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Kiss -1978 Met Center - Floor near front
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The Who, 1975.
Mott the Hoople, 1976.
Bonnie Raitt, 2018.
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Tie between Beethoven's Ninth and Messiah.
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Talking Heads "Stop Making Sense" concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion concert venue in Columbia MD in the summer of 1983. The place practically melted near the end. Most people were dancing in place for at least the last hour of the concert.

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kjvmartin wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:42 pm Top 3 of all time was Tool at a small venue, waiting outside by the tour busses and the interactions with the band after the show are big memories of mine. This was on the warm up tour for Lateralus. They've not been anywhere smaller than an arena since the tour.

Foo Fighters at the same venue, also waiting by the busses after and meeting the band. This was just before There is Nothing Left to Lose. Dave on drums for a a bit of the night. Before the arena and festival days. Excellent showman.

Weezer, same venue on the release of the Green Album.

I used to have to skip school to camp out for tickets.
Which venue?!? Foo Fighters at the Aragon Ballroom in October 1997 was memorable for me and I also chatted with Taylor Hawkins outside after the show. Dave didn’t come over though.
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My musical tastes are all over the place. A few memorable and fun nights come to mind.

1. Belly, an alt-rock band that played a show in my college student center/dining hall.

2. Arturo Sandoval at the Regattabar in Cambridge, a small jazz venue.

3. Nigel Kennedy / SF Symphony, Beethoven Violin Concerto, after which him and the bass player (who put down his bow and was plucking) had an impromptu little jam session on stage.

The common feeling was there was a lot of energy in the room those nights, from the performers and the crowd.
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Sigur Ros at the cal Greek theater. If started pouring near the end during the massive song with which they end all shows. Top 5 life experience thus far
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snyder66 wrote: Sat May 01, 2010 4:43 am For me, the smaller, more intimate the venue, the better. Mine was The Alarm in our small college gym. I was so close, I could have jumped on stage.
I saw Ray Charles in a dinner theater in Houston, about 1980 or so, and I was maybe 15 feet away from him. Awesome!
Oh, and Tom Jones in Colorado about 18 years ago. It does not get any better.
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Art Gartfunkel, 2 years ago. He read from his book between sets, had his guitarist or piano player take over the chords he could no longer reach and addressed relationship with Paul Simon. I had tears running down my face with his music. That was a first for me. Still touching.
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Oh man, it used to be so important to me to see music every week. Now, I just turned 40 and prefer to be asleep when most opening acts are doing the mic check.

In no particular order:

Murder City Devils in 1999 and 2001, Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2003, TSOL and Fear in 1999, El Vez in 1999, Pretty Girls Make Graves in 2001, Detroit Cobras in 2006, Kieth Morris guest singing with Black Flag in 2003, Frank Black in 2001, The Epoxies in 2013, Jason Isbell in 2013, Richmond Fontaine in 2016

Thanks for the question. Brought back a lot of good memories.
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stoptothink wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:06 pm I've been to hundreds of punk rock shows, the performers which would likely not ring a bell to anybody on this board.
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Fun thread! A few come to mind, with links to set lists where available:

- Elvis Costello has played a number of benefits in San Francisco over the years for a former bandmate of his who has a son with special needs. One year, he reunited with Clover to do all the songs off "My Aim is True." Another year, he and Nick Lowe shared a bill where Elvis sang songs Nick wrote and vice-versa. (They did a duet on "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," a big hit for Elvis that Nick wrote when he was with Brinsley Schwarz.)

- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, 1981, about six weeks after I graduated from high school.

- Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1986, Berkeley

- Los Lobos, July 1991, San Rafael, first set and second set. Still a great live band.

- Paul McCartney at Outside Lands, San Francisco. We got there early and camped out, so we were about 50 feet from the stage.

- Little Village, Warfield Theater SF. I've seen all the members of that band a bunch of times, too, except for Jim Keltner.

- Richard Thompson, both acoustic and electric on multiple occasions. He's a master.

Most recently, I've seen Julian Lage a lot over recent years, including a special show at a tiny guitar shop in Marin County just before his solo acoustic album "World's Fair" came out.
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This week I saw Jordi Savall and his band, Hyperion XXI. The concert was billed as "The Splendor of the Iberian Baroque" which on the face of it does not sound that interesting, but the music was dance tunes and sets of variations on popular tunes of the day, all very lively and fun. They are touring North America, so it's worth keeping an eye out if they hit your neck of the woods.
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At age 14 I went to the Brooklyn Fox theater to see 8-10 rock groups for a price of $2.50. The group I remember the most were the Ronettes singing "Be My Baby".
Murray the K produced many good concerts at the Brooklyn Fox. The groups were all very popular in the early 1960s.

