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What artists and bands have you seen in concert? Were they any good?

Asked by amazingme (1825 points ) August 23rd, 2010

I have seen some awesome concerts, for my generation anyway.
I want to know who you have seen in concert?
I have seen:
Paul McCartney-AMAZING
Metallica, Lamb of God-Most fun I’ve ever had at a concert.
Weezer, Blink182, Public Enemy, Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery- All at one festival for free, Weezer was amazing.
My Chemical Romance, Muse- Same concert, both were equally good
Rick Springfield(2 times)- Saw him when I was 7 with my mom and when I was 16 with my mom.
No Doubt, Paramore- Same concert, No Doubt was good, Paramore, not so much.
Flight of the Conchords- Most hilarious concert ever. :D
They Might Be Giants (3 times)- Every Saturday after Thanksgiving and they never disappoint.
Pearl Jam- So awesome
None of the artists/bands are in any particular order, just as I remember. I also left out some that I didn’t feel the need to mention because they weren’t that great.

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ucme's avatar

Madness
Depeche Mode
U2
Live aid

Any good? You betcha!!

Jude's avatar

The Dead Weather was by far the best. Tool was a close second.

Honorable mentions:

Jane’s Addiction
The Decemberists
The Raconteurs
Fleetwood Mac
Rosie Thomas
Depeche Mode
Kid Cudi
Silversun Pickups
Against Me
Metallica
Rush
Of Montreal
Tv on the Radio
Brandi Carlile
Ray Lamontagne
Radiohead
The Black Keys

And, many, many others.

muppetish's avatar

I know I am going to be in the minority when I say this, but I hate going to concerts. Watching and hearing a band play live is one of the more exhilarating things I have experienced, but actually going and being among the people there is horrible. At the last concert I went to, I was shoved, stepped on, screamed at, and it made for a rotten night out. Perhaps I am just too sensitive.

I’m not opposed to going to concerts in the future, but it would have to be someone really, damn good to entice me.

The best band I have seen live was the pillows. I wish I could have thanked them backstage after the concert ended. The venue was fairly small, and very few of us understood any Japanese, but I have loved their music for years and was simply thankful that they would take the time to play for us.

amazingme's avatar

@muppetish It’s okay, some people aren’t concert people. :D I am not a huge fan of concerts where people mosh all the time, but I go and find a place where people aren’t moshing (sometimes very hard) and that has a great view of the band.

@jjmah I am so jealous! I love The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs. I love pretty much anything with Jack White. In my eyes, he is a genius. :D

Hawkeye's avatar

David Bowie
Mick Jagger
U2 (Twice)
Elton John (Twice)’
Genesis
Chuck Berry, Little Richard, & Jerry Lee Lewis
The Rolling Stones
Paul MaCartney
Tina Turner
Rod Stewart
Dire Straits
Bruce Springsteen (That was the best of all!!!!)

amazingme's avatar

@Hawkeye I am absolutely jealous of every band/artist you listed!

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Winds of plague, Skeleton Witch-First concert I’ve been to. Skeletonwitch was pretty great, Winds of plague sucked, I don’t remember moonspell, but Dimmu was okay.
Cradle of Filth, Satyricon, Septicflesh-Holy shit, worst concert I’ve been to. Almost fell asleep during CoF’s set if it weren’t for the shoving and moshing.
Kreator, Exodus, Belpehgor, Warbringer and some other band- Warbringer was awesome, Belphegor was meh. It got pretty violent when Exodus and Kreator showed up.
Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, High on fire- I only liked Mastodon. They played the entire “Crack the Skye” album with a weird ass movie in the background. The concert was short (ending at 11 PM)
Gwar, Job for a cowboy, Red Chord-Gwar was the only good band. Lots of fake blood and entertainment (can’t go wrong with that)
Overkill, Vader, God dethroned, Warbringer, Evile, Woe of Tyrants- The only good bands were Overkill, God Dethroned and Warbringer.
Going to see Triptykon this October. Should kick a tremendous amount of ass

_Jade_'s avatar

Pink Floyd (twice)..absolutely the best!!
Alice Cooper
Steppenwolf
The Guess Who
The Who
Jethro Tull (Three times)
Blue Oyster Cult
REO Speedwagon
Uriah Heep
Z Z Top
Allman Brothers
The Byrds
Ozzy Osbourne
Heart
Edgar Winter Group
Eric Clapton
Rolling Stones
Grand Funk Railroad
Jefferson Airplane
Janis Joplin
(not in that order…of course ;-))

Hoping to see Disturbed next month.

Austinlad's avatar

Pat Metheny. Mel Torme (with George Shearing), Tony Bennet, The Stones, Paul McCartney and Wings, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, and others I’ve forgotten—all great!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Far far to many to list.

Last show I saw was Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Lotus amazing show.

