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I've enjoyed Iron Maiden's shows ever since.
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June 1969, 3-day Denver Pop Festival. Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Three Dog Night, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Poco, Big Mama Thornton, and many more. The magical moment, however, was Creedence Clearwater Revival singing "I see the bad moon arising..." as a full moon was coming up over Mile High Stadium. The crowd was pretty psyched and definitely mile high!


Closer to today, a guitar concert in December by a phenomenal player named Trace Bundy. Happened on the concert by chance and I cannot get him out of my mind.
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Nicolas wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:06 pm
fishandgolf wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:27 pm Elvis......Milwaukee, WI 1977 or 1978
Must’ve been 1977, he died in August of that year.
Thanks...…I knew it was shortly after I got married but couldn't quite pin down the exact date.

I vividly remember seeing Boston in Milwaukee. Not exactly sure of the date but what I do remember is driving down to Milwaukee to p/u tickets.....the plan was to get 4 tickets and I think I had to get them at Ticketron or something like that; the sooner I could get there, I was assured of getting better seats.

I left work at noon and the drive was one hour each way......and I needed to get back ASAP. So, on the way down, state trooper pulls me over for speeding and promptly issued me speeding ticket that would cost me ~$100.00. :oops: When I returned back home my wife called me at work and asked if I got the tickets...…...I said yep.....all five of them. There was a pause on the other end of the line...... She then said....what heck did you buy five tickets for? I said the first ticket I had not intentions of buying but I had no choice.......we still get a good laugh outta that one to this day.... :beer
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fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:00 pm Nicolas wrote: ↑
fishandgolf wrote: ↑
Elvis......Milwaukee, WI 1977 or 1978
Must’ve been 1977, he died in August of that year.
Thanks...…I knew it was shortly after I got married but couldn't quite pin down the exact date.
On the same leg of that tour Elvis broke up a street fight in Madison, WI. He saw some guys duking it out and so he had his limo pull over and he got out and personally intervened, stopped the fight. There is a plaque there to memorialize it to this day.
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1. Elton John - apprx 1974

2. CSNY reunion tour - apprx 2000

3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - apprx 1991
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The most memorable for me would be Roger Waters The Wall - Live in Berlin in 1990, nine months after the wall fell.

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I had the privilege of attending Johnny Cash’s memorial concert at Ryman after he died. Amazing group of people.

But overall, you can’t beat Dolly Parton for a live show.

Funny, this post makes it seem like I’m a big country fan and I’m so not. :D
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - mid 80s
Santana - mid 70s
Rush - several times
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The Stones, Steel Wheels tour in Foxborough MA. Keith looked like he was at death's door even then (1989), but they sounded great. :D
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CFM300 wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:28 am
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.
Try me.
Strung Out, Millencolin, Funeral for a Friend, Bayside, MXPX, 11th Hour, Fenix TX, Longfellow, Suicide Machines, Less than Jake, Bouncing Souls, No Use for a Name, Coheed and Cambria, Saosin, Slick Shoes, Parachute Kids, One Adam Henry, Homegrown...probably seen all of them a dozen times at venues which I suspect are no longer in existence (The Barn at UC Riverside, The Glass House in Pomona, some tiny venue in Norco, California whose name escapes me). Pretty much every weekend for me in the late 90's, early '00's. I regularly made spending money by doing security for those shows as my childhood best friend has played with several of the aforementioned bands.
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Bruce Springsteen, Helsinki, 2012!
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Strummer wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:48 am 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.)
We are from the same neck of the woods and we have been at some of the same shows it seems. The Richard deLeon benefit show with Robert Plant showing up at the GAMH was a good one too :) ... I consider Austin to be the unofficial mayor of Mill Valley. Too bad the old Sweetwater is now gone... the new one is not the same (but still a great venue to see music). Which makes me think that you were also around for the shows at the best record store in North America, Village Music.... some great stuff there too and the owner John Goddard dragging his musician friends over to the tiny old Sweetwater for jam sessions.

And since you are local... try to see Jerry Hannan play whenever he plays a show. ... best songwriter in Marin by a country mile. Best band probably still is Vinyl and they always play their Black Wednesday show at the Sweetwater the day before Thanksgiving. Best guitar player is Danny Uzilevski. Some good music happens at the tiny Papermill Creek Saloon (local band San Geronimo started out there)
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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
Personally, I wouldn't pay to see them at this point. As with almost everything in life, you have to know when to "hang 'em up". Paying a ton of cash to see 75+ year old dudes try to act 20 doesn't seem appealing to me.
As a side note. Look into "Leonid and Friends" on Youtube. They are going to be at the Northfield Casino in Cleveland this July. Fantastic cover band. If you like Chicago you MUST check them out.

