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Mikegarveyblues
11-29-2012, 07:27 PM
Which are your favourite concerts that you've attended? Share your pics & stories. Any concerts you still kick yourself for missing out on? Who do you still hope to see?

One concert I just missed out on was the Gilmour led Pink Floyd at Earls Court in London in 94. Although i've seen Roger Waters twice which makes up for it. He'll be taking The Wall to stadiums through next year and I thoroughly recommend it!

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Another concert I went to recently was Joe Bonamassa. Great player and puts on a good show!

Couple of tunes I recorded whilst seeing him in Liverpool earlier this year:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9He4lWmu0fE

Hope I get to see David Gilmour before he hangs up his guitars for good!

Chris528
11-29-2012, 08:32 PM
I have been to several hundred concerts in my life and the 3 that I would have to say were the best would have to be Foo Fighters, Santana & Kid Rock.

james
11-29-2012, 08:38 PM
Bill Frisell at Rams Head on West Street in Annapolis was the best show I've been to.

WEDGE
11-29-2012, 09:10 PM
Countless shows but the ones that stand out as extra special to me were Iron Maiden on the Powerslave tour, KISS 1979, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Van Halen 1980 Invasion tour, and Michael Schenker on his first solo tour in 1980.

One I missed and really wish I had seen.....I had tickets to see Ozzy in Hartford and Randy Rhoads dies in a plane crash a week before the show.......I was majorly bummed...saw him months later with Brad Gillis playing but was NOT the same.....

Shawn@PRS
11-29-2012, 10:08 PM
Frank Sinatra, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 1994(ish)

solacematt
11-29-2012, 10:28 PM
Smashing Pumpkins at Miami Arena in 1996. Also the loudest show I've ever been to. If only there were pictures, that venue practically did cavity searches upon entry, haha.

Boogie
11-29-2012, 10:33 PM
Santana 1979. Epic in so many ways. Ways I will never tell you guys about in a public forum. ;)

Mike Duncan
11-29-2012, 10:55 PM
Flogging Molly. I've seen them numerous times. No band, besides They Might Be Giants or Steve Earle, makes me happier!

sergiodeblanc
11-29-2012, 11:52 PM
Prince and the M**her*u*king TIME!!!!!! Morris Day is a world-class entertainer.

Buildermike
11-29-2012, 11:55 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Fabulous Thunderbirds at Merriwether in the Mid 80's from the third row in the pit. The highlight was when Stevie sat down with a double neck guitar playing the lower neck with his brother playing the top neck of he same guitar standing behind Stevie.

Mikegarveyblues
11-30-2012, 12:01 AM
Countless shows but the ones that stand out as extra special to me were Iron Maiden on the Powerslave tour, KISS 1979, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Van Halen 1980 Invasion tour, and Michael Schenker on his first solo tour in 1980.

One I missed and really wish I had seen.....I had tickets to see Ozzy in Hartford and Randy Rhoads dies in a plane crash a week before the show.......I was majorly bummed...saw him months later with Brad Gillis playing but was NOT the same.....

Iron Maiden... Wouldn't mind seeing them!

You've made me want to dig out my Live In Rio DVD! But work calls...

Mikegarveyblues
11-30-2012, 12:04 AM
SRV... Wouldn't of minded seeing him... Or Rory Gallagher, or Gary Moore for that matter... Ton of others, Born two or three decades too late I always thought!

Boogie123
12-01-2012, 03:41 PM
Rory Gallagher - Ulster Hall, Belfast -1984
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall - 2006
James Taylor - Dublin - 2011

David Gilmour - http://i45.tinypic.com/n35klx.jpg

Twinfan
12-01-2012, 03:57 PM
ZZ Top, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, October 2010, next best was Davy Knowles on the Isle of Man in July 2011. Bon Jovi, Van Halen and Ugly Kid Joe in Newcastle June 1995 was also awesome, Van Halen blew away the headliners :)

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Dirty Bob
12-01-2012, 04:36 PM
Probably Clapton at the Garden on the "From the Cradle" tour.

I went with my father....I was pretty young at the time...larger than life.

i also have seen several hundred shows....so who knows...the first time I saw Derek Trucks at the Beacon when Dickey was still with the ABB was a trip.

i was also up close for the DMB concert at Central Park...Warren Haynes jamming with them playing Cortez the Killer may have been one of the best leads I have ever seen live...insane the amount of soul he has.

KWS in a small venue at Ridgefield, CT was probably the closest I would ever get to what it must have been like at the Fillmore.

KC and the Sunshine Band? If you saw the girls i was hanging out with back then you would understand!!!!

