Last night we went to the Yes concert. I loved it.
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie is a great venue...my first time there. Serving beer and cocktails (insanely overpriced, but, of course they are). Comfortable seats. Small, manageable size and not too far a walk from parking.
I did not love the opening band (Sid Arthur) but they only played for 30 minutes.
The newer Yes music was good, though the old favorites (Roundabout, All Good People) were the best. Of course.
There was a couple sitting next to us with their 5-year-old son. (Who brings a kid that age to a concert that starts at 9 pm?) Initially it was the dad who was annoying, boasting loudly to anyone who would listen about the many times he'd seen the band and even met them and blah blah blah. Then he kept talking loudly DURING the music at first, until Ken gave him the Very Evil Eye.
Then, the child started to throw some kind of temper fit, and it didn't show any signs of stopping. Probably 45 minutes. He was stomping his feet on the floor, NOT in rhythm with the music, and banging them on the railing in front of us (we were in the front row of a section). He was also yelling. Neither of his parents tried to do anything about this, after an initial failed attempt.
Finally, I leaned over to the mom and said, "Can you get him to stop that? It's making it really hard to enjoy the show." She just sort of smirked at me and didn't reply. So I said, "May *I* say something to him?" She smirked more and said, "I'll try to get him to stop."
Just then a favorite song came on, so I concentrated hard on that. Once it was over, we moved seats.
Now, I know that some kids have issues with ASD and have blowups. But in that case, wouldn't the parents take him out? and really, a concert with a lot of loud music and flashing lights seems like torture for someone in that position. Besides, I'd heard him talking to his parents before the show started, and he seemed (I know, what do I know?!) like a perfectly neurotypical kid.
Either way. What am I missing here?