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Old 10-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #41
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Concerts that I never saw, but always wanted to:

The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965
Monterey Pop Festival 1967
Woodstock 1969
George Harrison concert for Bangladesh 1971
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen 1973
Simon & Garfunkel at Central Park 1981
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First Ten Years After Boston 1972
Best Rolling Stones 1975 Roxie Music (Brian Ferry) 2001 and many others
Can't remember a bad show
Also, saw the original Doors a few years back minus Jim Morrison
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #43
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Roxie Music
The album cover from "Country Life" was a favorite of mine as a teenager.
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First: Linda Ronstadt, circa 1974

Worst opening act: Flock of Seagulls - dumb songs, bad hair and the singer had no voice. They were booed off the stage. (Best was Van Halen, 1978, for Journey)

Worst headliner: The Beach Boys at an amusement park show in the late 70's. They went through the motions for a few songs, then it got really bad. (It's interesting to me how they are appearing on both best and worst lists here.)

"Best" is too tough. I'll try it by venue size:

Nightclub: Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde and the boys, early 80's and looking to prove they were for real...wow.

Small Theater: Little Feat, 90's. Especially fine because I was long overdue in seeing them after being a fan for years.

Larger Theater: Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Acoustic solo for an hour, then a break, then 1-1/2 hours of non-stop power chords and screaming hot guitar solos. Took a buddy who didn't know Neil Young from Neil Armstrong. I think he bought the entire NY & CH catalog over the next few months.

Arena: Springsteen (x3, so far)

Stadium: Fleetwood Mac (Tusk tour)

Festival: Buddy Guy, two years ago. Still a wild man.

My list, no order: Linda Ronstadt, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, Yes ,Jethro Tull ,America, Elvis Costello, Charlie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Counting Crows, Martina McBride, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Flock of Seagulls, Van Halen, Journey, Kansas, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Alicia Keys, Little Feat, Montrose, Journey, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Arc Angels, Supertramp, Neil Young; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Los Lobos; Bob Seger, George Thorogood, Kinks, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Squeeze, Eagles, The Police, Genesis, Phil Collins, Boston, John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doobie Brothers, Chuck Berry, Rodney Crowell, Melissa Etheridge, Pretenders, Todd Rundgren, The Civil Wars, The Cars, Cheap Trick
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First: The Who in Fargo late 67
Best: Probably the Grateful Dead at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis about 72
Worst: Cream at a small venue in Minneapolis in 1968. They arrived late played about 30 minutes and left.

Here's my list of groups in no order:
The Association
Guess Who
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Grateful Dead
BB King
Cream
Sweetwater
Johnny Winter
Edgar Winter
America
Moody Blues
The Doors
Taj Mahal
10 Years After
Savoy Brown
Fleetwood Mac
Country Joe and the Fish
Steppenwolf
Canned Heat
Big Brother & the Holding Company (Janis Joplin)
Howlin’ Wolf
Joe Cocker
Flaming Groovies
Youngbloods
ZZ Top
Santana
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #46
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Concerts that I never saw, but always wanted to:

The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965
Monterey Pop Festival 1967
Woodstock 1969
George Harrison concert for Bangladesh 1971
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen 1973
Simon & Garfunkel at Central Park 1981

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Watch Videos Online | The Beatles Concert at Shea Stadium 1965 (entire show + bonus) | Veoh.com

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First - Buddy Holly & yes I was very young . I also saw Jerry Lee Lewis , Chubby Checker , Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton , Freddie Cannon ( those were the days when concerts were cheap )
Best -Willie Nelson
Worst - The Doors
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:49 PM   #48
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Hey... thinking about it.... I guess I have seen a lot more than I first thought...

We go to the Rodeo here in Houston and there is a concert... so I have seen a number of these....


I just remembered seeing the Charlies Daniels Band and they played The Devil Went Down to Georgia.... man, that was some fiddle playing.....
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Back in the day, Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels were great live. Saw the modern version of Marshall Tucker a while back. Kinda sucked. Delbert McClinton opened the show and was outstanding. Almost everyone walked out on MT. Pretty embarrassing. Got to move to the front row though.
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First: Scorpions Winds of Change tour (Mr Bigg and Great White opened)

Best: 3 way tie: Roger Waters-The Wall last year, Fish-Sunsets on Empire tour, and Little Elmo and the Mambo Kings. Who are they? A Montana bar band! Blues, Boogie Woogie and Swing as they say. And were they ON one night. Wow! They had a great set, and wireless hook ups for all but the drummer. Picture the band going full throttle as they go out and mingle with the crowd. Sax solo behind you as the guy jumps up on a table, guitarist walks by and launches into a solo. Singer belting out while he stands next to you. Freakin' incredible. I saw them a few other times and they were good, really good. But they didn't catch that fire again while I was watching.