Around senior prom time we attended a Righteous Brother concert in a night club.

I wanted to be homeward bound when I first saw Simon and Garfunkel in concert on a cold winter night as a freshman away at college.

Newport Jazz and folk festivals with Bob Dylan and Nina Simone.

Seeing Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company up close in a small gym was the best.
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Humble Pie w/ Montrose 1973 Paramount Northwest


Lynyrd Skynyrd 76'
Kinks
Ten Years After
Deep Purple
CCR
Robin Trower
Marshall Tucker Band
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Saw Chicago a very long time ago at the old Electric Factory in Philly. That was memorable.

Saw Springsteen close out the Spectrum a few years ago. Sound was much better there than in the early days.
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A recent standout is Meshuggah, a hard-to-define heavy metal band, in NYC last year. An absolutely staggering amount of musicianship on that stage, and great lighting and sound. Took me twenty years to see them. Worth it.

Gojira, a technical death metal band, in Brooklyn. 2017. Hard, yet anthemic, music played and sang exceptionally well.

Iron Maiden. Any show I've seen them play. 110% at all times.

Tool. Chicago. 2005? Loud, yet... exceptionally clear.

Nine Inch Nails. Red Rocks, CO. 2009? An electronic band on record, a hard rock electronic band live.

Next big show is Pearl Jam at MSG in March. Should be a good one.
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Day on the Green #2 in the outdoor Oakland coliseum, June 29th, 1975. I was 23 years old.

When my wife and I walked into the coliseum we were a little late, having missed Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and Kingfish with Bob Weir. This was apparently before capacity regulations were enforced and there were people sitting in all the stadium chairs, sitting in the aisles, and covering the field, with the stage set up at one end of the field. The entire scene looked like a field of wildflowers.

As we entered The Eagles began the intro to One of These Nights, which had been released only 19 days earlier, and the audience undulated with the beat of that now iconic intro. They were the warmup band for the Doobie Brothers, who when the Doobies took the stage, asked the audience how they were supposed to follow that. But of course they did.

Elton John walked on and off as the surprise guest and accompanied both the Eagles and The Doobie Brothers in their main sets and encores.

I've been to many concerts featuring the biggest names in the business, but that was by far the most memorable experience. More recently, Boz Scaggs and Vince Gill (separately) were tremendous.
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Other notable mentions I saw, all in various venues and dates in California:

Crosby Stills and Nash (Neil Young usually walked on) several times
Bob Dylan
Cat Stevens
Kenny Loggins
Linda Ronstadt
Santana
Led Zepplin
George Harrison with Ravi Shankar
It's a Beautiful Day (White Bird)
Maria Muldaur
The Moody Blues
Arlo Guthrie
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I'd like to expand a bit on my post above to provide some back stories.

First, the the CSN&Y concert. It was a Friday, and during the day two good friends who also worked with me at a grocery store after school came up to me and asked me if I wanted to go to Chicago with them to see a concert. It was for a group made up of former members of Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies and The Byrds. Well, I like all of those groups, so I thought sure, it might be good. Oh, and the opening act we would have to "suffer" through was some folk singer named Joni Mitchell. So, I got permission from my parents to sleep over at one friend's house and conveniently left out the part about going to Chicago. We arrived a little late to catch the first show, so we bought 7th row seats to the 2nd show and went for a bite to eat. The rest, as they say, was history. We expected the opening act would be something to endure before the main act, but boy were we ever wrong about that! C, S and N only came out and performed an acoustic set, opening with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" just as they did at Woodstock only one day later. After the acoustic set, Neil Young joined them for an electric set. He had just joined the group 2 weeks prior. The poster outside the theater had the words "and Young" pasted over it. Stills famously said onstage at Woodstock that it was only their 2nd gig. I was there for the first! By far my most memorable concert memory.

