This got me thinking what are the concerts I wish I had gone to:
Pearl jam
Rolling Stones
Jimmy Buffet
Itzaak Perlman at a solo recital when I had a chance to go.

But without a doubt, number one regret, concert-wise, is never seeing Peter Gabriel. I am surprised he hasn't received one mention.
Peter Gabriel closed Woodstock 94. One of my favorite voices.

You can cross of Jimmy Buffett this Friday with me at Kaboo. Tickets aren't cheap but I'll bet they will be that day on Craig's list

Sadly the most prominent name on my list will never be crossed off. Had a chance to see Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour and passed thinking I'd wait for a tour backing an album I liked more
Timing is perfect Jabe. I don't know how to rank them in any order. but some memorable ones include:
Peter Gabriel War Memorial Rochester NY- US tour opener 1993. Had tickets for tour opener, but was driving home from work two nights earlier and saw a bunch of lights flashing so I decided to stop by. Parked across the street from the stage entrance and saw a few people milling about. Crossed the street and listened at the stage door and heard Family Snapshot soundcheck. Hung out another 20-30 minutes and everything got quiet inside. Band members started coming out of the venue and riding away on bicycles. A few minutes later Peter Gabriel comes out with a bike too. I crossed the street casually and could tell he saw me out of the corner of his eye. I called out to him before he got on his bike. I had a copy of the US CD which I had been listening to in the car since it's release. I asked for his autograph on the Blood of Eden page of the CD booklet and he graciously gave it to me. I told him I was a big fan, thanked him and he rode off into the night on his bike.
The next night, my buddy and went to the venue and parked across the street from the stage door. There were about 20-30 people milling about. I knew there would likely be a full dress rehearsal before opening night and was hoping to hear most of it outside the venue. About 5-10 minutes after the music started, Peter's stage manager opened the stage door, asked the security guard how many people were outside and then said "Let's let our new friends in". My buddy and I went into the floor of the venue and sat wherever we wanted- about 2 rows from stage. IN total maybe 100 people got to see a full show. Near the end, during In Your Eyes, Peter invited people on the elevated stage that came out on the floor to about center ice. My buddy got on stage but they stopped the flow of people before I could. I thought it was going to collapse and crush his crew below. It was such a good night. Music was solid, and the intimacy was fantastic. We had great seats the next night also- about 8 more rows back from where we were) and that show was a bonus.

My wife said the Peter Gabriel Sting concert @ MSG we went to several weeks ago was one of her favorite ever. We had great seats and it was pretty good.
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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.


Adele gave the most awesome perfomance at Madison Square Garden the other night!!!!

Seeing is believing!!
1) 1973 Forum in Inglewood, Thanksgiving night "The Who" Quadrophenia Tour. Keith Moon had passed out the night before at the cow place in S.F.. No one knew if he could play. He did. I paid $6.00 for my ticket.
2) 1972 Pink Floyd, Carnegie Hall. Dark Side of the Moon Tour.
3) 1972 Forum Joe Cocker with opening act, 20 year old Stevie Wonder
4) 1974 Universal Amphitheater David Bowie
5) 1982 Universal Amphitheater Toto
6) 1973 Anaheim Convention Center. Bread with the opening act of a new band called 'Steely Dan"
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Nice list, Lg, except you kind of killed your cred throwing Toto in there Wink


Sorry about that except Toto was killer in concert back then.
I could really screw up the credibility and replace Toto with

1979 Universal Amphitheater Kenny Loggins,
The Pogues, Club Soda, Montreal 1986
The English Beat, Concert Hall, Toronto 1982
Iggy Pop, Halloween Party, Bingeman Park, Kitchener 1983
REM, Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal 1986
Eric Clapton, Saginaw (MI) Civic Center, 1979
Sebadoh, The Mean Fiddler, Dublin 1996
Wilco, Chicago Auditorium Theatre, 2006
Neil Young at Desert Trip this past weekend...a 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand that rocked as hard as anything he's ever done...his backup band, including a couple of Willie Nelson's kids, was superb...and his voice was still strong. A better show than the first time I saw him over 35 years ago!

