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It's a slow night for news and politics, so I thought I would delve into my memories of live music here in the Detroit area and, in no particular order, list my top ten concert experiences, and invite everyone to include their lists and personal memories.

  • Radiohead - State Theatre, Detroit - August, 1997
  • Barenaked Ladies - Palace of Auburn Hills - December, 1997.
  • Oasis - State Theatre, Detroit - May, 2000
  • Lords of Acid - State Theatre, Detroit - March, 2001
  • Dave Matthews Band - Comerica Park, Detroit - July, 2000
  • Garbage - State Theatre, Detroit - November, 1998
  • Tori Amos - Fox Theatre, Detroit - October, 2001
  • Our Lady Peace - Clutch Cargo, Pontiac - March, 1998
  • Bloodhound Gang - Clutch Cargo, Pontiac - April, 2000
  • Travis - Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit - May, 2000

Originally posted to Motor City Blue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:13 PM PST.


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  •  My Highlights (none)
    Squeeze @ The Smithereens - Chicago June, 1988
    Pixies - Lollapaooza '05
    The Alarm - Chicago, 2001
    •  yea (none)
      that pixies reunion tour was sweet!  i saw them in dallas, man i never thought i'd see the day... especially considering they famously broke up via FAX machine.

      now one half of my rock fantasty has come through. now if johnny marr and morrissey would just get over themselves and do a smiths reunion tour my life would be complete.  LOL

    •  YIKES! I turned down a VIP . . . (none)
      ticket for Paul Mccartney tonight at the Staples Center in L.A.

      Just couldn't face the drive.

      by nyceve on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:36:24 PM PST

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    •  I saw Squeeze 4 times (none)
      I can't remember the years but it was in the early 1980s. Flock of Seagulls opened for them at Madison Square Garden before Flock ever released an album; they were so loud my stomach hurt. I also saw Difford and Tilbrook perform at a club in 1984 when I was like 17. A girl friend of mine dragged me up to talk to them afterwards. Damn, I worshiped those guys. Go figure.

      Some of my best concert experiences:

      My first concert: The Police in 1981 at the Nassau Coliseum
      U2 at Nassau Coliseum in 1982
      Bob Seger in 1982 at Nassau Coliseum
      The Clash in 1982 at Hofstra University
      Bruce Springsteen at Giant Stadium in 1984 and 1985
      Elvis Costello at Harvard Stadium in 1986

      Weirdest concert experience:

      Jethro Tull at Nassau Coliseum in 1982. What was weird was the opening act: a guy in tight spandex pants and big teased hair singing in the fashion of heavy metal bands like Motley Crew and Poison. His name: Michael Bolton.

  •  Triumph (none)
    London Gardens, London Ontario 1985

    Thunder 7 tour - Honeymoon Suite opened.

    I was ga ga after that.

  •  My favorites (none)
         Dresden Statskappelle Orchestre, all Richard Strauss program Oct. 2000 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana IL
         The Who Oct 1996 Quadraphenia tour United Center, Chicago IL

    "Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx

    by irate on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:10:28 PM PST

    •  same town, anyway (none)
      The Stones, Assembly Hall, Urbana, Illinois

      Genesis (with Gabriel), 1976, the Orpheum, Boston

      Grateful Dead, 1976, the Music Hall, Boston

      Boz Scaggs, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, Scheaffer stadium, Foxboro, Mass (backstage)

      Yes, 1976, The Boston Garden, (backstage)

      Martin Mull and his Fabulous Furniture (you had to be there), 1976, Paul's Mall, Boston

      Bonnie Raitt, walkon at a Cambridge bar I can't remember. Van Morrison and the Stones walked on there that year, too, but I missed those.

      The Tubes, The Oxford Ale House, Cambridge Mass

      not the least advantage to "flyover" country is that y'all continue to do that

      by le sequoit on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 11:21:29 PM PST

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  •  phish (none)
    phish - big cypress - the everglades - 12/31/99
    phish - oswego - summer 99
    santana - jazzfest NOLA 99
    ah the good ole days
  •  Have to make sure they are mentioned... (none)
    Ozomatli: pretty damn much anywhere, anytime...
    •  And on more for the party people... (none)
      Daara J, they are a Senegalese reggae/rap group that has the most incredible energy I have ever experienced.  I have never left a concert so high on the experience (and dripping in sweat)...

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -- Abraham Lincoln

      by Tripleg on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:41:09 PM PST

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    •  Big ups to Ozo (none)
      Saw them twice; once at Luna Park in L.A. before they blew up, once in Orange County at a much bigger venue.  They put on a great show.  Especially with the samba procession through the crowd:  not too many tabla-playing salsa/hip hop/norteno crews do that!

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:52:44 PM PST

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    David Bowie has blown me away many times. I got to meet him and his beautiful wife Iman in 2000.

    Mindless Self Indulgence
    Alice Cooper
    Gino Vanelli
    The Fixx
    Sade...I had sex with her after the show...okay so she wasn't there big deal! Haven't seen her but would love to hear that voice live!
    Judas Priest total metal meltdown!

  •  Ditto Garbage (none)
    saw them for the first time in Montreal in April and they were fantastic. Shirley still brings it.

    Other highlights were the Stones and Petty, twice each, and U2 in a small Albany, NY, club, JB Scott's, back in the mid-1970s.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:15:37 PM PST

  •  A strange mix of taste (none)
    Liz Phair - Orlando, 2004
    Metallica - IN, 93
    Marilyn Manson - FL 2001

    --Liberate your radio--

    by Sam Loomis on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:17:04 PM PST

  •  Hey, I'm up late too (none)
    I can get into this discussion....

    -Concert For The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, September 1995, Cleveland, Ohio
    - Sex Pistols, 1996, Cleveland, Ohio
    Lords Of Acid/Thrill Kill Kult, 1995 - Washington, DC

    • Lollapalooza, 1991 - Cleveland, Ohio (Trent Reznor's homecoming)
    • The Pixies, 1994 - Cleveland, Ohio (David Bowie came backstage after the show)

    "All we have to do now, is take these lies and make them true somehow" - George Michael (1990), George W. Bush (2005)

    by Jeff Seemann on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:17:07 PM PST

  •  I'm showing my age here ... (none)
    But the best concert I ever attended was John Mellencamp at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington in 1984.

    To see a master in his element was incredible - the best part was the balcony (where my brother and I were sitting) actually shook during "Authority Song".  Those are the memories you never forget.

    He has since polished his progressive credentials with Farm Aid and great songs such as "Peaceful World".

    Runners up would include Harry Connick Jr. at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix in 1990 where I learned what a Jazz Funeral is, and Mellencamp again this past September here in Vegas where he sang all of his old songs but you could barely hear him with everyone singing along.

    OK - so I like mainstream pop music, but my politics are progressive!

    •  Agree on Mellencamp (none)
      Best person in concert I've ever seen -- better than Springsteen.
    •  Master in his element (none)
      The best performer ever: Lionel Ritchie. I don't even like his music, but the concert was a surprise birthday present, so I had no choice. He was absolutely the best performer I have ever seen, hands down. He played the crowd like you wouldn't believe.

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

      by mataliandy on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:30:37 PM PST

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      •  best performer? Neil Diamond... (none)
        True story--me and a roomate--24 years old, both of us--go to Neil Diamond (don't ask).  EVERYONE is 40 years our senior, at least.  Security grabs our tickets, and rips them up.  thinking we're about to be tossed, INSTEAD he gives us 2nd row seats.  Says Mr. Diamond likes young people mixed in with the wrinklies in the first couple of rows.  almost close enough to slap him high five.  what a great show.  

        We were promised a democracy, sold an oligarchy, and ended up with a kakistocracy...

        by topicalstorm on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:40:22 PM PST

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        •  That's hilarious. (none)
          I went to see him -- with my mom and dad. Yes, I know, you're all speechless -- but it had to be done.  They asked me if I wanted to come along, and I said, sure!  I guess I thought of it as a kind of anthropological experience.  See the boomers in their natural habitat.

          It was great!  Diamond had on this funky-futurama-leisure suit thing with bellbottoms and a massive collar.  And the hair!  Nothing more need be said.  And great energy.

          More recently, I surprised myself by going with my neighbours to see Dolly Parton.  We were very far away, but having seen recent pictures, post-plastic surgery, I'm not convinced that 's such a bad thing.  At any rate, she was fantastic -- she did covers of all these bit hits (other people's hits) from the 1970s, and her between-song patter was friggin' hilarious.  I was really moved by her encore; she's still got it, no question.

          Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

          by Dale on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:58:39 PM PST

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        •  Nana Mouskouri (none)
          For some reason I've never fully fathomed a young Indonesian girl I met in Bali is a huge fan of Nana Mouskouri. She moved to Boston to live with me, and as it happened, there was a Nana Mouskouri within weeks of her arrival, so I thought a pair of tix would be a nice welcome present. We must've been the only under-60 folks in the audience; we weren't the only non-Greeks, but we were with the minority in that category as well. Nana seemed to notice us; she smiled at us & often stopped  to sing in front of us during the show.

          [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

          by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:44:50 PM PST

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  •  Saw Robert Randolph... (none) for Clapton.

    Clapton was okay. Robert Randolph was amazing.

    Also saw CSNY play for 4 hours, which was sweet.

    Missed Elvis Costello and Merle Haggard because some so-called friends never gave me a heads up that they were coming.

    Daily Kos: turning unanimity into discord since...well...I frickin got here

    by AnnArborBlue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:17:19 PM PST

    •  They're still your friends??? (none)

       I think I would've killed their cat for doing such a thing.  And, if they didn't have a cat, I'd buy 'em one, then kill it.  

       Actually, I like cats.  But, that aside, I've missed Merle a couple of times and might not get many more chances.  And would, indeed, like to see Elvis Costello . . . if he'd play rock and roll.


      . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

      by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:28:18 PM PST

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  •  Jazz is America's grestest gift to the world (none)
    Art Pepper, New Year's Eve 1978 at Donte's

    Von Freeman, fist time I heard him live in Chicago

    Sun Ra at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, mid 70's

    Joe Henderson/Freddie Hubbard/Bobby Hutcherson at the Keystone Korner in SF, around 1981

    Dexter Gordon, Keystone Korner SF, 1978

    Bill Evans, Keystone Korner SF, 1980

    Well, there's a half a dozen off the top of my head.

    •  Missed Sun Ra. Then he died. Damn. nt (none)

      . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

      by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:30:37 PM PST

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      •  Sun Ra (none)
        Perhaps the most gilfted big band arranger of the 1950's--the Chicago albums feature some of the tightest, hardest swinging music ever recorded--with John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Marshall Allen, DAMN!  WHAT A BAND.

        Then he went to New York and the music went into outer space.  Love that period too!!  

        Gilmore is the most underappreciated tenorman in the history of the music.

    •  Okay.... (none)
      ...I am VERY jealous that you saw Bill Evans. I hope he played Waltz for Debby. That guy was a phenomenon.

      "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

      by Bensdad on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:38:42 PM PST

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    •  Do you know Johnnie Parker? (none)
      A British jazz pianist?

      He played the Toronto Jazz Festival back in about 82 or 83.  My dad was really excited to see him because they had attended Bromley Grammar School (near London UK) together in the late 40s-early 50s together. And according to my dad, my dad had turned him onto jazz.

      The sad thing was when they met was that I don't think my dad got over the shock of seeing how old Johnnie looked.  I guess he had stayed a teenager in his mind and if Johnnie looked old then my dad was forced to confront that he himself had aged.

      Don't forget, ePluribus Media isn't them, it's US. That means you too.

      by Bionic on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:41:35 PM PST

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    •  Just walking down Columbus Avenue, (none)
      spotted some chairs and a bandstand in a Lincoln Center plaza. Sat, curious. Dave Brubeck Quartet came out and played set after set for the bag ladies and tourists and other weary schleps. A beautiful crowd.
    •  Well.... (none)
      ....apart from Slayer it is. :-p
    •  Keystone Korner in the 70s and 80s. (none)
      I was at the Bill Evans show at the Korner. I loved the Keystone Korner - Todd Barkan booked all the greats!

      Horace Silver at Yoshi's in Oakland and Miles Davis at Zellerbach in Berkeley 1980s.

  •  Clash/Pretenders/U2 (none)
    Los Angeles 1987

    I went with a lady I thought was a nun. I met her in gang prison ministry. Turns out she was just in the 1st prep stage though. Explains why she asked me out on dates. I thought she was just being friendly. She was really nice. If I had known she was not a nun my life might have been different. Someone had other plans for her!

