What’s your concert history?

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  • @Murderbear ;  "Care to elaborate on the Medeski, Marin and Wood show? I saw them in 2000 when they were touring for The Dropper and they blew my friggin mind! I was also in the exact frame of mind someone should be for songs on The Dropper...so I'm sure that helped. Ha"

    I take it all back...while I was listening to lunch it hit me in the face...plain as day. I probably blocked it out. I made good on a promise to my wife last year to take her to Mumford & Sons...damn. Maybe it doesn't count as bad because Im not into the music but jesus. Id rather have a frontal lobe removed. 
  • edited September 2019
    I haven't been to a ton of concerts but I had an interesting first one:

    First Concert:
    - Day on the Green, 1991, Oakland Coliseum
    - Line up: Soundgarden, Faith No More, Queensryche, Metallica 
    We began the day with an epic convoy of about 15 cars traveling from San Jose to Oakland in a cloud of smoke.  The party continued in the parking lot for a couple hours.  Entering the Coliseum felt like going to battle as the place was packed wall to wall with hard core head bangers.  We mainly chilled on the third deck waiting for Metallica. 

    There was an extra long wait in between Queensryche and Metallica and the crowd got restless.  It started with a huge cup toss where everyone in the lower decks flattened their drink cups and zinged them like hard-edged frisbees toward those on the upper decks - which resulted in those on the upper decks unleashing a torrent of half-drunken beers on those below.  Then, everyone on the field (there were no chairs or assigned seating, it was basically survival of the fittest) began a giant turf war by pulling up pieces of field and launching them at the opposite side of the stadium.  Then the fights began.  At least 10 separate brawls broke out on the field but eventually only one guy was left; a huge gladiator of a man who I personally saw one-punch 3 separate dudes.  As the last fight petered out, the "gladiator" turned to the crowd and raised his arms, and the entire stadium erupted in cheers.

    Metallica quickly began their set after that and we rushed down to get as close to the stage as possible.  It was insane.  After crossing half the field, the crowd became so packed it was almost impossible to squeeze forward.  The quickest way to move toward the stage was to cross the mosh pits, but then you risked getting forearm shivered and trampled by a gang of 20 some odd rockers "dancing" around the pit.  In fact, I got hit in the back during one such crossing, waited for the guy to come back around, and knocked him to the ground - only to watch him get stomped on by the 10 people behind him (I felt bad).  We ended up making it to the 2nd row where we were smashed body to body and only able to stay on our feet by swaying with the crowd.  Metallica put on an incredible show but when we left, I felt like I had survived a war and thought, "huh, so that's what concerts are like?"

    Edit: Here's an article from the SF Chronicle from last year:
    Unpublished photos from Metallica's 1991 Day on the Green ...
    Travis
  • ^ this is how I imagine most concerts in Oakland are like :) 
    Travis
  • cdrive said:
    rkcrawf said:
    first concert - dragged to as a kid? Prince - Purple Rain Tour;
    Dragged?  I'd have killed to have seen that!
    Right!? I got Alabama you got Prince? And Purple Rain tour!? Boo this man! Haha 
    Lol. I meant my dad took me, and it wasn’t my choice (also cut n paste question from earlier post). I was prob 10 and though I’ve loved Prince since the late 80s, But I barely remember the show. Literally, I remember lots of purple lights and doves in the air!! I wish I remembered more. 
    Travis
  • First of all, I want to tell you, it doesn't depend on how famous artist is performing in the concert or a big band. Usually, it depends how much do you enjoy there and yes, the audience also matters. I remember, I attended the first concert with my high school friends where even a local singer was performing Jazz and it was an outstanding experience. After years, I am going to Orlando to attend the marriage ceremony of a friend next month. Our group of friends are also looking to go to a music concert and looking for the right option from here https://concerts50.com/upcoming-concerts-in-florida/orlando. Your suggestions would be admired.

    However, keep in mind, we want to enjoy like teens and hopefully, we would like to attend an event or concert where community don't mind our childhood memories. 
    Travis
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    First (real) concert- Aerosmith at Madison Square Garden in 1976! And I’m betting I remember it better than Steve Tyler who was wasted. 

