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The clash: Is it OK to skip the opening bands and just show up for the headliner?

January 18, 2012|RedEye

With lesser known but solid Jeff the Brotherhood opening for the Kills (pictured) Friday at Riviera, we were wondering: Is it OK to skip the opening bands and just show up for the headliner?

Yes
There are so many reasons it's acceptable to skip the opening band: dinner, work, you are on the same time table as me (consistently 10 or 30 minutes late). But honestly, sometimes you just don't want to wait around and listen to a band you've never heard of. There is the chance you stumble across a great set you may never have seen if you do show up early, but no need to feel bad for ditching. Chances are more likely you missed out on an hour of standing in an awkwardly empty venue. – Sara Stewart

No
Unless you're certain the opening band is going to make your ears bleed (not in the good way) then I encourage you to get to the club early, claim that perfect spot, grab a drink or three and give that no-name band a chance. They’re the artists battling for your attention, not the headliner that you've already paid to see. Besides, could you ever forgive yourself missing a little-known Bon Iver when they were opening up for Black Mountain in 2008? – Mike Rich
 

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