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ichigo on: November 06, 2007, 08:42:33 AM

Tell me about concerts besides Puffy you've been to, Japanese or otherwise!

My first concert was in 1993, when my dad got us tickets to go see Paul McCartney. That concert holds the best memories for me, even over Puffy. I'd grown up with Paul, the first pop song I learned to sing when I was little was "Ebony and Ivory", so it was a dream come true! Definitely one of the best days of my life.

I haven't really been to many concerts since, but I'm working on that! Smiley

-I've seen Tori Amos three times, on the Under the Pink tour, the Pele tour, and the tour with Alanis
-Weird Al (hehe) twice, once waaaay back in the early nineties and once last summer
-Paul McCartney again in '02. I paid $250 for my ticket and it was worth every cent. The old ladies next to me couldn't believe I knew every word of every song. Dunno why...I'm not that young!
-Roger Waters, I think also in '02. That was awesome, I wish I could see him again.
-Type O Negative, I can't remember what year. '01 I think...maybe '00. That was a good show, and good people watching!
-Queensryche, in '00 or '01. It was great, but I wish I could have seen them when they were cool. Grin
-My friend made me go to Bon Jovi. I hate Bon Jovi, but the thing I remember most is being pissed at the moron next to us yelling into his cell phone the whole time.
-Duran Duran! Second best show of my life! I spent most of my high school years being obsessed with them, so it was great to finally at least see some of the guys! Super fun, I'd love to see 'em again!
-Bleu. Three times, supposed be four. Discovered him when he opened for Puffy, and saw him twice in MN after that. We even got to go out for pizza with him and his band the last time we saw him! I was supposed to see him in Milwaukee, but his bus broke down, so I missed him. Sad
-My husband and I went to Warped in '05? I have a super bad memory! The bands I enjoyed most were Tsunami Bomb, Transplants, and Dropkick Murphys. I love My Chemical Romance, but by the time they played I was super tired, and Gerard wasn't at the top of his game, vocally.


We are going to see Dropkick Murphys on Monday, unless their bus breaks down or something. I have a thing against shows in Milwaukee now. If all goes well, it should be fun!!!

/end super long fangirl post


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 09:00:12 AM

Strangely enough, my first concert was also in 1993, and was also for Paul McCartney's "New World Tour," which my dad took me to. The Beatles were my favorite band growing up (and still are), so that was great. It was also Linda's last tour. Sad

-Stranger still, I've also seen Tori Amos live three times, though I saw her on the Strange Little Girls tour, and twice touring for The Beekeeper.
-Stranger even still, I also saw Paul on his ridiculously-priced "Back in the U.S." tour in '02. A girl I worked with forked over $90 per ticket for the two of us as a birthday present to me. Awesome show, though.
-I saw The Rolling Stones in 1994, with (gack!) the Spin Doctors opening. My most vivid memory of that concert (besides the stoned dude sitting next to us shouting "Rock and roll, you a**holes!") was the singer of the Spin Doctors thanking the audience, and someone shouting back "Get off the stage! You suck!"
-Steve Howe, lead guitarist for Yes, at a solo acoustic show. That man can play guitar.
-Neil Innes, formerly of the Bonzo Dog Band (who were the band singing "Death Cab For Cutie" in the strip club sequence of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film) and The Rutles. Also a solo show. Also amazing.
-KISS, with Ted Nugent and (snicker) Skid Row (minus Sebastian Bach). This was back in...oh, 2000, during the first "last tour EVAR" for KISS. The sound was way overdriven for Skid Row, so you couldn't understand a thing they played. Nuge was, well, Nuge, and KISS was, well, KISS.
-Ted Nugent again. 2005, I think. Saw Nuge and Tori Amos in the same month (there's a combo for ya).
-My buddy is big into Norwegian metal, so I've seen groups like Within Temptation, Leaves' Eyes, Kamelot (a rather silly place), and a bunch of others. I don't recall too much of those shows, because the venue most of them were at has a habit of throwing six to eight sub-par local bands on the bill before the "opening act" proper even steps on the stage. Fun.
-At the end of this month I'm gonna see Shonen Knife. That should be a whole lot of fun. Smiley

I don't think there's any more, but that's most of them, at least.


ichigo on: November 06, 2007, 09:15:36 AM
v Quote from: Anthony on November 06, 2007, 09:00:12 AM
Strangely enough, my first concert was also in 1993, and was also for Paul McCartney's "New World Tour," which my dad took me to. The Beatles were my favorite band growing up (and still are), so that was great. It was also Linda's last tour. Sad

Wow! Creepy concert coincidences! I hadn't though of that being Linda's last tour....how sad, I really liked her, from what we saw of her, I mean. I liked the '93 show waaaay better than the '02 show though. Maybe because it was my first, maybe because I like "Off the Ground" more than I like "Driving Rain".

