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What's the one concert you're glad you didn't miss?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Downshift, May 3, 2020.

  1. Downshift

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    My wife and a couple friends were talking today about the biggest/best concert of our lives; the ones we'd brag to our grandkids about having the chance to see. For me it was a no-brainer:

    6/24/2000, Chicago, Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes.

    It was actually one of my first concerts. I was only 13. My cousins, all several years older than me, begged my mom to late them take me along. They argued a good case that this would probably be a once in a lifetime.

    Were they ever right! Easily the best concert I've ever been too. The crowd was completely electrified. The Crowes looked in a complete state of pure joy. Jimmy was incendiary. I was honestly too young to really appreciate it at the time. I knew it was a great concert, and amazing music, but I didn't have any respect for the history. But 20 years later, I'm still in awe of what I saw, and so thrilled mom let me go.

    When Jimmy hit that first distorted lick in Ten Years Gone...the place just erupted. I'll never forget that moment.

    How about you?
     
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    SRV 1985 Fox Theater, Atlanta
     
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    Jimi Hendrix at the St. Paul Auditorium on May 3, 1970. My general admission ticket cost $5.50.
     
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    Aerosmith 1995, Lalapalooza 1994.

    Gary Allen, 2018.
     
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    VWAmTele Friend of Leo's

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    I saw CSN&Y at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ on Aug 8, 1974. I think this news event was mentioned on stage sometime during the concert ;)

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    Led Zeppelin, Tampa, 1977.
     
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    My first concert, Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads, January 1982, Municipal Auditorium, KC.
     
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    Too many to pick one, but the 3 'biggies' that spring to mind first:

    The Who - 73 (my first 'big' concert)
    Zeppelin - Earls Court 75
    Floyd (The Wall)- Earls Court 80
     
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    BB King

    and sad to have passed on Steely Dan twice thinking I’d just catch them next year
     
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    Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Lynnyrd Skynnyrd, April 15, 1975, Palmer Auditorium.
    I was a huge fan of both bands, and they both killed!
    Both were top of their game, and tight, tight, tight!
    A less exciting, but just as superlative show was Joe Pass, solo at Top Of The Marc, later Momo’s, now nothin’.
    It was June 5, 1990.
    That was a birthday gift from my favorite wife.
    Joe was brilliant, but a little cranky.
    The sound guy kept adjusting his mix and it broke Joe’s “zone”
    At one point, about a half hour in, Joe stopped playing and said, “If you mess with it one more time, I’m going to the hotel!”
    It went well, afterwards.
    Joe passed (no pun intended) a little later.
    Glad I got to see/hear him!
     
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    Pink Floyd, Milwaukee County Stadium June '75.

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  12. DougM

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    I can't name just one, but among the top 30 are-
    Jeff Beck- Rough and Ready, Orange, Blow by Blow, and Guitar Shop with SRV tours
    Zeppelin- LZIII and IV tours
    Joe Walsh- Smoker you Get, So What, and But Seriously Folks tours
    Traffic- Low Spark and Last Traffic Jam tours
    ABB- first two tours after re-forming with Warren Haynes
    Chicago II and III tours
    Johnny Winter And
    Santana II and III tours
    Neil Young- Tonight's the Night
    Dave Mason- Alone Together tour
    Jethro Tull- Thick as a Brick
    Robben Ford and the Blue Line
    Deep Purple- Machine Head
    Clapton with Mark Knopfler and Phil Collins
    Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins
    Steve Stills Manassas
    Van Morrison Tupelo Honey with Ronnie Montrose on guitar
    Poco Under the Gun
    Night of the Guitar
    G3 1st tour with Eric Johnson, Joe Satriana, and Steve Vai
    FM Kiln House
    Roy Buchanan
    The Who Who's Next
    Last Days of the Fiilmore
     
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    B.B King and Gary Moore on B.B's 80th Birthday tour.
     
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    Hard to settle on one, so I will give 4:

    Altamont was memorable.
    Bruce Springsteen at the Berkeley Community Theater in 1976 (?) was fabulous, 2nd row seats!
    Patti Smith at the Longbranch
    Toots and the Maytals - same place
     
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    Rolling Stones on the Exile on Main Street Tour, 4th of July in Wash., DC 1972. Mick Taylor was on fire and Mick and Keith and the gang in top form. Bobby Keyes on sax and Nicky Hopkins on piano. And oh yeah, the opening act was Stevie Wonder.
     
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    Wow, I’m feeling outclassed with some of the mentions in here! Would love to have seen some of the Zep shows mentioned!

    I’m kinda partial to Neil Young’s visit here in early ‘85, but probably the most nostalgic for me - as funny as it may sound - was Ironmaidens “Somewhere Back In Time” tour in 2009.

    Waaaaaay back as a youngster, I had a ticket to their “World Slavery Tour” in May ‘85, but their visit to NZ got cancelled due to an air freight strike in Australia! Thanks you Aussie gits! :D

    I finally got to see them when they finally visited our shores in ‘92 for the “Fear Of The Dark” tour. Fantastic show, but I never got to see a lot of the classics from their earlier days.

    But then the 2009 thing happened, and it was colossal! They basically recreated the “Slavery” tour set up with all the classic early stuff, including Rime Of The Ancient Mariner! A must see!

    If you’re a fan of the band - you’ll know what I mean. ;)
     
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    I shall name two! Neil Diamond when I was about 19-20Y.O. I couldn't get over how much like the recordings his live show was......note perfect. Saw him a few times after that as well.

    The Eagles!!!! A group of us from work decided late in the scheme of things to go to Brisbane to see them. Unfortunately we had to take the worst seats due to all the good ones had being sold before we decided to go. We ended up to one side just at the back of the stage, but Joe kept on turning around and facing us "playing for the "people in the cheap seats!" :p as he said which was great from my perspective, as we got to see the guitar techs restring and tune and clean every instrument handed to them. All the checked and tuned guitars were racked and passed out to the stage and exchanged for another after almost every tune.

    Those techs sure worked hard all night. Their sound and performances were impeccable! A great night!

    Then I had to drive us all home about a five hour trip!:)

    DC
     
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    Strangely enough, I can't remember the name of the guy giving the concert.

    Small venue here in the next town, some blues guitarist from Berlin I had never hear of, maybe being fresh here in Germany, There was only 3 or 4 people turned out to see him..leaving room for well over a hundred more. He was playing an old reverse head firebird with one knob and one tuner replaced with some "make do" junk. But rather than being dispirited by the poor turnout, he got off the stage and came and sat in the middle of the room, and treated us to what was probably the most enjoyable concert of my life.

    I suppose the bare staged, house lights on, daytime concert of the Stray Cats in London 1980/81 would be about the most memorable big gig.

    Most chuffed to having had the chance to see (and chat with) Peter Green.
     
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  19. Peegoo

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    Not one concert, but a bunch of different Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, and Tom Principato shows in and around DC (The Bayou, Blues Alley, The Birchmere, Chick Hall's Surf Club, etc.) in the 1980s.
     
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    David Bowie 1982
    U2 1984
    Switchfoot 1999
     
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