Through Being Cool: Saves the Day’s Chris Conley Reprimands Noisy Audience
Saves the Day’s Chris Conley is currently on the acoustic Where’s the Band Tour with four other early-aughts emo frontmen: Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano, Bayside’s Anthony Raneri, Hot Rod Circuit’s Andy Jackson and the Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor. During last night’s (Feb. 23) stop in New Jersey, Conley lost his patience with the music-to-audience chatter ratio and reprimanded noisy concertgoers.
“It’s all about respect, motherf---ers,” Conley yelled mid-set at the House of Independents in Asbury Park. “You’re all out there chatting. We’re up here away from our families, trying to play you heartfelt songs. Shut the f--- up and listen!”
“We’re all here together, and if you were like this at my favorite teacher’s class and you were talking through class, I’d be like, ‘You’re kicked out of class,’” he continued. “Do you understand?”
Pryor tried to pick up where the gig left off, telling his tourmate, “Stop ranting and play a song.” Conley obliged, performing an a capella version of “Three Miles Down.” After one more song, Conley left the stage and didn’t return for the remainder of the show. The singer’s blowup was documented in a fan-shot video, which can be seen at the top of the page.
Today, Conley issued an apology on Twitter, which is better than, say, offering to sing the requiem at those concertgoers’ funerals:
The Where’s the Band Tour continues tonight in Millvale, Pa., with more stops in Cleveland; Ferndale, Mich.; and Chicago:
Where’s the Band Tour
Feb. 24: Mr. Smalls Theater – Millvale, PA
Feb. 25: The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 26: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
Feb. 27: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL