Best Live gigs you've been to

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  1. spdruce

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    I'm sure this has been done before, but can find no evidence of it on here...
    I am very lucky to have been born in an era when top bands toured the country rather than play a few stadium gigs in a major city (ie the bands came to you rather than you have to go to them!). I was also lucky enough to grow up in Glasgow and within easy travelling distance of the legendary Glasgow Apollo. Anyways, I was having a clear out and came across a collection of old concert tickets and got to thinking which were the standout live gigs I attended back in the day, no mean feat as the acts included Rory Gallagher, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Jethro Tull, Alex Harvey, Yes, Wishbone Ash and loads more world class acts, but I finally managed to narrow it down to 3 concerts that left a lasting impression on me and, bizarrely, none of the three were acts that I was a huge fan of at the time, so in no particular order

    Bob Marley & the Wailers @ The Apollo in 1980....I thought (and still do) that reggae music is repetitive & boring and although I enjoyed the 'legend' album I never lasted more than a few tracks of any other Bob Marley album, however as soon as he stepped on stage that night I was enthralled as were the rest of the sell out audience. A truly charismatic performer.

    Queen @ Ingliston showground in Edinburgh 1982... I was never, and am still not, a fan, but my girlfriend dragged me a along & I loved every minute, Freddie Mercury was a phenomenon as were the rest of the band, one of those concerts I just didn't want to end.

    And most surprising of all Luciano Pavarrotti at Newcastle telewest Arena in 2000 (I'd moved to North Yorkshire by this time so not far to travel). I enjoy some classical music but definitely not opera, however I decided to treat my Mother in Law for her birthday and took her along for what I eagerly anticipated to be the most boring 2 hours of my life!!, but yet again as soon he started to sing I was gone, absolute magic and what a personality, even though he never spoke a word all night!!

    So, what about it folks, what were the concerts that left you slack jawed and gagging for more?
     
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    Emmylou Harris was easily the best live performance that I have seen .
     
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    Should have asked for when & where, after all the Who in 1976 were a different band from the ol' guys playing now, they are still great but just very different.
    My brother saw Emmylou at Glasgow Apollo in, I think, 1978. I think he enjoyed it, but he was so in love with her I couldnt get any sense out of him when he got home!
     
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    craziest audience: Bad Brains
    most mind blowing music: Miles Davis, runner up: tie Holdsworth or King Crimson
    most like the album: Rush
    most dance-able: George Clinton and P-Funk All Stars - this band almost could be in all the categories.

    Never saw: Zep or original Who lineup live, haven't seen much country (saw Garth Brooks in his prime and some others), and not enough original R&B, but I've seen thousands of rock, reggae, blues, rap, electronic, and jazz shows.

    For EDM Justice might have made the list on most dance-able. Prince was close on the most dance-able. They turned the audience out. For rap- WuTang (notoriously fickle- but I caught a hot gig ), Public Enemy in 89/90, or Run DMC.

    After seeing Miles- I realized I knew nothing about music or jazz or really much of anything.

    Holdsworth and King Crimson- I didn't want to play guitar or bass for days. It was depressing. It was like learning to swim across a pond and then somebody showing you the ocean to swim across. I just didn't have the technical facility or understanding.
     
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    Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three at the Minnesota State Theater in 96.
     
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    Late sixties at Ft Worth's Will Rogers Auditorium.....openers Sundown Collection (absolute KILLER local rock/soul band) second act Three Dog Night, and headliner Vanilla Fudge. This was before the big Showco type PA systems, (vocals only through PA, everything else just its own amplification) They had something like four or five Shure Vocal Master PAs (eight or ten speaker cabinets) along the front of the stage. We were sitting on the next to last row in the balcony, and Tim Bogart's bass was rattling the air vent above our heads.
     
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    The Beatles at Suffolk Downs in the early 60s (also the first).
     
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    I saw Emmylou in Minneapolis , Mn . with The Hot Band in 79 or 80 ?
    On the front of her tour bus the destination placard said "Its A Girl" .
    She played a black acoustic with a large red rose painted on it .
     
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    Pink Floyd, Louisiana Superdome, 1994

    Radiohead-multiple shows. They are just fantastic live.
     
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    Best storytelling is definitely Hayes Carll at Luchenback Blues fest in 2013. All the acts were running late, he was the last act, but didn't get on stage until 1:00 AM. There was only a handful of people left, it was basically hanging out with him while he played songs and told great stories.

    Guitar wise, Eric Clapton at MSG in 2007 (I think). Had seats behind the stage and to the left, they were all I could get, but the sound was amazing. My jaw hit the floor on his live version of "I shot the Sheriff". I've seen some great acts over the years, but that one song sticks out the most in my mind.
     
