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.?!
Bromberg is a great showman. I recomend checking him out. He is touring
agin with his band.
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.
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.
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?"
Elvis Costello on broadway Back in 1986!! His guitar playing on Watching the Detectives made me realize he was a Deadhead too!!
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.
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...
The Night Hawks with Jimmy Thackery back in like 81'. They rocked back then.
Frank Marino 78'
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!
Eric Clapton (3)
Gov't Mule Opened for Tull before Woody died. Few word sung. Jammed to the max. Awesome.
Bob Dylan (8)
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. ;)
Tom Petty taping Soundstage for PBS
ABB @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