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08-25-1999, 06:41 PM
whats the best concert youve been to?
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08-25-1999, 07:18 PM
Best concert- bar none, Billy Joel
Second best- Barenaked Ladied (they put on one hell of a show!)
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08-25-1999, 07:29 PM
I don't think I've ever been to a really bad concert. Let's see ... Creedence Clearwater Revival, had tickets for the Allman Brothers show but Gregg Allman died a week before the show, so they cancelled, Frank Zappa three or four times, once with Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Victor Borge, Yes on the rebound in the early 90's, Wierd Al Yankovic, Pink Floyd for the "Dark Side" tour back when you could still see them without binoculars, Pink Floyd again and Roger Waters in the same year and I still can't tell them apart, Billy Joel, Genesis on the final tour with Peter Gabriel, Daniel Amos with Randy Stonehill once, Jethro Tull a few times, The Moody Blues once, and P. D. Q. Bach twice, so you tell me which was the best one.
08-25-1999, 07:35 PM
3-way tie; chronologically:
Not my favorite band, but an unforgettable experience - Iron Butterfly when In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was new.
Went to a John Mayall concert and none of us had heard of the opening act, some band called Alice Cooper. While you couldn't pay me enough to attend an Alice Cooper (or derivative thereof) concert today, at the time it blew us away - it hadn't been done yet. Most of the audience didn't stay for poor ol' John Mayall.
Last concert I went to (~1992) was a freebie on the City of Houston (and whomever else picks up parts of the tab). We have free concerts at the Party on the Plaza on thursdays and last one I went to was Dave Mason - I'd never got to hear him do All Along the Watchtower live and it was great!
KISS at Cobo Hall in Detroit (1975 - I was 11)
Queen ('80 - I think - The Game Tour)
No question about the worst: Rolling Stones at the Silverdome. Brutal.
08-25-1999, 08:20 PM
I have been to a couple of shows I feel were fabulous:
Oingo Boingo - Farewell Tour - Incredible!!
Any Fishbone show is always super high energy
Nitzer Ebb/Ethyl Meatplow
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Not counting my friends' groups when they play at parties and stuff, the only actual concert I've been to was on Friday. I saw Black Sabbath, with Drain S.T.H and Godsmack opening for them. Ozzy was pretty ill, and was coughing a bit. He seemed to get a little better by the end. For old guys, they can still rock pretty hard. Some cool solos and stuff, too. I loved it.
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08-25-1999, 08:55 PM
I take it we're excluding classical music.
I saw Rush in Cincinati on their Presto tour. The music was great, and so were the fans. Truly wonderful.
08-25-1999, 09:01 PM
Best concert I ever saw was Buddy Guy, at the Clio (MI) Amphitheater. Of course, the fact that my husband's band opened for him made the experience that much better...but Buddy does put on a very good show.
And Eutychus? Gregg Allman is still alive. It was his brother Duane that died. But the Allman Brothers Band is still touring, with Gregg, and they put on a damn good show too.
08-25-1999, 09:16 PM
David Bowie - Sound and Vision - Absolutely fabulous. The video behind was fantastic, some amazing dancer from this strange troupe. I forget the name.
Led Zeppelin - '70, '72?, '75? (not sure about the years, trying to picture what grade in school)
Jethro Tull '71
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young WITH Joni Mitchell, the Greek '69
Bowie Diamond Dogs and Station to Station as well.
Oh gee...is my age showing?
Alanis Morrisette right when "Jagged Little Pill" came out.
08-25-1999, 11:01 PM
I've been to too many concerts, but one that will always stick in my mind as a mind-blowing experience was King's X (with a young-upstart Alice In Chains opening) at The Limelight in New York City.
King's X was just on that night (in spite of a large contingency of music industry folk in attendance for a convention and bassist/singer Doug Pinnick being a bit under the weather) and the band just took everyone in the place on a special journey that evening.
It's funny - I've met other people who were at that show and they all agree. And the band members told me that they've heard it too.
On the "glad I went" front, back in October of 1989, I got to see and meet the following bands on the same bill - Soundgarden, White Zombie, Primus and Prong. Way before they all got big.
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08-25-1999, 11:59 PM
My Bloody Valentine, 1989 at the 9:30 Club in DC.
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08-26-1999, 12:04 AM
Best: Roger Waters, Radio KAOS tour
Worst: David Bowie, Glass Spider tour
Up there: Simon & Garfunkel reunion, Comiskey Park, 1980 or so
Number one, without a doubt: Allman Brothers, 1978.
2nd place: Leon Russell, 1974.
close 3rd: Grateful Dead, 1988.
4th: Mother's Finest, 1979.