If he comes to town, I highly recommend seeing him.
With all the concerts Ive been to he's one that has eluded me to date. Thought about going to desert trip but way too much personal chaos in my life at the moment.

Sorry I missed it especially the 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand which is probably my favorite of his.

Glad to hear he rocked it!
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Neil Young at Desert Trip this past weekend...a 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand that rocked as hard as anything he's ever done...his backup band, including a couple of Willie Nelson's kids, was superb...and his voice was still strong. A better show than the first time I saw him over 35 years ago!

If he comes to town, I highly recommend seeing him.

Neil Young--solo with acoustic guitar only--Auditorium Theatre--1971
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
With all the concerts Ive been to he's one that has eluded me to date. Thought about going to desert trip but way too much personal chaos in my life at the moment.

Sorry I missed it especially the 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand which is probably my favorite of his.

Glad to hear he rocked it!


He played The Fox Theatre in Pomona between weekends...if I had known how good his current shows are, I would have made the trek out to the inland empire!
The best concert I have seen was Billy Joel in 1977. It was right after The Stranger came out but before it became a hit. He was playing in a wonderfully acoustic auditorium at the U. of Michigan and it was filled with long time fans of his music. He played his butt off and did about 6 encores.

The next best one was probably a Jimmy Buffett concert. Any of his are fun to go to but this one around 1992 was special because I was needing a release from work. It was like therapy as it was like an island party. Great atmosphere.

I saw the Police when they had their reunion about 5 years ago(?). Superb musicians and they did a great job playing their songs. Stewart Copeland is a fantastic drummer.

I got to see Jerry Jeff Walker at a bar in Austin in the early 80s and it was a great show and a lot of fun.
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Originally posted by Wino90210:
Neil Young at Desert Trip this past weekend...a 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand that rocked as hard as anything he's ever done...his backup band, including a couple of Willie Nelson's kids, was superb...and his voice was still strong. A better show than the first time I saw him over 35 years ago!

If he comes to town, I highly recommend seeing him.
Nice. I'm a big fan of Neil Young. I got offered really nice seats for oldchella from some service providers but couldn't make it happen between work and the kids. Bummer.
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
With all the concerts Ive been to he's one that has eluded me to date. Thought about going to desert trip but way too much personal chaos in my life at the moment.

Sorry I missed it especially the 20 minute Cowgirl in the Sand which is probably my favorite of his.

Glad to hear he rocked it!


He played The Fox Theatre in Pomona between weekends...if I had known how good his current shows are, I would have made the trek out to the inland empire!


Were those acoustic shows? If so I've passed on a few. While nice that is not the real Neil and I wouldn't consider that as having seen him. I want the full rocking experience.
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Were those acoustic shows? If so I've passed on a few. While nice that is not the real Neil and I wouldn't consider that as having seen him. I want the full rocking experience.

Yes, in my case he was in front of me, so I thought I saw him, imagine my surprise to find out after 45 years I didn't. FWIW the person I did see was about 26 at the time.
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Originally posted by ThistlinTom:

The next best one was probably a Jimmy Buffett concert. Any of his are fun to go to but this one around 1992 was special because I was needing a release from work. It was like therapy as it was like an island party. Great atmosphere.



I get this prescription filled at least once a year. Big Grin
Copied from another thread I cant beleive I forgot to include this one. Sorry for the duplicate but I jhad to add it to the record on this thread.

Black Eyed Peas - The End

Start to finish a fun album albeit not a cerebral one. It was exactly what i needed when it came along. I had the good fortune of catching a couple small shows before the it took over the charts. One of my favorite nights of all time was going to see them at Pacific Ampitheatre. It was at personal low point and I told my best friend we were going and I was paying. When we got there the show was sold out and there wasnt a single ticket being scalped. We found a back door leading into the back of the concession stands propped open by "The Can" ( a crumpled up can of Bud). Neither of us had ever snuck in a show but we agreed this was going to be our first time. We walked in, grabbed a beer and kept going. With a few hundred dollars in my pocket I expected to spend on tickets the party was on and we went heavy on the Margaritas. The warm up band was actually LMFAO (had no idea who they were at the time) before they hit it big as well. Getting smashed to Party Rock and the BEP's is a fond memory but ultimately karma delivered what we deserved. While dancing around in the isles up front a large security guard asked for our tickets which of course we had none. My response? We dont need no stinkin' tickets, we got The Can!

