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I wrote a diary a few weeks ago about the best concerts I've ever seen. People seemed to enjoy it. So a second one.

I don't do this as much as I did, but for about 20 years of my life I lived to attend live music. My favorite venue of all time, and not been there in 15 years, was the Varsity in Baton Rouge, LA. Oh the things I saw and did there .....

Well enough about me, how about some music. First off Cowboy Mouth. I first saw these guys play in an alley outside of the Varisty. I last saw them close Jazz Fest in New Orleans with like 100,000 there. I've read seeing them play is like a religous exxperience .... and I agree.

One more Varsity concert. The Smithereens. I told the two women I lived with we had to go see them. They were like who are the The Smithereens?

I swear they must have thought they were playing a 50,000 person stadium, not a small venue, cause it was the loudest show I've ever attended. They rocked the place.

Next up. I was living in DC. I saw something I couldn't believe. Dr. John was playing at the Kennedy Center (Keb Mo opened and rocked BTW). I took this women I was dating. She was like "who is Dr. John?" I said just wait.

My second place I love to see a concert is a place I bet most folks here have never heard of. Wolf Trap. It is the ONLY National Park in the nation where music is its primary focus. Hold that thought in your mind, a park and them imagine these folks playing as you lay in the grass sipping wine.

I will end with a concert I didn't attend of a band that might be my favorite band. Dead Can Dance. They did this, which I would have maybe cut off an arm to attend.

So what are your best concert going experiences?

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  •  Two answers: (5+ / 0-)

    In my younger days, I say CSN at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey. I got high as a kite and danced with my friends. They played four encores and the crowd was unbelievable. I was 14 or 15 I think. It was awesome

    I recently saw Andre Bird play at the 4th Presbyterian Church on Michigan Ave. It was very intimate and he was really fantastic. A moving experience.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:15:37 PM PST

  •  A Few Years Ago At Bonnaroo (6+ / 0-)

    It rained so hard it hurt. My bones were wet. I stepped into a tent and I heard this.

    Not normally the type of music I listen to.

    I would give everything I own to explain to you the rain storm that was going on and this women just jammed.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:16:41 PM PST

  •  Two of em for me... (5+ / 0-)

    Huey Lewis and the News, Monterey Fair Grounds.  FRONT ROW SEAT...  Outdoor arena, cold as hell but... Oh man, it was an incredibly good show.   Went on an hour late because the power was out, and the band stayed an hour late because, DAMMIT, they were gonna do their encores!

    Incredibly good experience.

    The other one: City of Industry.  I just came off my first extra job ever on the show "Sports Night"  I barrel down to industry, barely make it at the end of the opening act, and catch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers...

    I was exhausted, but man that guy knows how to work a crowd.  Awesome show, and I ended up catching a nap in my car before I went home.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:17:18 PM PST

  •  Rammstein: 05/18/11 Oracle Arena (5+ / 0-)

    in Oakland Ca.  Holy crap... that was just an unbelievable experience.  I sat 18 rows back on the right side of the stage and the heat from the fire and the reverberations from the explosions... not to mention the studio quality music...  It was just awesome.
    I talked my wife into coming with me, even though she's not much of a Rammstein fan, and even she thought it was spectacular.  

    I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

    by bhfrik on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:27:14 PM PST

    •  Wow. Had To Google That. Intense (1+ / 0-)
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      Makes me think of this dude I knew in the dorms in college. 80s. He once said to me when I was playing AC/DC Thunderstruck that it was the kind of song he'd listen to before going to chainsaw massacre a family.

      Clearly he'd never do that. Nor would it. But I was the Izod shirt guy and he was the dude with the snake and a lot of percings.

      Funny thing, we got along really well ....

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:37:19 PM PST

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      •  The final encore was unbelievable (1+ / 0-)
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        A song titled Engel (German for Angel) and the singer (Til Lindeman) strapped on metal wings with like a 20 foot span that shot fire from the tips...  When you see something like that it's just like "wow".  I mean I love the music of Rammstein and just going to see them play would be worth the price of admission.  But the show they put on is really unforgettable.

        I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

        by bhfrik on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:43:10 PM PST

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  •  Saw Dead Can Dance This Year (2+ / 0-)
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    Never met anyone else who likes them who I do not know personally.

