Pearl Jam Amsterdam 2012 - a huge fan picked the whole setlist for them to play. I've been to about 25 shows by them and that was the best setlist for avid fans.

GNR/Metallica Montreal riot concert. James Hetfield got burned and then Axl called off his show early. Riots ensued...memorable night if not for the music.

Metallica makeup shows circa 92 Forum Montreal - 3 hours of pure Metallica. Intense.

AC/DC late 1980's Montreal Forum. My first rock concert and I got sixth row seats. Great show.

Tragically Hip - Hampton Beach NH Casino circa 1996. Front row, yelling at Gord to play Nautical Disaster. He shook his head but then launched in to it.

Bfw
I guess most of the great concert experiences I think of involve classical music or jazz in really small venues.

I am reminded of an internship in college and rooming next to a guy a little older from NJ. I started telling him about great concerts I'd seen. I told him about Jefferson Starship and he told me about them being Jefferson Airplane. Me: Robby Krueger him: the doors.
Me: Neil Young him: Buffalo Springfield. I guess the best of those rock concerts was Devo - they were pretty incredible.

So now many years later I'd have to say some of the concerts that made the biggest impression were:

the Tokyo String Quartet at the UofI. They played the Ravel string quartet. I'd never heard that before and was just blown away.

the CSO with George Solti playing Beethoven's 9th. It was opening night of the season so the choir sang the Star Spangled Banner. I didn't know it could sound that good. And then the 9th was transcendent.

the CSO with Michael Tilson Thomas doing Mahler's 6th. Incredible and disturbing at the same time.

Keith Jarrett a couple of years ago. It was great. I think a lot of it was just being so happy to have seen him live.

Not a concert, but seeing the Magic Flute in the old opera house in Paris was pretty spectacular. Natalie Dessay nailed the queen of the night arias which she did not perform live many times.
I left one out because I was only thinking of rock concerts but I have to add it as it was probably the best concert I've ever been to...

Yehudi Menuhin's birthday concert at the Lincoln Center. He conducted, Ravi Shankar played, Winton Marsalis played, Allen bloody Ginsberg recited his own poetry. That was back in the mid 90's and I was only a late teen but I was blown away.
I usually remember these kinds of events, but I have been to so many that it is hard to recall. Here is my list which reflects my change in taste mainly to country as I age.

Eagles in 1980 at Florida Field with Jimmy Buffett as lead in. It was the day that the US Hockey Team won the Gold Medal and right before I left school to join the real world. The Eagles are my favorite band and I saw them five times live.

The Who in 1983 in the Citrus Bowl. I thought that they were old then, but it was a great show.

Bruce Springsteen in 2002 in Columbia. He was feeling it that night and played for nearly four hours without a break. In December, he ended with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

Kenny Chesney in 2003-05, all in Columbia. Chesney brings emotion and passion to all of his shows. He is coming to our local festival next June and I cannot wait.

Garth Brooks earlier this year in Charleston. Garth is so good that you can hate country music and still like him. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, also performed a few songs.
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
I usually remember these kinds of events, but I have been to so many that it is hard to recall. Here is my list which reflects my change in taste mainly to country as I age.

Eagles in 1980 at Florida Field with Jimmy Buffett as lead in. It was the day that the US Hockey Team won the Gold Medal and right before I left school to join the real world. The Eagles are my favorite band and I saw them five times live.

The Who in 1983 in the Citrus Bowl. I thought that they were old then, but it was a great show.

Bruce Springsteen in 2002 in Columbia. He was feeling it that night and played for nearly four hours without a break. In December, he ended with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

Kenny Chesney in 2003-05, all in Columbia. Chesney brings emotion and passion to all of his shows. He is coming to our local festival next June and I cannot wait.

Garth Brooks earlier this year in Charleston. Garth is so good that you can hate country music and still like him. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, also performed a few songs.