My first time seeing Linda Ronstadt was also memorable. I had just graduated college and moved to NJ to start my first job. About 30 miles due east from the small town I had moved to was the lively shore town of Asbury Park. There I discovered two concert venues that were each having shows I wanted to see one Saturday night. One was Dave Mason at the Convention Hall. The other was Linda Ronstadt opening for Renaissance at the Casino. The timing was such that I could see Linda first, then leave and catch the 2nd of two Dave Mason shows that same night. I didn't really care about Renaissance. The Casino was general admission. I managed to work my way fairly close to the stage. When the extraordinarily beautiful Linda walked out on stage and began to sing with her extraordinary voice, you could have knocked me over with a feather!
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Elton John in the 70's in Hawaii
Elton John last year in Phoenix
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James Taylor and Carole King
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Phish at Toads Place, New Haven, CT in 1991
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Probably a tie for me
Bruce Springsteen - Central Maine Youth Center Lewiston ME 1977
Michael Jackson - Madison Square Garden 1988
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The Clash, California 1982

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Billy Joel, MSG...also saw Elton John and Billy Joel together once in Vegas and they were of course amazing. And for me my all time favorite was Harry Chapin...saw him many times in smaller venues around the east coast. He played one show for himself and the next for his charity which was feeding people. One for me and one for the other guy...wish more bands would do that. Saw Carole King in a guys house in the Hamptons once...she was pretty good...
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My daughter's high school jazz band concert.

They sounded like professional musicians. The parents were stunned their children could produce such music. It was electrifying. How the band director pulled it off...one of life's mysteries. It was THAT good.
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Mahler's 8th Symphony "Symphony of 1,000" performed by the Houston Symphony (and several different choral groups). Not quite 1,000 performers, but it was over 300. The logistics alone are why it only gets performed a few times worldwide each year.

Completely awe inspiring. It's a work that just too big to fit in a recording.
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A few stand outs...

Bon Jovi - ‘89 New Jersey tour @Giants Stadium, NJ
Jimmy Page & Black Crowes - ‘99 night of Zeppelin @Roseland Ballroom, NYC
John Mellencamp - ‘95 homecoming show, Memorial Stadium, Indiana University
Grateful Dead - ‘94 first and only dead show, Rosemont Horizon, IL
The Police - Final show ‘08 @MSG, NYC
Beck - Information Tour, ‘06 Theater @MSG

In recent years...

- U2 Experience
- Bruce On Broadway
- Guns n Roses reunion @MetLife
- Pearl Jam @Fenway Park
- Paul McCartney @MSG
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desiderium wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:25 am The Clash, California 1982

Today is International Clash Day. Enjoy.
And people can listen to the official stream on KEXP.org! (Not exactly on topic but definitely actionable…)
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Either White Zombie or Nine Inch Nails, both sometime in the early 90's.
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XTC live at Rooty Hill RSL in western Sydney in about 1978.
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Melvins around Hostile Ambient Takeover era
C4AM95 at what was essentially the living room of an abandoned house turned venue in a city outside of LA
Oxes at Neumos in Seattle
Mastodon during Leviathan era
Muse after the release of Origin of Symmetry
Tenacious D around the time of Pick of Destiny
They Might be Giants on Washington DC mall on 4th of July
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what a list! For me ...
1967 Monterey Jazz Festival Blues afternoon: BB King, T-Bone Walker(I think), and others were fantastic, but ... when Big Brother and the Holding company warmed up, people started to get up and leave. Janis Joplin started belting out Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain, they came back to their seats. epic.
1967 Most of the sessions at Monterey Pop
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I'm not the OP, but I'm really glad I revived this ancient thread. What a flood of memories have been opened up! I'm really enjoying reading about some of the amazing experiences people have had including quite a few that have occurred since this thread went dormant. Glad to see some pleasant memories have been brought back for so many of us.
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I have seen The Who, Little Feat, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin w/Big Brother, Jethro Tull, Blind Faith, Bruce Springsteen, Tim Buckley, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, all of whom gave great concerts. Not really a band, but had a great Jazz and Heritage weekend in New Orleans some 35+ years ago.

But, the most memorable concert was Joe Cocker with Mad Dogs and Englishmen. What a show! What a large collection of musicians, children, and pets onstage! I hope the kids wore earplugs.

Worst concert of all time: Grand Funk. Walked out after a couple of songs. Had heard the hype but not the music, such as it was.
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chesley wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:23 pm what a list! For me ...
1967 Monterey Jazz Festival Blues afternoon: BB King, T-Bone Walker(I think), and others were fantastic, but ... when Big Brother and the Holding company warmed up, people started to get up and leave. Janis Joplin started belting out Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain, they came back to their seats. epic.
1967 Most of the sessions at Monterey Pop
In those years, lots of jams at Golden Gate Park
I would have loved to see BB and T-Bone Walker. Listening to it now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTktjT59uqY . I saw BB many times during his later years. Loved them all.

