What is the best concert you have been to?

  • CanYouKeepUp

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    Jan 01, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    I have been to a lot of concerts. Some good (Simon and Garfunkel -Enrique Iglesias), some great (Bon Jovi), and some awful (Alabama - Pitt Bull). The best performance, the best show, and the most fun I have had at concert was Bette Meddler in DC.


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    Jan 01, 2014 7:51 PM GMT
    I can't possibly remember all of the great ones i've seen throughout the years, but for me the best concert i've seen in 2013 was Mgla in Brussels.

    This thing will be printed in my mind for a lifetime:



    I was also fortunate to have been part of the rather exclusive Mare ritual in Brussels this year. Rarely seen a band so possessed on stage. They scared the shit out of me. I was at the front row too.

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    Jan 01, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
    My cousin just mentioned Bon Jovi yesterday. Apparently she just met his father who's one of her husband's clients. She called all excited to tell me. She gets so star struck. How disappointing for her that I didn't know who Bon Jovi was. I'm so lame when it comes to that stuff.

    I've been to only one concert my entire life. But it was the best concert ever. And just last year I found a youtube of it which apparently had been filmed but the film was canned for all these years. Not only that. But it turns out that the camera person happened to catch my group in the audience.

    At first I thought I saw us popping out of our seats early on, and then I thought I was nuts to think that, but then @ 3:40 to 3:42 is a clear close up of my friend's face. Two seconds of fame. Showing up on youtube 35 years later. How bizarre. How bizarre.

    Remember when you used to get 15 minutes of fame? I'm sorry but we had to cut that short to fit everyone in.

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    Jan 01, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    The best concert I went to wasn't technically a concert. Saw Aimee Mann at The Largo here in LA. It was fantastic. It's a small club/restaurant and the stage was like a few feet away from our table. Later during her set, her husband Michael Penn came on stage and did a few duets. Then Michael's brother, Chris, just happened to be there and "sang" with them. It was good times.
  • MikeW

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    Jan 01, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    It wasn't "the best" but one of the most remarkable was seeing Jimi Hendrix on stage at the Chicago Civic Opera House, February 25, 1968.

    I was 20 years old and had taken to Jimi's sound the first time I heard the "Are You Experienced" album the year before. What made the event especially exciting was I didn't have a ticket. My friend, Mark, did and after he went in, he managed to pass his ticket stub back out to me. I had to argue with the ticket takers to get past the ropes and one insisted on ushering me to the seat, all the while warning me it had better not be taken. Fortunately Mark was streetwise enough to have anticipated this so the seat was vacant. In fact, I didn't see Mark again the whole evening.

    Although it was exciting to see the Experience live on stage, I found I preferred the studio produced sound better. (I had a great AR component system.) Straight from his equipment, I found the sound a bit harsh not to mention all the screaming and yelling going on didn't make for listening pleasure.
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    Jan 01, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    Damn that must have been great seeing Jimi Hendrix on stage..
  • MikeW

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    Jan 01, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    Truppensturm saidDamn that must have been great seeing Jimi Hendrix on stage..

    Yeah, one of my few claims to fame. The whole concert (no video) is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv2fedJabss

    MGTA is awesome, btw ;-)

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    Jan 01, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    Cher, all of her concerts. Her concert was my first and the evenings events legendary. Tina Turner and Cindi Lauper right up there too.

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    Jan 01, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    OMG...quite a few...

    Bootsy Collins WAY before he got fame - I hitchhiked about 80 miles to a gig at a college in Ohio where I was one of maybe a half-dozen palefaces in the crowd. Lately he's watered down his act and all you see in the audience is Whites. LOL

    The incomparable (and closeted) Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz during what turned out to be his last tour.

    Peter Tosh at a crammed club during what also turned out to be his last tour. The man sparked a spliff on stage that had to be three feet long. icon_eek.gif Everybody in the place got a contact high if they weren't blazing already. And the band was on fire.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - twice. RIP

    James Cotton, Ronnie Law, and Third World at the now discontinued UMass-Amherst springtime "Pond Concert."

    The demonically possessed Itzhak Perlman at Cincinnati's architectural masterpiece Music Hall.

    Yes - with Jon Anderson but without Rick Wakeman - on the Boston waterfront. Sixth row center.

