Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Sep 10, 2012.
Just curious re singers/musicians/bands: What/when/ who is the best concert you've seen? And why?
Barenaked Ladies. Because they are good showmen and I love Steve (the chubby one.)
The Deadmilk Men. A special place in my heart for a special time of being a teen.
All of the Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band concerts I went to. Bruce and the Big Man were such showmen - the energy level was incredible. And the concerts lasted for hours. I don't think I could bear to go to one now - I'd miss the Bruce/Clarence bromance.
I second that emotion. I am going to Bruce again this Friday night!!! Second time this year. Woohoo. It is very emotional without Clarence -- he pays appropriate tribute and it brings a tear to the eye.
Also love U2, Rolling Stones. Loved Talking Heads in concert back in the day.
Bruce just gets better and better IMO - I've seen him live perhaps a dozen times in the last thirty years, most recently last month. The energy is incredible, and yes Clarence is missed, but his nephew is now the featured sax player, plus on this tour there's a whole horn section, back up singers plus the violinist who has been on tour several years. Nils and Steven were in rare form, but Patti wasn't there (she skips some dates) - bottom line is it's Bruce's show, and he carries it.
Other recent memorable concerts - Bootsy Collins, still funking it up 50 years later, coming through the crowd to party with his fans; Rush, also better than ever with incredible live shows and music that continues to rock - HARD; Melissa Auf der Maur at a small club - the coolest chick in rock; Prince always a showman and always real; Jann Arden, songstress and comedian extraordinaire.
I couldn't name a favorite, have loved so many, but thanks for the Bruce review of this show Jenny, Im seeing him again next month in Ottawa and was wondering about the show without Clarence.
Seeing Madonna Thursday. Also wondering how she's going to do now that she's, uhm, closer to my age now.
I've only ever been to two real "rock concerts" in my life; both times - Paul McCartney!!!!
Simon-Garfunkel reunion concert here - around 2005 or 2006. It was awesome.
Keane and Elbow who played small venues in Boston and both stayed on stage for almost 2 hours . I whine a lot about Brit bands I like not being big in the US, but when I get to seem them up-close, it makes it all worth it .
1969 Newport Folk Festival - the Everly Brothers (Wake Up Little Susie, etc.) with their father, Ike. Nonstop great songs and high, high energy; I've never forgotten it. This was the weekend Armstrong walked on the moon and Ted Kennedy had that infamous car accident, but it's the Everly Brothers I remember, and this is from someone who went to Woodstock later the same summer.
I saw them in 2004. Tied on my list with U2 last year.
I have been ill (well now) and was given Bruce/EStreet and Bruce/Seeger Sessions DVD's to watch and then watched a 1978 concert in Maryland on Youtube: Amazing--wish I was at every single one. That said my favorite concert was Bruce/EStreet in Kansas City in 1984. We had great seats and at one point looked all over the arena (including behind the stage) and everyone was up and moving.
Nov. 6th, 1975 UCSB, Bruce and the E Street Band. Only song I knew was Born to Run, but that concert changed my life. He showed me what rock and roll could be and wrecked every concert I've seen since then because he set the bar so freaking high! If you've ever seen the video of the 1975 concerts in London, you have a good idea as to what I saw. Amazing.
Add me to the list of Bruce Springsteen concert fans. I can't imagine anyone performing more solidly, and being more worth the ticket price, no matter what it is. I've been to lots of other good, even great concerts; but no one holds a candle to the Boss.
Bruce Bruce Bruce.
Green Day were pretty awesome too.
Probably Josh Groban for my 17th birthday-his voice is so much better live than on recording (which is already incredible) and he's developed a great stage presence. Also, for one song he came into the audience and I totally close to him and
Barenaked Ladies were great, too! And I'll always remember my first concert, Blue Man Group...when I got banana in my hair. That was special, hah!