Worst: Probably REO Speedwagon. They were having an off night. Or Bush. They flat out sucked.

Big name bands I've seen:
Scorpions (Great White, Mr. Bigg opened)
REO Speedwagon
Buddy Guy
Indigo Girls
Fish
Queensryche (Mindcrime and American Soldier TOurs) (Lita Ford played with them)
Garth Brooks
Clay Walker (twice) (Diamond Rio opened)
Bad Co (DL Roth opened)
Paul Rodgers
Dennis DeYoung
Rick Springfield
Yes
John Mayer
Def Leppard
George Michael
Roger Waters (In the Flesh and The Wall tours)
Billy Joel
Elton John
Huey Lewis
Brandi Carlile (Justin Townes Earle and Jason Isbell opened)
Bush (No Doubt and Goo Goo Dolls opened)
Steve Miller (Curtis Salgado opened, and was better!)
Survivor
Wilco (The Whole Love and Sky Blue Sky tours) (Fleet Foxes opened)
Son Volt (The Cowboy Junkies opened)
Allison Krauss and Union Station
Laura Love (twice)
Bobby McFerrin (The Monty Alexander Trio Opened-I am fortunate to live in the same town as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. We get some good ones thru every year, but I can't remember names.)
John Clayton
Had tix to see Oingo Boingo on their BOINGO tour. Broke my arm and couldn't drive the 6 hours to get there-dammit!

I think that's it.
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First - rolling stones in Chicago 1972
Best - Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton and Gary Wright outdoors in Chicago 1976
Worst - probably one that DW wanted to go to - maybe Journey because they are ok but not on of my favorites.
Recent - Elton John in Las Vegas last year - awesome
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First - Beach Boys or Simon & Garfunkel (boring)
Best - Patti Smith
Worst - Steppenwolf (they left all the lights on the entire concert. They had so few songs the did Born to be Wild three times.)

Others: The Who (was checking out at a dept store and some guy with an English accent came up next to me and asked if they had any black shirts (no). It was Pete Townshend.), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (great), John Sebastian, America, Paul Williams (funny), Michael Johnson (Bluer Than Blue), Restless Heart.

Aside - the Rolling Stones first USA tour (1964) was only 4 gigs. One of which was an amusement park here. I still remember the evening news led with a picture of them and the anchor saying "would you let your daughter date them?". They were really scruffy. Didn't see them and didn't even know them. All Beatles at that time.
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There should be a thread for concerts you always wanted to see but didn't.
Working on my list. Having trouble with "best".
Free to Canoe,
You made my day with that video! That spirit was, for me, the essence of the positive energy of the 60's.
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antmary, I was there too, up in the front by the stage and a little to the right between the Hell's Angels bus and the fight/stabbing. What a nightmare. That was definitely the worst concert of my life. I thought I would be trampled/smashed/squashed by all those people, and no way to possibly get out. After that, I never again went to a concert without assigned seats.

Mick Jagger scared me silly when he sang Sympathy for the Devil, with that big cape. But he calmed people around me when he said, "Brothers and Sisters! Brothers and sisters..." and whatever else he said trying to get people to calm down when things were getting wildly out of hand.
I was down by the stage too...I liked to get "in on the action." But, there was so much pushing and shoving...well, you know. The Hell's Angels were really scary. My friend & I then went up on the hill to watch. But, the Hell's Angels kept riding their motorcycles through the groups of people. We left early. It sounds "far-out," but a big white dog showed up and walked us to the car.
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Oddest concert... went surfing at my local spot. A full sized gray whale had washed up on the beach overnight right where I go out. Very unusual. Don't get downwind of that! While I was out in the water, a group set up a stage on the beach with the PA system facing us out in the surf. Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash played some kind of greenpeace/save the whales concert while I surfed. Could never figure out the odds of that all coming together like that. (btw, gray whales are really big up close and Bonnie Raitt is a tiny person, I walked right by her as I got out of the water, very strange).
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First - rolling stones in Chicago 1972
Best - Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton and Gary Wright outdoors in Chicago 1976
Worst - probably one that DW wanted to go to - maybe Journey because they are ok but not on of my favorites.
Recent - Elton John in Las Vegas last year - awesome
Besides the stones in 1972, I was at that outdoor concert (Hawthorne Park??) in 1976. Went primarily to see Frampton and Yes but thought LS (as the 2nd act) blew everybody off the stage. We actually left during Yes's set since we were beat to hell, dehydrated etc.. If I remember correctly, it was a very hot day.
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Some randumb comments...