    Page/Plant in 1995, one of the first shows in what's now called the TD Garden in Boston. They brought in a full symphony orchestra for "Kashmir." Jimmy Page plucked some North African instruments during a few songs. Robert Plant managed a few screams like the old days. Zep maniac heaven.

    More recently: The yet to be discovered jazz a cappella group Vox One. Mind-blowing what can be done with the human voice.

    And the all-"girl" cover band "Lez Zeppelin," who tore the place UP.

  • CanYouKeepUp

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    Jan 01, 2014 11:57 PM GMT


    I've seen Green Day a couple of times. I saw American Idiot this year. American Idiot was great. A lot better than the bands concerts.
  • madsexy

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    Jan 01, 2014 11:59 PM GMT
    Tina Turner, five years ago in Chicago - blew my mind that an old rock icon could still wow an entire arena full of people.

    I should also say that Bette Midler in Las Vegas was awesome too several years ago. A friend and I had to go for a work thing, and they took us all to Bette Midler's show at Caesar's Palace. She worked that stage and the audience like I can't even describe.
  • Fable

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    Jan 02, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    Major lazer, fucking epic.

    50 cent when i was like 16 that was epic too loooooooooool #hoodratdreams

    and tina turner too icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:11 AM GMT


    Linkin Park. ~ they never will ever disappoint! #timeless.
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    Three days grace , breaking benjamin , and avenged sevenfold
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    Spice Girls - the reunion at TD Gardens Boston
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:24 AM GMT
    I am... World Tour/The Mrs Carter Show (Beyoncé)
    The Wrecking Ball Tour (Bruce Springsteen)
    As I am Tour (Alicia Keys)


    I really want(ed) to see Tina Turner and Madonna.


    And for shits and giggle, the worst concert I've been to:
    The Black Eyed Peas
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Pink's Truth About Love tour is her best and ranks as the best Ive seen. Amazing how this lady sings while flying through the air, or while hanging upside down, or while being tossed around.
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Jan 02, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    Connie Francis, 2001 at the Count Basie Theater. She was 63 years old at the time, and still going strong. There wasn't a dry eye in the house after she finished "Mama", and her tribute to Bobby Darin, her former sweetheart, was so sweet. I don't think she does many concerts nowadays.
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  • BillandChuck

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    Jan 02, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    Bill: Elton John at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA in late October 1975.

    Chuck: Cher's first Farewell Tour in Washington, DC in late June 2002. (Bill agrees it's in the top-five, too.)
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Jan 02, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    When Dimmu Borgir Opened up for Danzig in LA.
    It was amazing.
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    Jan 02, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Pheonix
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    Jan 02, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    The Black Keys
  • chrisjb626

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    Jan 02, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    Seeing as I am a huge country music fan, it was probably Carrie Underwood.
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    Jan 02, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    One of the best ones I saw goes way back to the 1980s when I saw Rod Stewart. There is a reason he is still in the game - the guy is a showman and definitely knows how to entertain.

    I also saw Tina Turner in her prime back in the 1980s and the woman was like a force of nature on stage.

    More recently, Lady Gaga put on a good show when I saw her on her Monster's Ball tour.

    I feel a bit embarrassed to admit it, but my favorite concert in the last five years was seeing Katy Perry on her California Dreams tour. It was all sugary sweet with floating pink clouds and a "storyline" about Katy looking for her cat Kitty Purry but it was so entertaining. icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 02, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    I'm probably older than most every guy here, so I've got a whole bunch of favorites. To name only a few:

    * Tina Turner / Amsterdam
    * Shirley Bassey / Carnegie Hall
    * Shirley Bassey / Royal Albert Hall
    * Diahann Carroll / Royal Albert Hall
    * Elle Fitzgerald / Venetian Room, San Francisco
    * Keely Smith / Venetian Room ""
    * Lena Horne / Golden Gate Theatre & Venetian Room, SF
    * Sinatra / Meadowlands
    * Grateful Dead New Year's Eve / San Francisco
    * Led Zepplin / New York
    * Black Sabbath & Yes / Winterland, San Francisco
    * Traffic / Winterland
    * B.B. King / Winterland
    * Marlene Dietrich / Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos
    * Michael Buble / Phoenix
    * Cher / Phoenix
    * Helen Forrest & Harry James / Venetian Room, SF.
    * Rosemary Clooney / Carnegie Hall
    * The McGuire Sisters / Venetian Room, SF

    Way too many more to name a favorite. I had a blast at all of them.