Help was called in and from there we stumbled out with a team of security guards in tow to the Chorus of "I got a Feeling". Of course we we both had Margaritas in our hands and toasted "L'Chaim!" at the appropriate moment. Once outside they said I hope you two idiots dont plan on driving to which we answered "Taxi!" and laughed our way back to his home a couple miles away.

We snuck in and it was only fitting that we get bounced out. The universe was back in balance.

Its one of my best stories and I actually wrote the whole thing down so I didnt forget the details. I dont know that I've ever laughed more or had a better time at a concert.
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No...full on electric. Though at desert trip he played a the first few tunes solo on piano/guitar.


Very cool wino! My dream would be him reuniting with Nils Lofgren and rocking through the classics.


They played together today at the Bridge School benefit! Missed again Frown
Lots of great concerts listed. Here's a few that come to mind, not in order of preference. I'm guessing my list would fall in the eclectic category.



George Shearing on piano with Neil Swainson on bass in a small cafe/tea room, Toronto, 1980s. 50 people or so, on a Sunday afternoon. Amazing.

Muddy Waters at the Colonial Tavern Late 1970s. Legendary performance. Had a table right next to Pine Top Perkins on piano, casual conversation with Pine Top and Muddy (separately) between sets.

Todd Rundgren at the El Macambo tavern in Toronto. Table in front of stage, feet on the stage. Tickets for 2 shows in one night. (had the great seats for the second show).

Emerson Lake & Palmer at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal 1977, with 63 piece orchestra. The orchestra was brought in for the first show of the tour then scrapped due to cost. They brought it back for Montreal which was the last show of the tour. General admission. Amazing performance. 30 yard line centre in relaxed Quebec atmosphere - sitting on blankets, taking turns going to fetch 18 Laurentide Ales at a crack (18 was the most one could carry - 6 per tray, 3 high) without spilling. Finding the car after foreshadowed a well known Sinefeld episode. The big O stadium is roughly a circle/oval. 7 floors of parking. Our group split up after some time and had it 4 levels and been there 2 hours when it finally emptied out enough for us to find the car. Memorable.

Beethoven's 9th, TSO, Yukka Pekka conducting, Mendelssohn Choir First 3 times I heard this, with Yukka Pekka conducting. Still my favorite symphony or classical piece. I get choked up every time I hear it live (If a good performance) when I hear and feel the beauty of the music and think about the incredible adversity Beethoven faced while producing it.

Stranglers at the Masonic Temple Couple of times in the 1970s. Fantastic band live.

Iggy Pop Saw him a couple of times at small/medium sized venues in Toronto. Difficult to match his performance energy and some great songs.

Mel Torme at the Imperial Room, Royal York Hotel 1985-ish. Dinner & Mel Torme -what's not to like.

World Scottish Highland Tattoo, Canadian National Exhibition Stadium 1975. Showing my heritage a bit here. My grandfather was in the Gordon Highlanders and Cameron Highlanders in WW1, and the Black Watch after. His first regiment was folded into the second because too many were killed to keep going as a single regiment. They fought in kilts, in trenches for the full war then stayed to clean up 6 more months, so they were in France from 1914-1919. My grandfather was also a top level piper. When he couldn't play anymore (mustard gas was hard on the lungs) he sold his pipes to a Pipe Major, who played them while marching up the beach at Normandy. These regiments are made of tough dudes. They and the Gurkhas were put across from the worst German positions. It was the Gordons who, as infantry, cleared the coast road of mines and marched into Tripoli while Montgomery was kicking Rommel's ass across North Africa. Not just guys in kilts playing music on a field but hundreds of years of valiant history, and real men in kilts playing great, stirring music on a field.
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SARS Fest has to be up there. Amongst many others like The Guess Who, Rush, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake etc. fantastic performances by The Flaming Lips and The Rolling Stones but the concert was totally dominated by an epic AC/DC performance.


