Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. H.G. Wells
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
Pixies reunion tour 2004 at the Fine Line Aphex Twin at First Avenue Richard D James tour Tricky at Ground Zero Pre-Millenium Tension tour Innocence Mission and 16 Horsepower at Fine Line Glow tour Bjork at First Avenue Post tour Flaming Lips at First Avenue (touring between records I think, definetely pre Zaireeka). Weezer First Avenue Blue tour Mogwai First Avenue Come On Die Young? Yo La Tengo Let It Be in-store Emmylou Harris State Theatre
Alice Cooper 2008 (I think, it was for Along Came a Spider) PWEI back in the 90's GWAR in 92 - seen them multiple times since then but that was the best Dead Milkmen 89 Lollapalooza 91 Freezepop @ DragonCon last year Dead Kennedys last year Mojo Nixon 92 Emilie Autumn 2011 Rollins Band 92 Number 11, because what's a top 10 list without a number 11 - Depeche Mode
"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
The Who, Seattle Center Colosseum March 1976 The Rolling Stones, Kingdome, October 1998 Jonathan Richman, University of Washington Alice Cooper, Seattle Center Colosseum, From the Inside Tour The Clash, Kingdome, September 1978 Rush, Seattle Center Colosseum, Hemispheres Tour Steve Miller Band, Seattle Center Colosseum, Fly Like an Eagle Tour Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Seattle Center Colosseum, Works Tour
edit: completely forgot this one:
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Seattle October 1985
John Cale, Berlin 1994 (Punks singing Halleluja) King Crimson, Düsseldorf 1995 (no words)
That is how they started in Düsseldorf - still pure goose bumps NoMeansNo, Stuttgart 2009 (the best gig of the 5 times I've seen them in the last 17 years) Leonard Bernstein, Salt Lake City, 1985 (unforgettable) Tin Machine, Ludwigsburg 1991 (4 power guys taking no prisoners) Sonic Youth, Stuttgart, 1991 (better than the supporting band, called, let me see, I guess "Nirwan" or something like that) 31 Knots, Stuttgart, 2008 (outstandingly weird) Biffy Clyro, Stuttgart 2007 (a SO small venue!) Dead Kennedys, Hannover 1982 (fun riot) The Velvet Underground, Hamburg 1993 (interesting!)
Although I've seen Bowie live several times, I was not lucky enough to see him on one of is better live days (either 1996 or in the 70's), but Tin Machine was great fun, too.
There are 10 types of people-- those who understand binary, and those who don't.
My real top ten would include some local bands that 99.9% of people would never of heard of. For famous bands/ artists, though:
The Clash, around 1982-83 The Ramones, around 1983-84 Dave Alvin, 2011 (and also a killer show in 2008) Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, 1987 U2, 2011 The Police, with XTC as the opening band, 1980 REM, 1981 X, 1985 The Beat Farmers, around 1984-85 Cheap Trick, 1979 (also one of the loudest concerts that I've ever been at)
Ozzy/Motley Crue Jacksonville Florida sometime in the mid 80's? Was Shout at The Devil/Bark at the Moon Tour.
Ozzy again in 95. He had announced retirement a couple years back and secretly went to work on his Ozzmosis album. He announced a comeback and the kick off concert in Austin. We scored tix and went to the most amazing Ozzy show I have ever attended. I have seen him live about a dozen times in the last 25 years, but this show was off the hook. He bucketed me in the face with water.
Metallica/Queenryche in 89? Was ...And Justice for All/Mindcrime. Was the first time I ever heard a Queensryche song. They are now one of my lifelong favorites.
Nirvana at the backroom. Was the Nevermind tour - 92ish? To be honest I am having to look these dates up. Too many recreational drugs taken in this time period.
Voivod at Liberty Lunch in 90something. Seriously, I can't even begin to remember. Was the Angel Rat or maybe outer Limits tour when Piggy was in remission. About 50 people showed up for this and Voivod played for hours just taking requests. They didnt even play a set. Really cool.
Corrosion of Conformity and White Zombie Back Room sometime in the early 90's? CoC was on their Blind tour/WZ had just released La Sexorcisto. Thunderkiss wasn't even on the radio yet.
