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10 Concert Etiquette Rules That 'Freebird' Guy Isn't Following


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Author's Note: 10 Concert Etiquette Rules That 'Freebird' Guy Isn't Following

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I used to be "Freebird Guy." Mortifying, but there it is. And it's not because I was some kind of hip alt-rock kid, or even a KevHead. It's because I was (and am) profoundly unhip. More than a decade ago I heard some story on the radio about a guy who made it a point to yell "Freebird!" at every music event he attended. "Funny," I thought and took up the habit. Luckily, I never went to many concerts, and now, like a zealous anti-smoker, I decry the song-shouting practice. In any case, if I see live music these days it's usually outdoors at a park and I'm too busy making sure my kids don't unplug the speakers to yell requests.

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  • Fry, Jason. "Rock's Oldest Joke: Yelling 'Freebird!' in a Crowded Theater." The Wall Street Journal. March 17, 2005. (June 1, 2015) http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB111102511477881964

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