Seen something really really good?
Heres a few that come to mind: Phish opened for Santana in 92 in Tucson,AZ Trey and Carlos playing together was a real treat! 1997 MMW at the High Sierra Music Festival Santana in TJ Mexico in 92... in a bull fighting ring no less... All ZERO shows in the bay area I attended!
No doubt that the best shows I saw were the Frank Zappa concerts I attended: Cologne 1979, 1980 (together with Santana), 1982, 1988 Dortmund 1988 Frankfurt 1992 (The Yellow Shark) Besides some Dylan shows incl. his recent appearance in Düsseldorf. Tom Petty 1992 in Essen was pretty cool as well.
Tom Petty taping Soundstage for PBSABB @Tinley Park,IL in a thunderstorm Paul Simon without Art (if you know what I mean) Ben Harper with Jr. Gong in Chi-town last year Los Lobos at Buddy Guy's Legends Dylannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn again and again I'll think of more later One in 10,000 come for the show
The Night Hawks with Jimmy Thackery back in like 81'. They rocked back then. Frank Marino 78' ELP 77' AC/DC W/ Bonn Scott 78'ish Char Col. Woo Hoo The Who with Kenny Jones in Greensboro 80' Almond Bros. 80' Jorma Acoustic Love Aud. at Duke 82' The Band opening for The Dead New Years 83' Frank Zappa at the Greek in Berk. 84' WOW! Jorma and Rick Danko in NYC 85' Roger Waters Radio City Mus. Hall 85' Pro and Cons U2 Providence and Hampton Spring 85' Doc Watson Great American Mus Hall Oct 85' Arlo Guth Great American Mus Hall Oct 85' ^the nest night. All Phish shows (16) 93' on Sting w/ Vinnie Colaiuta on drums! Oh BB King about 10 times! Buddy Guy Eric Clapton (3) Neil Young Joe Cocker Mutabaruka 84' Jethro Tull Gov't Mule Opened for Tull before Woody died. Few word sung. Jammed to the max. Awesome. Bob Dylan (8) Santana (5) Paul McCartney 94' ish in Charlotte at the then Blockbuster Pavilion. Roger Waters Dark Side of the Moon Sept. 06' Nissan, DC one of the best shows. I have seen hundreds of shows by other artists over the years. I tried to put here only the ones that really left a mark. I am sure there are probably 10 to 20 more but my mind is not giving them up. ;) Dougles
Richard Thompson as a solo artist puts on a great show!!I've seen him tour as part of a quartet with Danny Thompson on bass and it was transportation... more later -Drew
WOO!! One of my favorite bands from back home. I saw them alot as a teenager, but had no idea at the time that they were as big as they were.
Elvis Costello on broadway Back in 1986!! His guitar playing on Watching the Detectives made me realize he was a Deadhead too!! Rogue
This year's Bonnaroo "Super Jam", featuring John Paul Jones (Zeppelin) on bass, QuestLove Thompson (Roots) on drums and Ben Harper on guitar was the sickest, most disgusting, face melting, psychedelic experience I've had in a long while (since Phil's Vegoose 2006 marathon, in fact). The Flaming Lips @ this year's Bonnaroo was also one of the best shows I've ever seen. Now that they have a full time drummer, their music has gotten back to professional levels. They always put on a great show and Wayne Coyne is probably the most personable rock star in history. They did "War Pigs" for a sound check an hour before they actually started the show that was incredible! The whole show was a magical mix of music and imagery finishing with The Rolling Stones, "Moonlight Mile" for an encore. A very psychedelic show in many regards. DSO @ The Funk Box in Baltimore, MD. 2003 & 2004 were two of the best shows I've ever seen, period! ABB @ Bonnaroo 2003 with Herring, Trucks and Haynes - incredible! Dave & Friends Cruise 2006 - "Private Island" concert featuring Trey on guitar was off the hook! World Party's US tour last year. I saw three shows (Bonnaroo, Ram's Head on Stage and The Recher Theatre) and all were good. Bonnaroo featured Ian Dury (Blockheads) on guitar which gave it a special groove but this current version of Karl Wallinger's band hit