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If you could see anyone, musically, in a gig or concert, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Asked by spiritual (1271points) February 17th, 2010

If you could have a top five list of the artists you would love to see, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

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ragingloli's avatar

Bach. One of the to 5 musical geniuses in all of this solar system’s history Humanity’s history (I do not want to offend any saurian Musicians here).

rangerr's avatar

Jeff Buckley.
Oh, top 5?
Kurt Cobain.
Sid Vicious
Johnny Cash.

Finley's avatar

@ragingloli I was about to type the B for Bach when your answer popped up but next choice would be Michael Jackson.

tinyfaery's avatar

Will The Smiths ever reunite? I’d travel anywhere to see them.

faye's avatar

Elvis in his younger days!!!


Karen Carpenter and Teresa Teng. Two of the finest female singers who ever lived. Karen with her unique and rich voice, and Teresa with her wonderful microphone technique and outstanding voice control. Both died young and tragically. I’d pay anything to see them sing again.

whatthefluther's avatar

Pink Floyd (with Barrett)
Jimi Hendrix
Who (with Moon)
I never saw the first four and seeing Keith Moon with the Who again would be a real treat.
See ya…..Gary/wtf

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Top 5? Oh jeeze. I’m going to make two lists because I can’t choose.

Dead list:

Queen (with Freddy, thank you)
John Lennon
Frank Sinatra (back in the day)
Elvis (before the jumpsuits)

Alive list:

Paul Simon
The Police
Annie Lennox
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

There are many, many, many more including classical musicians and the big band guys from the 40s but these are the ones that came to my mind.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Elton John! I LOVE his music. I don’t care what he wears….his music is the best.

dpworkin's avatar

Maybe Lily Pons. It’s hard to imagine what she must have sounded like.

Steve_A's avatar

Chet Atkins – Love this guitar style He makes it look easy! :)
Howlin Wolf
Alice in Chains – with Layne Staley, I respect thew new singer but never got to see the old band.
@rangerr I have to 2nd the request for Johnny Cash too.
Pantera with Dimebag Darrell
Any classical composer would have been a treat to see I imagine from back when.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Hendrix, GG allin, Mozart, maiden, Hellhammer/pre-into pandemonnium/monotheist era CF, Pre-load metallica, Maiden, Death when Chuck was still alive, Electric Wizard, Velvet underground, Motorhead, Gwar (again), 70’s Sabbath, Bolt Thrower, Pink Floyd, Suffocation, Queen with Freddy, Radiohead, Mr Bungle or FNM, The Mentors, Megadeth, Slayer, Cab Calloway, Pentagram, and Queensryche when they were doing the Operation: Mindcrime tour.

deni's avatar

Young Elvis, Michael Jackson in his Thriller-era, Johnny Cash. Oh god Elvis. SHIVERS

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Old I am:

5. Glenn Miller Orchastra w/Glenn Miller
4. Thelonious Monk
3. Jimi Hendrix
2. Janis Joplin
1.b. Mamas and the Papas
1.a. Simon and Garfunkel

I would also love to see Stevie Ray Vaughan again and the Eagles with Randy Meisner. I saw both but to do it again is impossible, it would seem.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Billie Holiday – Because her voice is pure magic to my ears
Beatles (back in the day) – Just to see what all the fuss was about.
Elvis (when he was young) – Because I know what the fuss was about
The Beach Boys (also when they were young) – just because I’m an islander and a wannabe surfer


probably Van halen (in their hay day) .. just because I really dig their music.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

OH you said 5, my bad

Steve_A's avatar

@TheLoneMonk Theolonious Monk, I recently found out about him, interesting musician.

Pseudonym's avatar

Elvis (young)
Michael Jackson
does Weird Al count?
Jimi Hendrix
The Who (back when they hoped they’d die before they got old)
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones

rebbel's avatar

Nick Drake.
The Doors.
Jacques Brel.
Jimi Hendrix.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Concensus to this point seems to point to a majority wanting to see Jimi!

knitfroggy's avatar

Elvis in his hey day. That would make my entire life. Best looking man ever, in my opinion. Would love to see the Doors with Jim Morrison. I have always been a big fan, even though Jim Morrison died several years before I was even born. I would have loved to see Michael Jackson.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

1. Ludwig van Beethoven
2. Led Zeppelin (w/ Jon Bonham)
3. The Doors
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Frank Sinatra

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater I saw The Beach Boys this summer at a free concert – they still kick ass. It was great.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille : I was at Stevie’s last show. I feel fortunate.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@TheLoneMonk -You are.I know someone else who was too.Very sad day when he died.

deni's avatar

Simon and Garfunkel is a good one. Art Garfunkel came to my town alone recently, we were all confused.

filmfann's avatar

Let’s review the question as asked:
If you could see anyone, musically, in a gig or concert, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
If you could have a top five list of the artists you would love to see, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

I would like to see Marilyn Manson, dead please.
I would like to see Elvis again, alive please.
And maybe with Michael Jackson. In a cage match.
We want Thunderdome!

