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    Default Best concert you ever saw

    Mine, without a doubt, was Pink Floyd at RFK Stadium in DC back in 1994. DAMN, can only wish they would do another album and tour.

    2 months later I saw the Rolling Stones at the same venue. Pink Floyd BLEW their ass away!

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    Well didnt goto too many BIG concerts...lots of locals that were all great but would have to say Beastie Boys Live in Atlanta Hello Nasty Tour 98 from what i remember ;-) and Page Plant in Tampa 199? Dont remeber too much there either .....Wife is beggin be to get some DMB tickets soming up at the end of the month but not a HUGE Dave fan...I enjoy but dunno...

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    Decemberists. Very small band, but they've put on the best shows i've been too. Ironic I guess...i've seen a lot of big name acts, but I love them.

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    Same as my answer to the "first concert". The Allman Brothers - 1970. No light or laser show...no elaborate stage....no pyrotechnics....just great music!
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    Woodstock ... The first one ...

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    There've been a bunch for me but Pearl Jam rocked last summer.

    Radiohead a few years ago was incredible and Neil Young is always good.

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    Yeah, and Eddie Rabbit is REAL modern.

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    Default Re: Best concert you ever saw

    Originally posted by john d. strong
    Mine, without a doubt, was Pink Floyd at RFK Stadium in DC back in 1994. DAMN, can only wish they would do another album and tour.

    2 months later I saw the Rolling Stones at the same venue. Pink Floyd BLEW their ass away!

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    That is funny, I saw the same two concerts! They both sucked with bad seats. My friend and I always joke about the best part of the night being the trip to Fuddruckers resturant. (oh yea, we stopped at a concert as well...) :D If I go to any more I will have good seats or not go.

    My best concert was ZZ Top in the mid 80's.

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    Way too many great shows to pick just one. :D

    The worst one is easy, Kiss.
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    Monsters of Rock concert in Karlsruhe, Germany, 1986.

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    Paul McCartney last year. He did a ton of Beatles stuff and I like his solo stuff too.
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    Originally posted by F1nut
    Way too many great shows to pick just one. :D

    The worst one is easy, Kiss.
    That is odd. I've heard from everyone who ever went to a Kiss concert that they were awesome. I'm quite surprised.

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    2003 Metal Gods Tour

    Over 6 hours of non-stop action starting with Pain Museum, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge, Primal Fear, Immortal and finally, Halford. I'm not a fan of Halford so I left after Immortal. The concert hall was very small and I was so close to the stage. The atmosphere was just right.

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    Chuck, they where the unannounced warm up band for Aerosmith, after two songs we left the building as did almost the entire audience. IMO, their music is crude and the act is juvenile.
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    Originally posted by F1nut
    IMO, their music is crude and the act is juvenile.
    Yea, great aren't they!!!

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    Springsteen, hands down, the best concert experience ever. Even if you aren't a Springsteen fan, his shows are still an experience. In terms of sound quality, I'd probably say Clapton.

    Agree with F1, KISS sucked out loud. The lip-synched version of Beth was AWFUL. It sounded like it was being played from a KOSS boom box. The tape hiss was rediculously loud.

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    Oingo Boingo. Saw them 3 times and all were on Halloween.
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    Originally posted by TroyD
    Springsteen, hands down, the best concert experience ever.
    Being from NJ and being a fan, I've seen several of his shows which are always great ... It's just amazing how much concrete and steel can be made to move without crumbling when Bruce rocks the house.

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    Other great oldie concerts ...

    Hendrix and others at the NY Pop Festival ... Randall's Island ( Downing Stadium ) July 1970 ...

    Concert for Bangla Desh ( Clapton, Harrison, Shankar, Dylan, Russell, etc ) at MSG

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    "best show's" are all over the place...depends on your mood at the time as well.
    My first show ever was Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo Tour in 78. I was a young pup and the loin cloth madman left me death and amazed.
    Pink Floyd's last tour was AWSOME! Maybe it was the perfect buzz I had going?
    Neil Young...The Police...AC/DC (with Bon)...Van Halen (with Dave)...RUSH...SRV front row a week before he died...SO many good ones!!

