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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 14:04            Edit/Delete Post 
i decided it would be cool to start a discussion in which people can tell what concerts they have recently been to and write a short review for them: here are mine...

May 10, 2003 - Red Hot Chili Peppers, QOTSA, and The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta - a terrible mix of random distorted noise and screaming. absolutely nothing i could distinctly call music... they tried to justify their lack of musical skill with their "wild" stage antics. basically, the lead guitarist just kept flinging his guitar around everywhere and rolling on the floor. the lead singer kept throwing the mic stand off of the stage. one of the stagehands would always set it back up again only for it to be cast offstage once more. all in all, mediocre performance at best.

QOTSA - i thought they were alright, and wasn't expecting too much, but they put on a more amazing show than i expected. i was wowed by their live music and really enjoyed the songs from the album Songs for the Deaf. unfortunately dave could not play with them as he was on tour w/ the foo fighters at that time, but i was amazed none the less.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - exactly what you would expect from RHCP. they played all of the songs from By the Way as well as all their best songs from previous albums. Flea was, of course, the center of attention with his amusing antics. unfortunately, they didn't do any of the One Minute Sculpture stuff during Can't Stop. that would have been cool. as usual, they left the stage with the audience chanting "Encore, Encore" and proceeded to come back on stage, perform Under the Bridge and an awesome cover of Hendrix's "Fire", then proceed to leave the stage. this particular show was also special because they did this presentation where they thanked anthony's parents and it was very heartwarming.

with 2/3 of the bands being outstanding, i was quite satisfied with the evening. im glad it was worth my while because i skipped my junior prom to attend this thing. that's all for now. ill get back later with the review of the Disturbed concert im going to on July 26.

EDIT: ive just learned that the particular show for the sanitarium tour that i wanted to attend is on the same evening as the disturbed concert, and they are about 200 miles apart. therefore, my friends and i are going to talk it out and we will decide by tomorrow which one we are going to and buy the tickets. so, you will get a review.... im just not sure on which concert it will be. (im guessing sanitarium... so what if the ticks are $50 more. heheh)

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 15:35      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've tended to go to about one concert a year. I haven't gone to one yet this year, but last summer I went to the Melissa Etheridge concert. That was a lot of fun. Although it was weird being one of the few women there kissing a guy. The summer before that I went to Reba MacEntire (sp) and Martina McBride's Girls's Night Out tour, with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jamie O'Neal, and one other person I forget. The concert was amazing but it was long! Each of the openers did 3-7 songs, then the headliners did their acts, and then there was another act with all five of them singing! Lots of fun. I was very tired the next day. The year before that I saw Collective Soul and Creed. It was the first concert I ever went to. It was awesome!
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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 16:26            Edit/Delete Post 
Here is a list of concerts I've been to through the years with a brief description of each.

And here are a few photos from shows I was able to get a camera into. I have more photos from some but never got around to scanning them all in.

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 16:39      Profile for Jessycat     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When it comes to writing reviews and reports, I've always been a bit like Lucy .

Anyway, here goes:

Ahem.

A Concert Review by Jessycat ( one, two, three, four, five...)
I saw The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre on St. Patrick's Day.
They were very very very very very very good. I had a very good time. I went with my friend Cavan. I also went to see Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with Cavan last year. (...fifty-two, fifty-three, fifty-four... ) Now Cavan has a girlfriend, so he took her to see Neil Young two weeks ago instead of me. I think I need a new concert buddy. ( ...seventy-nine, eighty, eighty-one...) Oh yeah, at the Allman Brothers concert I bought a t-shirt with a peach on it. ( ...ninety-six, ninety-seven... )
The End. ( ninety-nine... darn it... )
Ta-da!!! ( One-hundred words!!!!! ) [Cool]

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 17:35      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Um, Jess..I hate to break this to you, but it is 2003 for cryin' out loud! [Razz]


GREAT taste in soundtracks, though!!!!!!!!! Brings back many memories of a childhood spent listening to the original Charlie Brown album til it was worn out. [Happytears]

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 17:43      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Best concerts I ever saw? Queen in the early 80's, Elton John any year, and Stevie Nicks at Red Rocks in the 80's.(Yeah, I know, Jess-but at least I'm within 20 years! [Wink] )

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 17:52      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Best concerts I ever saw? Queen in the early 80's

Damn, you've got me all jealous now. Freddie didn't last long enough for me to get to see them in concert.

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Icon 9 posted July 14, 2003 18:59      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah-one of the biggest losses in music history, IMHO. And so sad it came at a time when he had to hide it and die virtually alone.

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 20:07      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hmm, some of the best concerts.

Pink Floyd: Animals Tour, summer of '77 or '78, at Madison Square Garden. They flew the giant inflatable pig accross the place.

Devo: Winter 1979, at The Rat in Boston. No one in the audience had heard of them yet. Very funky..

The Who, summer 1982, at Shea Stadium. OK, not really the same w/o Keith Moon, but still fun.

Leon Redbone/Tom Waits double bill, 1980 or so at Harvard Square Theatre. I can still picture the look and feel of the thing.

I'm going to see the B-52s tommorrow night.

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 20:46      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:

Leon Redbone/Tom Waits double bill, 1980 or so at Harvard Square Theatre. I can still picture the look and feel of the thing.


Ooh...now I'm jealous. [Frown]

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 21:51      Profile for Allan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've been to many but these two have really special memories

The Clash (Combat Rock Tour) Edinburgh Playhouse, July 82. Pissed & stoned on my 16th birthday.