    Tipped and rec'd!

    Having a hard time narrowing down my favorite concert ever. Measuring by dopamine release not enhanced pharmacologically, it was the Cocteau Twins back in the 80's. Felt like I was walking around in a Monet painting.

    For music, set and setting, probably Wilco at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago a few years ago. Band in top form, perfect summer night, underneath that fantastic Frank Gehry stage. Also, it was my favorite kind of seating arrangement now that I'm older: Assigned seats, but standing up.  Personal space and all.  One of those nights when it all comes together.

    Or maybe a little club back in 1994 when I went to see Killbilly but then this other band I'd never heard of called the Old 97's came out with their charming Texas twang and nerdy demeanor and tore the place apart with their punk country.

    I used to see live music at least once a week on average and there a thousand other bands and concerts, but tonight when you asked the question, those above are the ones that stand out.

    •  i love Dead Can Dance (1+ / 0-)
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      Via Chicago

      i saw them once back in the 90's.. they played at the Park plaza hotel at macarthur park in los angeles.

      liberal pragmatist. artist. obama supporter.

      by hardart on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:00:09 PM PST

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    •  You Got A Firm In Your Town Of Chicago (1+ / 0-)
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      Coudal Partners. They went with DCD show to show a few years ago. Produced a DVD. They made them, and I can't find it on their site, by hand. I own it. It is stunning.

      You know if I was asked the question, you are stuck on an island what music would you take with you, I know Dead Can Dance would be the first thing out of my mouth.

      But their music I have found is hard for most to get and/or understand. Much less like. So happy a few DCD fans here.

      I'd like to hug you .....

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:08:35 PM PST

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  •  Clash at the Aragon in Chicago. (4+ / 0-)

    It was pretty much just like this video.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:37:55 PM PST

    •  Now that sounds awesome! (2+ / 0-)

      I'd would have loved to see the Clash or even Big Audio Dynamite.

      "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

      by ranger995 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:41:53 PM PST

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      •  I also saw BAD at the Aragon several years later. (3+ / 0-)

        Public Image and Live opened for them and, I have to admit, it seemed to me like Public Image were the band of the night.

        Big Audio Dynamite were certainly good and got their encores, but Rotten can really be a great showman when he wants to.

        Maybe he was annoyed at being second on the bill and was trying harder than he sometimes does?

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:58:05 PM PST

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  •  i have a few favorite concerts... (2+ / 0-)

    recently.. Sigur Ros  (Takk tour)@ the Hollywood Bowl (difficult venue) Amazing Show!  i went to many many punk shows in the early 80's. a standout was the Ramones, black flag, and the minute men at the palladium. Einstein neubauten in the mojave desert. Xmal deutchland at, i think, the Music machine. another recent show i loved was Johanne Johannsen at hollywood forever cemetery. and Radio Head at a concert fundraiser for Haiti.. small venue.. thoma yorke is magical.. i was so lucky to see so many great punk shows in tiny venues.. X, Minute Men, Sacharrine Trust....

    liberal pragmatist. artist. obama supporter.

    by hardart on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:56:41 PM PST

    •  1983-4? Legendary gig. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ramones, black flag, and the minute men at the palladium.
      My jealousy knows no bounds.
      •  with a police riot outside as we left. (1+ / 0-)
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        that was my only time seeing the ramones. but i saw black flag and the minute men a couple of times. it was a great show! the minute men were the opening act. then black flag..

        liberal pragmatist. artist. obama supporter.

        by hardart on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:21:55 PM PST

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        •  I'm a huge Minutemen and BF fan. (1+ / 0-)
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          Missed them by just a year or two. I would have loved to have seen late-period Flag in fact- I love Damaged, but I've really grown to love Ginn's gonzoid playing on the later albums.

          And the Minutemen are simply as essential to me as the air I breathe. Saw fIREHOSE easily several dozen times, and Mike Watt a dozen since. Saw Mike last November in fact- his latest album is excellent.

          No LA punk gig seemed complete without its police riot in this era- probably why my conservative parents wouldn't even entertain the thought of my attending. Meh.

