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Bands You're Glad You Got to See

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Rumble, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Rumble

    Rumble Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 19, 2007
    A recent thread asked about bands you regretted not being able to see. Many of the usual classic suspects showed up- Hendrix, the Who, SRV, etc. But what about bands you did see? Of course, you can't name all the bands you've ever seen here, and most people would say they're glad they saw all the bands they've ever seen. But what about the ones that stick out in your mind? I never got to see many classic bands, but here are mine in no particular order:

    Santana- fellow Latino whose been playing around since before I got here
    The Black Crowes- a free concert in Piedmont Park for the "Hemp" Festival w/ 80,000 other like minded folks (and only 3 arrests that day)
    Social Distortion- Playing punk/rockabilly before it was cool again when everyone else was still in makeup, hairspray, and spandex.
    The Replacements- The band of the 80's... And Paul W. jumped into the crowd to thromp a frat boy who threw beer at him.
    REM- for a $5 cover just before the 'Losing My Religion' tour.
    Sonic Youth- Outside venue. Blew my mind; I never knew guitars could make those kinds of noises.
    Willie Nelson- Front and center with the wife for Valentines day.
    Taj Mahal- Fred Sanford raunchy 70's electric soul/blues. Buy You a Chevrolet..
    Son Volt- Right up there with Neil Young as one of my all-time favorites.
    Bob Dylan- Wasn't the greatest show but I did get to see the man.
    The Grateful Dead- Glad to have seen one of the bands that started it all when Jerry was still around.

    I'm sure some guys around here actually got a chance to see (or play with) some real classics. BTW, if anyone wants to dis any of the bands I listed, feel free; it won't bother me a bit and I promise not to whine or start a new thread complaining about it. :cool:

  2. TeleConvert

    TeleConvert Tele-Holic

    Nov 27, 2006
    Pink Floyd (3 times)
    Rush (twice)
    Judas Priest (twice)
    Iron Maiden (twice)
    Metallica (3 times)
    Allman Brothers
    B.B. King
    Taj Mahal
    Guns and Roses (when Izzy was still with them)
    Stone Temple Pilots
    KISS ("Destroyer" Tour- my first real rock show!)

  3. TeleBrew

    TeleBrew Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 5, 2007
    Evergreen, Colorado

    David Bowie

    The Who (it was the 25th anniversary maximum R&B tour in '89, but it was still great, and Entwhistle was still alive)

    Johnny Cash

    No Means No

    Jimmy Cliff

    Eric Clapton

    Marilyn Manson: it was 1995, before he got big. Man, what a freakshow!!

    Flaming Lips (three times, and counting!)


  4. Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 7, 2007
    The Jam
    The Plimsouls (many, many times)
    The Germs
    Be Bop Deluxe
    Bonnie Raitt/Jackson Brown/Shawn Colvin/Bruce Hornsby/David Lindley, all sharing a show
    The Grateful Dead
    Aimee Mann
    The Pretenders (joined for the encore by Bruce Sprinsteen)
    countless "unknown" and local bands -- and every one of 'em played their butts off, and reminded you why you picked up guitar in the first place...

  5. furrfurrfurr

    furrfurrfurr Friend of Leo's

    Aug 10, 2006
    South of Heaven
    hey rumble,

    i, too, was at the Black Crowes Piedmont Park free show. That was fun. I recently dug that setlist up on and a lot of stuff was played for the first time at that show. you should check it out. i think it was from april/93

  6. Rumble

    Rumble Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 19, 2007
    That was by far the biggest concert I've ever been to and it was all peace, love and happiness. Was it '93? It doesn't seem like nearly 15 years ago, but I guess it was. You had to love it when it started to rain but no one cared and no one left. They just started a huge mudslide on the hill. Good times.

  7. lewis

    lewis Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    When I went to school in East Lansing, MI during the mid '80s there was a band out of Ohio called The Toll. Unforgettable.

  8. jimd

    jimd Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 3, 2006
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I'm glad I got to see Genesis when I did (Mama tour), but I wish I could have seen them even earlier.

    I'm also glad I saw Springsteen in his prime (Born in the USA tour). I saw him recently and it ain't the same.

    There are probably others but I can't come up with them. There are a few that I'm glad I got to see in a small venue, before they got famous. But that's not the same thing.

  9. stebon

    stebon Tele-Meister

    Mar 20, 2003
    Hewitt, NJ
    Cream.....even though it was 40 years after they disbanded.

    The Stones......35 years ago. And I'm still a huge fan.

    The Allman Brothers Band.....with Duane.

    The Who........mid 70's with Keith Moon.

    The Beatles.......all as separate solo acts, not together.......still glad. the early 70's and again in '06.

    Bill Kirchen.....An amazing guitarist and entertainer since the Cody days.

    Clapton......for 35 years, and he's still great today.

    Springsteen......same as above, but for different reasons than Eric.

  10. pblossom

    pblossom Tele-Meister

    Sep 12, 2005
    Guilford, CT
    The Faces, 1975, Nassau Coliseum, Long Island

  11. holndav

    holndav Friend of Leo's

    Mar 24, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Fun! Ok...a few anyway...

