I can’t believe anyone out there loves country music more than I do. I’ve been a fan for more than 50 years. I’ve been to countless concerts. I go to enjoy the music. I go to enjoy the show. I go to come home with photos, maybe an autograph. I go to make memories. My memories have always been good ones.
That said, I really can’t understand why some of today’s country music fans can’t seem to have a great time at a concert unless they have a can of beer (or a glass of something stronger) in their hands before, during and after the show. These fans are certainly not leaving a great impression – what they are leaving is a terrible mess!
The above photo [courtesy of WPXI], is only a small part of what remained on the ground the morning after Luke Bryan’s Saturday night (June 21) concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The city made an special effort this year to pass out garbage bags to fans, and to make sure extra security was on patrol. The hope was that they would not have to deal with the mess they had after the Kenny Chesney concert last year. All of their extra effort and special plans didn’t seem to help. When you get 50,000 people in one place — many of them who seem to think you can’t have a show without alcohol — there are going to be problems.
Apparently some people were attempting to throw their garbage away. The trash bags the city provided were being used. There just weren’t enough of them. I am sure this is not what Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell hoped would happen after their record-setting (ticket sales) Heinz Field concert. This would have been a great concert. I wonder how many people who were there actually saw it.
Call me a prude if you want to. But as long as people are going to act like this, I think alcohol should be ban from stadium concerts. I can’t find any really good reason for a tailgate party before the show either. The people who left this kind of mess are not mature, responsible adults. They don’t know how to handle alcohol, and they should not be drinking it at a concert. This show resulted in 100 medical calls, 34 people taken to hospitals, 15 fights, 10 citations for public urination, and six citations for disorderly conduct. [Source] Seriously, fans – is this the way you have fun? Not me! I want to go enjoy the music, applaud and scream for my favorite artist, and sing along to the music they made popular. I do not want to spend the entire time sitting next to a drunk person, worrying about my own safety.
I feel like every country music fan out there needs to apologize to Pittsburgh for this disaster. I’m sure the artists and their staff were more than happy to get out of there. No one should have to foot the bill for that kind of clean-up and extra security. This never should have happened. A video of the news report on WTAE TV can be seen by clicking here. [Above photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]