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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:50 AM

Favorite concert/concert memory

Would love to hear everyone's favorite or favorites when it comes to concert or concert experiences.

One of mine: Tom Petty/ The Black Crowes opening. I was visiting my best friend in DC and, as a spur of the moment thing, we drove up to Scranton PA for the concert. It was at an outdoor ampetheater and we had lawn seats but it was a memorable night. The Crowes played an incredible set followed by Tom who played for nearly two hours and he covered his entire career from the Heartbreakers to Willburys to his solo work...just an amazing show and well worth the drive to Scranton!

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Docreed2003 Nov 2018 OP
samnsara Nov 2018 #1
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MontanaMama Nov 2018 #92
stopbush Nov 2018 #2
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #3
MuseRider Nov 2018 #17
GemDigger Nov 2018 #5
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #6
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Runningdawg Nov 2018 #19
ProfessorGAC Nov 2018 #64
lark Nov 2018 #8
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #9
3Hotdogs Nov 2018 #10
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #13
ProfessorGAC Nov 2018 #65
Cetacea Nov 2018 #105
Hoyt Nov 2018 #11
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #12
Hoyt Nov 2018 #14
cemaphonic Nov 2018 #15
3Hotdogs Nov 2018 #21
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cemaphonic Nov 2018 #18
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #71
fierywoman Nov 2018 #97
Runningdawg Nov 2018 #20
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Guppy Nov 2018 #56
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #59
Guppy Nov 2018 #61
3Hotdogs Nov 2018 #25
Docreed2003 Nov 2018 #43
3Hotdogs Nov 2018 #50
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leftieNanner Nov 2018 #26
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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:56 AM

1. America...playing Horse With No Name...at the Gorge Amphitheater..

..before they went commercial and installed wooden bleachers. We were able to climb the basalt cliff and watch them play just as the sun was setting over the Columbia River. OMG

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:05 PM

4. That must have been incredible!

Seeing a great concert at "The Gorge" is on my bucket list, along with Red Rocks

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:19 PM

92. I LOVE The GORGE!!!

Saw Boston there the week before my wedding 24 years ago. Brad Delp was still singing. It was a wonderful escape from the stress of the wedding craziness.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:57 AM

2. There are many, but hearing Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic

in Richard Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony” and Mahler’s 9th at Carnegie Hall stick out.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:03 PM

3. Wow...sounds amazing!

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Response to stopbush (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:13 PM

17. Outstanding!

I would die to have been there.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:09 PM

5. David Bowie on his Glass Spider tour.

Absolutely stunning!

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:12 PM

6. I'm insanely jealous....

I never had the opportunity to see Bowie in concert. Must have been quite the show!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:23 PM

7. It was Funtastic. His talent and the visuals on his set was stunning.

Everything about it was incredible. The stage was set up like a huge spider web. And spread out through the web were people that came down for a specific song to interact with him.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:46 PM

19. One of the best!

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:30 AM

64. Saw That Too

At what was called New World Music Center (which became Tweeter Center and now is Hollywood Casino Amphitheater)

IIRC, that was the tour when 9 Inch Nails opened. We saw him twice at that venue, so i might be confusing the 2.

Earlier i saw him as Aladdin Sane and then as Thin White Duke, on the same tour where they recorded David Live in Philadelphia.

Never were we the least bit disappointed.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:26 PM

8. Pink Floyd's debut of Dark Side of the Moon on the last days of the Fillmore.

It was magic through and through. We were hitchhiking to see Floyd at the racetrack when we got picked up by a guy going to see them at the Filmore, that same night!! (Wow, right!) So we go to his girlfriends house (this was before cell phones) and she calls and yes, the concert was moved from the Racetrack to the Fillmore. Our tickets were good there, everything was general admission. So we get to SF, get a good parking spot that someone just pulled out of, and go to the show. When we got there it was just about filled up to the max, but we kept on walking towards the front and found 4 seats altogether in the 5th row. Oh, I forgot, we also did acid on the way to SF, about an hour drive. So we are sitting down, starting to trip like crazy and then the heartbeat starts for Money. Floyd had the best sound system ever, it was perfect. You could feel the heart beat, but it wasn't painful. The next song was Dark Side of the Moon. I will always be so grateful for getting to hear Dark Side for the first time in person on acid with perfect sound and perfect company and a great parking space to boot. Magic!

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Response to lark (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:30 PM

9. Wow! Just wow!!

Now that's a helluva concert experience!!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:31 PM

10. Mike Oldfield. East Village, N.Y.C.

Zep, 3rd row, center, M/S/g/

Elton John, M.S.g.

