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.
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.
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.
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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. He seemed like he was just "phoning it in" if you know what I mean.
Jungle Love !!!!! Heck yeah!!!
That's unfortunate about Prince.....
“He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
^^^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.
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!
Robert Plant 93,Porno for Pyros 93,Jeff Beck 2010,Robben Ford 90 and David Lee Roth 88
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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.
For me it's a tie between mid nineties Black Crowes and Reverend Horton Heat.
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.
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