Can't wait - 1 month till I see Garth Brooks for the 1st time!
I forgot maybe the most memorable one of all. For a variety of reasons, I have been privy to many private concerts including Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Phil Vassar and recently Jennifer Nettles. However, easily the best one occurred at a beer convention in 2004 at the Dolphin Hotel in Orlando.

It was in the exhibition room where all of the beer brand teams were showing their latest stuff, and of course, there was free beer (not really as we pay for it in other ways), free food and celebrities. It started with the O'Jays (background music) then got a bit better with the Pussycat Dolls. After that, we got the announcement to stay put for get this, TOM PETTY and THE HEARTBREAKERS. What a night!! We are still pinching ourselves that we were treated to an unexpected, free concert with Tom Petty.
Great list - mine in no particular order other than Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen - Ames, Iowa - December 1980 Unbelievably good and impossibly long show. The greatest I have witnessed.

Santana - Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre, Santa Fe - October 1986 - It was mostly the original line up and the music was old 60s and 70s music.

BB King - several times and places - The King of the Blues

Eric Clapton - Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 1982 - Place holds 1800 people. I was first row balcony. EC played nothing but the blues. An intimate show for sure.

Little Feat - Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, Iowa, October 1978, I was not familiar with them at the time, went with a friend and was completely amazed.

J Geils Band - Hancher Auditorium, October 1979, last rock show ever at Hancher due to the cost of cleaning the arm rests because people were standing up and dancing. Very high energy stuff.

Stevie Ray Vaughn with Jeff Beck, The Pit, Albuquerque, it is between he and Carlos Santana for best live guitar.
Tried to put together a list of some of the more memorable shows. Im sure I missed many and some bands Ive seen so many times its hard to pick a single show.

Little Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano – mid/late 60’s at Camden County Music Fair a 1500 seat circus tent in my home town. My dad took me as he loved music and I was easy to drag along as a toddler. Sadly he skipped one of the last shows before they closed down the venue which was Cream

Diana Ross – dozens of times, many venues around the country and often in her seats. Just an amazing performer that owns the stage though time finally seems to catching up

Jackson Browne – Running on Empty Tour at Mann Music Center in Philly August 1978

Springsteen – 78 Darkness tour my favorite album and 5th row center. Still my favorite show among dozens including several surprise shows at bars in Jersey. My ticket was under $10. Honorable mentions to Opening Night of original River Tour in Ann Arbor with my parents and siblings as well as.

Nils Lofgren – before joining E Street Band at small clubs in Philly, his solo shows were something special and still are. He is a brilliant musician and even better singer/songwriter. He still tours solo at small venues. Don’t miss if you get the chance.

Eagles – Long Run Tour at Spectrum in Philly 11/79

The Clash at Bonds in NYC – say no more

The Who Farewell Tour 1982 at JFK Stadium in Philly. They went on to play 9 more farewell tours and Ive been to 5 or 6 of those also but you always remember your first LOL

Stevie Ray – Ripley Music Hall Philly 10/83. Mind blowing

REM – October 1983 at Rutgers University Busch Campus student center.

Smithereens – several times in fraternity basement parties and Court Tavern at Rutgers College in early 80s. A great bar band

X – anywhere they are playing. one of my favorite bands to see in bar

The Round Up - June 1981 the week after I finished high school they had a massive concert at JFK stadium with 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Outlaws, Allmans, Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker. No security whatsoever in stifling heat and humidity. They sprayed the crowd down with firehoses through the event. They let a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds walk in with a 10 gallon Igloo cooler full of Screwdrivers among other things. A crazy all day party with people passing out left and right. Additional entertainment provided by motorcycle gangs pummeling people in the parking lot. The craziest concert situation Ive ever been a part of but an amazing concert.

Ronnie Lane Benefit with Jeff Beck , Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton backed by Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Kenny Jones and Joe Cocker among others at Madison Square Garden 1983

Lou Reed – 10/84 at Beacon Theatre with Robert Quine

The Band with Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm. 2/86 at Lone Star Café in NYC. We went to the later show (they played two that night). One of the last shows before Manuel killed himself a couple weeks later.