Springsteen, Phila., great show 2nd row, center. but fucked up when in the parking lot, we learned Lennon was killed.

Dire Straits, Capital, Passaic, N.J.

The Who - two concerts, First was with Moon. Second was in Hampton, Va. 2nd row, in front of speakers. I lost hearing but worth it.

Pink Floyd, The Wall, Nassau, Col. + several other Pink concerts.

Bill Monroe, N.Y.U.

Ralph Stanley, several times with Curly Ray Cline

Seldom Scene, with Duffy

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:56 PM

13. Those all sound awesome...

I regret not seeing Stanley earlier in his career...I saw him about a year or so before he died and it was good but you could tell he was fading fast.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:31 AM

65. Saw Dire Straits in Chicago

Somehow got lucky and my wife and i had 2nd row center seats at the Uptown Theater on the north side.

It had to be the tour for the 2nd album because they opened with Lady Writer.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:18 PM

105. Oldfield in NYC

I was there as well. Saw him at My Fathers Place as well. Amazing...The Wall was awesome..saw Floyd many times going back to 1973.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:32 PM

11. Byrds 1972. Gillian Welch around 2006. Bob Dylan 1974.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 12:54 PM

12. Wow...

Gillian Welch is great...would love to have see The Byrds from that era....and Dylan in 74??? Was that during his tour with "The Band", must have been unbelievable.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:02 PM

14. Yes, it was the Band tour. Gillian Welch was in a grand old theater and was sublime.

I really like acoustic music more these days, so she and David Rawlings are the best.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:06 PM

15. Yeah, I've probably seen Gillian Welch/David Rawlings Machine a dozen times

Always a great show. One time they turned off the sound system (in a ~2000 seat theater) and played "Long Black Veil" completely unplugged. I've never been in a crowd that size that was that quiet in my life.

The tour they did with John Paul Jones was pretty great too. He can play a mean bluegrass mandolin.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:21 PM

21. I had tix for Gillian but got sick. She doesn't play much in N.Y.C. area.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:33 PM

23. The Byrds --- i forgot the Byrds.

It was in the little theater, Kean University, (Newark State College at that time) and it was the night the Bayway refinery in Linden exploded. We didn't hear a thing. When we got outside, the sky was bright red. W.T.F. is that?

Dylan, Blood on the Track, tour. M.S.G., We were about 18 rows from the stage. I got my cousin seats in the loge, close to the stage. We sit down on the floor and the guy next to me points and says, "Rodney Dangerfield." Sure enuf, Rodney was sitting directly in front of me, in a Tux, probably planning to leave after the first set to perform at his club.

Anyways, the Pointer Sisters finish the opening set and the lights go on. I walk up to where my cousin was sitting and tell him, Rodney is right in front of me. Right then, Rodney gets out of his seat and starts walking into the lobby.

"Jim, there he is. There's Rodney."

Jim, by now is quite stoned. He takes out his point and shoot and starts following Rodney, mechanically taking pictures as Rodney is walking ---

down towards the floor exit,

across the lobby,

into the mens room,

taking a pee.

Rodney was right. NO RESPECT !

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #23)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:37 PM

24. Great stories.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:11 PM

16. 1972 I think?

Steely Dan opening for Frank Zappa. Flo and Eddie were there! Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City. Seating on the floor about 6 rows from the platform they performed on.

I have been to so many at this point it is hard to pick one because I always love just being there. The YES tour this year was a good one.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:22 PM

18. I went to see the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields play Mozart at the Kennedy Center

I was in highschool at the time, and I went with one of my best friends. She was a theater geek, and very bold, and had no use for the classical concert etiquette that says you can't just climb up on the stage and wander around backstage after the show. So I followed her, mortified, sure we would (at best) be ejected from the hall. After a few minutes, we found the conductor, Neville Marriner, in a small receiving room, talking to a few obviously well-heeled patron. Amazingly he seemd delighted and amused to have a couple of starstruck teenagers skulking around backstage looking for him, and spent a few minutes talking to us, and signing our programs (Which is to this day my only celebrity autograph).

And the concert was great too - a couple of Mozarts's later symphonies

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 04:31 PM

71. Very cool story!!

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 10:35 PM

97. Sweet!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:59 PM

20. The Sex Pistols

Cains Ballroom, Tulsa OK 1978
While my parents were in church praying for God to strike them dead, I sneaked out of the house and drove the 100 miles there in a blizzard. Yep. They were waiting for me when I got home. The pastor included. They burned my album collection, took my DL, put my car up on blocks and didn't let me out of the house again - until I turned 18 and left for good.
STILL WORTH IT

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:47 PM

36. Lmao...that's an awesome story!!

I can't imagine what Tulsa, Ok thought of the Sex Pistols in their prime!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 05:34 PM

38. Except for a few die-hard fans

Tulsa wasn't impressed. At one point so many people were leaving they stopped charging admission and the majority of people who came were outside protesting. Johnny put his fist through the wall in the hall to the bathroom. Cains was renovated a few years ago, NOW they understand the meaning of that concert, they left that section of the wall exactly as it was.

