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mastertangler
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11/06/2017 06:16AM
Been to lots and lots of concerts. Iggy Pop was amazing live in a small venue. Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin were huge disappointments live but Queen was extremely professional. I could go on and on. Marshal Tucker and Santana were excellent as well. But those were long ago..........If I had to pick one it would have to be Yanni in San Antonio a few years back. Even my wife who is not a Yanni fan was moved and agreed it was one of the best concerts she had ever been to.

Check out "Yanni live at the Acropolis". I have the CD but you can watch it in its entirety on Utube. I find it relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. World class musicians with Yanni. If you watch long enough you can see the black lady play.........amazing super high octane stuff.

Yanni at the Acropolis

If Yanni comes live near you it is not to be missed. Here is a sample of what you can expect. World class musicians strutting their stuff. Hang in there, it gets infectious before its over.

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ParkerMag
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11/06/2017 09:02AM
Grateful Dead - hard telling which particular one though.

AC/DC was a hoot. Great music, and some seriously entertaining fights among idiots to watch!
11/06/2017 09:54AM
1975
Pink Floyd
Milwaukee County Stadium
jwartman59
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11/06/2017 10:04AM
the ramones playing at macalester college was unforgettable. anyone playing at first avenue or 7th street entry back in the 70s-80s. i never cared much for stadium concerts.
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11/06/2017 10:14AM
Marshall Tucker/Charlie Daniels. In fact there's a live video of the 1975 concert I attended in LaFayette, IN with a bunch of friends and I can see one of my buddies in the video.
And I sat in a 300 person packed bar right in front of Stevie Ray Vaughan on his first Double Trouble World Wide tour in Ft. Lauderdale. I sat right in front of him on a little stage. It was surreal.
QueticoMike
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11/06/2017 10:41AM
I have been to so many concerts it would be hard to pick out the best. The most theatrical concert would have to be Peter Gabriel. They sang and acted out the whole show at Blossom Music Center (July 27, 1987).

My last 2 concerts were Alro Guthrie and The Who. Going to see the Dead in a couple of weeks. I only go see bands that played in Woodstock now....LOL
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11/06/2017 10:46AM
Billy Joel at Lambeau Field - May 2017. An unbelievable 2-1/2 hours with five encore songs. Incredible.

mooseplums
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11/06/2017 10:50AM
Springsteen... 4 hours of great music covering 4 decades
goatroti
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11/06/2017 10:51AM
Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks in the Silver Dollar Room at The Waverley Hotel.
Tman
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11/06/2017 11:05AM
Tough to pick just one!

Back in the day it would be between Fleetwood Mac or Pink Floyd.

Fleetwood Mac surprised me. I only went because my friends wanted to go. I thought they would be more of a studio band but they killed it live. Long jam sessions, tons of energy. Mick Fleetwood played the largest percussion kit I have ever seen. He was literally enclosed in it. During the long jam sessions a roadie would come out with a water bottle on a long pole. He would thread it through the kit so Mick could drink while still playing. They played a long concert and I would have been exhausted with the energy Mick was expending. He was either in amazing physical shape or on a lot of stimulants. (Or both!)

Honorable mention to The Police and John Mellencamp.

More recent was awesome concert in August with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and the Chick Corea Elektric Band. Went with my 17yo son who is a big Victor Wooten fan. Amazing concert. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones performed first. Then Chick Corea Elektric Band. Then they came out and played about 5 tunes together with a lot of jamming. It would be difficult to find that much musical talent together on another stage.
11/06/2017 11:33AM
Eagles at Busch Stadium
drrick
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11/06/2017 11:37AM
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Nobody else comes close.
Gmorgan
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11/06/2017 12:04PM
Greatful Dead Concerts were a lot of fun but are a blur to me. Probably saw too many.
All time favorite - Crosby, Stills & Nash with The Band at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati - July 1985.
Biggest surprise - Bob Seger. Got drug along for the ride and was glad I did.
QueticoMike
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11/06/2017 12:17PM
quote Gmorgan: "Greatful Dead Concerts were a lot of fun but are a blur to me. Probably saw too many.
All time favorite - Crosby, Stills & Nash with The Band at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati - July 1985.
Biggest surprise - Bob Seger. Got drug along for the ride and was glad I did.
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I saw CS&N at Riverbend too, but it was more like 89 when I saw them there. My buddy had front row seats, came out to the lawn and gave me his ticket so I could watch the encore from the front row. Sat in those same seats for the whole Jimmy Buffet concert that year.
11/06/2017 12:36PM
I've been to a lot of great concerts over my almost 70 years, but probably the most memorable was the night in the late 60's when I went to the Stardust Lounge at the corner of Auburn St.and N.Main St. in Rockford, Il. to see a new group by the name of "The Big Thing."

They were in Rockford for their very first public performance.

A bunch of kids, primarily from DePaul University in Chicago made up the band and they were great. Blew me away. Only one guitar player, who played both lead and rhythm and a horn section. What a unique sound!

Shortly after that, they moved to Los Angeles and changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority and later simply Chicago. Went on to become one of the greatest bands in American music history and I was there for their first performance.

I saw them play in person one more time in Munich, Germany in 1973.
HowardSprague
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11/06/2017 01:21PM
quote mastertangler: "Been to lots and lots of concerts. Iggy Pop was amazing live in a small venue. Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin were huge disappointments live but Queen was extremely professional. I could go on and on. "

been to quite a few, so won't/couldn't pick a "best", but I didn't find Frank Zappa to be disappointing at all. It was a bit heavy on the instrumentals, there were some funny tunes I'd like to have heard, but overall I enjoyed his show. Uptown Theater in Chicago....think it was a little after the Tinseltown Rebellion album.

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11/06/2017 02:11PM
Chicago was good choice. Seen springsteen a year ago last March in Milwaukee. BMP center... good music
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11/06/2017 02:31PM
Steely Dan at Poplar Creek outside Chicago in '93. Saw Jimmy Buffett there about a year later. Both were excellent shows. Buffett was an experience. The whole place seemed to be singing and dancing. Just what you would hope for at one of his shows.

Have seen 3 versions of Van Halen a lot of times over the years. '84 tour was my first concert. It was in January of that year at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Florida, and they were on fire that night. Over the years, the quality of the show was largely driven by Eddie's sobriety, or lack thereof.


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11/06/2017 03:23PM
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band late 70's after Live Bullet came out and John Mellencamp especially after he added the electric violinist mainly because I like concerts with a lot of crowd participation.
11/06/2017 05:31PM
Heart, back in the mid-70's, at Mankato State University.
Eagles, Steve Miller and Pablo Cruise, late 80's, at the old Met Stadium.
Charley Pride, late 70's, Clay County Fair in Spencer IA.
Michael Mcdonald, at the North House Folk School, Grand Marais MN.
Van Morrison, Grand Marais Art Center.
Bob Seger, in St. Paul and Des Moines. AMAZING!!!
Jerry Vandiver, of course! Live at Gunflint Outfitters, 2016.
can't pick a favorite from these. i tend to enjoy small venues for concerts.
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11/06/2017 05:46PM
I’ve been to so many concerts it’s hard to remember them all. In the past couple of years I saw some good ones.
David Gilmour in 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl was by far my favorite concert of all time. He is my favorite guitar player. Was so happy he did shows here in the states.
Also went to the Desert trip shows (also known as “oldchella”).
Dylan,Stones,Neil Young,Paul McCartney,The Who and Roger Waters over 3 nights. All except Dylan were great but Neil Young stole the show in my opinion.
Saw Tom Petty’s 3rd to last show before he died,still makes me sad to think he’s gone.
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11/06/2017 06:05PM
quote jcavenagh: "1975
Pink Floyd
Milwaukee County Stadium"


I was at The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium Floyd concert that year.
Blatz
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11/06/2017 06:08PM
I would have to say Georgia Jam in 1975 I believe, Fulton County Stadium. Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Allman Brothers headlined. Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps tour at the old Chicago Stadium was cool.
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11/06/2017 06:39PM
Springsteen put on an amazing show at the Xcel Energy Center a few years back, Billy Joel was good at Target Field, but I’d say the best I’ve been to was the Red Hot Chili Peppers with special guest the Foo Fighters in 2001. It was 5 hours of one jam after another. Flea climbed the scaffolding of the stage wearing only a diaper and jammed out on a bass solo for like 7 minutes. That was the first and only show where I’ve ever crowd surfed, it was awesome.