Herr Squid
12-01-2012, 05:05 PM
So many good ones! But the one that just pulled me in the most ever was Jane's Addiction at Eastern Washington University in about 1990. No reason to think it was going to be a great show, but everything just worked that night and it was magical.

Mikegarveyblues
12-01-2012, 06:02 PM
Rory Gallagher - Ulster Hall, Belfast -1984
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall - 2006
James Taylor - Dublin - 2011

David Gilmour - http://i45.tinypic.com/n35klx.jpg

N.I.C.E!!!

Was that during Echoes?

Mikegarveyblues
12-01-2012, 06:04 PM
I always wanted to do Glastonbury but I think i'd feel old now.

tacomadriver
12-01-2012, 07:43 PM
I apologize for not having a formal introduction yet. In short my name is George, I live in Eugene, Oregon, turned 60 last birthday love to play guitar and only recently found a couple of PRS guitars I could bond with. I'll try to stop being a lurker in favor of being a member.

When I read the title of this thread it brought to mind a very small concert in Cumberland, BC. Around 2003 my wife and I were staying in Parkesville and while shopping in Courtney she sees an ad for tickets to hear a flamenco guitarist. We decided to go and found ourselves in a converted church someone was trying to create a music venue in. There were maybe two dozen folding chairs and a wood stove. Robert Michaels and two other guys accompanied him. I'd never seen playing like that from six feet away. It was just WOW! After a couple of hours he told me he was just getting warmed up but that was all they could use the building for.

Mikegarveyblues
12-01-2012, 07:47 PM
Hey Tacomadriver, welcome to the forum, and thanks for sharing your story!

I've been to some more intimate concerts with great musicians. It really is wonderful to be right up and close to someone who is a master of their art!

crgtr
12-01-2012, 08:59 PM
NO pics, but I do have the board tape of Robert Plant & the Strange Sensation @ the Ryman here in Nashville. AMAZING!!!!!!!!

WEDGE
12-01-2012, 09:05 PM
Prince and the M**her*u*king TIME!!!!!! Morris Day is a world-class entertainer.

I saw the Purple Rain tour........crazy good show.....

Fbrandw
12-01-2012, 09:07 PM
Seen a ton of shows across the spectrum of popular music, but hands down Volbeat in Edmonton, AB late '11 was the finest display of a band feeding off a wild crowd...in short it was a once in a lifetime show the energy was through the roof....crowd Db just before they hit the stage was spiking around 110 Db lol pure awesome!

Dirty Bob
12-01-2012, 09:16 PM
I saw the Purple Rain tour........crazy good show.....

that must have been awesome....his sense of rhythm is out of this world.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-02-2012, 12:34 AM
Prince and the M**her*u*king TIME!!!!!! Morris Day is a world-class entertainer.
Jealous!

Some of my favorite shows were those I didn't even plan. I saw a band called Dag in a tiny club, on a whim, and they brought the house down. I saw Sevendust a few years ago in a club so small, they're lucky no one died of heat-stroke. There was a booking problem with the event center the were supposed to use. When it fell through, they played at a much small "local" club. There might have been 150 people in there and it was nothing but elbows, a-holes, and buckets of sweat. It was amazing. Incubus, also in a small club, was awesome. Then there was Van Halen around 1996. Front row, center. THAT was a party.

Bands I saw at music festivals that surprised me? Marilyn Manson. He put on one of the best "shows" I've ever seen.

But the most electrifying concert ever was on Metallica's Black album tour. I was in the Snake Pit (inside the stage) from beginning to end. To see the crowd from a few feet behind Hetfield, Ulrich, Newstead, and Hammett was the ultimate rock experience. And 20 years ago! Damn, I'm old.

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Boogie123
12-02-2012, 01:52 AM
N.I.C.E!!!

Was that during Echoes?

Yip....the sound of the band and the black strat was incredible..great show!

Hopeful Sinner
12-02-2012, 02:03 AM
The Runners Up
Brother Cane - These guys always rock the house and I've seen them about 13 times in various sized clubs, theaters and even arenas opening for Van Halen and Aerosmith...
Van Halen - Valentine's Day 1992 on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour and September 27, 1995 on the Balance tour...
Danzig w/ Marilyn Manson and Korn opening - May 6, 1995. Two of the smallest acts that would soon be the biggest bands opening for GD was a good time...
Metallica - February 1, 1997 during the Load tour. Corrosion of Conformity opened and Hetfield & Co. played for about 3 hours! Insanely great show...
The 90's sure seem to be the Golden Age of my concert going life. I could list at least a dozen more...


