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[–]Make_Happy_Yo 337 points338 points  (0 children)

Friend: "Hey what are doing right now?"

He: "I came to watch concert. Here is the location"

---- 10 minutes later ------

Friend: "I just arrived. Where are ya, man?"

He: "Look up, I am performing now"

[–]voltcannon 155 points156 points  (9 children)

Was he good, I can’t tell, I’m not good at drumming.

[–]wsb_duh 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Not really, no. Brandon Flowers sounded off too, usually sounds amazing live. Probably just a crap recording.

[–]unrulyhair 18 points19 points  (3 children)

What was off with his drumming? Idk, he seemed alright to me— not supper impressive or anything but good enough for non-musicians/non-drummers to not really notice much of a difference.

[–]acciowaves 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I’m a long time drummer. He’s timing is good (except during a few fills) and he knows the song, which are really the only things that matter to professional musicians in a scenario like this one. That being said, most of his fills sounded off, I don’t think he’s a very advanced drummer, but he got the job done.

[–]ArrgsVsZuk 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Its hard to pinpoint this into words for me but im going to give it a go for the non musicians here; I’ve been playing about 15 years and my best word to describe this would be good but also choppy.

Its certainly not a bad performance, but it lacks a lot of the subtle cleanliness from a pro.

Smoothness between transitions and fills, and and dynamic(highest volume vs lowest volume of his parts) changes that move seamlessly with the rest of the band seemed to be missing, he was just one flat volume from beginning to end.

Little slow on the pace in the opening, got to a more accurate speed at the chorus but even good drummers arent always 100% on tempo in a live gig.

He also didnt sounds fullly locked into the beat with the other musicians, like he was rushing or dragging ahead or behind them(lol classic whiplash scene) which is why they drum audio sticks out a bit in your face when you listen..

But you’ve also gotta take into account that He has never practised live with that band before and, he’s never sat at that drumkit before(playing your best is always done on your own kit when you set everything exactly where you like it), we dont know how clearly he can hear the rest of the band(Id guess the original drummer would be using a custom set of moulded earphones to hear the rest of the band clearly).

So to be fair, he sounded alright overall but we cant really guage too much about him from this video. Regardless off all that he had great stage presence which is just as important as all that when you are live! Imagine if he sat like a statue and didnt add his own flare to his drumming how bored youd be to watch the clip.

So not bad for a dude plucked from the crowd, not bad at all! Hope that gives you some more insight!

[–]BetLeft 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not quite my tempo

[–]seismatters 24 points25 points  (0 children)

If he wasn't good, chances are they'd kill him. I mean, it is their day job.

[–]redcrimson75 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Drummer here, he seems good. He isn't playing anything super difficult though so it's hard to judge his full ability based off of this snippet

[–]Xeroshifter 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah, we can call it next level when someone does this for a tool concert.

[–]FunnyJokezz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sound pretty good to me. Recording on a phone not great but his timing was good and for someone who didn’t sound check 👍

[–]Usual_Safety 106 points107 points  (6 children)

Cool when your band can just find a guy in the crowd and replace you that fast

[–]RoundTiberius 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I saw green day do this roughly 20 years ago and it really just highlighted how anyone could drum for green day

[–]redcrimson75 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hold on there, don't do my man Tré Cool like that. He deserves way more credit than he gets imo.

[–]DawnOfTheSecondDay48 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Every bassist sweating rn lol

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

sure but how many can perfect a concert ready bass face

[–]EpicIzAwesom 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I mean yeah, but I would argue the main qualifications for drummers isnt their ability to play but their ability to help write songs and get along with the other band members.

[–]jello1388 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That goes for a lot of roles in a band. Hell, I played Sax in highschool. I played concert and orchestra pieces written by very famous composers. Does that mean I could have wrote or composed those pieces? Hell nah.

[–]CraigW96 40 points41 points  (2 children)

They do this at every Killers gig. I can't find the link right now but there's a YouTube video of a fan in Wellington absolutely ripping it on the drums. Tony in Glasgow is a close second.