Best kids concert: hands down, The Okee Dokee Brothers. Awesome fan interaction and intimate atmosphere.
Northwoodsman
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11/06/2017 07:16PM
Cheap Trick in Fargo, ND around 1981.
FullGo
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11/06/2017 07:45PM
Scorpions. Late 80s. They rocked like a hurricane.
gkimball
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11/06/2017 08:06PM
I have many memories of great concerts as do so many others posting here.

The most appropriate would be Jerry Vandiver at last June's Canoe Fest in Ely. Sat and watched him and his excellent fiddle playing partner for almost an hour the day before I went in for my solo trip of the year.

Can't think of a better concert for the moment!
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11/06/2017 09:48PM
quote FullGo: "Scorpions. Late 80s. They rocked like a hurricane. "
+1 I saw them at a Monsters of Rock festival at the Orange bowl in Miami. Was like listening to the record. Amazing performance.
Johnh
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11/06/2017 10:03PM
I saw the Jackson 5 in about 1972. I was 8 and my friend Kurt Birkenkotter went for his birthday and invited me. We went to Burger King afterward. They probably played a solid 50 minute set. Screaming young ladies rushed the outdoor stage at the end of the show but the boys jumped in a limo and made a narrow escape. It was a big day.
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11/06/2017 10:32PM
ah classic thread. damn lotta classic rock...

just one, I would probably say some form of Del the Funkee Homosapien and Dan the Automator, I saw them play with Deltron II. Would definitely see Gorillaz if I had the cash...

honorable mentions: Dinosaur Jr., Boris, Earth, Blanck Mass, and definitely Busdriver. Weird Al definitely puts on a show.
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11/06/2017 11:34PM
Pink Floyd (David Gilmour) at the Metrodome 94. Had second row seats.
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11/06/2017 11:49PM
Favorite concert ever - Fleetwood Mac - ! I think it was Iowa City. That band was cool. That much I remember. Chain, keep us together... Then the guitar... I was always a Christie McVie fan. Ever notice how every one of her songs is about sex. Just sayin... Fleetwood Mac - my favorite concert ever. But I'm not dead yet. It's been a while. I still have to see the Ramones.
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11/07/2017 04:39AM
Saw Little Feat warm up Jimmy Buffett in the mid-late 80's. They tell me I had fun!
JimmyJustice
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11/07/2017 08:08AM
quote dicecupmaker: "Saw Little Feat warm up Jimmy Buffett in the mid-late 80's. They tell me I had fun!"

DCM

LOL. I have two friends who constantly argue over who is better...Buffett or Little Feet. The way my Skokie friend tells the story is that JB opened up for Little Feet. Too much fun was had by all apparently...
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11/07/2017 08:17AM
Wow, Ya'll are old!

I'm jealous of the 60's and 70's concerts. I didn't start my concert going till some time in the late 80's and at that time I was still figuring out who I was... First concert was Steppin Wolf and Three Dog Night... I didn't even know who they were.

I'd have to say the most fun I had was phish concerts in the mid to late 90's. The music was creative and the crowd was cool.

Saw the Grateful Dead at their last performance in Pittsburgh 1995. Great set's but I was not with the right crowd to truly enjoy the moment. <-- read that how you want ;-)

Biggest surprise: Harry Manx opening for Richie Havens at the Calumet Theater. Super small venue and I had never heard Harry before. Cool cat.

Wish I had the chance to see: Zappa, Talking Heads

Honorable Mentions: Helmet (great live), Violent Femmes (fun crowd interaction)

Hex

ozarkpaddler
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11/07/2017 09:18AM
quote KarlBAndersen1: "Marshall Tucker/Charlie Daniels. In fact there's a live video of the 1975 concert I attended in LaFayette, IN with a bunch of friends and I can see one of my buddies in the video.
And I sat in a 300 person packed bar right in front of Stevie Ray Vaughan on his first Double Trouble World Wide tour in Ft. Lauderdale. I sat right in front of him on a little stage. It was surreal."


If I'd seen them TOGETHER, I have no doubt it would be my all time favorite? Saw CDB several times, and MTB once, great concerts.

I too have such a hard time choosing. George Straight in the early '80's, hard to top. One of the best I've seen was Hank Williams Jr., whom also had my all-time worst at another time (LOL). John Denver at the old Fox Theater in StL in the round with just he and his old guitar, that was special. I was a rabid Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fan and will never forget getting to meet and talk with Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden after a concert in Cape Girardeau in the early '80's. Styx with JY and Tommy Shaw, I loved them. Pure Prairie League in the early '80's I saw them a few times when they had a young, new, lead singer that went on to record a bit on his own; Vince Gill. Then there's my current favorite, the Newsboys, Michael Tait has the best set of pipes since Steve Perry, IMHO?

But, as I go through them all in my head, one stands out a little bit further. In March 1980, I'd been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma, and during a break in treatment took a trip (we thought it was my last vacation) to Phoenix, AZ, to visit my favorite uncle. Found out my favorite band, Journey, was in town. I'd been a fan since the mid '70's, and had a few months earlier missed a concert for them which I still have the tickets for (but that's another long story). Anyway, Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, et al "Delivered" that night, as did the opening act, the Babys. Maybe it was all the extra drama surrounding the concert in my life? Anyway, the one and only "Solo" concert I attended was the best! It was worth it just to hear "Lights." Perry's "Pipes," and Neal Schon's guitar "Live" was just as great as I knew it would be.

Interesting trivia, the last tour for Journey's Greg Rolie was that year. He was replaced with Jonathan Cain, from the Babys, the band that opened up "My" concert.

Lights

Midnight Special
mapsguy1955
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11/07/2017 09:49AM
quote Blatz: "quote jcavenagh: "1975
Pink Floyd
Milwaukee County Stadium"



I was at The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium Floyd concert that year."


I was at that one as well (Animals tour), but my favorite was the Dark Side of the Moon tour (72 or 73) in Waterbury CT, Palace Theater. Small venue and fabulous. Next best was surprisingly Elton John at the Omni in Atlanta, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour, in 74. All in all, I have been to many good ones, some disappointing, and some completely forgettable, Todd Rundgren anyone in 74?

For a lot of fun and 60's reminiscences, I recommend the Flo and Eddy "Happy Together" summer tours while they are still doing them.

Saw "Yes, Anderson, Wakeman, and Rabin" a couple weeks ago and it was excellent.
QueticoMike
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11/07/2017 10:07AM
quote mapsguy1955: "quote Blatz: "quote jcavenagh: "1975
Pink Floyd
Milwaukee County Stadium"




I was at The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium Floyd concert that year."



I was at that one as well (Animals tour), but my favorite was the Dark Side of the Moon tour (72 or 73) in Waterbury CT, Palace Theater. Small venue and fabulous. Next best was surprisingly Elton John at the Omni in Atlanta, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour, in 74. All in all, I have been to many good ones, some disappointing, and some completely forgettable, Todd Rundgren anyone in 74?


For a lot of fun and 60's reminiscences, I recommend the Flo and Eddy "Happy Together" summer tours while they are still doing them.


Saw "Yes, Anderson, Wakeman, and Rabin" a couple weeks ago and it was excellent. "


I have seen YES 7 times, always a good show!
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11/07/2017 12:31PM
one of my most disappointing concerts was led Zepplin also , they just flew in from chicago(the concert was delayed an hour) and basically went from there plane to the concert at the old met center in mpls. terrible show and the critics ripped them the next day in the news paper and of course there second show everyone loved . one of my most memorable concerts was Elton John halloween night 1976 ? kiki dee band was the warm up band.
first time i saw Molly Hatchet they warmed up for R.E.O. and stole the show !
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11/07/2017 12:31PM
Best Shows I have seen:

Rush - An Evening with Rush ... somewhere around 93 or 94. They played the entire 2112 suite for the first time since I started going to their shows.

Rush's farewell tour a couple years ago - so many deep cuts. Geddy was struggling vocally with a lot of the older stuff, but it's the musicianship that gets me jazzed about their stuff.

Billy Joel/Elton John Faces tour in the early 90s. Amazing. I have seen each of them separately more than once. Billy Joel is my favorite singer/songwriter. I absolutely love his music.

Pink Floyd's Division Bell tour - I'm sure there were far better Floyd tours to see, but this was mine.