their stride at the Ram's Head on Stage show, IMO. Karl shares the most personable rock star status with Wayne Coyne. Please come back to the US, World Party!!!! Metalica, Summer Sanitarium Tour in 1998 (Baltimore, MD.). Peter Gabriel during his last US tour @ The MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) in DC. Last year's Bonnaroo "Super Jam", featuring Trey, Mike Gordon and the Benevento and Russo Duo was also killer. Trey's 70 Volt Parade @ Ohio's Veteran's Theater in 2005(?) was a great show and performance. Most every Particle show I've seen has been magical. I haven't seen them since Charlie Hitchcock left the band, though. CSN&Y 2001(?) @ MCI Center (now the Verizon Center). Neil Young broke every string on his guitar playing the last song "Cinnamon Girl", then used the dangling strings like a drum on the body of the guitar and frets, leaving it on stage practically smouldering under a spot light. I saw why he was considered the grandfather of grunge, on that particular night anyway. "That nug really tied the room together, did it not?"
I've recently been getting into Wilco in a very big way. Saw my 1st show at Merriweather on 6/21/07. Would love it if some folks could recommend other shows that are traded on btree.org, etc.
Has anyone seen the Goosecreek Symphony? Someone recently turned me on to them but I have not seen them live. They are descibed as sounding like the Grateful Dead if they were from Kentucky rather than California or if Jimi Hendrix and Bill Monroe were in the same band. They went defunct in the 1970s and have recently reformed. I'd be interested to hear any experiences seeing this group.
Bromberg is a great showman. I recomend checking him out. He is touringagin with his band.
couldn't begin to tell you all the GREAT shows that i have seen- after of 1000's of live shows (i use to work in radio so for a five year period i must have averaged 4 shows a week- every type of music imaginable- add this to an early love of concerts- my first at twelve years old= a lot of music) let's try Butthole Surfers Toronto 1987- two drummers, gibby setting stuff on fire, Terressa the toothless toppless dancer, the upside down sex change operation, as well as other 16mm films, smoke and mayhem for a continuous 90 min.- one of my favourite bootlegs i have made- the flaming lips opened but they were backlit and covered up with a smoke machine so they were heard and not seen- both band ripped through a cover of R.E.M.'s this one goes out to the one i love- just ripped the humour out of them. 1988/1989 were good also R.E.M. back in 1985? This is when they rocked- a whole encore set made up of requests from the crowd Phish N.Y.E. in Worcester Mass?- the one with the Giant clam. The Art designer from the Residents had something to do with it... very fun N.Y.E. in Florida 1999/2000 What can you say bad about a band that plays ALL night- the trip was unforgettable- my wife was seven months pregnent- we left a cold snap in Canada- drove down and left with a ton of memories. Ornette Coleman- playing the Victoriaville musique d'actualle festival - standing on the pulpit of a Cathlic Church in small town R.C. Quebec- free jazz blow out- Same festival i saw Fred Frith play Three times- one of the best music festivals in the world and it is in a town of a couple thousand french canadiens. Los Lobos 1983 Toronto at the 'Junkie' bar 'Larry's Hideaway'- took my girl friend to see King Crismon that night(Three of a Perfect pair tour) and ended up at a tiny bar dancing on tables, with hardcore punkers, greasers, rockabilly babes, hispanics, and other outsiders- i had their first E.P. but Los lobos blew everyone aawy!! it was like being at the best wedding reception in the world- love, laughter, acceptance and fun. This is why next to the Dead, Dylan, Phish i have seen Los Lobos the most.