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What is the best concert you've ever been to?

Asked by guitargirl93 (400points) August 4th, 2011

My favorite concert that I’ve seen would definitely have to be U2. They are amazing live and they put on an awesome show. What are your guys’ favorite concerts?

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lemming's avatar


boxer3's avatar

@lemming , where’d you see them ?

KateTheGreat's avatar

The Mountain Goats.

On the other hand, I did see Radiohead in concert as well. They are fantastic.

boxer3's avatar

oh, and, Modest Mouse/ Wolf Parade.

…or okkervil river…

guitargirl93's avatar

@lemming nice radiohead is awesome

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Second best would be Overkill or Kreator because the mosh pits were crazy.

JLeslie's avatar

Robert Plant many years ago. Absolutely fantastic!

woodcutter's avatar

Probably ,Rainbow

jaytkay's avatar

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Yes, I am a nerd

boxer3's avatar

@lemming , I still love radiohead now, but seeing them in 2006 would’ve been ideal. and in dublin at that. ... good stuff. .

incendiary_dan's avatar

AFI at the Warped Tour. I think that was 2001? Lots of other good bands, too.

That, or Indiana Handshake at Lupo’s.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over concert was probably the favorite. Getting to see Paul McCartney and Wings live is something I’ll never regret.

lemming's avatar

I’d love to have seen pink floyd though, when I was seventeen…;) ;)

Jude's avatar

Tool and Radiohead

The Dead Weather a close third

If I had to pick one, it would be Radiohead.

guitargirl93's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer that’s awesome! I’m so jealous I want to see Paul McCartney so bad!

everephebe's avatar

Radiohead (2) and Jonsi/Sigur Ros (3).
Also, the Punch Brothers. I had tickets to see Tool but it didn’t happen.

lemming's avatar

I want to see Katy Perry next, or Nerina Pallot, or Beck, or Mogwai, or God, there are loads, Nick cave!

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Jude Tool is sooooo awesome in concert. Love ‘em.

john65pennington's avatar

The years was 1958 at the Hippodrom Skating Rink in Nashville.

The concert included Chuck Berry, The Sherills and several other great artists.

Admission price? 50 cents.

Jude's avatar

@KatetheGreat Maynard is a genius. Danny Carey = eargasm.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Foghat. The band kicked Security out and played until the beer, the drugs and the weed were all gone. The 2 hour concert turned into a 10 hour marathon. There were hundreds of empty coolers stacked in front of the stage when we left in the morning.

They played every song they knew and some they played 2–3 times.

lemming's avatar

@everephebe someone told me people cry at Sigur Ross concerts. Did you cry??

TexasDude's avatar

@incendiary_dan lucckkkyyyyyyyyy.

The best concert I’ve been to was Passion Pit. My friends and I were trying to get in but the people at the gate were only letting in people who had orange arm bands, and you could only get those arm bands if you were a student at the big state university (which none of us are).

We backed off and thought about climbing the fence (there were literally thousands of people there, and we figured we could blend in) but then we decided it wasn’t worth the risk. In a flash of genius, one of my friends decided that we should see if we could get some armbands from people who were leaving. Flogging Molly had played previously, and a bunch of frat boys and their girlfriends who had went to see them were leaving because they didn’t want to hear that “hipster shit” that Passion Pit was playing. Capitalizing on this, we offered a pack of gum to some guys and girls in exchange for their wrist bands. They obliged (though the girl had a minor freakout when I pulled out my knife to cut off the bands). We tied the orange bands to our wrists using hair ties and got in the show.

The concert was awesome. The crowd was passing around beach balls and tons of people had glowsticks and such. I even started the chant for “Sleepyhead” when the band was getting ready to leave. Lo and behold, they came back on stage and played Sleepyhead. It was great.

Another cool concert I’ve been to was to see Mark Knopfler play at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Bellatrix's avatar

I have been to a lot of concerts and really, I have liked pretty well all of them. I don’t have a favourite. Loved Elton John, loved seeing the Rolling Stones, The Police, R.E.M were fantastic, U2, saw The Doobie Bros this year and they were great, Carole King and James Taylor was really cheap and a great night, Billy Joel… honestly, I may not like the support act and there may be some bands where I thought the concert was a bit short, but I have really enjoyed all the concerts I have been to.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Bellatrix You lucky woman. I would love to see R.E.M. in concert. Their music is so fun to play.

everephebe's avatar

@lemming No tears, I wanted to start a public orgy though. It was sensual and sensational!

