Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Your Turn

Favorite concert you attended.


Former CNN Anchor Candy Crowley said...

In radiology class, I learned that dogs cannot be x-rayed.

But catscan.

Teri Jane said...
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sandybrook said...

The Rolling Stones/Stevie Wonder last show of tour and I think it was Mick Jagger's birthday so they went longer and had surprises.

Zebra Seasoning said...

I can only pick one? No.

In no particular order:
Here Come the Mummies
The Thompson Twins
Barry Manilow. Seriously- the man is an incredible showman.

Brayson87 said...

It wasn't the concert, it was the people I was with.

Fashionfluff said...

Old lady alert. Hall & Oates with Tears for Fears!

J said...

Iggy Pop Post-Pop Depression Tour

Moose said...

Amnesty Intl 1988 tour, with Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting and a whole lot of others.

Runner up would be U2's 1983 "War" tour when they were still unknown enough that they played the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA, and Sade's "Stronger Than Pride" tour in 1988.

cheesegrater15 said...

My first, Van Halen, in the 90s. Sammy Hagar spoke to me and my friend caught Eddie's pick.

Mel Brooks, not exactly a concert but it was awesome.

Jason Mraz, last year

Weird Al a couple of years ago. Also going to his show next month.

Sooz said...

Really old lady alert: Second Atlanta Pop Festival
(among others)
The Allman Brothers Band
The Chambers Brothers
Goose Creek Symphony
Grand Funk Railroad
Hampton Grease Band
Richie Havens
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
It's a Beautiful Day
B.B. King
Lee Michaels
Mott the Hoople
Procol Harum
Terry Reid
John Sebastian
Bob Seger System
Ten Years After
Johnny Winter

Miss Lonelyheart said...

LMAO, Candy. I snorted

Probably a Citizen Cope show. I feel like I saw a good Trampled by Turtles show but can't really remember anything specific about it

E said...

Springsteen--Born to Run Tour. 35 years ago!

In retrospect, I wish I could have more appreciated seeing Zeppelin live but given my ears rang for three days after that's what I remember.

Prince--Purple Rain Tour. With Sheila E!

Do Tell said...

So many. Hard to choose. Bowie? The Stones? U2? The Eagles? Billy Joel? Elton John? Paul McCartney? All FANTASTIC in concert.

I LOVED Tears For fears live and Bryan Adams live, they were the most unexpectedly best times because they put on phenomenal shows when I didn't expect to have as much fun as I ended up having even though I love their music.

I've seen almost every single act I have ever wanted to see in concert. I will say this, every time I see Peter Gabriel in concert it is a religious experience for me. He is a transcendent and really powerful performer. Billy Joel is probably a runner up because he is still in great voice, has fun with the audience and his songs, and does deep cuts.

herbert arnold said...

has to be october 29th 1975 sacramento memorial auditorium bruce springsteen born to run tour. the place was 80% empty and they rocked every brick in the house for 3 1/2 hours. great show.

Flashy Vic said...

AC/DC Ulster Hall Belfast October 1979. First "proper" gig in that it was an internationally known band and not just local bands as big acts hardly ever played Northern Ireland at the time. Honourable exceptions were Motorhead (every winter), Rory Gallagher (practically a local anyway and Blackfoot ( fantastic kick-ass Southern Boogie band).
Utterly unbelievable atmosphere and performance.

Close second was Motorhead at Maysfield Leisure Centre Belfast in December 1980.
Great, gig, met the band afterwards and a friend of mine later broke Philthy Animal Taylor's (the late drummer) neck I the hotel afterwards. I wasn't there but know the inside story which different slightly from the official one.

Other favourites were Rush at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their Permanent Waves tour.

And Neil Young on his Trans tour (it didn't mean the same thing back then, he wasn't touring as Nellie) at the NEC in Birmingham. Not so much the gig - first half ho- hum, second fantastic, after he played the excreble trans album and got it out of the way) but for the whole travelling up and back, which I've wrote about here before.

gdaddy said...

Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975, Bob Dylan

Rosie riveter said...

Roger Waters. I almost passed out
oh and Lillith Fair! Did pass out. For different reasons.
Both at the Gorge.
the best venue ever.

E said...

I meant Born in the USA tour, not Born to Run

Farmgirl said...

Neil Diamond - any one of many - what a show!
Joe Cocker and Steve Miller together

Dena said...

REM, Devo, Bob Mould, Duran Duran at Red Rocks

Simon said...

Marshall Tucker Band with Pure Prairie League

kirk said...