- i get to see them in 10 day's at the Bluesfest in Ottawa. (Dylan, Van Morrison, Moe) Acid mother Temple and the U.f.O. Paradisio- i saw them about two months ago- if after all these years i can still be amazed- and walk out of a show thinking that i just saw something i had never seen before you knows its good. From japan, AMT has been turned away at the border twice, the third time was a charm. Killdozer 1989? in toronto at the Drake- Just me and my friends- got really drunk with them after this show in a van in the rain, trying to interview them... they inject humour with the intellect not being cheated. Slow, Loud, Funny. Bongwater- Montreal 1992? same week i saw Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Overkill. Kramer played a Hofner Bass with his head, while Ann Magneson wore lingerie, and belted out tunes. Talking Heads at the second Ploice Picnic in Toronto, along with the English Beat, they stole the show- made the ploice look like punks onstage. The Talking Heads were doing the Remain in Light Tour- Busta Jones- Adrian Belew- and 9? others on stage. Maybe 1980? Joe strummer weeks before he died at a industry party- reminded me of why i was so angry growing up- and seeing the Clash (twice) Dylan- one shows was great i'm sure. Dead- i really enjoyed the Hamilton run of shows- i didn't have to cross the border- and could twist all my friends arms that never wanted to travel to see them- but really i have too many shows to narrow it down. This is just some- Honourable mentions Residents- the history of music in three parts tour, Lou Reed - New York City Tour with half japanese Planet Drum- in Vermont- Left the Air at my Radio gig- drove from Ottawa to Stowe and back again in the same night. Tortoise- one show in Toronto at Lee's Palace- was exceptional Red Hot Chili Peppers with their original guitarist, T.S.O.L., and Thelonious Monster played for all twelve of us in Barrymore's Ottawa. Elvis Costello- with or without the Attractions. Henry Rollins/Jesus Lizard/Rage Against the Machine/ Sonic Youth/Fugazi JOHNNY FUnKin' Cash and the June Carter Family- We had to steal a friends parents car (i was sixteen) to go see them- they played on a revolving stage at Ontario Place for $5 - they opened with Ring Of Fire- played the whole night- it was so cool- not so cool was explaining why we took their car to a concert... but it was Johnny Cash man!!! They were pissed but thirty years later i live next to them, and had them over to dinner- i explained why we did it and all these years later they found it as funny as we do. what's so funny about peace love and understanding.?!
I went to see the show at the Sunken Gardens Theatre in San Antonio, Texas back in 1985. That was my first psychedelic show and I have been in line with that ever since. Ronnie Montrose opened up and the feeling from each show was out of this world. I guess you could say that was one of the defining moments that put the acid spin on life and really opened up a new world. I have never taken acid, but people who have and read my poetry or seen my drawings are sure I did and just forgot LOL. Santana and Eric Johnson on stage at the same time comes pretty close. They were at the Sunken Gardens as well. Love ya, Uncle DeadHead.
II have also seen and met Arlo Guthrie twice. Seen and met Robbie Steinhardt of Kansas. Saw Los Lobos. Seen Alice Cooper twice. CSN twice. ELP. The Who twice (one show they did the entire Tommy then a another whole concert. Greg Allman. Robert Cray open for Clapton. Thin Lizzy open for Satriani open for Deep Purple. The Guess Who. Charlie Daniels. Jethro Tull. Chicago. Indigo Girls. Fleetwood Mac. Dave Mason, Buffalo Springfield Revisited. Lita Ford, Cheap Trick. Nitty Gritty Dirtband, REO, Edgra Winter, Bob Dylan, G.E. Smith, AC/DC, Areosmith, Beach Boys, and the list runs on. Those are just some of the big ones. Oh, and James Taylor was really good, as was Christopher Cross. Oh yeah, and Jesus Christ Superstar twice. That's enough for now.
