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Old 03-19-2006, 11:54 PM   #1
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10 Best Concert Experiences

1. Prince, Las Vegas/2000/Studio 54 (afterparty)
took the stage at 2:00am, left at 4:30am. Never danced and sweated so much in my entire life. played two "singles", the rest were jams, covers, rarities, etc. Sheila E. and Larry Graham from the Family Stone were both onstage.

2. U2, Chicago/1992/World Music Theatre
I just remember jumping up and down and screaming like a little girl watching The Beatles in the early 60's. It was my first time.

3. Ministry, Chicago/1989/Riviera Theatre
There was a steel fence in front of the entire stage. A reviewer the next day said he wasn't sure if it was to keep the fans away from the band or vice versa. Guests included the entire Revolting Cocks crew, Jello Biafra and Ogre from Skinny Puppy. Total insanity. Released as the life album "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up".

4. Poi Dog Pondering, Chicago/1993/Vic Theatre (2 nights)
A bit of a hippy experience but it was such a great lovefest of positive music. They had me when they covered New Order and The Replacements in the same set.

5. The Replacements, Chicago/1991/Grant Park
The band's final show ever. They traded instruments for the encore and eventually handed them off to the roadies, who kept playing. The last remaining band member realized he was the only one left, threw down his guitar, and walked off.

6. Afghan Whigs, Boston/1996/Paradise
Frontman Greg Dulli enters a la Bill Hicks with black trenchcoat, hat, cigarette, and glass of whiskey. They would seque from a cover to the song it inspired on numerous occasions. The highlight was an encore cover of Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man"

7. (tie) Pavement, Albuquerque/1995/Launch Pad
Touring for my favorite P album. I was right up against the stage, as always, in front of Malkmus. He launched into a solo at the beginning of the first song. Talked to them at the local 24-hour restaurant after the show, where they were eating Green Chile Stew.

Pavement, Boston/1997/The Roxy
Biggest venue I saw them at. Covered Echo & The Bunnymen's Killing Moon and blew me away. Talked with the drummer before they played, told me I was the first person to buy their newly designed t-shirt. Personally handed me drumstick and setlist at the end of the show.

8. Morrissey, Chicago/1993/Poplar Creek
Second row seats. There was a never-ending line of worshippers who kept coming on stage to hug him, leave flowers, poetry, whatever. He threw his velour sweater into the audience where it was ripped into a thousand pieces (I had a chunk of the sleeve). At the end the drummer threw the fucking BASS DRUM into the crowd. Rock and roll.

9. Sleater-Kinney, Los Angeles/2002/Henry Fonda Theatre
Plain and simple, they just blew me away. One of those shows where the music just lifts you out of your body.

10. Bob Dylan, Los Angeles/2002/Wilern Theatre
General admission, main floor. We were 15 feet away from GOD.
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2. Seeing Ronnie Lane in a small club in North Hollywood a few years before he died. He was very ill with MS, but still put on a helluva show. Ian McLagen played keyboards. For some reason I got "backstage" to his trailer and was able to tell him how much it meant to me that he did April Fool that night.
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not in any order, but this is one of those threads where i think most people just post without reading everyone else's posts, so it doesn't really matter.

barenaked ladies, 1999, in hartford, CT. my first show. i mean, i saw various people as a kid, my parents took us to see the clancy brothers which i don't remember, stuff like that. but bnl was the first show i said hey, i want to see this band. it was a good show, and i could easily put any of the times i've seen them on this list.

dropkick murphys - i could list pretty much any show i've seen (even the time i puked on stage during skinhead on the mbta), but i'll say the umass spring concert last year. i stupidly thought dkm would go on early, nas and the other rapper would be after them. dkm played last, and i suffered through "yo when i say real, you say tall!!" and all kinds of bullshit before getting to see dkm. good thing it was a free show. dkm's set was good, but the crowd seemed really lame. they were still doing this thing where they picked a fan to sing "barroom hero," and ken casey (bassist) picked some guy who didn't know the words. after that guy screwed up, al barr (singer), who had been motioning to try to get ken to pick me, came down to the barricade and held out the mic to let me finish the song.

