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Posted: 26 Mar 08, 19:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i am hoping to get tickets for the secc,and i want opinions for taking my kids along.the 16yr old is no prob,he can see over everyone lol.but the 10yr old is a lot smaller.should i avoid the floor and try for balcony seats and should he have some ear protection.they have never been to a concert and assume that it is just like listening to the radio,but a wee bit louder.any advice would be good.

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Posted: 26 Mar 08, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What about all the pot smoking, tit-flashing, and general mayhem? That happens a lot at Queen concerts. Cleveland was a an outright smokehouse.

Sorry, but I don't think Rock Concerts are for children. The 16 year old already smokes, so that's fine... unless you don't know about it.

And I can guarantee that the 10 year old would rather have their Hanna Montana Ipod going during the whole show.

Yes, I may sound a little crass, but I've been to a couple shows now where young children have pretty much ruined it for the entire section.

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Posted: 26 Mar 08, 19:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the 10 yr old is a wee rocker,likes acdc,deep purple.iron maiden.and he hates hanah montana lol.but likes drake and josh.

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Posted: 26 Mar 08, 19:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

galashiels wrote:

i am hoping to get tickets for the secc,and i want opinions for taking my kids along.the 16yr old is no prob,he can see over everyone lol.but the 10yr old is a lot smaller.should i avoid the floor and try for balcony seats and should he have some ear protection.they have never been to a concert and assume that it is just like listening to the radio,but a wee bit louder.any advice would be good.


I saw a few kids at the Q+PR shows I went to in 2005 and 2006, and they didn't seem to have a problem. The audiences were very well behaved lots. I didn't see any tit-flashing, I don't remember smelling any herb being smoked, and I don't remember the band being painfully loud, and I was upfront or very close to it at every show I went to. Earplugs might be appropriate, but otherwise I'd say a Queen show would be fine for a 10 year old, depending on the 10 year old - and you know your's best.

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Posted: 26 Mar 08, 19:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think my main two concerns are,will they be able to see and will it be to loud.small ear plugs would work but if we were sat far back the little one wont see anything.as for the boobs and dope,even in todays kids programes breasts are shown to a small amount. and as it is a non smoking arena(secc glasgow)that wont come into it.

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 01:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a rock concert. It's going to be loud. I get the feeling that Q+PR is done with pyrotechnics--you'd think that if they were still interested in using them, they would have done so at some point on the 2005/2006 tour, or certainly at the VH1 show they did. That said, Brian's guitar solo will still be ear-splitting (especially if he does "Chinese Torture" again), and you're still going to be hit by a wall of sound.

Will it be too loud? I think that depends on your kids, and only you and they can judge what's "too loud" for them.


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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 04:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thanks for the answers.will go with ear plugs for the wee one,and take a chance on decent seats.thanks .

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 07:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i saw my first queen-concert when i was 13 and i am glad i did


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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 07:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I took my daughter at that age in 1996 to see Def Leppard, and the support band (Terrorvision) was so loud she cried until we went home, so never got to see DL!! Be warned!!

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 09:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If QPR come close enough to S.C. on the next tour, I want to take my 11 year old nephew to see them. He's always said his favorite band is Queen. Of course, this is no way, at all, influenced by his aunt and uncle. ;-) I doubt they will come near enough, but if they do, I'll bring earplugs for him. I have a feeling the kid will think he's a bad ass if he goes to a concert. ;-)

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have mixed emotions about it. Of course there is the fear of them being exposed to certain things BUT the main thing would be the sound level. Hell that's an issue with me at times. So defintely ear plugs for children, eh.

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 11:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thanks all.

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I keep seeing the same answers. Wear ear plugs.

Ever wear ear plugs for 2½ hours? At a Rock concert?

Now you expect the kids to keep 'em in?

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Posted: 27 Mar 08, 22:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw Brian May when I was 15 y/o. Liked it very much.

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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 03:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Erin wrote:

If QPR come close enough to S.C. on the next tour, I want to take my 11 year old nephew to see them. He's always said his favorite band is Queen. Of course, this is no way, at all, influenced by his aunt and uncle. ;-) I doubt they will come near enough, but if they do, I'll bring earplugs for him. I have a feeling the kid will think he's a bad ass if he goes to a concert. ;-)


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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 10:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My younger brother was 11 or 12 when we started bringing him to concerts. It was his own idea to wear ear plugs. I think his first version was some spit on wadded up paper (which he made for himself during the concert ... maybe he used paper from the outside of a straw). Then I think he purchased real ear plugs for future concerts. He was probably the only sensible one of us all, in that respect, as he always had ear plugs with him.

Anyway, I think bringing a 10 year old is just a matter of imagining the worst case scenario and preparing for it NOT to happen (kid gets lost in crowd, kid gets an elbow to the face in general admission area, kid can't see over other people's heads, kid becomes bored or tired or upset by the loud music).

If he really wants to go, you should go ahead and get tickets for the seats. If you don't want to be stuck in the seats yourself, then maybe another adult could accompany your 10 year old in the seats, and you and the 16 year old could be nearer the stage. So, you would then need to purchase 4 tickets. At the prices they are charging, this will be an expensive night for you. Ha. Nothing wrong with splitting up during a concert, though.

I have never seen anything "too adult" at a Queen concert. Back in the 1970's people used to pass pot down the row and I remember my mother attending some of the concerts with us and we had to prepare her: "Mom, if anybody hands you a joint, just pass it to the next person." I think it would be similar with a 10 year old - just prepare them for the various things that might happen and how they could react, and then make sure an adult is with them at all times.

Sorry, this is so long, but I do feel strongly that kids should get to go to cultural events, such as concerts (depending on the group). My first Queen concert was when I was 14 and my Dad drove us. It was one of the best nights of my life.

I hope you have a great time.

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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 13:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:

What about all the pot smoking, tit-flashing, and general mayhem?


Kids like all those stuff!

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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 15:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I went to the show in Vancouver back in 2006.
I don't remember the sound being ear blasting, even from row 22 in floor section :)

There was a couple brief moments where you could smell pot being smoked (once during guitar solo, can't remember the other instance :P )

Otherwise, I remember seeing a few kids in the audience. I think they had just as much fun as I did (and it was a blast!) :)
So I think it should be fine for them to go.

Only thing to worry about is if Brian happens to drop F-bombs again like he did a few shows back then before people complained :P

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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 18:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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There was a couple brief moments where you could smell pot being smoked (once during guitar solo, can't remember the other instance :P )


Can't remember, huh? You big Pothead. Potty McSmoker. That's who YOU are!!!

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Posted: 28 Mar 08, 21:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:

inu-liger wrote:



There was a couple brief moments where you could smell pot being smoked (once during guitar solo, can't remember the other instance :P )


Can't remember, huh? You big Pothead. Potty McSmoker. That's who YOU are!!!


Ha! I knew someone would say that :P

Seriously though, compared to two instances at the Queen + Paul Rodgers concert, I only smelled pot once at the Roger Waters concert last year :P (though I heard there were more pot smokers in the upper standing levels - which I didn't have to deal with, cos I was down in first row, floor section at that show :D )