10/15/12
"It don't matter if you white, black or brown, 'cause we all purple people at heart."
"We played the Ramones at triple speed. We didn't take drugs like you losers. We sought redemption in fast music."
"We've got ten semis full of gear outside, and half of that stuff -- well, one semi's worth of stuff is still in the truck, couple of special effects we can't get in tonight, sad to say. However, with a little bit of application and a little bit of burning down, you never know, they might have to build an extension on the place next year. Who knows?"
"I have been known to be fickle -- a flip-flopper, maybe. A bit of a gig flip-flopper. Then we get around to playing a few classics at the end. In the beginning, they were just really good songs, and now they're classics. See, the funny thing is now we're playing good songs that one day may be classics. Ironic, isn't it, to have lived that long?"
"The birds and crickets are hipper than all of us."
"Life is too short to be drinking shitty beer."
"So far we're doing really well -- not the playing, but the fact that we're still standing up."
"It's not because I'm going deaf -- I just want it louder! It's good for your ears because it's good for you heart. If it's good for your heart, it's good for your cock. If it's good for my cock, well, that's fucking good, isn't it? Right? Let's make it louder!"
"I have miserable songs in all keys, even suspended ones -- but I don't know what they are -- that only jazz guys and Bob Mould use."
"Just kick me in the head. I'll wake up eventually."
"Sometimes I just like to stand up here and tune the guitar. I like to look busy. I tried building bookshelves, but everyone got really upset. They're like, 'I didn't pay for this.' You didn't even see it. I'm not done. It's going to be so great. You got something against mahogany?"
"What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you can save that Kardashian shit. I made my first sex tape back in 1982, and except for the two hours I spent on stage with the brothers here, I was naked the whole motherfucking tour. Yeah, man! That was a good year. That was a very good year. I slept with every good-looking girl who had two legs in her pants. Even slept with an amputee. She was missing a forearm, but I think it still counts. What are you laughing at? I'm capable of a relationship. I'm not insensitive. Hey, I'm only missing a few parts. What, are you going to vote me off the motherfucking island? I don't think so."
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