The Grand Poobah
Charlie Terrell - My favorite artist and good friend. I road tripped, la Fear and Loathing, to L.A. for a visit and to see him play. About an hour before the show, we were talking about what songs I might want to hear and at some point he handed me a sharpie, a piece of paper and let me write out my dream set list and that's what they played. Made my "concert" life that night...

veinbuster
12-02-2012, 06:58 AM
And few of the most memorable :
SRV in a small venue mid 80s, sitting on the front of the stage a disappearing into his guitar. It was other worldly.
Bowie Let's Dance. Great showman with such a good voice.
Springsteen Born in the USA - the band just couldn't stop playing
Jeff Beck opened by Johnny Lang - great night of guitar and I am forever in awe of Beck.
Keith Urban - I love how he slips some sweet guitar into his songs - best version of White Christmas ever

JMintzer
12-02-2012, 06:16 PM
Springsteen, about 1977/8, at UMBC. 2nd row, floor seats. He grabbed the girl next to me to go on stage and dance, and I was part of the hoard who caught him when he did a back dive off the stage...

CSN&Y, around the same time (maybe a bit earlier, at the Cap Centre). They played over 4 hours, the other 3 guys gave Neil Young a standing ovation for his set. I didn't get home till 3:30 am...


Jamie

11top
12-02-2012, 08:20 PM
Brother Cane - These guys always rock the house and I've seen them about 13 times in various sized clubs, theaters and even arenas opening for Van Halen and Aerosmith...


Hey, I saw them year's ago at a small venue. It was just after Got No Shame came out. They were really good.

Man, I hate to choose, but I really liked Mr. Big. I was mesmorized by Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan, and Eric Martin is one of the best rock singers ever. It didn't hurt that I had row 1, seat 1 (with the numbers starting in the middle).

But my wife and I were escorted back stage with Peter Stroud at a Sheryl Crow/John Mayer concert, and nothing will ever beat that experience.

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Hopeful Sinner
12-02-2012, 08:31 PM
Hey, I saw them year's ago at a small venue. It was just after Got No Shame came out. They were really good.

Damon is one of my favorite guitar players. Been trying to get a PRS in his hands for a couple years.. Zach from Shinedown is in the current Brother Cane lineup so there's hope! And Orianthi replaced Damon in Alice Cooper's band when he went on the road with Thin Lizzy so lots of rubbing elbows with the brand is helping my case!

LSchefman
12-03-2012, 02:11 PM
My son toured with a band called CB7 that opened for 30 Seconds to Mars last Spring. When the show came to Detroit, they played the Fillmore, and I have to say:

Seeing your kid perform at a sold-out big time venue opening for a platinum band?

Best show EVER! ;)

30 STM was also really great!

Woundtight
12-03-2012, 03:03 PM
The Tubes- Pittsburgh Civic Arena, 1983
Jethro Tull- Pittsburgh Civic Arena, 1983
Roy Buchanan opening for Dire Straits- Pittsburgh Syria Mosque, 1985
Kid Rock- Electric Factory Philadelphia 2000, then 6 more times since

favorite Band was Van Halen, six times, first concert, but I can't put them in the top 3or 4

Hopeful Sinner
12-03-2012, 03:09 PM
Seeing your kid perform at a sold-out big time venue opening for a platinum band?

Best show EVER! ;)


WINNER!!!
All other replies will be tied to a tree and dealt with Ol' Yeller style...

alantig
12-03-2012, 08:13 PM
Roy Buchanan opening for Dire Straits- Pittsburgh Syria Mosque, 1985

Roy opened that show? Seriously? I have zero memory of that. I don't remember there being an opening act at all. It's possible that I got there late, but it's odd that I have no recollection of that.

ExpatGirl
12-03-2012, 11:28 PM
Two concerts leap to mind. One was the Robert Cray Band. John Hiatt opened for Robert with Sonny Landreth on slide guitar. The other great concert was Eric Clapton on Friday, 30 March 1990. It was his 45th birthday and we sang Happy Birthday to him.

11top
12-04-2012, 07:45 AM
The Tubes- Pittsburgh Civic Arena, 1983


+ a trillion (which in seconds is 37 years, BTW).

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Their tour bus read "Burt Reynolds" on the front. And they used to run Fee Waybill out of the bus with a towel covering his head while fans yelled "Burt, Burt!!!"

Shawn@PRS
12-04-2012, 08:01 AM
Springsteen, about 1977/8, at UMBC. 2nd row, floor seats. He grabbed the girl next to me to go on stage and dance, and I was part of the hoard who caught him when he did a back dive off the stage...