    Last - Triple bill Joan Jett, Heart (both of them) and Ellie King 

    Next - Thievery Corp and Brazilian Girls at Fox Theatre Oakland

    Best- Bowie hands down (though Prince and Rush tied for 2)

    Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time. 

    Bucket list complete - Robert Plant! Last time at Hardly Strictly 

    Regret - Radiohead. They so get me. 
    Travis
  • This is a great thread

    Last - Big K.R.I.T. Lots of energy, lots of fun (lots of weed)

    Next - No Clue

    Best - Prince (duh) but a close 2nd was a small N*E*R*D* show in NYC with Kelis and a surprise appearance by Jay-Z during the encore that drove the place wild. (In Search Of... is still a favorite)

    Worst - Childish Gambino (loved the album but the sound system at the venue was utter trash so you couldn't make out anything and the seats were made for 4 year olds)

    Bucket List Complete - System of a Down or Jamiroquai

    Honorable Mention - Yeezus Tour

    Started at 8pm on the dot as was listed on the tickets, Kendrick had a live band and did all the Good Kid songs you'd want. I mountain for a stage for Kanye, ranting, raving, good seats. Can't complain.


    Concerts [That I Remember]

    The Very Necessary 12 Play Tour [Xscape/Salt N Pepa/R. Kelly] Coca Cola Starplex Dallas, TX 1994
    Prince - Jam of the Year Tour - Coca Cola Starplex Dallas, TX 8/9/97
    N*E*R*D - 6/4/02 small venue NYC
    Projekt Revolution 2004 [Linkin Park/KoRn/The Used/Snoop Dogg] Summer 2004 Jones Beach Long Island, NY
    The Roots - Tipping Point in the Park NYC July 2004
    KoRn - Izod Arena, NJ Early 2006
    The Roots/NaS/Common - Radio City Music Hall NYC June/2006
    Prince - Welcome 2 America Tour Dec 2010 Izod Arena, NJ
    The Coup - Bowery Ballroom NYC 12/6/12
    Alice Smith - Bowery Ballroom NYC April/2013
    Bruno Mars - Newark, NJ 7/1/13
    The Black Keys - El Camino Tour Hartford, CT 7/9/13
    Yeezus Tour [Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar] Madison Square Garden NYC 11/23/13
    Janelle Monae - Electric Lady Tour - Apollo Theater NYC Late 2013
    Childish Gambino - Deep Web Tour Hammerstein Ballroom NYC 3/29/14
    The Roots/Dave Chappelle - Radio City NYC 6/24/14
    The Black Keys Turn Blue Tour - American Airlines Arena Dallas, TX 11/16/14
    Kanye West - Saint Pablo Tour - American Airlines Arena Dallas, TX 9/22/16
    Schoolboy Q & Joey BadA$$ - Gilly's Dallas, TX 2015
    Big KRIT - Welcome 2 The South Tour - Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX October 2019
    Travis
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time.
    that's unfortunate.
    Travis

  • Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time. 
     
    When was it? Was it recent? I hope he isn't "losing a step." He's typically been great when I've seen him, but man that Bacharach show was tough. Also, I didn't see him on The Juliet Letters, but I heard those concerts weren't great. More about the material than his actual performance in both cases though.
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    Travis said:

    Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time. 
     
    When was it? Was it recent? I hope he isn't "losing a step." He's typically been great when I've seen him, but man that Bacharach show was tough. Also, I didn't see him on The Juliet Letters, but I heard those concerts weren't great. More about the material than his actual performance in both cases though.
    It was this past summer. Blondie was the opener. I didn't expect much from her and she was great. But I was there for Elvis. At first I tried to blame the mixing. But when he sang with only the piano I had to face the truth. He was off-key and off-tempo. We left before the encore to beat the traffic. That says a lot.
    Travis
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited November 2019
    First of all, I want to tell you, it doesn't depend on how famous artist is performing in the concert or a big band. Usually, it depends how much do you enjoy there and yes, the audience also matters. I remember, I attended the first concert with my high school friends where even a local singer was performing Jazz and it was an outstanding experience. After years, I am going to Orlando to attend the marriage ceremony of a friend next month. Our group of friends are also looking to go to a music concert and looking for the right option from here https://concerts50.com/upcoming-concerts-in-florida/orlando. Your suggestions would be admired.

