Loudest live guitar you have experienced?

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  1. ndcaster

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    Talas, front row, 1984, ears rang for days

    cool show, though
     
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    Black Flag 1986. Stood in front of Greg Ginn and his amp for the entire show. Multiple days of ringing ears. Loved the show though.
     
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    Can't remember the loudest guitar, but can't forget the loudest live gig.

    A couple of years back went with a friend to see Clinton with his P-Funk buddies. Forgot my earplugs. Thought "Ah well, been there done that, they're loud but I can survive".

    Didn't even occur to me that this time they'd bring a half-deaf sound guy who apparently is used to stadiums and large outdoor venues. And as clubs go, Paradiso isn't even a very big one. Was standing in front of the mixing booth. When the band started all I could hear was an absolutely massive wall of sound. Only after covering my ears it resolved into music. I figured that this day and age the club must have earplugs for sale - not really, but they did have these yellow general ones. Those didn't help much.

    I could stand it for about 20 minutes. As a memento of the event I now have a permanent tinnitus in my left ear. Thanks George!

    I'm firmly in the "you gotta FEEL the BASS" crew. But too much is too much. And I wonder about the logic... I need to cover my ears to enjoy your music????
     
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    Guns N’ Roses Wembley Stadium in 1992. I was deaf for about 4 days after. They got fined as they breached all noise restrictions for the Stadium.

    Looking at the set list now, Brian May also guest starred by can’t really remember this.

    It was just a pure wall of noise - unbelievable. To be THAT loud in an 80000 seat stadium was just pure madness, although the whole gig was a text book lesson in insanity.
     
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    Humble Pie at the 2nd Annual British Rock Meeting, Isle of Germersheim, Germany, 1972. The band was so loud you could still hear them from the mainland. Second loudest: Eric Clapton at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, 1983.

    ETA: I think I'd place Clapton third. Three years ago I saw Iron Butterfly at a local venue, and the opening act was so loud -- and I was sitting at a table next to the stage -- that I literally found myself wincing, and eager for them to stop.
     
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    Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 70s, once in a state fair grounds arena, and once in an old theater. This was when McLaughlin had a first-class band doing overplayed but worthy jazz-fusion-prog-rock. His use of extreme volume utterly destroyed the musical experience. A thunderous, painful, muddy blast, both times.
     
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    Grand Funk Railroad about 1973 we were in about the 10th row.
     
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    Black Sabbath in Coventry (with Van Halen as support) in the late 70s. I'm not sure if Thin Lizzie were louder as I think Geezer Butler was responsible for my hearing loss about that time. I was right in front of his stack and could feel my chest moving!!
     
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    Black Label Society. Mayish 2018 in a venue in Akron Ohio. Soul crushing wall of sound. And I like it loud. But this was just painfully loud.
     
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    Lucifer.... Randy Holden (sp?). ex-Blue Cheer. sponsored by Sunn. my band opened for them in 1970. smaller venue, so I don't think he used all 16 of his 200 watt amps. it was still pretty loud outside the building.
     
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    I see Big Sugar has been mentioned. But they’re probably only number two.

    First place goes to the Georgia Satellites.

    Rocket from the Crypt were insanely loud when I saw them a couple years back.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    Pantera in Philly Spectrum 90's..sound moved you, the pressure ..you could feel it

    Krokus in Harrisburg PA Forum 1981..painfully loud..way overkill for that lil building
     
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    Neil Young a few years ago. He did that feedback, crashing noise thing for 20 minutes. It was unbearable and we left.
     
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    Saw Queensrhyce at a small club in Houston about 3 yrs ago. I was closer to the front and I couldn't stand it... Really no need for it either so I left.
     
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    Randy Rhodes with Ozzy in KC on his first comeback tour. I was on the floor, 15'ish rows back, right in front of the speakers on the left side of the stage. At one point either the sound or my brain started cutting out and I thought I was having a flashback. Only for a few seconds, but wow .... :confused:
     
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    UFO at the Civic Center Theater in St. Paul MN 1979???. My ears were bleeding...
     
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    SRV in Pittsburgh, must have been 1980 or thereabouts. Third row. Ears were ringing for days. Funny thing is, there was a guy sitting right in front of me, passed out cold through the entire show. I wish I could sleep that soundly!
     
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    Probably Hawkwind at Sheffield University Students Union in 1972.
     
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    Columbus, OH band Greenhorn in about 1992, playing at Stache's, a legendary local music venue, long since closed. Stache's was not a large club but did capture a lot of national acts back in the day. Greenhorn had several full Marshall stacks crammed on the tiny stage that night and apparently had them all on "10".
     
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    Sugarloaf at SCA in Conway Arkansas in the 70s- no ear plugs
    ACDC at Barton Arena in Little Rock early 80s-I took out my ear plugs for 3 seconds
    Cheap Trick, Barton Arena in Little rock early 80s- ears rang till the next day

    There is no frigging reason one should subject themselves to that kind of sheet.
     
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