CSN&Y, around the same time (maybe a bit earlier, at the Cap Centre). They played over 4 hours, the other 3 guys gave Neil Young a standing ovation for his set. I didn't get home till 3:30 am...


Jamie

I would love to have been at either of these shows

Mikegarveyblues
12-04-2012, 11:12 AM
Two concerts leap to mind. One was the Robert Cray Band. John Hiatt opened for Robert with Sonny Landreth on slide guitar. The other great concert was Eric Clapton on Friday, 30 March 1990. It was his 45th birthday and we sang Happy Birthday to him.

Robert Cray's great. A Master of less is more methinks. Clapton's one i'd like to see before he hangs up his guitar for sure.

ExpatGirl
12-04-2012, 12:33 PM
Robert Cray's great. A Master of less is more methinks. Clapton's one i'd like to see before he hangs up his guitar for sure.

Clapton was simply amazing. He played for two hours with no opening act. It's one of the only shows where I couldn't think of anything I'd hve changed, like song selection.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 12:41 PM
Prince and the M**her*u*king TIME!!!!!! Morris Day is a world-class entertainer.

Now THAT would be AWESOME!!!!

vchizzle
12-04-2012, 12:57 PM
This is really a tough one. Top few, not in any order...

Rolling Stones 1997 - Camp Randall Stadium, Madison WI. 10th row center, right next to the catwalk.
Alice In Chains 1993 - Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI. 1st real concert I ever went to(in my most impressionable days as a young guitar player). Our whole band went.
Stone Temple Pilots 1994 - Summerfest, another band outing. The giant lava lamp screens on the sides of the stage were awesome.
Tool 2002 - Milwaukee. 1st time seeing them, amazed. When they were in their prime IMO.
Radiohead 2003 Alpine Valley, WI
U2 360 tour 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago. Was a bucket list show for me and was a great show.
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Slash 5-16-12 Orpheum Theater Madison -One of my favorite players when I 1st started playing guitar. Never saw GnR, so this was an awesome show in a really small venue. Got to meet him briefly after the show.
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11top
12-04-2012, 01:34 PM
I'm breaking the rules (again), but I thought of another show which was simply KILLER. In 1971, at Wabash College in its tiny gym, I sat on the hardwood floor up front dead center and saw, Humble Pie (with Frampton and Marriott), ELP, and Johnny Winter And (with Rick Derringer). There was no stage, so we literally sat right at the feet of the performers. Ah......the good 'ol days and small venues.

sergiodeblanc
12-04-2012, 01:48 PM
I saw the Purple Rain tour........crazy good show.....
Now that right there must have been insane!

-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;31828']Jealous!



Now THAT would be AWESOME!!!!

It was only like 5-6 years ago, somebody in Prince's band had a family emergency and they ended up canceling a few shows here in Chicago. To make it up to the people who bought tickets, they returned saying there would be a "special guest" for the shows, Prince and "special guest" was even printed on the tickets.

Lights go down, and all of the sudden: "Oh ah ah ah!" "Jungle Love" starts and... Wow! I had been burned on a bunch of reunion acts and this made all of my previous reservations melt away, Jerome did the whole mirror bit, the dance moves, the whole nine!


It pains me to say it but, too bad Prince sucked. :bawling: He seemed like he was just "phoning it in" if you know what I mean.

Danerada
12-04-2012, 01:54 PM
Jungle Love !!!!! Heck yeah!!!

That's unfortunate about Prince.....

sergiodeblanc
12-04-2012, 01:59 PM
Jungle Love !!!!! Heck yeah!!!

That's unfortunate about Prince.....

In all fairness, how could anybody follow Morris Day?

Woundtight
12-04-2012, 09:07 PM
I'm breaking the rules (again), but I thought of another show which was simply KILLER. In 1971, at Wabash College in its tiny gym, I sat on the hardwood floor up front dead center and saw, Humble Pie (with Frampton and Marriott), ELP, and Johnny Winter And (with Rick Derringer). There was no stage, so we literally sat right at the feet of the performers. Ah......the good 'ol days and small venues.


Steve Marriott, up close?! Holy Scheet! :adore::adore::adore:

ELP! From the Beginning!

LSchefman
12-05-2012, 12:38 PM
WINNER!!!
All other replies will be tied to a tree and dealt with Ol' Yeller style...

Haha! My wife saw the Beatles live on their first US tour at Olympia in Detroit, as a little kid.

She said seeing our boy knock it out of the park was better. :)

Mikegarveyblues
12-05-2012, 01:54 PM
This is really a tough one. Top few, not in any order...