Billy Joel

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

Rock Am Ring in 1987. One night the Eurythmics headlined one night and David Bowie on his Glass Spider Tour the next night. I found this link that lists the entire lineup.


1987 was the best year.

Moose said...

@ Do Tell - glad to see someone else understands what it is like to see Gabriel live. He is, by far, my favorite live performer - the shows are magical.

I've seen him 9 times - and I've been dying for the last 3 years for him to return. The last tour (the co-headlining with Sting - "Rock Paper Scissors") was fantastic, and I'm not even a huge Sting fan.

I think my favorite non-Genesis tour was the show with the New Blood Orchestra.

robert said...

Ramones and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Humor Me said...

1973 Joe Walsh, fresh from the James Gang.

Do Tell said...

@Moose, the first time I saw Peter Gabriel was at my first concert, the Conspiracy of Hope Tour at Giants stadium in 1986. My BFF and I got GA tix, got there early, and RAN to the front. At that time, I thought, Peter and Sting should do a tour together someday.

I saw Sting and PG at the Coney Island Amphitheater 3 years ago when they finally made it happen and it was a really fun show, though I was pissed off at the rude folks who kept walking back and forth to the concessions, right in front of the stage, as PG was singing San Jacinto. I was highly offended on his behalf! lol

Flashy Vic said...

Is anyone else surprised at the age of those replying? I didn't expect teenagers but I thought there would be a bit more from the nineties onwards. Then again, the question dis specifically say concert not dance and mime show or fuckstick in a baseball hat standing behind a desk shouting 'yo!' and pointing at the ceiling.

There isn't an act previously mentioned that I wouldn't mind seeing....except U2, fuck them.

Unknown said...

Springsteen--all 6 times!!

Miss Lonelyheart said...

@Flashy, Yes, a bit. I wasn't born yet for quite a few mentioned

Miss Lonelyheart said...

Including yours! Lol

Robyn S said...

Paul McCartney, Yankee Stadium 2011

AuntBee said...

David Bowie, 1973 Ziggy Stardust. Nine costume changes throughout. Mind. Blown.

c dan run said...

Elvis in Las Vegas because nobody I know can say that

but REO Speedwagon was my favorite concert ever

hothotheat said...

Paul McCartney about 9 years ago.

gfbcpa said...

@AuntBee - Ziggy Stardust !!!! I am SO jealous

David Bowie Diamond Dogs Tour - 1974

Ramones/Runaways - 1978 (unfortunately after Cherie Curie and Jackie Fox left, but still....)

New York Dolls - 1974

Queen - very early '80's

Roger Waters - many times

Peter Gabriel - several times

Seeing U2 as the opening act for the J. Geils Band - again early '80's

Biggest regret was that I didn't drive from South Florida to Atlanta in 1978 to see the Sex Pistols play Atlanta. I figured there would be a next time.

Rolling Stones - 1975 - first tour with Ron Wood

Dick Dale - King of the Surf guitar - sometime in the mid '90's in a club that held about 100 people - RIP

I just saw The Who last month - never got to see them with Keith Moon - another regret

filmfanb said...

NIN ....Every single show
Arcade Fire - York Hall London....a band of that scale in a tiny venue

PickyTicky said...

Rick James n Teena Marie (on stage)
Hall n Oates. (On stage)
Stevie Wonder
Frankie Beverly n Maze
Bee Gees
Elton John
10cc was my first concert
Nothing like live concerts back in the day ---the very best of shows

krdnnc said...

Stone Temple Pilots 1996..it was amazing. RIP Scott

Wee S said...

Lenny Kravitz 2008 and Foo Fighters 2007 in Marlay Park in Dublin. Best craic making our way into the park, got to the gate and had to sink my whiskey mixer! Pure steaming!

Because you gotta support local, I also loved Snow Patrol at Botanic back in my uni days....

Saddest show was seeing Britney at the Odyssey arena. Just was so lethargic and sad.

Freckles said...

Bowie, early 70's

Ann said...

@Teri Jane +1 Alice Cooper Welcome to my Nightmare was probably my all time favorite concert. I did see The Who in concert when they opened for Herman's Hermits. (Yeah I'm that old.) Surprisingly Burton Cummins (lead singer of Guess Who) gave a fabulous solo concert. Very talented man. He's still touring this year so if you get a chance go see him.

Flashy Vic said...


My daughter went to the Snow Patrol thing the weekend before last. It was only ten minutes away. And many years ago I was buckin Gary Lightbody's auntie (or cousin, onne of the two, I forget now). She was fantastic!

orangesoda said...