I was at the SARS concert too (we called it SARStock) but my memories are not so fond. It was very hot that day, concessions were nearly impossible to get and the sound wasn't great either from where I was standing...a mile away. Trying to get back to the city afterwards was also a challenge and I think my group walked 5 or 6 miles before we could hail a taxi.

Two positive memories though...AC/DC being simply fantastic and a few topless young ladies in the crowd. For some reason having the freedom to go topless in public was an issue back then so there was a lot of encouragement from the bands and emcees. I still have the issue of the Toronto newspaper from the next morning which had a special section on the show.
My first concert is a bit tricky. When I was about 10 I saw part of a Tommy James & The Shondells show and then a couple years later stumbled upon a free concert being given by Brownsville Station in a park in Toledo, Ohio.

My first concert as an adult was Peter Frampton at the Toledo Sports Arena. This was shortly after Frampton Comes Alive was released and I believe he played for well over three hours that night. It was magical and in my mind I can still see Frampton on that stage with his long hair flowing as he moved back and forth.

As for my 5 favorite concerts...

#1 Rush at Air Canada Centre, Toronto - September 22, 2007
Myself and 7 friends were able to go through Ticketmaster auctions and get 8 seats in the front row center. At one point in the show we all donned chef's hats (cooking chicken was a theme of that tour) and the look on Geddy Lee's face was priceless.

#2 Peter Frampton - March 30, 1976

#3 Rush at US Airways Center, Phoenix - June 16, 2011
Purchased front row tickets as a gift for my son who had just gotten his PhD from Arizona State. The tour photographer snapped a picture of us (back then you could buy concert photos from him) and I have that photo mounted and on the wall of my office.

#4 Rush at The Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam - October 16, 2007
A colleague and I were in Europe on a business trip and with a free weekend bought tickets to see Rush in Rotterdam as they were recording that show (released as Snakes & Arrows Live). We stood about three feet from the stage for the entire show and I remember these tall, blonde women walking through the crowd with mini kegs of Heineken strapped to their backs. You didn't need to leave your spot to get a beer just wave to the beautiful blonde and she would come your way!

#5 Nightwish at Six Flags Event Center, Des Moines - April 19, 2015
Nightwish play symphonic metal music (think Wagner merged with Metallica) and this venue turned out to be a defunct indoor tennis center. For the VIP meet & greet we were literally standing on the courts in an unused section of the building. The opening acts were okay but my friend and I found our way upstairs to a section that was supposed to be closed. We ended up talking with Nightwish's tour manager for about an hour until he got yelled at and we had to go down to the main floor.
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OK, I'll play. Easy to pick my number 1. 2-5 are in no particular order.

1. The Who (1980) -- We had tenth row center seats, and I just remember standing there as they started Baba O'Riley (third song) and grinning ear to ear.

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3. Supertramp (1979) -- 1979 One of my earliest concerts and though we had bad seats I couldn't believe how good they sounded.

4. Eagles -- Alpine Valley, WI. We had third row seats and Jackson Browne, who we had seen the night before in Chicago, came out to perform Take It Easy with them.

5. Todd Rundgren and Utopia -- I've seen Utopia 2 times and Todd solo thric, but my favorite concert was probably Utopia at Alpine Valley. Good seats, great weather, and an experienced Utopia crowd. The energy during songs like Love is the Answer and Just One Victory was amazing.

Honorable Mentions
Stevie Wonder in the round at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL.

Keb Mo at House of Blues in Chicago. Seen him 4 times, but the small venue and it being the first time made it the best.

Aretha Franklin, also at House of Blues. She had to take a fairly long break in the middle, but it was still great seeing this icon.