The last time I saw Marshall Tucker was the early 90s at the Texas State Fair. Of course, Tommy Caldwell died many years ago, though Toy was still alive, but infamous for his heavy whiskey drinking, so he wasn't with them either. The subsitute guitarist was actually pretty good at imitating Toy's work, but Doug Gray lost his voice years ago, as have many rock singers, from too many years of smoking, drinking, carousing, and screaming.

I think I'm about done going to concerts of old rockers. The experience has been mixed for many years now anyway, but here's my take: many old bands are touring on name alone. Members have quit, expired, are in rehab, or, for that matter have lost theirs voices and/or forgot to practice before touring, and their chops are gone.

Some, like the last time I saw the Eagles, were tight musically, but Glenn Frey's voice was almost gone, and rather than let Tim Schmidt sing "Take It To The Limit" (Randy Meisner sang it originally), he just had to sing it himself, moving away from the mike so we couldn't hear the squeaks on the high notes. Even Don Henley had some trouble, and they dropped the key on a couple of his songs, which most people don't notice, but I do, since I play some Eagles songs on guitar, and my ear hears the difference...

For that matter, Elton John is now a baritone, and not a tenor, and though he's still a good singer, voice-wise, it never sounds right to my ear to hear a song dropped one or two whole notes...

The last time I saw Jethro Tull, the band was musically still very good, but Ian Anderson has about a half octave range at this point.

I guess it's discouraging to see these old bands living on reputation only. At least if they've obviously rehearsed, and taken into account their lousy vocals, I'm "okay" with it, but if they're just touring to pay their whiskey bills, and didn't really bother to practice first, well they could have just stayed home.

Now, I suppose many concert goers don't really notice all that, but my ear hears it, and I'd rather remember them at their heyday. I've still seen some good concerts of the old groups, but it's getting fewer and farther between. Even Carlos Santana, one of my favorite players since way back when, seems to rely on a few "signature" licks. The last time I saw him, I was disappointed in his playing... Jeff Beck, the opening act that night, was f-n awesome. No loss of chops there!

Plus, I've seen nearly everyone I've wanted to see, and my attention span is about two hours max these days.
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I'm with you on the old rockers thing. Just saw George Thorogood and he's still playing the same old greatest hits. He was fine, but didn't spark us like way earlier gigs.

I'm seeing a lot of less well known blues groups that I like at smaller clubs. Like Janiva Magness, Joe Louis Walker along with Tab Benoit. Finding I can't stand or sit in a packed club for very long any more without wanting to smack the next person that slams into me or drops their drink on my feet. Feeling like I played rugby the next day. Used to do it all then go to the show again the next day and do it over... and like it.

Seen groups like Santana, Los Lobos, the Dead so many times, really don't care if I ever see them again. Well, if the Dead played, that'd be pretty weird. Hated it when the Beach Boys back up band is hitting the high notes for Mike Love in the middle of the song. Refused to go see Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:22 AM   #59
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I'm with you on the old rockers thing. Just saw George Thorogood and he's still playing the same old greatest hits. He was fine, but didn't spark us like way earlier gigs.

I'm seeing a lot of less well known blues groups that I like at smaller clubs. Like Janiva Magness, Joe Louis Walker along with Tab Benoit. Finding I can't stand or sit in a packed club for very long any more without wanting to smack the next person that slams into me or drops their drink on my feet. Feeling like I played rugby the next day. Used to do it all then go to the show again the next day and do it over... and like it.

Seen groups like Santana, Los Lobos, the Dead so many times, really don't care if I ever see them again. Well, if the Dead played, that'd be pretty weird. Hated it when the Beach Boys back up band is hitting the high notes for Mike Love in the middle of the song. Refused to go see Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
I did see Creedence Revisited, along with the "latest" version of Steppenwolf at that point in time; i.e. John Kay and some other guys. Wasn't that bad; Elliott Easten on guitar, but if I'm going to hear a "cover band", why am I paying star-like ticket prices...

Speaking of "cover bands", I'm less than enthralled with the latest craze of "tribute bands"...

Couple of good small venues here, Granada Theater and Verizon Theater, are about the only places I go anymore.
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