bruce springsteen, last may, boston, MA. i've never seen him with the e street band, and maybe phanan or hewson or someone else here who was at that show will come along and say it doesn't even rank on their list. i thought it was a pretty awesome show.

murphy's law, may 2003, northampton, MA. they played to about 30 people, and i got temporarily thrown out of the show (allowed back in a couple minutes later, kind of a stupid story), but it was awesome.

street dogs with brain failure and some shitty bands that aren't worthy of being mentioned. providence, RI, last october. it was just a really, really good show.

nine inch nails, last week, mullins center, umass amherst. i didn't expect them to be that good live. i was a huge fan around the time the fragile came out, bought a ticket to this show for nostalgia purposes, but i was really blown away, went out and finally bought with teeth (plus replacement copies of the fragile, downward spiral, and pretty hate machine) the next day. i listened to almost nothing but nin all this past week. last.fm is going to look fucking hilarious when the weekly chart shows up.

ducky boys, several other bands, cambridge, MA. uh...februrary 2005. yeah. it was just a cool show.

andrew wk. warped tour 2003. very few people seem like they're having that much fun on stage.

bad religion, 2003, somewhere in worcester, MA (palladium, i think). first time i saw them. i was just really impressed.

the bruisers reunion show. my age, combined with how old i was when my mom let me go to shows, combined with where i lived when they were still a band prevented me from ever seeing them. the ducky boys, tommy & the terrors, and the casualties opened the show. the casualties sucked (as they sucked when they opened that bad religion show), but the other bands were good. and it was the bruisers. i had to go. it was on a wednesday, and i skipped classes, spent a ridiculous amount of money staying overnight in a hotel and on bus fare (well,$200 to see a show is a lot for me. i know it's a drop in the bucket for the folks here who flew to other countries to see u2), but it was totally worth it.
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Tricky live at the Arena, Vienna (1998? when drugs still kicked)
Tricky at the Sofiensaele, Vienna (the place burned down after the gig)

James Brown. the best AllAmerican Show I ever saw, one of the best bands

George Clinton, behind the mixer with a couple of techs and the bass guy

Buena Vista Social Club, one time a whole night (when most of them were still alive, Ruben Gonzales, Compay Segundo), twice at festivals- this was just brilliant.

Mutabaruka

The Wailers

Bowie twice, one time at the Arena, small place.. he started off solo with an acoustic guitar "for all you bootleggers"

U2 (into the heart n all, Popmart was ok too)

well and a couple of other concerts I can´t list em all.. later maybe
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Re: 10 Best Concert Experiences

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1. Prince, Las Vegas/2000/Studio 54 (afterparty)
took the stage at 2:00am, left at 4:30am. Never danced and sweated so much in my entire life. played two "singles", the rest were jams, covers, rarities, etc. Sheila E. and Larry Graham from the Family Stone were both onstage.
cringe. I always wanted to see Prince, but that holy motherfucker never comes to town.
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bruce springsteen, last may, boston, MA. i've never seen him with the e street band, and maybe phanan or hewson or someone else here who was at that show will come along and say it doesn't even rank on their list. i thought it was a pretty awesome show.

It was a pretty awesome show. Bruce is great live solo and with the band.
I do prefer the full E Street Band experience, but the Orpheum show was great.
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bruce springsteen, last may, boston, MA. i've never seen him with the e street band, and maybe phanan or hewson or someone else here who was at that show will come along and say it doesn't even rank on their list. i thought it was a pretty awesome show.
The show was awesome. I saw him again at the Fleet Center this past fall, and the Orpheum show was much better.

