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Your Best Concert Ever?

guitartomy

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SRV at "Great America" in Santa Clara, CA on 5/21/89. i've been to quite a few concerts, but this show stands out as one of the most satisfying and moving performances i've ever experienced.
 

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Dickey Betts and Great Southern in Owensboro KY . Dickey was sober and on that night. We had great seats and he called Sean Costello out to jam on Southbound.
 
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Ed Driscoll

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The Who '79. It was a week or two after the Cincinnati debacle.

Was that the concert that was taped for PPV, and can be found as the third disc in the Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who DVD set? They were really on that night.
 

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Led Zeppelin , June 1972 @ the Baltimore Civic Center. Fucking unreal. Jimmy Page was like a wizard on stage. I have rarely experienced the level of energy and electricity at a live rock concert.... as I did that night.
 

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Hard to say - I;ve seen so many concerts, from little dive bars to huge festivals.
Some of the best were Pink Floyd on Division Bell - the giant disco ball was trippy, even for a guy completly sober. Roger Waters doing Dark Side of the Moon - a religious experiece. |Several Aerosmith shows would rank up there. The Who piggybacking with Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes. Possibly the best though, was Leonard Cohen at a theater in Boston. Pushing 80 the guy was onstage for 3+ hours, sang his heart out and still ran offstage at the end.
 

bursty

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Too many to list

UFO opening for Rush in 1978 would have to be right up there .............
 
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MattD1960

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Maybe not the best musical show but i was 1000000% swept up in the buzz of the thing

Oct 24 2005 MSG Cream reunion

I had just turned 15 years old, I got 4 tickets in the worst possible section we were almost behind the stage. My Sister who could have cared less about Cream but loved her little brother, Broke me outa highschool early and drove me and my buddys (both to young to drive) down from MA to NYC to see my favorite band (at that time) get back together. me and my buddies typical stoner blues rock kids who all played in a little band together thought we were Cream when we practiced in our drummers bed room. Seeing the three of them do it in front of us was amazing we were jumping up and down going nuts. we showed up so early to MSG i seriously think we were some of the first people to our seats. I will never ever forget the electricity that was running throughout the place we all showed up to see something so special.


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McCartney Fenway park any of the three times i saw him. always amazing and he made my wife cry like a little girl at the backstreet boys. hes EPIC live
 

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When I was young ("I may be old, but I saw all the cool groups!") I was going to concerts every weekend, it seems. Then, I went to Germany for school and saw a lot of concerts there, too. Tickets were dirt cheap back then.

One concert that stands out was on January 26, 1969. The venue was the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia. As you might guess, it was open seating -- on the floor (the rink). The headliner was Blood, Sweat & Tears, who were tearing up the radio waves with their hits, "You've Made Me So Very Happy," and "Spinning Wheel." The opening act was a band I'd never heard of before, Spirit.

My friends and I arrived early enough to find a good spot on the floor and we watched the last part of the setup on the stage. After a period, an old bald guy all dressed in black with dark shades on came and sat at the drum kit. You could hear the murmur of the crowd, "What the F?" (this was the day of long-haired hippie bands, after all). The bald guy just adjusted the high hat, and twiddled a bit, and then was joined on stage by the rest of the band: long-haired hippies all! The crowd was audibly relieved. None of the band looked at the audience, but merely stood with their instruments in hand.

A sound began to emerge: a high-pitched electronic tone that as it got louder, began to make the audience squirm. All of a sudden, the lead guitar player (who I would later learn was Randy California) looked up from his guitar, where he had been holding a single note, smiled directly at the audience, and glided his hand down the fretboard into a chord that launched the band into their first number. I was blown away!

Spirit put on such a fabulous performance that BS&T couldn't match. If it had been a battle of the bands, the victory was Spirit's, hands down.

Since then, Spirit has held a favorite place in my heart. I have pretty much every album and CD they released (not all were triumphs, but Randy California's playing was exemplary). Incidentally, he got his name from Jimi Hendrix, who called him that because there were two Randys in Jimi James & The Blue Flames -- yes, the band Hendrix had before forming the Experience. And Randy California was a part of it -- when he was fifteen!
 

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Not exactly a concert in the conventional sense, but myself and the young lady I was with stood for about half an hour watching four female music students busking classical pieces in the tunnel leading from the Underground to the Science Museum (Charing Cross?) in June 2000.
Best? I dunno, but I've paid a lot of money to see 'big names' who weren't as good.
 
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Lollapalooza in 1996...Barrie Ontario was quite the event. With headliners like Sound Garden, Metallica, the Ramones, etc. it sure rocked the bill. I spent half the time in the beer tent and it was a hot day. They did have chill-out tents set up at Molson Park.✌️
 

BroKV

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Megadeth with Mötley Crüe
Megadeth with Lamb of God
Metallica with Jerry Cantrell
 

jrgtr42

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Lollapalooza in 1996...Barrie Ontario was quite the event. With headliners like Sound Garden, Metallica, the Ramones, etc. it sure rocked the bill. I spent half the time in the beer tent and it was a hot day. They did have chill-out tents set up at Molson Park.✌️
I saw that one in Pownal Vt. |Probably the stop before or after you.
Metallica, Soundgarden, Rancid, Ramones, Screaming Trees, etc. Some good bands on the second stage, some not quite as good (one of them played the same chord for the whole 45 minute set...)
|Most memorable moment was a quick thunderstorm just before the Ramones came on. A huge bolt of lightning hit the mountaintop just outside the place. Pretty intense.
 

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Aug 23, 1966 Tues

The Yardbirds at Catalina Island, CA, Avalon Ballroom

Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page (bass)

Incredible concert. nothing ever better. First time I ever saw Jeff with a Les Paul.
 
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herb

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Saw a lot of great acts including Hendrix in the late sixties/ early seventies but whenever someone asks this question I always think of the time I saw Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977-78 (?) at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. It was a magical, religious experience.
 

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The best concert I ever went to was the Slipknot concert in 2001. That was the IOWA tour.
 
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