Best Concerts You've Ever Been To

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Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« on: August 20, 2002, 05:34:00 PM »
Okay. Here's another list for y'all to post to. This time though just a top five instead of top ten. Also another arbitrary rule--only one concert per artist (i.e. all 5 cannot be Ben). Corollary to arbitrary rule--you can have one Ben and one Ben Folds Five if you so desire.

5. Prince and the Revolution-1984 Austin Erwin Center. Opening act was Sheila E. This was right in the middle of Purple Rain madness and he put on a fantastic show. Great music, great showmanship, great selection of songs.

4. James Taylor-although I've seen him 4 times, I'll give the nod to his 1999 show with the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall. Maybe sitting fourth row center had something to do with it, but this was a magical night for a long-time JT fan. When he launched into Carolina on My Mind, I was immediately taken back to freshman orientation in Chapel Hill.

3. Ben/Ben Folds Five-seven times total. I'd probably have to go with Austin 1997 at Liberty Lunch. It was the second time I had seen them (the first having been two nights earlier in Houston) and I knew the songs much better since we listened to the two CDs on the drive up. Besides, there's just something about a live Austin show on a Friday night in front of an audience that was very familiar with their stuff from SXSW the year before.

2. Bruce Springsteen--seven times total (though will be 9 by the end of 2002) ranging from 1981 to 2000. I'll take Austin 2000 at the Erwin Center because it was the first time with the E Street Band (at least for me) since 1985 at the Cotton Bowl and because of the absolutely killer set that night. It is hard for me to put him only number two on my list because I honestly think he puts on the best concert of anyone I've ever seen. In fact, without my arbitrary rule, Bruce would occupy four of these top five spots...but still not number one.

1. Budweiser Superfest 1982 Astrodome Houston. Don't ask me what caused me to go to this show by myself during the summer of 82. But am I ever glad I did. The lineup included Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and the reason I was there, the incomparable Stevie Wonder. I had never heard of Maze, but clearly most of the people around me were there to see them. There was WAY too much time between sets and having been there since 5 pm, I was a bit tired when Maze finished around 1 a.m. It took 45 minutes to ready the stage but Stevie came on at 1:45 and played a 17 song hour and a half set that covered his career up to that point. I walked out of the Dome at 3:15 Sunday morning convinced that I had seen the best concert I would ever see in my life. So far, 20 years later, I was right.

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2002, 05:59:00 PM »
K Im gonna join in this. Though I dont know the dates I will try and roughly remember them.

5. Seeing Hefner in a small venue. Great gig, especially as it was my first real gig, just me and mates. I had previously seen Coolio like 2 yrs before which was fun but not amazing. Yr 2000, in a venue about 350 people. It was just a really cool gig, the band were funny, and it was a cool environment. Plus I later played on the same stage with my band about 3 weeks later.

4. J Mascis and the Fog 2000 - Same venue as Hefner.It was great to see legend. The lead singer from  Dinosour Jr, J mascis. It was cool he did some of his solo stuff, then some Dinosaur stuff and then he was joined on stage by the guitarist from the stooges and they did same Stooges track like I wanna Be your Dog. At the end my brother managed to grab the set list and I was truly deaf by the end.

3. Weezer - 2001 - Shepherds Bush Empire - Weezer were not amazing but it was great just to see them. However the support acts were amazing, it was Crackout first followed by Jimmy Eat World, who put on a sweet show. Weezer did some classics, most well known one being Buddy Holly, but they didnt move on stage and look like they enjoyed it which took away from the fun. But its the weez...

2. The Webb Brothers - 2001 - Pavillion Theatre (Brighton) - This was in the same venue and number 5 + 4. It was an amazing show. The whole atmosphere of the place was great. Bearing in mind I had never heard any thing by this band b4 I went to the gig. As soon as I heard the first song I was blown away. The whole instrumentation of everything and just the sound was amazing. Some compared them to Ben Folds Five, which i can kind of see. It was a sweet gig.

1. Brian Wilson - The Brighton Centre - 2002. What can I say? It was Brian Wilson. Though he did not do an amazing amount of movement the way he soaked in the audience reactions and seemed moved by everyone was magical. And the music said it all.


Hopefully in October I can add Ben folds to the list

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2002, 08:16:04 PM »
I'll admit, I saw Ben Folds Fake with Cake a couple years ago, but was not a fan, so I didn't really enjoy the concert, do probably because I didn't like him back then.  But I've been getting into Ben lately, so hopefully I'll see him on tour sometime.

Anyway, here's my list.

