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Old 20th August 2006, 03:39 PM   #21
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My first concert was Ozzy back in '81 when I was a sophomore in high school. After that I saw Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Saxon, among other metal bands.

When in college, I got to attend a Robin Trower concert for free, it was good but *loud*.

I got to see RL Burnside in a small dive in Wichita, KS in the late 80s.

My brother and I went to see Pink Floyd in St. Louis, later I was able to catch them again in Kansas City.

I also saw Steve Morse and Eric Johnson at the end of the '80s

I saw BB King and Stanley Jordan at a jazz festival.

I went to see 10,000 Maniacs in Kansas City in the early '90s and got to meet Natalie Merchant. She was very nice and signed my CD.

Throughout the '90s I saw David Lindley 6 or 7 times, he always puts on a great show. I saw Lyle Lovett a few times as well as the Califronia Guitar Trio.

I saw King Crimson w/Adrian Belew once.

I've had the good luck to be able to see Neil Haverstick a few times. He plays microtonal guitar music.

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Old 20th August 2006, 04:00 PM   #22
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The best I've seen I think was Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s. The most fun would be Jimmy Buffet. I've lost count of how many JB shows I've been to. If you can't have a good time at a JB concert odds are you're dead.

Not sure if this qualifies but right up there would be Miss Saigon, performed in Mpls a couple years ago. Granted, it's an off-Broadway play but it's all music.
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Old 20th August 2006, 04:37 PM   #23
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Last month I saw The Strokes at Montreux jazz festival (not jazz any more in my opinion). It was really good. More then I expected. The athmosfere was crazy since the halls in Montreux do not accept a lot of people, so we were squashed but in a kinda nice way

Last three good ones that I remember were Eric Truffaz on Walk of the Giant Turtle tour. Like Miles is alive, if you like the trumpet, the modern sorounding this guy you have to check out. Then Red Hot Chilli Peppers 2003 Zurich Hallenstadion), maybe because I was waiting for long to see them live (acctually both my wife and I are huge fans) but it was something I will remeber for a long time and the Hendrix song at the end, delicious. I was jumping like I was 18 again trough the whole concert (bought the t-shirt too ) The last one was the choice of a freind. I have never listened to the Eels before that day (I think was january this year Fri-Son Fribourg). All acoustic band, one guy that knows how to play everuthing that moves and poetry that is Dilan like style. I had a great time but I saw that regular fans were not that happy, I guess they are much harder on the CD-s. And what I liked the most is you now when the lights go on and all people rush to get out first. Well I am one of the guys that waits that everybody crushes their bones and teeth to go out and drinks beer in the corner. Then I go out slowly. Just a half hour after the finished and almoust everybody was left the Eels went out dresed in pygamas and played a couple of songs more. Thats great stuff!

I was again this spring invited to join one frined who had a ticket more for Yann Tiersen, the guy that wrote wonderfull music for the move Amelie Poulain, at Fri-Son Fribourg. I was so badly dissapointed. It was a mixure of rock, his music, metal, psycodelic stuff that this was the firs time in my life I went out before the concert. I mean no concept at all and you can find a lot of bands that do music in their own genre much beter than hi was trying to do. Until he sorts what he wants to be, a rock star or a composer for movies and an author of great music inspired by roots from western France, in my opinion stay away.

There were much much more but I think it is enough from me. Oh yes sine we are on diy audio just to add one concert and that is Nick Cave at Lausanne theater. It was a good one but I was soo put down by the guy at the mixing table how crancked the bass all the way up in this nice acoustic environment that was wery hard to be concentrated on the music that was very very good.


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Old 20th August 2006, 04:55 PM   #24
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Originally posted by SY
A sphygmomanometer, no doubt.
maybe it's just a "mamo-meter".

Well, the best concert I ever went to was the Beach Boys at Jones Beach.

I was at a Cleveland Orchestra concert in the 1960's where George Szell stopped the entire affair since so many people were coughing.

In college, the "Concert Bureau" was the most profitable student-run regime -- the guys who ran it all had MG's (and this was in the 1960's) Every major rock group came through the place, and the acoustics in the gym were incredible --
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Old 20th August 2006, 05:31 PM   #25
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This was a small gig, about 1300 people in the audience (sold out).
Sound was nothing to rave about for a spoiled audiophile, but it didn't spoil the fun. No chest-pounding bass though
Picture of the stage:
Click the image to open in full size.

