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Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

Posted on: April 11, 2008 12:09 pm

Hey all,

With today's ticket prices for rock concerts out of control, as well as my diminishing interest in attending rock concerts as I get older (which, coincidentally coincides with my increasing interest in Jazz), I thought I'd reminisce about rock concerts of "yesteryear" (i.e. the old days for me, pre-children!).  Here are a couple of my favorites I attended back in the day:

1) U2 - Joshua Tree Tour - Best seats I've ever had: third row, Madison Square Garden.  I loved the band, that album, and their live performances.  The only negative was Bono's arm being in a sling from an accident during a previous show.  Highlights (for me) were "I Will Follow," "New Year's Day," and closing with "40."

2) Tom Petty - 1986(?) - Saratoga Springs  - had lawn seats, went mostly because a couple of friends were Petty fans.  Man, was he good live!  Loved "Runaway Trains," and the opening act, Georgia Satellites, were excellent live as well.

3) Monster of Rock - Meadowlands - 1991 - Went for Guns and Roses, but was blown away by Metallica.  Alcohol consumption partially impaired my ability to truly appreciate their performance (and I don't even remember Faith No More taking the stage), but Metallica simply owned the day - period.  Hey, at least Axl came out, which was generally a 50-50 proposition.

4) Kansas - The Power - 1988 - Most under-rated.  They got back together, promoted their new album, and played small venues.  Saw them at the Stanley Theater in Utica for like $10, went with 10 friends...and they were incredible.  Played all their old stuff really well, sounded polished, very fun.

5) Rush - 1994 (?) - Simply fantasic musicians

6) Tool - 1998 - Really good, nice visuals, and I saw them at Red Rocks ampitheater in Colorado.  Can't beat that venue...

There's plenty more, but those are some of my faves.  How about you?  What are some of the best shows you've seen?

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Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2009 9:44 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

What about Hendrix at Woodstock, or Pink Floyd live at Pompeii?

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:27 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

1) Montsers of Rock - 1992 - Mile High Staduim - I agree with you, this concert was amazing and although I went more as a GNR fan, Metallica absolutely floored me.  I had tickets for the Rose Bowl show Summer of 92 but it got cancelled went the pyrotechnics accident burned Hettfield.  A couple months later I was in the dorms at CSU and a guy walked in with tickets he couldn't use an hour before the show started in Denver.  Got there just as Body Count (Ice T!) was finishing their set.  Metallica rocked the Mile High city like I've never seen before or since.  James couldn't play guitar yet, so  guy from Metal Church filled in perfectly.  I think that let James sing a little better than usual....and then for their encore, James played guitar for the first time on tour since the accident.  It was amazing.  GNR came on after that, and just didn't stack up.  AXL was a little bitchy that night, complaining about a microphone that he then chucked way into the crowd.  Slash was really impressive throughout the show though.  And some harmonica guy that looked like Ozzy came out and rocked the place on Bad Obsession.  That guy really played the hell out of that harmonica! 

2) Van Halen - Just saw them November 2007 - Staples Center - With David Lee Roth back in the fold.  They sounded fantastic.  Eddie was goign off on that guitar all night.  Roth had the cheesiest grin on his face the whole time as if it was the best day of his life, totally loving what he does.  Great Solos by each of the Van Halen brothers, and really fun to watch Eddie jamming back to back with his son Gunnar on Bass.  They didn't play a single Sammy song, and they didn't need to. 

3) Rolling Stones - November 2006 - Dodger Stadium - Wow, can those old guys rock or what?  Lol.  I don't think Mick stood still for one second that entire show.  If they've slowed down at all, I couldn't tell.  Might be ranked higher except that I had really cheap seats! 

4)  The Eagles - 2006 - Staples Center - They sounded amazing.  Just like the albums.  2 1/2 hours of excellent music.  I've never been a big fan of Joe Walsh's solo stuff......until I heard him play it live that night, that is.  Those guys were pitch perfect. 

5)  Aerosmith - 1994? - Irvine Meadows - Great Show.  So long ago I don't remember much about it actually, but they were exactly what you would excpect, but better.  Back up vocals sounded amazing, which you can't always say about other bands.  Tyler is always a show.  I think that Firehouse opened (unfortunately!)  Or was it the Jackyl?  (Lumber Jack Song with the chainsaw).  Yeah, I remember the chainsaw, they were there.  I guess it was all three of those bands. 

I won't list any more at length, but I've been to some great ones.  Santana in Denver (Fiddlers Green).  Thorogood.  Billy Idol/Faith no More.  Won free tickets to see Cher at Staples in 2000, and actually enjoyed it (don't laugh).  (Also caught Gloria Estefan with my mother back in high school, and she puts on a great show - Gotta respect the music, right?)  Oh, and as for country, I've seen Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw, and both were great.  George Strait, not so much actually.  Violent Femmes were good.  And my personaly favorit is Chris Isaak.  I've seen him live at least 5 times now.  (Once at Red Rocks in Denver.)  He puts on a really fun show, with great guitar work. 

Would love to see a Motley Crue/Poison/Skid Row show someday....

Keep on rocking! 

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 9:11 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

In 1992 I saw Elton John and Eric Clapton at Dodger Stadium.  By far the best concert ever!

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 8:36 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

David Bowie - Glass Spider Tour Rupp Arena His stage was made out to be a huge spider . When the band started playing they were lowered down from the top of the arena like they were on spider webs . His lead gui tar player was Peter Frampton. One great show

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 4:26 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

Aerosmith in 2006 was by far my favorite concert. WALK THIS WAY!!!!!


Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:18 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

Way back in the day,  I saw Jimi Hendix on the same bill with Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes.  As good as Hendrix was, Nugent actually stole the show

As far as sounding as good live as on an album:  ELP

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2008 2:47 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

Pantera at Ozzfest 2000 in Phoenix. One of the gigs where all four band members were sober and clicking. Rocked so good people were leaving after Pantera, and not staying for Ozzy! RIP Dimebag. Pantera was and always will be the best rock/metal band ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2008 1:38 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

I saw Billy Joel back in 1990 or so, at the Meadowlands, he was really, really good.  We didn't have the best seats, and he even make a joke about that during the show (something like "Hey, how you guys doing over in Bergen County?").  I tend to prefer rock music with guitars as opposed to pianos, but there's no denying that Billy Joel's older stuff is simply great.  Well-written, catchy hooks, and he makes you feel like anyone can be a singer (in a good way!).

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 1:09 pm

Best Live Rock Performance You've Ever Seen???

I went and saw Billy Joel at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee in February.  It was the second time I have seen him, and he was amazing.  He played a lot of his older stuff from the 70s which was great to hear because I think the stuff he made earlier in his career is far better than the stuff he made later in his career.

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