What’s your concert history?

cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
edited September 26 in General

What’s your concert history?


first concert - dragged to as a kid? Alabama - Houston Rodeo Astrodome. My own doing? Bush 1996 at the Summit. (I was a sheltered Catholic kid)

last concert — Smashing Pumpkins- Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion (wasn’t so great but hey $20 bucks) 

next concert — Sloan - White Oak Bayou

best concert — ACL 2003: Spoon, yo la tengo, shins, shins aftershow, met the shins, sarcastically drunkenly hugged bright eyes, al green, dandy warhols, ween, etc. 

worst concert — When we were supposed to open for the Hold Steady and tax people with clipboards and cops shut down the venue right before we went on. - Walter’s on Washington 

seen the most — either Yo La Tengo or Sonic Youth

haven’t seen but want to — so easy. Neil Young. 

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  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Wait, tax shut down show was Pernice Brothers. Same venue and time, different band. Sucked all the same.

    Let’s see some concert history, bald movers! 
    Travis
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    This is sort of hard because I go to so many "shows" but I will use my best judgment in what equals a "concert."

    First - Insane Clown Posse at Bogarts in Cincinnati I think 1997. Shut up, I was in high school! Haha! I did meet them after and still have the cd single that they signed.

    Last - Paul McCartney - Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Absolutely incredible.

    Next - The Slackers at Reggie's in November. (Conveniently, my band is playing the pre-show party next door (-:)

    Best - The Roots at Bogarts in....2002 or 2003. It was the Phrenology tour. Cody Chestnutt opened the show and he of course did The Seed with them. Just an absolutely kick ass show. I actually saw Jurassic 5 there just a couple of weeks later and that could potentially be my number 2.

    Honorable Mention - Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Boston. I loved that band for a really long time and they had been broken up essentially for years. They started touring again and I happened to be going to Boston to visit some friends. We go to the show, my face is properly melted, and as we're leaving the merch booth is JAMMED full of people. Like a suspicious amount of people. We thought about waiting but we said screw it and left. Didn't realize until a few days later that, SURPRISE! They secretly released their first album in ten years that night. Shiiiit!!!

    Worst - Orgy in Cincinnati in like 2001. I went for a girl which didn't work out (in hindsight for the better) but the opening Vast, suuuuucked. And then we had to wait like 45 minutes for Orgy to come out, a band I don't really like and it was just a shitty show.

    Seen the most - Probably the band Dope. And not on purpose. Back when we were going to metal shows all the time, they seemed to be on like every tour. Actually a fun live band but when I got their cd, it sounded awful.

    Haven't seen but want to - Rage Against The Machine. The REAL band, not this Prophets of Rage shit. 
    ChinaskicdriveMichelleTravisbizmarkiefader
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA

    great thread my dude! off the top of my head i'll give it a shot..

    first concert - dragged to as a kid? Ramon Ayala y Los Bravos del Norte at the county fair

    last concert — Hot Chip last night

    next concert — no idea, maybe Helmet in November

    best concert — Built to Spill at the Great American Music Hall (most shows there were epic). they played forever and the sound was so tight from start to finish

    worst concert — most outdoor festivals i made the mistake of going to

    seen the most — Mogwai i think

    haven’t seen but want to - Chvrches and or Car Seat Headrest

    cdriveMurderbearMichelleTravis
  • MichelleMichelle California
    edited September 26

    First concert - Billy Ocean (my mom took me with her when I was like 14)

    Last concert — Ariana Grande 

    Next concert — Dunno, not sure yet.

    Best concert — Oh man, so hard to choose (see list below & you'll understand).

    Worst concert — Billy Ocean

    Seen the most — Tori Amos

    Haven’t seen but want to — New Order


    It's so hard to pick a best concert.  In the late 80s/early to mid 90s, this is pretty much what my friends & I did whenever we could (I miss my Bay Area years!).  So, here's who I've seen (and I'll probably remember more later).