Jude's avatar

@Jade Nice. :)

filmfann's avatar

Elvis Presley
Queen
The Rolling Stones
Elton John
The Doobie Brothers
The Rightous Brothers
Chuck Berry
The Temptations
Eric Burdon
The Animals
Don McClain
Pete Seegar
Peter Paul and Mary
Paul Simon
Bob Dylan
Santana
Cheap Trick
ELO
The Kinks

And about 100 other bands before I gave it up to limit hearing damage.

mrentropy's avatar

Love & Rockets (x2)
Died Pretty
Pere Ubu
Lemonheads
Offspring
Pop Will Eat Itself (bleah)
Marilyn Manson
Nine Inch Nails (x2)
New Model Army (awesome!)
Jewel (went for the wife but Jewel is great in concert; I don’t like her CDs)
Burden Brothers

All were great, although the 2nd NIN show was identical to the first and I don’t like PWEI.

rebbel's avatar

Madonna, Rotterdam, Feyenoord Stadium ‘87 – Mwah.
Prince, Rotterdam, Feyenoord Stadium ‘88 and ‘90(?) – Great.
Lenny Kravitz, Rotterdam, Ahoy mid 90’s – Super.
Level 42, several times in end of the 80’s, Ahoy – Good to Great.
Spandau Ballet, Ahoy, end of the 80’s – Okay.
Santana (supporting act Bob Dylan!), Ahoy, ‘85 – Dylan: i couldn’t be bothered Santana: Fantastic.
Several great artists at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Rachelle Ferrell, Snoop Dogg, Oletta Adams, Candy Dulfer, Earth Wind and Fire, and lots more) – Superb.

amazingme's avatar

I am pretty much jealous of all these answers. :D
Except Marilyn Manson…I don’t like that guy.

mrentropy's avatar

Oh, and Alice Donut. And Estrojet. And they were both great.

Seek's avatar

Let’s see… not counting local bands…

Opeth (four)
Dream Theatre (three)
Megadeth
Overkill
Into Infinity
The Smashup
Lamb of God (three or four times too many)
Lordi
Ozzy
Nile
3
Arch Enemy
Machine Head
In Flames
Cannibal Corpse
Deicide
Korn
Rob Zombie

…and probably a few more.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I can’t. I can’t list them all. It’s been hundreds of shows over the course of my life, so I will give you two.

My first show: August, 1974 – Eddie Kendricks (formerly of The Temptations – he was the falsetto) with The Tavares as the opening act at the then-brand new Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. I was 5, it was with my guardian and we were in the front row.

My latest show: August, 2010 – Your Vegas at Rockville Music Hall in the East Village of NYC. I was 41, it was with my friends and we were in the VIP section of a bar.

MissAusten's avatar

At the risk of coming across as a total dork…

Bon Jovi, twice. Once when I was 13 and once when I was 17. My mom took me and my best friends. We screamed a lot and cried. We were Bon Jovi fanatics.

Poison, on my 16th birthday. Again, with my mom and my best friends.

Warrant and Nelson, sometime in high school. Yeah, my mom was there for that one too.

Marky Mark. Sadly, he did not drop his pants. I was a senior in high school and, amazingly enough, my mom did NOT go to this concert with us!

REO Speedwagon at a fair in Wisconsin when I was in college.

Bare Naked Ladies on New Year’s Eve in Detroit when I was in college. I went with my best friends, and we had awesome seats. It was amazing. They stopped in the middle of a song at midnight to countdown to the New Year.

Most recently, I went with my cousin to see Chris Daughtry in NYC. This was a couple of years ago. He also put on a great show and we had so much fun. It was close to the holidays, and before the concert we walked around just to enjoy the city at that time of year. It was the first time I got to see the big tree and ice rink at Rockefeller Center and the beautiful window displays!

muppetish's avatar

@MissAusten That’s not dorky at all. Try going to a Harry and the Potters concert with your best friend for your birthday. It was fun as hell, but I still felt like such a goof.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Toto was the best, with Dragonforce in a close second. Although neither of them are my favourite style, they were just brilliant musicians and put on a good show. I have also seen Dream Theatre, Pain of Salvation, Thrice, The Butterfly Effect, and at music festivals I have seen HIM, Saosin, Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying, Reel Big Fish, Haste the Day, and too many others to remember. Unfortunately my favourite bands have never made it over here.

SuperMouse's avatar

I am pretty sure I could not list all of the bands I have seen in concert, but I will hit some of the highlights.

The very first concert I went to was George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers (50 States 50 Days Tour). That was an amazing concert. Dude is all over the stage and is on par with Chuck Berry for his showmanship with a guitar. Some other great concerts include ZZTop, UFO, The Scorpions, Michael Penn, The Black Crows, and The Monkees (touring with Herman’s Hermits and Gary Pucket; the night I saw them was the only time during the tour that Mike Nesmith joined the rest of the band onstage). But by far the best concert I have been to is The Kinks. I have seen them four times and they put on a fabulous show every single time.

zannajune's avatar

NIN
Muse
Death Cab for Cutie
The Feint
The Bravery
Jack Johnson
Ben Harper

NIN and Muse were hands down the best of them all. The others were good, but the energy of NIN and Muse beat them by a landslide.

