Concerts You Attended (Love & Hate)

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    I know it is hard to choose one, so pick three that you personally saw that left a marked impression with you. And we want details. And for the second part - what three concerts that you saw that were totally disappointing.
     
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    Bruce Springsteen Toronto 1984 first mega-concert I ever attended and Bruce delivered the goods...played for close to 4 hours.

    Paul McCartney Halifax 2009 the legend come to life...I think he made a deal with the devil to look and sound that good at his age.

    BOC Halifax 1989 Just an unexpected treat to see this band at a bar in my hometown...they played 2 nights and they rocked very righteously.

    Have to think about the disappointing ones.
     
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    Sprinsteen-Philly Sept. 1999. It had to be moved to another venue(Wachovia Center to the Spectrum because of Hurricane Floyd and a Sixers pre-season game) First time I saw him. He was great and he did the classic stuff we know. 2. Santana-Tower Theatre outside Philly 1987.(Missed the baseball all star game on TV,It was worth it.)3 J Giles Band-Providence CC summer 1974. 4.Rolling Stones JFK Philly 1981. Worst???? Bob Dylan Mann Music Center summer 1997. I like Bob but he had a real bad voice that night. Dave Matthews-Camden NJ Blockbuster Center, Summer 1998. Just sounded bad. Foghat either 1974 or 75-Spectrum Philly. They were not received well and then....well you know Philly crowds, objects were thrown on stage and a guy was thrown off the second tier to the first. True story. I was there.(He lived) Another Santa Claus, JD Drew, Michael Irvin event. Foghat vowed never to return to Philly. I think they did come back in the 80's
     
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    Seen many great shows, and many great bands, but I was lucky enough to see the Dead play with Branford Marsalis at Nassau Coliseum in 90. Incredible show highlighted by "Eyes of the World," with Branford on Sax, and a very crisp Jerry Garcia the whole entire show. Tons of energy, and "China-Rider" too boot  Just an amazing night, and one I will never forget.


     Have to think  a little about the rest of the request.
     
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    Feb. 1977 - Madison Sq. Garden

    Queen and Thin Lizzy. We had a group of about 30 friends head to the show. We hopped the fare on the NYC subway in the Bronx. People scattered when they saw over 30 leather clad long hairs get on the train at one time. Thin Lizzy was absolutely amazing as they showcased their album Jailbreak and as always, Queen were kings.

    Sept. 1978 - Palladium

    Cheap Trick. They were touring Live at Budakan and just put on an absolutely flawless show.

    Feb. 1975 - Madison Sq. Garden

    Led Zeppelin - what else can you say. Pure power and art.

    Honorable mentions - Mott the Hoople/Queen - Uris Theatre and any Ramones Show anywhere. Must have seen them 100 times. NY Dolls also put great shows on back in the early 70's.

    Worst Shows -

    Boston at MSG when they toured to support their debut album. They didn't even perform an hour - fans in the orchestra went nuts and chairs went flying on stage.

    Aerosmith/Styx - Nassau Collesium. Aerosmith at their drug addicted worst. Tyler couldn't sing to save his life.

    Patti Smith - CBGB's - the most over-rated anything ever to walk the face of this planet.

     
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    squeeze - hampton casino, early 80's
    elvis costello - worcester centrum, around the same time

    those 2 always stand out in my mind as being kick butt shows i really liked
     
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    OOOPs - The Who - Quadrophenia Tour at MSG. First time I went to the Garden without tickets and scalped outside. Last time I went to the Garden without tickets to scalp. Paid $75 but I did score orchestra seats. But back then, I probably got ripped off considering tickets at face value were about $6
     
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           Back in the 70's I saw 5 bands at the Cleveland Public Auditorium at one concert. They were: Steppenwolf, Manfred Mann, Country Joe and the Fish, Glass Harp and Blues Image. Great concert. I'll never forget the powerful singing of Johnny Kay from Steppenwolf and the great instrumentation behind him. Phil Keaggy "burned it up" on guitar for the band, Glass Harp. In addition, about 2 yrs. ago I saw at a free festival: Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders, also there was Billy Joe Royal. Another great concert with two outstanding singers and good bands behind them. When I told my buddy 'we were seeing all this fabulous music for nothing' he joked: 'don't say that too loud, they may try to charge us on the way out'.    
     
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    Had to love to outdoor festival concerts.

    There was a place out in Jersey somewhere called Roosevelt Stadium. I saw a couple of shows there including ELP. Which by the way was another band who put on an amazing live show. Saw the show with the orchestra - WOW!. But I digress. Sometime in the 70's, I do not remember the year I saw The James Gang; Leslie West Band; Johnny Winter Group and the Alice Cooper Band. That was a bizarre show. How we made it back alive is anyone's guess.
     