    Tori Amos (6)
    Depeche Mode (4)
    The Cure
    Nine Inch Nails
    The B-52s
    UB40
    David Bowie
    Squirrel Nut Zippers
    Erasure (3)
    Pet Shop Boys
    EMF
    Jesus Jones
    Pop Will Eat Itself
    The Charlatans
    Mazzy Star
    Jesus and Mary Chain
    The Sundays (2)
    The Cranberries
    Janet Jackson
    Madonna (2)
    Midnight Oil
    Luna (2)
    The Auteurs
    INXS
    Ben Folds Five
    Teenage Fan Club
    Sting
    Natalie Merchant
    Morrissey
    Tears For Fears
    Debbie Harry
    Crowded House
    Duran Duran (2)
    Damien Rice
    The Frames
    Ariana Grande


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  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    edited September 26

    Honorable Mention - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    duuuuuude! i saw em when i was working offsite in Maryland in 2003. and was floored! super intense!

    edit: on that note, i saw Dismemberment Plan then too when i was working out there which was incredible.
    MurderbearTravis
  • First concert - Roy Orbison...my second was the Beach Boys and my third was Ozzy (with Metallica opening!).  Top that! 

    Last concert — Melvins

    Next concert — Not sure, none planned 

    Best concert — Really tough call.  Maybe seeing Soundgarden and Faith No More open for Voivod.

    Worst concert —  also a tough call.  I've seen the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 3-4 times and they've stunk each time.  I'm not sure if it was the worst, but they headlined one of the Lollapolooza concerts and when they came on I'd had enough and went home.

    Seen the most — (not including the band I worked for or the bands that we toured with) ALL/Descendents...maybe something like 25 times?

    Haven’t seen but want to — Stevie Wonder 

    cdriveMurderbearTravis
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    Damn Michelle! That's a hell of a list! Nice work!
    Michelle
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA

    Worst concert —  also a tough call.  I've seen the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 3-4 times and they've stunk each time.  I'm not sure if it was the worst, but they headlined one of the Lollapolooza concerts and when they came on I'd had enough and went home.

    haha 100%. they headlined for Mars Volta when i had to see em, and they were sooooo bad!
    CretanBullTravis
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Chinaski said:

    great thread my dude! off the top of my head i'll give it a shot..

    first concert - dragged to as a kid? Ramon Ayala y Los Bravos del Norte at the county fair

    last concert — Hot Chip last night

    next concert — no idea, maybe Helmet in November

    best concert — Built to Spill at the Great American Music Hall (most shows there were epic). they played forever and the sound was so tight from start to finish

    worst concert — most outdoor festivals i made the mistake of going to

    seen the most — Mogwai i think

    haven’t seen but want to - Chvrches and or Car Seat Headrest

     huarache lights is my jam! 
    ChinaskiTravis
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    @cdrive ; - sooooo good! they killed it! up there with Cut Copy at the same venue.

    and man oh man, i can not wait for @travis to jump into this thread. i'm certain he will have a few choice words! :D
    cdriveMichelleTravis
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Michelle said:

    First concert - Billy Ocean (my mom took me with her when I was like 14)

    Last concert — Ariana Grande 

    Next concert — Dunno, not sure yet.

    Best concert — Oh man, so hard to choose (see list below & you'll understand).

    Worst concert — Billy Ocean

    Seen the most — Tori Amos

    Haven’t seen but want to — New Order


    It's so hard to pick a best concert.  In the late 80s/early to mid 90s, this is pretty much what my friends & I did whenever we could (I miss my Bay Area years!).  So, here's who I've seen (and I'll probably remember more later).

    Tori Amos (6)
    Depeche Mode (4)
    The Cure
    Nine Inch Nails
    The B-52s
    UB40
    David Bowie
    Squirrel Nut Zippers
    Erasure (3)
    Pet Shop Boys
    EMF
    Jesus Jones
    Pop Will Eat Itself
    The Charlatans
    Mazzy Star
    Jesus and Mary Chain
    The Sundays (2)
    The Cranberries
    Janet Jackson
    Madonna (2)
    Midnight Oil
    Luna (2)
    The Auteurs
    INXS
    Ben Folds Five
    Teenage Fan Club
    Sting
    Natalie Merchant
    Morrissey
    Tears For Fears
    Debbie Harry
    Crowded House
    Duran Duran (2)
    Damien Rice
    The Frames
    Ariana Grande


    Omg teenage fan club. Dang Michelle! Lots of others I want to throw a high five up in the air but wow! Jealous! 
    MichelleTravis
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    @Murderbear sir Paul!