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #38)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 07:01 PM

40. That's great that they preserved that piece of history!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:25 PM

22. Best show I attended? That was in San Bernadino Orange Arena, summer of 1987

Charlie Daniels (pre Tea Party mania) then The Allman Brothers and finally Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Favorite Concert Memory? I already wrote that one up.
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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:44 PM

35. I love that Johnny Watson story man....

And I can't imagine getting to catch the Allman Bros with SRV.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 05:06 PM

37. I saw them again later, and the were better

This show was in the middle of Greggs battles and even though they were really really good in Cali, when I saw them in 06 they were much better.

Switching out a coked up angry Dickey Betts with Derek Truck certainly helped as well.


Stevie was amazing both times I saw him. On of the best.


Best bar gig I ever attended was Wilko Johnson Band in Tokyo - had all 400 of us smashed together as close to the stage as we could get swaying and hopping in time to the music all night long.

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #37)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 07:07 PM

41. I agree on the Allman Bros with Trucks

I saw them with Dickey right before he was let go as well and I saw them on their first tour with Derek, and it was night and day. I love Dickey's sound but he needed to get straight. I saw him play a solo gig in Chattanooga after that and he played great and seemed together...hung out with the crowd afterwards. But no doubt that Trucks gave new life to that band.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:58 PM

56. I saw many famous concerts

 

The closing of the Fillmore east with the Allmans and the next to last concert that Duane played with the Brothers at Stonybrook. I was right under duane for dreams and elizabeth reed

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Response to Guppy (Reply #56)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:42 PM

59. Pardon me while I pick my mouth up off the floor

Duane passed years before I was born...if only I had a time machine to go back and see that. He made playing slide look easy. That's a helluva experience!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #59)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:53 AM

61. I was lucky to be born at the right time and was into it

 

I saw the Who before Tommy. I saw the Allman's back up Delaney and Bonnie and Chicago then I saw the two concerts mentioned. I also saw the Dead many times including the famous Red Rock's show when they did Werewolves of London(7/8/78) considered in the top 5 dead shows).

I went to Woodstock and I saw the first time Hot Tuna played electric in NYC.

I saw the original Jefferson Airplane. You name then and I probably saw them

I even saw Cream's farewell tour and Led zep's second tour of the U.S.

I also saw the Stones with Stevie Wonder as the opening act. My biggest regret was that I passed up Hendrix at the Fillmore East because it was snowing.

I feel that there were three legendary bands in concert.

The Who, the dead and the Allmans.

I still go to concerts. I saw the Who's 50th anniversary tour. I saw them for the first time 46 years ago at the Fillmore in 1969 whic meant I only missed seeing them their entire careers by 4 years. ( they didn't tour for a couple of years while they worked on Tommy)

I also recently saw Suzanne Vega and Hot Tuna.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:40 PM

25. Back to my cousin -- see post on the Byrds (But you don't have to)

Janis Joplin was appearing at Bader field in Atlantic City. Jim and his friend, Tom, had tickets.

From the time he arrived, it was a frantic search: "I gotta get high for Janis."

Maybe an hour or two later, Janis gave her performance.

Janis was there. Jim was there.

But Jim has no memory of it.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 07:10 PM

43. Both great stories and sound like incredible shows

Plus your friend Jim sounds like a blast!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #43)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:33 PM

50. Jim is my cousin. My favorite story, Jim's father was roughly 6'2" with labor's muscle.

He had an almost homely but rugged look. He resembled Richard Boone. And he had a way of looking at you when he was pissed - we called it the stink eye. When we were younger, it was a good idea to avoid the stink-eye

Jim's friend was Tom. Tom was half-back for the football team and also muscular.

So one day, Jim makes brownies and shares them with Tom.

Around 5:30, Jim's father comes home to find Tom flat out, face down, on the living room floor, his nails were digging into the rug.

"What the hell are you supposed to be doing?"

Tom: "I'm trying to keep from floating away."

"Oh." and he just walks away. There was no way he could assimilate that scene and that information.

One more -----------------


Years later, Jim's father passed away. Our uncle was a career officer in the army. Around '72, he came back from a tour in Vietnam. He walked into the back yard and was welcomed by my aunt.