    If we shall fail to defend the Constitution, I shall fail in the attempt.

    by spoon or no spoon on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:20:33 PM PST

  •  i <3 music threads (none)
    ok, um.... all these are small venues except frank erwin, which is an arena. oh, and reunion arena of course.  and these are in no order other than chronological.

    cyndi lauper, frank erwin center in austin in 84
    nirvana, liberty lunch in austin in 91 (the infamous gig where kurt wacked a security guy with a microphone)
    ani difranco, (can't remember the name of the 300 seat venue and my ticket isn't handy), austin in 91
    red hot chili peppers, austin city coliseum in 92
    hole, deep ellum live in dallas in 93
    peter gabriel, reunion arena in dallas in 93
    ani difranco, deep ellum live in dallas in 97
    erasure, deep ellum live in dallas in 97
    bauhaus reunion tour, (can't remember the venue name. it's since closed) in dallas in 98
    the cure, deep ellum live in dallas in 00
    sigur ros, majestic theater in dallas in 02
    flaming lips, ridglea theater in fort worth in 03
    pixies reunion tour, nokia live in dallas in 04

    ok, so that's more than ten.  but damn, even at 13 that's pared down pretty well.

    •  I saw Peter Gabriel's (none)
      'So' tour.

      That was awesome.

      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:24:18 PM PST

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      •  yea, peter is the man! (none)
        i have been in love with his music for as long as i can remember, going back to his albums from the 70s.

        i saw the secret world tour (mentioned on my list) then he didn't come back to dallas until two years ago.  saw that one, too.  i will pay anything to see that man perform.  he's a freakin' genius!

        •  asdf (none)
          Do you have the DVD of the Secret World show in Spain? It's amazing! Paula Cole does fabulous  back-up vocals.

          I saw Gabriel's So tour at the Garden in NYC--which was awesome. His encore was a haunting version of "Here Comes the Flood" with just Peter on keyboard.

          In 2003, I saw the Growing Up tour twice. At the first show, he walked out by himself, sat down at the keyboard, and said, "I'd like to pick up where I left off last time," and did that same "Here Comes the Flood." A perfect greeting for a city where so much had happened in the intervening years.

          That entire concert was incredible. When he started bouncing inside the zorb ball during "Growing Up," it seemed like just about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.  

          Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

          by saucy monkey on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:46:21 PM PST

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      •  Yep. Tony Levin was awesome. (4.00)
        I've got Big Time cued on my iTunes for when Cheney goes down.
    •  For as crazy as Courtney Love is (none)
      she can fucking bring it on stage, that's for sure.  Still can, too.

      --Liberate your radio--

      by Sam Loomis on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:24:58 PM PST

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      •  hells yea (none)
        she brings the a-game.  the show i saw happened just a few months after both kurt's and kristen's deaths.  i got there real early so i could be dead fucking center up front for the show, and i held my ground thru the mosh pit (yea, i was younger back then and i could take it LOL).  i stood right at her feet for the whole show.  she was a woman possessed, i'm telling you.  it was so eerie.  man she kicked ass that night, i'm telling you.  and to the naysayers, hell, live through this was a brilliant album then and it's a brilliant album now.
    •  Flaming Lips (none)
      If you get a chance to see "Fearless Freaks," a documentary about Wayne Coyne and Flaming Lips, do not miss it.  I saw it last spring at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and it was wonderful.  Wayne Coyne is some kind of idiot savant or something, and after seeing that film I'm really kicking myself for not having seen them in concert yet.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:56:36 PM PST

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      •  already saw it =) (none)
        up in oklahoma at the "world premiere" LOL

        yea, DH, if you EVER get the chance to see the lips live, do it.  they put on a total freakshow.  they've got furries, blood, big giganto-hulk hands (wayne has this thing for props), confetti... man, their shows are just giant parties.  

        i'm spoiled because, since they're based in oklahoma, they come to d/fw all the time.  i've seen them in concert about 8 times.  seriously, they are so much fun that i never miss them.

  •  My first Dead show (none)
    Boreal Ridge 1986. What a beautiful place. Great music, ample drugs, wonderful people.

    by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:23:08 PM PST

    •  My First Dead Show (none)
      Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University, February 1978.
      Jerry played a 20 minute guitar solo, solo. Well except for percussion. That was before I ever did LSD too. No it wasn't. Yes it was. No it wasn't. Yes it was.

      Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

      by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:22:15 PM PST

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  •  My Top 3 (none)

    Richard Thompson (Summer 1993, Rialto Theater, Joliet IL)

    Big Black (October 25, 1986, No Bar and Grill, Muncie IN)

    Gogol Bordello (just a few weeks ago, Aggie Theater, Fort Collins CO)

    •  the future belongs to the analog loyalists... (none)
      I was about to post my best:

      Shellac (7/6/96, 1st Ave, Mpls). Albini finished the blistering final encore with a Q&A session.

      But I'll, er, shrink away sheepishly now in the shadow of one who saw the mighty Big Black in their prime. Loved to have been there, 'cept I was...twelve.


      Proud member of the surreality-based community.

      by syntaxin on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:52:37 PM PST

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  •  GREAT diary subject... (none)
    Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Wakarusafest, 2005

    Pearl Jam, Red Rocks (best venue EVER), CO, 1995

    Melissa Ethridge, Miami Beach, FL, 1996

    We were promised a democracy, sold an oligarchy, and ended up with a kakistocracy...

    by topicalstorm on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:24:26 PM PST

  •  Hate to leave y'all in the dust . . . (none)
     > Grateful Dead - Hampton March '84 (2 shows)

     > The Pretenders - Kyoto Fall '84

     > 1,000 Maniacs -  a little bar in Tuscaloosa, '87.

     > Alex Chilton - a little bar in Tuscaloosa, '89.

     >  Mojo Nixon - a little bar in Tuscaloosa, '89.

     > The Dead, Dylan and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers backing up Dylan - RFK (DC) July 86.

     > Lucky & the Hot Dice, a very little bar (Egan's) in Tuscaloosa - '97.

     > Dylan - Starkville, Mississippi - 98 (99?)

     > Dylan - Phillips Arena, Atlanta - Feb '02 (incredible, just incredible).

     > Emmylou Harris - Wolftrap (Virginia) - summer '89 . . .


     P.S. - Never got to see The Ramones, or Little Feat (with Lowell George) - great disappointment about that which will never be  . . .

     > Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock - Birmingham, 03.

    . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:24:42 PM PST

  •  Elton John. (none)
    I know this sounds hokey, but his recent concert here in Atlanta was a 10!!

    He played for 3-1/2 hours with only a 5 minute break.

    I was impressed, and I've seen in the past:


    Yup...I'm over 50 but...  I'm getting into the Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Gorillaz, Matchbook 20, etc. etc.  (Did I spell those right?)

    HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

    by annrose on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:24:53 PM PST

    •  Oh, damn... (none)
      I have to admit, that he does put on a fantastic show.  I was in Florence in 2000 and he played a pretty small venue (don't know how the owner worked that, the tickets weren't that outrageous).  While the concert wasn't exactly rockin', he was tremendously engaging.

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -- Abraham Lincoln

      by Tripleg on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:37:53 PM PST

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    •  Way way back when ... (none)
      I saw the Yellow Brick Road tour.  He could sing and rock at the same time back then.  Nothing hokey about it.
    •  I just thought of more musical memories.. (none)
      Janis Joplin - Univ. of Tenn. late 70's, one of her last

      BB King - in concert many times and I met him on the Tonight Show


      Lou Rawls - at Scarlet O'Hara's in Underground Atlanta in the early 70's

      Dave Clark 5 - my first concert in the 60's

      Chris Isaak - at the Tabernacle in Atlanta...he's great, funny, cute

      Jimmy Buffet - Atlanta, early 90's

      Simon & Garfunkle - GA Tech in the 80's

      Wayne Newton - Atlanta in the 80's...he played about 50 different instruments

      Ray Charles - singing Georgia at the State Legislature in the 80's

      Bruce Springsteen - in North Carolina in the 90's

      The Stones - at Duke a coupla months ago...not as good as Elton

      Neil Daimond - late 80's cause of "Cracklin Rosey"

      Marcia Ball - every time I can, but most memorable was at the HOB in New Orleans in 1995 or so


      HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

      by annrose on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 04:51:21 AM PST

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  •  I go way back (4.00)
    Jeff Beck Group 1970 at Fillmore West

    B. B. King at Carosel Ballroom four times 1968

    Albert King Fillmore West 1968

    Albert Collins at Yountville Saloon 1980

    Muddy Waters at Kimball's West 1972

    Charles Lloyd in Golden Gate Park 1974(?)

    Bill Monroe at Grass Valley Fest 1985

    Ralph Staley at Grass Valley 1985

    Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at the Boardinhouse 1974

    Ronnie Earl at Sonoma County Blues Festival 2000

    The Neville Brothers mid-80s at the Cotati Caberet

    Magic Slim and the Teardrops at Sonoma County Blues Festival 2002

    Otis Rush at S.F. Blues Festival 2003(?)

    T-Bone Walker at the Flame Lounge, S.F. 1969

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Rolfyboy6 on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:25:28 PM PST

    •  Buddy Guy (none)
      and Junior Welles, many grat artists at the SF Blues festival (Best deal for a weekend of live music).

      Recently, John Mayall came to the little tiny Napa Valley Opera House. We got the last tickets.


      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:29:18 PM PST

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      •  I've got a picture of me (none)
        and Jr. and Buddy..... in the green room of the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.  Jr. liked me.  He said I had the gift of gab.  They both were kind of bitter though, because even though they were separate acts, lots of people booked them together, as one act.

        If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

        by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:51:22 PM PST

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        •  That is very cool. (none)
          True about the separate acts, 'tho. The first time I saw Buddy, they were together. I've seen Buddy twice since and he has been solo.

          Baby don't ya want to go?

          by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:56:07 PM PST

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    •  Carosel Ballroom (none)
      Is the Carosel that place in South San Francisco with the rotating stage?  I saw B.B. King there around '78 ir '79.  Very strange for the band to rotate around as they play:  Here comes B.B., there he is, there goes B.B., here he comes again... and so on all night.

      Great show though.

      The Bush White House: Where being right gets you fired and being wrong gets you the Presidential Medal of Freedom. -5.25, -4.51

      by Tod on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:29:56 PM PST

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      •  no (none)
        as far as I know, the Carousel Ballroom was the place in San Fran that for a while was host to shows promoted by local bands like the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and QMS.  It was open during 1968, but by the next year had been taken over by Bill Graham and was called Fillmore West.

        I don't know about the rotating stage...

      •  The rotating one was the Circle Star Theatre (none)
        in San Carlos.  I saw Willie Nelson there once, not a particularl memorable show. That theatre was good for really commercial acts, but somehow took the guts out of acts that had anything to say. The Circle Star went bankrupt amid wild stories of financial manipulations.

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

        by Rolfyboy6 on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:18:11 PM PST

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  •  Ah... (none)
    Cowboy Mouth, in Memphis.  The crowd's energy alone had my adreneline going for days.
  •  Judging from the dates I'm a bit older than you... (none)
    Anyway here they are. For the most part listed in order that I saw them, to the best of my memory.

    Rush-Utica War Memorial-1979, first concert, but      still very good.

    Styx-Carrier Dome-1980.

    The Who-Carrier Dome-1982, still have a concert shirt tucked away. Can't wear it anymore-it shrunk!!!! Really!!!!

    Triumph-Syracuse Land Mark Theater-can't remember year. Best light show I've ever seen.

    The Kinks-Syracuse War Memorial-again can't remember year.

    Van Halen-Carrier Dome-1984-car got towed, me and 4 other guys had to walk through Syracuse to get it-ouch!!!! Definitely NOT a pleasant memory!!!!

    Ozzy Ozbourne-Utica War Memorial-can't remember year. Randy Roades(sp?) hadn't died yet. GREAT guitar player.

    Eric Clapton-1990 or '91-Carrier Dome.

    Rolling Stones-twice at Carrier Dome.

    ZZ Top-1990 or '91-Carrier Dome.

  •  Liz Minelli (none)
    I saw her around 1987 and she was amazing.
  •  O K - you put no limitations on your question (none)
    The great concerts are the ones that are still live for you. That tends to make it the last great concert that you went to - so for me that John Prine in Manchester, England four weeks ago.

    Sorry, for you rock fans on here but that is just the way it is.

    There is worse to come.

    I have just rented a CD called Jacqueline du Pre Remembered. She was one of the world's most gifted cellists - young, beautiful, full of life and emotion. At twenty-seven she was diagnosed with MS and that ended her career. So a great concert was the one time I got to hear her play.