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    Can't pick 3, these 4 were the best:

    Frank Zappa  - Felt Forum MSG around 1985. Front row. OMG, words are hard to find to describe it. The best live band ever. They played for like 3 hours, and at one point, Frank asked the audience for requests. Someone yelled out "Whipping Post" (and I probably heard Freebird in there somewhere ;), and they played it better than the the Allmans. Everyone in that band was amazing.

    Grateful Dead - Saratorga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) summer of 86, I think. I've seen many many Dead shows; their outdoor shows at SPAC were always the best. Their last show at the Hartford Civic center some years later was among the worst...terrible sound, security were total a**holes, making everyone sit down in their seats the whole show. I was glad when it was over.

    King Crimson - Berklee here in Boston, mid 90s. The acoustics in that place are so good, and they were in top form. We were speechless.

    Steely Dan - Comcast Center, front row, 2002. After waiting many, many years to see what has been my favorite band they delivered in spades.

    For bad ones, the Dead, Dylan, and Tom Petty at Meadowlands, mid 80s. Sound was terrible, Dylan sounded awful, we spent most of the show outside playing hackey sack, and left before it was over. As I mentioned above, when the Dead were "on" they were great, went they weren't (usually due to Jerry's health) they were just plain awful.


     
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    The first time I saw Springsteen was at Boston Garden in 1980 during The River Tour. I remember specifically that it snowed like a mad b*st*rd that day and we were all worried that the show might be postponed or (GASP!) cancelled. It was not, and we made it to the show in one piece. There was no warm up act and the show was delayed by the weather, so when the band finally came out about an hour and a half late the crowd was pretty keyed up. Well, they played for a couple hours (which was about an hour longer than most headliners you would see in those days) and then there was a brief intermission that the crowd needed as much as the band, and then they came back out and played for a couple more hours. It was the most exhaustive, energetic show I had seen to that point in my life and, the more I think about it, I don't know that I've seen a better one since.

    An interesting aside about that show:

    This was way back in the old days, obviously, before scalping became legal and it was still possible to get good tickets at face value. As it happened, I was off work during this time because I'd hurt my leg at work and was on crutches. I was laying in bed in the middle of the day -- probably reading Rolling Stone -- when they announced on WBCN that Springsteen tickets were on sale. So I hobbled to the phone and called this friend of mine who worked nights to drive me over to the Ticketron (remember them?) outlet at the Stereo, Etc. store over in Littleton. I ended up getting center floor seats about 16 rows back for $18 apiece (if you can imagine such a thing), of which I could afford eight. It's funny, but you never really know how many friends you have until you've got six extra floor seats to the Springsteen show.

     
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    Woodstock was pretty good.

    Just kidding, I was only 11 years old.

    Sadly , I never got to go to very many live shows. The best one for me was the first one I attended, Stills-Young Band 1976 at the Providence Civic Center. They played a few songs from the album (S/T as the group name)and Stephen and Neil each did separate sets of their best known songs. An extended version of 'Southern Man' was the highlight of the evening. Stills was impressive also, but I am and have been for years a huge fan of Neil Young.

    I also enjoyed seeing Tom Rush at UMASS Dartmouth and I saw the Kinks in 1979, beside being very loud and scaring the girl I brought along almost to tears...I really don't remember much about the Kinks except that the opening act, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters were very good.
     
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    Disappointing shows:

    One that really stands out was Bob Seger in 1986.  He just didn't rock out nearly as much as I was hoping.  No 'Katmandu' or 'Rambling Gambling Man' or 'Nutbush City Limits' or anything like that.  What made that evening especially memorable, for the wrong reasons, is that it was the same night as Game 6 of the World Series.

    A couple of other shows which were disasters, though kind of comical looking back.  I saw James Gang in about 1976 at a hockey rink.  It was a freezing cold night and the boys didn't play long, which I couldn't really blame them for.  I saw Nazareth at the Halifax Metro Centre shortly after it opened in 1978.  The acoustics were atrocious, it was just a big wall of noise.

    One concert rip-off I won't forget is one I didn't attend.  My late father went to see Cher, somewhere in the late Eighties or early Nineties.  Apparently she only played a little more than half an hour and came across as a complete egomaniac.  My father was absolutely livid about it and never forgave her.
     
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    Top 4:
    Paul McCartney at Fenway last summer - he seemed to have just as much fun as we all did
    k.d. lang at the Wang Center (stop snickering) - she did R.O.'s "Crying" for her encore, and the entire audience was in tears.
    J. Geils short-lived reunion at Great Woods about 10? years ago. 
    Bruce at the Centrum - Night no. 1 of his Tunnel of Love tour.  Very last minute free ticket. 

