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Europe. They opened for Def Leppard at Great Woods in 1988. Holy shit they were beyond bad.



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Rascal Flatts. I saw them live, along with Toby Keith...ummm...about three years ago. The place: the Skyreach Centre (now Rexall Place) in Edmonton, Alberta.

-Rascal Flatts threw in the name of the town every minute into their songs to get fans to react; that ruined the songs.

-Toby's set wasn't too much better; but where we were sitting (I attended with my then-girlfriend and her best friend) everytime the bass hit, huge strobes went off....and blinded us (we were across the stadium, but more or less on the same level as the stage).

It was a good reminder of why I prefer bar/house bands over overpriced stadium concerts.

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I assume you meant for us to exclude bar bands, correct?

If that's the case, the answer for me has to be Girlschool and White Lion opening for Ozzy in, I think, 92. Girlschool was horrible. White Lion was quite a bit better but they got booed off the stage by the Ozzy fans who weren't interested in hearing "When the Children Cry". Even Ozzy was somewhat off and cut his show a bit short. All in all, it was a really bad experience.

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Sheriff, opening for the Kinks in 1983 or so. They were so incredibly awful that I watched the trade magazines for them, fearful that they'd attain some success. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when they broke up a couple years later, but it turned out to be premature, as their single "When I'm With You" inexplicably became popular a couple years after that. At least they didn't get back together.
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Worst complete show: RUSH with Jon Butcher Axis as the opening act. My friends dragged me with them to see both bands and I was bored out of my mind.

Worst opening band: I had to sit through FOGHAT before I could see the band that I came to see, TRIUMPH.

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Kingdom Come, opening for the Scorpions, at the Bismarck (ND) Civic Center in...oh...1988?

The performance was a disaster. They were completely incapable of playing as a unit. At one point the lead singer announced they were going to "try something new" and played what could only be described as a high-pitched train wreck. I have NO idea what they were trying to play.

The drummer did the cliche tossing of a drumstick in the air...and couldn't catch it. Even better, it hit a floor tom, making a nice loud amplified "thunk".

One of the band members tripped and fell down at some point.

The crowd reacted with what would best be described as stunned silence. Lead singer's response: "You guys are great!" I guess because we didn't kill them or something.

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One year I went to Ozzfest and had to suffer through Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Crazy Town, Mudvayne and Slipknot just to see Black Sabbath. I mean, I guess it was worth it, but that was an incredible amount of suck beforehand.



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Billy Squier...I forget the year. He was too drunk to stand...much less remember the words.

Various members of the band took turns holding him up until they had "played" a long enough set to justify leaving the stage.

Just awful...






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Had to get thru Syd Straw to see Camper Van Beethoven At Bogart's in Cincinnati in 1988 or '89. She did come out with a song I liked later (CBGB's), but man, we couldn't wait for her to get off stage. Peeee-Ewwww!



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I like Luscious Jackson, but hey had no business opening for REM at Great Woods that was '95.

Maybe it's the venue. Cause Cracker wasn't very good there either.

Still these flat to bad performances are trumped by the awfulness that was Tripl3fastaction opening for Magnapop the summer of 96.



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Filter was the opening act for Ozzy one concert. All you could make out was distortion and squealing from the guitars along with the guy screaming too loud to pick up anything he was saying.

I swear to God, the only song they did was their one hit Hey Man Nice Shot, but they stretched it out to last 15-20 minutes. Yes, the entire opening act was them repeating the chorus of that song.


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TIE between Serial Joe (15-16 year old flash-in-the-pan Can-Con-mandated pseudo-punk band from the late 90s) and the Black Halos.



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Limp Bizkit at Ozzfest 98 here in Akron, right before they got big. I heard the CD and wasn't really optimistic about them in the first place, but they momentarily changed my mind when they make an entrance in this 40 foot toilet bowl. So Fred Durst comes out, does one song, then for the next 20 minutes starts talking shit about all the bands he hates (Marylin Manson, NIN, Slayer) All this to segway to his second and final song, "couterfeit".



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Teenage Fanclub, opening for Radiohead in 1997. I swear they played the same song for 30 minutes. I've actually heard these guys are pretty good, but man, did they suck it up that night.



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Sugar Ray. Twice, but at least I only paid for one. First time was free, as a friend had tickets to Goo Goo Dolls, and they were opening, as were Fastball. The other two bands were perfectly adequate, but why Sugar Ray? Couldn't headline a tour with whatever the hell their hit at the time was?



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Ronnie James Dio in 1985 at Alpine Valley.

Completely hideous. Beyond awful.

We went to the show to see the opening act--Accept with Udo Dirkschnieder. Dio had 99% of the stage covered with a giant medevial castle set with a 30 foot tall anmiatronic fire breathing dragon, so Accept had to set up on the lip of the stage. They shredded the entire 25 minute set and totally blew Dio off of the stage. Dio had to follow this killer act and just mailed it in.

Neil Young (who I've always liked) and Crazyhorse were pretty bad as well.

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Tie between BUFFALO TOM (I think that was there name) who opened for Julianna Hatfield. Simply boring and no effort to make ANYTHING seem like fun.

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Van Halen, on the F*U*C*K* tour. It was Sammy's birthday, and everybody was drunk, they played for MAYBE 80 minutes and left the stage, no encore, nothing. TOTAL waste of time and money. I havent bought a single VAN HALEN related item since.
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A band called The Unband opened for Def Leppard a few years ago and were awful. They started taunting the audience, saying if we were't digging their stuff, DL wouldn't come out. Boy howdy, did that make us love them all the more. And who books a punk act to play before DEF LEPPARD?!



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The Foo Fighters. Terrible live...just bad. Also the Smashing Pumpkins were pretty bad too.



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Stone Temple Pilots back during their tour with the Chile Peppers. I liked the instrumentals from the band, but Scott Weiland's vocals were just horrible. Not to mention that when he wasn't standing in all kinds of ridiculous poses, he was staggering around the stage like he had just been shot in the neck with a tranquilizer dart.

However, RHCP put on a show that more than made up for Weiland's crap.



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