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Allman Brothers Band Oct 1971 Winterland SF one week before Duane was killed. Left Winterland with the sun coming up that morning. :beer
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Bill Cosby in 1982 at Harrahs in South Lake Tahoe...
Oh, wait, I thought the title was "...best convict you have ever witnessed" :D
For the record, he was hilarious at that pre Dr Huckstable point of his career.
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Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers tour - 1985

Rainbow - 1978

Iron Maiden - multiple
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Phish Roxy Theatre ATL '93
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Serious reply- I have been lucky to see a number of classic bands and shows over the years:

Jefferson Airplane 1970 Volunteers of America tour Allentown PA
The Who Quadrophenia 1973 Philadelphia Spectrum (Lynard Skinner opened to boo's and brought down the house with Freebird 30 minutes later
David Bowie Alladin Sane at the Tower Theater 1973
Bruce Springsteen 1975, 3 weeks before Born To Run dropped in a small basketball building at Kutztown State ($4 ticket)
Rolling Stones 1978 Oakland Colisium on Micks 35th birthday!
...and a couple of Prince shows in the late 90's at the United Center in Chicago.
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In the ‘80s: Police, Petty, Journey
Recently: Eagles, Toto, Foreigner
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stoptothink wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:41 pm Strung Out, Millencolin, Funeral for a Friend, Bayside, MXPX, 11th Hour, Fenix TX, Longfellow, Suicide Machines, Less than Jake, Bouncing Souls, No Use for a Name, Coheed and Cambria, Saosin, Slick Shoes, Parachute Kids, One Adam Henry, Homegrown...
You win! I've only heard of a couple of those bands and don't recall ever listening to any of them.
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brak wrote: Sat May 01, 2010 8:40 pm Why are people forgetting about Elvis in the 1970's and 1980's?
I wish I could forget. All bloated, and those gawd awful white sequin disco outfits?? He was totally done by then.
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Most memorable was Tom Petty. The power went out halfway through the show, but the band kept playing and the crowd sang along.
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CFM300 wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:21 pm
stoptothink wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:41 pm Strung Out, Millencolin, Funeral for a Friend, Bayside, MXPX, 11th Hour, Fenix TX, Longfellow, Suicide Machines, Less than Jake, Bouncing Souls, No Use for a Name, Coheed and Cambria, Saosin, Slick Shoes, Parachute Kids, One Adam Henry, Homegrown...
You win! I've only heard of a couple of those bands and don't recall ever listening to any of them.
I'm guessing we listened to punk rock of totally different eras, there are several Warped Tour headliners in that list.
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littlebird wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:58 pm
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.
That’s amazing littlebird! After that they called themselves Tom & Jerry for awhile. I don’t know where that came from, the cartoon? Would they remember you today do you suppose?
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Dan Fogelberg, Macky Auditorium (U of Colo), Boulder, CO 12/2/79.
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Nicolas wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:09 pm
fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:00 pm Nicolas wrote: ↑
fishandgolf wrote: ↑
Elvis......Milwaukee, WI 1977 or 1978
Must’ve been 1977, he died in August of that year.
Thanks...…I knew it was shortly after I got married but couldn't quite pin down the exact date.
On the same leg of that tour Elvis broke up a street fight in Madison, WI. He saw some guys duking it out and so he had his limo pull over and he got out and personally intervened, stopped the fight. There is a plaque there to memorialize it to this day.
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Nicolas...…….that's is a very interesting tribute to the King......never knew that......Thank you for posting it..... :thumbsup