          •  i went to a small house party (1+ / 0-)
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            at around this time where Henry Rollins performed by himself... and another band played... maybe the Alley Cats? have you ever seen Saccharine Trust play. they were great!!! i still keep in contact with the singer, jack brewer.. my roommate was the singer for a band called The Nipdrivers ( totally un PC name.. yikes). his name was Mike Webber.. he died a couple years ago from a Heroin overdose.  Check out Saccharine Trust! The Minute men... god so good. and D.boon died too young. saw Firehouse several times...  saw the Dead Kennedys at the Olympic Auditorium  at an international punk rock concert. dont remember the other bands. got knocked out in the slam pit. police riot after.

            liberal pragmatist. artist. obama supporter.

            by hardart on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:58:52 AM PST

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  •  Actually, most of the best music I've ever seen (1+ / 0-)
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    was in Baton Rouge, as well. At the Bayou, the Chimes, the Varsity, Mother's Mantle, and a long time ago, the Kingfish.
    I have seen, literally, hundreds of amazing bands in these venues, so I can relate to your Baton Rouge music experience.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:57:03 PM PST

  •  Tori Amos, Weird Al, Paul Simon (3+ / 0-)

    Weird mix, I know.   But here's my thoughts:

    I've been to more than 30 Tori Concerts.   I'd keep going.  The thing I love about each one is how wildly different they are.   In one week in the mid 90s, I saw her at 3 concerts in one week.  And the set list from show to show was wildly different.  Unique tracks inserted, lots of banter with the audience, good stuff.

    Weird Al is a different event.  If you ever want a show that is full of 'bang for your buck' go see Weird Al in an outdoor show.  It's a blast.  Decent stage show but a lot of fun with the audience and the audience sing alongs are fantastic.

    If you want a sing along that drops you on your kiester, let Paul Simon sing either "The Boxer" or "Only Living Boy In New York".  

    I saw the Grateful Dead once with a roommate.   But, that was before some other things happened and I can't remember it at all.

    I have always wanted to see Amanda Palmer, Fiona Apple live.   The concert I most kick myself for missing is Dixie Chicks.   if the Chicks toured again, I would be there.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:04:58 PM PST

    •  Oh Paul Simon. Story Time (2+ / 0-)

      My parents are rock stars. In 1991 they took me (hated it at the time) on a two week tour of colleges I might attend for grad school.

      The night of Paul's concert in Central Park I made them get me my own hotel room.

      I spent it watching it and talking with this women on the phone, just a friend of mine, from college that smoked a ton of pot with me and listened to this.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:15:44 PM PST

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  •  Oh dear. There are lots.... (3+ / 0-)

    There are a bunch of categories of best:

    Best performers:
    Lionel Ritchie
    Air Supply (I don't even like Air Supply's music, but the tix were free, and they were amazingly good at engaging the audience).

    Best stagecraft:
    Peter Gabriel

    Best music:
    U2 (I lost count of how many times we saw them, but with the exception of the Zooropa tour, which we saw in a stadium with horrible sound, the music really took hold).
    Billy Joel

    Best small stage shows:
    The Smiths,
    Siouxie and the Banshees,
    Amanda Palmer

    Best stadium show:
    An earth day concert with more bands than I can name, but Midnight Oil and Steve Miller Band really stood out in the venue.

    Best college lawn concert:
    Isley Brothers

    Most hearing damage:
    Sinead O'Connor (left ear sounded just like when you blow a stereo speaker & the paper cone tears)

    Weirdest health effect on audience member:
    Heart (flashing red lights at one point caused the person in front of my brother to have an epileptic seizure)

    Worst performance of all time:
    Deep Purple (they were so wasted, they couldn't even play in harmony)

  •  Seen LOTS of concerts but will never forget: (3+ / 0-)

    The Band in Germany, 1969. No one knew who they were, maybe 100 Americans showed up in a beautiful concert hall, probably built in the 18th century. They invited many of us onto the stage, we passed joints around, and they played for hours!

    A while later I saw Zeppelin in the same arena. There were a few more people there!

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:10:59 PM PST

    •  Sounds Like My Los Lobos (1+ / 0-)
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      experience I wrote about in my first Diary on this topic.