DeanV's avatar

I would love to see Dire Straits.

Otherwise, Beatles of course are at the top of the list followed by The Who (WIth Moon and Entwistle), Queen (It’s not Queen without Freddy), and probably Zepplin (even though I think John Bonham is extremely overrated, or maybe The Traveling Wilburys, just because of the amazing amount of talent there.

Currently, though, I hope to make it to a Them Crooked Vultures gig sometime, just because of John Paul Jones. Of course, Josh Homme and Dave Grohl are added bonuses.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@dverhey Excellent choices with the Wilburys and Dire Straits. I would love to see both.

DeanV's avatar

Although Dire Straits may not be up there with bands like Queen in stage presence, that’s what I find so great about them. Mark Knopfler doesn’t need to dance around the stage or windmill, he just sort of sits there and pulls off crazy guitar licks.

jca's avatar

Van Halen (back in the day) with Dave Lee Roth. Pink Floyd (have seen them already). Red Hot Chili Peppers. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix.

jca's avatar

@tinyfaery : I love The Smiths!!

tinyfaery's avatar

I saw RHCP 11 times between 1988 and 1991.

Steve_A's avatar

For all the dead musicians out there, heres a list you might like.

jonsblond's avatar

Bob Marley and The Wailers
B.B. King
The Ramones
Louie Armstrong

aprilsimnel's avatar

John Lennon/The Beatles – Because I missed it! I missed it all, dammit!
Duke Ellington – Because he was a classy, talented man who was proud of his people and their music.
Billie Holiday – I want to see the face behind the haunting voice in person.
“Weird Al” Yankovic – It just seems like it’d be a really good time, right?
Aretha Franklin – In her heyday, was there anyone better?

Oooh, And I’d love to see The Smiths. I wish Johnny Marr and Morrissey didn’t hate each other so. :(

bostonbeliever's avatar

Freddie Mercury (with the rest of Queen, of course).
But he was an amazing performer, frontman, singer, and songwriter.
It has been said many times that they gave the best live performances out of any band, especially at Live Aid which was supposed to be the greatest performance, ever.
R.I.P. Freddie

filmfann's avatar

@bostonbeliever I saw them twice. I will give you the last one.

jonsblond's avatar

wow. tell me I didn’t. Louis, I’m sorry!

Arisztid's avatar

Patsy Cline… even though she died young, she is still, to me, the “voice” of female country
Billie Holliday… well, what can you say, she’s the immortal Lady Day
Yothu Yindi… not only do I love their music, I love their message
Jimi Hendrix… for his sheer brilliance
Pink Floyd… just because I have been a fan since being a young teen

Shecky_Johnson's avatar

In no order of preference:
The Blues Brothers (w/ Joliet Jake)
Early Jimi Hendrix
Janis Joplin
Boogie Down Productions (Before the death of Scott La Rock)
Huey Lewis & the News

OpryLeigh's avatar

Can we only choose people that we haven’t already seen? If so my list would be:

Dusty Springfield
Lady Gaga
Lea Salonga (in a musical or concert, I just want to see her live in something)
Nightwish (with Tarja)

I was going to say Alicia Keys but I have tickets to see her in May.

There are plenty of people that I have already seen but would love to see again, my top five in this list are:

Barbra Streisand
Patti Russo
Meat Loaf with The Neverland Express (which includes Patti Russo)
Damnit, I can’t stick to just 5. I also loved Barry Manilow (stop laughing), Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton.

PacificToast's avatar

Can I do more?

Relient K
The Sounds
Tokio Hotel
Asking Adam
Mates of State
The Academy Is…
John Denver
The Killers
Nana Kitade

aprilsimnel's avatar

I thought of one more. Art Tatum.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Stan Rogers
Jim Croce
Harry Chapin
Phil Ochs
Elton John and Billy Joel
The Flirtations

Jude's avatar

Pink Floyd (minus Sid Barrett)
B Holiday
Edith Piaf

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Queen and Freedy Mercury, he had an incredible voice ans was such a showman.
Pink Floyd, because they has a sound no one else had and quite conceptual on stage
Michael Jackson, because he had a voice also and moves no one else was making
Enrico Caruso, if you have to ask why then you really don’t know the man and his voice.
Can’t think of a 5th I want to see that bad.

meagan's avatar

Eartha Kitt.

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