    Hey, man I choked tonight as I saw that DVD. Just to be reminded what a great musician that she was, how she shone so brightly for such a cruelly short length of time.

    That's not rock and roll. But it is the same. The good can die so young.

    You know what? I wondered why I got so choked up. I do this thing more these days and it is not like me. I'm a pretty balanced sort of guy. It isn't just that there are so many young dying but when I hear beautiful music, whether it is John Prine with one of his down to earth songs from the heart or the soaring beauty of listening to Elgar's cello concerto, I understand less and less why we are working so damn hard at the art of creating fear, death and ugliness in this damn world.

    New International Times, the place where Kossacks and the world meet.

    by Welshman on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:27:58 PM PST

    •  I can understand... (none)
      Just last year I stumbled upon a CD by a female artist named Eva Cassidy.

      I was just taken by the emotion in her voice and the range of her ability.

      She could take a song and breathe such life into it that even the most tired standard would emerge from her vocal chords born anew.

      Then, I read that her voice was ripped from us at a young age by the cruel hand of cancer.  While happy that she managed to give us a glimpse of her talent, I have never felt such sorrow for the loss of someone I had never met.

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -- Abraham Lincoln

      by Tripleg on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:48:29 PM PST

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  •  the Grateful Goddamned Dead (none)
    10/14/94 - at the age of fifteen and with more drugs in me than I had any business taking.

    I've listened to the tape, and its not that great, but it was like the coolest thing I'd ever seen back then.  (I'm boycotting them now because they sold out on their archive policy.)

    I went to a few Phish shows, and as far as I'm concerned, they suck the ass.  Big Time (Cheney style)

    The last concert I went to was Audioslave at MSg on Halloween.  It pretty much rocked ass.  The only thing that sucked was they did a few Rage songs, and that made me realize how awesome the concert would have been if it had been Rage instead of Audioslave.  Tom Morello is a god of the guitar though...

    also, Lords of Acid is the coolest band name ever and I wish I'd thought of it first.  

    •  My first was 1986 (none)
      at age 17-we are about the same age.

      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:30:19 PM PST

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      •  really? (none)
        read my post again.  I was 7 in 1986.  That Dead show was in 1994, well after their prime (1972)

        If I was a few years younger, I would have seen them many more times...

        Have you heard about the boycott?  The remaining members just pulled all of their recordings from the internet archive, so a bunch of people are boycotting them now (GDM, concert tickets, etc.)

        •  I misread it as 1984...oops. (none)
          And I did see them a few more times (about 8 more).

          That is a shame that they pulled their music. It seems very uncharacteristic, since they have always allowed taping of their concerts. I wonder what's up with them?

          by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:45:19 PM PST

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          •  good for you (none)
            I only saw them once, because my mom wouldn't let me on a weeknight to MSG, or let me go to philly in spring of 95 (even though I had a ride and a ticket lined up.)  She told me I could go again in fall 95.

            I went away to camp in July 95, and came back on August 2.  Driving back, I said "did anyone famous die while I was away?" and my dad said "yeah, Jerry Garcia died."  I knew he was full of it, but then a week later we were both kind of like WTF?  At least he had seen them not only in New Jersey on 8/6/74 but also a few times at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY.

            I think the new internet policy has to do with Garcia's wife, but the current GD establishment (McNally, Gans, etc.,) are on board too...Motherfuckers.  Lyricist John Barlow has come out against it...

  •  The Clash, 1979, Atlanta (none)
    The Fox Theatre. The album jacket of London Calling features the show that I was at.

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:30:04 PM PST

    •  Minor Threat, 1986, DC (none)
      The 930 Club. Second best show I ever saw, and best in a small club. Ian McKaye had the people bouncing off the walls. OK, that's the 930 Club on an off night. I swear I saw cops in the mosh pit moshing.

      Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

      by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:34:23 PM PST

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    •  i'm totally jealous (none)
      i <3 the clash.  but my parents were not real cool with dropping off a 6 year old at a clash show.
    •  God I wish . . . (none)
      There's only really one band I regret not having seen.

      Very oddly Joe Strummer's death in 2002 sent me into a depression that was hard to understand. The folks I hang around with these days barely knew who he was and I felt like somehow the fact that he was dead really meant the end of a certain kind of possibility.

      But it did make sure the Clash would never become a parody oldies act like (you fill it in).

  •  asdf (none)
    1. lawsuit, palms playhouse, davis, ca, halloween 1993

    2. phish, spokane, spring 1996

    3. phish, vancouver BC, spring 1996

    4. drum jam w/ zakir hussein/futureman/the drummer from NO klezmer all-stars/some senegalese drummers @ WOMAD, redmond, wa, summer 1999

    5. digable planets, DV8, seattle, 1994

    6. bireli lagrene/taraf de haidouks, mondavi center, davis, ca, spring 2005

    7. rage against the machine/alice in chains/primus @ lollapalooza, summer 1993

    8. yair dalal ensemble @ WOMAD, redmond, wa, summer 2000

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:31:47 PM PST

    •  I saw those Phish shows (none)
      I drove up from California (the first time I drove more than four hours for music).

      Spokaine was thick ice.

      Vansterdam was awesome. Kids had big glass bongs, and garbage sacks full of the venue.

      I found a great spot, right behind the monitor engineer. It was almost like being on-stage (that arena was very small).

      Then I got spun and drove to Oregon. First time taking the border high...not the last.

      •  it was a great series (none)
        i followed them from the two shows in seattle to vancouver to spokane before i had to get back for classes. the "split open and melt" jam in spokane was exquisite in its understatement, and the whole vancouver show rocked my world, lights, music, atmosphere, and all. a transcendent couple of days.

        crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

        by wu ming on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:00:34 PM PST

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        •  Tela (none)
          That run just built up heat as it went.

          Oregon was raging.
          Seattle for Jimi Hendrix's birthday was even better.
          San Francisco was so good they released it last year.
          Sacramento was even better than SF (I have no idea why they didn't release this show).
          Las Vegas '96 was one of the best shows they played.

          I think all of these are available for low-bandwidth streaming at

          actually, they moved it to:

  •  I'm a fossil, but with vivid memories (none)
    so this is old stuff, formative experiences, late sixties early seventies ...

    Paul Butterfield Blues Band (with Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop) Burlington, VT 1967

    Dylan, Burlington 1968

    Sly and the Family Stone opening for Hendrix at the Fillmore East, 1969

    The Incredible String Band, Fillmore East 1969

    Van Morrison, Fillmore East 1969

    Mahavishnu Orchestra, Middlebury College 1970

    Santana, Burlington 1970

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:31:47 PM PST

  •  Uhh (none)
    Blondie/Johnny Thunders/Mitch Ryder - NY Palladium 1978

    Pretenders - Santa Monica Civic, 1982

    Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos/Pearl Jam/Robert Cray - The Academy New Years Eve 1989

    The Ramones (just about any of the over 100 shows)

    Iggy Pop/Alice in Chains - Toad's Place, New Haven 2003

    Rolling Stones/Pretenders - Madison Sq. Garden, 2002

    Stan Rogers - McCabe's, Los Angeles 1985, his last concert :(

    Townes Van Zandt - Seattle 1995ish

    Tom Waits - Paramount Theatere, Seattle 2004

    Lou Reed - Benaroya Hall, Seattle 2004

  •  Dear God, I Feel Old (none)
    All dates approximate:

    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes @ Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC, 1980.

    U2 opening for (I swear) Todd Rundgren @ Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC, 1982

    U2, somewhere in Atlanta, 1984

    The Nighthawks and George Thorogood @ Raleigh Civic Center, 1983

    Bruce Springsteen @ Greensboro, NC 1984

    Bruce Springsteen @ Chapel Hill, NC 1988

    Kid Rock, Fayetteville, NC, 2004

    Alexander found Babylon a mistress easier to enter than to leave. ---Oliver Stone

    by JDRhoades on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:32:08 PM PST

  •  A few off the top of my head... (none)
    • EndFest, Bremerton, WA (Beasties, Sonic Youth, Posies, Mudhoney, etc.), 1992
    • Sting at the Gorge (WA), 1992
    • Nirvana at the Cow Palace in SF, 1993.
    • Lollapalooza, 1994 (Beasties, Pumpkins, Green Day, Pharcyde, etc.) at the Gorge.
    • Neil Young w. Pearl Jam (sans Eddie) as his backing band, Prague, 1995.
    • U2, Cologne, Germany, 2001.
    • Sigur Ros, 9:30 Club, DC, 2004.
    • New Pornographers, 9:30 Club, 2005.
  •  Winterland, 1976 (none)
    Queen/Thin Lizzy, and a little Tokyo Bokyo.

    Recently, Knopfler@The Greek opened up a whole new bag of tricks.  Ka-Ding!

  •  Stevie Ray Vaughn (none)
    headlining with a firely redhead unknown opening named Bonnie Raitt (Greek Theatre, Berkeley circa late 80s)

    That was one of the best.

    by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:37:05 PM PST

    •  I saw that unknown red head (none)
      with my future ex-wife's best friend in 1978, she opened for Randy Newman (or maybe it was the other way around?)to a sold out house in San Diego. I don't recall when she made it big commercially, but she was very big on college campuses at least since '75 when I first saw her in a tiny little campus venue. A chick playing steel guitar is just hot.  
  •  Dating myself (and you'd wanna date me, too!) (4.00)
    • Jim Morrison and the Doors, Aquarius Theatre, Los Angeles, July 21, 1968. The stage was spare, our seats were third row, they played the blues and Jim swung dangerously from a rope. You can't touch this.

    • Lucinda Williams, House of Blues, New Orleans, September 2002. Stunning performance by one of the most underappreciated living American performers, in her home territory. She sang from the diagphragm, and rocked the French Quarter. She is Janis Joplin, Memphis Minnie, Howlin' Wolf and Sylvia Plath all in one package, honey. Then, the next day, I met her on the street. She spoke with me and I got to take her picture, although I forgot to get in it!

    • Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels, LA Coliseum 1990's or perhaps Louisiana Superdome 1980 (Tatto You) where the warm up acts were the Neville Brothers and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

    • Joni Mitchell, the Troubadour, LA around 1968. The opening act was Steve Martin who did a hilarious bit about "Fromage".

    • Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans Jazz trumpeter, who played in a park in Carlsbad California 2 nights before Katrina hit. He brought soul, to a soul-less place (sorry Carlsbad --you are beautiful but you have no soul, none, zero,zip). This is someone I seek out when I go to New Orleans, and here he was, comin' to a park near my house! I had my hanky out and was movin' to the groovin' Southern style. Kermit is a middling musician with occasional bouts of greatness, but there was something in the air that night as we watched the sun go down, and began to hear the first few serious alerts from the National Hurricane Center.

    • Ike & Tina Turner at LA Forum, when they were warm up for the Stones.

    • The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, at the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, any given Friday (check your listings, they may be playing elsewhere now, the Spotted Cat looked like it took a hit).

    • Led Zeppelin, Rose Palace, Pasadena. Million years ago.

    "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

    by Bensdad on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:37:07 PM PST

    •  I've got Lucinda Williams envy. (none)

       Saw her dad "in concert" at Bill's Second Inaugural (reading the Inaugural Poem), but not her, yet.  Would love to someday.


      . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

      by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:43:07 PM PST

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      •  I'll see your envy and raise you one..... (none)
        ...I would like to go to a democratic President's inaugural someday. Yes, her dad is a poet, last name Williams, first name, Escapes Me.

        "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

        by Bensdad on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:46:29 PM PST

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        •  Miller Williams (none)

           And the first one, in Jan 93, was even better. Maya Angelou did "A Rock, A River, and A Tree" (well, that's how it started, don't know if that was the title).  

           Anyway, the whole day, kicking Bush/Quayle out and putting Clinton/Gore in . . . what a party!  And, concerts?!  Saw Linda Rondstadt with a mariachi band, Bob Weir, and Bill Monroe and very, very intimate venues (tents) on the Mall.  

           And before that, at "Oath of Office" time, this HUUUGE chear went up -- the biggest -- when Al Gore took the oath because it meant that, no matter what, Dan Quayle could never be President.  Whew!  Then Bush comes along and makes Quayle look like a Ghandi, Einstein, Lincoln and Washington.  Oh, Fortuna!


          . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

          by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:55:21 PM PST

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      •  lucinda (none)
        saw lucinda twice with her dad in a quiet reading and nite of song also one nite lawrence ferlingetti(sp) showed up to read with miller williams.  her growing up with the people going through her house must have been an experience
        another nite she played a large concert and half way through she just started taking requests.  her band is smokin
    •  Dude, you win. (none)
      You're like goddam Forrest Gump or something. Jim Morrison swinging dangerously from a rope. That's great.