      I saw them play at the Kennedy Center. So few folks at a time the guy playing guitar asked me not to place my beer on his amp.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:19:39 PM PST

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    •  One of the highlights of my freshman year (0+ / 0-)

      in college (and there were many)...The Band played my campus the night before their first appearance at the Fillmore East.  That would have been late 1968 or early 1969.

      Our campus gym was not really a great place for a was a gym after all...but since seats generally were unassigned, you were okay as long as you arrived early, and I always did. I don't think I can count the number of people who played my campus just before they became well known. James Taylor, Jackson Browne. Browne performed in the student union, he was so little-known; I had seen him a couple of weeks earlier in the Village at a small club the name of which is now beyond my recall, on the same bill as Sandy Denny, who was just phenomenal as a solo performer. Both of them were outstanding. It's a wonder to have seen people like that performing in a setting where the audience was only perhaps five rows deep.

  •  Frampton Comes Alive! (2+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, Free Jazz at High Noon

    Late 70s -- Stadium seating, baby!

  •  Pretty much anything here: (1+ / 0-)
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    Red Butte Amphitheater. Looks like this without the crowd.

    We're members this year so perhaps if I can get to the box office right before they announce Willie Nelson is going to play, I will have a shot at getting a ticket or two. He usually sells out in 15 minutes or something. The place only has 3000 seats.

    Bonnie Raitt played there a couple of years ago and liked it so much she came back the next night on the spur of the moment. I see she played there twice in 2012 also.

    Oh, and in second place was seeing the Beatles in Houston in 1965. Couldn't hear them because of all the screaming, lol.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:28:13 PM PST

  •  Download Festival, 2005 (2+ / 0-)

    Arcade Fire brought the house down.

    I actually went to see Modest Mouse, but their lead singer was such a fucking jackass. And they sucked live too. There will always be a special place in my heart for Modest Mouse, but they suck live.

    •  I Was In This Crowd (0+ / 0-)

      I felt like I was the only person not rolling ....

      Modest Mouse a few years before literally played until the sun came up.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:35:14 PM PST

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      •  Oh This Is Bonnaroo (1+ / 0-)
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        If you are fan of music and never been, well I question you. 17,000 acre field. Camp out for three days and listen to music.

        The above is so not the kind of music I listen to. I caught this show after seeing the Allman Brothers play on another stage.

        But all the "young" folks told me I had to see Pretty Lights. So I did.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:42:10 PM PST

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      •  It was fun to hear some of my faves (2+ / 0-)

        from them live. Especially stuff from their older albums like The Moon and Antartica, their best album by far.

        Good News is also pretty good, but I like the darker stuff on the album as opposed to some of their poppy-er stuff. Float On is great, but a track like Bukowski or Bury Me With It has the feeling, ya know?

    •  I saw some great MM gigs between 1997-2000. (0+ / 0-)

      I lost interest after Lonesome Crowded West, but that is still a great disc. And they were terrific live in this era. "Trucker's Atlas," and "Cowboy Dan" were invariably killer.

      Saw them more than once at the Crystal, rexy. :-)

      Maybe my favorite all-time venue.

  •  Saw a lot of Cher posters in Moscow once. (0+ / 0-)

    Fun to see her name spelled with only 3 letters. That was the extent of it, lol.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:33:47 PM PST

  •  Haven't been to a whole lot of concerts. (1+ / 0-)
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    But I'd have to say Springsteen, in Saginaw, MI in about 1978.  Unbelievably awesome, 3+ hours with no intermission. I saw him again about 5 years ago....we're both a lot older....this time he "only" played about 2 1/2 hours.  Slowing down, Bruce! ;-).   He did manage a knee slide which ended up with his crotch in the camera lens, pretty funny.

    One other memorable concert was Harry Chapin, in Ann Arbor, also late 70s (I know, I haven't gotten out much the last 30 years). I was not that excited to see him, but he put on a great concert. I left a much bigger fan than when I came in.

    Oh, one more; saw Carole King in Houston about 7 years ago.  She really impressed me as a person who was just having a damn good time doing her job.  She was about 64 then, and I thought, how lucky she is, to still be doing something she clearly loves and is really good at!

