Your Most Memorable Concert Moments

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  1. maj34

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    I don't know if this has been done before but here's my question for you all:

    What's are the top few concerts you've seen, and maybe a special or defining moment from each.

    For me:
    1) David Gilmour - 2016, Toronto
    I'm such a huge fan - the whole concert was special.

    2) Bruce Springsteen - 2014, Sydney/Australia
    Ghost of Tom Joad was the special.

    3) Radiohead - Early 2000s, Montreal
    I liked their new (Kid A/Amnesiac) stuff, but once they had played all that they did a LOT of stuff from Bends/OK Computer.
     
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    Mine is easy to pick and I'm sure most here are probably sick of seeing me mention it but -

    July 17, 2008: Opened two shows for Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives &, after years of seeing "Clarence" on television, I finally got my chance to hold and play that legendary guitar. It's THE highlight of my time as a musician. Nothing else tops that moment for me.
     
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    Queen, August 10, 1982 on the Hot Space tour. I originally went because Billy Squire was opening and I dug his sound.

    Squire and his band was fantastic, but then Queen came out and it was nothing short of epic...best damn concert I ever saw. Every member of Queen seemed to be a virtuoso on their instrument and I went home as a huge fan that night.

    Turns out that was the last North American tour with Freddy Mercury, so glad I went that night!
     
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    early 70's Jethro Tull with Yes as a back up - Unfricken believable! all the Tull concerts were an event
    all the ELP concerts
    and all the early Pink Floyd concerts I saw every thing up to and including DSOM ( eclipse)
    Ozzy with Randy Rhodes at the karisdale arena

    I finally got to see the Moody Blues in concert the tickets were free as a gift and it was an out door concert at Deer lake park in vancouver

    But the last concert I bought tickets for was Johnny Winter in Kamloops just before he passed
     
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    Mine would be my first concert. It's just special because it was my 1st. Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood Tour

    Most entertaining was Pink Floyd. Loved the light show.

    Worst was- Poison in 91ish. CC sounded awful. I went to see Warrant and wanted to leave before Poison came on. My friends didn't want to.
     
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    Bob Dylan August 1988 at waterloo village NJ. It was a small tent show and I had seats three rows back and slightly to the left of stage but was only about 25 feet from the performers. G.E. Smith was fronting the band in those days and Mr. Dylan was in very good form. Ended the show with 6 encores including a killer Highway 61.

    The Band 1968 or 1969 Upsala College NJ. Played in the gym which was relatively small and the sound was just amazing, I think my ears are still ringing. They played the entire Big Pink album plus some covers and I think the tickets were something like $6.00 general admission. Pretty cool for a high school student.
     
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    1) The Band. Need I say more?. Garth was -epic-
    2) Jethro Tull at Nostell Priory. Great stage show, great music and great sound. Great day. Lindisfarne were on the bill too, and they always put a good show on.
    3) Michael Schenker 1982 ( I think... ) Second night of a two night stint. He was in a good mood and sober. He gazed across the first few rows, seemed to recognise most of us had been there the night before, and tore the place up. He really is as good as people say when he's sober. Cozy Powell bashed and banged away.
    4) Hawkwind We'd got to the venue for the soundcheck, sat through that, went to the bar with the band and all that that entailed. All of them treated us like special guests all day. Did a good show too.
    5) Taking my daughter to see Imelda May. Her face was a picture at the awesomeness she witnessed.
    6) Climbing onstage with Ian Gillan. The bouncer ran toward me, fist raised, and Ian blocked the blow!. I sang a line from 'New Orleans' ( I could sing back then ) and stage dived away. Sadly, the crowd parted as I dived. Still, I got to sing with the Ian Gillan Band!
    7) A side project by Phil Mogg called $ign Of 4 did a pubs'n'clubs tour of the UK. I met the band, got autographs etc, stood 3ft away for the entire show, but what stands out most was the ride home. Great gig, and the ride home was a cloudless, starlight night. Dry roads, great visibility, early hours of the morning, Gixxer wound right round to the stops to top the night off.
     
