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The main cast attends a band concert.

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pidget_spinner on Oct 19th 2018 at 4:39:59 PM
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An episode where the main cast of a show spends the episode going to a rock/pop/other music genre concert, often with at least one of the characters having previously been a huge fan. Potential shenanigans include:

  • Struggling to secure tickets
  • Being called onstage
  • Struggling to get to the concert
  • Meeting the band members backstage
The list goes on. It's also common to have a celebrity cameo for a real-life musician. Compare Movie Theater Episode, Musical Episode, and Pro Wrestling Episode. See Concert Climax.

Examples

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     Live-Action TV 
  • "Concert Interruptus" in Gilmore Girls revolves around Rory, Paris, Madeline, and Louise attending a concert in New York of real-life band The Bangles after Lorelai managed to secure tickets for amazing seats. The original plan was for Rory, Lorelai, Lane, and Sookie to go but after Lane's mother banned her from going Lorelai encouraged Rory to invite her school rivals while she and Sookie bought cheap tickets in the back.
  • What's Happening!! had a two-part episode where Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun try to get into a concert for The Doobie Brothers. Rerun ends up getting tickets from a bootlegger in order to tape record the concert, but screws up when the recorder falls out of his coat during the show.

     Music 
  • "Rock Show" by Halestorm is a Heavy Meta tune about a rock fan (implied to be Lzzy Hale herself) rocking out at a rock concert.

     Web Animation 
  • In the Strong Bad Email "concert", Strong Bad and Strong Sad both go to a concert on the same night. Strong Bad gets all gussied up in metal gear for the concert, but due to some shenanagans he ends up seeing (and loving) Strong Sad's favorite band, sloshy, instead. The two brothers temporarily bond over this mutual interest, but Strong Bad goes back to his usual Jerkass self after he finds out that sloshy isn't Metal.

     Western Animation 
  • Arthur: One episode deals with a hot new pop band, Binky, being the must-see event in Elwood City. Which leads to a line that, by the time Arthur gets to the auditorium to buy tickets, stretches all the way outside of town. He still gets tickets, in row 739XXX. But then he lucks out: his dad is hired to cater the concert, so not only does he get backstage seats, he gets to meet the band. Who turn out to be holograms created by the manager and sound guy.
  • One episode of Beavis And Butthead sees the titular idiots trying to get to a concert, but getting stuck waiting to use the bathroom.
  • A subplot of one episode of Family Guy revolves around Peter and Lois attending a KISS concert. Peter is upset to learn that Lois isn't a true fan of KISS, but comes around when he learns that she once hooked up with Gene Simmons.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "Boyz Crazy", Mabel and her friends Grenda and Candy go a concert of their favorite boy band, Sev'ral Timez, despite Wendy and Dipper claiming that boy bands are fake. They can't get tickets so decide to sneak into the dressing rooms, where they discover that the band is actually a group of imprisoned clones who were genetically engineered to be the perfect boy band. They end up freeing the clones and hiding them in the Mystery Shack.
    • In "The Love God", Wendy and her teenager friends, along with Dipper and Mabel, attend a concert by the musician the Love God, who turns out to be a literal love god with the power to make any two sentient being falls in love, including a snake and a badger. After stealing one of his potions, Mabel makes Tambry and Robbie fall in love, which causes the rest of the group to fall apart.
  • Megas XLR features an episode where Coop, Jamie, and Kiva attend a rock concert. Kiva ends up running into and making friends with a girl who the Glorft are trying to kill. She later learns that this girl was Kiva's direct bloodline ancestor, so killing her would mean Kiva wouldn't exist and the Megas itself would never be sent back in time.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: "Guitar Villain" is framed by the characters going to famous rock star Jagged Stone's concert. Too bad he's turned into the Monster of the Week.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!". The titular brothers try to reunite the '80s glam rock band Love Händel for a "one-night-only" concert for their parents' anniversary. The episode is a double-length, and is one of the rare occasions when the formula is subverted, with Perry and Candace both temporarily working with the people they normally oppose.
  • The episode "Just Friends" in Star vs. the Forces of Evil features Star, Marco, and Jackie going to a concert for Marco's favorite band, Love Sentence. Things start going downhill when couples start kissing, including Jackie and Marco. Star is heartbroken, but remains silent. The episode features a voice cameo from Nick Lachey.
  • In Steven Universe, "Last One Out of Beach City'' has Pearl, wanting to get in touch with her wild side, taking Amethyst and Steven to a rock show, though unlike in most examples it is at a house. They spend the night running from the cops for running a stop light and repeatedly running into a mysterious pink-haired woman Pearl is attracted to, who turns out to be going to the same show as her.