I also prefer him with E Street, and the show I saw at Fenway Park probably tops my list.
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I don't think I can even think of ten, I don't go to enough concerts. I can't remember dates

First time I ever saw U2, JT tour

U2 on Larry's birthday, Elevation Tour

ZOO TV tour, Providence

First time I ever saw Bruce and the E Street band, Boston Garden

Bruce and E Street Band at Fenway Park

Bruce on D&Dust tour, Orpheum

Sarah McLachlan on her latest tour

Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris on his latest tour

Tori Amos on her latest tour

Yo Yo Ma at the symphony, it was beautiful

Norah Jones , I couldn't believe that her voice sounded even better in person than it does on CD. It was at a waterfront venue on a beautiful summer night.
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okay, i was wrong
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okay, i was wrong
You could change your screen name from "bored" to "wrong"


As for compiling my own top 10 list, it'd take some real brainstorming. We're talking 25+ years of concert going and hundreds and hundreds of shows to try an narrow to 10. I'll give it a shot when I have a bit of time.
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Ok, this is a tough one...

In no particular order (ok, #1 is going to be at the bottom, for obvious reasons )

10. Weezer, July 2002 Columbus, OH - One hell of a fun show, period.

9. JSBX, December 1998, Pontiac, MI - Raw, wild energy.

8. Damien Rice, 2003 - A small club, very intimate, gorgeous music

7. Oasis/The Black Crowes, 2001 - Just fun, period. Good rock and roll and good times.

6. Foo Fighters, 2003 - Had a lot, and I mean a LOT, of pent up stress going into this show, and they allowed me to get every last bit of it out. Amazing show...

5. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 2003, Comerica Park - We were on the field for this show and even though I didn't have as good a spot as I did for my first Bruce experience, the crowd was amazing, the setlist was to die for (they did Dancing Barefoot, for one... ) and it was the perfect evening.

4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 2002 - Waiting all day in the hot August sun on the side of a highway (thank you, Palace! ) was more than worth it when Kristina and I snagged the front row. Seeing Bruce sweat and swing on a mic stand and having Little Steven grin at you and give you the thumbs up was worth every second. Also, yelling out to Dallas (who was LS's tech for this tour) and having him call us back before we left to give us the setlist and some picks was pretty damn awesome, too!

3. U2, Zoo Tv, Outside Broadcast, 1992 - First time ever seeing U2. It was Zoo Tv and I was 14... I was going insane.

2. U2, Vertigo in NYC, 10/8/05 - I was in the ellipse for the second time (of five) and was in front of Adam the entire night. I have a huge love affair with NYC, so seeing my favorite band in my favorite city in the front row was heaven.

1. U2, Elevation Tour, Chicago 2001 - It was my 3rd time seeing them and my first ever time in the heart. We got second row and it blew me away, being so close to the band I've loved since I was little. It was special to me being a post-9/11 show, and also because at the very end of the show Larry sat down on the edge of the stage and handed Lady Lemon and I his drumsticks. I'll never forget that show, as long as I live.
I'll probably look at this later and want to edit, but that's what comes to mind now.
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I forgot-the Vote For Change concert in Cleveland w/ Bruce and REM, I loved that one too
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1.bob dylan(shaumberg IL 2005)-10 ft away, enough said
2.bruce springsteen(milwaukee 2005)-great performance, solid setlist, and I was prepared to see the acoustic set
3.the who(2002 Tinley park chicago) first ever concert, favorite band at the time
4.U2(2005 chicago 4)-great show, surprise setlist
5.rolling stones(chicago 2003)-good seats, great setlist
6.bruce springsteen(chicago 2003) great performance, but not a big enough fan at the time to appreciate it
7.bruce springsteen(chicago 2006) good performance, bad setlist, venue not fit for performance
8.bob dylan(chicago 2005) great performance, but the sound quality at my seats were awful
9.rolling stones(chicago 2005) bland setlist, but some strong performances to back it up
10.paul mccartney (milwaukee 2002) great performance, but not a huge beatles fan
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I forgot-the Vote For Change concert in Cleveland w/ Bruce and REM, I loved that one too

Seeing Bruce and Michael duet on Man On The Moon was one of the coolest things EVER.
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I've got a Bruce show for this list as well.

It was The River tour, my first time (or second; I can't remember how many times I saw him on that tour) for a Bruce show. Our seats were on the risers, just off the floor. For the encore, the audience rushed up to the stage. I spent the entire encores just feet from the stage. It was extra bitchin'.
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