Blue Man Group - The Complex tour - this was their first tour that featured material separate from their permanent theater shows. I didn't know anything about BMG other than their Intel commercials but I was intrigued by the idea, so I bought a ticket on a whim, and man, was that one of the best decisions I ever made. The opening act was Tracy Bonham, who is an outstanding performer. The second act was Venus Hum, whose vibe can't be properly put into words. They are electronic, with a heavy sound, but their singer (Annette Strean who I should have included in the best vocalist threat and is also super cute, kind of has a Lisa Loeb vibe) has a spectacular voice. Blue Man Group was so good - the music was awesome, the show was hilarious, and I spent the entire evening being blown away. It was a revelation.

Roger Waters - this year - I've never seen Roger Waters, and I was pissed when I missed his The Wall tour that came through a while back, so I decided I wasn't going to miss this one. I generally have negative feelings toward Waters because he's arrogant where Floyd was concerned. He treated them like his backup band and it's his fault the full band broke up in the 80s. HOWEVER - I still dig his stuff. The Final Cut, which is essentially a Roger Waters solo album, is one of my favorite Floyd albums. Roger still has it - he can still slay on the bass and his voice hasn't suffered at all. It was a great show, definitely one of my all-time favorites.

I haven't gone yet, but I just bought a ticket for the Foo Fighters tour this coming spring. I've been waiting for a LONG time for them to come to Dallas. I don't remember the last time they've been here, if they ever have. I anticipate that it will join the list.
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11/07/2017 12:54PM
Best and least memorable - 1983? Peter Tosh at Bogarts (1,500 seat bar concert venue on U Cincy campus). Rastafarians were blazing in full glory. Don't remember a note.
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11/07/2017 01:09PM
I was a pretty frequent concert goer in the 80’s-90’s.....Saw some pretty diverse shows






This was probably the best show though.....



My wife’s best friend had recently died of cancer which of course put her in quite a funk....I knew she really wanted to see the show, but would never spend the money on the tickets so I surprised her for her birthday. It was a spectacular show! don Henley and Joe Walsh sounded great....Glenn Frey not so.....unfortunately he died shortly after.....

Mike
mapsguy1955
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11/07/2017 02:40PM
Isn't live music just awesome! I feel truly sorry for people that don't like it (I met one once). Love the idea of the old tickets... May post some of my favorites tonight.
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11/07/2017 02:50PM
quote samwagner10: "ah classic thread. damn lotta classic rock..."

Yeah, I think it says a bit about the typical members here, and the BWCA clientele by extension. That's not meant at all as a judgement, just interesting.

A socks blown off show I caught this year were the Mavericks at the State. I don't think it hyperbole to say they are one of the finest live acts in the country.

Sturgill Simpson impressed at the State Fair opening for Merle Haggard a few years back, practically lit the stage on fire, it was frenetic in a good way.

HowardSprague
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11/07/2017 03:14PM
same here. I kept my tickets, ranging from '79 to '95 or so, on a bulletin board along with various postcards - lots from from my dad & some from friends. When I married the wrong girl, who had no appreciation for my sense of nostalgia (or my hobbies or any non-her interests) or for one of the postcards a friend had sent me years before which involved bikinis and she flew into a fit of rage which in turn drew me into it, it all got disposed of. Oh well, I still have the concert memories. Memories which are, fortunately, less distant than she now is.

mastertangler
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11/07/2017 05:35PM
This is kind of fun hearing what everyone's into. The rowdiest crowd by far was at a Jhonny Winters concert. Amazing I got out of there alive after taking on a guy twice my size. He raised his fist to threaten me and more out of instinct than anything else I grabbed it and loaded my other hand. But now what do I do? The guy was huge and was stunned that anybody stood up to him (he had been causing a lot of problems) and he reacted weakly. About that time 1/2 dozen people chimed in that they were with me and all ended peacefully, luckily for me!

The weirdest group of folk I have seen was at a B-52's concert. We got free tickets so we went. Everybody was dressed up like it was Halloween......punk was in big time. I had long hair and a leather but that was about as far as I went.
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11/07/2017 06:23PM
It would appear I've missed a lot not being a big concert guy. Have seen a few but my tastes seem to always be way off from those I know. Judge me as you wish since I don't care for what a lot of people seem to call music. Will never forget seeing the Temptations live in college in the late 60's. Damn they were good and earlier that week I'd been to a Ralph Nader speech on campus - those were some interesting days. I was a trumpet player and adored Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass so I loved them in person. Funny thing about Yanni (whose music I really like and play often at home) was I used to play his cd's when I had study hall duty as a teacher. I'd play it low and if I couldn't hear the music the kids were in trouble :). Over time many of the students asked me to play more "stuff" like that for their study time.
ozarkpaddler
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11/07/2017 06:30PM
quote shock: "first time i saw Molly Hatchet they warmed up for R.E.O. and stole the show !"

Loved Molly Hatchet, Danny Joe Brown reminded me a bit of Ronnie Van Zant and Skynyrd? That's two bands I really wish I'd seen
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11/07/2017 07:00PM
Cool to see that many others here actually pay attention to the opening bands. Some of my fav openers include: Henry Paul Band, opening for Atlanta Rhythm Section. Bottle Rockets, opening for Los Lonely Boys. Sturgill Simpson, opening for Dwight Yoakam. Bram Tchaikovsy, opening for The Cars. Steppenwolf, opening for Journey. Nick Lowe, opening for The Cars. Outlaws, opening a 4-band show this past summer for Travis Tritt (with Marshall Tucker Band & Montgomery Gentry).
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11/07/2017 08:30PM
Darn, I replied to a post, and it did not happen. Anyway, check out Shawn Colvin clips on Amazon. Saw her a few years ago at a solo concert in Schaumburg, IL in the first row, and she is just as great a singer and guitar and player now as she ever was.

Tomster
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11/08/2017 06:09AM
Dylan put on a good concert when I went, as did Neil Young. The Temptations were incredible with the Staple Singers opening them up (1972). But my favorite concert has to be the Moody Blues (1976?) They just sounded so good, so ethereal!

Beach Boys disappointed, they scolded the audience a few times.

As others have mentioned some concerts are now just a chemical blur in my mind.

Dave
11/08/2017 07:10AM
I really liked Bob Schneider at the Fine Line (several times), small venue great interaction with the audience.

Rolling Stones in Cyclone Stadium on their final (but then it wasn’t lol) tour in 1989 was my first big concert and I have very fond memories. Never really listened to them before but was convinced I had to see them since it was their allegedly last concert.

Went to BNL at Target center wasn’t a fan...won free tickets... then became a big fan, their audience interaction and humor blew me away. More surprising was the opening band Cowboy Mouth, who I had never heard of, was great too. Their lead singer was also the drummer—the whole stage set up was unusual. Went to see them at the Cabooze a few times later liked them so much.

I guess the theme to my Favorites are bands that I really didn’t know and then sounded better in person and put on a great show.

T
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11/08/2017 07:59AM
quote JimmyJustice: "quote dicecupmaker: "Saw Little Feat warm up Jimmy Buffett in the mid-late 80's. They tell me I had fun!"


DCM


LOL. I have two friends who constantly argue over who is better...Buffett or Little Feet. The way my Skokie friend tells the story is that JB opened up for Little Feet. Too much fun was had by all apparently..."

Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus put's anything Buffet did to shame.
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11/08/2017 08:18AM
1978 Chicago Stadium Eric Clapton with Muddy Waters opening
by the end of the show there were 14 guitar players on stage including legends like Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins , and Johnny Winters. Their encore "Going to Kansas City" still brings me a chill
A dozen Grateful Dead shows
Stevie Ray Vaughn's last show at Alpine
Rolling Stones at Soldiers Field
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11/08/2017 10:35AM
quote HowardSprague: "Cool to see that many others here actually pay attention to the opening bands. Some of my fav openers include: Henry Paul Band, opening for Atlanta Rhythm Section. Bottle Rockets, opening for Los Lonely Boys. Sturgill Simpson, opening for Dwight Yoakam. Bram Tchaikovsy, opening for The Cars. Steppenwolf, opening for Journey. Nick Lowe, opening for The Cars. Outlaws, opening a 4-band show this past summer for Travis Tritt (with Marshall Tucker Band & Montgomery Gentry). "

Have had several good shows from the openers. Saw BTO open for Van Halen on their first tour with Sammy Hagar. Guns N Roses opened for Motley Crue before Welcome to the Jungle was released on MTV. Nobody knew who they were before the show, but they remembered them afterward. Saw a ton of good shows from the hair bands in the late 80's/early 90's. You can still see them at the state fair if you like :)
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11/08/2017 10:40AM
quote KarlBAndersen1: "And I sat in a 300 person packed bar right in front of Stevie Ray Vaughan on his first Double Trouble World Wide tour in Ft. Lauderdale. I sat right in front of him on a little stage. It was surreal."
That must've been amazing. Had the good fortune to see him at his final concert at Alpine Valley. Great performer and wish he were still around.
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11/08/2017 12:03PM


For me it would be either Phish, Rush, or Billy Joel/Elton John.