The Colonel: "Mae, what's those plants that you have growing on the side of the house?" As he points to the plants.

Aunt Mae: "Those are Jimmy's Himalayan Ferns that he planted. He says not to touch them, they're delicate."

Colonel: "Himalayan Ferns, eh?" As he walked inside to enjoy a cup of coffee and home made pie.








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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #50)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 04:30 PM

70. Lmfao...got to be careful with those "Himalayan Ferns"

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:46 PM

26. I have two - opposite ends of the spectrum

The Beach Boys at the Cow Palace in San Francisco when I was 12. I was a card-holding member of the BB fan club and I got to go back stage into the green room and get their autographs before the show. The music was awesome too!

In high school, saw Hendrix at Winterland. Also snuck out to go to the Filmore a few times. San Francisco was a cool place to be a teenager in the 60s! Even if my parents didn't approve!

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 07:09 PM

42. That's certainly night and day...

But I can totally see that if you were growing up in California during that time. Would love to have seen Hendrix!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #42)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 06:21 PM

74. Don't know if I fully appreciated it at the time

But I will say that the light shows at Winterland were incredible. Remember those?

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:55 PM

27. Jackson Browne w/ David Lindley, Park City, Utah & a Lunar Eclipse above the Treetops

The highlight was Jackson at piano and Lindley on fiddle for "For a Dancer"

I'd say that was 1988 or 89?

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:03 PM

28. wow this is a flashback

Hendrix at the Fillmore in SF, 1968. 5 people in my Healey, 3 hour drive, illicit chemicals involved, mind blown. Still play Hendrix sometimes for the memories.
The other is Monterey Jazz, 1970, Cannonball Adderley and Johnny Otis. So much more than I expected, being a jazz newcomer.

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Response to msdogi (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:04 PM

101. Great stories! Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:05 PM

29. Wings, the Spectrum (Philly), 1976

I was 19 and in the same building as a Beatle. Screamed my lungs out. Awesome show. Seen him in concert 10 times since.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:18 PM

30. The funnest band ever is.......

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. I never laughed so hard at any show or stand up comedian. Oh my gosh.... They just happened to get booked 3 times in one summer one block from my house. Absolute belly hurting laughter.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:21 PM

31. Didn't Shel Silverstein help write several of their songs?

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 04:04 PM

34. He sure did.

Sylvia's Mother, Cover of the Rolling Stone, Freakers Ball and probably a bunch more. He has written for so many people.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 08:39 PM

45. ooops

I just posted about my Dr Hook exp and now read back,,

Can you finish the line " and Sylvia's mothers says,if that,,,,,,,,,,???" The show was raucous, funny, energetic, and rebellious too!

Koz

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Response to kozar (Reply #45)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 08:59 PM

46. They would change some response to her mother every time. One time he told her to f off.

It wasn't the same as recorded version..

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #46)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 09:05 PM

48. YEP

the one I saw was "if that mfkr calls back again, and the operator says another fucking dime,for ,the,, next,,,3 fing minutes?


LOL to the OP,, Great topic,,,lots of fun!

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Response to kozar (Reply #48)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 09:18 PM

49. Hahaha. One time they had us going for a solid 20 minutes just on them ad libbing

Freakers Ball. The pain from laughing was glorious.

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Response to kozar (Reply #48)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 03:03 PM

67. I just got the most hilarious DUmail. If it was safe for work or tender ears I would post it here.

I laughed loud enough to scare my sleeping dog.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #67)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 03:11 PM

68. Ummm

Really? Adjusts halo

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #67)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 07:42 PM

98. This is a safe space... ;-)

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:19 PM

93. I remember seeing them on a Tv show

The host asked something like "You all are very funny. How many other bands like you are there"
One of the band (the singer I think) didn't hesitate a second "None. We've killed them all"

I felt out laughing.

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Response to underpants (Reply #93)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 10:12 PM

96. They are the funniest bunch of nuts I ever saw.

They are still touring but it is in the Norway, Sweden, the UK and a few other places in Europe. I would pay big money to see them again.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:25 PM

32. Norman Blake / Bill Monroe

...at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO.

Went backstage after the show and met Bill!

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Response to BluesRunTheGame (Reply #32)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:03 PM

100. That's awesome!

Bill actually retired to the town where I grew up outside Nashville.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:40 PM

33. Tom Petty & Tommy Tutone

July 18, 1980 at the Hollywood Sportatorium Florida!
Many years later I moved to the area and the Sportatorium is now a Sedano's Supermarket shopping center...