I recently saw John Prine, one of our greatest living songwriters. He played for hours and had a tight 4 piece band. Wonderful show. Don't miss this man. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Prine had a 3 piece not 4 piece band. I made up the drummer...... Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Among the best concerts I've ever seen and I've seen thousands, heres the short list..... Zappa: 26-Feb 1988, Royal Oak Theater, Detroit, MI 1-Mar 1988, Frauenthal Auditorium, Muskegon, MI John McLaughlin/Trilok Gurtu/Jonas Hellborg: Detroit Montreaux Jazz Festival September '88 Chick Corea Electric Band: Club Eastbrook, Grand Rapids, Michigan '88 Al Dimeola/Lyle Mays/Airto: State Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan '83 Alvin Lee: Top Of The Rock, Walker, Michigan '83 Johnny Winter/Roy Buchanan: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois '88 Steve Vai: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, '99 House Of Blues, Chicago 4/13/05 Mike Keneally: May 17 2001 - Martyr's, Chicago, IL September 27 2006 - Motor City Guitar, Waterford MI ....and others whos dates I don't remember off the top of my head including: Stanley Clarke Jean-Luc Ponty Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Stevie Ray Vaughan Jeff Beck Trio Featuring-Dimeola/Clarke/Ponty Trio Featuring-Fleck/Clarke/Ponty James Brown '98 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells '88 ........and many many many many many many many many more........
Love the Prine as well. Have seen him a number of times. His voice has deteriorated since he got cancer, but the songs are still great.
Paul Simon never disappoints.
Triple bill was the Allman Bros, Littlefeat, and the Radiators at the old Poplar Creek outdoor theater in 1990, one of the last shows I saw at this fine venue.
The opening act for the second time I saw Ronnie Montrose was a band called PoDunk (sp?). They went all over the place with wonderful sounds. If you ever get the chance to catch them, expect to have you mind blown. Another cool act you should see when possible is WireTrain. They opened for Dylan and were out of this world. . UncleDead.
dawg440 wrote: Posted: June 29, 2007 - 12:14pm ABB @ Poplar Creek Triple bill was the Allman Bros, Littlefeat, and the Radiators at the old Poplar Creek outdoor theater in 1990, one of the last shows I saw at this fine venue. I was at this show too. We almost did'nt make it down because the car we drove broke down. After tinkering with the car for an hour or so we got it running again. We taped this show though missed half of Thr Radiators set. The actual date and setlist...... Aug 10, 1991 (Sat) Poplar Creek Music Theater Hoffman Estates, Illinois 1. Hot 'Lanta 2. Statesboro Blues 3. Blue Sky 4. End Of The Line 5. Kind Of Bird 6. Low Down Dirty Mean Acoustic: 7. Melissa 8. Come On In My Kitchen 9. Midnight Rider 10. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad Electric: 11. Hoochie Coochie Man 12. Get On With Your Life 13. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed 14. Revival Encore: 15. Jessica 16. Nobody Knows Radiators, Little Feat opened Later in the year we saw The Allman Brothers with Little Feat again at The Palace of Auburn Hills for a Toys For Tots benefit. We had second row center tickets. We also recorded Little Feats full set with Warren Haynes sitting in on the best Dixie Chicken ever. About halfway through The Allman Brothers set the security busted us for taping and confiscated our batteries. Heres the Allmans setlist... Nov 29, 1991 (Fri) Palace Auburn Hills, Michigan 1. Statesboro Blues 2. End Of The Line 3. Blue Sky 4. Nobody Knows 5. Low Down Dirty Mean Acoustic: 6. Melissa 7. Come On In My Kitchen 8. Seven Turns 9. Midnight Rider 10. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad Electric: 11. Hoochie Coochie Man 12. Kind Of Bird 13. Get On With Your Life 14. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed 15. One Way Out 16. Whipping Post Little Feat opened