I don't think I've ever met another Frank Zappa fan, I wasn't sure they existed. I never got the chance to see him live. I did read the other day that the Zappa family trust is launching a Frank Zappa hologram tour. After initially rolling my eyes in disgust, I might have come around a little bit. Steve Vai said he wasn't going to be a part of it until he spoke with the family and some of the other musicians that Frank played with through the years, and he's on board with it now. I might check it out, if nothing else I get to see Steve Vai live.
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11/08/2017 12:30PM
Like several here, I have been to a few concerts over the years. For me, placement on my top ten list, varies due to circumstances around the event, not just "the music". In no particular order:

1. Tanya Tucker (first kiss by someone other than my mom - I was in 1st grade- made a lasting impression - didn't wash my cheek for a week :)).

2. Bobby Bryant (opened up for Donna Fargo and sang Jim Croce songs. Had no idea that those were not Bryant originals - I was 5 and without any music knowledge. I knew he was a Viking though! - and by 5 and 1/2 I knew about Jim Croce -so that was helpful) FYI, my parents had a side business of concert promotions when I was little.

3. Kenny Logins (long story - involved a girl - worked my magic with an usher I knew who put us 3rd row - she was impressed...for about an hour)

4. Prince (Purple Rain - December 1984 - Civic Center - 6 hours of pure magic - Probably #1 all time for me - although my date was not a fan. She's ugly now so all turned out ok :). Prince was a music god.)

5. Jimmy Buffet (first time seeing him was at Alpine Valley - ruined me forever - in a good way - not many better outdoor venues than Alpine).

6. Rolling Stones (I think the first of the three times I have seen them was the best - Steel Wheels)

7. Harry Connick Jr. (State Theater - mesmerizing! My wife like it a lot too. We talk about it often it was that good).

8. John Cougar (Texas opened up for him - I really liked Texas, maybe for than John Cougar - their lead singer was outstanding. She sang a few songs with JC as well.)

9. Billy Joel/Elton John (A client of ours was in the biz and obtained center isle 3rd row seats. After the first song, we were allowed to stand at the stage. We spent the rest of the concert with our elbows on the stage right in front of Elton as Billy hit on the 25 year old next to my wife. His roadie was delivering notes and a back stage pass to her (the 25 yr old.) Billy had also lined the first row in front of him with attractive women. Friends of ours were walking to their seats and were approached by a roadie who asked to swap tickets with them. They did and ended up in the front row by Billy. My buddy is married to a very fetching wife. He was the only dude in that row. Funny stuff.

10. The countless club events I have been to over the years, Fine Line, Caboose etc. Small venues Just having a good time enjoying people way more talented than me. Just living. All fun.

Most disappointing:

a. Dixie Chicks - they had their toddlers paraded out to show them off and kept them there for a couple songs without ear protection. It really angered me. I think I officially hate them.

b. The Boss. He preached politics and lectured the crowd before his encore. It really took away from what was otherwise a great night of high energy. I really enjoy his music and so wanted to enjoy the moment. He just couldn't keep his political mouth shut. Ugh.

c. Van Halen - (First time was outstanding - last time DLR was a vocal mess). My music heroes are fading... :(
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11/08/2017 01:32PM
I went to a lot of Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band shows between '87 - '92. All of them were fun. The most memorable by far was Garcia/David Grisman w/Bela Fleck at the top of the gondola at Squaw Valley, CA. They called it the Gold Coast Sun Bowl but it was really just a stage at the top of the mountain. Great music with a relatively small crowd of very nice people in a magnificent venue.
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11/08/2017 02:01PM
quote quark2222: "Darn, I replied to a post, and it did not happen. Anyway, check out Shawn Colvin clips on Amazon. Saw her a few years ago at a solo concert in Schaumburg, IL in the first row, and she is just as great a singer and guitar and player now as she ever was.


Tomster"


One of my favorite concerts was about 13 years ago and they called it a guitar pull or something... Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams and Patty Griffin at the Kravits Center in West Palm Beach. It was just the 4 of them and they rotated songs for around 2 hours. It was truly awesome! I wish they would do it again....

For opening bands... Fleetwood Mac opening for Jefferson Starship in 74 (Omni, Atlanta)... Al diMeola (Elegant Gypsy tour) opening for Renaissance in 78 (San Diego)... He totally blew them off the stage with an incredible high energy performance. If you like virtuoso guitar and get a chance to see him, don't miss! Elvin Bishop opening for the Kinks, both were great. The Grateful Dead opening for the Allman Brothers and then jamming together for about 2 hours at RFK stadium in DC, 1973 I think... Same year the Dead and The Band opening for the Allmans at Watkins Glen with 650,000 slightly inebriated people...

This is just TOO fun!
11/08/2017 06:21PM
Well, you will all roll your eyes now. . .

I started out in my high school years with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars '59 (such greats as Paul Anka, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, Jimmy Clanton, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bobby Rydell), and Biggest Show of Stars '60 (Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Hurricane, Cliff Richards) , and also during that time I was becoming a classically trained pianist, so I remember being quite impressed by seeing Van Cliburn perform live.

Then came college, and I was far too busy making music to go to concerts. But making choral music, piano music, accompanying others, learning to teach music, etc. Then getting married, having a family, moving from place to place, no money or time for such things.

In my more mature years I have been a Neil Diamond fan. Spartan1 and I have attended six live Neil Diamond shows and thoroughly enjoyed every one. He puts on a great concert; no opening act, no sitting around and talking (went to a Kenny Rogers concert once where he did that. . .I can do without it), just two hours plus of Neil Diamond. Works for me. So I guess "Best Concert" for me is a Neil Diamond concert.



This particular year we have seen Neil Diamond in Detroit, Billy Joel in Chicago, Paul Anka in Battle Creek. All really good shows. And have just found out that we will be going to hear Barry Manilow in Chicago in December, as our granddaughter is in a choir that will be doing backup on at least one of his songs. That should be fun.

I realize that I am not of the generation of most of you. I am not into rock concerts much, and I still love a good classical choral music concert, too. Or a Broadway musical. Have seen "The Phantom of the Opera" four times and I suspect not for the last time.

Different strokes. . .it's all good.

I do regret, however, that I didn't go see the Rolling Stones when they played the Stadium at MSU a few years ago. That would have been a bucket list thing.
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11/08/2017 08:50PM
Alison Kraus & Union Station is always worth the price of admission Alison Kraus & Union Station Live at Sound Stage
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11/09/2017 12:00AM
What a good thread - amazing how music preferences or concerts attended give some insight as to the users on the board - I'll throw some out and you will likely be able to figure my age based on the following:

1. Elvis - burned into my memory - I was young and my parents took me and my sister - he died a few years later, but I didn't know the difference between fat Elvis and skinny Elvis - pretty sure I saw Fat Elvis

2. I have a vague recollection of seeing the Osmonds at a Sate Fair when I was a child - my sister was a big fan

3. Sting - Dream of the Blue Turtles - the Marsalis guy was playing his horn and Sting was doing his thing - I remember being mesmerized

4. INXS - yeah, it was the late 80's and they were huge - I remember dancing with a girl that I had a big crush on - we hugged and went our separate ways when the song was over and I haven't seen her since - but those 5 minutes are a great memory

5. REM - Late 80's or early 90's - they were good, but would have been good to see them before they blew up

6. CSN - this was like late 80's or early 90's in a smaller auditorium - Opening act, Michale Hedges blew my mind

7. Tom Petty - saw a few different shows - always great

8. Buffett - a couple of shows - always an experience and whoever shared their bucket of KFC - thank you, it was excellent and soaked up the margaritas and coronas

9. HORDE Tour - Blues Traveler and Big Head Todd were headliners - all day long festivel deal in Chicago where everyone was having a good time through either alcohol or other forms of recreation

10. Dead shows - went to a handful - always a riot - great people - might have sucked down a ballon or two and/or ingested a kind veggie burrito, among other stuff

11. Amos Lee - check him out if you haven't

12. Some Irish type band from Canada that played a kick ass version of the Church's Under the Milky Way and otherwise ripped it up with electric guitar and bagpipes for a couple of hours - Seven Nations, if I remember correctly

13. Michael Franti - take yourself and your kids - positive vibes all around figure out where he is doing pre show yoga or pre show family style BBQ - show up, hang out, have fun, and he will remember you during the show

Just recently saw Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins - thought it would be kind of lame but certainly was not - both had great bands, great voices, and the crowd loved it

There are some more interspersed here and there, but these are the ones I remember the most I guess

And last, but not least, the GF's of me and a buddy, who were in the 3rd row at at Dave Matthews concert, found us among the unwashed masses, gave us tix stubs that would get us to third row - upon arrival, was handed a huge joint by a guy in front of me who said "keep it"' and the DMB proceeded to go off for the next 2 hours - it was glorious.