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Feedback: 13 replies

Oct 22nd 2018 at 2:26:45 AM

The title and Laconic say "rock concert", which the Description says "band concert".

One of these should be changed to match the other(s).

Oct 21st 2018 at 8:13:18 AM

A subplot of one episode of Family Guy revolves around Peter and Lois attending a KISS concert. Peter is upset to learn that Lois isn't a true fan of KISS, but comes around when he learns that she once hooked up with Gene Simmons.

Oct 21st 2018 at 8:21:22 AM

  • Megas XLR features an episode where Coop, Jamie, and Kiva attend a rock concert. Kiva ends up running into and making friends with a girl who the Glorft are trying to kill. She later learns that this girl was Kiva's direct bloodline ancestor, so killing her would mean Kiva wouldn't exist and the Megas itself would never be sent back in time.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 2:41:50 PM

Yeah, is this specifically about rock, or just a concert?

Nov 3rd 2018 at 3:21:21 PM

For the purposes of this trope, I am counting the stereotypical rock concerts with loud music and heavy metal. So something like a marching band concert would not count.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 4:06:49 PM

I was thinking, like, concerts for other types of music- like pop. The plot is pretty much the same in most cases, the music is just different...

Nov 3rd 2018 at 4:13:41 PM

Web Animation

  • In the Strong Bad Email "concert", Strong Bad and Strong Sad both go to a concert on the same night. Strong Bad gets all gussied up in metal gear for the concert, but due to some shenanagans he ends up seeing (and loving) Strong Sad's favorite band, sloshy, instead. The two brothers temporarily bond over this mutual interest, but Strong Bad goes back to his usual Jerkass self after he finds out that sloshy isn't Metal.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 4:17:06 PM

^^Yeah, I think pop would still qualify

Nov 3rd 2018 at 4:25:24 PM

Music:

  • "Rock Show" by Halestorm is a Heavy Meta tune about a rock fan (implied to be Lzzy Hale herself) rocking out at a rock concert.

Western Animation:

  • Arthur: One episode deals with a hot new pop band, Binky, being the must-see event in Elwood City. Which leads to a line that, by the time Arthur gets to the auditorium to buy tickets, stretches all the way outside of town. He still gets tickets, in row 739XXX. But then he lucks out: his dad is hired to cater the concert, so not only does he get backstage seats, he gets to meet the band. Who turn out to be holograms created by the manager and sound guy.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 6:43:06 PM

Western Animation

  • One episode of Beavis And Butthead sees the titular idiots trying to get to a concert, but getting stuck waiting to use the bathroom.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 7:26:17 PM

  • Whats Happening had a two-part episode where Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun try to get into a concert for The Doobie Brothers. Rerun ends up getting tickets from a bootlegger in order to tape record the concert, but screws up when the recorder falls out of his coat during the show.

Nov 8th 2018 at 8:09:58 PM

  • Miraculous Ladybug: "Guitar Villain" is framed by the characters going to famous rock star Jagged Stone's concert. Too bad he's turned into the Monster Of The Week.
  • The Phineas And Ferb episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together". The titular brothers try to reunite the '80s glam rock band Love Hndel for a "one-night-only" concert for their parents' anniversary. It works.

Compare Concert Climax. This can also go under Music Tropes.

I generally agree that limiting it to rock is a bit restrictive...why not just Concert Episode?

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