Please share your Top 5 live shows ever....
Well, it is the end of yet another year, and I am enjoying my first night off on NYE in four years. Just sitting here in my little music room, sipping on a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and thinking about the shows I have been fortunate enough to catch over the last 20 years or so. If somebody asked me which were my favorites, I would have to answer (in no particular order; each has their own merits):
Iron Maiden-Powerslave Tour-Cap Center-Landover,MD 1986
Black Sabbath (with Dio)-Merriweather Post Pavilion-Columbia,MD-2007
Of course, there are several others that stand out, but I would say these are the one that made me say "Holy &#@%!"
the most. Please share your Top 5.....and have a great New Year!
Sepultura- the Vic theater, chaos tour
Pantera/Sepultura/biohazard- alpine valley, far beyond civilization tour
Mr. Bungle- the riviera, California tour
Slayer- the metro, undisputed attitude tour
Death- oak theater, individual thought patterns tour
After looking at your list I remembered I had seen Slayer at the Electric Factory in Philly in the early 2000's. Great show. But to be honest I would give my left one to have seen Death on that tour.
Motorhead--Pop's, St. Louis, 1999.
Black Sabbath (with Ozzy), Riverport Ampitheatre, St. Louis, 2005.
Supersuckers, Slim's, San Francisco, 2007.
The Dragons, The Parkside, San Francisco, 2010.
Nashville Pussy, Old Rockhouse, St. Louis, 2013.
Assuming you mean shows I've been at:
September 1979 - Harvard Stadium - Joan Armitrading, Pousette-Dart Band, James Taylor
September 20, 1980 - Boston Garden - Black and Blue
June 18, 1983 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Grateful Dead
October 9, 1988 - Hartford Civic Center - Eric Clapton with Mark Knopfler and Nathan East
October 5, 2006 - Berklee Performance Center - ProjecKt 6 and Porcupine Tree
As you might have gleaned, I haven't gone to too many concerts. 100? Maybe (many, many club gigs, however). I find that most bands can't make a live experience worth the effort.
I have maybe 5 more sets of Top 5s that would be equally valid, and that undoubtedly would be more impressive to many people. ;)
Here's a semi-random one:
Strawberry Fields Festival, Mosport, Ontario, 1970
Joni Mitchell, Shadows And Light tour
Charles Mingus, Jazz Workshop, Boston
Sun Ra Arkestra, Bottom Line, NYC
Mahavishnu Orchestra, original lineup, Staples High School, Westport, CT.
My 1st when I was 12 Jethro Tull
Kansas & Thin Lizzy
Rolling Stones 2 days in a row
ZZ Top in a 1000 seat venue in Mesquite, Texas
The Police The Arena St. Louis 1983
Mother Love Bone Granny's St. Louis 1989
Pearl Jam / Smashing Pumpkins / RHCP The American St. Louis 1990
Lyle Lovett / Sting Riverport St. Louis
Unknown Hinson Old Rock House STL 2013
Cheap Trick in Joplin MO - Lap of Luxury Tour
Pink Floyd in Vancouver - Division Bell Tour
Primus in Seattle - Brown Album Tour
Rush at the Gorge in George WA - Test for Echo Tour.
Michael Manring in Eugene, OR playing solo at a coffee shop
Bad Religion many times. An especially great one was 3 years ago at Sonic Boom in Edmonton, Alberta when I took my 7 year old son to his first concert.
Iron Maiden a few times. In 2012 I brought my son which was fun.
Pennywise about 5 times in the past 7 or so years.
Rammstein in Edmonton in 2012.
Alice Cooper in 1985 in Winnipeg. My first concert, ever.
The five most recent:
Richard Thompson Electric Trio - Rio Theatre Vancouver BC 2013
Acoustic Hot Tuna - Aladdin Theater Portland OR 2013
John Scofield, Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart - Vancouver Jazz Festival 2008
Cedar Walton Quartet - Village Vanguard Christmas Eve NYC 2005
Tower Of Power (with Bobby Vega) - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC 2003
The Who/LA Colliseum 1982
Led Zeppelin/LA Forum 1977
Pink Floyd/Anaheim Stadium 1977 (aka Night of the Exploding Pig)
Robin Trower 1994 Tour (Small Venue in Redondo Beach. Buddy seat/stage right, two consecutive nights)
UFO at Cal World Music Festival/LA Colliseum 1979
Edit: Since you opened it up to more than five... Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (2x), Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, SRV, BB King (3x), Clapton, Buddy Guy (several times), Albert Collins (I got to stand about 10 feet away, right in front of Johnny B Gayden for the whole show), Otis Rush, Santana.
I really envy the guys that got to see the Beatles and Hendrix. I guess I was born too late...
#1 Alice Cooper: Welcome to my nightmare tour 1980something or other.
#2 YES 1990 something or other.
#3 second to last ever Grateful Dead show soldier field Chicago IL.
#4 Grateful Dead Go To Heaven tour 19????...
#5 the surprise spoiler....... James Taylor 2000something..... One hell of a show for an old bald guy! Seriously, a fantastic show!
Rollins Band, several times in late 80s/early 90s
Fishbone, many times in late 80s/early 90s
The Jesus Lizard, several times in the 90s
Slayer, several times in the 90s, always had the craziest crowds
The Hives, several times in the 00s
1976 - KISS/Uriah Heep (the show where Ace got electrocuted)
1980 - Devo
1981 - Blue Oyster Cult/Foghat/Whitford-St. Holmes Band
1980 - ZZ Top/The Rockets
1989 - Judas Priest
Sorry I couldn't get it down to 5, there is 6...deal with it.
Earliest to most recent:
EAGLES / STEVE MILLER BAND / EDDIE MONEY 1978 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Stadium
STEPPENWOLF 1978 Dayton, OH @ THE SHE (A small nightclub)
RUSH 1978 @ Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, Hemisheres Tour
WHO 1979 @ Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum (The STAMPEDE ... 11 died...I didn't know till later, and if the show wasn't absolutely outstanding it would not be listed here.).
THE BLACK & BLUE TOUR - BLACK SABBATH (w/Dio) and BLUE OYSTER CULT The last show of a legendary tour. 1980 @ Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
LYNYRD SKYNYRD / ZZ TOP 1999 (before the rest of Skynyrd died) Savannah, GA @ Civic Arena
I've seen most of these bands 3 - 6 times over the years (including ZZ Top 2 months ago) and these were my favorite shows.
I'm blown away by how good your memories are....and by how many haven't seen a to top 5 show for over 20 years. Some of y'all need to get out more. ;)
I'd go to a lot more concerts if prices hadn't become completely unreasonable. McCartney was $150 down here for cheap seats. I wouldn't pay $150 to see the Beatles even if they had John and George. It's like they're daring people not to come to shows.
Wife, kids, finances... the rest goes into gear, these days... not much left for mad money, any more... Wish I could be out there, more, but I can't... just the way it is...
Or they just figure the rubes will pay. When I look back at my list though not one was in an arena or cost more than $60. A couple I even got paid to be there....sorry.
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