So...….I Googled what date in 1997 did Elvis perform in Milwaukee, WI.(MKE). All I could find is that he was in MKE on April 27, 1977. I might be mistaken, but I was almost certain that he was in MKE shortly after our wedding....which was June 11, 1977. The roadside marker that you posted notes that this fight breakup by Elvis occurred on June 24, 1977....which more closely corresponds to what I remember (but then again....advancing age can play tricks with a person's memory). If the April date is correct, then perhaps Elvis either returned to Wisconsin in June, stayed in Wisconsin after his April performance in MKE or.....Google got it wrong. NBD...…
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fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:02 pm
Nicolas wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:09 pm
fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:00 pm Nicolas wrote: ↑
fishandgolf wrote: ↑
Elvis......Milwaukee, WI 1977 or 1978
Must’ve been 1977, he died in August of that year.
Thanks...…I knew it was shortly after I got married but couldn't quite pin down the exact date.
On the same leg of that tour Elvis broke up a street fight in Madison, WI. He saw some guys duking it out and so he had his limo pull over and he got out and personally intervened, stopped the fight. There is a plaque there to memorialize it to this day.
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Nicolas...…….that's is a very interesting tribute to the King......never knew that......Thank you for posting it..... :thumbsup

So...….I Googled what date in 1997 did Elvis perform in Milwaukee, WI.(MKE). All I could find is that he was in MKE on April 27, 1977. I might be mistaken, but I was almost certain that he was in MKE shortly after our wedding....which was June 11, 1977. The roadside marker that you posted notes that this fight breakup by Elvis occurred on June 24, 1977....which more closely corresponds to what I remember (but then again....advancing age can play tricks with a person's memory). If the April date is correct, then perhaps Elvis either returned to Wisconsin in June, stayed in Wisconsin after his April performance in MKE or.....Google got it wrong. NBD...…
It appears April 27 is the correct date for Milwaukee. The next day he performed in Ashwaubenon (Green Bay) WI, and no other Wisconsin dates until the Madison show in June and that was his last ever show in Wisconsin, in fact it was his third to last concert before his death. He did perform May 1 & 2 in Chicago. https://www.setlist.fm/setlists/elvis-p ... 6a2b1.html
http://www.elvisconcerts.com/tours/t19775mi.htm

The reviews of his last tour were scathing, do you remember anything of that concert? The adjectives used were lifeless, bloated, as if roused from a drunken slumber, breathless, slurred his witless patter, and etc. http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/elvis ... 76-77.html
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Best ever is Barenboim doing Mozart piano concerti at the CSO c 1995. Our balcony seats' line of sight was right down the keyboard. Watching a virtuoso play that stuff was amazing. Quick and accurate without an error creating beautiful sound.

Country, Mary Chapin Carpenter at the small Northlight theater in Skokie Illinois.

Rock probably Hootie and the Blowfish at Ravinia. Have seen a lot of concerts there over the past 40 years but nobody rocked that place like Hootie. DW was crazy about them so we saw them there 3 or 4 times.
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CSO playing Pictures at an Exhibition. The ending was absolutely magnificent.
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So many shows here that would have been fantastic to see. And looks like a bunch of old (mostly reformed) hippies in the group too, love it! Here are my notables:

Steve Miller Band- 1970 Dallas (his hometown). Our families were good friends in those days so we sat with them. I'd gone to grade school with his little brother Jim who's unfortunately no longer with us. Great people!

Grateful Dead- 1982 MSG, 1990 (7/4), 1994 - We always got to the venue several hours early to start the party. Have seen The Dead 5-6x post JG.

Stones- 1989 Busch Stadium

Paul McCartney- 2005 Chicago, bucket list check mark. Amazing some here saw the Beatles!

CSN&Y- 2006 Atlanta + St Louis

Neil Young- have seen him several times, most notable 2007 when the photographer didn't return for full band set #2 so I grabbed his seat, R1center

Eagles- 2013 tour..they were amazingly tight and Joe Walsh is just one with his guitar!

Springsteen- 3x, DW has seen him 35-40x; a true fan, she deserves a meet n' greet lol

Jamey Johnson- last summer at a Harley dealer in TN. The hype on this guy is real, he's fantastic!

DW was at the 1991 G n' R riot show in St Louis. She woke me at 2am with quite a story!
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wow, how about a recent show? LOL, in this decade :)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - July 2, 2017 - Canandaigua, New York

