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Your best concert experience

Post by jthomas1264 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:50 pm


I am looking back on some of the best concerts I've seen over the last few decades. Last month I saw Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, an excellent tribute to Zeppelin and Bonzo. So what are your concert memories? I saw Queen twice with Freddie Mercury and twice with Adam Lambert. Incredible shows.

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by JayTrek » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:58 pm

I would think that those Queen shows with Freddie could not be topped. He commanded a stage like no one else ever has.

I have not taken in many concerts. My musical interests are wide and varied. The two best concerts I have ever seen are were with Chris Botti at the Ryman in Nashville a few years ago. I also saw Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire together in Nashville two years ago.

Both shows were great. And I would certainly see both acts again given the chance.

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Post by CMur12 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:19 am

I haven't been to a concert in a long time. My favorite would probably be a very intimate Joan Baez concert in a community college theater, in the late 1980s. She was beautiful, charming, and the concert was wonderful. Close to that time, I went to an Everly Brothers concert that I also enjoyed.

Going back to the early 1970s, I went to a Judy Collins concert in the Seattle Opera House and I was blown away by her voice and her charm. I was really into Leo Kottke back at that time and I went to a couple of his concerts, a year apart, too.

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Post by Antique Hoosier » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:15 am

I am not a huge concert or live music devotee but I will offer two unusual ones,..... Bryan Ferry in a very small theater venue OR perhaps my first "real" concert appearance, The Who on their "Farewell" tour in 1983.

Obviously it was farewell until they needed more cash.

The Police in 1984 wasn't a bad show either. I regularly turn down offers to view concerts. They just don't appeal to me.

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by ShadowsDad » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:38 am

Probably Renaissance in the mid '70s at The Academy of Music in NYC.

I haven't been to a concert since the mid '80s and back when I was going to concerts they were few and far between and I was very picky.

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Post by brothers » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:04 am

I can't single out one best. Early days it was a show featuring Beach Boys, Paul Revere & Raiders, B. J. Thomas and others I can't remember. Later it was Elvis Presley. Third was in the Cotton Bowl --- ZZ Top, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and can't remember who else. Most recently, Eric Clapton.

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by M6Classic » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:06 am

1962. Bob Dylan at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, N.J. He couldn't get booked in New York City. Mid to late Sixties sing alongs with Pete Seeger at Croton Point Park on the Hudson.


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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by Straight Arrow » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:19 pm

My first rock concert was Blind Faith at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in the summer of 1969. I was all of 13 years old and was very lucky that my 18 year old sister agreed to let me tag along. I was quite impressed by the atmosphere, the crowd, the loudness of the band. It was a big big deal for me. Another memorable concert at the Spectrum was Chicago sometime around 1970. The opening act was Bruce Springsteen, a relatively unknown artist at the time. About halfway through his short set the crowd began chanting "We want Chicago...We want Chicago".

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by CMur12 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:31 pm

Bob Dylan in 1962 would have good. I wasn't quite of concert-going age yet, however. I remember desperately wanting to go to a Beatles concert in 1965, but tickets were astronomically expensive, at $5.00

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by Sam » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:53 am

Back when I was a teen and into college, I saw Beach Boys, Stones, ZZ Top, Lynard Skynard, Styx, Doobie Brothers, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, and then when married Billy Joel, Amy Grant, Celine Dion. I know I have a good six or more concerts I can't recall right now. When I was able to drive,i was going to a concert at least 4, 5 times a year. Some of the bands above (kansas and Styx) I have seen more than once.

Now, with new wife, we have seen Rascal Flatts, Boston, Night Ranger, Billy Joel, Elton John, Darius Rucker, Hall and Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Connick, Jr., Journey with the new guy, shows at the Grand Ole Opry, and have tickets for Tom Petty with Joe Walsh opening. Have traveled to Little Rock (Fleetwood Mac) and to Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Rascall Flatts). Most of them are now at outdoor amphitheaters where you can bring a cooler and wine/beer and set up before the show.

Edit: Joe Walsh lived in Memphis for a bit and would play shows in local bars and I would see him from time to time

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by Kyle76 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:35 am

I saw the Doobie Brothers in college from about the fifth row. Have had orchestra seats for Steely Dan several times. Got a backstage pass for Leon Russell years ago that allowed me to get some photographs from under the stage, about 10 feet from where Leon was sitting at his piano. I had a great one of him looking right at me, but alas it has disappeared. We saw Joe Cocker from the second row a couple of years before he died.

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by kaptain_zero » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:16 pm

1976ish, University of Oslo Norway, Students hall..... Chick Corea & Return to Forever. All time most favourite concert.

More recent, I actually enjoyed "Weird Al" Yankovic's "The Alpocalypse Tour" in Winnipeg the most, though I did also enjoy several Moody Blues concerts over the last 20 years (at the insistence of the "Rolling Pin Dept.").
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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by i_shaved_something » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:58 am

Ozzy on Bark at the Moon tour with Motley Crue in 1984.

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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by sgtrecon212 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:06 am

Steely Dan at Auburn Hills. Y2K Tour Supporting the "Two Against Nature" album. I can't think of anywhere I would have rather been that night. Amazing.
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Re: Your best concert experience

Post by GA Russell » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:35 pm

A couple stick out in my mind.

Herbie Mann in 1969 with Steve Marcus, Roy Ayers, Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav Vitous and Bruno Carr. Some band!

Peter Noone (Herman of Herman's Hermits) in 1985 in a small club in suburban Atlanta was a great surprise. Everyone in the place had a ball.
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