Letter: Encores aren’t cheap

By The Daily Illini

I refer to Steve Kline’s column on Monday titled “Cheap Encore,” and I beg to differ about the final moments of a rock concert.

Clapping, screaming and lighting up lighters before an encore isn’t about pleasing the band on stage. It’s really about the atmosphere. After experiencing an awesome performance, wouldn’t you feel psyched up like the rest of the audience (besides those who were drunk)? The band may be fishing for attention, but if they are good, don’t they deserve your cheers and butane? Bands love it when the audience cheers for them; it’s an opportunity to show how much you have enjoyed the performance. There really is no harm in letting them know your appreciation, but if your favorite band doesn’t deserve your love and appreciation, you don’t have to follow the rest of their fans.

Cheering before an encore gig is actually a culture. Regular concertgoers know when to light their lighters, or what to cheer, or simply what an encore gig is all about. It keeps the enthusiasm going while the band takes a break and serves as a way of expressing enjoyment for their performance. Encore cheering is a custom that concertgoers enjoy, so why end it?

I’m sure any band knows how to ask for attention, if they have to. Most of the time, when the band just speaks into the microphone the audience would just cheer wildly, whether or not they’re happy that Yellowcard supports the Democrats. Nor do bands have to wait until the encore to use the bathroom. All they have to do is ask. After all, they are humans too.

Ultimately, why worry whether the band is fishing for your attention? Just let your hair down and enjoy the night instead.

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Shanqing Yin

sophomore in aviation