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goffchile sez:The Goose is Loose Has anyone seen the Goosecreek Symphony? Someone recently turned me on to them but I have not seen them live. They are descibed as sounding like the Grateful Dead if they were from Kentucky rather than California or if Jimi Hendrix and Bill Monroe were in the same band. They went defunct in the 1970s and have recently reformed. I'd be interested to hear any experiences seeing this group. ================= Yeah GC- I've seen 'em (1 time)... they were playing NPR's "Mountain Stage" radio show in Charleston WV a few years ago (my failing memory, w/o looking it up, thinks around '98-'99?) I did not see the Mountain Stage show (Sun afternoon), but, saw them the night before (Sat. nite) at a local dive called the Empty Glass, which used to be operated in downtown Chas'ton by one the Mountain Stage house band's guitarists- Michael Lipton. ...Goose Creek at the Empty Glass, a lil' hole-in-the-wall which, if packed, might hold 100-150 people. Indeed, the proper setting fer the Goose. Classic hillbilly-acid-rock. Check out their albums... I highly recommend "Words Of Earnest". Also saw there (at the Empty Glass), in 1992- Jorma and Michael Falzarano (duo) do some classic Hot Tuna/Jorma jams. One of the best shows i've seen. Also, have seen at Mountain Stage in Charleston- 1992- Bruce Hornsby (Bruce came out and chatted with us for 15 or 20 mins. after the show, asking how the Dead were arrangign certain songs/harmonies, etc., now that he was not touring with them... he is one first-class dude). 1991- REM. they played only two or three shows in '91... this was one of them. Various late 80's-early 90's shows at the Music In The Mountains bluegrass fest (Summersville WV)- Bill Monroe, JD Crowe, Ralph Stanley, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Ricky Skaggs, Osborne Brothers, Lou Reid & Carolina, Chubby Wise, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Eddie Adcock, Country Gentlemen, etc...
one of the best shows i've EVER seen- the ozark mountain daredevils, sometime in 1981... princeton wv. and... (sorry, i can't stop!) blue oyster cult (all orig. members) fayetteville wv foghat (w/lonesome dave) fayetteville wv dixie dregs, sometime in '79 wvu tech, montgomery wv seldom scene, 1980 wvu, morgantown wv disco biscuits, 1999 fat daddy's roadhouse (redneck bar), daniels wv
a few favorite concerts (other than the dead) Living Colour-1989. My cousin took me to see the Stones at the Medowlands in 1989. Living Colour opened and blew the Stones away. They really had no business even coming on the stage after the torrent of rock offered by Living Colour (Unknown musicians) 1991-1993. Gettysburg bluegrass/music store. Every Friday night these local bluegrass musicians would gather in the small storefront in downtown Gettysburg and play the most amazing bluegrass I've ever heard. These were old-timers right off South Mountain or the farm. My friends and I made it a point to catch them most Friday nights. I wonder if this still happens? Rush/Primus- 1992. I think I still have hearing loss after this tight and intense show! Tommy the Cat at home in La Villa Strangiato! Pearl Jam (Lollapalooza 1992). I've seen them about a dozen times since, but this will always be my favorite. The Meat Puppets- 1993. Psychedelic cow-punk! Husker Du meets the Grateful Dead. I was at a loss for words for like three days after seeing these guys. Whatever happened to them? Phish- (Halloween 1994) My friends arranged this road trip to Glens Falls as my going away present (I left for the Navy three weeks later). Second set, three words: THE. WHITE. ALBUM. Insanity. Vacuums. Trey on drums. I love my friends! Allman Brothers 1997. Right after Christmas in Jacksonville FL. The first time I'd ever seen them. Hooray for Warren! String Cheese Incident 2002. Radio City. Burning Down The House! Bob Dylan 2004. I know Dylan can be hit or miss, but this particular show at American U was crazy. I almost wet myself when he played Hazel. Incredible. Dylan was on fire. My Morning Jacket (bonnaroo 2004) You know how the Dead could sometimes seemingly control the weather? Well, My Morning Jacket opened the heavens at the end of their set with a face melting 13 min Steam Engine.
