Please share your Top 5 live shows ever....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by FarkusSWR, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. FarkusSWR

    FarkusSWR Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    Treasure Coast, FL
    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
    Megadeth -Norva-Norfolk,VA-2010
    Biffy Clyro-Trocadero-Philly-2013

    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!
  2. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    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
  3. FarkusSWR

    FarkusSWR Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    Treasure Coast, FL
    Thanks, Loki.
    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.
  4. Andy D

    Andy D

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bay Area
    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.
  5. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    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.
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    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.
  7. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    My 1st when I was 12 Jethro Tull
    Kansas & Thin Lizzy
    Rolling Stones 2 days in a row
    The Firm
    ZZ Top in a 1000 seat venue in Mesquite, Texas
  8. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    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
  9. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    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
  10. sychodog


    Jan 1, 2014
    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.
  11. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    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
  12. 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...
  13. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    #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!
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    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
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    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
  16. tanktones

    tanktones Registered Musical Abuser

    Sorry I couldn't get it down to 5, there is 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.
  17. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    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. ;)
  18. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    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.
  19. 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...
  20. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    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.