Bellatrix's avatar

They were great @KatetheGreat. I have always liked their music but my husband didn’t really fancy going and I dragged him along and he loved the concert. Was a really good one.

I have also seen Eric Clapton (brilliant) and Mark Knopfler (amazing) and Tommy Emmanuel (do you know him? He is a brilliant, brilliant guitarist). One of my favourite Emmanuel pieces Link

I saw a Sting concert too where he was playing a lute, that was really nice. I could just about have reached out and touched him. It was a very small venue.

lemming's avatar

@everephebe haha, I actually saw a clip of that happening at some concert years back…it wasn’t pretty : /

everephebe's avatar

@lemming Yeah I refrained.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Bellatrix Oh yes, I love Sting. You see, most of the people older than I have gotten to see the most amazing bands in their prime. I’m completely jealous.

filmfann's avatar

Elton John once toured with just a percussionist. He was remarkable.

Only138's avatar

Ozzy is always awesome, but a band that really impressed me was W.A.S.P. They kicked ass.

guitargirl93's avatar

@KatetheGreat I totally agree with you, @Bellatrix that’s so cool

jaytkay's avatar

@john65pennington Chuck Berry, The Sherills and several other great artists. Admission price? 50 cents.

That’s awesome!

A couple of people from Detroit told me about going to the annual Motown night at the Fox Theater in the 60s.

Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye…all in one show.

blueiiznh's avatar

Several and in no order.
BBKing, Bob Marley Survival Tour, U2 at the Orpheum in Boston, U2 at Sun Devil Stadium (part of Rattle &Hum), Pink Floyd The Wall tour, Led Zepplin; WoodStock 94; Lollapalooza 92; Grateful Dead I forget which years :); Police/Sting; Eagles; Bruce, Leonard Bernstein; Boston Pops every 4th. Countless others…

OK I have ecclectic music tastes

No Fav…..

Aethelwine's avatar

I’d say the first Lollapalooza in 1991. It was the first concert my husband and I attended together. We had just started dating. Jane’s Addiction is my favorite band, ever. Ice T and Body Count was pretty amazing too. Especially when Ice T and Perry Farrell played this song NSFW

Lollapalooza in 1993 is a very close second. Primus, Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Fishbone. What a great day that was.

Joker94's avatar

Tom Petty always put on a hell of a show, and I was very surprised by how awesome Panic! at the Disco was in concert. Nothing, however, has trumped seeing Roger Waters’ The Wall Live. He sounded just like he did on the album, was backed by a great band, and the theatrics were terrific. It was how I’d always imagined The Wall being performed.

guitargirl93's avatar

@blueiiznh sounds like great concerts!

blueiiznh's avatar

@jonsblond I too went to the 91, 92, 93 but fav’d the 92 because of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam,Porno for Pyros, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine

Jude's avatar

@jonsblond Nikki and I saw Perry at Lolla a few years ago. Probably the best part of the whole festival. Tool played, too, but, we were so far back. Still, the sound was amazing. We were up near the stage for Jane’s.

KateTheGreat's avatar

Ugh. I’m so jealous of you all. I knew I was supposed to be born a bit earlier.

Aethelwine's avatar

@blueiiznh very jealous We really wanted to see the show in 1992 but I was 8 or 9 months pregnant. We went in 91, 93, 94 and 96. 92 would have been awesome. Our favorite bands were in that lineup that year.

guitargirl93's avatar

@blueiiznh omg so jealous! I want to see rhcp soo bad and I’d love to see pearl jam!

lemming's avatar

@KatetheGreat we get to pick the bands that our granchildren will be so jealous of us for. It’s gonna be the exact same thing, just different people.

Allie's avatar

Atmosphere – they’re awesome. The set was beautiful, the lighting was subtle but incredible, it was outdoors at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on a gorgeous evening, everyone was chill and nice, Slug was hilarious/brilliant/amazing.
Runner up: Avett Brothers. :)

blueiiznh's avatar

@KatetheGreat but we all want to hear you sing in concert/opera

WestRiverrat's avatar

Navy Jazz Band gives a pretty good concert too. But I may be prejudiced as my cousin and his wife both were in it.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@blueiiznh I have two productions coming up. The Tempest and La Boheme. I am on a mission, dear.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Either Counting Crows in 1997 or Nine Inch Nails in 2009.