RIP, he was the best.
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Best Concert Experiences (often times for me it’s the surrounding environment as much as the show for the ones that are memorable)
1. James Brown and Wang Chung (huh?) - on the beach at Daytona Beach 1987
2. An Evening with Roger Waters - Xcel Energy Center MN 2007
3. Pink Floyd - Minneapolis Metrodome 1987
4. The Cars - First Avenue 2011 - a historically terrible live band in an intimate setting after a 25 year hiatus supporting a surprisingly good new album.
- RIP Ric Ocasek
5. Wierd Al Yankovic: bandshell Minnesota State Fair (Back in the 80’s). - free show at one of the band shells, perfect fall Minnesota day - just weird
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I've seen a lot of live shows dating back to the early 70s. Springsteen 17 times, Lucinda Williams 10 times and a lot of the big acts - the Who, Eagles, ELO, Yes. But easily the best show was Jesse Winchester at the Sellersville theater (Sellersville PA) just a few years ago. I think he died within a year of that show. 2nd best was probably the Talking Heads at the Mann Music center in Philly (Stop Making Sense tour) and 3rd surprisingly was Coldplay at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Went with my kids and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
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Nicolas wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:53 pm
fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:02 pm
Nicolas wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:09 pm
fishandgolf wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:00 pm Nicolas wrote: ↑
fishandgolf wrote: ↑
Elvis......Milwaukee, WI 1977 or 1978
Must’ve been 1977, he died in August of that year.
Thanks...…I knew it was shortly after I got married but couldn't quite pin down the exact date.
On the same leg of that tour Elvis broke up a street fight in Madison, WI. He saw some guys duking it out and so he had his limo pull over and he got out and personally intervened, stopped the fight. There is a plaque there to memorialize it to this day.
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Nicolas...…….that's is a very interesting tribute to the King......never knew that......Thank you for posting it..... :thumbsup

So...….I Googled what date in 1997 did Elvis perform in Milwaukee, WI.(MKE). All I could find is that he was in MKE on April 27, 1977. I might be mistaken, but I was almost certain that he was in MKE shortly after our wedding....which was June 11, 1977. The roadside marker that you posted notes that this fight breakup by Elvis occurred on June 24, 1977....which more closely corresponds to what I remember (but then again....advancing age can play tricks with a person's memory). If the April date is correct, then perhaps Elvis either returned to Wisconsin in June, stayed in Wisconsin after his April performance in MKE or.....Google got it wrong. NBD...…
It appears April 27 is the correct date for Milwaukee. The next day he performed in Ashwaubenon (Green Bay) WI, and no other Wisconsin dates until the Madison show in June and that was his last ever show in Wisconsin, in fact it was his third to last concert before his death. He did perform May 1 & 2 in Chicago. https://www.setlist.fm/setlists/elvis-p ... 6a2b1.html
http://www.elvisconcerts.com/tours/t19775mi.htm

The reviews of his last tour were scathing, do you remember anything of that concert? The adjectives used were lifeless, bloated, as if roused from a drunken slumber, breathless, slurred his witless patter, and etc. http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/elvis ... 76-77.html
Nicolas....thanks for doing the research...that does set the record straight. What I do remember of the show is that my wife and I both liked it. When he performed "American Trilogy" ….the crowd gave him a standing ovation; we played that song over and over again for many years. We were both "HUGE" Elvis fans at the time so if his performance was subpar.....we didn't notice. Also, we were in the nose bleed section so we couldn't see much of him.
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Barefootgirl wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:42 am wow, how about a recent show? LOL, in this decade :)
Almost forgot about this one:

Paul McCartney - June 2019 - Madison, WI. He performed for almost three hours. It was a great show.....and for a guy who was 76 at the time...…..quite impressive performance. :sharebeer
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1) The Who Kemper Arena Kansas City ( Missouri). July 10 1976
2) Steven Stills Municipal Auditorium Kansas City ( Missouri ). Summer of 1971
3) Tedeschi Trucks Band Uptown Theatre 2012, Arvest Theatre 2015 2018. KCMO
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mancich wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:31 pm The Stones, Steel Wheels tour in Foxborough MA. Keith looked like he was at death's door even then (1989), but they sounded great. :D
I was at that concert and it is on my top ten list. Also saw Pink Floyd at Foxborough.

Too many good concerts to choose the best one. I really enjoyed Blue Oyster Cult shows at The Living Room in Providence, RI.
Small dive bar and great music. Saw a lot of 80's hair bands there.

