I discovered Joe when RAH I first came out and have been hooked ever since. I am Joe's market. We are in our 60's, retired and a fair amount of diposable income. 10 concerts later, including Red Rocks, cruise tickets, a lithograph, hats, shirts omg the shirts lol, almost forgot a Joe B back scratcher shaped lkke a guitar, every album and video, I think it's time to back off. Oh, I still think he's great, but part of enjoyment of supporting Joe was you like to support people that appreciate your support. The past couple times we've seen Joe the arrogance has been obvious. He did a couple shows this spring, we were at the Clearwater, Fl show. If ever an entertainer was going to show some humility that would have been the time, coming off the pandemic. It was the opposite. He bordered on snarky towards the crowd. As he stated a couple times, he could do what he wants, because he @#$%^^&# can. Now would that bother a younger audience, nope no one has any standards any more except the people that are his audience. Old folks like me with lots of money.lol
Still love Joe's music always will but its probably time to turn down the rest of it.
Edit: Found it interesting this forum edited a quote of Joe's that I used. I don't blame them wanting to keep this sight classy changed the word to symbols %#@&. Someone might mention to Joe the gratuitous use of this word is not in keeping with respecting his audience.
I usually don't quote but I've read this again and I'm really just struggling to see Joe as not appreciating the support of the audience.
Like I said, I wasn't there and haven't see a show since the pandemic started other than the livestream. I'm not trying to defend him as a super fan, just genuinely not seeing it. I mean I do understand what you are saying but I've never been to a show where Joe didn't obviously appreciate the audience.
With the foul language...its everyday use to some of us...I'm not that much younger than you and I do have standards but not easily offended by cuss words. I often forget how much they do offend some. This forum automatically edits some to the symbols. I don't think Joe reads here much if at all anymore nor anyone who is going to read this that can mention what you suggested. You could probably let him know in instagram or send a letter to the office or use the website form.
He's taken a lot of criticism and seems to even appreciate it sometimes or at least to know how his fans are feeling.
I have to wonder though how much of our own 'stuff' affects our view of what he says. I know I have my triggers and let myself be let down by various things he has said but I never felt unappreciated. Most of the time I realized I was putting my own spin on it anyway. Having Joe misunderstand things I said has also helped me realize I don't always "get" him (or anyone for that matter) cause he doesn't always "get" me. I do appreciate how he 'keeps it real' though, so to speak.
I happened across an older thread you started where you were asking where the animosity toward Joe came from...I guess you answered your own question now. https://forum.jbonamassa.com/viewtopic. … 95#p360395
With that though, I wonder if other's animosity toward Joe impacted your opinion of the show that 'turned you off". I hesitated to reply with this as I don't need you to reply or be more specific if you don't care to but I felt like I had to say I am actually quite surprised at your offense based on that show, and your knowing more about Joe than the average fan.
I do respect your right to your opinion and I am sorry to hear about your experience. I appreciate you talking about it too. I hope I don't offend you with my post. (I was going to say @#$%^^&# offend you because in my world thats funny but I get that you don't so I didn't...but still had to say I was going to? heck I don't get me either half the time) I know you aren't just coming here to complain but to share a real experience and that if you didn't care somewhat, you wouldn't have.
Like I said I've had my times of disappointment as a Joe fan...not many but most of the time it did come down to expectations I had and this far down the road I've realized that the disappointments I had were my own doing. Under appreciated though has never been one. I know my fan experience is unique, as all of ours are, so I don't presume yours would be the same. The first time I saw Joe was my first Joe show. Granted it was 2003 and he spoke to any fan who wanted to after each show but not knowing me, he thanked us for coming to the show about twenty times. And every show since he has thanked the audience, etc.
I remind myself of Ducharme's Axiom regularly." If you view your problem closely enough, you will recognize yourself as part of the problem" It peeves me off but helps me look at things in a new light and move forward. Sort of like the lyrics while listening to Pain and Sorrow....find another way.
And I don't want to tell you not to have your feelings but I am saddened to hear that something that has been such a big and positive thing for you has lost some luster. Maybe you can look at it differently so that you can enjoy more fully once again, if its bothering you. Good luck