Oh, lucky you. I've been watching utube clips of her MDNA tour from all over the world. She has amazing energy for any age. The NY crowd got a special treat last Saturday: She sang Holiday, which is not on the tour set list, for the crowd for standing in the rain during the concert.
A Madonna's concert is definitely on my bucket list. I think she has at least 2-3 more tours left in her before she gets to 60.
Rush! The music, the so-professional musicianship! Also saw Emerson, Lake & Palmer twice, great instrumentation by Carl & Keef. Saw 'The Guess Who' (they couldn't call themselves that, as the bass player had the rights to the name, so they called themselves the 'Cummings & Bachman Band'), where you got treated to two genres of great hits, The Guess Who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive. With three bros, one sister-in-law and one nephew, went to see Zappa Plays Zappa!( Pappa would have been proud). Also saw a tail end of Ringo & His All Starr tour (Starr had to bow out when his daughter became ill, so Mark Farner, Billy Preston, Randy Bachman & Felix from The Rascals carried on for several cities in his abcense). Met Billy & Randy backstage, where I told Billy a politically incorrect joke:"Why doesn't Ray Charles ever sky-dive?" "? Don't know". "Scares the hell out of his dog!", and he has this most guilty smirk in response.
Too hard to just list one, but here are some of the best, in no particular order:
The Clash (Paul Simonon )
Eric Clapton (with George Harrison for a song)
Rolling Stones (at LA Coliseum, in the furthest seat possible from the stage and still awesome)
The Black Crowes, because all they did was perform-No stage show needed.
Faith No More at the Button South, who also didn't need a stage show.
Geno DelaFose and Steve Riley are always good.
Would love to see Gordon Gano, Linda Perry, and the Rave ups live.
Muse by far. I went to my first Muse concert as a casual fan knowing only 5 songs. By the end of the concert I was hooked. The band played with so much energy and conviction. It was so good that I had a dream about the concert the same night when I went home. No other band has ever made me go out and buy all their CDs after the concert.
I also always go see the Pet Shop Boys whenever they come to town. I always have fun at their shows even though I stopped buying their CDs since the early 90's.
Too many to name just one:
- Depeche Mode - Violator Tour 1991 (? - may have been 1992?)
- The Cure - Disintegration Tour 1989
- Metallica - Black Album Tour 1992
- The B-52s, Tom-Tom Club, and The Ramones - 1990
- INXS - The Swing Tour 1984 (at a nightclub club in Houston, Texas - I gave Michael Hutchence a carnation which I got back and still have to this day )
- Alice in Chains, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Front 242 at Lollapalooza 1993
- Rush - Signals Tour 1983
- Van Halen - Diver Down Tour 1982
- Project Pitchfork - Dream, Tiresias Tour 2009
Hey Rob-I love Bruce too. I am actually one whole day older than him.
I loved Heart, Sting, and the Beatles. I couldn't hear a thing the Beatles sang from all the screaming, but it was a fun experience.
In other ways, I think the Atlanta Symphony/Robert Shaw concert of Berlioz' "Requiem" was memorable. It's a beautiful piece of music, but this concert really was unique. Symphony Hall in Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center is narrow, with an orchestra, loge and balcony seating areas. Two platform areas jut out on either far side of the loge or middle seating area. When it was time for "Dies Irea" (spelling?) a group of brass muscians had quietly taken their places on these side loge areas. At the appropriate moment, the brass ripped forth with God's anger in sheer sassy brass, and nobody in the orchestra seating below was ready for that! People screamed....ran, etc. It was FABULOUS!
I also saw Pink Floyd there and a gorgeous production of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which made me cry my eyes out.
The most recent "concert" I enjoyed was a dvd of "Mater's Tall Tales." The "Cars" character Mater was at one time a Heavy Metal star with the best selling song "Dad Gum Dad Gum Dad Gum." It's hysterical and can only be truly appreciated when in the company of a 4 year old.