Bahahaha! The guy after the Spin Doctors! If they stopped playing them on the radio, I would not shed a tear.

And the Nuge and Tori. What a crazy combo!


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 09:30:53 AM

I don't recall a whole lot of Paul's '93 show (probably because it was in a giant football stadium), except that my dad made us leave during the first encore, while he was playing "I Saw Her Standing There." I missed out on "Hey Jude"! I made up for that with the '02 show, though.

It's somewhat amusing about the Nuge and Tori shows I saw in '05, since I went with my best buddy and his fiancee (now wife). He's the hunter/Nuge fan, and she's the feminist Tori fan. He was bored during the Tori show, and she was not very amused with the Nuge show - and to be honest, neither was I. I like some of his music, but as a person he can be pretty appalling. During that concert he referred to Detroit's large, African-American mayor as a "gorilla" and Michigan's female governor by some very derogatory female terms, if you catch my drift. I probably won't be seeing him live again.

The second Tori show I saw was really awesome, because during her "Tori's Piano Bar" bit (where she plays cover tunes) she played "Penny Lane"! It's like she knew I was in the audience. Smiley (The last time I saw her I think she played Radiohead's "Karma Police," which is another song I like, but not as much as the Beatles).


Jeff on: November 06, 2007, 09:59:54 AM

This should be a fun thread... mine's gonna be long! Just a warning.

First concert:
Journey - must have been 1985. Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, NJ. It was totally awesome!

Most embarrassing concert:
The Hooters - probably also 1985. Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ. This was my town and everybody went because of that. It was a real event. Felt like something big. Just funny now.

Other shows, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some...

The Metal Years:
Monsters of Rock - sometime in the 1980's. Giants Stadium, Meadowlands, NJ. I don't even remember who all played there; I think Metallica did, and Ozzy Osbourne. It basically sucked, though.

Iron Maiden - probably 1987. Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, NJ. Their sound system was terrible, to the point that I still think something was just wrong with it. I couldn't make out a word of the vocals, and the guitars sounded like they were coming from another room.

Metallica - probably 1988. Byrne Arena again. They were boring. They played all of their songs much slower than on the albums; it was like they were tired. I also already considered them kind of a corporate sellout at this point.

Some sort of multi-band metal show - late 80's and Byrne arena again. I don't remember the name of this show but it had Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and one or two others. It was sort of hit or miss, and I think this is about the time I decided I didn't really like metal anymore. Looking back, metal bands usually kind of suck live. It's always just a bunch of noise when you take the acoustics of a large room into account.

The alternative/shoegaze/goth years:
Lollapalooza I - 1991, somewhere in NJ. Jane's Addiction and Siouxsie and the Banshees were great; everybody else mostly sucked.

Lush - 1992? The Ritz, New York City. One of the best shows I have ever been to. The only show I'd even compare to it was the first time I saw Puffy. The crowd was just nuts. I remember during one song (I think it was "Nothing Natural"), I actually stopped moving for a minute so I could scan the crowd, and all I could see was this massive wave of humanity jumping up and down in unison, from the front of the stage to the back of the hall. I almost couldn't even stand still because I was caught up in it. I ended up leaving that show drenched with sweat. This show is still legendary; I still overhear conversations about it occasionally.

The Cocteau Twins - I think 1992. I think this was at Irving Plaza, NYC. They were my favorite band at that time, but they didn't sound too good live (very thin) and were kind of boring. I was disappointed.

Curve - probably 1993. Irving Plaza. Ditto the above.

Lush (again) - must have been 1995. The Mercury Lounge, Hoboken, NJ. Their popularity had waned quite a bit and they went from playing a 2,000 capacity hall 2 years before to a 150 capacity bar/lounge. Their sound system and light show was similarly stripped. It wasn't very good, unfortunately.

The Cocteau Twins - 1995 or 1996. Roseland Ballroom, NYC. Their farewell tour. Total contrast to their earlier show. They were back in form, sounding lush and full, and they played a long set full of old stuff, remixed in really interesting ways. This is a show I'm really glad I didn't miss.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - probably 1996. Roseland Ballroom. Oh man, we were right up against the stage! So awesome. Siouxsie could reach out and grab us if she wanted to. She was amazing, so much presence, and so beautiful in person. (When I saw them at Lolla, we were a lot further away.) They sounded great, and like the goth gods that they were. You really got the impression that you were in the presence of a category-defining band. This was a really special show. I also gotta say that the tour shirts on this tour were the best tour shirts I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I wore mine out and eventually threw it away.