David Lee Roth – 10/86. His first solo tour post VH - Eat em and Smile put together a super group with Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Greg Bissonette. Just a killer band backing him every bit as good as the VH guys. One of my most memorable Rock n Roll experiences because I was in their dressing room when they came in just after the last encore. My GF and I hung out with DLR for a couple hours BSing after the show. He is a surprisingly smart, funny guy in person and a great story teller

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet tour – several nights but the best was playing to his hometown crowd on New Year’s Eve 12/31/86 at The Meadowlands.

Def Leppard – Hysteria Word Tour 1987 saw a few shows. First tour with Rick Allen playing drums after he lost one arm in car accident. Amazing

Stones – Two shows stand out. 1989 Opening night Steel Wheels tour at Veterans Stadium. Didn’t have a ticket and no friends wanted to go. Kinda broke but took subway myself to check out the scene. During warm up band Im holding a finger up and guy pulls up in limo. Just flew in from the UK on private jet and his GF bailed on him last minute. Friend of the band he gave me his extra, second row center. They played Shattered as the 3rd song and blew up the sound system which created a 30-minute delay. Didn’t play it again that tour. 50 & Counting Tour May 2013 in the pit at Honda in Anaheim. Guest appearance by Mick Taylor on Midnight Rambler and they play better these days as many of the 70’s/early 80’s shows I saw they were falling down wasted.

Pearl Jam – many shows but favorite is still the first at Iguanas in TJ 1990. Crazy mosh pit and only 1000 capacity

Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend Tour with Richard Lloyd and Ivan Julian (filling in for Robert Quine) at Chestnut Cabaret in Philly 1991

U2- Favorite concerts were Zoo TV tour 10/92 at Spectrum in Philly. They did an arena tour before they hit all the stadiums. Again at LA Forum last May/June in Pit about 10 feet from The Edge (my preferred spot) once with my son and a few days later with my best friend

Pleasure Barons at Belly Up in 1993 featuring Country Dick Montana, Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin. Just a drunken brawl onstage and unforgettable raucous fun.

Would love to see greenwine try to put together a list. His might make mine pale
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5. 1987 - Motley Crue with Guns N Roses (Lakeland, FL) - Ok, the Crue sucked, but why this show was so great was 1) how much better G'N'R was than Motley Crue, but also, with only 1 album under their belt, they practically played the entire Appetite for Destruction album

4. 2011 - Judas Priest (Epitath Tour, Tampa, FL) - was special in that they played an extended show with a balanced setlist with songs from 1974 to 2008.

3. 2016 - Iron Maiden (Book of Souls Tour, Ft. Lauderdale & Las Vegas) - Amazing set design, good balance for songs from new album and classics

2. 2012 - Iron Maiden (Maiden England Tour - Atlanta, GA) - with Alice Cooper opening. Amazing to see both Alice and Maiden in 1 one show. Was a retro tour for Maiden - played songs from albums released 1980-1992

1. 1988 - Iron Maiden (7th Son Tour - Tampa, FL) - Opening band was Savatage which has sort of morphed into Trans Siberian Orchestra these days and local to the Tampa area. Bruce Dickinson in his prime, when he truly was the "Air Raid Siren"

I bet nobody can guess who my favorite band might be...LOL


Met Iron Maiden at bar in the Bahamas they hung out in (may have owned) around Spring Break 1985. Greenwine was actually with me on that trip but I dont think he was with me that night as I took out a couple girls I met at our hotel.
My first concert around 1980 or 81 was the Cars at the Cow Palace, which led to a great string of concerts there.

I went to a bunch of 'Day on the Greens'. The ones with Journey, Santana and one with Metallica stand out for various reasons. I remember Metallica as being before Ratt and Y&T Smile Also remember Journey following Black Sabbath.

BB King anytime, but with George Thorogood at Shoreline (which is normally a shitty venue) was very good.

Not so Silent Night in San Jose (also normally a shitty venue). Disturbed one year and Sum41/Linkin Park the other stand out.