Biggest Surprise
Girlfriend at the time bought tickets for a night with Windham Hill artists. Wasn't exactly the most invigorating concert, and then Michael Hedges cam on stage with just his guitar. Incredible.

Thanks for the interesting stuff, it was very useful to learn something new.

robsutherland posted:
SARS Fest has to be up there. Amongst many others like The Guess Who, Rush, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake etc. fantastic performances by The Flaming Lips and The Rolling Stones but the concert was totally dominated by an epic AC/DC performance.

I was also at the SARStock (that's what my friends and I called it) at Downsview Park, getting there just before Justin Timberlake came on stage to an embarrassing reception from the crowd (booing and water bottles thrown at him).  Mick Jagger gets kudos from me for bringing Timberlake on stage during The Stones set.  I was there mostly to see RUSH, but they came on before the sun went down.  AC/DC stole the show and got half a million people rocking out at the same time.  It was damn hot that day too.

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We saw Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field on my birthday recently. When it was over I commented to my wife and our friends that it was for sure in the top 3-5 shows I've seen in my life. It got me thinking what my replies would be if asked what were the best shows that I have attended. So, not in any order, these are my most memorable. And I'm looking forward to seeing what others post.

Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, 2016 - three plus hours of intensity, very tightly performed. One of my measures of a great concert is the enjoyment level of seeing unfamiliar material played. I probably didn't know about a third of the songs, but it didn't matter. Eddie Vedder's voice was in great shape, and Mike McCready's solos were fantastic as was Matt Cameron's drumming. The audience participation was a cherry on top. Good sound and the ballpark made a great backdrop, as did perfect weather.

2007 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival, Toyota Park - Sunny day with almost universally great performances by the list of artists below with a great sound mix and nice weather. Enough said.
Sonny Landreth
John McLaughlin
Alison Krauss
Doyle Bramhall
Derek Trucks Band with Susan Tedeschi
Johnny Winter
Robert Randolph
Robert Cray
Jimmie Vaughan
Hubert Sumlin
B.B. King.
John Mayer
Vince Gill
Albert Lee
Sheryl Crow
Los Lobos
Jeff Beck
Eric Clapton (w/ Steve Winwood and Robbie Robertson)
Buddy Guy

Metallica, 1991, Rosemont Horizon - they were absolutely at the height of their live performance abilities as a band. Hetfield's voice had all of the bark but with more power then before, and Lars played not only all of the double-bass parts but added fills here and there that weren't on records. Three hours of bad-ass intensity playing their best material. While I still like them, their live performances took a steep decline since 2000. Lars is a lazy, sloppy "drummer" now who may as well have the same kit used by the Stray Cats. Other metal drummers of similar age can still rage - because they choose to. Hetfield's live vocals no longer have any bite. And while Robert Trujillo is a good bass player, his background vocals are pathetic and that stupid crab-walk thing he does looks beyond stupid.

Lollapalooza II, 1992, Alpine Valley, WI - back when Lolla was a touring festival - Pearl Jam's 1st tour of large venues supporting Ten, Soundgarden supporting Badmotorfinger, Ice Cube, Ministry and headlined by a still relevant Red Hot Chili Pepppers. PJ was the performer of the day IMO, with Soundgarden a close second. Eddie lowered himself from the pavilion overhang by a rope. Soundgarden was awesome in every way, and seeing Chris Cornell pull of his vocals live was something. 20+ years later with Audioslave, his voice was still incredible.

Bruce Springsteen and (the entire) E Street Band, United Center, 2007 - this was my only time seeing them. While a relatively short show for them at about 2:15, it was fantastically paced. It was also one of the last shows by Danny Federici, who passed from cancer about 6 months later. Our seats were in the third level of the cavernous UC, but the band's energy made it all the way upstairs. I feel fortunate to have witnesssed the entire band, and this show met all expectations.

Metallica and Lolla 1992 are out for me. The replacements are U2 Joshua Tree 2017 at Soldier Field, and last night’s Queen with Adam Lambert show at the United Center.

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