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    Early 80's, Montreal, Roger Waters solo tour for his first solo album "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" with guitar player Eric Clapton. I really wish I remembered it better :)
     
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    All 1977-78:

    Springsteen, Phoenix, Darkness tour. Epic show. During Rosalita, a couple of girls got up on stage and tackled him. When security peeled them off him, he was laughing "that girl had her tongue so far down my throat I don't know if I can sing anymore" - there's a video of this floating around somewhere.

    Dexter Gordon, Seattle, small jazz club during his first tour back in US after about 15 years in Europe.
    Best jazz I've ever heard live. Not close.

    Dead, Eugene, Mac Court. Best concert of any type I've ever seen. Highlight was Garcia playing a solo version of "Close Encounters" between "Other One" and "St. Stephen".

    Stones, Tucson, Some Girls tour. My first Stones show. Homegirl Linda Ronstadt (who went to my high school about ten years before me) came out for Tumbling Dice. Lotta fun.

    -Ray
     
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    I can't imagine what could top this. I'm so proud for you!

    I was overwhelmed by two of Merle's shows: both at the Riverdome in Bossier City Louisiana. The first was in 2009 with Kris Kristofferson. Very stripped down show with just a trap drum kit. Mr. Haggard played all the lead electric guitar; before Benny was an official band member. It was like being in a living room jam with those two greats. "Why Me" was a moment in time for me, with Merle taking the second verse, plus a guitar break. I'll never forget that show.

    A couple years later, same venue, he actually played longer than expected! Theresa whispered in his ear a time or two, and he acknowledged they needed to get on the road. But he played Mama's Prayers, If I Could Only Fly, and I Am What I Am...just sitting down on a stool by himself with very minimal backing from the Strangers. He was supposed to be packing it up, but he wasn't ready. So unusual for Merle... I hope he actually enjoyed being on stage in his sunset years. I attended dozens of concerts between 2008 and 2015, and it sure appeared that way.
     
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    U-2 at Camp Randal Stadium, Madison WI. 50,000 people standing on their feet singing along to "Pride (in the name of love)".
     
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    Thanks, HF. That means a lot to me. I had waited over twenty years to see that guitar (and Marty) in concert (I actually had seen him twice before the 2008 opening shows).

    My sweet Mother told Marty, "You have no idea what this means to him." And Marty, as gracious as always, said, "I'm glad that I made it happen." He, himself, took those pictures of me with "Clarence" that I normally post when reminiscing about that gig. That, also, blew me away.

    I had a chance to see Haggard several years ago (he was appearing at Harrah's Cherokee Resort & Casino in Cherokee, NC) but I passed up the offer because I wasn't sure if my Dad could handle going without his oxygen for an entire concert (he, sadly, suffers with COPD & Emphysema). Now, I wish I had taken that offer to see The Hag. :(
     
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    Aerosmith with Opening act Orion the Hunter, May or June 1984 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD.

    A buddy and I had front row seats on the far right of the stage. Joey Kramer kept tossing drum sticks to the crowd in the middle sections of the pavilion. We wanted one so we jumped and hollered and got his attention. He tried to toss us one stick but his cymbal stand was too high and the threw it to our left. We feigned huge disappointment and booed him. He tried again, it also went left, and we booed him again ( it was good natured) He then mouthed for us to wait a second and played to a point in the song where there was a quick break and he stood up and fired that stick right at us...... at that moment Joe Perry turned around and took that stick right in his right ear. He shot Joey a look gave him the finger and muttered something. Joey didn't look our way the rest of the night.
     
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    Jackson, Michigan, mid 80s, Eddie Money playing at the county fair. The singer in the opening band fell off the stage and broke his wrist. The band was called The Toll, out of Columbus (?), Ohio. I managed to see them several more times whenever they came through East Lansing.
     
