Best Live gigs you've been to

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  1. DaveTone

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    I was at that show at The Drum. Like many guys, I had a thing for Linda and her voice was never better than in that show.

    I never got to see Skynyrd, Queen or Led Zeppelin ....
     
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    Pink Floyd, 1988.
     
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    What an incredible list of music & has got me thinking of the bands I didn't see but wish I had, fortunately not too many but would love to have seen Pink Floyd at their best, I bet Janis Joplin was incredible live & surprised no mention here of the Stones. I had the chance to see then in '76 but ticket price was a bit steep @ £3.50 so didn't bother which I kinda regret. Would love to have seen Bowie at his best & U2
     
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    I’ve been seeing live music for forty years. Absolutely the best live performance I have ever seen was Prince. Might have been around 2006? And I’m not even a Prince fan. He was phenomenal. Really, really great.
     
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    Ill go with the first one the OP mentioned, Rory Gallagher.

    Cheers,
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    King Crimson — 2015 and twice in 2018: the Usher Hall show in Edinburgh 2015 was just incredible partly because I had no real idea what to expect from the new lineup: but the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall show in 2018 was just an unbelievable tour de force from beginning (LTIA1) to end (Schizoid Man with Gavin Harrison drum solo).

    Tubular Bells For Two — saw this two years running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — if you ever get the chance go see this. The most incredible ‘tribute act’ you will ever see!

    Radiohead — many great shows — perhaps the greatest was the first time I saw them, on Glasgow Green, when they were touring with a giant circus tent and playing Kid A material just before the album was released.

    Francis Dunnery (former It Bites frontman) — seems him several times at small venues a few years ago. The most memorable though was his Astrology Show, just him with an acoustic guitar and Dorie Jackson on backing vocals, playing a range of songs from his back catalogue interspersed with anecdotes about his life and astrological mumbo-jumbo: always disarmingly prefaced with “I don’t believe this stuff, you know...” He is a great showman as well as a spectacularly talented guitarist.
     
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    Roling Stones
    Bruno Mars
    Guns and Roses
    All in Colombia, great bands, good sound, amazing production.
     
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    Oh IDK? How about Pink Floyd? First time was in 75. Then there's LZ, The Who and so many others. Best? I'd have to go with Joe Walsh and Barnstorm at the Winterland Ballroom back in the late 70's early 80's? Played way past curfew then Bill Graham came out to shut it down and got empty BIC lighters and beer cans thrown at him. Joe and the band played on till the cops showed up. Good fun fer sure.
     
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    I'll go obscure here and say it was a gig at a no name bar outside Madison, Wisconsin, back in the early 90s.

    This quartet came in and pulled out telecasters. They looked like a farm dad and his overweight son, the whole band dressed in matching powder blue shirts. We looked amused.

    Then they started playing. Brother, they tore that bar up one side and down the other. Tele's and Princetons, an all Fender band. It was glorious.

    We drank all night, called requests, didn't leave till closing.

    And the band were all teetotalers.

    Never remembered their name.
     
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    A couple more...

    Rockpile, The Ritz NYC, 1980. I was a big Edmunds/Lowe fan, and when a friend offered tickets I could not jump fast enough. My date and I were up in the balcony for the show, and when they swung into 'Play That Fast Thing' I honestly thought the floor was going to cave in. Every bit as great as you'd imagine them to be.

    Thin Lizzy, The Ritz NYC/Fountain Casino Cherry Hill NJ, 1980. These dates were extra special to me, because the guy who hooked me up with tickets was Lizzy's responsible agent for the tour. I got to hang with Phil after the show and we hit it off - we share a birthday, so that was a good starting point. When we were clearing out of the dressing room at the end of the night, Phil invited me to the next night's show at the Fountain Casino. I got to hang with him some more, and he gave me a book of his poetry and signed it for me. I still have it.

    And that band - with Downey, Gorham and Snowy White (and Midge Ure!) was top drawer. Total pros, all the power you could want, and all those great tunes.

    - D
     
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    Wow, I forgot that! Thanks for the memory.

    Also forgot that I saw Poco, May 6, 1973 at the PSU Intramural Field. Free daylight concert. Rusty Young flopped his pedal steel over on it's back and used a folding chair for a slide during the extended instrumental in the finale "Good Feelin' to Know."
     
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    Frank Zappa at the Syria Mosque theater in Pittsburgh, 1984

    it was like a carnival
     
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    Glen Hansard at the Sydney Opera House
    The Neville Brothers at Coogee Bay Hotel
    Robert Plant at Bluesfest
    Live (the band) at the Metro Sydney (Throwing Copper had just come out)



    There's another one I'd add but they are no longer in favour with the general public, which saddens me, both for the reasons of the falling out, but also that we can no longer discuss said person without it getting messy..
     
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    I haven't got to see lots and lots of live rock. I got to see springsteen twice on the 1978 tour, I can't really imagine a better rock and roll show. I saw alice cooper summer of 77, that was great.

    I saw mountain, boc, the guess who, edger winter group, black oak Arkansas, trooper.

    but one of the best live rock bands I ever saw was Brownsville Station! they rocked and were a blast.
     
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    One that stands out for me—and I saw many of the great acts of the 1970s—was Tracy Nelson in a club in downtown Austin in about 1978.
     
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    Toss up between King's X at Bogarts in Cincinnati, or Eric Johnson at Gilly's in Dayton, Ohio
     
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    Take your pick:

    Wings, 1976 in Tucson. It was Paul's first American tour (Wings Over America) since '66. Almost every song was a hit, and we got to hear a Beatle singing Beatles songs. He and the band were in great form.

    Springsteen, 1980 in Tempe. He was still playing the basketball arenas and we were in the back but the seats weren't bad. It was everything the fans say about those legendary concerts.
     
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    In the mid 80s, I saw the Fleshtones, Jason and the Scorchers, and Husker Du all in one summer at separate small venues. Each show blew me away.
     
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    lots of gigs hard to locate one special these days but the best show Ive seen in many many years was Roger Waters doing "The Wall"..I tingle still from thinking about the sound and how I never missed gilmore with Snowy White and G.E. Smith on guitars. I left feeling like something in my life had changed..Never figured out what yet but I had that feeling that all great shows leave you with. :)
     
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    Bryan Adams about 10 years ago. Only him, Keith Scott and their drummer but a fantastic show.
    The stadium had created a few more rows, up front for $55 a head so I took my ex. Great show including a 16 year old girl ( her birthday , she was with her Dad) and she sounded great on "When You're Gone".
    We were so close i could see Adam's acne scars. Great show.

    Also gotta say The Police and The Rolling Stones are great.
     
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