Corrosion of Conformity (again at the back room) a few years later while on their Deliverance tour. Pepper Keenan completely changed the band (for the better IMO). Prong openned this one. Mind = blown again.
Prong on their Cleansing tour, back room again (mid 90's now? that whole era is such a blur). Tommy Victor handed me the mic to belt out the Prove You Wrong chorus. My 30 seconds of being a rock god.
Queensryche at Hogg Auditorium (Small hall at UT Austin) - Theatrical production of Mindcrime I and II back to back, plus several encores. About 1000 people in the crowd. Mind = blown. This was in 2007?
Queens of the Stone Age at la Zona Rosa in 2010ish. Was an after ACL show. As such, it didnt start until after midnight. Awesome show.
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Huntington Theater NY, 1997? Jethro Tull / It Bites - Nassau Coliseum NY, 1989 Weird Al - Huntington Paramount, NY 2011 Kiss / Ted Nugent - Nassau Coliseum NY, 1988 Yes (Union) - Nassau Coliseum NY, 1992 Blue Oyster Cult / Zebra - Radio City Music Hall NY, 1984 Rush / Mr. Big - Nassau Coliseum NY, 1990 Phil Collins' Big Band - Lincoln Center, 1998? Huey Lewis & The News (Outdoors during a thunderstorm, so they did an accapella set to avoid electrocution) - Jones Beach, NY, 1986?
And I have about 5 or 6 that would place as #10, but all of them repeats of bands listed above at different venues.
...but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
...and reaching forth unto those things which are before,...
Tom Petty and the Hearthbreakers - Hershey, PA Tom Petty and the Hearthbreakers - Camden, NJ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Philly, PA John Mellencamp and John Fogerty - Camden, NJ The Who - Camden, NJ
The Pietasters (with Ozomatli and The Cherry Poppin Daddies) - State Theater, Portland, ME. Sometime around '99-'00.
The Flaming Lips - State Theater, Portland, ME. 2003.
The Hands-Down, All-Time WORST Show I've ever been too: Jimmie's Chicken Shack, circa 2005, or 2006. The whole band was drunk, and bitchy, and rushed through their set so they could get back to drinking. Totally unprofessional ass hats.
Spoon - Maxwell's in Hoboken - Girls Can Tell tour
Rocket From the Crypt - Bowery Ballroom - Group Sounds tour (I wasn't really into RftG until I saw them live. The energy and fun they put into every show is really infectious.
Arcade Fire/Les Savvy Fav/LCD Soundsystem/Blonde Redhead - Ward's Island - 2007ish (outdoor festival a short 1.5 mile walk over the bridge from my apartment. I laughed at the long bus lines after the show.)
Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY Unknown metal act - Saratoga Winners, Cohoes NY
Pink Floyd x2 Rolling Stones Roger Waters U2 Boston Paul McCartney Police x2 Fleetwood Mac Bruce Srpingsteen Elton John/Billy Joel (same concert, played together)
Others in my "history"
Trans Siberian Orchestra, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Yes, Moody Blues, Beach Boys x2, Barry Manilow x2, Styx x2, ACDC, Def Leppard, Doobie Brothers, Prince, Spiro Gyra, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, The Go-Gos, Run DMC, Collective Soul, Madonna, Nick Lowe, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Rush, Aerosmith, The Fixx, Flock of Seagulls, Sheila E, Phil Collins, Little Feat
I used to work at an FM radio station, so most of the above was as a result of my job there (on-air, music catalog, and promotions dept)
Black Oak Arkansas, Lacrosse, WI RJ Kean Band, Camarillo CA Moody Blues, Ames Iowa Amy Grant, Philadelphia PA Sara Evans, Lancaster PA Trisha Yearwood, Lancaster PA Vince Gill, Lancaster, PA Elton John, Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles Rare Earth, Los Angeles
And the best Trans Siberian Orchestra, Grand Rapids MI
The Pietasters 1996, Slims (I had a chorus class with a dude in the band back in DC... )
PHISH 1997, Shoreline Amphitheatre (I was the only non stoned guy there, so I remember everything...)
Jake Shimabukuro, 2010 Yoshi's
Bjork can't remember where, but in DC 1995 (she was accompanied by an accordianist)
One Eye Open (as Glass Calendar), somewhere in Los Gatos
Cibo Matto 1999 free show in Amoeba Records
SF State Jazz ensemble, free recital ~1999 or 2000... blew my doors off. First time I really "got" jazz when they played Spiritual by John Coltrane.
