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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

(dates are approx)
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I don't know the exact dates, but, in no order:

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
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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
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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.
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Where no venue is given, assume the Colston Hall, Bristol, UK

In order:

Roger Waters - The Wall - O2 Arena 2011

Madame Butterfly - National Indoor Arena 2000

U2 -Joshua Tree Tour - Cardiff Arms Park 1987

Hawkwind -Earth Ritual 1982

Roger Waters - Radio Kaos Tour - Wembley Arena 1987

Bellowhead - Greenbelt Festival 2012

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 1982

Alice Cooper - Reading Rock - 1987

Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast - 1982

Rolling Stones / J Geils Band - Ashton Gate Stadium - 1982


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Beastie Boys License to Ill - 1986 Albuquerque

Ozzy Ozzborne - Bark at the Moon - 1984

Iron Maiden - World Piece - 1983

Def Leppard - Hysteria - 1987 Denver

Grateful Dead - 1992 Arizona

The H.O.R.D.E - 1992

ACL Fest 2002 - Austin

Van Halen - 1984 - 1985

Scorpions - World Wide Live - 1984 San Diego CA

Dio(w/dokken) - Last in Line - 1984 Albuquerque

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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)
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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.




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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.
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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
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Here's my top 4, in no particular order...
I've been to a bunch of bigger shows, but my favorites are usually at smaller clubs, or college shows...

Reel Big Fish - I've seen them three or four times, but my favorite show was when they played Bumstock in Orono, ME, sometime around '99-'00.

The Toasters - Live at The Big Easy, Portland, ME. 2004.

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.

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Keep in mind I hate live shows:

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.)
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erak wrote:
Keep in mind I hate live shows:



Me too..which is why most of my shows are almost 30 years ago.

I've got a comfy chair, a great turntable, and a sweet pair of head phones. Mission accomplished.
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Top 10 in no particular order:

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)
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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
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In no particular order...

Skankin' Pickle, 3 different times, all awesome

Toasters 1996, Cubberly Community Center

Voodoo Glow Skulls ~1996, Cactus Club


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.
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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


huge props to http://www.setlist.fm for aiding my memory regarding dates/venues etc.
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David, I had no idea you were a metalhead!?

Some of my favorites were:

Clash of the Titans opening show in Dallas 91' (Alice In Chains, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth)

Queensryche and Suicidal Tendencies in Dallas 90' (Empire tour)

Queensryche and Type O Negative in Dallas 94' (Promised Land tour, amazing stage show)

Megadeth and CoC - Dallas 94-95 ish (Youthenasia/Deliverance Tour)

Death and Nevermore - Dallas 93-94 ish (Symbolic tour)

Carcass and Life of Agony - Dallas 94-95 ish (Heartwork/River Runs Red tour)

Iron Maiden and Anthrax - Dallas 90' (No Prayer For the Dying/Persistence of Time)

Cannibal Corpse - Dallas 94' (The Bleeding Tour)

Social Distortion/The Gaslight Anthem - Austin 2006 or 07 (I forget the album that was out then, Sex, Love & Rock N' Roll I believe).
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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!
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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


As you can see, I don’t get out much any more.
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Hmmmmmm.....

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.
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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.)
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