5. Chicago - a great live band, that will keep the crowd interested the entire time.  I've seen them about 3 times, and though they don't even make my top 10 favorite bands, I still enjoy seeing them.
4. Green Day - a very fun band to see live.  Full of great energy and good at getting the crowd involved.
3. Flickerstick - Sadly I only got to see about 5 songs of them live, but I loved it.  They are very good live.
2. Creed - these guys put on a great show really.  The band sounds perfect and the extras like pyro and movies, etc....make this a great concert.
1. Smashing Pumpkins - my favorite band, and they broke up later that year after I saw them, so I'll never get to see them again.

I've been to a lot of concerts, others not listed include Offspring (2 times), Blink 182, Beach Boys (5 times), and more.
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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2002, 01:00:20 PM »
Gah!...BFF why oh why do you have to reduce these lists to such small numbers!  ;)

OK...top 5...argh...this is going to be tough. In no particular order...

1. Cheap Trick/The Ramones-Bangor Auditorium-1982: The first real show I ever went to. Needless to say it kicked my ass. The Ramones rocked out really hard. I was really there to see Cheap Trick but I went out and bought a Ramones album the next day. Cheap Trick was in their prime at that point. They played all the classics plus I got a guitar pick from Rick Neilson! Kick ass show.

2. REM/The Feelies-University of Maine gym-1986: I paid 5 bucks to see one of the premier bands of the last 20 years. There was only about 200 people there and everyone knew all of the words to all of the songs. My friends and I were all up front and we talked to Peter and Michael all night long. Way to much fun.

3. The Smashing Pumkins/Grant Lee Buffalo-Pepsi Center-1995 It's always good when an opening band kicks as much ass as the headliner. It's even better when the opening band kicks the headliners ass. Grant Lee Buffalo was (IMHO) the most underated band of the 90's. They just blew everybody away. Even the most jaded concert reviewers raved about GLB. The Pumpkins played a great show. Super tight. But GLB was something special.

4. Beck/The Cardigans-Red Rocks-1998(9?) Beck is an amazing entertainer. He pulls all of his stuff off live. His band is super tight. He can dance like a madman. And he doesn't miss a beat. One of the best shows ever. I would pay uber amounts of money to see this guy anytime. Seeing him under the stars at Red Rocks was an amazing experience.

5. Radiohead/The Beta Band-Red Rocks-2001 5th row center at Red Rocks seeing one of the best bands ever. Hard to top this one. I could have Hit Thom in the head with a tennis ball without much effort. Great show. They played everything that I wanted on my wish list. The Beta Band was great too! They really appreciated me yelling out requests.  :)


So there you have it. It was really tough to leave out Ben, BFF, Pink Floyd, U2, Metalica, Bob Dylan, The Police, Sting, The Greatful Dead, The Rolling Stones and a bunch of other great bands but I guess you gotta draw a line somwhere.

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2002, 07:49:32 PM »
So Deacon, are you a big pumpkins fan?  I'll admit Ben Folds is my 2nd favorite behind Smashing Pumpkins.  I have never heard Grant Lee Buffalo before but it sounds like I need to.

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2002, 09:49:35 AM »
Yeah...Gish is one of my all time favorite albums. They kind of lost me on their last couple of efforts but they were a band to be respected when they were in their prime. I love Iha's guitar playing. I am a sucker for tasty, swishy, flangy, filtery guitar leads.  ;) Siamese Dream was on my "Top 5 pop the disk in after work" list for a very long time.

If you are gonna check out Grant Lee Buffalo try Mighty Joe Moon as your first experience. If you are looking for a more recent release check out Grant Lee Phillips new solo effort Mobilize. One of the great songwriters of our generation (IMHO).

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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2002, 07:58:05 PM »
In no particular order:

1. Pretenders, Cal Poly Mott Gym, 1994.

Played everything I wanted to hear, sounded fantastic, great show.  1st concert date with my now husband.

2. Ben Folds, Fillmore San Francisco, 2001.

Didn't play army,but everything else was fantastic. Met everyone in band, converted my best friend to the ways of Ben.

3. Stone Temple Pilots, Santa Barbara County Bowl, 2000.

Best moment: while the concert was stopped to fix a speaker tower, Scott Weiland walked out on stage, bummed a light & chatted with the audience for 15 minutes.

4. They Might Be Giants, Union Square San Francisco, 1989.

Free concert.  Fantastic job.  Everyone was singing along.

5. Weird Al Yankovick, Mid - State Fair Paso Robles, 2000. (?)

Another free concert. He played everything. The band was very impressive.
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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2002, 12:44:52 AM »
i kind of had to think about this one a lot.  in the last few years i've been to a lot of shows, and many of them were great experiences in their own individual ways.  i'll take fan's rules to the limit, since i have to be honest here (meaning bff and ben make the list). also no particular order here.  all were exemplary.



