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What musician or band that no longer exists do you regret never seeing?

Asked by Earthgirl (11189points) January 12th, 2011

If you could go back in time and see any band at all, which one would be first on your list? Second? Third?
And, second part of question (if it applies to you) Have you ever seen a band reunited after a long hiatus, and if so, what was your impression? Were you satisfied with the performance?, disappointed?,...just happy to see them together on stage? overjoyed??

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OpryLeigh's avatar

Dusty Springfield and Abba

Winters's avatar

SWEET, ZZ Top, Buddy Holly, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, Wagner, Don Mclean… They all tie for first and if I could only choose one then I guess it’d be time for Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…

Jude's avatar

Full Pink Floyd (with Richard Wright) and Freddie Mercury with Queen.

vocalthoughts's avatar

Michael Jackson live. I had tickets for the This Is It tour… & he died 50 days before it :|. Which reminds me, I need to go and see Ludovico Einaudi before he dies too.

crisw's avatar

Jefferson Airplane (I did see Starship), Harry Chapin, The Doors, probably quite a few more!

963chris's avatar

nirvana, the doors

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Definitely Nirvana

aprilsimnel's avatar

The Beatles. They quietly broke up a few months after I was born.

The original Parliament-Funkadelic. I bet they had a Sir Nose-De-Void-Of-Funk, and everything, including Bootsy and The Mothership. But in their heyday, I was, what, 5 or 6?

Led Zeppelin. Man. I was too little in their heyday to see them, as well, and even if I had been old enough, in the fundy household I lived I wouldn’t have been allowed to listen to or see them (or any secular act) anyway.

I wanted to go see The Police’s last show in Chicago, when they did a benefit for Amnesty International in 1985. All my friends at school went to that show. I didn’t go to their reunion last year because I didn’t have $400 to drop on a ticket.

The Stone Roses. I’m not even sure they ever came to the US, and if they did, they didn’t make it to the Midwest.

Nirvana. Yeah. Man. I never got a chance to see them, either, due to circumstances I couldn’t foresee, and then Kurt was gone.

A more-or-less defunct band whose reunion show I went to was The Pixies in 2004. That was some show. By then, Kim Deal was a much better bass player, and whatever tensions they’d had from when I’d seen them last in the 90s seem to have dissipated. It rocked mightily.

Not_the_CIA's avatar

Jawbreaker. Luckily I was able to see the band that was formed after they were destroyed by DGC. I saw Jets To Brazil and Fugazi a few years later.

963chris's avatar

sublime woulda been nice too prob.

Earthgirl's avatar

I wish I had been able to see Bob Marley..he was such an old soul. Also, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Sabbath with Ozzy when they were about Satan and drugs.
Dissection during Storm of Lights banes era
Darkthrone
80’s CF (before Cold Lake and Into Pandemonium)
Electric Wizard (heard they will never tour in North America again)
DIO

Seelix's avatar

The Ramones. Sigh.

Cruiser's avatar

Hendrix.

marinelife's avatar

Freddie Mercury and Queen.

jaytkay's avatar

Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and the Clash.

Kardamom's avatar

The Beatles

The Mamas and the Papas (although I did see John Phillips perform with his daughter McKenzie Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Spanky McFarland) and that was pretty amazing!

The Byrds (although I did see part of the incarnation with David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn) which was one of the most amazing events of all time!

And I did get to see The Monkees several times during their mid 80’s re-union and it was even better than I expected it to be! I’ve seen them (or some of them) at least 20 times.

The Doors

The Kinks

The Dave Clark Five

Culture Club

Sonny and Cher

Just saw America in October of 2010 and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen of any band!

AmWiser's avatar

One of the performers I would have liked to have seen back in the day was Jimi Hendrix. Thank goodness for TV because you couldn’t pay me to get caught up in a large crowd of people these days:(
Not for anyone.

Kardamom's avatar

@AmWiser You may already know this little tidbid, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees met Jimi Hendrix in England (before he hit it big) and asked him to open for The Monkees, which he did for a brief while. Dolenz and the other guys in The Monkees really loved his music, but it was kind of an odd/poor choice of an opening band, because most of the young people who went to see the Monkees were too young to (yet) appreciate Hendrix. His playing was often drowned out to the chants of “We want Davy!”

AmWiser's avatar

@Kardamom Wow! that’s a funny tidbit, but at the same time that was a bummer.

Kardamom's avatar

@AmWiser Yeah, It wasn’t really fair to poor Jimi Hendrix, but I think with the help of Micky Dolenz, he did get his chance to be seen and heard by all of the other musicians, since all of them knew each other back then (Beatles, David Crosby, Neil Young, Steven Stills et al) Just such a shame that he died so young.

Rarebear's avatar

Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd, The Wall Tour (I saw them for Division Bell, though)

faye's avatar

Aww, Elvis!! I planned to go see him for years, from about 8 yrs old. Buggar went and died on me.

AstroChuck's avatar

The Rutles

Kardamom's avatar

@AstroChuck OMG! I’ve actually seen the Rutles perform! I’ve seen some and/or all of them (Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey) a few different times, including at Beatlefest in Los Angeles!!! I’ve seen Neil Innes perform solo about 5 times and once, Eric Idle showed up un-announced at one of his shows and got up and did Rutles songs with him. I almost had a heart attack. All 4 of them have signed my CD’s. Squeeeeeeeee.

iphigeneia's avatar

a-ha

Their final performance was a matter of weeks ago, but they didn’t end up coming to Australia in their farewell world tour. I actually was in Europe at the same time as they were last year, but wasn’t able to include them in my route and I was too scared to navigate a country/countries where I didn’t understand the language just to see a concert for a night.

Austinlad's avatar

The Beatles, of course, although I did get to see Wings. I would also have enjoyed seeing Traveling Wilburys (Dylan, Orbinson, etc.) though I’m not sure if they ever performed live.

I saw the Beach Boysin the ‘90s and was delighted they still sounded so great—till the guy I was with informed me we were listened to pre-recorded backup harmonies.

Kardamom's avatar

@Austinlad I got to see Brian Wilson perform the entire album of Pet Sounds with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. It was breathtaking.

Only138's avatar

I would have loved to see the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

iLove's avatar

Michael Hutchence and INXS. I had a 9th or 11th row seat to their last Sunrise show in September 1997. My so-called friend asked me to ditch the show so we could go out of town instead.

He was found dead two months later. I still have the ticket, uncut. It still haunts me.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Frank Zappa

Janis Joplin

Beatles

Doors

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