      The revolution is ongoing.

      by The Gryffin on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:58:04 PM PST

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    •  OK, I'm envious (none)
      But have a 4 for the Hitler quote anyway.

      [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

      by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:50:50 PM PST

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  •  Most memorable (none)
    Violent Femmes, 1988 - Omaha, Peony Park Ballroom
    Nirvana, 1990 - Lincoln, Duffy's Tavern
    Metallica, 1991 - Omaha, Civic Auditorium
    Pearl Jam, 1992 - Omaha, Ranch Bowl
    Faith No More/Helmet, 1993 - Omaha, Peony Park Ballroom
    Beastie Boys/L7, 1993 - Omaha, Peony Park Ballroom
    Ritual Device/Mousetrap/Mercy Rule/Sideshow - 1993, Omaha, The Cog Factory
    Sonic Youth, 1995 - Minneapolis, First Ave.
    Iggy Pop,1996 - Council Bluffs, Wesfair Amphitheatre
    Pixies, 2004 - Lincoln, Pershing Auditorium

    Economic Left/Right: -6.75 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.67

    by Swoof on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:37:36 PM PST

    •  Sonic Youth, 1988 (none)
      Maxwell's. Hoboken.
      I was with pressed up against the stage, and Kim Gordon was raining spit on me. OK, not me personally, but I was getting more than my share.

      Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

      by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:04:56 PM PST

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  •  Barry Manilow's One Voice -- (none)
    he wore a pink suit and his piano rotated.

    Just kidding.  I did attend this concert because it was for a friend's birthday party - she cried all the way thru the concert.   Champaign IL in 1982 or 1983, I think.

    Truly --Best live show I have seen recently:  Jamie Cullum, Oct. 11, NYC Irving Plaza.  He's amazing.

    Three others:
    Loved Diana Krall at JVC Jazz Festival @ Carnegie Hall
    Loved Lyle Lovett all seven times I have seen him
    Loved George Shearing @ JVC Jazz Festival

  •  Five Favs (none)
    Dates are guesstimates. I'm bad with dates.

    The Farmers - Chicago, IL any show
    Sugar - Boston, MA 1992
    Pixies - New Haven, CT 1989
    Ramones - New Britain, CT 1993
    Sleater-Kinney - Coney Island, NY 2002

    I declare Dick Cheney a moron, an idiot AND a nefarious bastard.

    by joejoejoe on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:41:25 PM PST

    •  Sugar! (none)
      Damn, I missed them! Only became a fan since they broke up. But at least Bob Mould is touring & playing rock again.

      [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

      by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:08:02 PM PST

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      •  Sugar (none)
        I saw Sugar twice, once in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom and then in Boston at a much smaller club. The Boston show absolutely killed. It was an intimate club and I was right up by the stage - great vibe, loud and very positive and helpful security which can make a difference at a jam packed show.

        A lot of people might not remember Sugar, only Bob Mould and Husker Du. But Sugar put on a fantastic live show - a great hard rock band with better songs.

        I declare Dick Cheney a moron, an idiot AND a nefarious bastard.

        by joejoejoe on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:14:43 PM PST

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  •  My favorite shows (none)
    I like concerts.

    My favorites?


    My absolute favorite concert was Karl Denson's Tiny Universe w/ special guest Fred Wesley at the Great American Music Hall in SF in August 1999. I danced so hard my side hurt.

    Other contenders:

    Phish--Las Vegas Dec '96. Encore w/ Primus, Elvis impersonators (4 of them) & yodeling girls.
    Phish ruled the universe, but it got got away.

    Galactic--Mt. Aire '98. Ever been to an acid test? I haven't, but this is how I imagine one if the meters were the house band instead of the dead.

    Alice in Chains--opening for Van Halen circa '91. Cal Expo Sacramento CA. They were on fire.

    The Meters--Warfield Nov 11, 2000...I like the meters.

    The Wild Magnolias--DNA Lounge SF, CA--They played a Mardi Gras show...late night in SF. Just my style. I like NOLA bands.

    KDTU--High Sierra Late Night 2002---Another Karl Denson show. This one started out with the dirty dozen brass band joining in, and went on for almost four hours nonstop one set. Raging. I danced my ass off.

    Steve Smith/Frank Gambale playing with some bass player...those guys shred like crazy.

    Global Funk--Spun Monkey Dawn Patrol--JazzFest 2002 at The Blue Nile. This "late late night" show was full of people and didn't get going until 10am...and these folks who were there were still up and drinking and dancing NOLA style. It went on until 1pm...that's what I call dedication. (I did see one kid on crutches the next day from dancing so hard).

    save the world, go to jazzfest...

  •  The Who, front row, 1989, Astrodome (none)
    Stevie Ray Waghn opened.  


    George W Bush - Plame Duck President

    by Tug on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:44:11 PM PST

  •  Vans Warped Tour, Minneapolis 2000 (none)
    Green Day, No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Papa Roach, all for 30 bucks.  Of course they only did 15 min. sets, but front row for all of them.  Right up against the fence.

    Give me Liberty or give me death! (-6.88, -6.15)

    by guyermo on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:44:21 PM PST

  •  Read em and weep (4.00)
    Frank Zappa - Toledo Sports Arena - 1974
    Bob Marley - Columbus, Ohio - 1977
    James Brown - Toledo Rollercade - 1966
    Rolling Stones - Cleveland Municipal Stadium - 1977
    B. B. King - Masonic Temple - Toledo - 1983
    Rolling Stones - Silverdome - Pontiac (Steel Wheels Tour)
    Willie Dixon - Howard's Club H - Bowling Green, Ohio 1971
    Luther Allison - Howard's Club H
    Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI 1986
    Allman Brothers - A big field south of Bowling Green, 1969
    Bruce Springsteen - Accoustic - Hill Auditorium - Ann Arbor

    If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:47:38 PM PST

    •  I am weeping, baby. (none)
      THAT is a list.

      Once I saw James Cotton in a night club in SF, and Carlos Santana happened to drop by and they jammed.

      I miss living in the city.

      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:00:27 PM PST

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  •  concert (none)
    dylan/the band  memphis 1974
    john prine/todd snider  2004
    paul revere and the raiders  1966  first concert with my now wife.
    james brown  fayetteville 1967  hardest working man in show business.  booker t played a dance later that nite
    all of these i shared with my wife which make the memories nice
  •  I forgot one great one (none)
    The Gram Parsons Tribute Show at The Santa Barbara County Bowl

    Lucinda Williams
    Steve Earle
    Dwight Yoakum
    John Doe
    Kathleen Edwards
    Jim Lauderdale
    Norah Jones
    and Keith freakin' Richards (who KILLED on "Wild Horses" 'For GP')

  •  I've only been to a couple (none)
    of rock concerts - literally.  Not because I don't like rock music, but because I just don't go.  My favourite was Pearl Jam at the Vancouver Colosseum, circa 1997.  Because I love Pearl Jam.

    But my pardner and I had season's tickets to the SF Symphony one of the two years I was living in the Bay Area, and that was simply transformative.  They are truly a phenomenonal orchestra, and Michael Tilson Thomas is a phenomenonal music director.

    "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

    by fishhead on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:48:40 PM PST

  •  can't resist these list things (none)
    no matter how hard i try

    Bowie, Atlanta, 76
    Bob Marley at Red Rocks,  79
    The Fall with FLIPPER (!!)  San francisco 81
    Doc Watson on his 60th birthday in SF 82(?)
    Slayer, Denver, 87
    Nirvana and Tad, seattle, 88
    Mekons, Memphis, 91
    Jeff Buckley, Atlanta 93

     .... etc etc, too many dead people on the short list and i left off Zeppelin and Bon Scott with AC/DC... ok i'm sad now.... and old.

    most recently The Fiery Furnaces in seattle, great show, check em out!

    (-6.88, -8.31)-- "fuck your war... and your president."--Snake Plissken

    by binFranklin on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:50:52 PM PST

  •  I'll Miss Many (none)
    In no particular order:

    Dead Can Dance (Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, approx 2000)

    Billy Bragg (every show, but especially a benefit he did for the striking Detroit Newspaper workers at the Majestic in Detroit in 1996)

    Performance of Richard Einhorn's "Voice of Light" to accompany Dryer's "Joan of Arc," Conducted by Einhorn and featuring the Anonymous 4 (Hill Auditorum, Ann Arbor, about 2000)

    Nick Cave (State Theater, Detroit, 2003)

    Joe Jackson (almost every one of the 7 or 8 shows I've seen, but the best was probably at Ann Arbor's Power Center in about 1988)

    Richard Thompson (Majestic Theater, about 1993)

    Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin (Clutch Cargo, Pontiac, about 1999)

    Ben Folds Five (Seventh House, Pontiac, 1995)

    Oasis (State Theater, about 1997)

    Guiness Fleadh (Randalls Island NY, 1997)

    John Cale (Seventh House, Pontiac, about 1996)

    Soft Boys (St Andrews Hall, 2003)

    Robyn Hitchcock and Jill Sobule (The Ark, Ann Arbor)

    Gil Scott-Heron (Majestic, approx 1991)

    Midnight Oil (Power Center, Ann Arbor, 1989)

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:50:59 PM PST

    •  Ooh Ooh, How Could I Forget! (none)
      About 1985, Paul Simon was touring for Graceland.  He sounded like shit, but it was the most spine-tingling moment I've ever experienced at a concert.  When Miriam Mekaba was expelled from South Africa in the 60's, one of the first places she visited was Detroit.  She told the crowd about how warm and kind the people of Detroit had been to her, and how there was no way she wouldn't repay the debt she felt to the people of Detroit.  She told us all of this from a wheelchair, with her leg in traction; she had fallen backstage during the soundcheck and broken her leg, but she said there was no way she would not perform that night.  I can hear her singing "Soweto Blues" like it was last night.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:01:13 PM PST

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    •  Shows/Artists I Was Too Young To See (none)
      The incidiary Detroit performances of Jackie Wilson.

      Young Aretha Franklin singing at New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin was the city's most important pastor.

      The Detroit-area shows of the Stooges and the MC5 and the Bob Seger Connection and all the other groups that make Detroit the place where, in the late 1960s, punk began.

      The small cafe peformances in mid-to-late 1960's Detroit by then-residents Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot.

      The outdoor concerts featuring Sun Ra and the MC5.

      The Free John Sinclair concert with John Lennon in Ann Arbor, approximately 1972.

      And two performances I could have seen but missed:

      I got to the Jeff Buckley show just after it sold out; he died just a few months later.

      And a few years ago, after Prince's wife peformed in some dance performance in Detroit, he showed up at a resturant downtown for a little improv.  The highlight was a 15 minute jam of "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)" with a couple guys folks may have heard of; on bass was Sly's bassist Larry Graham, and on keyboards a guy from just just north of Detroit (Saginaw) who went from being Steveland to being known as Stevie Wonder.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:11:38 PM PST

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    •  Damn you (none)
      Billy Bragg & Dead Can Dance, Jesus.

      Missed out on a lot here in Boston, all for no good reasons. BB has been here a few times, Thievery Corporation recently. Never again.

      •  Bragg Tours Regularly (none)
        Whenever he puts out an album he does a pretty extensive tour, and often swings through Detroit twice within a year, so I can't imagine he misses Boston.  

        As for Dead Can Dance...sorry, I think you missed your opportunity.  I think it was the only semi-full tour they ever did of North America, and last I heard Lisa Gerard was living in a yurt somewhere in the outback.

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:03:04 PM PST

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  •  DYUNE is actually how he said it (none)
    I think it was '82 or '83. At Wrigley Field. All on one bill.

    The Fixx
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (WTF, I know. Talking Heads pulled out and she was the replacement. They threw quarts of Coke at her.)
    Flock of Seagulls
    The Police (Sting came out with his orange hair. "You may have noticed that my hair is orange. I'm in a little movie called DUNE." Huge cheers. Of course, how were we to know that the movie was going to suck?)

    NOT on the same bill:
    Styx, just this summer in Rosemont. Sans Dennis. If you haven't seen Tommy Shaw work the crowd--man...

    Also NOT on the same bill:
    As a thank-you for new subscribers to the Lyric Opera, they held a recital, and while singing a bit from Aida, Guang Yang fuckin' blew the rafters off. Amazing.

    The revolution is ongoing.

    by The Gryffin on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:51:32 PM PST

  •  God this is hard which I guess makes me lucky. (none)
    Bruce Springsteen in the Portland Collosium in around 1980 (The River tour). 3 1/2 to 4 hours and a great show despite a 40 ounce drink spilled down my back. Got the ticket at the last minute for a sold out show that my friends neglected to get me a ticket for.  I wound up with better seats than they did.