I've never had anything but a super time at Vaughn's with or without Kermit Ruffins playing. There is to me nothing like eating BBQ and getting stoned with the band between sets. Unless you're running off to jump in the hot tub with someone between sets, which also seems to happen from time to time there.

On that theme Motley Cru and Alice Cooper was all strippers and fireworks. Who doesn't love strippers and fireworks.

I'll forgive those of you who have Billy Joel and Elton John on your lists. Different ages, different strokes and all, but if anyone puts Adele on their list don't wonder why I'm not reacting to your posts, I've blocked you . Smile
First concert was Triumph's Thunder Seven tour, they opened for Aerosmith. No idea how Aerosmith was that night. I vaguely remember one of the other boys mothers smoking a hand rolled cigarette. My how naive I was.

Best concert: Hmmm, the easy answer would be Pearl Jam, just not sure which show. In reality it was probably when my wife took me to my first Tool concert. I recall walking out of it with my eyes wide yelling "Now that's what Rock and Roll looks like in the 21st century". I was in awe. I then promptly realized I had no idea where I parked the car. Strangely that wasn't the only time I lost a vehicle at a concert.

Other notables that round out the Top 5:
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion tour
My first Symphony experience. Watching the orchestra work its magic and reveling in the acoustics of the room while all dressed up and fancy was fantastic.
Dual headliners of Metallica and G&R with Ice T's rock band Body Count.
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Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
.... Adele on their list don't wonder why I'm not reacting to your posts, I've blocked you . Smile


After discussing this at lunch an excellent point was made to me that this may appear homophobic. If you are gay and under 30 I will not block your posts. IF you're over 30 it really should be Cher, and I will block your posts. Please state your age when adding Adele so I'm not being insensitive.
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First concert game is fun also -

Police - Ghost in the Machine Tour 1981 or 1982 - making me either 9 or 10 - Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in B'ham Alabama.

Had a blast. Also my first taste of beer from a redneck sitting in front of us. Thank you Mr. Redneck


First concert, Michael Jackson Victory tour 1984. At the height of his fame, he played Cleveland Municipal Stadium in front of 70,000 fans. My dad took my sister and me, it was great. 11 years old
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
5. 1987 - Motley Crue with Guns N Roses (Lakeland, FL) - Ok, the Crue sucked, but why this show was so great was 1) how much better G'N'R was than Motley Crue, but also, with only 1 album under their belt, they practically played the entire Appetite for Destruction album

4. 2011 - Judas Priest (Epitath Tour, Tampa, FL) - was special in that they played an extended show with a balanced setlist with songs from 1974 to 2008.

3. 2016 - Iron Maiden (Book of Souls Tour, Ft. Lauderdale & Las Vegas) - Amazing set design, good balance for songs from new album and classics

2. 2012 - Iron Maiden (Maiden England Tour - Atlanta, GA) - with Alice Cooper opening. Amazing to see both Alice and Maiden in 1 one show. Was a retro tour for Maiden - played songs from albums released 1980-1992

1. 1988 - Iron Maiden (7th Son Tour - Tampa, FL) - Opening band was Savatage which has sort of morphed into Trans Siberian Orchestra these days and local to the Tampa area. Bruce Dickinson in his prime, when he truly was the "Air Raid Siren"

I bet nobody can guess who my favorite band might be...LOL


Met Iron Maiden at bar in the Bahamas they hung out in (may have owned) around Spring Break 1985. Greenwine was actually with me on that trip but I dont think he was with me that night as I took out a couple girls I met at our hotel.


Awesome. They did record part of "Somewhere in Time" in the Bahamas and I think Steve Harris has had a place there for years
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
First concert game is fun also -

Police - Ghost in the Machine Tour 1981 or 1982 - making me either 9 or 10 - Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in B'ham Alabama.

Had a blast. Also my first taste of beer from a redneck sitting in front of us. Thank you Mr. Redneck


Oh my...I call my first concert Rat Poison...mainly due to it being Poison opening for Ratt in March of 1987 at the Sun Dome in Tampa. First time I saw (in real life), chicks wearing spandex pants
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
First concert game is fun also -

Police - Ghost in the Machine Tour 1981 or 1982 - making me either 9 or 10 - Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in B'ham Alabama.