There was a local San Jose band that opened for the Glow Skulls. They swore at the audience and the guitarist dropped his guitar and walked off stage, saying "We're done" while the singer was trying to start another song. He grabbed his drink and left. Head scratcher for sure. Imagine my shock when they were on the radio like a week later... Smash Mouth... can't stand those guys.
I honestly didn't think I'd been to enough gigs to have a top 10, but in listing my highlights I've come to about 14. Here are the highlights as best I can remember:
Band (support) - venue - date
Rammstein (Apocalyptica) - Manchester Apollo - May 2002 Iron Maiden (Airbourne) - MEN Arena - July 2011 Rammstein (n/a) - Cardiff Arena - July 2005 Rammstein (Apocalyptica) - MEN Arena - Feb 2005 Mostly Autumn (n/a) - Limelight Club Crewe - Dec 2006 Thunder (American Head Charge & Luken) - Manchester Apollo - May 1997 Delirious (Cutting Edge Band) - Leeds O2 Arena - November 2009 Delirious (?) - Manchester Apollo - May 2002 Delirious (Steve) - Manchester Academy - November 2000 Jethro Tull (?) - ? - Feb 2004 Jethro Tull (?) - Liverpool Big Top Arena - July 2005 Iron Maiden (Trivium) - MEN Arena - December 2006 Jan Akkerman (n/a) - The Robin 2 Wolverhampton - ? Apocalyptica (Lacrimas Profundere) - Manchester Academy - December 2007
Dumb, Pantera with King Diamond singing, no Phil - NYE of 1993/1994 - Just King Diamond and Darrell trading off on singing. Darrell sang old Metallica songs and AIC songs, then KD did old MF and KD songs, it was amazing. Been to probably 20 Pantera shows from the early glam days until their last album. Saw them with Slayer and Static X, but wasn't great because Phil was drunk off his ass. Darrell was great though, even drunk off his ass!
Bob Marley and the Wailers, Hammersmith Odeon, 1982 Allman Brothers Band, Knebworth, 1975 Led Zeppelin, Alexandra Palace, 1974 Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run Tour), Hammersmith Odeon, 1976 David Bowie (Thin White Duke tour), Earl’s Court, 1976 Steely Dan, Finsbury Park Rainbow, 1974 Elton John, Eagles, Beach Boys, Wembley Stadium, 1975 Kraftwerk, Brixton Academy, 1990 The Clash, Electric Ballroom, 1978 Culture, Finsbury Park Rainbow, 1977
The first time I saw Polysics in like 2005/6 or something in a bar in Birmingham. About 30 people in there. Amazing.
The third time I saw them, in Nagoya, in spring 2012. That was fantastic to see them with hundreds of Japanese fans where the banter and energy was higher.
Chemical Brothers in Birmingham on the first date of their "Come With Us" tour. Where they only had the first three (fantastic) albums and the Come With Us album (decent enough) to draw songs from, without the newer rubbish.
Mew in Japan in 2011. They were beeeeauuuuutiful.
Ladytron in Birmingham in about 200.....4 maybe? Very cool.
It was interesting seeing Ash at the end of 1999 as they were supported by Muse before they got big. I went out to buy Muse's new first album the next day. Saw Muse again in Japan a few years ago to complete the cycle - my love for them had massively faded by then but still a couple of epic tracks from the back catalogue (like Citizen Erased).
One of the Feeder gigs I went to was good, partly because of the support acts - the best being My Vitriol.
When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why. But why wonder? I'm green, and it'll do fine: it's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be.
Don't have dates, but...
(in no particular order)
Tom Jones, Fort Collins Lincoln Center Peter Gabriel, Red Rocks Moody Blues, w/ Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Red Rocks. numerous E-Town tapings, including The Roches, Los Lobos, and Bruce Cockburn. Bruce Cockburn, Denver Botanical Gardens Bruce Cockburn, Mishiwaka Ampitheater Harry Connick Jr, Red Rocks Sonia Dada, The Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins The Who, UNI Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Definitely NOT: Bob Dylan, Denver Coliseum (and I love Dylan's music.)