5th: Steel Pulse, 1993.
6th: Bonnie Raitt, 1999.
7th: Allman Brothers, 1980,95,96.
8th: George Thorogood, 1985.
9th: Stray Cats(and the Busboys),1981.
10th: Carl Perkins, 1994.(county fair, no less!)
Absolute worst: Dave Matthews, 1999...
08-26-1999, 01:27 AM
Tonight's always works for me.
Three brothers, one sister.
Guitar, bass, drums, percussion, lineup.
The usual suspects.
Sound? Mostly blues. Think Stevie Ray, meets Hendrix, with a little bit 'o Jeff Healey. And a nod to Buddy Guy.
(Forget any references to clapton, this guy don't play like clapton in any way. Maybe they just meant he was good.)
Check 'em out before they get too expensive.
The real deal, the rythym section is tight, and the lead guitarist is fabulous.
You'll hear ghosts, but filtered thru his own touch. He's a mother, no hype.
I saw it with my own two ears.
(oh, and if this should happen to post right below TennHippie,,,
Dickie Betts! Dickie Betts!)
08-26-1999, 01:57 AM
I think Bowie rules the universe...at the very least he is coolest guy that ever lived. But I totally agree that Glass Spider sucked bigtime. And that in spite of the fact that I had front row center, no lie. (I have connections.)
I also had front row for Elton John, which was kinda kicky. I had all-access backstage, too, and a surreal moment in life was being in Elton's dressing room with him, his dresser, and my friend. I didn't know this man, why was I watching him get dressed?
I stood nest to Sting that night, and man, does he smell great...
08-26-1999, 10:03 AM
Hmmm....best? Dave Matthews, 1993. (And the 1999 show I saw was a good setlist, but the sound sucked.)
2nd: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, 1997
3rd: Lilith Fair, 1999
TennHippie: where'd you see Dave? And why'd you think it was boring? Personally, I like DMB live a hell of a lot better than their studio albums....
08-26-1999, 11:44 AM
No contest for me.
1989, London, Queen's Theatre (a small, plush intimate setting) "A Month of Sundays":
Nick Lowe did an hour solo, unplugged.
Elvis Costello did an hour and ten solo, unplugged.
Nick and Elvis then did another 45 minutes together unplugged.
08-26-1999, 11:53 AM
The Kinks - 1983
U2 - Joshua Tree Tour
Prince - Purple Rain Tour
08-26-1999, 01:14 PM
metallica's black album tour...and the Barenaked Ladies.
"Screw you guys...I'm goin' home!"
08-26-1999, 01:17 PM
Man, it's hard to choose...
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Faith No More/Royal Crescent Mob - Halloween '86
Fishbone/Chili Peppers - May '87 (one of the last RHCP shows before Hillel Slovak OD'd)
The Roots - any show. Anyone who says hip-hop has no musical content, do yourself a favor and see this band
Bad Brains - I Against I tour (No rock band will EVER mach their intensity)
Worst show hands down was Bowie's Glass Spider at Giants Stadium. The definition of everything wrong with seeing a concert in a football stadium. And why did Lisa Lisa open up?
Ever since I started playing professionally live music isn't the same. I get all caught up in the technical stuff and don't enjoy the music as much. That sucks.
Huey Lewis & the News - Amazing but true! [list] Their a cappela songs were very impressive. Huey climbed through the equipment on the back of the stage to play to us with restricted view seats. They played at least 6 encores until they were beat. (Huey jokingly begged at the last one "I tired!")
Billy Joel - Powerful performance. Also, he had 4 keyboards on the 4 corners of the stage and would rotate around to play to everyone, even those with restricted view seats.
Pink FLoyd - I wasn't stoned, but I sure felt like it. Great SFX.
Melissa Etheridge (twice) - not just because the lines to the mens rooms were non-existant. This woman rocks!
Moody Blues - takes me back to the 60's & 70's every time.
Beach Boys (twice) - I knew every tune, and the crowd was one big party. Saw them at Mile High Stadium, then less that two weeks later on the Mall in DC.[/list=1]
(As one of my friend's moms said after the Denver show: "All I had to do is breathe deep to get high!")
08-26-1999, 02:47 PM
The Allman Bros. A religious experience...
John Hiatt - he cares about his show, his audience.
Worst: Robert Cray. He never even acknowledged there was an audience. Saved that night by the opening act: Delbert McClinton.
The reason gentlemen prefer blondes is that there are not enough redheads to go around.