Had a blast. Also my first taste of beer from a redneck sitting in front of us. Thank you Mr. Redneck

My first was Van Halen, I believe 1981. International Amphitheatre in Chicago. What a shithole! The sound was terrible, and I recall wondering if that was what it would always be like - thankfully it was uphill from there. David Lee Roth with furry chaps, but most young males like myself were hoping for a glimpse of Valerie Bertinelli.
Like Pinotlovr, I love Iron Maiden. Along with Metallica and Led Zeppelin they are my all-time favorites. A few of their shows would be HM's for me. This year's show for pretty much the same reasons he gave. Mostly I loved the setlist and the omission of a couple of songs I never need to hear again. On the Somewhere in Time tour (86 or 87) it was the days of getting out of bed early and getting in line at a store that had a Ticketron outlet. Ahead of us kids were excited about getting 1st row in the upper bowl, so we were getting nervous. It was me and two buddies, and I guess a block of three tickets was a good number. 7th row within easy spitting distance of Steve Harris, when he wasn't running around the stage. I'm not into "idols" so much, but for me in music, it's him and James Hetfield.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
First concert, Michael Jackson Victory tour 1984. At the height of his fame, he played Cleveland Municipal Stadium in front of 70,000 fans. My dad took my sister and me, it was great. 11 years old

You must not have been sitting very close. You were perfect age for him to invite for a sleep-over Eek
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Originally posted by patespo1:
First concert, Michael Jackson Victory tour 1984. At the height of his fame, he played Cleveland Municipal Stadium in front of 70,000 fans. My dad took my sister and me, it was great. 11 years old

You must not have been sitting very close. You were perfect age for him to invite for a sleep-over Eek

I was going to say it, but I resisted.
- Nirvana Unplugged in NYC- Luckiest venue I've ever been to.
- Guns N Roses - 1987 at the Long Beach Arena. I was a kid and it was the first loud, insane and crazy concert I'd ever been to.
- Paco de Lucia's - Last show in California ('12 or '13)
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - '91 or '92 the early 90s in Los Angeles
- White Stripes - Easily the loudest live performance I've ever heard in my life

Others: younger Ben Harper shows, Beastie Boys, Tool, Sonic Youth, James Brown, Fugazi, Sublime.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by patespo1:
First concert, Michael Jackson Victory tour 1984. At the height of his fame, he played Cleveland Municipal Stadium in front of 70,000 fans. My dad took my sister and me, it was great. 11 years old

You must not have been sitting very close. You were perfect age for him to invite for a sleep-over Eek


Yeah, we were pretty far away but the show was great. Maybe I should've left off the part about my age
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- Nirvana Unplugged in NYC- Luckiest venue I've ever been to.
- Guns N Roses - 1987 at the Long Beach Arena. I was a kid and it was the first loud, insane and crazy concert I'd ever been to.
- Paco de Lucia's - Last show in California ('12 or '13)
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - '91 or '92 the early 90s in Los Angeles
- White Stripes - Easily the loudest live performance I've ever heard in my life

Others: younger Ben Harper shows, Beastie Boys, Tool, Sonic Youth, James Brown, Fugazi, Sublime.


Nirvana Unplugged ?!? there isn't a big enough Jealousy emoticon for that.
I can't believe I left these two off my initial post.


Foo Fighters, Allstate Arena, 07 I think. Dave Grohl made this a memorable event almost by himself. I'm sure I've never seen a performer have as much fun on stage. The whole band was extremely tight and energetic, but he is at a different level.

Tool in 06 or 07. Ridiculous musicianship - on a level with Rush in the hard rock genre. Extremely loud but still sounded great, and the video screens they use on stage with custom visuals made the show an experience that melded sound and vision perfectly.