The Proclaimers, Leicester University 1994

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Icon 1 posted July 14, 2003 21:59      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Good morning, dude! You know you're addicted to the computer when... [Wink]

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...you intend to get some work done, but decide to refresh the latest 15 posts on the forums to see if anything interesting happened in the last few minutes since you last checked [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Good morning, dude! You know you're addicted to the computer when... [Wink]

Nah, I had a coffee first so it doesn't count!
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Icon 1 posted July 15, 2003 00:12      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I haven't been to a gig in a looong time. Highlights of my gigging career are:

1993: Metallica, supported by megadeth, diamondhead and the almighty at the milton keynes bowl.

sometime around 2000: Tom Jones in the SECC armadillo.

sometime after 2000: Low fidelity all stars at the liquid rooms, edinburgh.

how eclectic am I?

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My fave gig was Billy Bragg in the Brighton Pavillion, circa '88. "I was a tosser in between the wars... and the earthquake in Mexico was all the fault of the tory government... blah blah..."
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I saw Billy Bragg in 1991 at my college for $5!
He was excellent, as I had expected, but what surprised me was how funny he was!
"We call it *football* 'cause you play it with your *feet*." [Big Grin]
Oh yes... he was really cute too. [hearts]

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quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
I saw Billy Bragg in 1991 at my college for $5!
He was excellent, as I had expected, but what surprised me was how funny he was!
"We call it *football* 'cause you play it with your *feet*." [Big Grin]
Oh yes... he was really cute too. [hearts]

(hooray!!! my first use of the hearts graemlin!)

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mmmm... Billy Bragg...

"It doesn't matter the colour of the car
Or what goes on beneath the bonnet
Is there a flag that flies above your heart
And is my name writ large upon it..."

And people slag him off for being 'political' - there's nowt wrong with personal politics in pop songs, tha' knows...

So: several gigs by Sir William of Bragg; Punk Fluid at Knebworth; Glastonbury 1984; Faust/ Can/ Dorkwind variously at Liverpool Stadium (yes, before it was demolished)...

Gah! I'm so *old*...

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Jeff Beck
Blue Oyster Cult
Robin Trower
Led Zeppelin
The Kinks (3x)
Frank Zappa
Elvis Costello (Armed Forces Tour & solo with Steve Nieve)
Red Hot Chili Peppers ('85 & '89)
Soul Asylum
Afgan Wigs
Black Flag
The Fall
The Ramones

There's a lot more that I can't remember. I don't go to concerts anymore. Too expensive, too many people and there's not anybody I'd really like to see.

Edit: a couple I forgot-Husker Du, Alice Cooper, Samhain, Slint, D.O.A., Big Black, Rapeman, The Beach Boys (!)

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Ahh..Elvis Costello..that must have been awesome, G!

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Well the most recent concert I've been to was Jason Mraz last month here in Hartford. He was really good. It was a fairly small venue (The Webster for you New Englanders), so there wasn't a bad spot to be there, unless someone tall was in front of you. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of hooched out teenagers that went. I felt old, being 24.

Other great concerts I've been to in my time
-Confederate Railroad: my father is a big country music fan (well so am I) so back in the early 90's I got dragged along to quite a few concerts and this was one of the best
-Aerosmith: I've seen them three times, but the last time I saw them they were horrible! I just can't bring myself to see them this summer with Kiss.
-Barenaked Ladies: This was the best concert I've ever been to. They're just amazing.
-Better than Ezra w/ Train (and Jude): This was before Train became big. I saw them at a club up near my college. I was on the balcony looking down on it all. Better than Ezra and Train were amazing.

I've seen a bunch more (my father was concert crazy), but these were the best.

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quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
I've been to many but these two have really special memories

The Clash (Combat Rock Tour) Edinburgh Playhouse, July 82. Pissed & stoned on my 16th birthday.

I am not worthy (bowing down). I wish I could have seen the clash in concert.. damn being young...
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mr bungle *
pavement
dinosaur junior
black sabbath (with ozzy) *
skin the peeler
sonic youth
iron maiden
slipknot
neil young *
bob mould
natasha atlas
autochre
robyn hitchcock *
sterolab *

and loads of smaller bands

the standout gigs have got a star.

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My first "big show" was:

Twisted Sister opening for Iron Maiden's PowerSlave tour very cool!

Some shows I recall (my consciousness was altered significantly during these decades [Big Grin] )during the late 80's early 90's.....

Alice Cooper in Halifax...SCARY
Helix and Triumph in Halifax
Pink Floyd at the CNE in TO...I was way too high
David Lee Roth - KICK ASS SHOW!!!
LA GUNS - The Gasworks, TO
Barenaked Ladies - New Years Eve TO, Outdoor show
KISS - Skydome
Ozzy - Maple Leaf Gardens
Megadeth - SUCKED!!
RHCP in a small club, TO
Killer Dwarfs* - The Gasworks
Peter Criss - El Mocambo
Black Crows - Free show for Q107
Neil Young - Canada's Wonderland
AC-DC - LOUDEST SHOW EVER!!!
Mr Big and Great White - Canada's Wonderland
Metallica - and justice for all....
JJ Cale (best bluesman in the world!!) El Mocambo
Rolling Stones-Steel Wheels 14 row centre stage!!
Tragically Hip* in Red Deer Alberta


*Two of the best Canadian bands IMHO

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