used to see the nighthawks in Richmond 79-81 or so, Thackery was awesome, great band...once saw them on a blues cruise aboard the Spirit Of Norfolk out of Hampton Roads Harbor....other stuff, hmmm Eagles were great, Little Feat, Outlaws at William & Mary College,John Prine, James Taylor, ooo and Jackson Browne with Bruce Hornsby both solo at the Mosque...Can i add seeing Jerry at the Lunt-Fontaine with Sandy Rothman, Peter Rowan, & John Kahn...but last couple of years Govt. Mule is seriously KICKING
....the fucking Eagles!!!!!! Actually, unlike my silver screen hero (The Dude) I saw the Eagles in the 70's (78 or 79, I think) at the Capital Center in Largo, MD and they were awesome! They played everything! Jimmy Buffett opened and no one knew him, then. He was actually very good, as well (I have to admit). Man I wish I had seen the Outlaws. I just re-discovered "Green Grass and High Tides Forever" and it reminded me of the great guitar players we had "back in the day" (and how many there were). Not that there aren't any around now a days. I never saw Phish but I wish I had, as well. I do have "Live from Brooklyn" dvd and the second disc is one of my favs. I've seen Trey with Phil three times and they've all been brain burners. I've seen Trey with Dave Mathews twice (Bonnaroo 2004, Dave & Friends Cruise 2006) and both were great although the Dave & Friends Cruise concert was completely off the hook, until the winter squall came on us and nearly washed us off the island. Trey is awesome! The Dude Abides!
If not the best, the one with the most energy flowing around i've ever seen, 50,000 people dancing and singing, the Rolling Stones Friday 6/7/07 at the Olympic stadium in Rome, my city
I live in the desert, which is very hot in the summertime of course. In the mid-eighties, Santana played a show at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. It's a small circular building with a round stage which revolves in the center of it. It was a moderately hot summer night and the temperature wasn't really unbearable. At the beginning of the show Carlos Santana announced that he didn't want to play in a closed air-conditioned building. So he requested that all the exterior doors to the theater be opened up and the air-conditioning turned off. He wanted to allow the instruments "To Breath!" Santana shows draw a really diverse crowd and everyone was into it. We were all hot and sweaty, but it was great fun. It was a great show. Come to think of it, I've yet to see a bad Santana performance. ; ) The months of July, August and September are the monsoon season in Arizona. Storm fronts develop out of the Gulf of California or the Gulf of Mexico and blow north across the desert. The rainfall and the drop in temperatures are a welcome relief to the summer heat. First, southern Arizona and Tucson receive rain showers in morning. As a storm moves northward the wind picks up sand and dirt from the desert floor and forms a large wall of dust. By late afternoon the dust storm reaches Phoenix. Usually, it's followed by a heavy downpour. The wind knocks over trees and the lightning knocks out the power in various parts of the city. The rain really cools things off, but the storms can be hazardous as well. Well, one July evening in the early eighties, the Pat Metheny Group was scheduled to perform at the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, Arizona. It's a medium-sized venue with a terraced lawn and open seating. On the afternoon of the show a monsoon storm was approaching the Valley which raised concerns about the safety of the crowd and the equipment on stage. Instead of cancelling the show, they decided to move all the equipment inside the Grady Gammage Auditorium on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. It's a beautiful, Frank Lloyd Wright building designed with acoustics in mind. Since it was an open seating show, you could sit anywhere you wished. :) We sat in the balcony and the sounds from Pat Metheny's guitar filled ever small space of the auditorium. The musicians seemed to really get into the acoustics of the space and the sounds they created. It was one of the best performances I've ever attended.