1.  ben folds five - march 1996 - club moe

everyone who cares has heard this story, so i won't belabor it.  early bff was alive with pleasure.  my suspicions about how damn cool the band was were more than confirmed, and i was 18 in a 21+ club where kurt cobain used to hang out.  i'm not sure if it gets better than that.  it was the first band i discovered and investigated (for the most part) on my own.

2.  ben folds - december 2001 - bowery ballroom

i won't belabor this one either.

3. rem - summer 1995 - the gorge

ok, i was years too late, and probably way into the wrong rem record, but "monster" was the first raw sound i'd embraced with true enthusiasm.  seattle may have been the cradle of grunge, but i wasn't allowed to listen to "punk rock" music until i was 16 (i know, weird rule, and rem is not punk, but we're talking my mother here).  the concert was all stipe posturing and grandeur, but i was into it 100%.

4. elton john/billy joel - "face to face" tour - 2001

well, need i explain the above?  i must admit i couldn't sing a billy joel song if i tried (maybe "piano man" and possibly "we didn't start the fire" chorus), but i know many of elton's early hits backwards and forwards.  i saw elton two other times ("the one" and "the big picture" tours), and neither had the allure or excitement because i wasn't as excited about his contemporary efforts.  anyway, he was all old-school and showman on this tour, clearly having a blast.  worth every dang penny i spent.  

5.   764-HERO - august 2000

this band just announced they're calling it quits, and damn but they just released a record last year.  not a favorite band so much as a favorite LIVE band.  local heros (heh) for a reason.  plus, they're named after the phone number you're supposed to call and report call pool lane violators.  i mean, that was half the coolness.

anyway, for what it is worth, that is my list.  it'll may just twist and change soon enough, as elliott smith, doug martsch, and sleater-kinney are all on tour ;)  

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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2002, 07:18:17 PM »
I saw Stone Temple Pilots in 2000, very good and Weird Al (2 times) in 2000.

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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2002, 06:13:38 PM »
hard to judge this one... let's see tho:

5. death cab for cutie - crystal ballroom (last year?) great seattle indie rock band. I heard about them through my girlfriend's cousin from seattle. i now own all of their albums because of this show. they put on an amazing set with great character and energy. not one i'll soon forget.

4. Burt Bacharach - live at the schnitzer auditorium with the oregon symphony. what a f*cking great show. the king of pop music himself. reaching 70 yrs old or so, and still playing the piano like it aint no thang. awesome show.

3. The Helio Sequence - my friend came up to me the day of the show, and said, hey man, come to the beaverton starbucks tonight, a friend of mine has a band who's playing. they're called 'the helio sequence' and they kick ass. a few hours later i was at the show, blown away that such a fantastic duo could come right out of my hometown. about a year later, and 2 albums bought by me, http://heliosequence.i8.com was born. if they hit it big (i hope they do, and i've heard murmus about the band talking with capitol records in new york) i can say that i saw them in a tiny starbucks in beaverton oregon. that show kicked SOOO much ass.

2. Ben Folds Five - Roseland Theater, portland OR, 1998? can't remember what year, it was the messner tour, so ben had his 2 piano's. :-D I was with my girlfriend for this one, and we were just extremely cute and lovely the whole show right up close and watching ben amaze us.

1. Radiohead - live at the gorge ampitheatre (can't recall the date off hand, it was the Amnesiac tour) drove like 6 hours to get there, with my dad, my brother, and my girlfriend. pitched a tent nearby at a camping place, and spent the evening in the most gorgeous ampitheatre i've ever seen, on a grassy hill, watching the sunset while radiohead played an amazing set (what kills me is that later radiohead called it the worst show on the tour because jonny was sick... man, if that's radiohead at their worst... i can only imagine...). just a gorgeous show in general, makes the number 1 spot in my book.

That was fun to think about. :-) this weekend may have to change my list. I'm seeing the helio sequence at the crystal ballroom w/ the shins, and am going to big stink 7 where cake, cypress hill, and a bunch of other rock bands are playing. should be pretty cool too.

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2002, 06:40:29 AM »
Ok, a thing I have pondered since time immemorial. Let's use the INPO method

* Guns 'N Roses / Metallica. The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, September 1992. Oh my Lord. Metal heaven. I've seen Metallica twice since; they've never come close to the amazing drive they sustained nonstop in their 2.5 hour set. And GNR, known to be an up and down band live, was incredibly on that night. Amazing.