Seek's avatar

Oh!

ZZTop
The Grass Roots
Foghat

As far as who was good – Dream Theatre, Opeth, 3, Zombie, Overkill, and Megadeth put on the best show. I’ve seen Lamb of Pantera four times, and I’m still waiting for the second song to start. Korn was boring. Ozzy sang the first verse of Crazy Train three times. Lordi was lame. The rest were okay.

Jude's avatar

And, I’m going to see Roger Water’s The Wall in three weeks. Row twenty. David Gilmour will be playing with him.

I’m guessing that that’ll be the best.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I totally forgot, The Grassroots performed at the Monkees concert I attended!

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’ve seen Pink Floyd twice, Renaissance twice, Moody Blues three times, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult. ELO, Elton John and many others. The only disappointment was Elton in 1975. He had just changed styles with the Yellow Brick Road tour, I wasn’t into glam-rock. I missed seeing Renaissance for the third time this summer because of an accident.

Classical music, I’ve seen Segovia, Rastropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Glenn Gould (as a young child), Jean-Pierre Rampal, Winton Marsalis (playing the Hayden trumpet concerto with the BSO), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jose Carerras, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa. I’ve also attended two Bayreuth Festivals.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Watershed, a South African band. And yes, it was good, i love their music.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Barbra Streisand – AMAZING
Cher – Brilliant although it was a shorter show than I would have liked.
Lady Gaga – Awesome
Anastacia – Brilliant
Dolly Parton – Brilliant (she’s so talented – I think she’s really underrated)
Meat Loaf – The first time I saw him he was awesome but I have seen him a few times since and he should probably give it up now.
Queen – Not with Freddie unfortunately but still worth seeing
The Darkness – Remember them? Fun
Alicia Keys – Stunning
The Seekers – Nostalgic
Judith Durham without The Seekers – Lovely
Lesley Garrett – Also lovely
Michael Ball – Love him probably shouldn’t admit to that
Miley Cyrus – OK but she appeared to be pissed off throughout the whole thing
The Moody Blues – Boring
Genesis – Brilliant (especially Phil Collins)
Rick Wakeman – Talented bloke but not really my thing
Barry Manilow – I ADORE him!
Thunder – OK, the drummer is cool.
Ruthie Henshall – She’s got a great voice but I found the music she was singing quite boring.
Rod Stewart – Can’t help but respect the guy

I think that’s it.

Frenchfry's avatar

Ill name a few. Journey, Eagles, Nazareth, and Brad Paisley

AmWiser's avatar

Back in the day when I went to concerts (or as we called them – Shows):
The Four Tops
The Temptations
The Righteous Brothers
O’Jays
Dramatics
Eric Clapton
Al Green
Jame Brown
B.B King
Diana Ross
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Smokey Robinson
Earth, Wind and Fire
Whew!! that brought back memories.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I forgot to mention Bon Jovi and Nickelback but neither were probably worth mentioning!!!

Brian1946's avatar

The Grateful Dead
The Byrds
The Doors
Buffalo Springfield (Neil Young and Steven Stills first band together)
Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin)
Steve Miller Band
Jefferson Airplane
Spirit
Jimi Hendrix
Blue Cheer
The Cream
Led Zeppelin
Johnny Winter
Dizzy Gillespie
Sonny Rollins
Arlo Guthrie
Tom Waits
The Eagles
Rod Stewart
Fleetwood Mac
Whitney Houston (probably the most disappointing of all the concerts I’ve been to)
Berlin
The Motels
The GoGos
Asia
The Rolling Stones
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Corrs
Edgar Winter
Tina Turner
Cher
Aerosmith
Crosby and Nash with Art Garfunkle joining them for one song
Ten Years After
Joe Walsh
The Outlaws
Emmy Lou Harris
Joan Baez
Neil Young
Bob Seger
Bruce Springsteen
Dave Mason
Leon Russell
Michelle Branch
Dixie Chicks

Brian1946's avatar

I forgot to list The Animals and John Mayall.

Frenchfry's avatar

@Brian1946 Good Lord That is quite a list. You go to concerts more then anyone I know. Must of cost a fortune. You could retire on the money.

Brian1946's avatar

@Frenchfry

That list of 47 concerts is spread out over about 38 years, and I’ve had well-paying jobs (except for 4 years in the Navy) during most of that time.

Some of those concerts were freebies that were held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco during the Summer of Love in June, 1967. :-D

Brian1946's avatar

@AmWiser

Did the Righteous Brothers do “Unchained Melody”?
If so, did they sing it together or was it a solo by Bobby Hatfield?

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