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 05:41 PM

39. Prince concert, he just blew my mind. My brain reached the cosmos.

I've had other experiences but that one just stood out. Just incredible.


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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 08:37 PM

44. for fun,rebellion and laughs

Had to be Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, way way way back when. Being,young and enjoying the rebellion that went with it, hearing them change lyrics to NSFW lyrics during the show and reading in paper how upset the older folks in town were, made it memorable and special. I can still be caught from time to time singing those exact lyrics.

For sheer entertainment, would have to be watching Neil Diamond step on stage at 815 pm and leaving stage at 1230 next morning. Always enjoyed his music and I'm glad I got to experience it in the early 80s.

Now I could go on and on about the acts I WISH I would have seen while I had the chance life flies by too quickly

Koz

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Response to kozar (Reply #44)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 09:03 PM

47. What they did to "Penicillin Penny" was brutal.... and oh so funny.

And they would broadcast which hotel the after party would be at. Usually, it was the Holiday Inn and they would book the whole floor.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:34 PM

51. Stevie ray Vaughn, every concert I saw him

 

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:42 PM

52. John Denver in the Red Rocks amphitheater in...

...Colorado. Beautiful clear night. Perfection.

When it came to the middle of the concert, instead of taking a break himself, he sent the band off and continued by himself. Just him and his guitar. It was wonderful.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #52)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:35 PM

109. I saw John

Six weeks before he died. I would have loved to see him in Red Rocks.

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #109)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:09 PM

112. It was the perfect setting for him.

I felt soooooooo sad when he died.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #112)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:18 PM

118. Come and stand beside us,,we can find a better way

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:43 PM

53. Grateful Dead, old Boston Garden, 1973, Wall of Sound

Started at 6:30 with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, in glitter suits, playing country psychedelic rock. I think they were roadies back then. Then the Dead played for a long time, the mushrooms were very, very good. 2 days later I saw the NRPS play at Clark University in Worcester, Ma. and the Dead were there! Holy Something! Kegs on the stage and a few hundred lucky souls hanging with the Dead and the NRPS. Loved that time....

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #53)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:08 PM

57. I was at red rocks

 

7/8/78 wereewolves of london Grateful Dead show. one of their most famous shows.

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Response to Guppy (Reply #57)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:15 PM

58. Any Dead show waas great!

My first, at the old BG was.....unexpected. But after that, I was a lifelong Deadhead. No apologies.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #58)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:55 AM

62. I don't always feel that way.

 

Because they let it all hang out some shows were flat. I saw the Dead around 50 times. They were almost always good in Boston.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:48 PM

54. That was one of my favorite gigs too brother!

Same tour in Chicago!

Another favorite was The Crowes in South Bend. Probably 04 or 05. Took my guitar player who'd never seen them live. Ran into buddies from like four other bands. After the show, we literally took over some hole in the wall bar that had maybe 3 regular patrons in it. What a blast. The bartender was stunned when all of a sudden 20 people walk in. Great night!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 10:51 PM

55. In no particular order

1. Yes - Big Generator tour 1987, meeting members of the band.
2. Watching Laurie Anderson play WS Burroughs saying "Listen to my Heart beat" on her tape bow violin in 1984.
3. Rush - 1979 Hampton Coliseum, VA W/ Blackfoot opening
4. David Bowie 1983 tour, an audience member passed him a bouquet of flowers mid-song. Without missing a beat, he sniffed them and then passed them to another audience member. The place went ape.
5. Genesis, 1983 when they did ALL THE OLD STUFF.
6. The Band at the Flood Zone in Richmond, VA
7. Emerson, Lake and Powell 1986. Brilliant

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 12:22 AM

60. A bunch, but two at the old Fillmore East and one at the World's Fair site

1) Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys, NYE 1969 - we all know about this show

2) Jethro Tull, May 1970. Ian Anderson opened the show with an acoustic guitar, sitting on a stool on an otherwise empty stage. He began by telling us that he and the lads got into a bit of a row and they decided to pack up and leave. He said he would carry on without them. We really didn't know what to think. "My God" was the opening tune. On the part when the band comes in all of a sudden the curtains open, up the stage lights go on, he kicks away the stool and all hell breaks loose with the full band. The best opening ever!

3) Led Zeppelin, New York State pavilion at Flushing Meadows Park (the old World's Fair site), summer of '69. Part of a Blues and Jazz show, Zep were the headliners, the last band up. Relatively unknown at that point to the masses that came later, it was a mind-blower! Saw them many times later at the Garden, but nothing compared to the night in the park.


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Response to Loge23 (Reply #60)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 10:02 AM

63. I was at those shows

 

with the exception of Band of Gypsy's. I had tickets for New years day and if you remember it was snowing and I didn't go.