    Worst:
    Stephen Stills at the Boston Garden circa 1971.   Couldn't sing.  Did a politcal rant and rave for about an hour.  The only concert I ever walked out on.
    Bruce's reunion with the E Street Band at the Garden.  No Rosalita.  Are ya kidding me?
    I love the Allman Brothers but at a GW show about 15 years ago, there was a one-hour drum solo.  Not kidding.  Not happy.
     
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    To this day, I'll insist that The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd put on the best shows I've ever seen.  Sure, they were older and slower (except Mick, who is clearly an android), but their shows were huge, majestic spectacles - the very essence of rock concerts.  I think it's rare to find music that can actually fill such a big space and affect so many people at once.

    I've also been to plenty of festivals and 'paloozas', but those are always encompassing events to me, more notable for what happened around the shows than the performances themselves (including several Dead shows).  The HORDE tours were better than average though.

    Otherwise, the BEST was Phish at Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve 1995 was efffin' incredible, a tour de force performance from one of the most consistently great live bands ever.  Everything was perfect - sound, vibe, energy, spirit - it all came together.  A very special night.
     
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    I remember one night when my band opened for the Good Rats at the Rising Sun.

    Great eff'n show.
     
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    Had to love to outdoor festival concerts. There was a place out in Jersey somewhere called Roosevelt Stadium. I saw a couple of shows there including ELP. Which by the way was another band who put on an amazing live show. Saw the show with the orchestra - WOW!. But I digress. Sometime in the 70's, I do not remember the year I saw The James Gang; Leslie West Band; Johnny Winter Group and the Alice Cooper Band. That was a bizarre show. How we made it back alive is anyone's guess.
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    Eric speaking of Leslie West, I saw him at a local bar/restaraunt in suburban Philly in October of 1991. Nantucket Sleighride still sounded great. A week or two earlier I saw most of the original Outlaws at this same venue. They sold out the Spectrum in 1977 and then were playing in clubs. Hard to believe. They were very good but not quite as good as Leslie sounded.
     
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    I haven't been to nearly as many concerts as I would have liked to have gone through but here's three that stand out.

    1. Rock Super Bowl (???): Whatever number it was at the Tangerine (now Citrus) Bowl in Orlando in 1982. Fleetwoo Mac was the headliner. John Hiatt opened, followed by John Cougar and Loverboy. My first concert so that's why it's No. 1. Great concert.

    2. The Who in 1997 at the Ice Palace in St. Pete. They did Quadrephenia. One of my favorite bands. I was at the concert above in 192 when they announced that The Who was coming in November. Couldn't scrape up the money to go, however, and kept kicking myself for missing them. When they toured in 1989, I had a prior commitment I couldn't get out of, so finally, after 16 years, I was able to see them.

    3. Tie between Jethro Tull at the Blues House in Orlando in 2000; and The Moody Blues in 1989 at The Ocean Center in Daytona. The Moody Blues was actually a better concert in that they played all their great stuff. Tull played some classic stuff but also a lot (too much IMO) new stuff, but I have other reasons for having the Tull concert being a memorable one.
     
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    I really don't remember much about the Kinks except that the opening act, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters were very good.
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    Now there's a band that fits squarely into the "Whatever Happened to . . . " Category. Their debut album was killer, and then . . .  poof . . .   they were gone.

     
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    Another great show back in the 70's.

    Shea Stadium:

    Robin Trower and Jethro Tull.
     
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    Another great show back in the 70's. Shea Stadium: Robin Trower and Jethro Tull.
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    Wow...that is a great tandem.  And I would guess there was a very fragrant cloud floating above the audience.
     
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    I've been to some mega shows (McCartney, Stones, Who, U2, etc.), but I'm partial to the ones in smaller venues.
    To this day, the best show I ever saw was the Pretenders at a dump in Norfolk called the Boat House. Must have been '92 or '93. Still remember how "Middle of the Road" almost literally blew the roof off the dump.
    Also saw Warren Zevon at little joint called the Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach. I was about 10 yards from him.
    Also Living Colour in a little place in Chicago (forget the name) around '89 or '90. Ears rang for at least a month.
    (PS to Cosmogirl: Saw k.d. lang together with Lyle Lovett once. Both were terrific, and they did a few tunes together).
     