If you haven't checked these guys out you should. I saw them a few times in the Bay Area before I moved to Maui (that was 6 years ago) and i think they sound better than ever now - they came to Maui about a year ago - they played at a small club called Hapa's - when we got there i went onto the floor and could feel the bass come up through my feet - tears of joy streamed from my eyes because i finally felt like i was "home" . . .Not much in the way of lyrics unless a lovely woman by the name of Audio Angel accompanies them during a set - but great jams/improv/drums - these guys are the shit - there are a lot of live shows on archive.org and also you can listen to sts9 radio at sts9.com if you want to check it out. . .highly recommend it:) ~KRISSY~
Brian Wilson (January 2007) with old pal Beach Boy Al Jardine trading lead vocals in Long Beach, CA. Brian has a tremendous band and his show bears no resemblance to the farce that is the current Beach Boys, which is actually a disinterested Mike Love and some hired guns. Los Lobos (June 2007) just plain blew the roof off the Coach House, a long time nightclub in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The wolf will indeed survive!
The last show I went to was in Spokane, Wash. July 2004. The woman I was dating at the time wanted to go see Shania Twain. At first, I was reluctant about it. But since Shania is easy on the eyes, I agreed to go. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of the members of her band are from Australia. Their music is not country western, it's more like Jazz-Fusion. The musicians are very talented and their music was really good. And, I've never seen anyone move around so much as Shania Twain. She is constantly in motion during the entire show. The opening act was a band called Emerson Drive. The lead guitarist was wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt. During one of their songs, they broke out into an extended instrumental, which morphed into Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for a while. I have to admit it was pretty good. ; )
Arlo Guthrie at the Marlboro MA Middle School ! Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Dregs, old Tull, Edgar Winter's White Trash Uncle Merle ! The worst show ever........KISS. MusicRx
Taj Mahal Trio 2006 Asheville @ Warren Haynes XMAS Jam - Everything that is awesome about music. Santana puts on as fine a show as there is, in my estimation. Best pure musicianship I have ever seen on stage - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Is there anyone better at their instrument than Bela? Any answer would have to be an all-time virtuoso.
August 1990 Alpine Valles, WILineup was Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Crazy Leslie and I had tickets for the show, but almost didn't go, as we were dreadfully hung over from the night before (don't remember what we did, but doesn't really matter-was something really eventful and fun at the time, for sure) but we decided to tough it out and go. Have rarely been so glad of a decision in my life. Show was HOT, is the only word for it. Encore of Stevie Ray's set included all of the above, plus Buddy Guy flew in in a helicopter, to join the other guitar greats on stage. Was a rockin' "Sweet Home Chicago" that went on forever. Guys were having soo much fun taking over lead guitar and playing with each other. Was breathtaking. Especially that song for 2 Chicago gals! Leslie and I both were cured of our hangovers long before the encore, and were thanking our lucky stars on the way home that we went. Next day she called me at work and said "Dude, was a crash after the show." For a while we thought that Clapton had died too, so were in telephone conference with each other for hours, with her listening to the radio, and me doing no work whatsoever. When we knew Stevie Ray had died, we were shocked and sorrowful. But as Leslie said "Couldn't have had a hotter grand finale for his life if he'd have tried." Was also 'bout the best non-Dead show I ever saw.
This band seemed lost after their guitarist Mikey Houser died. But since Jimmy Herring has joined, they are playing with a newfound energy. These shows are fun and the vibe is as close to the Dead as you'll find in today's touring acts. It's all about the lyrics, the jams, the drums, the smiles and the good times. I've seen a few shows this year, but the Friday night, April 27 show at Orange Beach, Alabama is the best live show I've seen since Jerry existed. Yes, I felt a little old, but I still had a blast. Check them out in a town near you.
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MusicRx- Dregs... yeah... I saw 'em once in college '78 or '79... Steve Morse is THE most underrated g-man in music IMHO... Also- the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. I've seen them twice, once in '80, once in '97. The Chicken Train ROCKS!