    Patti Smith in the Paramont Theater in PDX in 1979 or so with the entire audience on the seats for nearly the whole show.

    Elvis Costello at the same venue in 1978 or so (Armed Forces era)during the 50 minute show/semi hostile phase.

    Keith Richards at the Tower Theater in Philly in the late 80s with the Xpensive Winos and my now wife/then housemate and good friend with the Replacements for an opening act. Keith in a small theater is just incredible - charisma just oozes off and the music aint bad either.

    Johnny Griffin at the Jazz showcase in Chicago around 1999 where the band used our table for their drinks and we sat behind the drummer.

    Steve Goodman w John Hiatt at Charlotte's web in Rockford Illinois in 1975 or so (this was where they both sat down because Hiatt was too shy to stand).

    McCoy Tyner at the same club in a couple of years later. Sort of taught me how to listen to difficult jazz by the end of the show.

    Muddy Waters at the old union/coop insurance hall that I can't remember the name of in Portland Or in around 1981 or so.  He sat on a stool with a telecaster and played slide while his band just rocked around him, including a guitar player with a diamond or some such thing inlaid in one of his front teeth that just caught the light just right whenever he smiled. A year or so later he played Euphoria and Robert Cray (then local boy joined him for Mannish Boy changing the relevant lyric to "one hour's time").  But the first concert was higher energy and the band was not protecting Muddy from overwork like the where at the later show.

    Rosanne Cash at the Bottom Line in NYC in the mid 90s. Great songs and a good band with fine singing (of course).

    Sonny Rawlins at the McArthur Theater in Princeton. Just a fine musician and great music.

    Benny Carter at a small theater on the Princeton Campus in around 1991 - a very nice concert that became an album.

    Any number of club shows in Portland OR in the mid 1980s by a band then called The Confidentials which were a 3 piece punk band playing mostly originals with a bit of Johnny Cash thrown in now and again. One of the great mostly unrecorded bands.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting some great shows but these are what leap to mind at this point.

    My biggest regrets are missing the Clash and having Bob Marley tickets for the tour he cancelled when he died.

    •  Forgot Al Green at the Gospel tent in NOLA in (none)
      the mid 80s.

      And Lucinda Williams in Lincoln NE at cool restored theater that I'm blanking the name of.

      And James McMurtry at a local bar this year.

    •  Cool... (none)
      Great list.  And it's got more street cred than mine, even though we've seen many of the same artists.

      Here goes my list:

      Shujat Khan, son of Vilayat Khan, who (alongside Ravi Shankar) is one of the two greatest sitarists of their generation:  backyard concert, with a dozen people in attendance, in the host's lush private amphitheatre in Brentwood, L.A.  Unbelievable sense of rhetoric and intensity.

      Elvis Costello and the Imposters, UCLA, late 2001.  Amazing performer.  He did stuff from his latest album at the time (When I was Cruel), but he also did a whole bunch of stuff from This Year's Model, Armed Forces, etc. etc.  He rocks like nobody's business.

      Sonny Rollins, Massey Hall, Toronto, Fall 1992.  He played three pieces, the concert was over two and a half hours long.  'Nuff said.

      Dave Douglas, Center for Cultural Exchange, Portland, ME.  He had Myron Walden on alto sax -- and he's what we call in the jazz business a motherfucker.  The arrangements were really intelligent, and everyone just blew their asses off.  I wish I could be more articulate about it.

      John Zorn, The Knitting Factory, the Village in NY.  Pretty much precisely what I came to NY to experience.  Zorn's music is an absurd tangle of banal, everyday melodies, cartoon music, stereotyped jazz and blues riffs, and searing avant-Armageddon from hell.

      Interpol, the State theatre, Portland, ME.  Since they're my favorite band at present, even the literal, carbon copy interpretation they gave to their recorded songs had to be good.  You can't not go apeshit during the outro to "Not Even Jail."   Just not possible.  And they had the killer stage lights from hell to back them up:  like they'd hired Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson to design their stage setup.

      Tom Waits, the Wiltern, Miracle Mile, L.A.  The gorgeous art-deco theatre was filled to the brim with pretentious hipsters in porkpie hats, signifying off Wait's look post-Swordfishtrombones.  Waits came lurching in from the back of the theatre, with a spotlight following him, barking "Step right up! Step right up!" into a megaphone.  Best line of the evening:  "great to be back in L.A.  You can get a capuccino with damn near everything here.  'Yeah, give me a box of ammo and a small cappucino with that.'"

      U2 -- Zoo TV tour, Toronto, Exhibition Stadium, 1992.  Great concert.  They went from this intimate acoustic set, with Bono dragging a woman onstage to stagger around with holding a bottle of wine, to this brutally intense version of "Bullet the Blue Sky."  

      Brad Meldhau, Knitting Factory, Hollywood.  Just extremely elegant music, much of it laced with an intense romanticism.

      I've seen more jazz concerts than I can shake a stick at, so many of them good.  Bobby Watson, Kenny Garrett, Wynton Marsalis (Blood on the Fields), Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock-Wayne Shorter-Ron Carter-Tony Williams.

      Anyway, I'll shut up now.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:25:35 PM PST

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      •  I've heard LOTS of motherfuckers. (none)
        The the motherfuckingest of them all is Von Freeman--he did an "out" solo Stella by Starlight (I was probably the only person in the room who knew it was Stella other than the band) one cold night in Chicago many years ago that STILL runs around in my head.

        Von Freeman--the motherfuckingest motherfucker I ever saw pick up a horn.

        •  Von Freeman! (none)
          Damn straight.  Motherfucker.

          I realize I left off Joe Henderson, David Murray, Keith Jarrett (he wasn't at his best for this one, as he was recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome), Freddie Hubbard (also not at his best:  off his face, hadn't picked up his trumpet in weeks before the gig), Ray Brown, Eddie Palmieri... motherfuckers all.

          Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

          by Dale on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:47:35 PM PST

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      •  Looks like you've got pleny of street cred. (none)
        I'm probably just a little older (if I recall correctly I'm 47).  And in real life you obviously know jazz a lot better than I do.  

        But I do like it and it took me years to learn to listen to it. i had a housemate in grad school who was Dj on WPRB (Princeton's student station) who played jazz on the radio and jazz at home.  It was what finally rewired my brain so that I could understand post-swing jazz to be surprised and satisfied by a phrase in a piece of jazz.  And that made it a fresh kind of music to my ears.

    •  I saw that same Springsteen show (none)
      at PDX Coliseum.  Got tickets late, with some caveat about a post or limited sight lines.  Turned out to be excellent and close in.  Good show.  (But I picked the Born to Run show at the Paramount a coupla years earlier for my Top Ten.)
      •  Not only did you see the same show, you got your (none)
        tickets in the same way I did.

        I do wish I'd been able to go to the Paramount, but I believe I may not have been in Portland yet. So I envy you!

  •  Frank Zappa (none)
    UK, Front row, dead center, under the shadow of the nose 1988 The last tour ever.

    Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

    by UniC on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:52:24 PM PST

  •  Too many! (none)
    David Johanson of the New York Dolls opened for Pat Benetar.  Man that show rocked...I caught a drum stick! - '81 or so

    U2 opening for (can you believe it) the J. Geils Band! '81 or so

    Journey on the "Escape" tour!

    Cheap Trick every freakin' time!

    Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jeff Beck playing Voodoo Chile together!

    Patty Griffin in a bar with 50 other people.

    Morphine in a bar with about 20 people.

    Ray Charles at Indiana University auditorium in 1985 or 1986.

    Weezer in a bar

    The Replacements in a bar

    James Taylor every freakin' time

    Webb Wilder in a bar

    Mojo Nixon in a bar

    Three day Dead show at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin 1986 or so.

    Meatloaf in a bar before Bat II

    I could go on...I've been very fortunate!

    •  Ding, ding, ding... We have a match! (none)

       Mine, above, features Mojo Nixon in a bar.  We are, indeed, lucky, very, very, lucky, in our way.  Was that when Skid was still with him?  It was just him and Skid Roper when I saw 'im.  He'd just come from Dreamland BBQ and went on about the experience (as any person would):

       Then, several years later, out comes his "Gadzooks!" disc, with the song, "UFO's, Big Rigs, and BBQ" in which he raves on about Dreamland.  He never forgot those ribs . . .


      . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

      by BenGoshi on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:09:48 PM PST

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    •  My jealousy is eternal (none)
      over the Morphine show.
    •  Love Webb Wilder (none)
      "I'll be pooooolside, if you're lookin' for me!"

      I was at IU at the same time - see Mellencamp post above.

    •  mojo nixon (none)
      man i love that guy!  saw him in florida in 89 at some little podunk club downtown.  can't believe i left that off my list.

      and speaking of freaks, i should have also included the dead milkmen at liberty lunch in austin in early 92.  that was a kickass show.  it was so crowded, me and my roomate were the first two people in the door, so we were dead center up front. well, after fighting the moshers for two bands we got sick of being pushed.  when the milkmen came on the crowd surged forward, and me & miroslava ended up just crawled up onstage and sat there for the duration of the show.  someone had given rodney anonymous a bouquet of roses, which he tossed to audience members when he was done.  i still have one pressed in a book somewhere.  LOL

  •  In chronological order... the highlights would be (none)
    KISS 1979 Reunion Arena Dallas
    The Radiators 1986 Tipitina's New Orleans
    U2 1987 LSU Baton Rouge
    Greatful Dead 1988 The Summit Houston
    Santana 1988, '92, '95 Sunken Gardens Theatre San Antonio
    Stevie Ray Vaughn 1990 Auditorium Shores Austin
    Elvin Jones (Coltrane's drummer) 1991 Carver Center San Antonio
    Beastie Boys 1992 Randy's Rodeo Ballroom San Antonio
    Alice In Chains 1993 Lollapalooza 3 North Carolina
    Phish 1995 Wolf Trap Vienna VA
    U2 1996 Alamodome San Antonio
    Primus 1996 Sunken Gardens Theatre San Antonio
    Joshua Redman 1997, '98 Paramount Theatre Austin
    Black Sabbath reunion tour 1999 Alamodome S.A.
    Tito Puente y Arturo Sandoval 2001 Fort Myers FL
    Los Amigos Invisibles 2004 Paradise Boston
    Grupo Fantasma 2005 Continental Club Houston TX

    I'm a lucky man

    The Bible is NOT a public policy manual... it is a code of personal conduct.

    by herb superb on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:56:57 PM PST

  •  Has no one seen the White Stripes? (none)
    Seen them 3 times this year, and will continue to go every chance I get.

    Also saw Garbage twice this year, Shirley Manson is as good a "rock star" as there is...

    Saw International Noise Conspiracy at the Echo in LA.

    Saw Prince twice in one night, once at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, then a midnight show at the Warfield back in San Francisco, tons of covers, couple of Rolling Stones songs, a medley of Temptations and Four Tops songs.

    Dead Kennedys in about 82 or so...

    But my first concert is still one of my favorites, Devo in about 80, they sounded great, and Mark somehow came swinging on a rope off the balcony, came right over my head, very cool to a 12 year old

    •  They are pissing me off this year (none)
      I didn't see any East Coast shows when they started touring this year, then work got busy and I haven't had a chance to keep up.

      Saw them with the Strokes at Radio City in 2002(?)...that place blew me away for acoustics.  Never would have expected it would work so well for   a loud show.

      Also saw them at the Hammerstein (again, date uncertain, and I don't feel like looking it up) around Elephant when they co-headlined w/ Loretta Lynn.  Both were seriously kick-ass shows.

    •  almost (none)
      I went to Montreal with a class trip, and they were playing there, and we went to dinner just down the street from where they were playing.

      I was with about 10 people, and no one was down, so we ended up waiting in the freezing cold for about 45 minutes to get into some club.  

      I left the club after about an hour, but by then the White Stripes were over.  I spent the money on hookers instead...;)

      I can't stand Shirly Manson because my half-brother used to play Garbage all the time (really loud) and I always thought they sucked.  Maybe it was just that he sucked, but it definitely rubbed off.

  •  Bix Beiderbecke (4.00)
    New Orleans, September 1916. Damn, was that a fine show. Glad I survived the Titanic to see it.

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 08:58:31 PM PST

  •  I was an infant when I saw my best concerts... (none)
    tough many great concerts, I'm probably missing some good ones, a few come to mind...

    McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers, Kenny Kirkland (with Jeff Tain Watts, Branford Marsalis & Robert Hurst), Billy Childs, James Brown, Poncho Sanchez, Freddy Hubbard, Chick Corea (acoustic trio), Herbie Hancock, Modern Jazz Quartet, Diane Reeves, Kenny Garret, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Sting, Club Foot Orchestra's live score to Nosferatu and Cabinet of Dr. Caligari...

    mid 70s: hands down - Earth Wind & Fire
    early 80s: pre-Christy Brinkley Billy Joel right after Goodnight Saigon was released; James Taylor, early George Benson, early Tower of Power (with Lenny Williams)

    Got to talk to Bowie once, but never made it to his concert, bummer...I've been stuck in traffic for a Stones concert does that count? Would have loved to have seen Steeley Dan or early Elton in 70s, but I was way too young.

    Would love to see Kanye West and John Legend live...

  •  good memories (none)
    Mr. Bungle - Gallaria Design Center, San Francisco, CA - December 31, 1999
    Radiohead - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA -
    June 27, 2001
    Bjork - Dorothy Chandler
    Pavillion, LA, CA - October 22, 2001
    Tenacious D, w/ Dave Grohl (Kerry Fundraiser) - Music Box Henry Fonda Theatre, Hollywood Los Angeles - July 6, 2004
  •  I can pretty much narrow down the decade (none)
    and maybe even the first half or the 2nd half of the decade, but you people that have exact dates impress me!!

    On consecutive weekends, at Balboa stadium in San Diego: Rod Stewart and Faces, Pure Prarie League, Lynard Skynard, Elton John, Jesse Collin Young and the Youngbloods, Steely Dan (yes, they really did tour)and at least 2 others I cant recall in the mid 70's, summer of 1974 would be my best guess.

    Emerson Lake & Palmer c. 1974

    Grateful Dead, 1971, 1972, 1973, 4,5,6,7...Not sure where, but I got there in a VW van.(I kept going back, they musta been good, right?)

    Buffett 72 thru 77 at SDSU open air theatre.

    Don Henley, Staples Ampitheatre L.A. 2002, with guests Glen Frey, Tim B. and Joe Walsh

    Taj Mahal and Alvin Lee, late '73, one of the best evenings of blues of all time.

    Mark Knopfler all by his lonesome, c. 1999

  •  A few that I can name (none)
    off the top of my head, including royalty.

    King of Soul James Brown in his prime - early 70's

    Average White Band (with Wild Cherry as the opener) - mid 70's

    Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin - early 80's

    McCoy Tyner Quartet - late 80's (great birthday story behind this one)

    Miles Davis in one of his final appearances at the Chicago Jazz Fest

    Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor - anytime

    Buddy Guy - anytime, including Chicago Auto Show charity preview - 2004

    Cyndi Lauper at the Chicago Auto Show charity preview - 2003

    Funkadesi - currently

    Chicago - JDRF charity event 1999

    I am anxiously awaiting Earth Wind & Fire concert for JDRF - Greater Chicago in two weeks.

    / Makes me wanna holler and throw up both my hands. -- Marvin Gaye /

    by Sagittarius on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:10:43 PM PST

    •  How could I forget (none)
      Prince - 2004 ?

      / Makes me wanna holler and throw up both my hands. -- Marvin Gaye /

      by Sagittarius on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:16:50 PM PST

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    •  I saw Koko (none)
      in the Oberlin College Cathedral in 1998. I was 6 months pregnant with my son and my hubby and I were up dancing away.

      I guess that is why Aidan can shake his booty so well to Willy and the Poor Boys.

      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:18:44 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, Koko Taylor should have been on my list. (none)
        I saw her several times in the 80s, first at Charlotte's Web in Rockford and then at Reed College for one of the dances.  She had a guitar player named Johnnie B Moore who was like 20 at the time and really good.  Did these things on the E strings with his fingers sliding down in harmony. Fine shows indeed.
  •  No one would know most of these bands (none)
    Yo La Tengo - Swarthmore College 1992
    Polvo - Swarthmore College 1993
    Patti Smith - New Year's Eve 2003
    Yo La Tengo - Union Square 1995
    Rasheed Ali - The Cooler 1999
    Patti Smith - Birthday Show 2004
    Polvo - Final Show, Tramps 1999
    Grateful Dead - Pine Knob 1991
    Queens of the Stoneage - Albany 2004
    Adrian Belew - BB Kings 2005
    Neil Young - MSG 2004

    Those are the only bands that people might know who's shows I've really enjoyed - most of my greatest hits are local. I've generally refused for many years to pay $50 for a ticket [while I would probably make that exception for Radiohead - but timewise it's never worked out for me]. And most of the shows I've seen with those ticket prices have ranged from unremarkable to the sound of my ass passing gas. Granted - I don't do the festivals with bands I might like to see like Maiden and Judas Priest. And for some horrible reason, I've never seen Sonic Youth, though they've been one of the biggest influences on me musically since about 1991.

    Like music? Check out my band:

    by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:11:24 PM PST

    •  I recognize some. (none)
      And I totally agree with you about bug venues. I would live to go and see Dave Matthews and the Stones, but I can't imagine it will be worth it when in the huge arenas.

      by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:20:44 PM PST

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      •  Don't see the Stones now (none)
        I had front row comps to there tour in 1998. It was possibly the worst show I've seen in my life - and that includes bands who think they are better than they are but can't play their instruments trying to be rock stars in NYC clubs...

        Like music? Check out my band:

        by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:26:03 PM PST

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        •  I figured as much. (none)
          I did notice that lots of people have seen Keith Richards. Does he still play smaller venues, do you know?

          by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:29:07 PM PST

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          •  Don't know (none)
            I don't follow them. I honestly don't think the Stones have recorded much of worth since about 1971. I only went to the show because it was free - and front row...

            As far as I can see, Keith Richards is a zombie now.

            Now would I have gone to see them before 1971 - hell fucking yeah.

            Like music? Check out my band:

            by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:36:03 PM PST

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            •  From some of the comments (none)
              above, people have seen Richards play some good old bluesy stuff. I would pay good money to see that in a smaller venue.

              But he doesn't look well, I agree....and I also really only listen to the older stuff (Let it Bleed, etc.)


              by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:40:57 PM PST

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              •  Well, actually the Soldier Field show this year (none)
                was surprisingly good.  Better than the ones I saw in 81 (Kingdome with J Geils and Greg Kihn) and 90 or so at Shea Stadium. I went expecting to be somewhat disappointed, and maybe that is why I wasn't.

                I wouldn't trade the small Keith show in Philly in the 80s for that one, but he sure seemed to be playing fine in Chicago and the music felt fresher than it had any right to be. As a bonus, Mick did not seem to be a charicature of himself, and the band played a somewhat stripped down show.

                We did have good seats and that helped.

              •  If I was paying money for old bluesy stuff (none)
                I would go see old blues players, or people like Jorma Kaukonen [formerly of the Jefferson Ariplane], who is the best white blues player still alive today.

                I love old blues - and as much as I like bands like Zeppelin, most of those folks can't recreate that candle. The Stones themselves melded pop with an American R&B flavor - it was good when they did it, but it got very old when they redid it again and again. The Stones are not 'musicians' - they're pop stars. They try to ride trends throughout the years to perpetuate their 'stardom'. They haven't done anything new or interesting in a long time [and I say that as one who counts 'Let It Bleed' among my favorite albums]. And speaking as a guiatrist, Keith Richards has never done anything more intersting than every other middling to decent guitar player from his era. He came up with some great licks, and wrote some damned catchy songs, but if I want to listen to real guitarists play new music, even among those from that era, Keith would be one of my last choices.

                Musicians don't ride & mimic trends. They play what is in their head.

                But hey, [and I mean this very seriously] music is in the ear of the beholder, so by all means - if it'll make you happy - go see a Keith Richards show.

                Like music? Check out my band:

                by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:10:12 PM PST

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                •  Well (none)
                  he's not on my wish list for the new stuff, let me tell you.

                  I would rather see Clapton, if I was to go see an old timer. He is always fresh and good.

                  But I also have to admit that when I go and see someone like John Mayall, and he plays lots of great new blues with fantastic fresh new band members (he's got this guitarist now who really kicks ass-don't remember his name, sorry), then he plays an oldie "room to move" and I just love gives me tingles.

                  Mind you, this is after 45 minutes of fresh material.


                  by coigue on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 09:22:36 AM PST

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            •  Still have the Stones first album (none)
              Mono.  First album I ever bought.  Interest waned when Brian Jones died or shortly thereafter.  Also liked the Gram Parsons influence.
    •  Ever see this classic Onion article? (none)
      37 Record-Store Clerks Feared Dead In Yo La Tengo Concert Disaster

      Always cracks me up when I think about Yo La Tengo.

  •  Weather Report, 1977 (none)
    Jaco Pastorius, greatest electric bassist in the history of jazz, at his zenith, before he went over the edge. No, it wasn't the acid.

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:11:30 PM PST

    •  Yeah, right. (none)
      Just a coincidence that they moved the edge closer in the very next afternoon.
    •  Hey (none)
      There previous bass player, Miroslav Vitous, kicked his ass - those are the only good Weather Report albums in my opinion [Sweetnighter being the best]. The only Jaco I can bear to listen to is the shit he did on Joni Mitchell albums... hmmm, maybe that was because Joni Mitchell kicks ass, and Jaco's precious ego [that got him killed] took back burner to her beautiful songwriting. :)

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      by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:24:16 PM PST

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      •  Jaco on Don Juan (none)
        You are right about his sessions with Joni. But you should go back to his WR material excepting Heavy Weather and give it another pass. And check out his stuff with Pat Metheny, before Metheny went mellow-jizz. Genious dies hard.

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        by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:34:32 PM PST

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        •  Yeah - that was probably too strong (none)
          I certainly can't deny that he is a phenomenal bass player. But to be honest, I've always hated Pat Methany - in all his phases - as well. Sorry, I'm a guitarist & I'm damned picky. I like John McLaughlin, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhart and many others when it comes to jazz guitar, but I put Pat Methany in the same camp in jazz guitar that I put Steve Vai in Rock guitar - all technique, no soul. And that is how I feel about Jaco when compared to Ron Carter, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison, Mingus, and yes, his predecessor in Weather Report, Miroslav Vitous , on bass. He was a great session player, that very rarely had any soul.

          I don't deny that he had his moments, but hell, I'd almost rather listen to Sting.

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          by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:47:56 PM PST

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          •  John McLaughlin (none)
            My sins died when Mahavishnu created the Inner Mounting Flame. And Billy Cobham pounded the devil out of my soul.

            When did Kenny G become god? Oh yeah, when Reagan was president.

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            by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:29:42 PM PST

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      •  Hijera is One of My Favorite Albums (none)
        His base playing was genius on that album.  

        Man, Joni sure was blessed with fine collaborations with base players for a while, considering that a few years later she did the Mingus album.

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        by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:52:56 PM PST

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        •  I'm not sure if your disparaging (none)
          the Mingus album or not. Next to 'Hissing of Summer Lawns' - by far my favorite, it's my next favorite of hers [with the possible exceptions of Hijera and Blue].

          Hard to determine. I generally don't play the 'greatest', 'bestest' game when it comes to music, because every song I love and every song I write is the perfect song for whatever experience or emotion or thought I have in my life. They're not all good, and they're not all classic, but I tend to sort them by the criteria of the most profound statement to or of me - depending on what it is.

          I love pretty much all music - even in my opinionatedness. But I love some music more.

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          by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:26:13 PM PST

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  •  I've got a lot (none)
    Smashing Pumpkins- US Air Arena, Maryland 1996
    Rage Against the Machine/Wu-Tang Clan- Merriweather Post Pavillion, Maryland, 1998
    Metallica at Woodstock '99- Rome, NY, 1999
    Dio- Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, 2000
    Lodon Metal Odyssey (particularly In Flames, Nevermore, and Lacuna Coil)- The Astoria, London, UK, 2001
    Hayseed Dixie- The State, Falls Church, VA, 2003
    Killswitch Engage/Shadows Fall- The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
    Dark Tranquillity- Jaxx, West Springfield, VA, 2004
    Ozzfest (particularly Judas Priest and Slayer)- The Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ, 2004
    Ozzfest (particularly Shadows Fall and Iron Maiden)- Nissan Pavillion, VA, 2005
    Amorphis- The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
    Opeth- Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
  •  Copenhagen 1997 (none)
    Eric Clapton playing in Tivoli park - I watched him while sitting in a tree.

    "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

    by Thor Heyerdahl on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:16:31 PM PST

  •  Elvis Costello & the Attractions (none)
    Elvis Costello & the Attractions

    November 1978, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Right after the release of This Year's Model. I was 16. Life-altering.