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    My wife has said there are truly memorable moments in your life; one's you'll never forget. Getting your license, graduating from High School, Losing your virg.. (innocence) and the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert we went to on October 20th 1987 in Sweet Home Alabama (Birmingham). It was exactly 10 years to the day that their plane went down. Ronnie's younger brother, Johnny was on lead vocals and Ed King was back with them on guitar.
    No one sat down the entire show. The sound was fantastic and when the encore came around (what song is it you wanna hear?) Johnny stepped to the mic and said, "No one could sing this one like my brother." Then he placed Ronnie's hat on the mic stand, the spotlight hit it and they eased into an instrumental version of Free Bird. The crowd sang (or tried to) the words, but I could only muster a squeak. LOTS of red eyes everywhere. Skynyrd was a HUGE part of my life growing up. They still are.
     
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    This reminds me of one I forgot to mention. Rod Stewart and the Faces, with Ron Wood on his last tour before leaving for the Stones (which had already been announced), with Skynard opening. This was 1975 so it was the whole original Skynard lineup. I was a junior in high school and I was pretty blown away by the whole show. Skyward rocked a LOT harder than Rod, but Rod had that showbiz stage presence thing happening and Ronnie chipped in real well, so the whole night was amazing. I don't know if I'd fully appreciated Skynard until I saw them that night but they stayed near the top of my list for years after the plane went down...

    -Ray
     
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    Cold Chisel, 1982, Thunder Bay Ontario

    They were opening for Ted Nugent and I had never heard of this band from Australia. The next day I sourced every available album in town and have followed the band and careers of Jimmy Barnes and Ian (Mossy) Moss ever since.
     
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    man, the Faces could absolute lay down a groove! I sure wish I could have seen Skynyrd with the original line up. Ronnie was THE songwriter for us southerners and Steve Gaines could absolutely blister his guitar. - "Sounds Like Roy". I read that Skynyrd let Gaines do an audition as a favor to his sister Cassie, a Honkette. They were blown away and it put a spark back in the band. Street Survivors is, IMHO, the best LP they put out. I had the one with the flames on the front, but my it wound up with the brother of a girlfriend at the time... a whole other story...
     
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    This is difficult......hmm, in no particular order:

    Garbage 1998 on the Loreley open air stage - great band and and incredible singer. Shirley Manson commands the stage and simply refuses to age!

    Imelda May 2014, Batschkapp, Frankfurt/Main, such a terrific singer and what a band.I'm sorry about the split with Darrel Higham, therefore glad to have seen them live before him leaving!

    Rammstein around 1996/1997ish.....before they became stadium-rock....a friend won 2 tickets in a radio-showand we drove for about 2 hours to see them in a small venue with about 2000 people. The place was crammed, but they did all the pyro-stuff and had Till Lindemann in his burning pyro-suit, standing on a cart and being slowly dragged across the hall by some giant bare-chested roadie while singing......we where like jaw-dropping for hours!

    Sting somewhere around 1988...? in Frankfurt/Main in the "Messehalle"(Fair Center). Usually a venue known for horrible acoustics and bad voew....but he manged to sound clear, condensed, intimate. Not The Police, but great!
     
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    Queen, in 1973, in San Antonio, touring to support Queen II.
    Mesmerizing!
    The Eagles in 1973, Palmer Auditorium, Austin, Tx.
    Witchy Woman was the new radio hit.
    The Eagles again, in 1975, with Felder, no Walsh yet.
    Skynnyrd in 1975, Palmer Auditorium, Austin, Tx, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm opened, both were brilliant.
    Linda Ronstadt, Erwin Center, Austin, Tx, 1980, brilliant band!
    Merle Haggard, 1981, Palmer Auditorim, Austin, Tx, big band, with the original Strangers, plus Tiny Moore and other Texas Playboy alumni.
    Paul Simon, Rhythm Of The Saints Tour, 1988, Palmer Auditorium, 17 piece band with Steve Gadd.
    Mesmerizing again!
    Kim Mitchell, The Generator, Prince George, BC, 1995.
    Great singer, player and killer band!
    BB King, Prince George, BC 1995, great show!
     
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