I forgot to mention one show that really stood out. 1983 Lionel Ritchie, just before his "Cant slow down" lp came out. Just a real pro, killed it on a number of Commodores songs (Sail On was fantastic) and ended with a fantastic version of "All Night Long". Sort of sad that his no talent daughter has a better career now that he does.
30 seconds to Mars, Des Moines 2007. Jared sang "Capricorn" a Capella
Def Leppard, 1987, the Houston Summit. In the round,a nd it was the last time I saw Steve Clark perform before he died.
My Chemical Romance 2010 Denver. They always put on a great show, but I was jumping around so much ( at altitude!) that I nearly passed out.
Best experience -- Grand Ole Opry, went in July of 2009 (2010?) and it was such a fantastic venue and concert!
Best concert -- Carrie Underwood (opener- Josh Turner).. I would have paid as much as I did to see Josh alone, and double for Carrie!
Dierks Bentley and Kelly Clarkson (separate concerts) did some pretty county fair concerts that I went too, as well.
The Fray was terrible live.. But it was fun, my friends and I got tickets and between then and the concert was when they started to hit it big, so we got to see them for very cheap.
Mr. Habs and I just got home from Glass Tiger and Roxette.
Not the best concert ever, but a ton of fun! Loved getting our 80s on!
Gosh I have seen so many!!!!
George micheal came here four years ago and it was fantastic , it was easily into the tour and he sound phenomenal
I s dire straights onthe brothers in arms tour, which was grand
One of my all tme fave concerts was not the best from the band but it was on my dream list to see a show at wembly in London. And I managed to score free tickets to U2 after I did some volunteering for like half an hour before the show, it was totally unexpected and fabulous to be in that space!!!
I would love to see Bruce Springsteen , he is such a entertainer I can only imagine how great the show would be
I saw Madonna a fewe years ago and will be heading to see her with overage and jp1andonly in a few weeks!!!! Can't wait I need a. Good dancing night out
My tops are INXS in 86 or 87 in Milwaukee. I was like the only black girl in the crowd at the age of 16 but seeing Michael Hutchence up close... priceless. He was truly a beautiful man.
George Michael in 1988, Faith Tour in Alpine Valley WI.
RHCP(Red Hot Chili Peppers), Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour 92. Greatest live band ever. The most fun I had a concert, EVER!
Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic playing Brahms' 3rd Symphony
I haven't been to many rock concerts, so the Spice Girls reunion tour tops my list. I've loved them all my life. It was like my 7-year-old-self's dream come true.
Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, & James Taylor. We've seen Bruce 3 times, Billy , at least 10, and JT, at least 15. Re: JT - that includes the concert tour he did with Carole King 2 years ago.
I have several, but the 3 that stand out the most are:
1) Radiohead in May of 2008 in St. Louis
2) M.I.A. on Cinco de Mayo 2008 in Nashville
3) Arctic Monkeys in 2010 in Athens, GA
I have to give a special mention to Girl Talk. While his shows aren't concerts in the conventional way because it's all digital from his computer, I've now been to 10 shows of his and they've all been radically different and extremely fun.
David Bowie or The Police Picnics (went to several of those)
Prince, Club 3121 @ The Rio, Las Vegas January 2007
One of my favorites was a Neil Diamond concert that I attended 40 years ago. Another was Yizhak Perlman at the Hollywood Bowl ... about 25 years ago.
It would be really hard to narrow it down. But I saw Radiohead at an outdoor venue in 2003, and I'll always remember that because (a) they were absolutely fantastic and (b) the show started in early evening, and the combination of their stage lighting, the music drifting over the tops of the tall trees, and the sun going down was simply magical.
I went with a friend who has some mobility problems, so he couldn't stand in the general seating area on the stadium field. And by the time we got there the only seats left were in the stadium bleachers, about 2/3 of the way up and near the very far right hand side of the stage. So this is one of my more memorable shows ever, even though I could only see about 1/3 of the stage
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