ELP in 78 or 79 in St. Louis was the best show I've ever been to, hands down. Others: Panic at 10KLakes, Zappa, Rare Earth, Robin Trower, Charlie Daniels Band at Kiel Opera House the night that Skynrd's plane went down, Jackson Browne, The Who w/KMoon, The Neville Brothers under the Arch and backed by FIREWORKS in St. Louis, JGB at Mississipi Nights, many Jake's Leg bar shows at Twenty North, couple Santanas, Metheny, and on Worst show: A KSHE triple bill topped by All Bros when they were all totally downered out; the songs went on and on and on with 20 minutes of "whhhaaaaooommmmmm........whooooommmmm" stuff at the end of every song.
In the late 90s. I went to two of the 5 night run. I got a wave from Ringo who was in the balcony (next to Joni Mitchell). They were both incredible. Also a couple of Allman Bros. shows in teh early 90s at The Santa Barbara County Bowl. One with Little Feat, one with Blues Traveler. Both outstanding shows. Many others. Many great Jerry and Bobby shows. And General Public has been great. Some Who shows are at the top. I could go on.
Went to an amazing ZPZ show at Meadowbrook Music Theatre 7/27. Simply the best band with the best musicians playing the best music now. If they are playing in your town I would highly recomend seeing them if you're on the fence. Those not on the fence are likely going.
Spacebrother and others. I saw Zappa Plays Zappa at 10,000 Lakes Festival on July 19. My brother and I got there early and heard the music of Zappa and I almost ran to the front of the stage for the soundcheck which we were lucky enough to see with only several hundred Zappa Freaks who knew what was going on by recognizing the music. I got a body rush just being there, I know that it was the most excited I was the whole festival. I was like a kid at a candy store and had a big goofy grin. . Then several hours later we got to see the show. These folks are amazing musicians. It brought back memories of one of the best other shows I have ever seen - Frank Zappa - Mothers of Invention with Adrian Belew in Iowa City in 77 or 78. Do not miss this band. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
I saw Prince in the summer of 2004. He had Maceo Parker and the best drummer I have ever seen in his band (John Blackwell). It was three hours of non-stop music including a long solo acoustic set. He is an amazing guitar player and played it a lot that night. I also love seeing Pearl Jam. Last summer in Philly was really good. The Hold Steady are my new favorite, they put on a great show and have the best lyrics I've heard in years. I was lucky enough to catch on of the three Radiohead "Kid A" North American shows (Toronto). It was one of the best and rawest shows I have ever seen. It was very gritty and just amazing. Other great bands I love to see: Depeche Mode, Pixies, Donovan, Mercury Rev, Beck.......
HippieChuck -so many smal intimate shows at nyavenues on long island new york.the guys just blew us all away night after night week after week.holy shit some of the experiences i had were beyond description and almost seemed like something.......
12/29-31/97 - Great American Music Hall, SF: Incredible 3 show run. My friends and I were welcome backstage throughout the run thanks to sound dude Steve Young who we met during the Vinyl show on 12/28. The band I was used to hearing talk and joke throughout shows, including during songs, just put their collective heads down and wailed. 11/6/01 Madison Theater - Peoria, IL: CD release party for Warts and All vol. 1. Do yourself a favor, go to archive.org and stream Waiting For the Punchline right now. I've seen a ton of shows but it was during this song that for the first and only time ever I thought a band might actually tear the roof off a place. Also, just saw Hank III last saturday. If your musical tastes include both country and all that metal rock theater can offer go see that kid. 11/6/01 Madison Theater - Peoria, IL It was the CD release party for
Springsteen in the late 70's awesome showsJerry Jeff Walker in a small club in Charlotte NC in 83 (great show he just keep playing 2+ hrs without a break) Jorma with Jack in a small club in Portland ME in 86? ( sat at a table right in front of Jorma) Marshall Tucker Band when I was at school in Alfred NY ( one of my 1st concerts and still one of the best) Max Creek at the Mason Jar in Rochester NY in the early 80's
The Chili Peppers are great live and the Who this last time around gave me serious goosebumps.