Rammstein as a wee eighteen year old, Guns n Roses as a olde twenty eight year old. Granted, GnR was the reunion tour so it wasn't the full experience but I wasn't born/was a baby when they still had the original line-up so seeing the OGs wasn't exactly an option...

Wee S said...

Boke at the bucking info! No need! Yeah I was gonna go to Ward Park but 1. It was pissing down all day 2. I'd have to get a train to Bangor 3. My ma broke her hip! Could not be bothered after that!

Also I saw them in Manc back in Jan - going again so soon could have been overkill

Meigling said...

Gun's and Rose's after they dropped Use your Illusion .
Michael jackson

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DRK said...

String Cheese Incident at Rothbury Music Festival 2009
Was amazing. So many things going on, on stage and in the crowd. Youtube videos captured everything.

Happymostofthetime said...

Not favorite but memorable. Robert Palmer, amphitheatre in Northern California, very hot evening - said he really preferred bossa nova and sang that all night.

Valerie said...

Tom Waits 2013 Bridge School Benefit. Magical!

Flashy Vic said...


It as close as I'll ever get to starfucking, so I'm going to wallow in it.😁

Hope your ma's doing okay.

B626 said...

Def Leppard 1987 in the Midwest
1st tour after Rick lost his arm.
General admission
The arena wasn’t even sold out
Those boys played their ASSES off

Gerard said...

Talking Heads - Christchurch Town Hall 1978, no frills

gfbcpa said...


I saw that STP tour. Scott was AMAZING. One of the great ones....RIP.

Boo said...

In no particular order, many seen multiple times. Major concert attendee/many other concerts not listed here that were just okay/blah/disappointing. I also worked as a DJ in a nightclub who had many of these concerts (connections), Ticketmaster (able to get the best tickets), and interned at A&M (free tix/connections). I've been very lucky and appreciate all amazing experiences I've had.

Muse, U2, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Phil Collins, Level 42, Simply Red, Prince, David Bowie, Sting, The Police, The Fixx, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Foo Fighters, PIL, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Lenny Kravitz, NIN, Love & Rockets, Fishbone, The Specials, Peter Murphy, The Cult, Sisters of Mercy, Berlin, Jellyfish, Jason Falkner, Elliott Smith, The Greys, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Billy Idol, Panic! at the Disco, Incubus, Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, Sade, David Sylvian, Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates, Ministry, Crowded House, Neil Finn, King, Fiona Apple, Scritti Politti, The Ramones, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Queen (Adam Lambert), Guns & Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Robert Palmer, The Firm, Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, The Bangles, Buckethead, Nina Hagen, King Crimson, Dire Straits, Squeeze, Bush, No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Linkin Park, Rage in the Machine, The Alarm, The Church, Jon Brion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor....

That's all I can think off the top of my head. Many others bands I can't think of the names right now, but pretty much nearly all the alternative 80s bands, and large stadium bands.

E said...

The one concert I missed--by one week--the Clash in Austin. I still regret it

kelli grrrl said...

Sept 5, 1993 ..... The Gorge Amphitheater @ George, Washington ... Neil Young with Booker T & the MG’s, Pearl Jam and Blind Melon. It was a grunge dream come true! Neil did a small acoustic set in the middle of his show, while the moon rose over the Columbia River. Early 20s me cried because it was so beautiful.

Nosey Parker said...

Pink Floyd Animals - California 1977 -

Gator said...

The Rolling Stones years ago when they were in their prime. ZZ Top opened for them and they were very good, too.

Boo said...

More...ELO (recently, AMAZING), Tom Petty, Catherine Wheel, Oingo Boingo, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Haircut 100, Toni Braxton, Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Cheap Trick.

MountainMama said...

Rolling Stones 1981 Tattoo You tour. Some dick head guy promised my roomies and I free tickets at will call. Drove from Peoria IL through a blizzard to Downers Grove area and no tickets. Finally at a very side door at the venue was a beautiful woman of color with magnificent beaded braids and when I asked for tickets in our name she said nah. I about cried and she said how many are with you. There were three of us. She gave me three tickets and they were row three. We had better seats than the Playboy Bunnies who where there in costume. Mick didn't disappoint.

Elton John, Portland Me, 2004 Magnificent show. Saw in in the early aughts in Phoenix and he was drug addled and the show sucked. It was in a theater in the round venue too. So disappointing but the show in Maine was tremendous.

RoyBatten said...

