Attending some of the big concerts of 2011 and early 2012, we caught more than a few visiting acts mistakenly referring to Charleston as Charlotte on the microphones — as in shouting "Thank you, Charlotte!" It's understandable for major artists to be confused about their whereabouts while in the middle of a national tour, and it's easy for those from far away to be tripped up by the first four letters of "Charlotte" and "Charleston." We heard Robert Plant, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Flaming Lips, and others make the slip-up. Drummer David Lovering of the Pixies expounded on the trend, announcing, "This next song goes out to all the beautiful ladies of Charlottesville." In September, comedian Michael Ian Black ended one of his sets at Theatre 99 with, "Thank you, Orange Peel," referring to a venue up in Asheville, N.C. It's funny to hear, but come on, y'all. At least write down the name of the city where you're performing on your set list and refer to it before deflating the local crowd with your sloppy references.
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