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Which musical artist (or band) would you have loved to have seen perform when they were in their prime?

Asked by Jude (32112points) May 24th, 2009

For me, it would have to be Sir Paul, Sir George and the boys..

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oratio's avatar

60’s Elvis.

chyna's avatar

@oratio In the early summer of 1977, I stood in line for tickets for Elvis for a friend’s mother. Stood for hours, got the tickets. He died 2 weeks before coming here to perform. She kept the tickets. I never really liked him myself.

oratio's avatar

@chyna Wow. Bummer. I am no hard core fan either, but to me it would be like seeing the pyramids. Elvis and people like James Dean, Clark Cable, Steve McQueen and Greta Garbo. That’s history.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Led Zeppelin.

A question I ask myself from time to time is “who is in their prime now, that I’m not listening to?”

tinyfaery's avatar

The Smiths
The VU

Jeruba's avatar

Maria Callas, Jussi Bjoerling, Enrico Caruso, Renata Tebaldi, Jenny Lind…

oratio's avatar

@Jeruba How curious. Two “ancient” swedish performers there. Jussi had a fantastic voice though. The others to.

futurelaker88's avatar

michael Jackson, elvis

crisw's avatar

Jefferson Airplane.

Jude's avatar

removed by moi..

DeanV's avatar

Beatles, Beck, and The Talking Heads.

David Byrne is a musical genius.

Clair's avatar

Beatles, led zep, the doors, velvet underground, hendrix, any clapton but especially cream or blind faith, peter frampton

DeanV's avatar

Oh gosh, how could I forget about The Who? But only with Keith Moon.

aprilsimnel's avatar

The Beatles, The Kinks, Sly & The Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Mozart, Louis Armstrong (before his prime, actually), Gene Krupa, Cream, Billie Holiday, The Smiths, Nirvana, The Jackson 5…

You know what, I can’t do this; it’d take up pages.

@dverhey – I did see Beck in his prime, about 4 times. The man. could put on. a show! Yes, indeed!

Jack79's avatar

Nah, I’d go for someone like Joan Baez, or that whole era and style. Especially live. Beatles you can still get on CD/old videos etc. I don’t think I would have been that impressed.

DeanV's avatar

Oh, I agree. I say Beatles for pure bragging rights.

Jude's avatar

Queen with Freddie.

Camshaft56's avatar

The stones, pink floyd, nirvana, alice in chains and skynyrd (with Ronnie)

Bluefreedom's avatar

Beatles
Paul McCartney & Wings
Rolling Stones
Aerosmith
Kiss
AC/DC
Fleetwood Mac
The Doobie Brothers
Electric Light Orchestra
Queen
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Chicago
Earth, Wind & Fire
Steely Dan
Van Halen
James Taylor
The Eagles
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

sailor's avatar

Bob Dylan (actually just that whole Folk Revival period)
Beatles
John Lee Hooker
Fleetwood Mac
Simon & Garfunkel
Van Morrison
Janis Joplin
Queen

chyna's avatar

@Bluefreedom I saw James Taylor with Carly Simon in concert. I can’t remember the year, but it was late 70’s. Great concert.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@chyna. He’s passed through here in Phoenix a few times over the years but I’ve never been able to make it to one of his shows. I’m going to make a more concerted effort to do so in the future if he comes by again. Friends who have seen him in concert have all said, like you did, that it was great performance.

Darwin's avatar

I used to go to a lot of concerts when I was at university. Sometimes the concerts came to us on campus, too. Some of the ones I did get to see included:

The Doobie Brothers
Electric Light Orchestra
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Chicago
Earth, Wind & Fire
Van Halen
James Taylor
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Santana
Richie Havens
Jethro Tull
Dr. John, aka Dr. John the Night Tripper
Jefferson Airplane
Guess Who
Andres Segovia
Celia Cruz
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (back when they were the house band at Big Daddy’s)
Mongo Santamaria
B.B. King
John Sebastian
Kinky Friedman
Vienna Boys’ Choir
The Canadian Brass
P.D.Q. Bach (aka Peter Schikele)
David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London
Waverly Consort

I even got to go to some of Leonard Bernstein’s children’s concerts as well as many, many other groups from all genres of music. Just about all of them were wonderful experiences, except for The Judds, who refused to come out of their bus for 2 hours because they didn’t like the way the venue was set up.

But I never got to see the Beatles live. However, I understand it would have been actually impossible to hear anything. Even they couldn’t hear anything above the screaming.

Mamradpivo's avatar

Grateful Dead. I wish I could have seen the band sometime around 1977, or been cool enough to see them in the late 60’s.

essieness's avatar

The Beatles of course
The mighty mighty Zeppelin oh my GOD
Alice in Chains
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jimi Hendrix
CCR

You can tell where my roots are.

knitfroggy's avatar

Janis Joplin my favorite singer ever
Elvis at anytime most beautiful man ever born IMO
The Doors

OpryLeigh's avatar

Dusty Springfield
Nightwish when Tarja was still with them

Blondesjon's avatar

All of them.

Aethelwine's avatar

Bob Marley & the Wailers.

@Camshaft56
@essieness
Blondesjon and I got to see Alice in Chains in 1993 at Lollapalooza. They did put on a great show!

essieness's avatar

@jonsblond Cool! I saw them in 2007 with the new lead singer. He was no Layne Staley, but they did put on an amazing show.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

original cast of Wicked. hands down.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

blink 182, the misfits, the beatles, sublime, nirvana, queen.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Pink Floyd
The Doors
Beatles
Sublime
Blind Melon
Offspring
System of a Down
Talking Heads

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