Similarly, saw Paul Stanley at Toads Place in New Haven, CT. That was an awesome show.
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War on Drugs. Last year and about a year or so before that, Portland, OR. But many other great ones over the years. Stones and Moody Blues back in the 70's. Dylan a bunch of times. Etc.
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Barefootgirl wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:42 am wow, how about a recent show? LOL, in this decade :)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - July 2, 2017 - Canandaigua, New York

RIP, he was the best.
I saw Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on August 22, 2017 in Berkeley, California. I'd been to their concerts a bunch of times over the years but that last one will always be memorable. My wife somehow managed to get front row seats for this show. Tom Petty passed away a few weeks later. He was just incredible and I will always cherish memories of that show.
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First – Chambers Brothers, Harvard Stadium 1970

Loudest – Humble Pie (with Peter Frampton), could not hear very well for at least two days afterward

Best – Paul McCartney, One on One tour 2016 in Washington, D.C.. Sang about 37 songs over three hours. WOW!
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Grateful Dead, 9/26/81, Buffalo War Memorial Auditorium (The old "Aud"). One of hundreds, but that was special.

As an aside, the Rolling Stones were playing the next day at Rich Stadium just outside of Buffalo. Every rest stop on the New York State Thruway was an insane, drug-crazed party. Looking back now, as an older man living out his life in peace with his family, I am glad I survived those days.
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Grateful Dead - 1974 Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington.

There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. This was the era of their bodacious, financially unrealistic, over the top, "Wall of Sound" system.

The documentary "Long Strange Trip" (available on Amazon Prime) captures the ethos of the band and that era.

Like many truly artistic endeavors things ended badly.
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MerleFest, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro NC:

Best concert ever: a small gathering of fans sitting ten feet away from Del McCurry performing hits like Vincent Black Lightning 1952

Other memorable performances: Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs.

Annual event the last weekend in April. Tickets on sale now at merlefest.org
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stoptothink wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:39 pm I'm guessing we listened to punk rock of totally different eras, there are several Warped Tour headliners in that list.
Yep, different eras. As punk morphed into "alternative," I lost track of it (except for a few bands). I'll sit down and listen to the bands you cited and see if I feel any sparks. Thanks for the list.
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I’ve never paid for a concert performance. But some of the free acts (yes free) I’ve seen were:

1985 – Blood Sweat & Tears, The Association
1987 – Ray Charles, The Spinners
1988 – The Mamas and the Papas, The Marvelettes
1989 – Johnny Rivers
1990 – Three Dog Night, The Temptations. Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits)
1991 – The 5th Dimension
1992 – Trisha Yearwood, Neil Sedaka, Mary Wilson
1993- 1964 the Tribute (my favorite Beatles tribute band)
1994 – The Lettermen
1995 – The Everly Brothers, Three Dog Night, Roberta Flack
1996 - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
1997 – Tom Jones, Patti LeBelle, Little Richard, KC ad the Sunshine Band
1998 – The Village People, Wayne Newton, Dixie Chicks
1999 – Tony Bennett, Kenny Rodgers

All of these acts were at the Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest. It began back in 1984 and last year it was polled (by USA Today) as the best festival in the nation. The attendance for the 10 day event has grown from about 180,000 (in 1984) to nearly a million today. There are 16 stages and over 500 performances. Only one or two of them (each day) has a paid admission. I’ve been to every one of the festivals (on multiple days) since 1984. They couldn’t do it without the 1,700 volunteers.

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Musikfest Voted ‘Best Festival in North America’ in USA Today Reader’s Poll
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Todd Rungren in 1984. Walking home after work past a church that is Super busy. I pull on a side door, and walk right into the sanctuary. I took a seat not knowing what to expect...it was Todd. The setting was so intimate! The base player was flirting with me on stage! I passed!

Jerry Jeff Walker in Sarasota. Another small venue.

Roger Waters with step-daughter. A lot of good memories and music that night.
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Rage against the Machine at Free Tibet (SF Polo Grounds) 1996
Metallica 'The Night before' ATT Park 2016
Foo Fighters at Mountain View Shoreline BFD 2003
Pearl Jam Cal Expo 1995
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The Clash at the Palladium. It was their first concert in NYC after releasing London Calling. I sat in the first row of the balcony.
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Barefootgirl wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:42 am wow, how about a recent show? LOL, in this decade :)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - July 2, 2017 - Canandaigua, New York

RIP, he was the best.
I saw him in 1979 right after he released Damn the Torpedos. One of the best/most underrated live bands ever.
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framus wrote: Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:44 pm Grateful Dead - 1974 Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington.

There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. This was the era of their bodacious, financially unrealistic, over the top, "Wall of Sound" system.

The documentary "Long Strange Trip" (available on Amazon Prime) captures the ethos of the band and that era.

Like many truly artistic endeavors things ended badly.
73-74, two of their best years. :sharebeer
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