  •  I have all my old ticket stubs :-) (2+ / 0-)
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    The Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium 1987

    They were touring behind RamonesMania, their best-of. The only time I ever got to see them, and the energy was incredible- not just from the band, but in the room itself. Whoa! And a friendly crowd, too. All of us were singing along and moshing with pure abandon.

    NoMeansNo at Gilman Street c. 1990

    NMN are a criminally underated post-punk band with a wicked sense of humor and incredible chops. This evening also had one the most surreal events ever to happen to me at a gig. Gilman Street was located in a rather dodgy area of Berkeley; this evening, there was a rash of car thefts. The car I rode in got broken into, and the driver's stereo was boosted as well as miscellaneous door prizes. The band got it the worst: while they were ON STAGE, their van got broken into and a ton of equipment was stolen as well. Someone broke the news to them while they were playing (kind of weird), and they were in the midst of a lengthy tune when they all sort of gradually stopped playing. They were pretty bummed out as you might imagine, and the bassist just said, "sorry, our van's been vandalized and we don't know how we are going to leave here."

    Pindrop quiet. At long last, some kind soul in the audience yelled, "Hey: GREAT SHOW!!" and we all cheered them on as if they'd just played their third encore.

    Gilman St was a cool venue, though. I saw Green Day there multiple times when they were second or even third on the bill- they were fun. If you'd told me that one day they would have a musical running on Broadway, I would have laughed. Different times, pre-Nirvana.

    My Bloody Valentine at the Roxy, 1991

    One of the legendary Loveless gigs. Even with earplugs, I was deaf for three days following. One of their tunes, "You Made Me Realize," went off into a one-chord, hyper-distorted vamp for 10-15 minutes. It was one of the most incredible experiences ever to see it just elevate the crowd. Live bootlegs are just a pale shadow.

    Just scratching the surface here. Caught numerous Guided by Voices and Yo la Tengo shows in the 90s that were all memorable in their own way. Others, too...

    •  I'd Kill To Have Seen Green Day (1+ / 0-)
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      play early on. Not to discount the other bands you mentioned, honestly outside of the Ramones I don't know, but I have come to love Green Day.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53:43 PM PST

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      •  They had a devoted following early on. (0+ / 0-)

        In fact, I bought the 1,000 hours single the first time I saw them. They struck me like the Monkees on speed (that's a compliment!). What was clear even then was that they had really good songs. Pop-punk in 1989-90 was still kind of a novelty- the last band to have played power-pop punk were probably the Buzzcocks ten years previous.

        The only band that was pulling off that kind of high energy pop-punk was the Descendants, who I loved (and saw several times). They were kind of gods of this genre, but it was clear that Green Day were a little rough around the edges, but easily as good. High praise!

        Its funny to see them now- Billie Joe still had his baby fat, and Mike Dirnt had fairly long hair. I saw them open for Killdozer in Berkeley Square in JUL 89, and I went backstage to get promos for the college station I was DJing at. They were down-to-earth guys; Mike in fact was trying to hustle up a gig for them at my university!

        There were --maybe-- 50 people at that gig.

  •  Jimi Hendrix, under a banyan tree, by the light.. (4+ / 0-)
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    I saw Jimi Hendrix play under a banyan tree, by the light of  an eclipsing full moon,with a pick up band that included my older brother on drums. He played one song, Red House, for 20 minutes. He was incredibly inventive, hardly relying on sustain at all, linking bluesy figures that were as layerd and complex as Bach.

    He had played an hour or so earlier at the Honolulu International Center Arena. A block or two away there was an "art park" happening that during the day featured the usual late 60's early 70's array of art and food booths, and at night a bunch of the best local bands. Many from the concert wandered over to the park, riding on the energy of a really excellent Hendrix show. We all hoped Hendrix would be unable to resist playing outdoors under a lunar eclipse, and sure enough, he drives up in a top down Cadillac flanked by Cynthia Plaster Caster and another gorgeous blonde. A roadie preceeded the royal trio carrying Jimi's guitar overhead like a prize fighter's championship belt or a talisman of other worldy power. The band playing stops mid song, and plugs Jimi into a Fender. He looks at my  brother and the base player and says, "lets do a slow 12 bar blues," my brother nods and kicks it off. In a minute Jimi's woman tone was rising up into the night sky as the earth's shadow passed in front of the moon. Beat that.