    Bad Company - original lineup with Paul Rodgers
    ZZ Top - many years ago now. Yes they're still around and still worth the price of admission
    Rolling Stones - Before they were a little too old...
    Ted Nugent - At the Old Lady on Brady in Tulsa. Mr. Daniels clouded that moment from history (Jack)
    EC - with Robert Cray. Pretty cool (seems like it was the Journeyman tour)
    Dylan - A couple of times once at a little venue up close
    Stanley Clarke - Freaker's Ball in at the Cains Ballroom in Tulsa way back when
    Doc Watson - several times, once with Chet Atkins at Appalachian State U.
    Leon Russell - many times. several times in little clubs and/or hotels
    Grateful Dead (with Jerry of course) - a couple of dozen shows, most were very good
    Phish - they were pretty special early on. Probably the best one was the free show at the U. of Florida bandshell ('92?)
    Hot Rize - Charles Sawtelle was a real gem of a musician. Sad he is gone
    Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers (with Sam Bush) - Amazing!
    Bill Kirchen! - Just saw him recently and what a blast

    Ones I missed:

    SRV - "Oh, he'll be back soon. I'll catch him next time..." Ouch!
    and the big one...Zeppelin! A close (teenage) friend of the family asked if I could go with him but said I was too young...(granted, I was eleven)...
    Wish I could have seen Buck and Don and also Clarence White too.


  12. holndav

    holndav Friend of Leo's

    Mar 24, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Oh, yeah. One more...

    Tony Rice before he lost his voice. He also played a set with Norman Blake. Truly amazing!

    Yep, I definitely ain't worthy...

  13. casterway

    casterway Friend of Leo's

    KISS-Dynasty tour
    Savoy Brown (twice)
    Les Claypool (5 times)
    Black Sabbath
    Voivod (twice)
    the Grande Mothers (twice)
    Dweezil Zappa
    Damn the Machine
    Jerry Cantrell
    Projeckt Four
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007

  14. bobbyg

    bobbyg Tele-Meister

    Aug 10, 2003
    mount airy maryland
    The Beatles
    The Who with Keith Moon ( Skynyrd opened)
    The Rolling Stones with Mick Taylor
    The Grateful Dead during the Golden Road era
    Dave Edmunds
    Frank Zappa with The Mothers ( Flo and Eddie era) playing an Antigua Coronado
    Danny Gatton in a bar around the corner from home with no cover from a very short distance
    Roy Buchannon with the Snake Stretchers also from a close distance

  15. Hockey Rocker

    Hockey Rocker Former Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    I've seen hundreds of bands, many already mentioned.

    I'm glad that I saw the 1994 New York Rangers.

  16. ravindave_3600

    ravindave_3600 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 30, 2004
    Newly Indiana
    Likewise, but still...

    Springsteen (multiple times since 1980)
    The Who
    The Stones
    The Kinks
    Sir Paul
    The Blasters (one of the hottest shows I've ever been to, in a bar in west Tucson)
    Richard Thompson
    Warren Zevon
    BB King (two young "ladies" next to me talked all the way through the show :mad: )
    Count Basie
    Dizzy Gilespie
    Miles Davis,
    and two great bands out of the Bay Area: "Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers" and "The Howling Iguanas". Excellent, excellent stuff.

    EDIT: and how could I forget two from high school, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne? Or Clapton with Muddy Waters opening ('79, Muddy was better) or Van Morrison with John Lee Hooker opening ('86; Van was better)?
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007

  17. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    The Jam
    Paul Weller (solo)
    9 below Zero
    The Specials
    Ian Dury and the Blockheads
    Elvis Costello
    James Brown
    The JB's
    Bootsy's Rubber Band
    The Pogues
    The Clash
    The Stray Cats
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Happy Mondays
    The Black Keys
    Pat Metheny Group

  18. Crotalus Atrox

    Crotalus Atrox Tele-Meister

    Feb 5, 2005
    Big D, Texas
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds (Jimmie and Keith era). As cool as it gets.

    Delbert McClinton


    The Joe Ely Band

  19. Dave Hopping

    Dave Hopping Friend of Leo's

    Jun 28, 2006
    The Dave Clark 5-Polished,slick,sounded real good.
    Linda Ronstadt 4-5 times.Good even in big places,but vocally and visually riveting up close.That girl can sing! Best of all,Bob Warford was aboard once
    Poco 4-5 times.Best time: Rusty Young,Paul Cotton,Jack Sundrud,a substitute drummer.Richie Furay sat in for 5-6 tunes."Rose of Cimmaron" was heavenly.
    Sir Paul-Wings over America.Lotta nice tunes well done.
    Chet Atkins and Johnny Smith-Big orchestra.Nice stuff but needed more rehearsal than it got.Best thing about it: I got to see Chester live
    Johnny Smith-with a jazz trio.Talk about a musician's treat.

  20. 0racle

    0racle Banned

    Oct 18, 2007
    New Jersey
    I saw Randy Rhoads on the Blizzard of OZ tour...third row floor, right in front of him. I practiced 8 hours a day for a year after that, and then he was gone...that was the best, but certainly there are many more that would make the list.

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