    What will survive of us is love

    by howth of murph on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:19:31 PM PST

  •  Back in the day.... (none) dad saw Jimi Hendrix (on his famous New Years show at the start of 1970), Janis Joplin, Mountain (four times), and The Who. Now those would have been some amazing shows to see.
  •  asdf (none)
    as a part-time employee for a catering co. that solely did shows. I saw, back stage, tour bus and dressing rooms for.

    Lenny Kravitz, 311 , Pantera, White Zombie, Rush, AC DC, Garth, Alanis, Reba, Blues Traveler, Bon Jovi, Black Crows, Stabbing Westward, Widespread Panic and many others that I cant recall.

    Every weekend for about half a year.

    At Constitution Hall, Nissan Pavillion, RFK, Air Arena, HammerJacks, Pier 6 pavillion.

    "Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?" -George Washington

    by House on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:25:19 PM PST

  •  some favorites (none)
    in 2002 i flew out to LA with a friend to catch the music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.  3 days straight of amazing music, right on the campus of UCLA.  most were indie rock-type bands the average person hasn't heard of, but there were some relatively "big" names there, too- eddie vedder (solo), television (they play live VERY rarely nowadays), stephen malkmus (from pavement), aphex twin, stereolab, sleater-kinney, wilco, and sonic youth (who curated the event).  

    other highlights:

    • radiohead- hutchinson park, chicago, 2001
    • weezer- comeback tour, spring break 2001 (before they started to suck)
    • beck w/ the flaming lips- chicago theatre, 2003
    • guided by voices- gabe's, iowa city, 2001
    • blur- chicago, 2003
    • magnetic fields- minneapolis, 2004
    • bright eyes, REM, springsteen- cleveland, 2004
    • white stripes- cleveland, 2005
    •  I missed that All (none)
      Tomorrow's Parties.  Pretty amazing lineup.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:56:35 PM PST

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    •  nice list (none)
      magnetic fields?  hot damn.

      I missed the whole GBV concert experience.  by the time i came around, they were doing their farewell tour.  sniffles.  maybe i'll ask santa for a dvd box set.

      lucky lucky you

      •  pray for a reunion tour... (none)
        i know i am (i think this will probably happen in the future, since bob changed his lineup constantly and GBV fans are notoriously rabid)  

        a GBV show is unlike any other i've seen- both times i saw them, they played for over 3 1/2 hours- and the setlists routinely exceed 60 (!) songs.  they keep a huge cooler full of beer onstage (and in fact, when they played on craig kilborn a few years ago, it was there too!), and towards the end of the show they started handing out what was left.  they are one of the few bands that actually sounds better the more intoxicated they get.  there's a DVD out of their final show- i haven't seen it yet, but i'm sure it's great.

  •  The Bill Graham Memorial Concert (none)
    November 1991. Golden Gate Park. Last of the great free public concerts in San Francisco. 300,000 people on the Polo Field, 200,000 more in the woods as close as they could get.

    Me, I found myself stuck on the grass about 100 yards from the stage right, right next to a Ben and Jerry's stand. Like, it kept other people from encroaching on my blanket. Good thing, because once the crowd was solidified you could barely escape to pee. And with $20 in my pocket, I had all the peace pops I could eat. And Garcia raining his stream of guitar consciousness upon me. Those days are done.

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    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:29:29 PM PST

  •  Pigface, Sarah McLachlan (none)
    I saw Pigface a few times in the mid-90's in Cleveland. They are/were a hybrid band formed by Killing Joke's drummer, Martin Atkins, and features people from KMFDM, Thrill Kill Kult, Ogre from Skinny Puppy, etc. They are out there musically beyond industrial, but they just frigging rocked like they meant it.

    U2, fall 1987 in Rochester, NY. A fond memory.

    Recently saw Beck in Boston. He rocked as well. That bastard can play the guitar.

    Always wanted to see the Clash. :O( Did see Big Audio Dynamite. Haven't seen Billy Bragg yet. Would love to see Everything But The Girl. Just missed Thievery Corporation.

    Saw dozens of concerts in college (Cure, Church, OMD, Depeche Mode, Front 242, INXS, 10000 Maniacs, REM, Nine Inch Nails, UB40, New Order) and after (Skinny Puppy, Simple Minds, Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Lollapolooza, etc.). The ones that stand out were in small settings, though.

    Oh yeah, saw Sarah McLachlan twice + Lilith Fair. Her voice live is even better than recorded.

    •  Oh yeah, I once saw David Bowie (none)
      Actually, we walked past each other at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I kid you not. Oh, that reminds me, I also saw him once with Nine Inch Nails.
      •  My art & rock experience (none)
        In 1978, I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boston where they were having a show of Fillmore posters. While I was walking around these really odd skinny guys with long hair, really colorful clothes & high-heel shoes came in followed by camera crew. I asked one of the guard's who they were & he said I dunno. Later he came up to me & said they were really big rock stars, called the Cars or something like that.

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        by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:59:13 PM PST

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    •  Smaller venues rock harder (none)
      I totally agree with you on that. I've seen dozens of big arena shows, & I wouldn't missed most of them--U2, The Police, Stones, NIN, etc--but it's an entirely different experience than a club or even a small theater where you can really see the performers in person and you aren't just another bean in a bowl to them.

      [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

      by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:09:13 PM PST

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      •  Smaller venues & NIN (none)
        You reminded me that I went on a road trip to Cleveland with a bunch of friends to see Nine Inch Nails opening for Peter Murphy at a fairly small place. We were able to get pretty close, and the atmosphere was awesome. I even hurled an insult at Peter Murphy. He was staring in the air and I called him a poseur. It was in the same place that I saw Big Audio Dynamite, Simple Minds, Skinny Puppy, Jesus & Mary Chain...

        Yeah, U2, we were way the hell out there in a stadium. I won't go see those shows anymore.

  •  The best (none)
    -Chili Peppers, w/ openers Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins, Rec Hall @ PSU, '91

    -phish @ Mann, Philly '94

    -moe in Scranton, Pa '01

    -BB King, Pa '03

    -White Stripes/Loretta Lynn, Hammerstein NYC, '03

    -blur & Liz Phair @ Field Day, '03 (For Liz, it was before the new album, in a crowd of a hundred or so people huddled in the rain...she was totally singing to me...I swear! :)  )

    -Radiohead in DC, '03 (Hell, any Radiohead show...)

    -Spooky Daily Pride, Plains Pa, '05.  (Admittedly, I was a bit loaded, but they are the best new club-touring band I've seen in a while, even if they do have the slightly goofy college jam band thing going on.)

  •  A few memorable ones... (none)
    Well, the concerts were memorable but the dates are only rough guesses:

    -Elton John, El Paso, 1970
    -Grateful Dead, El Paso County Coliseum, 1973
    -The Who, Boston (Boston Garden), 1976
    -Mother Gong, Sun Ra, Boston, 1977
    -Roxy Music, Boston (Orpheum) 1978
    -Devo, Boston (Orpheum), 1978
    -The Ramones, Boston (The Paradise), 1979
    -Iggy Pop, Boston (The Paradise, 1979
    -Laurie Anderson, Boston (Orpheum), 1985
    -Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Boston (The Rat), 1987
    -Pere Ubu, NYC (The Knitting Factory), 1990
    -Jane's Addiction, Fitchburg, MA, 1991
    -GrateFul Dead, Mountain View (Shoreline Amp.), 1995
    -Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Boston (Symphony Hall), 1996
    -Master Musicians of Jajouka, Cambridge MA, (Sanders Theater), 1997
    -Buddy Guy, Dublin, Ireland (Guiness Blues Festival), 1998

    I'll stop there, but of these I gotta say the best for me was Roxy Music--between Phil Manzanera on guitar & Brian Ferry's faux loungesinger dramatics, I was just enthralled the whole time.

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    by patop on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:33:58 PM PST

  •  My list. (none)
    Blur - Parklife tour

    Pulp - Different Class tour

    Suede - Dog Man Star tour

    Elastica - 1st album tour (in a tiny bar, a month before the record came out stateside)

    Siouxsie & The Banshees - 1st Lollapallooza (everyone was throwing their water bottles in the air to "Cities In Dust")

    The Cure - Disintegration tour

    and, the one that I hold most dear to my heart...

    Rick Springfield - Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet tour (the night before my 11th birthday)

    "Lies, lies, lies, ye-ah... they're going to get you." --The Thompson Twins

    by modchick65 on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:35:56 PM PST

    •  Nice (none)
      Siouxsie during the 1st Lolla was one of my highlights.  On the first show, she cancelled 'cuz of illness, but they opened a second date later in the week, so we went again mainly for them.

      My best friend went to go see The Cure during Disintegration, but didn't think to ask me if I'd like to go.  He asked our strictly metalhead friend.  


  •  Another good one: (none)
    Robert Cray
    Albert Collins
    and headliner: John Lee Hooker

    in a small SF club.


    Roy Rogers
    Laurie Anderson
    Pink Floyd
    Ziggy Marley

    by coigue on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:37:56 PM PST

  •  Here are a few. (none)
    The Who with The Clash opening in 1982.
    U2 with Lone Justice opening around 82-83.
    The Eagles Millennium Concert with Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.
    Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.
    Joe Pass solo.
    Mark Knopfler.
    Melissa Etheridge solo acoustic.

    Any Canadians here?  Great Big Sea on George Street in St. Johns.

    I'm forgetting a bunch.

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    by Tod on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:39:54 PM PST

  •  Robyn Hitchcock, 1993 (none)
    The Warfield, SF. The Egyptian's best tour. Robyn is my Jesus. He's bigger than Jesus. Whoops, I said too much. Never mind.

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    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:42:20 PM PST

    •  Did You Catch the Soft Boys? (none)
      They were incredible.  Kimberly Rew is about 4'9", and the guitar looks like it's twice the normal size when he straps it on.  But he's like some possessed, manical pogo stick, bouncing on stage playing these amazing riffs, and they were so tight it was like they had never split up.  Along with Midnight Oil, they were probably the most effortlessly tight band I've ever seen.  

      And of course, the best parts of a Robyn Hitchcock show are the monologues.

      BTW, the Billy Bragg show I mentioned upthread?  Robyn Hitchcock was the opening act.  All the proceeds from the door beyond what was needed to cover the band's costs went to the striking newspaper workers.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:50:07 PM PST

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      •  Billy Bragg (none)
        I was at the Great American show in SF at the time of the first Iraq war. That would be BWI (Bush War One). I was a fan before that, but I figured he had probably shot his wad. So wrong.

        Billy, where art thou?

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        by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:56:23 PM PST

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  •  Seconding Travis (none)
    Far and away the best band I've ever seen live.  Franny could tell stories for 90 minutes in his Scottish accent and I'd feel I got my money's worth.  But all the band are high energy... and great songs.

    The other favourites:

    Barenaked Ladies (saw them in Toronto before they hit it... songs like "McDonald's Girl" and the Roadrunner theme)

    Tragically Hip - All about Gord Downie's madness.

    Blue Rodeo - Probably my second favourite live band.  Especially with the horn section.  Seen them a bunch of times and love it, especially "Hasn't hit me Yet" with the singalong.

  •  I read through these responses... (none)
    ..and understand why music really is the universal langage. The level of enthusiasm in this column is palpable.

    Something about binary harmony and poetic expression...

    Dave Matthews Band- Red Rocks- religious.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." ~George Orwell

    by txdem21 on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:46:21 PM PST

  •  Steve Earle and the Dukes (none)
    The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, right before Bush was "reelected".

    You want to see a show that Clear Channel did not produce?

    Steve Earle.

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    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:50:51 PM PST

    •  The Morning After My Friends Saw... (none)
      ...him with the Del McCoury band he called to inform me that he and his wife were moving to Appalachia.

      I met a guy a few years ago who lives in Steve Earle's old house.  When he moved in he had to repaint the whole thing; every room was painted black.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:57:27 PM PST

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  •  Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, 1972 (none)
    * They played in an old theater in San Jose, CA-- what an amazing evening. And how cool to be able to hear Dan with some of his later incarnations, decades later, still irreverent, still musically superb, here in Austin.

    Not to mention other great 70's shows:

    • The Who, Cow Palace, 1973 or 1974 (in which Keith Moon passed out during the show, and the band called out from the stage, "Is there a drummer in the house?")
    • Eric Clapton, Stanford (outdoor, grassy theater)-- we thought we'd died and gone to heaven when he played Layla for what seemed like hours
    • Leo Kottke, somewhere in Berkeley or Oakland, sometime in the mid-70's
    • Joni Mitchell, same general location and time frame
    • Carlos Santana, Winterland, 1973?

