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Thread: The Concert Thread

  1. #1
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    Location: The Akkala Highlands

    The Concert Thread

    I looked back into the TTLG archives, and there haven't been one of these in a while. Live Music! It's been a staple of my existence since the early 80s. My wife is a big fan of concerts too, and it was a prevalent date theme for us in the beginning - go out, grab some food, then see a good local band. Now, we're often the "old couple" at the show, and we're fine with that. I'd say I/we still go to 5-10 concerts every year, of varying sizes.

    I still remember my first show ever - Billy Squier and Ratt at the Mecca Arena here in Milwaukee. Yeah, not much you can say about that one.

    That said - just bought tickets for Metallica, a band I've been a very casual fan of for years, but one that was definitely on the bucket list. Solider Field in Chicago in June.

    I'm also going to see U2 (I can hear the boo! hiss! from TTLG, but I've been a U2 fan from the beginning, so I never miss them when they tour). That's two weeks prior to the Metallica show at the same venue.

    Tonight I'm going to see Mike Doughty, former lead singer of Soul Coughing, at this tiny little bar in town, for 20 bucks. That's kind of more my style.

    How about yous guys? Any big shows or concerts coming up? What was your first show ever?

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    Registered: Apr 2016
    Location: somewhere in ConstantinesHouse
    Wow ! Thats a lot of concerts there... you must be a really old Taffer ;P ^^

    Sadly I haven´t been on many concerts. But I really want to change it now. (Changed my job, so I hopefully got more spare time now)
    There are two bands I always wanted to see live (even if they´re not very similar - I just LOVE music)


    One is Linkin Park. Its one of the most honest bands I´ve ever known. Nothin to say more

    The other is Snarky Puppy. If you like Jazz you should definitly take a look. Its just a breathtaking sound!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk0WRHV_vt8


    ...and there was a concert called ISAM. Amon Tobin. The artist who brought me to producing my own music. You´ve never seen anything like this before ->
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zMI-qbmIPk&t=304s
    Last edited by Mr. Bighead; 17th Feb 2017 at 17:08.

  3. #3
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Cologne
    My wife bought tickets for Arcade Fire today who will play an open air concert in Cologne in July.
    Upcoming I'm looking forward to see Desperate Journalist again and maybe Bilderbuch. I missed Degenhardt unfortunately but since he lives nearby (Düsseldorf) I guess there will be other chances.

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    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: CT, USA
    My first concert was Moby Grape at the Village Theater (soon to become the Fillmore East), in late 1967. A few weeks later I saw the Grateful Dead there, I think on their 2nd NYC visit. A couple years later while attending Tulane in NOLA, I saw the GD the night they got "busted, down on Bourbon Street...", later immortalized in their song Truckin', along with the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac (still all guys). I was extremely blessed to see many of the Sixties greats in their prime, back when Fillmore tickets cost $2.50/3.50/4.50!

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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Cologne
    Good for you. I would have liked to see Jefferson Airplane play the Fillmore East. But I would have went to see them play in a closet.

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    Desperately dodgy geezer
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: The Olde Castle
    Dahenjo, I'm jealous, I would love to have seen Peter Green play with the Mac back in the pre-Buckingham/Nicks days. He was something special.

    My first real concert was Judas Priest on the Defenders of the Faith tour in 1984. I saw Metallica with Cliff Burton in '86 as the opening act for Ozzy, and they blew him off the stage. Last big show I went to was Queensryche in '92 when they did Operation: Mindcrime in it entirety, which was an awesome show (I had seen them open for Metallica in '89 too). Since then I've been to very few as we've gotten older - my wife hates concerts (and is allergic to smoke) and I'm generally about as happy watching live shows online these days. Last year I did go to my first show in ages with my brother, we saw Voivod (one of our favorite bands of all time) play a renovated old church sanctuary in Cincinnati to about 200 people, and we got to meet drummer Michel Langevin before the show. For such a tiny old guy he sure beats the hell out of the drums.

    I'm a big Amon Amarth fan and they have a show close to me in May, but my brother isn't so I passed on getting tickets.