KISS Reunion Tour 1996 and again End of the Road 2019. just fantastic!!

Junebug said...

Most recent was Brian Wilson in 2015. His band was absolutely phenomenal. In days gone by, Allman Brothers, The Who, Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Santana stand out (mid-70-80's).

OKay said...

Hard to say. I love pretty much every concert I've ever been to, just because I love music. Took my daughter to see Billie Eilish in Vancouver this past weekend. Even that wasn't completely terrible...L

HeatherBee said...

Dave Matthews Band.

Jeweled Skye said...

Most memorable - Guns & Roses at Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis 1991... yep, 'The Riot' Best concert - toss up between Tool in a small theater in the mid 90s - Ænima Tour... Pearl Jam in a small theater (The Fox / St. Louis)- complete with Eddie Vedder climbing up to the balcony and crowd surfing Vs Tour - 1994, Candlebox at the Pageant (small venue) just this past January and I'm almost embarrassed to say this but I still do not understand the hate - Nickelback Dark Horses tour with Hinder, Papa Roach, and Saving Abel 2007. I've seen them all - stones, who, pink floyd, STP, motley crue, Page & Plant, Aerosmith, etc., and those were the 4 best! My biggest regret and I am forever saddened that I will never get to see Linkin Park (I LOVE Chester - still!) PS: Puddle of Mudd was pretty damn good too - pre-Wes Scantlin meltdown.

Vita said...

Haven't even read the rest, bc I have to say, Sandybrook, Holy Crap! That had to be beyond amazing!😍

laineylizbro said...

Duran Duran

HydroLaural said...

Soundgarden small venue in 1997 San Diego

Vita said...

GAHHHH! So many of these are making me swoon!

-Prince (in the Artist Formerly Known As days) at the Chicago Theatre was mindblowing. Staggering talent in perfect form. That one still gets me.

-Biggest name in small venue would be Veruca Salt/Hole (Live Through This was out) at a bar in Indy. Both bands sounded great. Courtney returned from a stage dive accusing someone of groping her. She had security pull the guy on stage while she howled names and accusations, grabbed his arm, sniffed his fingers, then yelled into the microphone, "Yep! Smells like me!"�� Then she proceeded to let him slink back into the crowd and the band finished the set.
-Longest distance traveled specifically for a show-- 9 ish hours to Toronto for some radiofest...Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Neil Young. We were on the opposite end of the stadium, but it was the only time I've seen Pearl Jam and it was a fun roadtrip adventure.
-Mosh pit adjacent-- Eleven/Tad/Soundgarden-- we had seen Soundgarden a few times over the summer opening for Neil Young, and decided to go for it and get close to the stage for this smaller show.i was smashed up vs the security barrier drenched in my and moshers' sweat, but only about three people back from the stage. Security even came along pouring water in our mouths like baby birds bc it was so hot. They sounded amazing, but it was so loud that we felt drunk for hours afterward. We went back the next night, but sat in the balcony. Happy I braved it once though!
-Most recent show-- Elvis Costello at the Vic in November. Smallest venue Ive seen him in. He was in a chatty, rather playful mood, and he and the band always sound terrific.

So many other special shows-- Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones w/Lenny Kravitz opening, Smithereens, Squeeze, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, ZzTop, REM,John Cougar Mellencamp/Willie Nelson/Neil Young (Farm Aid/Flood Relief event)

Sd Auntie said...

Dream come true@annie!!

rednoir said...

The first Lollapalooza

Aquagirl said...

Luckily, I’ve had the joy of attending many wonderful concerts. Despite loving to see The Stones, Bruce, U2, etc., I especially love after-parties and small venues.

My MOST favorite concert was Chrissie Hynde. It was in my home town, in an old movie theater that was converted, and now has concerts, plays, balllet, etc. Everyone else except my BF and I were just sitting there, as if they were at an opera. I was dancing in the aisle, and security threatened to throw me out because I was ‘a fire hazard’. BEST COMPLIMENT I could ever receive! We just moved from our good seats to the last row which was empty and kept dancing!

Aquagirl said...

@Vita: I wish I had the opportunity see Prince. I can only imagine the greatness.

Boredtech InDenver said...

U2 (filmed for "Under a Blood Red Sky", Tom Petty with Bob Dylan, and The Clash with special guest Allen Ginsburg, all at Red Rocks.

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MissHanigan said...

Elton John
Shania Twain

Wendy22 said...

The Eagles, 2nd row, just a few weeks before Glenn Frey died suddenly.

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