  •  Okay (2+ / 0-)
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    This really dates me, but back in 1968 the Jerrerson Airplane, Big Brother and The Dead bought a venue on Van Ness and Market in San Francisco and named it "The
    Carousel Ballroom". It's a Honda dealership today.The Angels supplied security. This was before Altamont and they were cool. All three bands played and then they mixed with various groupings all night. I even got to sit with Janis for a while and share a sip of Southern Comfort. It was incredible. Second best was a year earlier at the Newport Folk Festival where Arlo Guthrie did Alice's Restaurant for the first time on stage.

    Living and dying in 3/4 time

  •  Rare Earth and ZZ Top, in 73 (0+ / 0-)

    in Seattle.  

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:26:32 PM PST

  •  The Wind and Wuthering tour (0+ / 0-)

    which soon became their "Seconds Out" double live album.  They played Supper's Ready on that tour.  I saw a bunch of their shows from '74 to '86 or so, including '74s "Lamb Lies Down" show with Peter Gabriel.  How lucky was I??  But, their '77 Wind and Wuthering show truly kicked ass!

  •  The Jeff Beck Group... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sfbob the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, 1968.

    Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

    by dov12348 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16:23 AM PST

  •  Imagine seeing someone now well-known (0+ / 0-)

    but not yet famous at the time, who you were an early fan of, perform a song that had not yet been recorded and which you of course hadn't ever heard before, but which you absolutely adored from the moment you first heard it until the present day, 44 years onward.

    It would have sounded very much like this:

  •  The Who (0+ / 0-)

    March 1976.

    Tarrent County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX.

    I was sick to death with the flu.  Keith Moon was still with us.  My friends Roger and Steve went and we drove Rogers's 1972 Oldsmobile.

    Two years later, Keith was no longer with us.  Roger, Steve, and I still live, although Roger is ill.

    Warmest regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:04:31 AM PST

  •  Opposite ends of the spectrum (0+ / 0-)

    Saw the Beatles on their first American tour. Note the word saw. It was an event, like standing behind a jet engine on a tarmac. There was no music to be heard over the screams of 15,000 girls. The fab four were tiny figures we got an occasional glimpse of. This was Cleveland, Ohio.

    Flash forward to the eighties, Albert Collins ( the Iceman! ) in a small intimate club, with his horn section, working the tables, and the crowd outside on the street waiting for the second show - he walked outside the club trailing a mile long cord and entertained us for a minute on the sidewalk, and later inside played facing my wife and me at our table, tears of joy running down my face. Better than the Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and Who, all of whom I saw at large concert venues.

    Tell me a story of deep delight. - Robert Penn Warren

    by bisleybum on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:23:09 AM PST

  •  I've seen a lot of concerts. (0+ / 0-)

    King Crimson, Lark's Tongues tour, Central Park, NY, early 70s.

    Pete Seeger, counter-bicentennial celebrations, Concord, MA, 1976.  It was raining.  Seeger walked on stage, the rain stopped and the sun came out.

    Charles Mingus group w/ Milt Jackson, Symphony Hall, Boston - late 70s.

    Sun Ra's Arkestra, Boston Cyclorama, late 70s.

    Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lulu White's, Boston, 1981.

    Ut. Amjad Ali Khan, Paine Hall, Harvard University, 1984.

    Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, 1985.

    Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, private house concert at the home of a Mumbai millionaire, 1986.

    Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Regattabar, Boston, early 90s.

    Frank Sinatra, South Shore Music Circus, early 90s.

    Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Harvard University, 1998.

    That'll do for starters.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:50:11 AM PST

  •  Led Zeppelin, Yale Bowl, 8/1970... (0+ / 0-)


    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:28:20 AM PST

  •  Best FREE concert -- this was 1990 or 91 (0+ / 0-)

    at the mall in Port Charlotte FL and Kris Kristofferson and his band were on their way to a big money show down in Sarasota. Someone had the sense to ask and book them midday at the mall on their way down. It was a cool winter day, the sun was shining thru the skylights onto the center stage. The sight of his guitar player facing up to the sun, catching some warm rays, and totally enjoying being there is unforgettable. Having nothing else to do, Kris and the boys played for a couple hours, nearly every song he ever knew.

    Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    by PHScott on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:31:46 AM PST

  •  Best concert ever was a Temple Univerity senior (0+ / 0-)

    recital at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.  I went because my girlfriend was a vocal student at Temple, and some of her friends were among those performing.  One of them was this guy Marc, who was a pianist, and had actually been her accompanist at one of her recitals.  Nice guy.

    So, we're in the audience, and I'm enjoying the concert.  Then Marc strode onto the stage, and sat down at the piano.  As he started playing, the hairs on my  arms stood up, and I felt a shiver in my soul.  I knew, instantly, that I was in the presence of greatness.

    After Marc finished at Temple, he went onto a career as a performer.  I bought his first album, which included  his version of Charles Ive's Concord Sonata.  He continued to live in Philadelphis.  I actually saw him play a recital at the late Tower Records Classical Annex on South Street, a grand piano wedged in among the record aisles.

    His full name is Marc-Andre Hamelin.  He is now considered one of the greatest pianist of our period in history.  He has recorded 60 albums, and has been nominated for 9 Grammies.  Here he talking about Debussy:

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:41:36 AM PST

  •  Two that come to mind... (0+ / 0-)

    The first would be Frank Zappa in '77, I think.  He did a few nights of shows in NYC just before Christmas with a greatly expanded lineup.  Horn section, mallet percussion, the works.  The complexity of the music and the skill with which it was played were mind-boggling.  Recordings from these shows ended up on the "Zappa in New York" album.  

    The second would be kd lang in the early nineties, at Radio City Music Hall.  This was the tour for the Ingenue album, and an historic art deco style theater was the ideal venue.  She played a few of her older country western tunes, but the focus was on the new stuff, and she and her band performed flawlessly.  To this day, I've never seen anyone sing like that.

  •  I am not so much into large venues (0+ / 0-)

    or rock music, but I've seen some wonderful live performances.  Some of my favorites were Andres Segovia at Western Michigan University when I was in high school, Cannonball Adderley at Albion college and Horslips at the University of East Anglia during my college years. I actually got to see Horslips perform "The Tain" twice. Stephane Grappelli at a small club in Norwich was a joy to watch.

    Some of my favorite evenings were spent at the Jazz Estate in Milwaukee.  That is where I first had the chance to see Richard Davis, an extraordinary bassist, play.  But perhaps the most amazing experience was a the night when Melvin Rhyne decided to cut loose.

    Melvin is an extraordinary Jazz musician who plays the Hammond B3 organ.  His big break was to play with Wes Montgomery between 1959 and 1963.  After he left the group Melvin moved back to Milwaukee and pretty much faded into obscurity.  One of the ways he paid the bills was by playing at a local hotel.  Somebody had told me that I should stop by and check him out.  It was not a happy moment.  Although I had got to know a lot of the local musicians, he was not one of my  friends or acquaintances.  When I came into the hotel bar, my sense was the he recognized me and was not happy to see me there.  I soon came to understand why.  It was one of those nights when people were making a lot of requests and clearly had no clue as to his background and brilliance.  After a couple of songs I took off.

    Later that night I stopped by the Jazz Estate.  When Mel came in a couple of hours later, he joined in with the the people playing and cut loose. I remember that Gerald Cannon was on the bass. but not who else was involved. It was the antidote to what I had seen earlier.  I doubt that anybody heard better Jazz that night than those of us who were lucky enough to be there that night. This all took place around the time when his career in jazz was reviving.

    Although I have been to a few large scale concerts by famous musicians, I have been most moved by musicians who are often obscure, generally have to have a day job to make ends meet, and as often as not bring great passion to their music.  

  •  Fever Tree 1967! Eddy Vedder 2012! (0+ / 0-)

    I used to go to dances at Marion High School in Houston  with my 8th grade girlfriend and the great Houston band  Fever Tree played alot. Between the prettiest girl in 8th grada and "San Francisco Girls" (can be seen on You Tube) in the background, life was naer perfect.

    First real concert - Canned Heat in San Antonio, 1968.
    That was good.

    Most recent great concert - Eddie Vedder solo in Albuquerquer the night Obama won the election. Eddie broke out champagne for the lucky front row listeners.

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