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Old 04-02-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Apart from U2, whats the best gig you have ever seen?

Hi!

As I have seen U2 live 15 times now, Im wondering what, apart from U2, you consider to be best show you have seen in your life?

I must have seen, oh, about at least 100 bands/singers since the very first gig I ever went to back in 1987 seeing U2 at Wembley Stadium.

I have seen British bands/singers like Jesus and Mary Chain, House of Love, Stereo MCs, Lone Justice, Aswad, Joe Strummer, Coldplay, Fatima Mansions, Pulp, Bernard Butler, UB40 and many others. Other bands/singers from outside UK includes The Pixies, Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Youssou N'Dour, Tracy Chapman and so on.

Well, the best gigs I have seen so far are, not necessarily in order of preference:

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Saw them as support to U2 at Slane Castle in 2001 and boy, they blew my mind! I was a sceptic when they came on but I was instantly a convert when they got off! Amazing!
2. The Pogues - I have seen them live several times through the years and you cant beat them for their amazing energy and also the unbelievably great atmosphere. They are now still playing but I prefer the good old days back in the late 1980/early 1990's when they were at their best.
3. The Pixies - Wow, man! They are on a par with the best including U2 themselves! I have seen them live 4 times and they were amazing every time! I loved their live songs like Gigantic, Monkey's gone to Heaven, Debaser, and so on. It was a real shame that they had split up years ago.
5. House Of Love - this was an early 1990's band fronted by an intense but cool guitarist and singer called Guy Chadwick and for a time, they were the darlings of the indie music press like NME. They had amazing songs like Christine which brought them a lot of attention at the time. They are, in some ways, similar to The Pixies.

I think thats all I can remember..... now only if they performed with U2 on the same day! Now that would be heaven for me!

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Bruce Springsteen. Absolutely phenomenal!!!!!!!
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:13 PM   #3
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The Oddfellows, a local guitar band inspired by the likes of REM and the Smiths. I've only been to two actual gigs in my life, the Corrs and the Oddfellows, and the Oddies win. (Although technically it was a free promotional performance).

What? No U2? Tell them to come down to Singapore then.
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A solo Jeff Tweedy gig that turned into a full on Wilco show. The first part had this amazing intimacy which turned into complete and utter joy when the band walked on and started playing. I've never left a concert feeling so unabashedly happy. It was wonderful.
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Hmmm.... this is difficult because I like different gigs for different reasons. So my top five would be:

Starsailor in March 2002 in Philadelphia Also the best time I've had before and after a show.

Idlewild in March in Baltimore

Neil Halstead....I can't pick one....

Doves in December at the Brixton Academy in London supported by the Delgados.

Doves and Elbow double headling tour last June. Both the Philly show and DC show.
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#1 The Strokes - Boca Raton, November 2002. (front row)
#2 No Doubt - Orlando, October 2002. (also front row)
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#1a Sigur Ros in March
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Starsailor in March 2002 in Philadelphia Also the best time I've had before and after a show.

Neil Halstead....I can't pick one....

Doves in December at the Brixton Academy in London supported by the Delgados.

Doves and Elbow double headling tour last June. Both the Philly show and DC show.
all those are in my top 5, so it's easier just to second megan's votes! (minus idlewild, of course - since i wasn't there, i'm sure it'd be in my top if i was!)

My final show though, is:

Starsailor at the London Astoria in February 2003.

OH, wait! ED. I have to make this my top 6, sorry..

Ed Harcourt at North Star Bar in Philly...May 2002 I think...
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I have only seen one other show besides U2 and it was Nstink so i have no comment!!!!!

Concerts I am looking forward too:

COLDPLAY
and *crosses fingers* Fleetwood Mac
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Coldplay for sheer passion.
Doves for improvement in their music live.
Smashing Pumpkins for being what they are (were). Spectacular live show if you can stomach the 45 min long jamming session in the last half.
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Oh gosh...

Well...I absolutely adore Ryan Adams...

*random voice* We know, we know!!!!!!!!



But I've also seen The Rolling Stones twice...and that is just such a spectacle, such an experience...



I've gotta go with Ryan Adams...it really changed my life. It was a springboard for a lot of things that most people don't even know about. Just incredible...what a trip.
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Ed Harcourt at North Star Bar in Philly...May 2002 I think...
YES! May 18th! Substitute that for one of my Doves shows.

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I saw Doves on the MTV live TV show once. That count? I think it was the Pinkpop Festival, they did a really amazing version of Here It Comes.
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