Rolling Stones 1997 - Camp Randall Stadium, Madison WI. 10th row center, right next to the catwalk.
Alice In Chains 1993 - Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI. 1st real concert I ever went to(in my most impressionable days as a young guitar player). Our whole band went.
Stone Temple Pilots 1994 - Summerfest, another band outing. The giant lava lamp screens on the sides of the stage were awesome.
Tool 2002 - Milwaukee. 1st time seeing them, amazed. When they were in their prime IMO.
Radiohead 2003 Alpine Valley, WI
U2 360 tour 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago. Was a bucket list show for me and was a great show.
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Slash 5-16-12 Orpheum Theater Madison -One of my favorite players when I 1st started playing guitar. Never saw GnR, so this was an awesome show in a really small venue. Got to meet him briefly after the show.
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Nice!

Only ever been a casual fan of U2... Can't deny they put on a great concert though!

Boogie123
12-05-2012, 05:20 PM
I've seen Eric Clapton 7 times and I've got tickets for Belfast next May, row 3!!...last time was Belfast in 201I and I was row 7, he honestly looked like he'd have rather been some where else...Belfast isn't that bad now!!..I hope he enjoys it a bit more this time as he looked miserable the whole night...Steve Gadd made up for it mind you!

Mikegarveyblues
12-05-2012, 05:28 PM
I've seen Eric Clapton 7 times and I've got tickets for Belfast next May, row 3!!...last time was Belfast in 201I and I was row 7, he honestly looked like he'd have rather been some where else...Belfast isn't that bad now!!..I hope he enjoys it a bit more this time as he looked miserable the whole night...Steve Gadd made up for it mind you!

Hope he's more cheery for the may show.

When an artist isn't happy - or gives that impression - it feeds through the audience.

When I saw Bonamassa he didn't really respond to the crowwd much until half way through the show. Lifted the place up when he did. Really good show but I wish he'd been more communicative with the audience early on.

Woundtight
12-05-2012, 08:23 PM
Roy opened that show? Seriously? I have zero memory of that. I don't remember there being an opening act at all. It's possible that I got there late, but it's odd that I have no recollection of that.

You had me searching yesterday, just to be sure. I found some reviews and Dire Straits played for two hours, so maybe Roy Buchanan did not open for them. Otherwise I could not find any 'proof'. Regardless, his performance made me forget who I was there to see!
The best shows always seemed to have an element of surprise. Imagine going to a show at a good sized theater and not being very familiar with the opening act. You see this humble 45 yr old man walk out on stage and plug a Tele into something like a Fender Vibrolux, Twin or a Roland JC-120...you wouldn't really expect much. If he happened to open up with a 'Hendrix song' like Hey Joe at 3/4 speed you might be heading back out to the parking lot to do some more partying. However, Roy was so damn talented and could tear your face off with those razor sharp tele tones. Roy and his little band made some beautiful noize that night.

james
12-05-2012, 08:50 PM
Currently watching a DVD that came out yesterday of Phish at Star Lake Amptitheater in '98 (in the middle of a "Time Loves A Hero" Little Feat cover). The only commercially available DVD of a show I've been to...and it's probably in my top 5.

butterfly
12-05-2012, 09:23 PM
^^^nice Down with Disease on that one.

Too many concerts for me to just pick one. One of the benefits of growing up in the 70s was that the Stones, the Who, Zeppelin, Floyd, the Dead, Skynyrd, Etc etc in their primes were the regular concerts we went to. I retrospect I am surprised my parents let me go to see things like the Stones at MSG in junior high in the mid 70s. Different world'd.

Mikegarveyblues
12-06-2012, 12:49 AM
I saw a Uk band called The Darkness a few years ago... Reasonably good show. Poor acoustics if I remember correctly but Justin Hawkins playing a cool solo whilst riding on a giant fake breast kind of made up for it!

11top
12-06-2012, 06:50 AM
Steve Marriott, up close?! Holy Scheet! :adore::adore::adore:

ELP! From the Beginning!

Being 100 has its benefits.

swede71
12-06-2012, 07:02 PM
Robert Plant 93,Porno for Pyros 93,Jeff Beck 2010,Robben Ford 90 and David Lee Roth 88

garrett
12-18-2012, 02:40 PM
A couple of them for me have been pretty recent. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals were incredible when they played ATL a couple months ago. I didn't want that show to end! Last year, I had a last-minute invite to see John Butler Trio. I was only vaguely aware of them prior, but man they totally blew me away.