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    Queen, in San Antonio, circa 1973.
    They were touring to support Queen II, and were not a huge concert draw yet.
    Brownsville Station opened, yawn.
    Queen/FM were mesmerizing!
    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Palmer Auditorium, circa 1975.
    Joe Walsh & Barnstorm opened.
    This is the best artist pairing I ever saw.
    Both bands were on fire.
    Linda Ronstadt, Frank Irwin Center, circa 1980 with her all star band!
    Flawless and again, mesmerizing.
    Joe Pass, solo, circa 1990.
    Swinging, relentless, brillliant, and totally in the moment.
    I was 10 feet away!
    I saw the Eagles twice, in 1973 and 1974.
    They were “perfect” both times!
    They were more “intimate” the first time, and more “electric” the second.
    Lastly, Kim Mitchell at the Generator in Prince George, BC, circa 1994.
    What a rocker!
    He apologized for having a cold, but he sang and played his ass off!
     
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    Would love to have seen Prince live he's an incredible guitarist & has been a big influence on me (I even forgive him his not quite fender telecaster!). I can imagine Johnny Cash being an amazing live performer my father was a big fan & I grew up listening to the Folsom prison album.. electrifying
     
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    Closing week of The Jabberwocky at Syracuse University in late spring 1985 had two I can mention. This was a tiny 300 and change seat club that had acts that should have played bigger places but they loved the space.
    Wednesday night was Jorma with There Goes The Neighborhood with Rodger McGuinn solo opening, two shows, Jorma electric and on fire.
    Thursday night we stuffed James Brown with Maceo Parker and a band of 12 plus onto a stage that they didn’t fit on. We left enough room for James to dance and they blew the roof off the place. Two shows also, ran spot for one and don’t know how I kept it on him since I was like everyone else in the place, dancing my ass off.
     
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    Queen, in, oh, late '74 perhaps? '75?? 5th row off center in an opera-house type venue (The Tower Theater in Upper Darby PA), after Sheer Heart Attack release but before Night At The Opera....for like $6.50....the great old days. Another would be Talking Heads at Emerald City (formerly a disco and the Latin Casino prior to that) in Cherry Hill NJ.... some of the show I attended was pressed to vinyl on The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads(live album)….stellar expanded lineup, as they needed it by then, with Adrian Belew on guitars. And perhaps I'll add Elvis Costello's Detour tour stop in Knoxville at The Tennessee Theater....completely solo, no band, he was joined for a few songs by opening act Larkin Poe (killer sister duo, who are moving on up in the world)
     
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    Elbow at The Eden Project, Cornwall, 2014. Wonderful show by a brilliant band in the perfect location.

    Pixies, Ulster Hall, Belfast, 1991. Loud, tight, together and unforgettable.

    Depeche Mode, Wembly Arena, 1990. An epic stage show during their finest era.

    The Cure, Prayer Tour, Glasgow SECC. 1989. Simply perfect. Robert Smith is a hugely underrated musician and seems to have limitless charisma.
     
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    For me, New Model Army, Citibank Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010.
    About 3 hours of an incredible show. Those guys have really justified every penny they earned that night.
     
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    Thin Lizzy and Queen Providence Civic Center, February 10, 1977. I was a big fan of Thin Lizzy already. (Thank god for FM radio). It was in the days of general admission so the entire floor was standing room only. When Thin Lizzy came on, I made my way to the front of stage left. I was ten feet away from Scotty Gorham. They blew me away.

    But the real stars of the show turned out to be Queen. While watching Thin Lizzy, I met this really hot curvy blonde girl in a fuzzy angora sweater. We hit it off right away so we partied together throughout the concert. I was about to retire to the seats for Queen, but she implored me to stay, promising me that I would not regret it.

    I totally owe her a debt of gratitude. To this day, I have never been blown away like I was that night. Freddie Mercury was stunning. Brian May was right in front of me and for a moment I thought he was playing air guitar because I couldn’t even conceive how someone could play so perfectly and the tone! Dayam!

    Best concert ever!
     
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    Eric Johnson in '91 at some small venue in Raleigh NC. This was the Ah Via Musicom tour and the height of Eric's ability and tone (in my opinion). My first show ever and I stood 3 feet away from him the whole night. Could never be able to top it.
     
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    I've seen many shows/tours that should be the "right answer".... but two unlikely shows in particular really did have a lasting impact on me.

    Jeff Beck: Who Else Tour in '99
    I was never a Jeff Beck fan... didn't understand the hype and I reluctantly accepted two free tickets. I'll admit... as a guitar player my life changed forever after seeing that show, which also included Jennifer Batten on 2nd guitar.

    Little River Band: 2005 at a local club
    I knew I was going to see a shell of the former group... by this point mostly American's replacing all the original Aussies (I don't mean that as a negative, just truth)... but I was blown away at the vocals, performance and sound that evening. The show was top notch from beginning to end... and Wayne Nelson does an incredible job fronting.
     
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    For me, it's coincidentally the most recent big live show I've attended; John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring in Atlanta, 2018. But I got to see REM perform their first Atlanta show in December, 1980, opening for the Police at the Fox. I saw numerous Ramones and B52's shows at smaller clubs there in the late 70's. And Patti Smith, when John Cale came out to play bass for the encore, spun around drunk, fell on the floor, and unplugged Lenny Kaye's guitar. Lenny tried to kick him. Fun times!
     
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