Not sure if I was true to the OP about what was the best, but they all were for various reasons - I can forget about many of the details of my past, yet, the concerts that I have attended, much like my BWCA trips, are burned into my memory bank - that, I guess, is the power of live music and the BWCA



I love Music and the BWCA
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11/09/2017 12:00AM
What a good thread - amazing how music preferences or concerts attended give some insight as to the users on the board - I'll throw some out and you will likely be able to figure my age based on the following:

1. Elvis - burned into my memory - I was young and my parents took me and my sister - he died a few years later, but I didn't know the difference between fat Elvis and skinny Elvis - pretty sure I saw Fat Elvis

2. I have a vague recollection of seeing the Osmonds at a Sate Fair when I was a child - my sister was a big fan

3. Sting - Dream of the Blue Turtles - the Marsalis guy was playing his horn and Sting was doing his thing - I remember being mesmerized

4. INXS - yeah, it was the late 80's and they were huge - I remember dancing with a girl that I had a big crush on - we hugged and went our separate ways when the song was over and I haven't seen her since - but those 5 minutes are a great memory

5. REM - Late 80's or early 90's - they were good, but would have been good to see them before they blew up

6. CSN - this was like late 80's or early 90's in a smaller auditorium - Opening act, Michale Hedges blew my mind

7. Tom Petty - saw a few different shows - always great

8. Buffett - a couple of shows - always an experience and whoever shared their bucket of KFC - thank you, it was excellent and soaked up the margaritas and coronas

9. HORDE Tour - Blues Traveler and Big Head Todd were headliners - all day long festivel deal in Chicago where everyone was having a good time through either alcohol or other forms of recreation

10. Dead shows - went to a handful - always a riot - great people - might have sucked down a ballon or two and/or ingested a kind veggie burrito, among other stuff

11. Amos Lee - check him out if you haven't

12. Some Irish type band from Canada that played a kick ass version of the Church's Under the Milky Way and otherwise ripped it up with electric guitar and bagpipes for a couple of hours - Seven Nations, if I remember correctly

13. Michael Franti - take yourself and your kids - positive vibes all around figure out where he is doing pre show yoga or pre show family style BBQ - show up, hang out, have fun, and he will remember you during the show

Just recently saw Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins - thought it would be kind of lame but certainly was not - both had great bands, great voices, and the crowd loved it

There are some more interspersed here and there, but these are the ones I remember the most I guess

And last, but not least, the GF's of me and a buddy, who were in the 3rd row at at Dave Matthews concert, found us among the unwashed masses, gave us tix stubs that would get us to third row - upon arrival, was handed a huge joint by a guy in front of me who said "keep it"' and the DMB proceeded to go off for the next 2 hours - it was glorious.

Not sure if I was true to the OP about what was the best, but they all were for various reasons - I can forget about many of the details of my past, yet, the concerts that I have attended, much like my BWCA trips, are burned into my memory bank - that, I guess, is the power of live music and the BWCA



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11/09/2017 05:43AM
Spartan there may be more Neil Diamond fans out here than you think ;-)

I hadn't considered the theatre (duh). Phantom and les MIs are two of my favorites and is always an emotional experience.
11/09/2017 07:34AM
quote mastertangler: "Spartan there may be more Neil Diamond fans out here than you think ;-)


I hadn't considered the theatre (duh). Phantom and les MIs are two of my favorites and is always an emotional experience. "


If they are out there, they didn't chime in for a very long time. ;-) ;-)

We usually see a Broadway musical at least once a year, when a traveling company comes to Wharton Center at MSU. We should branch out more, especially when both of our children live in the Chicago 'burbs now.

I am not a particular fan of opera, but we both greatly enjoyed seeing Mozart's "Magic Flute" when we were in Sydney and had the opportunity to see it in the famous Sydney Opera House. A wonderful production in English, and the costumes were done by the same group that did the big "Lion King" extravaganza--just jaw-dropping! And just being in that place, going out on the concourse and seeing fireworks over the harbor during intermission. . .it was truly a night to remember.

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11/09/2017 10:19AM
quote Rich Mahogony: "
Steve Vai said he wasn't going to be a part of it until he spoke with the family and some of the other musicians that Frank played with through the years, and he's on board with it now. I might check it out, if nothing else I get to see Steve Vai live."


I have seen Vai a handful of times over the years, and got to meet him at a music store a million years ago. He is an amazing technical player, and seeing him pull it off live is jaw dropping.
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11/09/2017 10:49AM
I saw the stones in 2015 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One of the best concerts I've ever been to. They still rock.
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11/09/2017 11:07AM
I've been blessed to have seen a lot of concerts, but the concert I always remember as the most energized, where the band had the absolute attention of everybody in the room, and it felt like the world might end (in a good way) - "Oingo Boingo" at 1st avenue, '85 or '86...not sure. What. A. Show.
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11/09/2017 11:37AM
My first concert was Foreigner, their oncore was Juke Box Hero, and a huge Juke Box inflated behind stage. Good Concert.
Kansas in the Mayo Civic auditorium in Rochester Mn in the mid 80's was great.
I loved the Hooters and saw them open up for Bryan Adams, I didn't go to see Bryan Adams.
Saw Bob Dylan in a small auditorium in Billings, I was in the first rows, very good.
Saw Merl Haggert in a small auditorium in Miles City , MT. Also very good, especially when he sang "Big City turn me loose somewhere in the middle of Montana".
ACDC in the old Met Center in the Bloomington rocked the house in the mid 80's.
Deep Purple and Heart were good ones as well.
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11/09/2017 11:48AM
I was just thinking, I saw BB King in a small bar setting and let me tell you, when that dude wanted to fill the room with his voice, he certainly pulled it off. I can't remember the name of the place in Chicago, but it was small and you had to buy two drinks or something after the ticket. We were sitting at a tall table like thirty feet from the stage. If I remember correctly. Like I said, he could grab your attention and hold it. And play his guitar solos on Lucille. Pretty cool.
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11/09/2017 12:52PM
I saw BB King a few years back. Talking about royalty! The dude could still sing and play guitar well into his 80s. I've seen Neil Young a couple of times--fantastic and raw. Billy Joel and Elton John in concert together was also cool.

The best concert that I WISH I had seen was the Eagles, Steve Miller Band, and Pablo Cruise playing at the old Met Stadium in Bloomington, MN, in 1978. I was in western Canada on vacation with my parents and brother.
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11/09/2017 02:45PM
For those guitar aficionados who like to see cool stuff that is off the beaten path I highly suggest investing the time to see a show at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peach Ranch in Meigs County Ohio. Jorma was the lead guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and now runs a camp hidden in the hills of SouthEast Ohio. They have a concert series that sells out very quickly and it all happens in a 250 seat concert hall on his property. The hospitality and overall experience is very impressive. Musicians come far to hang out, ride Harley's and play music with Jorma.
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11/09/2017 03:47PM
quote LindenTree3: "Saw Merle Haggard in a small auditorium in Miles City , MT. Also very good, especially when he sang "Big City turn me loose somewhere in the middle of Montana"."

As someone who came to Merle's music late in life, I'd give an appendage to have seen him in his hey day. Even now he doesn't get his due IMO.

Trivia about 'Big City' was inspired by a comment by his tour bus driver: "I hate this place. I'm tired of this dirty old city," and "If it were up to me, it'd be somewhere in the middle of damn Montana." Merle fine tuned it and gave him the equal songwriting credit. One of my favorite songs. The bus driver has seen $500k in royalties.
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11/09/2017 03:48PM
Man, that is a weird coincidence. Since the Woodstock movie was recently shown and I recorded it, I have been on kind of a Jefferson Airplane trip, if you'll pardon the expression. I was just literally singing the lyrics in my head from that movie, 'Uncle Sam ain't no woman, but he sure can take your man...' when I read your post. Your man Jorma was singing that one and playing a shredding lead blues guitar. Been delving into some youtube etc. I like the psychedelic stuff. Must have been karma. Cheers.
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11/09/2017 04:15PM
quote Gmorgan: "For those guitar aficionados who like to see cool stuff that is off the beaten path I highly suggest investing the time to see a show at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peach Ranch in Meigs County Ohio. Jorma was the lead guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and now runs a camp hidden in the hills of SouthEast Ohio. They have a concert series that sells out very quickly and it all happens in a 250 seat concert hall on his property. The hospitality and overall experience is very impressive. Musicians come far to hang out, ride Harley's and play music with Jorma."