I'll put Clapton up there. I don't guess the show was particularly memorable, but it was 1998 and I had only been playing guitar seriously for a few years. He was a big reason I got into playing, so seeing him live was a dream come true.

The single best moment was Steve Vai in Clearwater, FL in 2005. He played "Lotus Feet", which was his latest ballad at the time, and it was just transcendent. The emotion and the passion brought tears to my eyes. When the song was done, he got a huge standing ovation. I was close enough to see that his eyes had teared up, too. He was really moved that night. I've seen him live a bunch of times and that was definitely his best moment.

Poffypoffa
12-18-2012, 08:15 PM
For me it's a tie between mid nineties Black Crowes and Reverend Horton Heat.

Albrecht Smuten
12-19-2012, 04:15 AM
I saw Jethro Tull 10 years ago. At a castle's courtyard. It was the peak of a week-long road trip with my best pal and my girlfriend. The gig was way better then anything else I've seen before and the trip home was like riding the edge of giant storm that headed our way and eventually flooded Prague and drowned the very car we drove.

Only other remarkable gigs I've seen in past years were Pain of Salvation and Opeth, both of which are almost boringly perfect, so there's really nothing to tell.
I had the opportunity to see Korn on festival this year, but slept through it.

docbennett
12-19-2012, 06:46 AM
The big 7 out of a few hundred choices:

1973: Bob Dylan & the Band @ MSG...memorable as my first concert
1974/5, New Years eve....Blue Oyster Cult at the NY Acadamy of Music...memorable as my first of dozens of BOC concerts
1976, Blue Oyster Cult, with Styx and J. Geils opening at the Commack Arena, Smithtown Long Island...memorable for the first show I ever saw with my then girlfriend, now wife of 33 years. great opening acts for a change!
1977...Pink Floyd W.Y.W.H./Animals tour...WYWH & Animals in their entirety at MSG, plus the M-80 explosion that drove Waters crazy and inspired "The Wall"
1980.....Pink Floyd, "The Wall" @ Nassau Collisium (1 of only 8 shows in the USA)
2009....Blue Oyster Cult @Maxwells Hoboken, Fans only Show, 4+ hours, private room, limited to 50 fans/friends.
2010....Roger Waters, "The Wall" @ Izod Center


Oh yeah...and any time Neil Young tours with Crazy Horse and plays stuff from "Rust Never Sleeps" and "American Star & Bars".

Mikegarveyblues
12-19-2012, 07:49 AM
The big 7 out of a few hundred choices:

1973: Bob Dylan & the Band @ MSG...memorable as my first concert
1974/5, New Years eve....Blue Oyster Cult at the NY Acadamy of Music...memorable as my first of dozens of BOC concerts
1976, Blue Oyster Cult, with Styx and J. Geils opening at the Commack Arena, Smithtown Long Island...memorable for the first show I ever saw with my then girlfriend, now wife of 33 years. great opening acts for a change!
1977...Pink Floyd W.Y.W.H./Animals tour...WYWH & Animals in their entirety at MSG, plus the M-80 explosion that drove Waters crazy and inspired "The Wall"
1980.....Pink Floyd, "The Wall" @ Nassau Collisium (1 of only 8 shows in the USA)
2009....Blue Oyster Cult @Maxwells Hoboken, Fans only Show, 4+ hours, private room, limited to 50 fans/friends.
2010....Roger Waters, "The Wall" @ Izod Center


Oh yeah...and any time Neil Young tours with Crazy Horse and plays stuff from "Rust Never Sleeps" and "American Star & Bars".

That's a cool list of shows! I can match you on Waters doing the Wall in 2010 but would have loved to see them do it originally.

prsrocker1988
12-19-2012, 09:23 AM
I have many favorites, but first my top favorite:

Eagles - September 2008. Unfortunately I never got to see them with Don Felder but I'll take what I can get! Joe Walsh is my main hero and of course he played his @ss off at that show. Best live tone I've heard by far.

Other favorites:

AC/DC on the Black Ice Tour
Aerosmith on the Honkin On Bobo tour (my very first rock concert)
Lynyrd Skynyrd on the Rebels and Bandeleros tour
REO Speedwagon on their latest tour (not really a name)
38 Special opening for another band I can't remember

KRK
08-09-2013, 05:00 PM
The best show in my life was also Humble Pie, ELP, Johnny Winter And at the Wabash college gym, May 1971. I got in to the second show that night, HP rocked the place, ELP stoned the place and Johnny AND woke the place up approx. 4:30 a.m.! It was a truly unbelievable night! Changed my life forever!