    However, keep in mind, we want to enjoy like teens and hopefully, we would like to attend an event or concert where community don't mind our childhood memories. 
    It's funny, first one on the list is Kero Kero Bonito and I just saw them on Halloween. I hadn't heard of them, but my nephew wanted to go and I took him. They were really good and the crowd had a good energy. Not sure if that kind of music is your thing, but it's not entirely mine and I still really enjoyed them. It was a really interesting show also in that there were three acts and they were all quite different, but still found a way to feel pretty cohesive. I doubt it will be exactly the same set up, but the opener was Lelani from Fantastic Planet (Fantastic Planet isn't a band, her trip is that she's an alien from Fantastic Planet which got a little tired as a shtick, but the music worked). She was a one person act with kind of a Bjork/Glasser type of thing, but rawer and more modern-y I suppose. Very good act. They also had a house-y DJ  type guy in the middle who was also very good. I hadn't heard of them, but apparently it was one of the guys from 100 Gecs who my nephew showed me and they're a really interesting electronic group. They kind of remind me of a more "out there" version of Girl Talk. That sort of thing is something that I find fun, but isn't something I listen to a ton of. He was very good, and they're kind of an indie pop group. Kind of a more radio pop rock, up tempo sort of Belle and Sebastian kind of thing (actually that probably isn't a good comp at all, but that's what it evoked). Really they reminded me a bit of a not as great version of Hospitality, but no one know who Hospitality is so that isn't terribly helpful (everyone SHOULD know who Hospitality is though, for the record. They're fantastic). Anyhoo, that was a really fun show and it had a good, fun energy which seems to be what you're after. The place was pretty "young and hip" to my 40 something perspective, but aside from taking notice of it it wasn't really a thing past that. Good show.

    One thing to toss out there about KKB if it intrigues you enough to check them out. One thing that hung me up a little bit when I checked them out before going was that I liked the music, but the vocals were a little "precious" for me. Live this was still a bit of a thing, but not nearly to the extent it was on the record. If you have the same experience in listening to them the energy of the performance watered that down mostly.

    That was the only act I've seen that I really came across. I've heard good things about John Prine. I have a couple of friends who are really into him, but I don't know his stuff really. For what it's worth, those friends have good taste and dig him. 
  • Travis said:

    Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time. 
     
    When was it? Was it recent? I hope he isn't "losing a step." He's typically been great when I've seen him, but man that Bacharach show was tough. Also, I didn't see him on The Juliet Letters, but I heard those concerts weren't great. More about the material than his actual performance in both cases though.
    It was this past summer. Blondie was the opener. I didn't expect much from her and she was great. But I was there for Elvis. At first I tried to blame the mixing. But when he sang with only the piano I had to face the truth. He was off-key and off-tempo. We left before the encore to beat the traffic. That says a lot.
    That's a bummer. Was that the show at a Casino Resort? I can't remember which one, but my folks were going to go to a Costello/Blondie show in Central CA but had to cancel because my mom having some health stuff. Sorry he was off his game. That really sucks.
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    Travis said:
    Travis said:

    Worst - breaks my heart to say this but Elvis Costello. He was “off” the entire time. 
     
    When was it? Was it recent? I hope he isn't "losing a step." He's typically been great when I've seen him, but man that Bacharach show was tough. Also, I didn't see him on The Juliet Letters, but I heard those concerts weren't great. More about the material than his actual performance in both cases though.
    It was this past summer. Blondie was the opener. I didn't expect much from her and she was great. But I was there for Elvis. At first I tried to blame the mixing. But when he sang with only the piano I had to face the truth. He was off-key and off-tempo. We left before the encore to beat the traffic. That says a lot.
    That's a bummer. Was that the show at a Casino Resort? I can't remember which one, but my folks were going to go to a Costello/Blondie show in Central CA but had to cancel because my mom having some health stuff. Sorry he was off his game. That really sucks.
    Concord Pavillon. They have a few great shows every summer. 
    Travis
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