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    Woodstock was pretty good. Just kidding, I was only 11 years old. Sadly , I never got to go to very many live shows. The best one for me was the first one I attended, Stills-Young Band 1976 at the Providence Civic Center. They played a few songs from the album (S/T as the group name)and Stephen and Neil each did separate sets of their best known songs. An extended version of 'Southern Man' was the highlight of the evening. Stills was impressive also, but I am and have been for years a huge fan of Neil Young. I also enjoyed seeing Tom Rush at UMASS Dartmouth and I saw the Kinks in 1979, beside being very loud and scaring the girl I brought along almost to tears...I really don't remember much about the Kinks except that the opening act, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters were very good.
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    Hey Zil, I understand your not getting to too many live shows. I am not comfortable traveling to big cities to see shows, so that has limited my experience somewhat. When I was younger, I was not adventurous enough to go to shows at all. I started off quite late in life going to concerts in the late 1980's and was very fortunate to attend quite a few shows. There was a small venue that popped up for a time near where I live and I also felt more confident to do some longer distance traveling to venues in smaller towns. I'll have to dig into my memory bank to come up with some details on some of the shows I have seen.

    I also am a big fan of Neil Young and was fortunate enough to see him at SPAC just before his album Freedom came out. He walked out onto the dark stage hunched over his guitar and it created a perfect image for him. It was a great show and I really enjoyed the new songs without ever having heard them before. To me, this is the mark of a great show, when you hear songs for the first time and you instantly enjoy them. He did also play some of his old stuff, which was great as well. I've always like performers who would play their new material despite usually facing audiences that are often looking only for the "hits".

    Maria McKee opened for him. Remember her from the group Lone Justice? I remember Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and I thought they were pretty good. I really like their song "When Things Go Wrong." 
     
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    One of the earliest shows I ever attended was at the Orpheum, in the summer of 1978.  It was a metal triple bill.   I've never been a huge metal fan, and certainly back then hated it, so I went kicking and screaming. 

    The opening act was a bunch of 16 old kids who called themselves Def Leppard. My only impression was that they were in fact very young,  but musically they didn't do a thing for me.  Never have.

    The second act were the Scorpians.  Unknown to me,  but they were pretty awesome, I must say.   I still have only heard the handful of tunes that get the radio play, but I liked them then and like them now. 

    Then there was the headliner,  hot on the heels of their big hit, 'Living After Midnight'.  You couldn't escape that song back then,  they were the only one of the three I had ever heard of.  It was hot.  Really hot, upper 90's.  The singer,  Rob Something or other, rode out on stage on a harley.  And he was wearing leather head to toe.  Didn't have a shirt on under the jacket but all I could think was 'day-um, that guy really does have a death wish'.  They put on a pretty good show, but near the end Rob keeled over.   They did eventually get him up,  and he did ride off on that damn bike, which had me howling.

    I've always been a music-first fan and regard all the smoke, lights and other crap, as covering up for minimal talent.  Back then I loved bands like the Allmans.  No smoke, minimal lights.  Just guys up playing.   Still feel that way, although even talent seems required to use props heavily these days. 

    Three of each, eh?  That was just one so maybe early next week.  Have an outdoor show in Worcester tonight to get ready for....

     
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    In Response to Re: Concerts You Attended (Love & Hate) : Hey Zil, I understand your not getting to too many live shows. I am not comfortable traveling to big cities to see shows, so that has limited my experience somewhat. When I was younger, I was not adventurous enough to go to shows at all. I started off quite late in life going to concerts in the late 1980's and was very fortunate to attend quite a few shows. There was a small venue that popped up for a time near where I live and I also felt more confident to do some longer distance traveling to venues in smaller towns. I'll have to dig into my memory bank to come up with some details on some of the shows I have seen. I also am a big fan of Neil Young and was fortunate enough to see him at SPAC just before his album Freedom came out. He walked out onto the dark stage hunched over his guitar and it created a perfect image for him. It was a great show and I really enjoyed the new songs without ever having heard them before. To me, this is the mark of a great show, when you hear songs for the first time and you instantly enjoy them. He did also play some of his old stuff, which was great as well. I've always like performers who would play their new material despite usually facing audiences that are often looking only for the "hits". Maria McKee opened for him. Remember her from the group Lone Justice? I remember Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and I thought they were pretty good. I really like their song "When Things Go Wrong." 
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    Actually , I lived only about 30 minutes away from the Providence Civic Center , it wasn't so much the hassle of going to the city as much as the fact that I really didn't have any money to throw away on concerts ( I felt having a car was a little more important). Once I started saving some money from working , I preferred buying the albums to going to concerts as many of my old high school friends went away to college while I stayed and worked. So I became a bit of a loner in the late 70's and through the 80's ( I enjoyed it, though!, read a ton of great books, learned how to play chess and beat computer programs,and I listened to many hours of great rock music, watched Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Braves games on cable), I always identified with Neil Young , his songs were always great for someone who spent alot of time alone, "The Loner", "On The Beach", "Out On the Weekend", "A Man Needs a Maid", "Don't let it Bring You Down" etc.
     

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