Nothing better than a hippie jam fest...I am just the opposite. I thought Woodstock was nifty. And it made one thing the world had changed.
Is that freedom rock, dude!
One of the more interesting was seeing Kris Kristopherson at his peak in a small outdoor "park" (really a circus tent) in north Georgia - he was totally wasted before he ever started, and the sound system wouldn't work so he only did acoustic stuff (great for those of us up front). He kept grumbling obscenities about the show's promoters and crew, and before the evening was over KK had a verbal and then fisticuff altercation with some of the locals just off the side of the stage.
God, I miss being a college kid!
Addendum: the performer I most regret never seeing live was Townes Van Zandt.
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The Clash at the Palladium in NYC in 1980. It was one of their first US appearances after releasing London Calling. (Which was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the greatest album of the 1980s.)
The concert was like being run over by a truck.
This is legendary. I've heard from so many who went to Woodstock that it's lost its impact (no matter how momentous it was). But this is the first I heard from someone who heard that famous Free Bird live. A significant cultural moment -- good for you!fishndoc wrote:Best ever was Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Fox theater in Atlanta 1976 when they recorded their only live album. "Free Bird" was so intense it almost cracked the walls of the building.
I'm not enough of a concert-goer to have a best one to offer. But I did see the Clash in a small venue at around the same time/place as Petrocelli. So I know what he's talking about!
Sinatra in '67, Sammy Davis in '68, and Steve and Edie a few years back are in another category oviously but fantastic shows nevertheless.
Imagine having played their music for ~ 20 years and not ever knowing if they'd tour again...then seeing them. Amazing.
Other memorable shows: Tower of Power (just 6 weeks ago)...10 musicians incl 5 just on horns. Talk about a wall of sound! Tight. And Francis Rocco Prestia on bass, the funkmaster extraordinaire. What is hip? Seeing those cats in concert from about 30 feet away!
Rolling Stones in 1981 (Tattoo You tour)
U2 in 1987 when The Joshua Tree was #1 in 35 countries simultaneously.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - I've seen them on 6 different occasions. Victor Wooten (THE bass player) is pretty much the entire show. Seeing entire sections of the audience genuflect from his solos...indescribable.
In the late 60's we used to go to the Avalon Ballroom, Winterland, and the old Fillmore in San Francisco to see 6 hour shows with 3 acts each doing two sets. The mixes were incredible, but I can't put them together exactly.
BB King, Grateful Dead, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Chuck Berry, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Yardbirds, Country Joe and the Fish, Junior Wells Blues Band, and many others.
I also spent the weekend at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, but the best single concert: James Brown at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.
So this kid gets up there, Edge hands him the guitar and gets ready to teach - and the kid rips into the full riff, note perfect like a rock star.
The kid played the whole song with the band. It was so totally joyous for everyone, audience and U2 - the band was as blown away as the rest of us.
2nd best was Peter Gabriel at the 1993 WOMAD tour, but he eventually became exasperated with the audience because we would not let him leave. Sorry Peter, your opus has too many good songs. He never even did Shock the Monkey.
But sure would have been great to see The Clash - too bad - before my time.
sscritic, you are the first person I've ever heard mention the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. My dad had Relax Your Mind on vinyl and I was crazy about it for a while - mainly the song I Ain't Never Been Satisfied - 'been to the river, been baptized, but I ain't never been satisfied.'
I don't have that album; I have "See Reverse Side for Title" and "Garden of Joy" (moved from vinyl to 7" reel to reel tape to digital). Did your dad ever tell you about Mel Lyman, the harmonica player? Check out wikipedia:perries wrote:sscritic, you are the first person I've ever heard mention the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. My dad had Relax Your Mind on vinyl and I was crazy about it for a while - mainly the song I Ain't Never Been Satisfied - 'been to the river, been baptized, but I ain't never been satisfied.'
Did your dad have any Dave Van Ronk? I never saw him, but love his music.
The venue was the outdoor arena at Harveys in Lake Take Nevada. About 4K seats with the lake in the side view.
They did not have a warm up band or any other distractions. They just came on stage and started playing at sundown. They played for over 3 hours with two breaks. The second break was probably planned as the show end. But after this break they play for maybe 50 minutes more and then did a second end of show run. It was great. Joe Crocker was great. They brought down the house.
People in Tahoe were talking about that concert for 2-3 years. In fact it was so good that this concert started a whole non paying tail gate culture where people park around the arena to listen but not pay that persists today ...
I turned it into a nice week in England centered around seeing the two concerts with my daughter.
Hands down best concert I've been to.
Carlo Maria Giulini, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, circa 1970: Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto (Daniel Barenboim), Beethoven 7th Symphony
Carlo Maria Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic (debut as Music Director, circa 1979): Beethoven (Egmont Overture, 9th Symphony)
Bonnie Raitt, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, circa 1979. with John Lee Hooker opening (and John Raitt singing several show tunes with Bonnie)
Linda Ronstadt performing solo at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica), circa 1975
Linda Ronstadt at the Universal Theater in Los Angeles, circa 1977
Melanie, Chicago, circa 1972 (I think it was at Orchestra Hall, but I'm not sure.)
Beach Boys, Omaha, Nebraska, circa 1963
There were 2 concerts I attended that changed my relationship with music.
1. Cream in the late 60's at the Phoenix Star Theater. The Star was a few thousand seat theater-in-the-round. You could get real close to the players. Jack Bruce (and Clapton/Baker too!) was monstrously impressive as a performer. His attitude towards bass playing changed everything for bass players.
2. Weather Report at the Roxy in L.A. in the late 70's. Jaco Pastorius was a bass player of the stature of a Muhammad Ali or a Bob Dylan....one of a kind...lightning in a bottle. I remember many details of his performance after 30+ years.
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That must've been truly amazing to see Jaco Pastorius then. I followed Weather Report for a very long time (having been a bass player myself). His level of innovation to the electric bass has stood the test of time about as well as anyone w/respect to any instrument. I just wasn't old enough to catch him live since he really didn't play much during his final years. At least there's Youtube...
When I saw the Stones in '81, Santana warmed them up (once Iggy Pop got off stage...and not a moment too soon!)
Wasn't U2 an amazing tour? I was somewhat a fan of their music prior to '87, but something about how ubiquitous their music was at the time (again, #1 in 35 countries simultaneously) Where the streets have no name is what really stuck w/me after that show.
U2 around 1981-1982 at the Austin Opry House promoting their second album October.
Paul McCartney 2002 Back in the U.S. Tour. I was always a Beatles fan as a kid growing up, but never much of a Paul McCartney fan as a solo artist until I saw him live. Hearing him play those Beatle songs brought on a flood of memories growing up. I owe my in-laws a thanks for buying the tix for my wife and I as a gift.
I assume you mean the first one. (heh, heh)I am just the opposite. I thought Woodstock was nifty.
My fav too. Except I saw them in the mid 1980's at the Palladium in NYC."Return to Forever" finally returned after not having toured in 25 years. Band leader Chick Corea on keys, Al Dimeola on guitar, Lenny White on drums, and the magnificent Stanley Clarke on bass.