Buddy Guy and Etta James are some of my favorite concerts. I saw Etta twice, and Buddy many times. Always great. Etta was not what you would imagine if you only knew her from 'At Last'.
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Neil Young in a small venue with outstanding acoustics. First half was acoustic and second half was with what’s left of the original Crazy Horse.
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there is nothing like a grateful dead concert
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I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan perform at San Diego’s Street Scene back in the late 80’s - for me, it was the high-water mark of live concerts (and I have attended a LOT). Everything - from the selected playlist, to the mixing/audio, to my location in the crowd was perfect. Stupidly, in 2003 I turned down an opportunity to see Pearl Jam play in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall because I was burned out from too many hours working. Instead, I elected to just go home and sleep. Turns out, this was what many consider the zenith of their live performances...which I missed. :(
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Well the first I ever attended, in my new Candies sneakers...
VanHalen 5150 at the old Capital Centre in Landover Md.

Eric Clapton was the most memorable...just fantastic..never forget his performance of Cocaine...the place went insane.

Grateful Dead..RFK stadium early 90's comes in 2nd.
Paul McCartney, with Linda at RFK
Bill Idol Cap Centre

Just took my 18 year to see the Foo Fighters, he first concert and with his Mom, great show.
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Not sure if it was the best but it was certainly a very fun, memorable & unique concert - David Byrne and the Talking Heads on Halloween night in a small venue of maybe 1200 people …..those were the days! :D :D :beer
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Anyone see the Rolling Stones in the last few years, if so how was it?

They are coming to my hometown Cleveland, but I fear I'm too late

I mean, how is Keith Richards still alive anyways
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Eagles California Tour in 2005 in South Lake Tahoe at the outdoor stage. This was the first stop on the reunion tour of this band. Joe Walsh and Glen Fry and company were fabulous. There was no opener band or any side shows. Just the Eagles playing song after song for 2 hours starting just after dark. And then they took a break of 10 minutes or so and come back out to play another hour encore. So a three hour concert.

They sold out the Friday concert so fast they added a second night on Saturday. And that setting is just fabulous. See below for some pictures of their 2014 concert.

https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/ ... or-lineup/

https://rocksubculture.com/2014/08/30/t ... rt-review/
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Ramjet wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:04 pm Anyone see the Rolling Stones in the last few years, if so how was it?

They are coming to my hometown Cleveland, but I fear I'm too late

I mean, how is Keith Richards still alive anyways
No. Last time I saw them was in '65.

Good question about Keith. Clean living and hard work, I imagine :beer
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The three that stand out:

1. 10/23/1994: Bonnie Raitt with Bruce Hornsby (Raleigh, NC: Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
2. 10/21/1995: R.E.M. (Cincinnati, OH: Riverfront Coliseum)
3. 03/12/1995: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati Gardens)

Raitt and Hornsby each performed a solo set, and they wrapped up by performing together.

For the R.E.M. show my wife and I had the best seats we've ever had for a concert. I was worried because we were out of town when tickets went on sale, and I was afraid that I would have a harder time getting through (to TicketMaster?) via long distance. But I got through on the second attempt. I believe we were in Row H on the floor.

The Cincinnati Gardens was a small hockey/basketball arena, torn down in the last few years; and Petty had it rocking. I remember it being very "fragrant" in the arena for that show.

The most frequent artist we've seen together in concert is Billy Joel, once in Indy with Elton John, but those shows blur together. We've also seen Dar Williams, a folk singer-song writer several times.

My younger son and I went to a Mumford & Sons show in 2018, and we had a lot of fun.

At this point, my wife is obsessed with Luke Bryant. She and a friend go every year. I don't have anyone that I love now with the enthusiasm that I loved R.E.M. and U2 in the 80's and 90's.
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Doom&Gloom wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:23 pm Good question about Keith. Clean living and hard work, I imagine :beer
You do have quite the imagination.
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marielake wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:15 am Art Gartfunkel, 2 years ago. He read from his book between sets, had his guitarist or piano player take over the chords he could no longer reach and addressed relationship with Paul Simon. I had tears running down my face with his music. That was a first for me. Still touching.
The other side of a pair of bookends: Simon and Garfunkel - or Paul and Arthur as they were then- singing Earth Angel in the schoolyard of P.S 183 in Kew Garden Hills/Flushing in 1955. Me, a year ahead of them in grade, clinging to the chainlink fence in admiration and amazement; so different from Perry Como.
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Nine Inch Nails, Red Rocks, 2014
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