Well, although not a band, I did see Ronald Reagan give a speech in 1988.
About 10 years back I went to see a Bill Cosby stand-up show and sat in the front row -- just about 4 or 5 meters away from him. After leaving the
show, we found ourselves behind his limo. Surprisingly he pulled into Dairy Queen (I assume to get a pudding pop perhaps).
As for bands, I haven't seen a whole lot - Primus, Green Day, Tom Petty, U2 (Sydney) are among my fav's.
GWAR (three times)
Iron Maiden (twice)
Marilyn Manson (twice)
Black Label Society
Bleeding Through (Twice)
Unearth (five times)
As I Lay Dying (twice)
Lamb of God (twice)
Shadows Fall (twice)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Killswitch Engage (twice, not by choice lol)
Bury Your Dead (twice)
Job For A Cowboy
God Forbid (twice)
Through The Eyes Of The Dead
System of a Down
Disturbed (not by choice)
All That Remains
Between The Buried And Me
Most of mine were in the 70's and early 80's.....Kiss,the original lynard skynrd, gary wright, black oak arkansas, free, montrose, styx, journey,bad
company(even got backstage to meet them), molly hatchett, aerosmith, america,ELO, zz top, fleetwood mac, kid rock, george clinton, pink floyd,
alabama, and some I can't remember!
First gig, 1975 Wembley Stadium: Elton John, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Rufus (with Chaka Khan), Stackridge.
1976 Charlton: The Who, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat (mm hmmm!!), Widowmaker.
Hawkwind (about 9 times)
Blue Oyster Cult
Van De Graaf Generator
Van Halen (just after the first album: mates of mine asked if I wanted to go and see Black Sabbath and I said no: they came back raving about the
support act - VH)
Led Zeppelin at Knebworth '79: can't remember much about the bill but I think it included Todd Rundgren... or maybe that was
Frank Zappa at Knebworth
Bow Wow Wow
George Clinton's P-Funk AllStars
Genesis (with Phil Collins - mistake)
Gong (a mate of mine was playing with them for a while - an awesome band)
Here and Now
Frank Zappa with the 1988 touring band ("The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life")
U2 - very early on: they played a rather small venue in Brighton
AC/DC (sooooo bored: years later, Van Halen supported them at Donington[?] and I left when their set started.
Ozzy was on the same bill, though, and I went CRAAAZAAAYYYY just like he asked...
John Zorn and Naked City (one of my favourite gigs ever)
John Lee Hooker
Buddy Guy in Vancouver(incredible! He'd just got back from John Lee Hooker's funeral and did a tribute. He channeled JLH, there's no other
word for it. It was uncanny. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and I don't think I was the only one)
Madness (playing a rather short selection of wall-to-wall hits: I know you're supposed to leave the audience wanting more, but...70 minutes?)
ZZ Top (mm hmm hmm hmm hmm!)
Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (who were rubbish)
Sly and Robbie
Tuck and Patti
Lots of amazing acts at various WOMADs including:
Toto la Mopesina Y sus Tamores
Bobby Carcossas' Afro-Jazz
Totonho Y Os Cabra (their first album is still a favourite)
Super Etoile De Dakar
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Ali Farka Toure
Banda Mexe con Tudos
Ojos de Brujo
Bob Brozmann (unbelievable)
The Holmes Brothers
Soul II Soul
...and loads more I can't remember.
I don't know who I'd drag myself out of the house for, these days.
Re-reading the posts, I realise I forgot Thin Lizzy (80s with Gary Moore) and
Rush (late seventies), twice. All my mates really liked them and about 10 minutes into the second gig I thought, "now I remember why I never
wanted to see this lot again..."
Acts I'd like to have seen - some of whom I still might
Hendrix, of course
Rage Against The Machine
Dizzy Gillespie (had tickets for a gig in London but he died)
The ULTIMATE gig of all time - Parliament, mothership tour 1975. If I had a time machine I'd go to every gig on that tour. More than once.
Miles, of course
Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy
Frank Zappa (saw him twice. That's not nearly enough. I had bad luck with his gigs - one night I was on my way up with some friends and we heard
he'd cancelled on the car radio: another time we got to the Hammersmith Odeon to find that my friend, who had bought the tickets, ahd forgotten
James Morrisson (the Australian multi-instrumentalist, not the Lizard King or the lacklustre singer)
GWAR (not for the music, I'm afraid)
Starting with the very first concert I saw. In no particular order
Paul McCartney and wings
Marshal Tucker Band
The Alman Brothers
Simon and Garfunkel(last tour together
The Stray Cats
Vice Gill/Amy Grant
Jars of Clay
The Doobie Brothers
Can't remember any more! The best was Pink Floyd when Roger Waters was with them!!
I've seen lots of bands play live. Mostly metal bands.
Iron Maiden ( Dio and Motorhead were there as well. Dio was awesome. Can't say I cared much for Motorhead though. Maiden kicked some serious
ass!!! By far one of the greatest metal bands of all time!!! )
Cradle of Filth (Also had the pleasure of meeting them. Twice. )
Children of Bodom
King Diamond ( This was about ten years ago. I was playing guitar in a local band at that time and we were able to score ourselves a spot as one of
the opening bands. Needless to say, I got to see that show for free. And free beer all night too. Good times. )
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra ( A Christmas concert. They performed their album "Christmas Eve and Other Stories". A bit different from what I'm
used to but very, VERY enjoyable. A stunning and most excellent performance. )
Some bands that I have not yet seen in concert but really want to:
Lots of others at road shows ect.
Strange though, I've only ever wanted to go to Glastonbury (festival, I've been to the town before, love it very mystical) and yet i never have. No,
one wants to go with me - must be the muddy fileds that puts them off. Tried to get tickets last year but had sold out
That was The Who,last year at Wembly Arena. I only went cos my mates said they'd come to a rave with me if i wentto a concert with them. (they've
still not been shape throwing with me,bleedin lightweights)
Might be going to see the Prodigy on their new album tour in the spring,as they're a group I've been meaning to see live.
Seen a billion and 1 live techno/acid techno/hardcore/gabba acts. Favourite being DDR every time. He knows how to tweak them knobs
Not wanting to sound like an auld fart but Glastonbury is not what it used to be.
Commercialism seems to take precedence nowadays, I would have loved to have gone when it was a free festival etc.
I was hoping to do V and Beautiful Days this year but may not get to either of them due to work commitments and other social outings.
I always wanted to go to Tribal Gathering but never got round to it i'm afraid.
Have been to a few festivals though, both large and small.
One of my favourites was Phoenix 96
And my favourite band of all time playing my favourite song;
So many very good memories.
I've also seen Oasis a few times and they are very good live, coincedentally I also think Masterplan is possibly their best song.
I saw Noel Gallagher do an acoustic set supporting Paul Weller once and he was absolutely fantastic but regrettably despite being constantly urged to
he refused to play Masterplan.
I had excellent seats at Newcastle City Hall and was fortunate to be able to watch Gallagher in the wings throughout Weller's set; he drank several
can's of lager, smoked a packet of Benson's and danced like a lunatic non-stop.
Weller, as always, was great.
I will always go to live concerts but unfortunately due to other commitments and the lack of decent venues I won't get to see as many as I used
Hmmm...last gig i saw was in Dubai Hard Rock cafe. indie bands called Crimson Debacle. they rocked the stadium! I'm not really into indie bands but
they were screamo! Totally loved their drummer! Didn't expect a backflip from a girl drummer but she did. :|
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