Sunny2's avatar

@jaytkay Do you have to be a nerd to prefer classical music? If so, you may count me among the number. I suppose jazz makes you unhip too?

My most momentous concert was singing Mahler’s Eighth Sympphony with the San Francisco Symphony. It involved the orchestra, the Symphony chorus and 3 other choruses including mine. Being in the midst of all that glorious sound was incredible. Towards the end I felt like I was lifted up in the air and slowly twisted around surrounded by angelic voices. And I got to do that 4 nights in a row. What a high!

Aethelwine's avatar

Small venue concerts are great too. I say Ministry and was close enough to Al Jourgensen that his sweat was falling on all of us next to the stage. ewww, gross, I know, but so cool too.

Jon and I also got to see Smashing Pumpkins at the Madison Theater in Peoria, IL. I think I prefer this type of show to a large arena.

martianspringtime's avatar

Foxy Shazam, Peachcake, Rancid, Street Dogs, and of Montreal put on the best shows. Foxy is just all kinds of ridiculous. Peachcake are the sweetest guys in the world and had the audience build a sheet fort to dance under. Rancid and Street Dogs just put on really great shows – perfect stage presence, lots of energy, usually gets a good crowd. of Montreal is like going to a theatre performance. The first time I saw them, I left covered in glitter, feathers, and red paint, and I’d been fed fruit from people in catsuits and gold buddhas.
Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, Adam Green, and My Chemical Romance were ‘best concerts’ in that not only do they put on a great show, but they’re also just my favourite bands in general. I went out of state to see Adam Green (Ohio) and Monsters of Folk (Texas) and it was completely worth it. MOF didn’t have any opening acts and just played for over two hours. Adam Green played a really small place and I was basically standing on eye level with him right in front of him and he was hilarious and is basically my favourite person in the world. My Chem has been good almost every time I’ve seen them, big venues or small. They make the small venues feel huge and the huge venues feel cozy.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

PINK FLOYD at Candle Stick Park!!! Yeah BABY!!!!

Brian1946's avatar

Fleetwood Mac, August, 1977. We were 4 rows from the stage, which made for perfect viewing.

Jimi Hendrix, September, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. The Experience did a cover of Sunshine of Your Love.

Cruiser's avatar

Frank Zappa the year I did stage crew for him, next would be SRV then Rory Gallagher, then the night Clapton made a surprise visit to the Cubby Bear after his big concert in town…..too many to list.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Brian1946 You saw Jimi live!?!? Make note to self….skin @Brian1946 alive and let my cats lick his wounds. Jealousy is a dish best served raw Har har

john65pennington's avatar

jaytkay, that was an awesome time to live back then. All of the artists were just getting their start in rock and roll music. I remember Chuck Berry singing Johnny Be Goode and doing his famous “duck walk” on stage. I also remember the Big Bopper was also on the showtime lineup. Good memories.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Santana is one of my favorites to see live.

Ayesha's avatar

Haven’t had the pleasure yet. Would have to be System of a down, Radiohead, Alice in chains or Bon Jovi.

blueiiznh's avatar

very jealous of @Brian1946
I just had a conversation with a workmate who saw Janis in 68 as well as The Doors in 68.

ucme's avatar

Live Aid (Wembley stadium)

disenchanted_poisongirl's avatar

Judas Priest. So awesome.

And Bon Jovi were amazing too.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Seeing Barbra Streisand was a dream come true and that was by far the happiest I have ever felt at a concert. She didn’t dissapoint at all.
I have seen Cher three times and every time I was amazed at how in awe of this woman I am. Her concerts are fun, artistic and camp. I love that.
The most pleasant surprise at a concert was when my dad dragged me to see Barry Manilow about seven years ago. I have been a fan ever since I’m even going to see him in Vegas next month!

guitargirl93's avatar

@Brian1946 I saw fleetwood mac too a few years ago but you saw jimi hendrix?? that’s awesome!

lemming's avatar

I’m glad I wasn’t at the ‘Guns and Roses’ concert in Dublin there about two years ago…everyone was left waiting for hours and hours, and when Axel finally arrived, people were throwing opened bottles of ‘unidentified liquids’. Wonder what it was…

Only138's avatar

@ucme Wow, Live Aid? That musta been awesome!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

The Dalai Lama’s “Reach Nirvana Without Getting Sticky and Sweet at the Onyx Hotel” Tour.

ucme's avatar

@guitargirl93 & @Only138 Yeah, what I can remember of it anyway, it was back in the dark ages after all.

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