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List your top 5 Concerts of All Time

Discussion in 'TV, Music and Movies' started by Bumrush, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Bumrush

    Bumrush Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I'll start.
    1) Lollapalooza 1992 Miami - Day before hurricane Andrew. Pearl Jam was the OPENING act. Soundgarden, Ministry, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.. I was in the mosh pit the entire time, I don't know how I survived. Epic doesn't even begin to describe that day.
    2) Radiohead 2015 Miami - I wasn't even a big fan of theirs but scored front row seats. I was dumbfounded at the complexity of the music and how on point they were as a band. Simply incredible
    3) Pearl Jam 2016 Miami - The Led Zepplin of my generation. The energy, the crowd, the music. When Vedder did his own rendition of Comfortably Numb I was brought to tears. It was the only time in my adult life where a concert took me back to age 16.... I had a flood of memories throughout the show.
    4) NIN and Helmet Miami, Mid 90's - This was in a nightclub in Miami. I don't need to describe the energy of those two in a small venue
    5) GNR + Soundgarden - Early 90's - I grew up infatuated with Guns and Roses to the point where I listened to Appetite for Destruction for two years straight several times a day. Soundgarden wasn't well known at the time of the concert and was actually being booed off the stage.
     
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  2. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    1. Dave Matthews Band in Central Park - Yeah this was after 9-11 and only Warehouse members (which was me at that time) had immediate ticket access if you made a donation to help 9-11 victims. So broke as heck college student that I was at the time I did the only sane thing. Donated $100 bucks I didn't have grabbed 3 tickets for myself, a close friend and his GF (now his wife) and played 3rd wheel. Now my friends wife may have been the only one to actually see the concert as she pretty much sat the whole show on my shoulders (Absolutely had a stiff neck the next day) but we enjoyed the nearly 4 hours of music amongst over 100,000 people in Central Park. Warren Haynes also appeared during the show which was cool. This was my favorite DMB show of the 15 or so I've seen.

    2. Pearl Jam in Madison Square Garden - Memorable for a few reasons, name the bad Calamari that almost ruined this show for me. Wish I could say, I upchucked from alcohol but that wasn't the case. Anyway, it took a long time for me to see a band that I actually played hooky from High School for a day just to see their premiere video on MTV when Evenflow came out. Finally happened 6 or 7 years ago and didn't disappoint.

    3. Stone Temple Pilots (Filter was opening act) at The Paramount (Huntington Long Island) - This was memorable for a few reasons. One, STP was always one of my favorite bands. This is an extremely small venue. It's roughly the size of a big bar. Maybe 500-700 people could fit on the floor and another 100-150 at the tables on the top level. It makes the venue more intimate as you're closer to the music and the acoustics are really good in there. Secondly, this was about 4 years ago and Chester Bennington was taking Scott Weilands spot at shows to my dismay. This was relevant for a couple of reasons. To me Weiland and Chris Cornell were probably the two best vocalists from the grunge era. At their best though STP could crank out a beatle-esque song made possible by Weilands voice. Another band I'd been looking forward to seeing for a long time I was upset that Bennington would be taking Scott's place. Wow. After having expectations tempered, Bennington put on a really good show. Needless to say, I became a bigger fan of Linkin Park and Chester Bennington after this.

    4. Outkast at The University of South Carolina - This was right around the time Stankonia was getting its due as the best rap album that year. Ms Jackson, Bombs over Bahgdad, So Fresh/So Clean etc. Anyway, it was a short show but enjoyable. Anyone who has seen a rap concert probably realizes the music usually doesn't sound as good live as it does when recorded. This has been true for every rap concert I've seen...except this one which was actually better.

    5. DMB @ The Meadowlands (Listener Recorded 9-11-99) - Memorable for a few reasons....For starters it was my first DMB show. My cousin practically begged me to go. Her whole sorority was going....so um...ok. I wasn't even sure I liked the band. But girls...yes. There was a lot of alcohol...I didn't realize my cousin drank a 750 ML bottle of Mandarin Orange Absolut in large part by herself until it was gone. That came back up, narrowly missing the people in front of us but not their seats during the early part of the show. I stuck to mostly beer and getting phone numbers til the main act. They wanted to see the opening act and man, Ben Harper sucks. Even more live then anywhere else. It's like a screeching owl or something. I was starting to regret this. Then the music for Pantala Naga Pampa followed by Rapunzel broke and the energy in the building was sick. Dave saved the day and made a fan. The music was so much better live then on his CD's. CD's are what people used to listen to music on befor Napster and MP3's for those of you who don't know. The style was different then what I had really been exposed to at that time. Fun time.
     
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    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Queens of the Stone Age at Stage AE in Pittsburgh: Outdoor show, lots of bros, but lots of energy. Love their rock 'n' roll. The octave-y part at the end of "Smooth Sailing" sent everyone into a tiz.


    Autolux, Sleepy Sun, and Mini Mansions at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia: Just three very unique bands. Small club setting (my preference). All 3 bands have had steady careers since that show. Sleepy Sun had a drummer in the upper balcony next to concert-goers. It sounded great.


    Tame Impala in Philly, Union Transfer: Spot on from their albums, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the person. Union Transfer has some uncanny ability to give off a small club and big venue atmosphere. I'm seeing Thundercat here in September.


    The Derek Trucks Band in Baltimore, Rams Head Live: Middle stages of the band's run, their albums are usually overproduced, and now Derek takes a backseat to his wife. But, fantastic musicians. They sound great live. Had a fantastic dinner here beforehand. They've since gotten rid of the linking restaurant.


    Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia: Absolute favorite show, everyone in a tiny room. It was not cramped however. Intimate. Band sounded punchy. I was movin'. I've never walked out of any other show without any "but this could have been better". Just absolute satisfaction.
     
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  4. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    I've been to very few concerts in my life. Just never my thing. But I've had fun at a few.

    1. Jason Mraz, Richmond, 2008. My wife's favorite singer. We had a really good time, it was a long show, and he was terrific with the crowd.

    2. The Monkeys, 1996, Pittsburgh. One of my best friends from high school listened to oldies almost exclusively back then, and got my friends and I tickets cheap. It was a good show, and cool to see these guys who had been celebs since before I was born play all of their hits.

    3. They Might Be Giants, 2009 or 10, Charlottesville. I was a HUGE TMBG fan in the 90s, so it was cool to see them in a small venue, with a really long show. Very crowded, standing room only, but still worthwhile.

    4. Queensryche, 1997, Pittsburgh. Easily the loudest concert that I've ever been too. Couldn't hear well for days afterwards. Really cool stage production with huge video boards and an anime that went along with the music for a lot of the songs.

    5. Sugar Ray and Orgy, 1998, Morgantown, WVU Fallfest. The only other name bands Ive seen in person, lol. I was pretty drunk, so my memories are blurry. Went with my sister and a bunch of her hot friends, which was cool, but nothing came of it.
     
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  5. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic 30 years and counting Club Member

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    throw a curveball in there. Been to quite a few concerts, many I've enjoyed.
    The one that was probably the most fun - Weird Al Yankovic. few years ago and Foxwoods casino. Even at his old age, his show had more energy than any show I've ever seen. Saw it with my kid when he was 10.
     
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