The Sundays - must have been 1996. The Supper Club, NYC. Great show for the most part, only partially spoiled by some idiots who insisted on moshing (this is a pretty quiet, thoughtful, folk-based band), drawing the ire of singer Harriett Wheeler. They were great, though, and her voice was flawless (which is pretty amazing, if you've heard her on the albums).

After that, I graduated from college and basically stopped going to shows. It seems hard to believe and I'm probably forgetting something, but I'm basically drawing a blank until about 2002. I think I went to some *really* small shows for tiny little bands that aren't even worth mentioning, with some of my co-workers from a little tiny record store I worked at.

The modern/jpop/jrock era:
Dreams Come True - around 2002. Irving Plaza, NYC (yeah, they played here!). My wife (then-girlfriend) wanted to go and I didn't dislike them, so I went. They were really good! Her voice is amazing, I loved just listening to her. My wife was happy too because she got to be much closer to them than she'd ever get in Japan.

After that it's just the two Puffy shows, in 2005 and 2006. The 2005 show in NYC was one of the best ever for me.

Edit: Gah! How could I forget Pink Floyd? Saw them in the 1980's, on the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour. Great show.


ichigo on: November 06, 2007, 10:30:18 AM

Wow, that's quite a list! I like that you're able to be honest about shows you didn't enjoy, some people have a hard time with that! Journey in '85 must have been great! I'm not a big Journey fan, but they're one of those bands I don't turn off when they come on the radio, I like them alright!

Quote from: Jeff on November 06, 2007, 09:59:54 AM
This should be a fun thread... mine's gonna be long! Just a warning.
I also gotta say that the tour shirts on this tour were the best tour shirts I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I wore mine out and eventually threw it away.

This is one thing I hate about buying stuff at concerts. Usually I've spent a lot to get there, so I don't have enough to buy one shirt to wear, and one to keep. I agonized for months whether or not to throw away my disgusting old holey McCartney shirt from '93. I did eventually, but it was tough! It's hard to throw away something with such great memories behind it. I have quite a few concert shirts I've worn in my dresser that are way too small for me now, but I just can't get rid of them!


Jeff on: November 06, 2007, 10:45:19 AM

Quote from: ichigo on November 06, 2007, 10:30:18 AM

It's hard to throw away something with such great memories behind it.

Yeah I actually regret throwing away that Siouxsie shirt now. I'm not totally sure I actually did, but I can't find it anywhere and I know I was thinking about it.

It was really cool, it was just a big picture of a multi-layered sun in the front, then the back had "SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES" in silver sparkle at the top. I think it had the dates underneath too, but I just remember that silver sparkle. Usually tour shirts are kind of cheap, but those shirts were obviously expensive to make... they had a bunch of colors on the front, and then that silver sparkle on the back. It was a pretty distinctive shirt.

On the downside, when it started to wear out, I had silver sparkle everywhere. I couldn't even get it off by showering. I just always had bits of silver sparkle all over myself.

Nowadays I wear my tour shirts like 2-3 times and then just put them away. I hate to not wear them, but I hate wearing them out more.


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 11:15:05 AM

More than the shirts wearing out, I hate the prices. Puffy's were reasonably priced when I saw them last year, but it's ridiculous paying $40-50 for a shirt (as I did for McCartney and others).

I still love the shirts I have and all (I no longer have my '93 McCartney shirt either, though I do have the '02 one), but it's a wee bit outrageous sometimes.

One more semi-amusing concert antecdote: the second time I saw Nugent, the band opening for him (don't remember the name...they were a generic rock band) was playing a loud, riff-filled, fist-pumping cover of...Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Ohio." I seem to recall making the comment that none of those in the audience pumping their fists and shouting along in enjoyment knew what the song was actually about, probably. It was kinda weird experiencing that.


Jeff on: November 06, 2007, 11:40:02 AM

That reminds me - I forgot (probably because it's kind of out there for me) that I saw Crosby Stills and Nash in the 1980's also. That was actually a really fun show! Bunch of hippies, yeah, but the atmosphere was really nice. Unfortunately, Neil Young was not with them at the time.


Amifan on: November 07, 2007, 08:57:03 AM

Obsessive LP collector, college radio president, recording engineer, sound designer etc., yes, but I was never a big concert goer. I can recall a few, though.

Jethro Tull 1981 "A" tour @ Capital Center DC with special guest Eddie Jobson. Plenty of classic hits. Ian Anderson put on a good show.

Devo 1981 @ U of Md. They didn't have exceptional performance skills, but that was really not the point. Lots of fun.

Kraftwerk 1981 "Computer World" tour @ Warner Theater DC. Remembered by many fans as their best tour ever, this concert remains one of my fondest teen-age memories.

Ultravox 1983 @ Warner Theater. I was a big fan of Ultravox in college and these guys put on a great, tight, elaborate show. I imagine that they were playing in much larger venues overseas.