* Ben Folds. +/- Five. I've said it before. I can't bear to compare the experiences I've had to each other. Every single time has had something I would not have missed for the world. May'ish, 1998. My first encounter. 4th and B, San Diego. With a date I was crazy about at the time, but eventually learned better of (Ben, OTOH, I never seemed to outgrow). Or June 1999, at the Palladium in LA, what an incredible show. Or the Belly Up July 2001, BFF and JBJ know what I'm talking about: Ben's first solo show ever in the post-BFF era. Or October 2001 at the El Rey; another incredible show. Do I need to go on? I didn't think so. You all could write the rest for me. Bowling with Ben (and Weird Al). The House of Bastards, with JBJ, Grey, and a really tired Ben. And perhaps Ben's best performance I've yet seen at the Belly Up the next day.

* Bad Religion. November 1998. Del Mar Fairgrounds. Best punk show I've been priveleged to have been a part of. It was later than optimal for recognizing this incredible band, but I have no regrets.

* "X-Fest" (91X San Diego): June 1998. Open Air Theater, San Diego State University. Normally "festival" shows lack a little bit of energy and/or sound quality. But this! Just before the time Jacor (later ClearChannel) became the monopoly of the San Diego airwaves (or at least before it was obvious that this brought significant implications)...Marcy Playground, Everclear (best of three times I've seen them), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (before they sold themselves to Coke), and Social Distortion. And that was after I had missed Fastball. Awesome accoustics. Awesome performances.

* Billy Joel. The Fabulous Forum, Los Angeles. 1983ish (The Innocent Man tour). My first concert ever. What can I say...I was about 11 years old and blown away.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2002, 09:32:57 PM »
I've been to so many shows over the years, it's hard to narrow the list to just five.  Here are 5 that stick out in my mind, in no particular order:

1) BFF at Summerstage (Rumsey Playfield, Central Park) NYC, June 1999

A fabulous evening under the summer sky.  My first time seeing Ben.  The band ROCKED!!

2) The Connells at CBGB, NYC Dec 1993

There were maybe 20 people in the club.  Felt like they were playing just for me.

3)  Joe Jackson, Malibu Nightclub, NY 1989

Another intimate setting.  Joe was workshopping material from Laughter & Lust -- he went into the studio to record it the following week

4)  Duran Duran, Madison Square Garden, NYC March 1984

My very first concert.

5)  B-52's, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY Jan 1990

It was below freezing outside, but it was like a luau indoors.  Conga lines, paper lanterns.  A great party.
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2002, 03:57:53 PM »
CBGB rhymes with Heebie Geebie

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Re: Best Concerts You've Ever Been To
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2002, 01:35:29 AM »
1. Ben Folds, 2001 - 2002
Oh god, do I have to pick a show? It's been said before, but I saw Ben 8 times last year, and each show was completely worth it. I can definitely say I preferred the BF&P shows to the RTS shows, so that narrows it down to 4. At gunpoint, I suppose I would be forced to say that the best overall experience (except for the tragically blank film forever inprisoning my picture with Ben and the tragically goofed bootleg forever imprisoning "our note" that Ben sang) was the 2nd LA El Rey Theatre show this March. Forgetting that experience and concentrating on the concert only, it would be a toss up between that night and the 6/12 9:30 Club show.

And in no particular order:

BFF - DC 9:30 Club, 1999:
The only time I saw BFF live. Blew me away. Also the first independent concert decision I've ever made, and the first but not the last time I flew to DC to visit my brother in the name of Ben.

Bootsie Collins at the House of Blues in New Orleans, 1997:
I mean, come on. He chanted over and over, "I wanna touch everybody! I wanna touch everybody!" then he climbed off the stage and proceeded to do so.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (w/ Jackson Browne opening)at an outdoor ampitheatre in Birmingham, AL, August 2002:
My most recent concert adventure. Jackson Browne was perfect, and Tom Petty rocked HARD. It didn't hurt that it was a beautiful night, and I was sitting next to my best friend in the world.

Cowboy Mouth, Varisty Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA - 1995 - 1998:
An extremely energized live show, worth it every time.

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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2016, 07:59:41 AM »
Prince's death yesterday reminded me that there may have been a thread on this topic here from years ago.  Make that YEARS AGO.

While his 1984 show may no longer make my top 5, it's still easily top 10.

As I was reflecting on his passing, I realized that in a 6 week window in the fall of 1984, I saw Prince at the height of the Purple Rain era and Springsteen at the height of the Born in the USA madness.  In retrospect, that was a pretty good fall.