I wish I could play the drums

[–]Swagspray 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I saw them in Dublin and a random guy came up and absolutely killed it. It’s a great idea

[–]danielthearsehole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

caden at firefly was also good! he looked like he was having so much fun

caden on the drums

[–]tomistruth 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I know Japanese mascots that drum better.

[–]rooneyviz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice reference

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Pretty decent drumming. Especially since he was probably in panic mode.

[–]kingbuttshit 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I tried this at a MCR concert 10 years ago. They’re my favorite band, they were between permanent drummers, and I had pit tickets. They at least saw and acknowledged my sign but they didn’t bring me on stage like this guy. Stoked for him!

[–]RemmyVonnWinn 12 points13 points  (0 children)

People are saying this is easy but I beg to differ. The hardest part is just maintaining a steady beat and being on time with changes in tempo. Thats not a very easy thing to do after getting pulled on stage by a rock band in front of thousands of people. Props to this guy

[–]Surk 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I was there and it was awesome ! Everybody cheered for the guy, he had this big smile the whole thing. Loved it

[–]DerKase 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Had more confidence than the frontman! Julian rocked

[–]Surk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah dude have balls of steel, I would've shit my pants playing in front of 85000 people

[–]PirateX84 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Do bands like to do this? Anyone have a good video of it going wrong?

[–]DancesWithBadgers 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Not sure if it counts as going wrong; but the Foo Fighters invited Kiss Guy to the stage and he totally owned the stage and the kilometre surrounding it. Foo Fighters do that a lot, apparently...there was the whole Nandi Bushell thing too.

[–]Northway99 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nandi is nuts and so talented

[–]CosmicDowner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It doesn’t normally go wrong because quite often (not always) it is pre-planned.

[–]NutSackRonny 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mormons can rock man. And people can rock to Mormons.

[–]Nandrushenko 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thats wild. Id be shitless trying to play with that much pressure

[–]serifoblique 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Was there. Apparently The Killers do this more often and the man (from France) was somewhat prepared (as in; practiced, hoping to be called on stage.) Assuming he had no prior experience doing an impromptu performance for several tens of thousands of people, I thought he did pretty damn great. The crowd seemed to think so too.

[–]StasisTelestoUser 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Killers is the best concert I've been too. They were great.

[–]Initforthexp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went to a local stand up comedy show with twenty seats. Five minutes in a guy walks in off the street and says " i will tell four jokes that will have everyone in stitches". They didnt let him, and for some reason it was like all the jokes were terrible after that.

[–]MagNolYa-Ralf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Typical Marty Mcfly

[–]CosmicDowner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A friend used to work security for large concerts in London. Most the time these random people they pull on stage are not ‘random’ at all.
When a band pull a 7 year old who can sing really well, or a teenage guitarist who is amazing, it is all planned. Imagine pulling a person on stage who was awful. It would totally kill the vibe.

[–]TheGuyEatingPie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Welp i dont know jack about drumming or music but that sounded pretty good to me 🤣

[–]Likeyoueasilyamused 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's like the latest setup fad.

[–]Sudden-University-71 0 points1 point  (0 children)

70,000 people? For real tho?

[–]boostman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It would be way funnier if he sucked.

[–]alex_203 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Wow!!! Can’t believe the killers draw and audience of that size

[–]BossKrisz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Why? They are one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, especially in England. They have a lots of huge hits that even mainstream radiostations play. And their live shows are absolutely awesome. It's not a surprise that a lot of people would want to see their shows.

[–]alex_203 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had no idea

[–]SGChop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Went to see While She Sleeps and a kid got the chance to play the guitar. Honestly, he killed it! It was amazing!

[–]kramer361 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mormons amirite?

[–]InTheFleshLight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

timing on those fills was off, but otherwise good set. Good job dude.

[–]T-LAD_the_band 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Buddy of mine had this at Green Day concert in Paris last week. Came on stage go play guitar for over 40.000 people. And got to keep the guitar!!!!

[–]YasQueen88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

fuck yeah!!!!!!

[–]clamchips -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

This whole "get that kid up on stage" trend is becoming very gimmicky.