When I went to O.U. , Meigs County was basically known for their hemp fields.
11/09/2017 07:53PM
Hard to pick one. Maybe Springsteen in '77 or '78 at Riverfront coliseum in Cincinnati. Most surprising was ELO at the same venue. I took my best friends wife as he was out of town and she really wanted to go but not alone. I like some of their music but not a big fan. They really put on a long show and it was an experience. Biggest disappointment was Elvis Costello. He walked off stage after about 20 minutes and never came back. $7 concerts.....them were the days.
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11/10/2017 08:43AM
Now for something in several different genres:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Milwaukee's Uihlein Hall. About 1977. Carlo Maria Giulini conducted "Pictures at an Exhibition". Stunning.

Count Basie Big Band in a small warehouse jazz club along the river in New Orleans about 1978. Really fun way to see a great band.

Jesse Norman at the Krannert Center. (UIUC.) About 1984. Amazing voice.

The Marine Band (President's Own) at the BCPA about 2004. Played an immaculate and incredibly fast (in one) version of Shotakovich's "Festive Overture".

Mnozil Brass. Alexandria, VA. About 2007. National Trumpet Competition. Great musicians with a incredibly dry comic twist.

UIUC Wind Symphony at Krannert Center. About 2010. James Keene conducted. Absolutely beautiful.

Bloomington High School Wind Ensemble at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts. About 2014. Max Chernick conducting. Performed a wonderful version of John Mackey's "Kingfishers Catch Fire".



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11/10/2017 10:23AM
quote hobbydog: "Hard to pick one. Maybe Springsteen in '77 or '78 at Riverfront coliseum in Cincinnati. Most surprising was ELO at the same venue. I took my best friends wife as he was out of town and she really wanted to go but not alone. I like some of their music but not a big fan. They really put on a long show and it was an experience. Biggest disappointment was Elvis Costello. He walked off stage after about 20 minutes and never came back. $7 concerts.....them were the days. "

Heheheh, yeah, $10, $12, $15 for the GOOD seats, those were the days (LOL)! I had one of those "Surprises" when I went to see the "Beach Boys." Prepared to snooze, but it was a GREAT concert. It was really neat seeing teenyboppers, teens, young adults, young families with toddlers, and gray-hairs ALL getting into it. No "Generation gap" at THAT concert! It was a real, "Feel-good" concert experience that I never expected.

Beach Boys
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11/10/2017 10:34AM
I believe I mentioned this in another of my long rambling responses to a thread on another subject, but the best "concert" story I have heard was told by a former business partner of mine, to-whit:

He was taking the bar exam in DC back in the 70's After the first day he went to get a drink and unwind. He started up a conversation with someone at the bar and was invited to a party. At the party in an APARTMENT, was Ray Charles, putting on a personal concert for the VERY FEW in attendance. He said he really started to rock about 2:00 am. Second day of the bar exam did not go as planned...but worth it for that experience!
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11/10/2017 11:11AM
Any of you MN guys familiar with Peter Himmelman? Saw him once at the Park West in Chicago. Man, he was fantastic - with a lot of fun & humor in between songs.
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11/10/2017 11:31AM
quote HowardSprague: "Any of you MN guys familiar with Peter Himmelman? Saw him once at the Park West in Chicago. Man, he was fantastic - with a lot of fun & humor in between songs.
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Arlo Guthrie and BB King always were good story tellers between songs.
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11/10/2017 11:31AM
quote HowardSprague: "Any of you MN guys familiar with Peter Himmelman? Saw him once at the Park West in Chicago. Man, he was fantastic - with a lot of fun & humor in between songs.
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Yes. Sussman Lawrence, an early band of his, was great. He also played with Shangoya, a band that was a fixture on the West Bank. A friend of mine knew him personally, since he shopped at Thorps Music Store in St Paul where Dave worked part time. Dave gave me one of his used guitar picks. I guess Peter would hand him picks every time Dave would ask Peter to listen to him play. A friendly blow off maybe?

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11/10/2017 11:39AM
quote HowardSprague: "quote mastertangler: "Been to lots and lots of concerts. Iggy Pop was amazing live in a small venue. Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin were huge disappointments live but Queen was extremely professional. I could go on and on. "


been to quite a few, so won't/couldn't pick a "best", but I didn't find Frank Zappa to be disappointing at all. It was a bit heavy on the instrumentals, there were some funny tunes I'd like to have heard, but overall I enjoyed his show. Uptown Theater in Chicago....think it was a little after the Tinseltown Rebellion album.


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Saw Zappa for his Zoot Allures tour. Fun stuff
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11/10/2017 11:48AM
quote Rich Mahogony: "


For me it would be either Phish, Rush, or Billy Joel/Elton John.


I don't think I've ever met another Frank Zappa fan, I wasn't sure they existed. I never got the chance to see him live. I did read the other day that the Zappa family trust is launching a Frank Zappa hologram tour. After initially rolling my eyes in disgust, I might have come around a little bit. Steve Vai said he wasn't going to be a part of it until he spoke with the family and some of the other musicians that Frank played with through the years, and he's on board with it now. I might check it out, if nothing else I get to see Steve Vai live."
sounds interesting...would also like to see his son Dweezil and his band
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11/10/2017 12:04PM
Not a huge concert goer, but two stand out in my mind:

Rolling Stones 1989 at the Metrodome: I love the Stones. If I was to have made a playlist for them, they couldn't have nailed in more. All the staples, plus my two favorites: Happy and Undercover of the Night.

Prince: around 2010 or so at the X in St. Paul: I wouldn't have gone, but my wife said "I'd love to see that show!" Later I find out she wasn't being literal, but the tix were already purchased. I was never a big Prince fan, but I came away with a completely different perspective of this man.... one of the most talented musicians ever. During the show he played guitar, keyboards, took a bit on the drums, played bass, a saxophone and even a trumpet. I don't think most people understand the guitar talent he was. If you doubt it, watch on Youtube his live rendition of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps. He's on stage with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son. Heads above them all.

Mike
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11/10/2017 01:15PM
It's unfortunate, the big rift between Dweezil and Ahmet/ Zappa Family Trust. Two sides to every story, but sounds like Dweezil has some legitimate gripes...
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11/10/2017 02:12PM
quote MikeinMpls: I don't think most people understand the guitar talent he was. If you doubt it, watch on Youtube his live rendition of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps. He's on stage with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son. Heads above them all.


Mike"


Yes,
Prince was a talent above others.

Prince, While my guitar gently weeps
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11/10/2017 03:48PM
quote LindenTree3: "quote MikeinMpls: I don't think most people understand the guitar talent he was. If you doubt it, watch on Youtube his live rendition of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps. He's on stage with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son. Heads above them all.



Mike"



Yes,
Prince was a talent above others.


Prince, While my guitar gently weeps "


Stick it out until the end - Prince throws that guitar up in the air and it seemingly never comes down. He was a noted guitar thrower, and his roadies had a varying record of successful catches. Legend also has it this performance was in the wake of Prince not even being listed on a Rolling Stone list of greatest guitarists.
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11/11/2017 08:07PM
John Cougar........

He was in Bloomington, IN, and played the Stadium. After the concert, he headed down to 3rd street and hooked up with his old band Kilo, and gave a 3 hr impromptu concert of oldies.

Fortunately, I chose that night to sneak into the bar with my fake ID, and saw the whole show.

IT was the best Cougar set in the HISTORY of the world ::) :) .

Later,

Geo
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11/11/2017 08:28PM
James Brown - That was a great show at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL around 2008-2009. It was less than a year before he died. I still remember his 20 minute, "Get on up-ah, stay on the scene , I'm a sex machine"" I was totally pumped before and during that show. My wife's son was a student at EIU the time. By the way - Shawn Payton and Tony Romo went there for college. Her son met Tony when he came back for some sort of event.