ElrytNamrogo
08-09-2013, 05:12 PM
Porcupine Tree puts on a hell of show....

Rider1260
08-09-2013, 05:40 PM
In this decade Mark Tremonti at Austin's Fuel Room in a show where he used one of my pedals :)

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The others when I was young

Muddy Waters Blues Fest Chicago at Navy Pier I think it was 1978

Super Bowl of rock at Solder Field ( 38 special REO Speedwagon Journey Lynerd Skynard Ted Nugent )

Van Halen at the international amphitheater before I had ever heard of them

WEDGE
08-09-2013, 07:14 PM
Black Sabbath last night kicked major ass! And the fill in drummer is amazing, I will have to google him to see who regularly plays with.

KiSS tomorrow night, good week for music in CT.

cwhenke
08-09-2013, 07:44 PM
Best for me was the Beastie Boys. It was part of a music festival years ago, and I can't recall seeing another act give off that much energy. No pictures, but I have fond memories.

LJD
08-09-2013, 08:14 PM
For me it was Phish New Years Eve 1993 (Worcester, MA), my 19th birthday. It was the most energized concert I've ever been to, absolutely insane. I have the recording of the show and it still kills me. A very close second place would have to go to front row for U2 on the indoor leg of the Zoo TV tour (around the same year, same place - the Centrum in Worcester).

Bill SAS 513
08-09-2013, 09:13 PM
Probably top 5 were all different Rush shows...Signals was really great along with Grace under Pressure shows...Kiss in makeup during one of the last runs before fake members joined in...Little Big Town opened for Sugarland and the vocal harmonies were astounding...and my wife gave me permission to marry Jennifer Nettles...old Priest shows and the like at the old Capitol Centre...used to love seeing the roof through the trees from 495/95...great venue...have a piece of the building in my music room...still has great vibes...Queen with Freddie 5 or 6 times...he was the Ultimate Entertainer...Def Leppard with a whole drummer (sorry...couldn't help myself)...Return to Forever last time at Merriweather with Al D.

Tosca
08-09-2013, 09:31 PM
SRV: Boston October 6 1984.
Bonamassa: Philadelphia Nov 13, 2011
Many others that were great...those were the best.

alantig
08-09-2013, 10:50 PM
Black Sabbath last night kicked major ass! And the fill in drummer is amazing, I will have to google him to see who regularly plays with.

Tommy Clufetos on tour, right? He's Ozzy's current drummer, and he was touring with Uncle Ted a few years ago. He's made the rounds a bit, IIRC.

geese_com
08-10-2013, 12:28 AM
Paul McCartney @ Miller Park on July 16th, 2013. 3+ hours of amazing music.

Big Mard
08-12-2013, 01:49 AM
This is a tough one. I've seen some good ones.
Best sounding Show. 38 Special, I saw them with Honeymoon Suite many years ago.. maybe 1986 Knoxville, tn also in Johnson City Tn and in Roanoke, Va.
Best Stage Show Alice Cooper 1990 in Ricmond Va
Best Guitar Solo Stryper, Loudness and TNT.. TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekro- 3 Guitars Top Hat and a Magic Wand. it was Cool. Knoxville 87 or 88
Ozzfest 2000.Main Stage:
Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, Methods of Mayhem, P.O.D., Queens of the Stone Age, and Reveille,
Second Stage:
Soulfly, Kittie, Disturbed, Taproot, Slaves on Dope, Shuvel, Primer 55, The Deadlights, Pitchshifter, Crazy Town, Pumpjack (started August 4),Apartment 26
Getting into the Blues these days.
Tab Benoit at the Jewish Mother this year
Albert Cummings at the Capitol Ale House in Richmond.
Albert Castiglia at Pocohontas Park Chesterfield.

but My Favorite of All Was Y&T at the Baltimore sound Stage Last Year. 2 and a Half hour show.
They've been my favorite band since the early 80's

Big Mard
08-12-2013, 02:32 AM
And Trans Siberian Orchestra Last year in Richmond, Va

Slivyr
08-21-2013, 12:34 PM
Here's a few of my favorites:

First concert - Rush in Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto - it was the Signals tour so had to be around 1982
Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Neil Young - Canadian National Exhibition - Toronto - Aug 19, 1993
Kiss Reunion - Las Vegas (MGM Grand) - They were ending the first reunion tour on Halloween - I think it was 1996

Coop
08-21-2013, 01:56 PM
Rush - Time machine tour at the Minnesota State Fair... that was really, really good. It was the best of the 4 or 5 Rush shows I've been to since the Presto tour.

