Loudest live guitar you have experienced?

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  1. Scimmy

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    As it says in the title, what was the loudest live guitar performance you experienced?

    For me, it was around 1982 an English (Yorkshire based) power trio in the NWOBHM genre called Vardis. Their frontman, a Johnny Winter lookalike called Steve Zodiac, played a blond Tele through Marshall equipment and in the normal dancehall-sized venue of the Sunderland Locarno/Meccacentre the noise was absolutely earsplitting. In hindsight I dont think he ever moved off the bridge pickup at full power. My mate and I were real volume enthusiasts but after ten minutes in front of what seemed like an ongoing explosion of sound we had to retreat from the arena back into the foyer where even there it was painful. My ears were still ringing two days later and it would not surprise me were I to learn that this gig gave me the tinnitus I now endure.
     
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    EVH at the Montreal Forum on the 5150 tour...1986 if memory serves me..
     
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    Ramones in a small club in Greece.
    I lost my hearing for a week.
     
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    I saw Boston at the (then) Dane County Coliseum in Madison in 1976 or 77 and my ears were ringing for three days after. It was unpleasantly loud...
     
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    Have to do it:

     
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    Front row, small club, head at amp height for a Bob Mould show.

    I actually had to see a doctor a week later for persistent problems with my hearing.
     
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    PA acoustic at the cafe in State College, PA. the guitar already sounded like breaking glass, and then the sound guy had the wise idea to make it more painful than that by making it ear-clipping loud. Stage height for the guitarist's amp and the PA speaker height, both at head level for people in the audience, of course.

    Other than that, the first time I ever heard a dimarzio super distortion in a buddy's guitar in our 8x9 practice space (you read that right - drummer and two guitarists. Bass player stood in the hall. We played at full drummer volume and set our amps to match - I can't remember how often we used earplugs, but we must've used them regularly because I can still hear.

    I had an 80s ibanez with medium output humbuckers, and the other guitarist's SG with Dimarzio S-D was at least one number louder (and much more harsh) on the amp than my guitar. We both had the same amp. Guitar #2 always wanted to set his amp to the same number on the dial that I did. Call me crazy, but I wanted our levels to match.
     
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    Hot Tuna, maybe '83. We had great seats up front, after about three minutes, we bailed. We went way up in the very back of the hockey arena, all the way in the last row. It was still painfully loud. We left.
     
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    Doobie Brothers a couple years back, it was almost uncomfortable and I'm part deaf.
     
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    Colin James back in the 90s. My ears rang for days after. Literally. So loud it wasn't enjoyable at all.
     
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    Probably Hendrix live in Seattle circa 1970, or maybe Led Zep the same year at Woodinville Rock Fest.
     
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    Van Halen, 1980 Invasion tour at the Oakland Coliseum. Nothing comes close. Period.

    It helped that EVH was on fire (no pun intended), as was the whole band. Incidentally it's also the brightest show I'd ever seen. That big VH logo was BLINDING!

    And I loved every second of it. But my ears were ringing for 3 days after the show.
     
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    Yes that's just what I was thinking, Christ he was loud.
     
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    Saw Lonnie Mack a few times in clubs and he was loud. Saw Molly Hatchet in a small club and they had enough amplifiers and what not for a stadium. It was like nothing I ever experienced before as far as loud goes.
     
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    Also Bob Mould for me. He didn't sell out the bigger room at ABC in Glasgow is my guess so played the smaller but forgot to tell the sound guy.

    I'd learned by then though to bring earplugs after seeing him in Sheffield where I couldn't hear myself piss for 2 days afterwards.
     
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