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08-26-1999, 04:13 PM
Pearl Jam 1995, 6th row
Smashing Pumkins at my college for a crowd of about 500 right before the double disc came out. It was a warm up concert before they went on tour. They wanted to play all the new songs live. I remember leaving thinking the song about Tonight Tonight was cool
Chemical Brothers live was awesome!!(especially on X :) )
Every Phish concert I've gone to has been great.
Didn't care for Blues Traveler. (Only so many harmonica solos before you go nuts).
I saw a Led Zeppelin tribute band that was awesome, they had all the authentic instruments and clothes, and they sounded great.
I have to agree with Asstro, ever since I started playing guitar, whenever I see a concert I can't stop trying to figure out what pedal/amp they're using, etc.
08-27-1999, 12:30 AM
PHISH - 1994?
Dave Matthews showed up for the last set.
One phat show!
A tie: ZZ Top, 1991's Recycler tour; and An Evening with Rush, 1997
Slayer at 1993'sMonsters of Rock was pretty effin' awesome, though. What an entrance!
08-27-1999, 04:28 AM
I saw Supertramp during their Breakfast in America tour. That was great, and they put on a great show. I saw them again last year, and they were still pretty good.
A couple of years ago my wife and I flew to Vancouver with front-row center tickets to the who perform Quadrophenia. The 'mod' and 'rocker' were played by Billy Idol and Gary Glitter. After they were finished with Quadrophenia they did a whole set of a lot of their big hits. It was awesome.
08-27-1999, 06:32 AM
Jethro Tull. My first ever indoor concert.
Brian Auger. Surprise element, free on campus, just made my whole week that time.
Stones, once.Mere size has a crushing effect.The Stones, of course were minute on the far off stage.
Taj Mahal-never seen such a grip on an audience, we were playdough in his hands.
08-27-1999, 08:38 AM
In roughly that order.
"Owls will deafen us with their incessant hooting!" W. Smithers
Have to give it a 3 way tie:
1 - Harry Chapin 1977 Norman OK - Had become a MAJOR fan about 1 year earlier.
1 - Harry Chapin 1978 Norman OK I wish this string could have gone on forever...
1 - Billy Joel 1995 Nuernberg Germany. This was a FREE concert for all active duty soldiers and their families. I went, figuring, yeah, he'll play for half an hour, & I'll have gotten my money's worth. The man played...and played for over 3 hours. Played Goodnight Saigon with a backup group of Vietnam vets, & you've never heard so little from so many for so long. Played Unchained Melody for the families with soldiers in Macedonia & Saudi Arabia. Played Piano Man, and sang it, too, which he hardly ever does anymore.
Other great ones:
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wolftrap 1997
Moody Blues (with Jimmy Spheeris), OKC 1977
Cat Stevens OKC 1977
Linda Ronstadt, Norman OK 1978
Toby Keith, Wolftrap 1997
Peter, Paul, & Mary Wolftrap 1991
Brooks & Dunn + Reba Capitol Centre, MD 1997
Willie Nelson Wolftrap 1996 His voice is so distinctive it's easy to forget his virtuoso guitar work.
2 amazing days at Ft Meade MD (Southwest fest) - Collin Raye, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Roy Parnell, Aaron Tippin, Neal McCoy, Lisa Brokop, Ty England, Shenandoah.
Jerry Jeff Walker - 2nd set. Bad idea. He forgot the words to songs HE wrote..
Bob Dylan Wolftrap 1998 He had it. He doesn't any more. He was 3/4's through Tangled Up In Blue before anyone recognized it...
And the one I wished I'd gone to - Eagles, KC Missouri, Hotel California tour. I opted to go home from ROTC summer camp & see my future hubby instead.
Not hard to figure out my kids were born early 80's, huh?
Sue from El Paso
08-29-1999, 12:53 AM
I've seen some great ones this year:
Bob Dylan at Bogart's in Cincinnati (religious experience)
Bruce Hornsby (solo)
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
(both at the KY Theatre, part of the Troubadour series, for which I am a volunteer)
Best ever? That's tough.
--Phish in Dayton, December 1997 (and the other five of their shows I've been to, but this was the best)
--Indigo Girls, April 1998, here in Lexington. I was stage security. Joan Baez came out to sing with them, and as they did "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" she noticed me singing along, looked at me, and smiled. Great moment.
--Clapton, October 1994 (the "Nothing But the Blues" tour, with Jimmy Vaughan opening)
--Suzanne Vega at the KY Theatre.
--U2's "PopMart" show in Columbus.
The list goes on. . .
And my favorite to tell about--Rolling Stones, Memphis, July 4, 1975. Not that I remember it--I was three months from being born at the time. :)
05-22-2004, 11:16 PM
whats the best concert youve been to?
Purple Rain Tour - Prince at that time.
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