Wasn't stone la crow the opening act or am I thinking of the Singer Bowl where Bonham got sick at the end of the show. That was also the summer of '69.

I was at the Fillmore the closing weekend with the Allmans.

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Response to Guppy (Reply #63)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 04:33 PM

72. Hi Gup!

The Zep show was a part of a fairly big bill including Muddy Waters and, interestingly, Larry Coryell among others as I recall.
The NYD show for the Band of Gypsy's was the one immortalized on the record. I lived out in Rockaway and remember being on the subway going back home at midnight (went to the early show). I went to HS in Brooklyn on the same subway line that went into lower Manhattan (Astor Place), so I used to go in and buy tickets as soon as they were available - saw a lot of great shows there. Remember the great triple bills?!
You mentioned the Allmans - a week before the Hendrix show I had tickets for Blood, Sweat, and Tears headlining. Second act was Appaloosa, fairly popular back then. But the first band was a (then) little known band from Georgia - yes, the Allman Brothers Blues Band - they basically destroyed the place before the other two bands had a chance!
Cheers, mate!


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Response to Loge23 (Reply #72)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 05:09 PM

73. The Allman's destroyed everyone.

 

Did you know that the "Live at the Fillmore east" album that they were second bill. I told a really good friend of mine that they would wipe out Jonny Winter. The other band was Elvin Bishop.
Well they did and my friends walked out on Jonny Winter who they went to see.

Bill Graham noted that and for the second day he made the Allmans the closing band.

When they closed the Fillmore east that was the first time they were headliners.

We also saw them at StonyBrook in October and that was the next to last show before Duane died. They introduced Blue Sky there.

I ran down front and was literaaly right under Duane for the second set.

I saw the who with Albert King and Chuck Berry.
and plenty of other shows at the fillmore

I saw Cream at the Garden and janis at westchester county center.

Hot Tuna's first electric show in the village

I could go on. I and you were in the right place at the right time.

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Response to Loge23 (Reply #60)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:30 PM

108. You saw THE Band of Gypsies show?

Is it true that he use rotating speakers on Machine Gun?

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Response to MarvinGardens (Reply #108)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 01:29 PM

123. I don't recall that...

I recall being mesmerized by Machine Gun.
It was of course the first time anyone there had ever heard it.
If the speakers were indeed rotating, it was lost on me.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:52 AM

66. These Two Just Because. . .

. . .nobody else mentioned them and just the dazzling musicianship.

1) King Crimson on the "Beat" tour. I'm pretty sure that was at the Park West.
Even though it wasn't on "Beat" they opened with Elephant Talk and it was better than the record and WAY more powerful live. Then, it turned out EVERY SONG was like that. Better and more powerful than on the albums.

2) Sting and The Blue Turtle Band: That was definitely at Alpine Valley. (Where, i might have mentioned here before, we saw Clapton and SRV the night the latter was killed in that crash.)

We listened to the Dream of The... album on the way up there, then we saw the show. STUNNING skills on display. When we got back to the car, the first thing i did was pull the tape out. I told my wife "I can't listen to this for a while now. They were so much better live than on this album, i know i'll only be disappointed if i listen to this."

Later, when the Bring On The Night movie and album came out, those were better than the studio stuff, but they had gotten so sharp over the course of touring that even those performances in Paris don't hold a candle to what we saw that night.

Honorable Mention: Cindy Lauper on tour for her first big album at Poplar Creek. I took my wife because she really wanted to go so badly, and i thought catchy tunes, why not. Then the band and her voice kicked my ass.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #66)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 04:22 PM

69. Great stories! Thanks for sharing!

Didn't know you had seen SRV the night of his crash!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #69)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:20 PM

75. Yeah

We live about 3 hours south, so we left around 1130 and got home 230 or 3 in the morning
Having been a band couple, that was nothing, but still needed some sleep
Woke up around 7 and put on news and it was the first story my wife & I saw on ABC 7
We were both"What?!?"
Bummer end to a great night before!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:29 PM

76. Dixie Chicks. I loved it. Was not familiar with all of their songs. Fell in love

with 'Wide Open Spaces'. And Natalie Mains' voice is beautiful. Was there with my brothers and one of their friends. Natalie talked about Bush. At one point one of my brothers started screaming 'no more mush' I kept trying to stop him and poked him and slapped him gently on the shoulder to stop him from insulting the chicks. What I could not hear over the crowd was that my brother was saying Bush not mush. My other brother and his friend were laughing hysterically at me. A year or so later Bush came to Ottawa. I lived in Montreal. I got a message on my phone where my brother and his friend were at the Bush demonstration and yelled no more Bush into my phone. And they were laughing. I'm glad I saw the Dixie chicks live. I'm glad I was amusing to others.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #76)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:45 PM