    @CretanBull king Buzzo!
    CretanBullTravis
  • First Concert (First one I drove to) - R.E.M. Green World Tour 1989

    Last Concert - Jason Isbell & Father John Misty 

    Next Concert - Wilco October 25th

    Best Concert - R.E.M. Monster World Tour opening acts were Radiohead and Natalie Merchant

    Worst Concert - Got drug to a Creed concert in 2000 as the designated driver.

    Seen the most - Old 97's

    Haven't seen but want to - Neil Young.  I showed up to a Neil Young show the day after it happened. I forgot to check the date on the tickets. 
    cdriveMurderbearTravis
  • MichelleMichelle California
    @Murderbear & @cdrive ; we were young with lots of free time.  I consider myself lucky that I had those opportunities!
    cdriveMurderbearTravis
  • DoubleA_RonDoubleA_Ron San Diego
    edited September 26

    First: No Doubt, Lit & Black Eyed Peas - Cox Arena @ SDSU

    Last: Ghost - The Forum

    Next: Bring Me The Horizon - Viejas Arena @ SDSU

    Best: Minus The Bear - Literally any time

    Worst: John Fogerty & Melissa Etheridge - Levi’s Stadium (2015 NHL Stadium Series) 

    Most: 311, thirty-some-odd times

    Want: Katatonia

    cdriveMurderbearTravisbizmarkiefader
  • NoelNoel Dallas, TX
    Even though I already knew, this thread confirms that I don’t go to a lot of concerts. 

    My first concert was a Mexican music festival back in the 90s at the Cotton Bowl. It was headlined by Chon Arauza, Los Temerarios or Los Bukis. All among my parents favorites.

    Last concert I went to was Rihanna in Austin a few years back. Great show. She’s INCREDIBLY sexy in person. 

    I’ve been to other shows around Dallas but it’s all local artists. I figured it was specific to people that would be known.
    cdriveMurderbearTravis
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited September 26

    First Concert - I was taken to see Tom Jones at the then Apollo Theatre in Oxford the late 90s by my mum and granny. He was actually really good haha. I have a vivid memory of a woman walking up to the front of the stalls, calmly taking her underwear off under her skirt, and throwing it up at the stage!

    Last Concert — Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium. It was epic, I felt like I was 10 years old again.

    Next Concert — Me and a group of my best friends are going to Birmingham to see Cher in October, I'm ridiculously excited.

    Best Concert — This is a tough one, but I'd probably have to say Fleetwood Mac in 2015. I've seen them three times but that was the only time with the complete Rumours lineup, Christine McVie being back in there made it so much more epic.

    Worst Concert — I saw Amy Winehouse in Birmingham in 2007 and she was an absolute mess. An hour late, completely blasted, visibly took a few bumps of something on stage, was pretty much incoherent from start to finish and was stumbling everywhere. The crowd started booing and she was swearing back and it was all just horrible. It was the first show she had performed since her then husband had been sent to prison.

    Seen The Most — Dedicated concerts, probably Fleetwood Mac with those three times. But, I go to an 80s music festival in the summer and have ended up seeing Belinda Carlisle about five times I think lol. I do love her though.

    Haven’t Seen But Want To — Right now, it's probably Lizzo. But in terms of 'all time artists', I'd love to see Phil Collins.

    Here's a little rundown of some of the biggest names I've seen over the years:

    • Stevie Wonder
    • The Rolling Stones
    • Elton John
    • Celine Dion
    • Adele
    • Britney Spears
    • Aerosmith
    • Billy Joel
    • Oasis
    • Alanis Morissette
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    • Alicia Keys
    • Missy Elliott
    • Kanye West
    • Lily Allen
    • Anastacia (will always remember that gig because it was the night Michael Jackson died and everyone was finding out on the street as we came out).
    • Meat Loaf
    • Barry Gibb
    MurderbearcdriveTravis
  • Bob Dylan
    The Clarks
    Joe Grushecky
    KISS (I was 10ish)
    Peter Frampton
    REM
    Asleep at the Wheel (Texas Swing band - lots of fun)
    U2
    Pearl Jam
    and Springsteen too many times to count, including with Tom Morello, and Jackson Browne

    cdriveMurderbearTravisOpusWho
  • My first concert as a 13 y/o with a fondness for hair metal was Badlands, Great White, and Tesla.
    MurderbearTraviscdrive
  • Probably the best live shows Ive ever seen was Metallica and Pink Floyd. The latter more for the “experience”
    Traviscdrive
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited September 26


    Worst concert —  also a tough call.  I've seen the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 3-4 times and they've stunk each time.  I'm not sure if it was the worst, but they headlined one of the Lollapolooza concerts and when they came on I'd had enough and went home.


