|Calgarians don't dance? Bands confess they'd rather play to other audiences?
I read your Rant, anxiously awaiting an example of a band where you witnessed this soulless, danceless behaviour and the only band you could come up with was Coldplay? I wasn't aware people went to see Coldplay to shake their asses. I agree, it would be disappointing to see even the front row of the Coldplay show sitting down I would've pictured them at least standing, waving lighters in the air or something. But I would never have gone to Coldplay expecting to be rocked off my socks.
In all my years in Calgary (10), and every band/concert/DJ show I've gone to, I have never been disappointed by the lack of dancers. I've been surprised and delighted at all the late-night rump-shakers I continue to run into, in all circles. I find them at shows at Mac Hall (Ween, The Pixies), Broken City (Helvins), Bass Brothers (Kris Demeanor), The Saddledome (Bare Naked Ladies), or dance bars like the Hifi where local DJs (Rob Faust and Sideshow Sid) play music that gets everyone shaking it. Calgary's got some of the best booty shakers I've ever seen. Perhaps you need to look a little further, but they are out there, maybe hiding in the corners.
Next time you're at a show, why don't you start dancing? Grab someone next to you and start dancing I find it can be contagious and maybe those around you will loosen up and start dancing. Or, come out with me and my friends and we'll go dancing!