80. I saw them shortly after they were railroaded

The concert was in Knoxville, TN of all places and it was a sold out show and they were phenomenal, despite the a-holes in limited numbers who showed up to protest them before the show.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #80)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:01 PM

82. That is around when I saw them. Love their spirit.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:30 PM

77. The Chieftains and a picnic dinner at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #77)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 07:47 PM

99. Great band....sounds like a great experience

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:44 PM

78. Devo

The band was OK, but what made it special was the kitschy venue.

I can proudly say I saw Devo at the Motor City Roller Rink near Detroit in 1980

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:44 PM

79. 1992 U2 Zoo TV

At the time it was the craziest show for stage and presentation I'd seen...

Honorable mentions:
Prince'87, '95, '98
Grateful Dead '91
Violent Femmes '83

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Response to Moostache (Reply #79)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:11 PM

89. I saw that tour as well.

I was either a freshman or sophomore in HS. It was truly a spectacle.

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Response to Moostache (Reply #79)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:05 PM

111. Mine, too. Saw in Philly!

Loved the Trabant cars hanging & being used as spotlights. The whole thing was over the top.

Honorable mention:

Any Springsteen concert I've ever been to, in particular the first time I saw him with Tom Morello in the band (b/c I was so pleasantly surprised...I hadn't been sure how his style would mesh)...below from Hershey Park concert I attended:

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:52 PM

81. Joan Baez at the Mississippi River Festival in July of 1969 at SIU Edwardsville. Illinois.

Outdoors seated on blanket on a hill overlooking the stage. Memorable evening. Beautiful voice, beautiful lady.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #81)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:02 PM

84. Very cool!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:01 PM

83. Talking Heads

Eugene Oregon, 1982. It was the dress rehearsal for the filming of "Stop Making Sense". David Byrne in the big suit.

But even better was Ella Fitzgerald at the same venue a couple years later.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #83)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:03 PM

85. Wow! That's awesome!

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #83)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:10 PM

102. Which venue?

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #102)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:25 AM

119. Hult center

Seats about 2500. Also saw Five Blind Boys of Alabama with Charles Brown there and Afro Cuban All-Stars. But Ella ... damn

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #119)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:27 AM

120. I know that room well! Such great acoustics in there.

Saw the Afro Cuban All-Stars at The Shedd a couple of years back. On top of being top-notch musicians they were also the best-smelling band I’ve ever encountered. When they walked on stage it was as though you’d just landed in a tropical garden.

But Ella, that must have been superb!

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #120)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:07 PM

121. The All Stars are coming back

To the Shedd in April.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:04 PM

86. Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle, Disney Hall, L.A., 2004

A friend got comp tickets from her daughter's teacher in the orchestra, called me to go the morning of, afternoon concert; I sobbed through a lot of it (and I'm about as jaded as they come): stellar, stunning, it doesn't get better than this.

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #86)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:09 PM

88. I can imagine that was incredibly emotional and breathtaking!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:08 PM

87. The Flatlanders

About 14 years ago. Great show at Skippers Smokehouse, small venue, great place. After the show the band mingled with the crowd and Jimmy Dale Gillmore sat with my wife and I for about half an hour chatting and enjoying each others company. Such a nice man. It's moments like that you remember.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:16 PM

90. Saw T Bone Walker in what turned out to be his last

concert. He opened for John Lee Hooker. Also on the bill was Bobby Blue Bland. It was standing room only at the Stanley Theater in Pgh. T Bone started playing Stormy Monday and motioned for someone to come take his guitar and he just sang it! I always loved the blues. It was really special to see these guys.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #90)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 12:09 AM

122. Wow...incredible. Must have been a helluva night!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:16 PM

91. Me: The Fleshtones at the Kings Head's Inn (Norfolk). BUT this summer Panic! at the Disco

in Raleigh. I've never seen a show like that. Flames on stage, flying piano, drum solo, in the crowd, and an intro (springing up from under the stage) that almost blew the roof off the place.

Oh and REM three times.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:22 PM

94. Tom Petty at Red Rocks.

May 29, 2017. Busted my 12 year old son out of school a few days early and flew to Denver to take it all in. It was incredible...and such a great memory with my kiddo. I can’t believe Tom is gone.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:30 PM

95. Iron Butterfly, c1969

Salt Lake City, and you know which song brought down the house.

