The concert tour, the public antics, the acting out—it all became too much.
“You all seem very nice,” folk singer Michelle Shocked told a crowd of fans gathered for a concert in San Francisco.
The first concert had been headlined by Thin Lizzy, with a then-little-known band named U2 as the warmup act.
1660s, "agreement, accord, harmony," from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto "concert, harmony," from concertare "bring into agreement," in Latin "to contend, contest, dispute," from com- "with" (see com-) + certare "to contend, strive," frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere "separate, decide" (see crisis).
Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from "to strive against" to "to strive alongside." Sense of "public musical performance" is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare "to sing together" (from con- + cantare "to sing") as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.