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What are the ‘unwritten rules’ of live music?

According to Steve McPherson, AC/DC's Angus Young — seen here in 2016 — violates an unwritten rule of live music when he wears shorts onstage. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

As baseball fans debate whether the Orioles violated an “unwritten rule” at Sunday night’s game against the Twins when they bunted while down 7-0 in the bottom of the ninth, we asked our followers on Twitter whether there were any “unwritten rules” of live music — for both performers and audience. Here’s some of what people had to say.

For performers

For the audience

All in all, being timely and knowing your audience seems to be the big takeaways for performers, and being mindful and respectful of others seems to be the big takeaway for audience members. If you have any more unwritten rules, share them in the comment section or on Twitter.

  • Wyatt Heaner

    If you’re in the audience don’t yell out “Free Bird!”. You will get punched.

  • Rick

    Stop talking when the band is playing. Yes, even in the back row. Us tall guys have to stand back there so we don’t block short people’s views, and we don’t need to hear you talk to your drunk buddies about what happened in the office that day.