Another HM would be every time I've seen Flogging Molly, especially a St. Patrick's Day show at the Aragon Ballroom. They have almost as much fun onstage as Dave Grohl.
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Originally posted by WinoCA:
- White Stripes - Easily the loudest live performance I've ever heard in my life.

I can almost say for sure that my tinnitus was caused by a concert when I was 20 or so. It would be interesting to know how many people now 30 and up have it due to a concert.
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Originally posted by WinoCA:
- White Stripes - Easily the loudest live performance I've ever heard in my life.

I can almost say for sure that my tinnitus was caused by a concert when I was 20 or so. It would be interesting to know how many people now 30 and up have it due to a concert.

(raises hand)
Concert, earbuds, or music in the car. Or a combo of all 3.
Closet I came top Zeppelin was Jimmy Page at Ronnie Lane benefit and would have loved to see the whole band. Not a huge Metallica guy but they were great at Woodstock 94. We were right up front but in a protected area from the huge mosh mud pit.
Nine inch Nails wrested in the mud before coming on stage and came up covered in mud head to toe. That was one of a few crazy performances along with red hot chili peppers in their light bulb costumes. The list performers top to bottom was varied and amazing.
great thread. so tough to nail down a top 5. my highlights would probably be, in no particular order:

- Radiohead - Kid A/Amnesiac tour @ Molson Park starting to play as the sun set then having a huge red harvest moon rise behind the stage with thom signing to it and johnny doing what he does on all sorts of homemade electronic equipment

- Beastie Boys & (supposed to be)A Tribe Called Quest @ Molson Park. Beasties were on the hello nasty tour and having seen them 4 times, this was the best. ATCQ never made across the border but Biz Markie was in town, gets up on the turntables and rips an old school set that got the beasties back out and ultimately biz records the infamous benny and jets cover where he knows maybe half the words.

- Roger Waters - went to both the wall & dark side of the moon tours about 5-10 years ago - amazing. more of a show than a concert but one i still think about regularly.

- Nas - 2014 - Time is Illmatic screening followed at the ex, followed by Nas performing illmatic cover to cover. He might have rhymed half the words on the album, crowd got the rest. That performance solidified the half-man half-amazing bit.

- The Roots - seen them play a few times now, but i think it was about 04/05 they played the docks, did about 40 min of their material, followed by almost two hours of improv - only to have black thought come out under a spotlight in the encore, drop to his knees and scream out "generals gatheres in their masses.." as the band broke into covering war pigs.

HM's to Gang Starr moment of truth tour @ guvernment; ATCQ reunion tour @ guvernment; John Hammond @ Hugh's Room; Herbie Hancock, late 90's @ roy thompson hall (he played a sea shell like a sax); arcade fire, neon bible tour at massey - i dont think they even used amps and they blew the lid off the place; Death From Above 1979 Boxing day show at Danforth music hall - unbelievable energy & sound from those two dudes.
First concert ever? Anaheim Convention Center around 1975/6....The Guess Who was the main band. Warm up band was this start up band called Aerosmith. Loudest band? The Plasmatics (featuring Wendy O Williams Big Grin) at the Whiskey a Go Go in the late 70s. Deaf for a couple days. But what I saw was worth it Big Grin.
Damn! Wish I was in Philly. Springsteen killed it a couple nights ago playing his longest set in the US ever at 4:03. Played a ton of songs from first two albums and rarities not on albums like Fever and Thundercrack. My boys were on stage in the wings and I could have been too. I guess that's the price of living in paradise
My first concert was Kiss, and they were backed up by The Rockets. Strangely enough, The Rockets were the opener for two other concerts I attended. Unfortunately, one of those other times was when Joe Cocker was supposed to open for Bob Seger but he couldn't make it into Chicago because of snow.
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My most unique concert, if you could call it that, was seeing very early Sublime and No Doubt play a backyard party at a friends house when I was in high school.


How many people were there? Was there a bar set up? Pool?
Maybe 40 people? All crammed in the backyard of a run down house in Long Beach. The owner of the house was friends of theirs and charged $5 to get in to cover the cost of the kegs.

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