My nephew, like most children, has the unique ability to say what is on his mind without a filter. We were at his first concert a couple years ago when after a long, drawn out opening act that played without stopping for 20 minutes, he shouted out “You stink!” at the top of his lungs; the whole section agreed!
The reason they “stunk” to me (and him) was that the band didn’t introduce themselves, didn’t tell us what they were playing, and didn’t engage the audience.
HR Recommendations for live performers (from experiencing some of the best)
1. Engage your audience (we are paying to be there, acknowledge we are there!)
2. Tell us what you are playing (we may buy it if we know what album its on or what the name of the song is.)
3. Take breaks between songs to give us a chance to applaud (or yell out You Stink!)