Queens of the Stone Age - The Quest in Minneapolis. It's was a smaller venue which made the show particularly rad. They played the 400 bar in Minneapolis with Dave Grohl (TINY joint)... I wish I could have seen that one.

Rage Against the Machine - Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. This was the second show of their reunion tour (the first was in NYC). Tons of energy and a great vibe (QOTSA opened and kicked serious ass).

Pat Benatar - Ribfest in Minneapolis... okay, maybe not the best, but she's a guilty pleasure and I did enjoy the show.

Now I need Zappa Plays Zappa to come back to Minneapolis.

I'm sure there are plenty that I'm forgetting, but whatevs.

thatsuthernkid
01-14-2014, 11:53 AM
I can count on two hands the concerts I've been to. I loved them all for one reason or another, and I can't decide a fave. I'll just name them all... Iron Maiden w/Twisted Sister, Van Halen w/BTO, Whitesnake w/Great White, Aerosmith w/White Lion, David Lee Roth w/Poison (Steve Vai OMG) , Britney Fox w/Slammin Gladys (small club in TX, got a pick from Billy Childs bassist for BF) , Metallica w/Godsmack, Motley Crue w/Guns N Roses (when they were still good lol), Kiss, Linkin Park w/Korn, Stone Temple Pilots w/Meat Puppets, 3 Doors Down w/Hoobastank and Shinedown, and Primus (unbelievable, almost 3 hours just them).

Karloff
01-30-2014, 05:30 AM
McCartney
Led Zeppelin
Allman Brothers
Govt Mule
Jefferson Airplane (reunion)
John Prine

JRod4928
01-30-2014, 06:59 AM
Dream Theater at Gigantour 2005 in Pittsburgh
Rush 2011 in Pittsburgh
Get the Led Out 2004? - Johnstown

Looking forward to Brit Floyd and Alter Bridge in the next 2 months!

ghochan
01-30-2014, 07:32 AM
First concert: Journey, shortly before Escape was released and one of the early shows with Jonathan Caine. Billy Squier opened.

most memorable: Peter Gabriel, So Tour in Hamburg, Germany, 1987. He ended the encore with Biko and turned the mic to the audience before leaving the stage. The whole audience kept singing long after the music stopped, the lights came up and people were walking out of the arena. The singing continued down in the subway station and onto the train. Unbelievably powerful. Gabriel was still falling into the audience then during Lay Your Hands on Me and since I was dead center with about 5 people b/w me and the stage, he went right overhead, pulling on my hand to get himself further into the audience.

other greats: first Rush show (signals tour), Roger Waters The Wall in 2010, any David Lindley performance, The Musical Box (Genesis recreation band from Canada), California Guitar Trio, Oingo Boingo with The Tubes at my college, Springsteen at the LA Colliseum, Yes, Dire Straits, so many . . .

almost forgot: Santa Barbara Blues Festival in 1987/8; I got to meet John Lee Hooker and shake his hand.

sergiodeblanc
01-30-2014, 01:39 PM
I made out with my girl on a picnic blanket at one of Donna Summer's last concerts at Ravinia like, five years back.. That was fun.

ElrytNamrogo
01-30-2014, 01:59 PM
Toots & The Maytals back in '01 or '02 at little bar called The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS. I had been listening to a lot of reggae at that point in my life and loved the older stuff. Toots and The Maytals were so far distant from me, I never thought I would ever see them in concert. Then one day, I heard they were coming to this tiny little bar in Lawrence, KS of all places. Tickets were cheap as hell and I was up front at the stage watching one of my favorite reggae bands....man I wish I could go back to that time.

alantig
01-30-2014, 03:07 PM
Rush 2011 in Pittsburgh

Looking forward to Brit Floyd and Alter Bridge in the next 2 months!

Wait - that was you? :rofl:

Where are you seeing Alter Bridge? I haven't seen anything about them being here, but I haven't looked at listings lately - just enough to get my ticket for Ghost on Good Friday!

CantankerousCarl
01-30-2014, 03:33 PM
I saw Sting for both the "Dream of the Blue Turtles" and "Nothing Like the Sun" tours...what a great live lineup. Omar Hakim, Kenny Kirkland, Branford, Dominic Miller.

Wish I could go back and listed with my "older ears" now because I know I didn't fully appreciate it back then in high school.

Daniel
02-01-2014, 12:03 AM
Rush, about 1989. I think it was the "Presto" tour? Our town was the first date of the tour and they rented the auditorium for a week to rehearse and get the "show" dialed in. The sound and production was awesome, best I've ever seen for a big show like that. Second would be Neil Diamond about 2007, no joke.