    It's hard to say what was the best...I have seen over 100+ shows and the ones that really stick out were the BAD ones. Like Ozzy, Molly Hatchet, Billy Squire, Black Oak Arkansas, UB40,.....


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    Impossible for me to pick just one. But here are some of the top concerts (off the top of my head):

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 1978 Chicago Stadium - Rust Never Sleeps tour. Snuck down from our crummy nosebleed seats down to the 10th row. Never got booted out. Amazing concert.

    Frank Zappa - 1981 Uptown Theater (Chicago) 11:00 p.m. show and 1988 Auditorium Theatre (Chicago). I saw Zappa many times but these two shows will always stand out for me as exceptional performances by a musician who always put on a great show, IMO.

    John Hartford - 1977 Bunky's Night Club (Madison). John Hartford was really a one of a kind performer. When I saw him he was playing solo but it was more like a one man band. He would sing and accompany himself on fiddle (and occasionally banjo or guitar). What he also did was have a special flat, maybe 6' x6', wooden board of plywood or something that he would stand on. The board would be miked so you could hear his footsteps. Then, while wearing big old sh!t kicking work boots, he'd keep beat to the song by dancing in place while his footsteps were amplified through the P.A. system. The focus and dexterity it took to dance sing and play the fiddle simultaneously always amazed me.

    Rory Gallagher - 1979 Headliners Music Club (Madison). Rory just blew the roof off the place that night. The crowd was rowdy and appreciative and he just fed off our energy and together it created a special atmosphere that I've seen precious few times in all my concert going days. He was an outstanding live performer.

    Led Zeppelin - 1977 Chicago Stadium. Honestly, this was a very good, but not great, show. Still it was significant because of how huge they were at the time and my, then, obssesive love for all things Zeppelin.

    Pink Floyd - 1975 Milwaukee County Stadium. This was the first of three times I saw Pink Floyd and still my favorite show. They played all of Dark Side Of The Moon, Echoes and One Of These Days from Meddle and Shine On You Crazy Diamond from their as yet unreleased new album. It rained on and off all night and they had to stop playing a couple of times. Finally they strung up a big tarp over the band and with a much reduced light show (that they were so famous for) the band just PLAYED. A very memorable show.

    The Clash - 1982 Montego Bay, Jamaica. The show was part of the three day World Music Festival. Loads of great bands (Grateful Dead, English Beat, Joe Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Black Uhuru. The Beach Boys, Rita Marley w/ a very young Ziggy, Peter Tosh, The B-52's and Jimmy Cliff among others). They didn't come on stage until around 4 or 5 in the morning.

    Roy Buchanan - 1978 Bunky's Night Club (Madison). A blistering performance by the virtuoso blues/rock/jazz/country/you-name-the-style-he-could-play-it guitar slinger. Had a table right next to the stage. Very intimate setting for an incredible show.

    The Cramps - Every time I've seen them. I don't know how to describe a Cramps show if you've never seen them live. Campy, horror show, Rock 'n' Raunch 'n' Roll, The Munsters on acid w/ guitars, extreme good time surfin' bird weirdness. They've been around forever and I've never seen them not leave it all on the stage when the shows is finished. Not everyones cup of tea but I think they are one of the greatest live rock 'n' roll bands in the world. If you think KISS is crude and juvenille you'd probably hate the Cramps. The difference between the two bands is with The Cramps it's not an act.
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    like i said on the first concert, hard to tell, some more high points;