1996 -- Peter, Paul, and Mary at Fiddler's Green in Denver; got to spend some time afterwards chatting with Peter Yarrow.

Also: sometime in the '60s, in LA vicinity, Jefferson Airplane. Sometime in the 70s, Boots Randolph at an outdoor venue on the East coast.



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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:12 PM

103. Virtually every show I ever saw at Red Rocks, and I saw a lot of them.

Bands always seem to transcend their limitations in that place.

Yanni being the notable exception. Pretentious crap that the scenery couldn’t overcome.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #103)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:17 PM

104. I just snorted an Yani

I feel like Obi Wan in Star Wars "Now that is a name I haven't heard in a very long time". You are so right about yanni being pretentious.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #104)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:25 PM

106. Super-talented band with him but he was so ridiculously and obviously into himself

that it was impossible to take him seriously. My wife won front-row seats from a radio station so we got to see up close all the members of the Denver Symphony Orchestra rolling their eyes at the vapidity of it all.

But on a warm summer night, with a good band playing and all the lights of Denver spread out behind the stage and all the stars above, there is no place I would rather see a show than Red Rocks.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:28 PM

107. Jimmy Buffett in 1978. It was a nasty winter and promoted as "Tequila Thursday at the WSU Performing

Arts Coliseum". That was at Pullman Washington. Washington State University. Snow and ice and we wondered if it might get cancelled. We only had to drive about 35 miles so we made it just fine.

it was kind of a sparse crowd because of the weather and we had upper level seats. They had almost sold it out. Lots of people just couldn't get there. Jimmy saw us all spread out and said to move on down and get closer if we wanted to. That was usually not allowed, but since the show was well underway, security let it go.

I liked some Buffett songs well enough before that show, but seeing him live really made me a fan. That show was a lot of fun! We took the "Tequila Thursday" thing seriously, and were just drunk enough. Everyone partying in their Hawaiian shirts and jamming to Jimmy and The Corral Reefer Band let us forget about how cold it was.

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Response to brewens (Reply #107)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:50 PM

110. Go Cougs!

WSU alum here. That's awesome that he came there! When I was there, snow and ice were the rule from November to March. Saw Jimmy twice in the early 2000s that in Raleigh, NC. Great shows!

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Response to brewens (Reply #107)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:07 PM

117. Very cool

My dad ran in a crowd that included Buffett in the 70's in Nashville. His childhood best friend is pictured in the group sitting around the volcano rim in the insert of the "Volcano" album...dad's apartment back then was a full on Tiki bar. That was back when Buffett was still playing small venues like the "Exit-In" in town.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:16 PM

113. Bob Dylan, The Band

Tour 74. When the lights went down and the piano intro to Like A Rolling Stone became recognizable was the most intense moment ever. The place exploded as if on cue...

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #113)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:39 PM

115. I can only imagine

I've seen Dylan several times. My favorite times I yelled out "Visions of Johana" between songs. We were on the second row and you could tell he had heard me...he walks over to his band to talk and damned if he didn't play it next. That was the first time they had played it on that tour...Birmingham 05.

I can only imagine how cool it would have been to see him with "The Band" in his prime.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:37 PM

114. Rolling Thunder Revue, Durham NH Nov 9,1975.

Unpublicized, my brother scored tickets. Sat in front of the sound manager in the center of the gym. The performers were always looking at him. Felt like they were singing to me. Dylan was surrounded by magic. Baez', "Diamonds and Rust," made the recording small. Scarlett Rivera on "Hurricane," took it to another world. They were just starting the tour, but had gotten some of the kinks out I'm sure. The enthusiasm to play in front of a small crowd energized the performance.

Many other concerts rank up there, Frank with Flo and Eddy, Steel Wheels, but this was a goodun.

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Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:02 PM

116. Michael Jackson, 1984; Black Keys, 2006; Little Dragon, 2017

When I was about 10 years old, my grandfather called my folks. Were they familiar with this Michael Jackson fellow? A business contact had given him 4 tickets. They ended up taking me and a cousin to the show. My first concert experience, very loud, and as some! It was Atlanta, but I couldn't tell you the venue.

Later, my best concert experiences were in middle age, not in my youth.

Saw the Black Keys at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC in 2006, maybe a couple of years before they hit the big time. I did not feel well, and a day later I was sick as a dog. But during the show, I forgot that I was sick. A two man band, and they rocked! Saw them 2 years later in Raleigh. Much bigger crowd, and also a great show, but I remember the first one better.

Saw Little Dragon last year in Atlanta. My wife and I were big fans of their albums, and they did not disappoint! Yukimi danced around in her alien looking dress, and her voice was every bit as good as on the the albums.


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