    In the 90's, highlights included Los Lobos, Honolulu, 1990, and Dylan and Paul Simon, Erwin Center, Austin, 1999 (I think)

    And Brave Combo, many places and times

  •  Wish you were here (none)

    Pink Floyd

    Milwaukee County Stadium

    It takes a second to wreck it. It takes time to build.

    by lando on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 09:57:53 PM PST

  •  Husker Du, NYC, 1986 (none)
    Irving Plaza. Oh yeah, Irving Plaza.
    Rock n Roll has never seen so many notes per minute.

    Yep I've seen the Ramones many times.

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    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:04:55 PM PST

  •  So many choices (none)
    I think my favorite has to be For Squirells at the 8X10 in Baltimore.  F'in unbelievable energy.  They would have been huge if not for the tragic van accidenty that took out half the band before their debut album was released.

    Other highlights:

    Rush - 1991 (Roll the Bones tour) my first concert

    Black Crowes and Jimmy Page - only because I am too young to have seen Zep live.  

    Phish - can't remember which of the MSG New Year's shows I am thinking of.  There is nothing like sitting down to take a breather and feeling the whole arena bounce up and down.

    moe. - Buffalo Creek Music Festival May, 1997.

    Springsteen - Giants Stadium from the last tour.  Poured for most of the show, but incredible to see the Boss do his thing.

    Bands I need to see:  Robert Randolph and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

    I honestly believe if I had a time machine, I would use it to go back to concerts that I missed because I was bron to late.  Beyond the big festivals like Woodstock or Monterey, this would include early Rush, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who and Hendrix to name a few.

    •  a couple of concert moments (none)
      that I have on tape but did not attend

      Phish - 6/17/1994 The OJ show.  The band found out about the car chase during the set break and mixed it into the show.  Not sure if the people at the concert understood why the band was saying "Go for it OJ" while playing the Mission Impossible theme.  

      Rush - YYZ from the Rush in Rio DVD.  Absolutely incredible to hear the crowd singing this instrumental.

    •  Oy -- time machine (none)
      Used to go see Rush pretty often when they were a Toronto bar band. Looooong time ago... They were one terrific bar band.

      The spring is pure, but foul it once with mud and you nevermore will find it fit to drink. --Aeschylus

      by Alien Abductee on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 12:41:00 AM PST

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  •  The Grateful Dead (none)

    Their penultimate concert with Jerry Garcia, in Deer Creek, Indiana.
    •  What year? (none)
      My first Dead concert was there - roughly summer 1990.

      I drove back up US 31 on acid to South Bend. And ended up turning back to go for the second day - still on acid.

      Thank God I'm a damned good driver...

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      by lucid on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:32:13 PM PST

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    •  impressive - and good use of penultimate (none)
      The Dead need to be added to my list of bands I never got to see.  Meant to see them at RFK that summer but got stuck at work and figured I would be able to catch them next time around.  I still have the stub from the Yankees game I was at when I heard the news of Jerry's death.  
  •  Frank Marino (none)
    & Mahogany Rush - Chicago clubs 1986, 1987, Oct 2005

    No Mahogany Rush concerts thought of so highly?  Mix blues, jazz, fusion, metal, and shake it up!  The guy still does 3 and a half hours with no breaks!
    And he's back with a new red hot record - RealLive!

    still knocks me out...

    And another good few were:
    Dead NYE 1987, 1988 Oakland.  Many others...
    Rush July 4 weekend '82? Alpine Valley Wi.
    Yes in the round Denver 1991
    Luther Allison - Memphis 1996
    Otis Rush NYE Chicago @ Blues Etc.  1996
    WHO first last tour Oct 1982 Rosemont Horizon - 6th row center.
    Triumph - Rosemont 1984
    UFO - Chicagofest - '79
    My first SRV show at Peoria Civic Center 1986.  He opened for the Outlaws, if you can believe it.


  •  Local punk show (none)
    The Distorted Penguins, a ska-punk band from my then-girlfriend's hometown of Keyser WV, came to Huntington to the HYAMP club. The facility was created out of an old industrial warehouseish facility of some sort, and had the garage portion of the place turned into a green-room of sorts, with couches, reading materials, and a large basketball court in the middle of it. I ended up in the middle of a game of 21 with both the Penguins and their opening act (name forgotten). Oh, and the actual concert was pretty cool too.

    We seem to have regained our greater collective bite just in time--2006 is the Chinese Year of the Dog...

    by Detroit in Appalachia on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:35:12 PM PST

  •  My Very First Rock Concert (none)
    Jethro Tull, 1973, Thick as a Brick tour.

    Your first time is so sweet. If I was born 20 years later it might have been Celine Dion. There but for the grace of god...

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    by easong on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 10:35:13 PM PST

  •  In no particular order (none)
    Bad Brains, St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, September '89. The "Quickness" tour, when HR was still with them. At the absolute peak of their form.

    Hüsker Dü, Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay, '87. They broke up mere weeks aferward.

    Bob Mould, First Avenue, Minneapolis, winter '93/'94 (can't remember exactly)... just him and his 12-string. If you've never seen him play this way, you owe it to yourself...

    Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, El Cido's, Lafayette LA. They're essentially the house band at the ultimate zydeco club. Words can't describe their performance; words also can't describe what it's like to have a blast and sweat your ass off with complete and total strangers who greet you as a new friend, and realize only much much later that you were, in fact, the only white person there.

    The Replacements, sometime in the mid-to-late '80's. I can't remember it specifically, but more to the point, I'm sure they can't remember it at all.

    Brian Setzer Orchestra, Christmas Extravaganza Tour, 2003. Unapologetically cheesy -- in fact, proudly cheesy -- and some of the tightest, most energetic, most enthusiastic musicianship I've ever witnessed.

    As soon as I press "post", I know I'll think of others.

    •  I knew it... (none)
      I knew I'd forgotten one...

      Pearl Jam, on the tour where they opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- one nigh they played themselves at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, a club about the size of my living room. "Ten" had just started to hit, and nobody really knew who they were yet. My God, talk about passion and energy...

    •  I saw Bad Brains (none)
      open for the Beastie Boys and then on a solo tour after - like the next week or something. Can't even remember the year but it was for the last album with HR. Needless to say, the album sucked but the show was great when they played their old stuff. Anywho...Deftones opened for them (they had just signed with Maverick that day) so that was a plus.

      Also, I can't believe nobody mentioned Tool. One of the best bands I've seen live. After that, Interpol - their 1st tour. And, one of my bestest times ever was seeing Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve on the Painted from Memory tour sans Burt at the Wiltern in LA. (Of course, there ain't nothing wrong with a li'l Bacharach.)

  •  wilco 3x in 1999 (none)
    what a year.

     1.  Virginia Beach (Abyss).  top show.

     2.  DC (930 Club).  w/Old 97s  

     3.  Charleston, WV (Mountain Stage).  shorter set, but more beautiful.

  •  Best Same-Day Concert Doubleheader (none)
    1991-ish...Boston to Albany in my sketchy VW bus to see the Chili Peppers in the SUNY Albany gym in the afternoon

    ...back to Boston ( 2 bus-breakdowns later) to catch the Cramps at the Channel that night.

    •  The Cramps played the bar I worked at (none)
      Talk of the Town in Oakland, in '02. We had them headlining a punk show upstairs and a Country show downstairs. Bussiest night I ever bartended.

      "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" R.Piper

      by McGirk SF on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 12:52:43 AM PST

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    •  I think I saw that show (none)
      I remember a few good shows at the Channel around the same time, including Tom Tom Club & Treat Her Right, the latter later morphing into Morphine. Speaking of which, I saw Morphine at the Plough & Stars in a surprise gig when they were breaking in a new drummer sometime around 1997 and then in summer 1999 at a street festival in Central Sq., Cambridge, right before Mark Sandman's tragic death a month or two later.

      [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

      by patop on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 03:13:25 AM PST

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      •  Cambridge shout out! (none)
        Spent my first 2 years out of college living in Central Sq, Cambridge, right behind City Hall...Bigelow Street. I haunted TT the Bears and the Middle East Cafe

        WHICH reminds me...

        Jane's Addiction at TT's-- just as "Nothing's Shocking" was coming out. What a show to see on a spur of the moment stroll from my place, in a bar that's not much larger than my appartment. Perry Farrell was absolutely possessed while performing.
  •  10 that I remember today (none)
    Three were major events:

    • Woodstock, 1969.  Though it hardly seems right to call that just one concert.
    • Rally, Boston Commons, welcoming Nelson Mandela out of prison. 1990?  It was free and had music all day:  Johnny Clegg & Savuka, Ladysmith Black Mambazo w/Paul Simon in suit and tie, Michele Shocked, Bonnie Raitt, and on and on.
    • No Nukes thing, Central Park, NYC, early 80s.  The usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne, can barely remember who performed.  I'd never been to a demonstration that had high-end entertainment before.

    Tomorrow might generate a different list:
    • Grateful Dead, a few times, but the one I remember best was at Fillmore East, summer 1970.
    • Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band, Born to Run tour, 1975 or 6, in smallish venue (3K)
    • The Kinks in a gymnasium with room to dance, c. 1970
    • Johnny Clegg & Savuka in a ballroom with room to dance c. 1990
    • Sly & the Family Stone, outdoors summer, c. 1968
    • Neville Brothers, c. 1987.
    • Benefit for Big Joe Turner's medical expenses, turned out to be a memorial because he died during the planning.  Mindblowing array of talent.  Lone Star Cafe, NYC.  1985.
  •  Forgot Los Lobos in a blizzard... (none) converted Buckman Church (where AIM & cloggers & food co-op used to meet) on New Year's Eve in PDX.  Probably early 90s.  At one point, they stopped and said,  "Oh, looks like it's past midnight.  Happy New Year."
  •  My faves (none)
    Anthrax/Public Enemy: Orpheum, Boston '92
    Kiss: Fleet Center, Boston: '96
    Ozzy Ozbourne/Metallica: Providence Civic Center(?) '85 or '86
    (I was. like, 12 years old so my memory is sketchy, but I saw Cliff Burton.)
    Alice Cooper: Orpheum: Boston '90
    Grateful Dead: Giants Stadium, '94
    Knights in Satan's Service: Tempest, SF '03
    (Kiss cover band)
    *Spacetribe: 550 Barnaveld '99
    *DJ Dan: on a boat in SF bay '00
    *David Harness: Endup SF, nearly every sunday '99-'02

    Astricks are club DJ's which may or may not count

    "Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question!" R.Piper

    by McGirk SF on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 12:44:29 AM PST

  •  Best is hard to say (none)
    but memorable for some reason, in no particular order...

    Stones' Bridges to Babylon in Honolulu Stadium. It was bizarre standing on top of my seat in shorts and a tank top in mid-January singing along. At the tail gate before hand we wondered what Johnny Lang (the opening act) at age 16 had to sing the blues about --- Did he get a C in biology? Fail his driving test?

    Moody Blues' Red Rocks tour at Pine Knob (MI). In Your Wildest Dreams and I Know You're Out There Somewhere have always had soft spots in my heart. I still laugh at the ladies restroom conversation afterward --- everyone was comparing what year they first went to a Moody Blues concert and what month/year their son named Justin was born.

    Beach Boys in 75 (in the ACC in South Bend)  after a Notre Dame-USC football game. Just about everyone was stoned and joined in a human freight train and swayed around the venue (you held on to the hips of the person in front you, and so on) all night.

    James Taylor and Carly Simon --- Concert in NYC Central Park in the mid-70's. I had recently graduated from college and moved back to the city. There was just something magical about being out under the stars that night listening to mellow music and realizing I finally had my own apartment, a real paycheck, my own independence...

    Rod Stewart --- (also 75 in the ACC) --- he dropped his microphone in about the second song and was so stewed that he literally did the entire concert from underneath the piano --- where he went to retrieve the microphone.

    Neil Diamond --- late 80's in Auburn Hills, MI. It was just an interesting experience to see so many middle-aged ladies just unbelievably excited. Many people I worked with went to the Fri & Sat concerts. When he sang Forever in Bluejeans everyone stood on their chairs and flicked their cigarette lighters the entire time. The lights were low and it actually looked very pretty and peaceful. Besides, my husband managed to pull off actually surprising me with something that night.

    Al Hirt in his NO club - early 70's. Just effin' unbelievable. My first time in a relatively small venue, listening to a true master.

    And, Motor City Blue why haven't you mentioned listening to some good Motor City genre? I hear "Ghettoblaster " - version 3 - should be reality soon, if it isn't already.

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by Cordelia Lear on Wed Nov 30, 2005 at 12:51:40 AM PST

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