Tomster
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11/11/2017 10:02PM
quote LindenTree3: "quote MikeinMpls: I don't think most people understand the guitar talent he was. If you doubt it, watch on Youtube his live rendition of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps. He's on stage with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son. Heads above them all.



Mike"



Yes,
Prince was a talent above others.


Prince, While my guitar gently weeps "


Wow....Amazing.
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11/11/2017 10:21PM
that's pretty cool Geo,...first time I saw him, he was still "Cougar", he opened for Heart. Very energetic (and a ton of swearing), good show. Saw him a second time about 12 yrs ago, great show too with a nice song assortment. Wallflowers opened.

One of my fav shows, I flew down to Greenville, SC, There was a place called The Handlebar. The front was a bar & restaurant. If you had a ticket for the show and ate dinner there, you could walk into the back part, choose a seat, put a slip of paper there to reserve it (no, nobody messed with it!), and get back to your meal. When the show was to start, they opened the door and you had your seat. Great venue. I saw John Hiatt, had a 4th row center seat. No band, just him. He sang a good 25 songs, it was fantastic and well worth the trip. Love the guy's songs and raspy voice. (He played a theater a few blocks from my house a couple years ago - just him again, no band. Shorter set, but how cool to be able to walk over to the theater and see John Hiatt!)
The HandleBar lost its lease since then and so far has not reopened anywhere.
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11/12/2017 12:05AM
If it's true, Ray Charles in a hotel room wins for me. But what was he playing with? Was there a piano in the hotel room? Like I said, if it's real, I'm all in on that. Some doubts have crept in, to be honest. In last place, the Bloomington high school band. I don't want it real, just go away please.
11/12/2017 06:23AM
Sometimes an intimate performance can be really special. I can only imagine Ray Charles in a hotel room. Fabulous!

I didn't mention this one originally, as it was too small to seem like a concert, but we are great Jerry Vandiver fans. Have loved each of his performances at Canoecopia that we have been able to attend, and when we go to 'Copia, we usually go to all three. Great stuff! Right up our alley--those "Paddling Songs".

But when we were in Nashville last spring we were honored to stay with Jerry and Gracie for a couple nights and they showed us the town. Such fun! One night we decided to go to the Blue Bird, but it was too busy, so Jerry called a friend and we went to her home instead. They gathered a group of nine Nashville song writers (plus Jerry's fiddle player Amberly Rosen) who sat in a circle around the living room. Each sang an original song. It traveled around the circle, sometimes with harmonizing, always with a guitar or two, often with Amberly's fiddle. . .twice around the circle. A truly magical evening of music in the place where music is born! I was enchanted!
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11/12/2017 08:15AM
I would say my favorite was Old Crow Medicine Show at the State Theater. I love small venues, I tend to avoid stadium rock at all costs.

Also anything at the MN Zoo. Sue McLean and Associates puts on some amazing shows. I’ve seen the Bodeans, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchat at the Zoo. All amazing experiences.

Oh and the Indigo Girls at a Winona Laduke rally in Northfield at Carlton College.
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11/12/2017 08:51AM
quote mastertangler: " If I had to pick one it would have to be Yanni in San Antonio a few years back. Even my wife who is not a Yanni fan was moved and agreed it was one of the best concerts she had ever been to.



If Yanni comes live near you it is not to be missed. Here is a sample of what you can expect. World class musicians strutting their stuff. Hang in there, it gets infectious before its over.
"
Yanni used to be the keyboard player for a band called Chamelion back in the late 70's. They used to play a small ballroom in south central Mn (Gibbon Ballroom) all the time. Very small town of around 750 people. So I guess I've seen Yanni a few times..... ;-)
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11/12/2017 04:07PM
Saw hundreds of live shows, Page and Plant was pretty good, Ray Charles was great, Joe satriani at the caboose was a lot of fun and the last Greatful Dead show in Chicago, not the reunion show, was memorable. But I think three top shows would be Buddy Guy at the GSR in Reno, G3 tour and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The all time best was BB King at the State theatre in Cleveland on Easter sunday.
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11/12/2017 07:29PM
Grateful Dead, Chula Vista, Ca!!! 09/15/85. Awesome show

If anyone has a chance Tedeshi Trucks band puts on a great live performance
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11/13/2017 04:07PM
Quote Spartan 2 "...and I still love a good classical choral music concert, too."

Spartan 2, if that is true, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS Eric Whitacre if you ever have a chance to see him. I discovered him by chance after seeing the Vienna Boys Choir perform one of his songs and was impressed enough to do some research. Found out he was appearing a few weeks later about an hour from my home so I got tickets and was as blown away as I could ever have hoped to be.

Other Favorites I have seen:
--George Strait at We Fest in '84. I had front row seats and still regard him as the smoothest performer ever. Same year at We Fest Johnny Cash was great--Merle Haggard joined him on stage by surprise. I remember being impressed by Johnny Cash's lead guitarist. That guy went on perform on his own as Marty Stuart.

--John Cougar Mellencamp twice a favorite (though I've seen him three times--the "ScareCrow" tour was not as fun for me). The first favorite time he opened for Heart at the old Met Center in Bloomington, MN and stole the show. The second was at Northrup at University of Minnesota campus. A friend and I decided at the last second to try and catch this show. We went down to the arena to see if we could find tickets. We found a scalper who was about to eat his remaining tickets because the show had started. We missed the first two songs but got 2nd row seats for $10 each!

--Head East at the River Flat Jam in Minneapolis and about a year later at a tiny ballroom in Glenwood, MN. Each show was awesome.

--Geroge Thorogood at St. Cloud State University even though the show was shortened because the building caught on fire. Got outside to see firetrucks racing in with sirens screaming.

-- .38 Special at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. They opened for Loverboy and stole the show from the headline act.

--Maybe all-time favorite was U2 on the Joshua Tree tour at the St. Paul Civic Center when that band was probably at their peak. Recently went with all of the same people to the Anniversary tour concert at US Bank Stadium. Not quite like the first time but still a lot of fun. Made a video about it. U2 Concert
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11/13/2017 07:04PM
Wow! - that is quite a lineup. I like that kinda party. Keep on rockin bro!
11/13/2017 09:07PM
quote bottomtothetap: " Quote Spartan 2 "...and I still love a good classical choral music concert, too."

Spartan 2, if that is true, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS Eric Whitacre if you ever have a chance to see him. I discovered him by chance after seeing the Vienna Boys Choir perform one of his songs and was impressed enough to do some research. Found out he was appearing a few weeks later about an hour from my home so I got tickets and was as blown away as I could ever have hoped to be.




Oh, I assure you, it is true. And I have seen Eric Whitacre. As a matter of fact, just attended the "Light and Gold" Concert at the University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel last month with my son and some friends of his from his church choir (he sings in the choir in the Episcopal Church in Hinsdale, IL). Whitacre was conducting the a capella choir from Northwestern University. It was phenomenal!
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11/14/2017 07:26AM
quote Mocha: "Eagles, Steve Miller and Pablo Cruise, late 80's, at the old Met Stadium."

I was at that show, but it was in 1978, not the late 80s.
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11/14/2017 07:28AM
quote timatkn: "I really liked Bob Schneider at the Fine Line (several times), small venue great interaction with the audience."

I've seen Bob a couple of times at the Fine Line too and agree, he puts on a fine show.
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11/14/2017 07:28AM
quote timatkn: "I really liked Bob Schneider at the Fine Line (several times), small venue great interaction with the audience."

I've seen Bob a couple of times at the Fine Line too and agree, he puts on a fine show.
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11/14/2017 07:36AM
Many favorites but a few that stick out are,
Led Zepplin 1973 Munich Germany
Pink Floyd 1974 Munich Germany
Rolling Stones 1974 Frankfurt Germany
Greatful Dead 1974 Stuttgart Germany
Clapton Thanksgiving Day 1974 ManheimGermany
I did see many inUS over the years, but many are a blurrrrrrrr.
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11/14/2017 10:55AM
quote Spartan2: "quote bottomtothetap: " Quote Spartan 2 "...and I still love a good classical choral music concert, too."

Spartan 2, if that is true, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS Eric Whitacre if you ever have a chance to see him. I discovered him by chance after seeing the Vienna Boys Choir perform one of his songs and was impressed enough to do some research. Found out he was appearing a few weeks later about an hour from my home so I got tickets and was as blown away as I could ever have hoped to be.






Oh, I assure you, it is true. And I have seen Eric Whitacre. As a matter of fact, just attended the "Light and Gold" Concert at the University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel last month with my son and some friends of his from his church choir (he sings in the choir in the Episcopal Church in Hinsdale, IL). Whitacre was conducting the a capella choir from Northwestern University. It was phenomenal!"