    Man, I'm just getting started and I already have so many thoughts. I will try to keep myself under control. Add my confirmation with @Chinaski's to this though. When I saw RHCP at Coachella they were AWFUL. To my sad surprise The Beastie Boys were really bad too, but at least that had a lot to do with technical difficulties keeping them out of a good rhythm. The Chillis were just bad.
    Chinaski
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    The Red Hot Chilli Peppers suck. When I was a youngster and I heard Give It Away the first time, it was a revelation to me. I loved it. And then they fell way off. WE GET IT. YOU LOVE CALIFORNIA.
    CapeGabeMichelleTravisChinaskiNoelcdrive
  • MattyWeavesMattyWeaves Mid-State New York
    My concert history starts out very, very weird.

    Technically first: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Coming Out of Their Shell Tour. My mom never forgave me, which leads to...

    Why was I there concert?: She got revenge and dragged me to...The Bacon Brothers. Yes, Kevin Bacon and his brother. They came through our tiny town of 2000 people and played the local theater.

    First real concert was 311. Cool for the time, not super long lasting for fun memories.

    Best concert: Easily Tool in 2001 and 2006.

    Worst concert: Unfortunately Bob Dylan, it was one of those nights his voice was gone and he didn't feel like playing any of his popular songs the way everyone knew them. Like a Rolling Stone sounded like some sort of jazz musical. Finally seeing Korn almost topped it with Johnathan clearly reading lyrics off the monitor. But at least it was fun music.

    Last concert: Jakob Dylan which was really, really good. He mixed in some Wallflowers with his original music.

    Most memorable: (Minus Tool blowing my mind all over the wall) Pledge of Allegiance tour where I got to see Slipknot, System of a Down, and Rammstein. A close second was Deftones (yey) and Godsmack (meh) where it started raining so I started sliding down the muddy hill with everyone. I was covered head to toe in mud.
    Traviscdrive
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    edited September 26
    @MattyWeaves That's awesome! I wanted so bad to go to the Turtles show as a kid.

    Which reminded me of this old gem:
    Teenage Mutant Hardcore Turtles
    TravisMattyWeavescdrive
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited September 27
    I love this thread. I love it so much! It's really cool to see people's histories and perspectives. Great, great idea @cdrive.

    First: Jefferson Airplane reunion show at the Greek Theater. I was probably about 7 or so. Funny, I don't remember the music at all, but I do remember the people on drugs talking about their magic mushrooms and having the thought "oh, like on the Smurfs."

    Last: Been longer than I would like, but I think the most recent one was Fleet Foxes and Beach House at the Hollywood Bowl. Great show on both parts. I was really impressed.

    Next: On Halloween I'm taking my nephew to see a band called Kero Kero Bonito who I hadn't heard until yesterday. I'm pretty intrigued. The singing is a little "precious" to my ears, but the music has some pretty cool components to it and I think it might translate to a really awesome live experience.

    Best is SUPER hard. I've been really lucky. I'm going to take three because I'm an asshole and because they were great for very different reasons. I believe the best performance from a "holy shit this band is really playing the shit out of this set" was Radiohead at Coachella. The bummer was that because it was a festival set and thus abridged and there was cross traffic in the sound and Stereolab would bleed in occasionally (also, who programs Stereolab against Radiohead? I really would like to have seen both), anyhoo what they could do in a live setting was super impressive.

    The best "I'm really seeing this and it's a special experience" was Elliott Smith playing at the Roxy acoustic. That dude had the magic and it was so apparent. I saw him a couple of times with a band behind him, but acoustic he really shined.