    I used to see Phish alot before they got a recording contract. When I started seeing them, you payed a few bucks for a cup at a keg party on this farm in Vermont, and Phish was the band playing. The first time i payed to see Phish, was three dollars in the basement of Shehans Cafe in Noho Mass. In the next year or so, they were playing in Perl St a larger palce in Northampton. Being just a new band, They would hang out, and we got the band over to a keg party at a friends house a spit away from the club. I vividly remember standing around the keg with Trey and Phishman, passing around a bag of mushrooms. After we injested the mushromm, Phish asks Trey what time it was. Trey answeres and Phis exclaims "**** we have to go play." So the band and the entire keg party left the aprtment walked over to the club. The show was awesome.
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    Tool in Spokane WA about 2-3 years ago. Their playing was just like the hearing the CD live, which is what I like (not in to the jam thing). Towards the beginning we also snuck in to an unused luxury box above the stage... great view, our own bathroom, drinks+ice, no one elbowing us, etc.

    Tricky opened for them, and joined on a couple songs, which was some of the best stuff of the night. Awesome!
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    Single Act: David Bowie - Winter of '73/'74...

    When Ziggy... was released in the states in '73, it sold 200,000 copies in it's first couple months. Of these 100.000 were sold in the greater Cleveland area. So David decided to hold his american concert debut in Cleveland's Music Hall, a great, smallish (~4000 seat) venue. My friends and I happened to be "without" at the time, so we hauled in wine, cheese and Triscuits... we weren't without for long.

    Only bad part is this was the only time I saw him...

    Multiple Acts: Eagles/ Mahavishnu Orch./ Yes - summer of '73

    Polar opposite to the Bowie venue with festival seating in the Akron Rubber Bowl. Raced against 15,000 or so others to get a piece of turf ~20' in front of the stage, dead center.

    Eagles opened and had just released their self-titled debut, Most did not even pay attention to them, but my firends and I did. It was clear that the group was having fun... more like playing for themselves and letting those who wanted to listen, listen. I've been listening ever since.

    I had never heard and did not "get" John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra at the time. A couple years later I did and still do. Progressive does not begin to describe them. Billy Cobham on drums. Jan Hammer on keyboards... Check out Birds of Fire or Inner Mounting Flame.

    Yes had released Fragile and opened with "Roundabout". They did the same opening guitar work jumping L/R/L/R... as is on the album. Very cool for "the day". Very strong set sent all home after 2 oncores...


    Great shows... The best among many great NE Ohio concerts of my youth... and there were a lot of them, e.g., Santana, Alice (x3), Johnny Winter, Steve Miller/ Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt with Little Feat (x3), Buzzy Linhart (x2), etc... After all Cleveland Rocks... at least that's what Ian Hunter says. ;)
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    Too many great shows to list...

    One of the best bands that always put on a good show (back in the day) was Cinderella. I will always remember them at one show, they started to play "Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone). They where being slowly lowered from the ceiling as they where playing the begining on two grand pianos and had the lights down low and had confetti being released to look like snow falling.
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    Some of my highlights;

    Ted Nugent
    UFO
    Nazereth
    Metallica
    Rush (3 different tours)

    Ah, those were the days... Now our 15 year old daughter is talking about going to her first concert.

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    File it under, "What goes around..."

    My daughter took me to an outdoor, James Taylor concert. I can still remember her words, "Dad, what's that smell?"
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    First one that comes to mind is Billy Cobham at small nightclub outside Philadelphia in about 1975. We were so close you could almost stand up and reach out and shake his hand. He was so friggin strong that he must have broken 15 sets of sticks that night. Peices of drum sticks would literally fall into the crowd. I think my left ear hearing loss was from that concert because of the horn section from the left side of the stage.

    Simply reading some of the venues above makes you really long for some of the "good ol days". Don't see many concerts anymore but the whole industry is so different it just aint' the same. (I'm starting to sound like an old fart)

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    George Thorogood and the Destroyers - at Indiana University about 82-84?

    Albert Collins - at a Holiday Inn in Cleveland, 1986 or so

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