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Old 04-02-2003, 12:14 PM   #16
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God, that's tough. I've seen The Stones and Tina Turner twice each and they're just beyond compare, they invented the modern rock spectacular. Madonna was tremendous. Guns 'n Roses was fantastic. Rollins is always the man. Then there's Beck and No Doubt and Alanis and Heart and Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart and Brian Setzer. It's so hard for me to pick the best show because I don't think I've ever been to a terrible show, and I've been going to concerts more than half my life (first show NKOTB, Christmas 1989!!).

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Originally posted by dsmith2904
(first show NKOTB, Christmas 1989!!).
My first show was NKOTB...I think it was in 1990.

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Old 04-02-2003, 12:42 PM   #18
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It would be pretty tough to pinpoint, I've seen a lot of great shows.
Off the top of my head, some of the top live acts I've seen:
The Who(7x)
Pearl Jam(8x, with 3 more coming this year)
The Stones(6x)
Nirvana(sadly just once and 6 months later...blammo)
Van Halen(7x)
There are many nights when I left an arena thinking I had just seen one of the best shows of my life, including after many U2 shows.
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Old 04-02-2003, 01:00 PM   #19
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Radiohead: Greek Theater Los Angeles 2001
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#1 - Audioslave - Mesa Arizona, April 2003 - amazing

#2 - Weezer - SLC - September 2001 - They do a fantastic live show
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Old 04-02-2003, 01:26 PM   #21
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Definitely Radiohead, five years ago today at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
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Old 04-02-2003, 02:36 PM   #22
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Hmm...I have a few that were all equally outstanding.

*The Who 1996--they performed Quadrophena (with Billy Idol as the Bell Boy!)

*CSNY 2000--saw their first show in Detroit in Jan, but their Columbus show in April was a lot better

*Bruce 2002--need I say more!!! Ok, Bruce sweat!! hehe..
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I'd have to say Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones.
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Bruce Springsteen- 12/09/80. It was the night after John Lennon died. Bruce was absolutely on fire. Little Steven cried. What a night. I will always feel lucky to have been there.
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Originally posted by meegannie

YES! May 18th! Substitute that for one of my Doves shows.


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CLASSIC quote... That was the best. ed...

*edited b/c i typed :ed:ed instead of ed, but come to think of it, an :ed: icon wouldn't be bad...
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Old 04-02-2003, 04:29 PM   #26
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not an easy question.

power and tricky, both gigs.

quality of the band buena vista social club and james brown.

david bowies gigs were great.

some festivals, too, for days and nights, the mood. seen the stereo mcs there, it was fun. what about björk, never got a chance to see her live. and the concert i would most long to see would be prince if he´s in a good kickin´ mood.

i really can´t decide there are lots of musicians i like.

i´m sorry to say the stones were ridiculous.
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Wow! Hard to pick one, so I'll go with a few that I can think of right now (in no particular order):

1. Talking Heads at the Hollywood Palladium I think around 1980. I thought I was going to puke from dancing in the heat of the room. Fucking great show!

2. The Ramones, also at the Palladium, also in 1980. We left school early that day and on the way up heard on the radio that they would be signing records at the Music + store on Sunset and Vine. We went and watched the punks stealing lps and unwrapping them and having the Ramones sign them! Johnny Ramone was the palest living human I have ever seen! I didn't know people could be that color and be alive!

3. Elvis Costello Almost Blue, Almost '82 tour at the LA Sports Arena He played for almost three hours, and it was such a great show.

4. Springsteen on The River tour, sometime in the early 80s. We had side riser seats, but at the end of the show, we were able to work our way right up front. Remember, this is before standing areas were popular at arena shows, so this was a huge deal! It was a ball!!!

5. Boomtown Rats and X, again at the Palladium, again in the early 80s. This was a great show! I loved the Rats, and this was the first time I got to see X. My mother was worried, because at an X show at the Roxy a few weeks before, someone had gotten stabbed. This was when punks were still somewhat dangerous!

6. George Carlin at the Roxy, maybe 1978 or so. I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.

7. Gil Scott-Heron at the Roxy, early 80s. Great show!

8. Lou Reed at the Roxy, early 80s. I don't think I need to say anything here!

I loved going to concerts when I was young and tickets were cheap and bands were good! The early 80s was so much fun for me! I won't even mention Augustus Pablo at the Palladium or Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica in 1981 with Steel Pulse.
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Martha, HOLY CRAP you've seen some awesome shows!!

Seriously, Talking Heads and the Ramones! WOW! That would have been awesome. There's just some bands like that, which I'll never have the chance to see, who just look look like they would have put on spectacular shows.

I'm seriously jealous.
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I´m jealous on Lou Reed.
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Old 04-02-2003, 05:23 PM   #30
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I saw Ben Harper at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia two years ago or so. He was absolutely, awesomely, fucking amazing. He played for two and a half hours, first of all. I was also RIGHT up front (GA and everyone was standing, but I was equivalent of 2nd or 3rd row because me and my boyfriend at the time got there mad early). He also played EVERY song that I really love by him (like "Ground on Down" and "Forever"), and he even did "Sexual Healing."

Honorable mentions are Dave Matthews Band, Wally Pleasant (who no one has ever heard of), Barenaked Ladies, and Fiona Apple.

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