    The best festival lineup was Lollapalooza 5: Beck, Elastica, Pavement, Sonic Youth, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hole, what would have been Cypress Hill if I had better judgment (more to come on that). Probably one or two others that I'm forgetting. Funny, of all those bands the thing it evokes the most is I miss Elastica. They were really great. 

    Worst: Also a couple of different ways to go with this, but ultimately it just has to be Porno for Pyros. They were so fucking awful. The music was super boring and Perry Farrell was super wasted and flopping around like an asshole. I went into that experience digging Farrell, now he is my celebrity bane. It's even worse because I was faced with the choice to see Cypress Hill or switch stages to see PfP. I chose wrong, and the bigger insult is coming back to the main stage after this dogshit performance to catch the last 5 minutes of CH just tearing the f'n house down. Epilogue: I've seen Perry Farrell twice. The first was PfP, the second was when Coachella teased this "TBD" act and people were speculating that it was Beck acoustic on a small stage. You know what we got? Perry Farrell incompetently spinning records looking like a huge asshole!!!

    Perry Farrell is a f'n jerk and nothing will convince me otherwise.

    Seen the most: Pavement at 7. If you rope in Malkmus solo it gets to 10. I've also seen Frank Black 5 or 6 times.

    Haven't seen but want to: Oof, I'll have to limit myself. 5 feels like a good number: Wye Oak, Herzog, Fionn Regan, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear. Didn't quite make the cut, but cool to see GYBE tossed around. I'd love to catch them.

    High profile unmentioned acts (keeping it to 5): Sir Paul, Paul Simon (3), Elvis Costello (4?), Springsteen, Bob Dylan (unfortunately not very good either time).

    A couple additional categories:
    Biggest "had tickets but something came up and couldn't go" bummer: Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Grizzly Bear - all different concerts, bad luck :-(

    Haven't seen but want to (if granted godlike powers of resurrection and/or forcing a reunion): Bowie, Beatles, Oingo Boingo, Bound Stems, Songs: Ohia.

    Biggest regrets on missing a show, aka "I can't scrape up the money to go to this show"/"That's cool, I'll pass": Radiohead touring on Kid A, (TWICE!), Oingo Boingo's farewell concert.

    MichellecdriveChinaskiDoubleA_Ron
  • I "saw" Tool at a festival, first festival that I went to with my sister when I was about 15, but it was before I really knew who they were. At that point I'd heard Sober, but that was about it. I really wish I had been in a better position to appreciate it. I don't really remember much about it which leads me to believe that we were probably not paying such close attention, maybe checking out the festival at the time. Bummer.
  • As far as venues go, stadiums, arenas, music festivals, did one make an impression others did not. IMO, As sound goes, arenas were a better musical experience. Better acoustics, music felt contained and intimate. Music festivals and stadium shows for me are more about the collective experience you’re having with an audience. Pavilions tend to have the best of both worlds. 

    Im not old enough but I wish I could have seen Alice Cooper. Ive heard his stage shows were remarkably over the top. I’ve heard Rob Zombie shows left a similar impression. 
    Travis
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited September 26
    Additional Category: Show where obnoxious fans did everything in their power to ruin the experience by drunkenly belting out the lyrics to all the songs about 10 feet away from me. Fiona Apple.

    @adobo1148 Great category! There is (was maybe) this old guitar shop in L.A. that would have small scale shows in a ~100 person seated room in the back called McCabes and they got some pretty great acts. I got to see Folk Implosion and there, and it was pretty magical. The Kasbah in San Diego is great for a good quality small venue that gets really good acts. What a wonderful spot for a show. I've also always been a big fan of the Troubadour and the El Rey in L.A. Great sound and big enough, but also small enough if you catch my drift. I think small to mid sized venues like that are my jam. For larger shows I've really dug both the Hollywood and Santa Barbara bowls. Really nice locations and the sound is generally really good for outdoors and large. Great experience. 
    On the flip side, I will never go to Coachella again (unless something comes up where my wife really wants to). I don't care if they hire a necromancer and reunite the Beatles. Coachella sucks.
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    Hey @cdrive, you should put this question to Mom and Dads for Lunch tomorrow...
    TraviscdriveNoel
  • Hey @cdrive, you should put this question to Mom and Dads for Lunch tomorrow...
    Cosign!
    cdriveMurderbear
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