Awesome! In the short time I've been familiar with Eric Whitacre I've come to regard him as the most brilliant and charismatic person in music today and one of the most in a long, long time. As an old radio guy I am also quite jealous of his speaking voice. Even with his expertise with choral music, I'm not sure if he is the most outstanding of singers but what a speaker!
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11/14/2017 10:56AM
quote timatkn: "I really liked Bob Schneider at the Fine Line (several times), small venue great interaction with the audience.


Rolling Stones in Cyclone Stadium on their final (but then it wasn’t lol) tour in 1989 was my first big concert and I have very fond memories. Never really listened to them before but was convinced I had to see them since it was their allegedly last concert.


Went to BNL at Target center wasn’t a fan...won free tickets... then became a big fan, their audience interaction and humor blew me away. More surprising was the opening band Cowboy Mouth, who I had never heard of, was great too. Their lead singer was also the drummer—the whole stage set up was unusual. Went to see them at the Cabooze a few times later liked them so much.


I guess the theme to my Favorites are bands that I really didn’t know and then sounded better in person and put on a great show.


T"


I'm a fan of the Bare Naked Ladies - they're one of the better live bands I've seen. I've seen them twice, most recently was a summer "fest" tour where Colin Hay opened, and he's the reason I went to the show. I loved Men At Work in the 80s, but I really appreciate his solo stuff now. The "middle" act was the Violent Femmes, which I loved in the 80s and 90s. I was kind of disappointed with their set. Gordon seemed like he didn't want to be there and was begrudgingly going through the motions. Then BNL came on and my disappointment turned back in to enjoyment. They're so entertaining, even without Steven Page. I love cover songs, and their cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" is outstanding.
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11/14/2017 11:04AM
quote JimmyJustice:
9. Billy Joel/Elton John (A client of ours was in the biz and obtained center isle 3rd row seats. After the first song, we were allowed to stand at the stage. We spent the rest of the concert with our elbows on the stage right in front of Elton as Billy hit on the 25 year old next to my wife. His roadie was delivering notes and a back stage pass to her (the 25 yr old.) Billy had also lined the first row in front of him with attractive women. Friends of ours were walking to their seats and were approached by a roadie who asked to swap tickets with them. They did and ended up in the front row by Billy. My buddy is married to a very fetching wife. He was the only dude in that row. Funny stuff.


"


Funny that you mention that. During his Millennium tour, he came to Dallas for his last show before the big New Year's Eve show that he recorded for CD release and my friend and I got tickets. We were going to our seats and this girl with a radio came up to us and asked both of our dates if they wanted to go sit in the front row. Both our dates were attractive ladies, who were wearing tight and low cut tops. Since the invitation didn't include us, they declined. I didn't know why at the time, but I assumed that it was because Billy was setting up his "come backstage and hang out after the show" lineup.
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11/14/2017 09:21PM
quote BuckFlicks: "quote JimmyJustice:
9. Billy Joel/Elton John (A client of ours was in the biz and obtained center isle 3rd row seats. After the first song, we were allowed to stand at the stage. We spent the rest of the concert with our elbows on the stage right in front of Elton as Billy hit on the 25 year old next to my wife. His roadie was delivering notes and a back stage pass to her (the 25 yr old.) Billy had also lined the first row in front of him with attractive women. Friends of ours were walking to their seats and were approached by a roadie who asked to swap tickets with them. They did and ended up in the front row by Billy. My buddy is married to a very fetching wife. He was the only dude in that row. Funny stuff.



"



Funny that you mention that. During his Millennium tour, he came to Dallas for his last show before the big New Year's Eve show that he recorded for CD release and my friend and I got tickets. We were going to our seats and this girl with a radio came up to us and asked both of our dates if they wanted to go sit in the front row. Both our dates were attractive ladies, who were wearing tight and low cut tops. Since the invitation didn't include us, they declined. I didn't know why at the time, but I assumed that it was because Billy was setting up his "come backstage and hang out after the show" lineup."


It was surreal. We left our friends to head to our seats thinking we were all cool with great 3rd row seats. We get there and I look up and see 6-7 blonds in the front row, them my buddy's brunette wife and then my buddy. He got the last laugh...
11/15/2017 05:47AM
quote bottomtothetap: "quote Spartan2: "quote bottomtothetap: " Quote Spartan 2 "...and I still love a good classical choral music concert, too."

Spartan 2, if that is true, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS, DO NOT MISS Eric Whitacre if you ever have a chance to see him. I discovered him by chance after seeing the Vienna Boys Choir perform one of his songs and was impressed enough to do some research. Found out he was appearing a few weeks later about an hour from my home so I got tickets and was as blown away as I could ever have hoped to be.







Oh, I assure you, it is true. And I have seen Eric Whitacre. As a matter of fact, just attended the "Light and Gold" Concert at the University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel last month with my son and some friends of his from his church choir (he sings in the choir in the Episcopal Church in Hinsdale, IL). Whitacre was conducting the a capella choir from Northwestern University. It was phenomenal!"




Awesome! In the short time I've been familiar with Eric Whitacre I've come to regard him as the most brilliant and charismatic person in music today and one of the most in a long, long time. As an old radio guy I am also quite jealous of his speaking voice. Even with his expertise with choral music, I'm not sure if he is the most outstanding of singers but what a speaker!"


He's not hard to look at either. :-)
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11/15/2017 12:18PM
A few shows that stand out:

- Neil Young 1978 - Rust Never Sleeps Tour - Civic Center, St.Paul, MN
- The Suburbs 1979 - Jay's Longhorn Bar, Mpls, MN*
- The Replacements 1980 - Jay's Longhorn Bar, Mpls, MN*
- Iggy Pop 1982 - Duffy's, Mpls, MN*
- Husker Du 1982 - Duffy's, Mpls, MN*
- Grateful Dead 1983 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO
- G. Love and Special Sauce (w/Dana Colley from Morphine) 1993 - Plough and Stars, Cambridge, MA*
- Morphine and 16 Horsepower 1996 - Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
- Morphine 1996 - Middle East Club, Cambridge, MA*
- Andrew Bird 2012 - State Theater, Mpls, MN
- Jessica Leigh Mayfield 2014 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN*
- Chance the Rapper 2016 - Rock the Garden, Mpls, MN

I prefer the shows in smaller venues. Those marked with an asterisk were all shows in small clubs.
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11/15/2017 08:34PM
quote Mocha: "
Van Morrison, Grand Marais Art Center.

"
That would be a dream concert to me.
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11/15/2017 10:34PM
quote BuckFlicks:
I'm a fan of the Bare Naked Ladies - they're one of the better live bands I've seen. I've seen them twice, most recently was a summer "fest" tour where Colin Hay opened, and he's the reason I went to the show. I loved Men At Work in the 80s, but I really appreciate his solo stuff now. "


Colin Hay put on a great show a few weeks back at the Pantages. Engaging, great story teller and sounds great too. Covered Prince and Dylan.
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11/17/2017 12:06PM
quote dew042: "quote BuckFlicks:
I'm a fan of the Bare Naked Ladies - they're one of the better live bands I've seen. I've seen them twice, most recently was a summer "fest" tour where Colin Hay opened, and he's the reason I went to the show. I loved Men At Work in the 80s, but I really appreciate his solo stuff now. "



Colin Hay put on a great show a few weeks back at the Pantages. Engaging, great story teller and sounds great too. Covered Prince and Dylan."


Yes! I enjoyed the story telling as much as the songs. I'm waiting for him to come back to Dallas on his own so I can see his full set instead of his abbreviated opening act set.
11/17/2017 10:25PM
quote mc2mens: "quote timatkn: "I really liked Bob Schneider at the Fine Line (several times), small venue great interaction with the audience."


I've seen Bob a couple of times at the Fine Line too and agree, he puts on a fine show."


That put a smile on my face, wasn’t expecting anyone else to even know who Bob was :)

T
11/18/2017 02:56PM
Cannot narrow it down to one...

JJ Cale (Somewhere in San Francisco)
Ry Cooder (Somewhere in Philedelphia)
Johnny Cash (Carlson Celebrity Room)
Van Morrison (Harriet Island)
Dire Straits (Red Rocks Amphitheater)
Rolling Stones (Various venues)
Grateful Dead (Many venues)

And many more that are a wee bit foggy...
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11/18/2017 03:24PM
Looking forward to whoever sings at the next inauguration...
 
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