Talking about chest-pounding bass: i remember a Prince-concert once, held in a large skating-stadium, where bass was not chest-pounding, but gut-wrenching.
The kind that also moves your spine, not just your chest.
Performance was great, this guy really knows how to please a crowd.It was in the early nineties, he played a lot of 'sign 'o' the times ' songs, which is my favourite prince-album.

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Old 20th August 2006, 07:35 PM   #26
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What's that thing on her arm ? -- in the YMCA the young ladies wear their IPOD's in that fashion as they dance the "ellipitical fanatastic" -- who would want to date a girl with a sweaty IPOD holder.
Radio mike / link I think. Me, I like her music. Not that I object to her appearance either...
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Old 20th August 2006, 08:17 PM   #27
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I'd love to catch PJ in concert. I've been a fan ever since 4-Track Demos / Rid of Me.

Other concerts in recent years:

Sleater-Kinney (about 6 times total)
The Thermals (w/ Sleater-Kinney)
Shannon Wright (w/ Sleater-Kinney)
Mary Timony (w/ Sleater-Kinney)
Cat Power (w/ Sleater-Kinney)
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett (about 5 times since the early '90s)
The Joe Jackson Band (on the Volume 4 reunion tour)
Shane MacGowan & the Popes
Madeleine Peyroux
and, of course, lots and lots of classical (symphonic or chamber music)

Going back further in history:

Greatful Dead
Bob Dylan
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The Eurythmics
The Moody Blues
The Crazy 8's
Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie
PDQ Bach

I'm sure I'm forgetting some...that's what two kids under 5 will do to you - worse than marijuana when it comes to short-term memory loss!
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Old 20th August 2006, 08:31 PM   #28
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There was a tour group put together called "A trip down Abbey Road"... about 2003

Mark Farnham from Grand Funk.

Alan Parsons

Jack Bruce

Christopher Cross

Todd Rundgren

et al (I forgot)

They also had 2 keyboard and percussion pro's that were white hot.

Each did some of their own favorites. Lots of other stuff as well. They finished up with the backside of Abbey road... seemless.

A very small round venue with a rotating stage. Not the "biggest" concert by any means but certainly one that I won't forget. The performance of Abbey side 2 was just awesome... might of had something to do with Parsons being there?

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Old 9th September 2006, 03:03 AM   #29
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Captain Beefheart at the Commodore Ballroom.

Einsturzende Neubaten at Expo 86
I got there too late to get a seat, but halfway into the first song there were PLENTY of seats available. And not because people were dancing.

Test Department at Expo 86

David Lindley at the PNE Aquastage.
Particularly memorable because of the guy who slipped past security, climbed up one of the high-dive towers next to the stage (hence, Aquastage), jumped, survived, scrambled out of the tank and escaped the clutches of the security critters again.

Psychick Warriours of Gaia
memorable for being the most expensive concert ever, as I'd loaned money to the promoter to help him with what was supposed to be a festival but which deteriorated into one Sunday night in a nightclub. Still, they did autograph a CD for me.

That Subhumans concert where Wimpy was singing with a toilet seat around his neck

Bands with two drummers:
Los Microwaves (various halls)
The Braineaters (Smilin' Buddah"

Orbital live at the Langley Drive-in

Young Marble Giants at the Western Front

Husker Du at the Victoria OAP Hall

Wendy O Williams and the Plasmatics

that unidentified band (might have been called Madstone?) that played at Burning Man 1995 off a trailer with a mix of middle-east and techno sort of sound.

Couple of bands I saw early in their careers:
54:40 at the Smilin' Buddah Cabaret
Grapes of Wrath at that dockworkers bar in East Van.

MOEV at a bar I'd never been to before that appeared to be the home turf of goth girls who liked girls.

Skinny Puppy at the Emily Carr College auditorium

And the first real rock show I saw:
Prism and Stonebolt at the Victoria Memorial Arena

Concert I most regret not going to: Slow at Expo 86
Certain uh antics resulted in the cancellation remainder of that concert series featuring local bands.
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Old 9th September 2006, 05:01 AM   #30
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OK. I'm jealous WRT the Husker Du concert (sorry, don't know how to do umlauts in this post).

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