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    Registered: Oct 2001
    Location: 210x200x64
    First proper big rock show. Philly Spectrum...Van Halen 1984. I didn't know volume that high was possible. A full out assault on my senses. Saw Waters and Gilmour of Floyd fame on their solo tours around that same time. Best show I ever saw...Floyd 1994...The Division Bell tour...in Philly and later at RFK in DC. But consistently kicking ass all my adult life and seeing around 20 or so shows over the years....Rush. Like Yandros I saw Priest around that time. I remember being asked by the girls behind me to roll them up a fatty 'cause they couldn't. Always the gentleman I complied and we all got nice and toasty. Always got toasty at shows back then. The Floyd shows were especially fragrant. Nobody getting busted. Just kicking back and passing it around. Good times...

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    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: CT, USA
    @Kolya - I saw the Airplane there, but not that show which was a couple days after the Kent State shootings and I was on my way to DC with half a million other college kids. I saw them later on too after the Fillmore closed and was also a big fan of Hot Tuna who I saw a few times.

    @Yandros - 'Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac' were all great - Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer, Peter, Mick, and John - I wore out their English Rose and Then Play On LPs. The day after the Dead's bust they put on an extra benefit show, a large part of which was the guys from both bands jamming informally, Jerry and Peter (and all of them really) trading riffs on old Hank Williams tunes & such, just utter rock history.

    That was the inaugural concert at this place called The Warehouse, which went on to have shows for years, and it was also the first successful rock concert in NOLA. Other bands including the Airplane were booked at other venues but were met at the airport by the local police and "dissuaded" from playing. But the Dead said screw that, came and got busted, and after that NOLA was de-virginated for rock music. Not long after I went to a show with this new strange-sounding band on the bill - The Allman Brothers Band .. needless to say it was as good as you might imagine, esp when you'd never heard of them!

    Btw, I had and loved the 'Buckingham & Nicks' album (with Crystal, etc), then after they joined FM a good friend/roommate of mine was a roadie for their infamous 1975 US tour, with some amazing stories afterwards on that!
    Last edited by Dahenjo; 17th Feb 2017 at 22:10.

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    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Notable ones for me:

    All About Eve - 1992
    The Levellers - 1995
    (massive dry spell for no good reason)
    David Bowie - 2003 & 2004
    Depeche Mode - 2006 (twice)
    Nine Inch Nails - 2005 (twice), 2009, 2014
    The Cure - 2016

    Plus a load of smaller gigs I can't really remember, including ones where I was playing on the bill or was organising.
    Very glad I caught Bowie on the last tour.

  10. #10
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    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Draggy the Dragons house
    Where did you see the Cure?

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    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Quote Originally Posted by PigLick View Post
    Where did you see the Cure?
    Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon

  12. #12
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    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Draggy the Dragons house
    holy crap what a setlist!

  13. #13
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    My first concert was Duran Duran, around 1991.

    Big ones I recall were Lenny Kravitz, Blues Traveler, and Dave Matthews, around 1994 or 95, which I guess was cooler then than it sounds now, and Sting in Tokyo cir. 2001.

    These days I listen to a ton of live music by groups in small dives. Tokyo is teeming with a live music scene. You could go to a different place every weekend of your life and still not get to them all.

  14. #14
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Quote Originally Posted by PigLick View Post
    holy crap what a setlist!
    You are telling me brother!

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    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Jafaville New Zealand
    I worked at several sport stadiums in New Zealand since 2010.

    So I've been lucky enough to work a lot of music concerts.

    2010: U2 (Seeing people trying to get a glimpse of them practicing was a laugh. As I sat down on the field having lunch overlooking the stage)
    2011: Rammstein, Iggy and The Stooges, Lily Allen.
    2012: Coldplay
    2014: Aviici, Katy Perry
    2015: Foo Fighters, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, UB40
    2016: Coldplay again
    2017: Guns and Roses (They were actually pretty good this time round)

    And in five days I'll have Bruce Springsteen under my belt. With Justin Beiber (Shudder) and Adele (WOO!) next month.

  16. #16
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Qantas
    Interesting thread. It seems like there are a lot of fans of 1980s music here.

    My first concert (and second and third) was the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. I was probably around 12. My grandmother used to take me. I still like to go to the symphony, but I'm tired of hearing the old war horses and prefer more avante garde music when I can get it.