The Residents 1986 13th anniversary tour @ GWU DC(?). I only owned perhaps 1/4th of their material at the time, and this show was more than a bit confusing for me, but I still had a great time. Four eyeballs wearing tuxedos and top hats, whats not to like?

Tangerine Dream 1986 @ GWU. The end venue of their US tour, and their PA system was really beat. But I had been a fan for almost ten years and really didn't mind.

Journey 1986 @ Capitol Center. A friend brought me along to this show. I loathed all extremely popular pop music at the time, just as a matter of principle (except if I discovered the group while they were still obscure, like Duran Duran, Thompson Twins, U2, etc.) but had to admit that Steve Perry and company put on a really good show. I liked what I heard.


ichigo on: November 07, 2007, 02:33:40 PM

Quote from: Amifan on November 07, 2007, 08:57:03 AM
Jethro Tull 1981 "A" tour @ Capital Center DC with special guest Eddie Jobson. Plenty of classic hits. Ian Anderson put on a good show.

That must have been cool! I don't know much Jethro Tull, but I've watched a few live performances on YouTube and Ian Anderson looks like a helluva showman!


DoAsPuffy on: November 07, 2007, 02:44:03 PM

Hmm, let's seeeeee....

I've seen Puffy twice, both in Chicago.

I've seen Superchic[k] several times (I lost count). I've been to 2 or 3 of their concerts, and the rest of the times they were at festivals.

Come to think of it, I haven't been to that many concerts.. most of the "concerts" I go to are Christian music festivals.. that's where I've seen Krystal Meyers, TobyMac, Hawk Nelson, and a bunch of others.


Asuka on: November 25, 2007, 06:56:00 PM

The only singing group/band I've seen live was the Katinas and they were awesome!


Anthony on: November 30, 2007, 06:07:29 AM

I can now officially add Shonen Knife to my list. They were awesome live! They definitely rock hard.

And I got to briefly meet them after the show, so that just added another layer of awesome to my night.


Puffy Love on: November 30, 2007, 04:09:39 PM

I suppose I should add my list to this thread.............but, remember, I'm 51 and have been going to concerts for 35 yeras. I'll start at the beginning and try to remember as many as I can, in as close to in order as I can:

Chicago
Grand Funk Railroad/Billy Preston
Seigal-Schwall Blues Band
Cheech and Chong
Wishbone Ash (twice)
Climax Blues Band (twice, once opening for Wishbone Ash and once headlining)
Spooky Tooth
Doobie Brothers/Styx
Ted Nugent/Mike Pineira (billed as a guitar battle--Pineira claimed Ted as the "winner") (I've seen Ted twice and he drove me out of the room each time)
Jo Jo Gunne (once as a headliner and once as an opener for.............
Black Oak Arkansas
Blue Oyster Cult/Kiss (This was Kiss's very first tour, I've seen BOC three times)
Foghat (twice)
Led Zeppelin
Marshall Tucker Band (three times)
Lynyrd Skynyrd (three times)
Charlie Daniels (three times)
The Outlaws (four times)
Molly Hatchet (I used to play in a southern rock band, hence the last five names)
Aerosmith/Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush
Kansas/Mott The Hoople (Queen was supposed to open but cancelled and Kansas took their place)
Frank Zappa (on Mother's Day, 1974!)
Eric Clapton/Muddy Waters
The Faces/J. Geils Band (Ron Wood has already announced he was joining the Stones
Tom Petty/Tommy Tutone (boy, the opener dates THAT show!)
Fleetwood Mac/Men At Work (as does the mention of the opener in this one)
Grateful Dead (twice, in 1974 and then in 1984)
Bob Dylan
Manhattan Transfer
Super Bowl Of Rock at Soldier Field featuring .38 Special, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent


And I did get to see Crosby, Stills and Nash WITH Neil Young...............at the Conseco Fieldhouse. It was the only concert that I paid good money ($50/ticket) for in all the time I lived in Indianapolis. I appeared at the Verizon Center in Indy (performing on a small stage) twice, once at a Kansas/ZZ Top show and once at a Jimmy Buffett show.

What bands have you seen live? - Page Two

antennas to heaven on: December 1 at 08:22:26 PM

wow, nice lists. you guys are really diverse. i'll just list some of the gigs i've seen this year...

puffy (almost a given, right?)
voxtrot (last night!)
band of horses
the pipettes
the jesus and mary chain
mono
josh ritter
the pogues
ulrich schnauss
morrissey
slayer
grinderman
eluvium
explosions in the sky
dean & britta
arcade fire
aimee mann (tomorrow night, actually)

also went to the coachella fest in the spring, that was really cool

i think that's most, if not all of the ones i've seen this year

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