    My first rock concert was either The Who reunion, or Dylan and the Grateful Dead, or maybe Phil Collins. They were all around the same time, late 1980s when I was in high school.

    Most outright fun concert was probably a Jimmy Buffett show in the early 90s. I went with 12-15 college friends and we made a day of it and went full parrothead. Another fun one was the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Some ska band opened. We were into moshing.

    The craziest show was the Grateful Dead in Albany, NY around 1992. They had closed off several city blocks downtown and there was a huge crowd, probably 50k people even though only 15k had tickets. Not a cop in sight except around the entrance to the hall, and it was the weirdest and most amazing crowd scene I've ever seen at a Dead show. I could go on for pages about it.

    Possibly my favorite concert was seeing The Musical Box play The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway around 2004 or 2005. The Musical Box are a tribute band who faithfully re-enact 1970s Genesis tours, including playing period instruments and copying the look and style of the band members. For The Lamb tour, TMB had full support from the band, who loaned them all the original costumes and slide show from 1975. We had front row seats at the Whitaker Center in in Harrisburg, PA and the show was just awesome.

    Another possible favorite was seeing Gary Burton at Ronnie Scott's in London. Burton is one of my favorites, and his band at the time included guitar prodigy Julian Lage and Antonio Sanchez who is possibly the best drummer in jazz right now. My wife and I sat at a little cocktail table front & center, and she had a conversation with the band at the back of the bar after their set, and she has indulged my jazz interest ever since.

    Some of the 1990s H.O.R.D.E. festivals were awesome too. I'm usually not that big on festivals except for jazz. Most rock festivals seem to have one or two bands I like but not enough to make me want to get stuck in traffic and slog through mud and dodge the piss and puke of drunk college kids. But some of the early H.O.R.D.E. lineups were too awesome to miss.

    The worst concert I've been to was Lady Gaga in Sydney, 2012 or 2013. She puts on a really theatrical show, but the sound was just horribly mixed and out of balance. We couldn't hear crap. Another bad one was Phish, at a basketball arena in Dayton, OH. I was a huge Phish fan in the 1990s and they had just released my favorite of their albums, so I was excited. But we were hung over from a wedding, had bad seats, and the mix was way, way off.

    Finally, the last concert I attended was Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the local high school auditorium in my town.

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    Desperately dodgy geezer
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: The Olde Castle
    Béla Fleck played your town's HS auditorium? That's crazy! My favorite song of his is "Sunset Road".

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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Qantas
    It's more than your average HS auditorium. In addition to the usual school plays and band concerts, they host a lot of small events. This is the place:

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...Hampshire.html

    It only seats about 800 people, so the show was relatively intimate. I love Béla Fleck. I'm not the hugest fan of his wife's singing voice though.

  19. #19
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Almost forgot! I went to this last Summer:


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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    My first was the "Some Enchanted Evening" tour of Blue Oyster Cult at the Orpheum in Memphis. AC DC's Back in Black at the Hammersmith Odeon was memorable but the best was "The Wall" performed at Earls Court by Pink Floyd. My next will be Alice Cooper at Tupelo. I've never seen Cooper but I've heard it's a hell of a stage show. He is a bit of sentiment from my teens never fulfilled. These days the lighters do not fire up as soon as the lights go down though so some of the magic is gone. I've seen a lot of good bands from Iron Maiden to Sheryl Crow but the magic of youth has faded. Too bad they have gotten so stick up the ass strict these days. Burning one would make a halfway decent substitute.

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    First concert was Deep Purple in Oslo, in 1987. Then, a couple of years later, a festival in Mainz, in 1991. AC/DC, Metallica, and Queensryche were at the top of the ticket. Two years later, a much bigger and more mainstream festival at the same place with, among others, Tina Turner and Prince. Now I've never been Prince's biggest fan, though I liked a few of his songs well enough, but that was one of the best goddamned shows I've ever seen. An absolutely stunning entertainer. Since then, not too much. AC/DC once or twice, Iron Maiden and Manowar. Paradise Lost in Offenbach and at long last, at Bang Your Head in Balingen '08, Judas Priest, after which I thought it was time for Rob Halford to call it quits. His voice is ruined.

    Oh, and I went to see Ween in Frankfurt once. Talk about a brown evening. Good times.

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