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I, like many of you I'm sure, have been to my share of concerts and other live music events. Everything from huge stadium shows with tens of thousands of people to hole-in-the-wall dives where you can count the audience on your fingers and toes. Some concerts I highly anticipated but was let down while other times I had no expectations and was completely blown away. I've paid a hundred dollars for a ticket and I've gone to free shows. Some end too early and a few go on way too long.

So what makes a good show? Tell us your favorite concert! Here's mine:

Last year Devo came through Richmond, VA and played in a mid-sized club called The National. They Freaking Rocked That Place Out! The music was incredible, their stage show had intricate choreography and the audience was totally enthralled and became part of the show itself.

A friend of mine who went told me later that he saw the Rolling Stones live a year or two before and Devo's cover of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction blew the Stones out of the water. These guys totally rocked, the mis-perception is that they use a lot of techno gimmicks but they know how to play their instruments.

There were three onstage costume changes (you had to be paying attention or you might have missed them), a huge screen behind the band played video that complemented the song being performed and at one point Mark Mothersbaugh started throwing handfuls of florescent mini super-balls into the crowd.

They played all of their classic hits, a number of cult favorites and mixed in selections from their new album. And to be honest with you, sometimes I wasn't even sure if they were playing a new song or an earlier one that I hadn't heard yet. It was simply the best concert I have ever been to and I have been to some great shows.
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I think the Heaven & Hell Concert of the 2009 Edition of Sweden Rock Festival is the best show I've ever watched. I'm really glad that I could listen Ronnie James Dio live at least once.

Europe Concert from the the same festival could be a close second. And the 2009 Istanbul Concert of Judas Priest is third on my list.

I hope Iron Maiden will crash the list next month Big Grin
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Rush. Best show ever.
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Megadeth, in Reno, last year. Reasons why:

1. Megadeth is my all-time favorite band and has been for many years. This was the first time I saw them.

2. It was in Reno. I used to live there, so it feels familiar when I visit even though it was years ago.

3. It was in a concert hall complete with your own table and a full bar! We even got drinks served to us in line while waiting for the doors to open. Casino concerts are the way to go!
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Lollapalooza 1994. Google for artists, it was unreal. Saw a Led Zep tribute band last night, called Get the Led Out, and they were awesome!!!




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Went and saw Linkin Park in concert. They had an opening act, but I really can't remember what the band was called. Some indie band.

But it's really nice to see a band that still plays real instruments. Also, they sound almost identical to what they put out on their albums. And this isn't because of auto-tuning or anything, it's because the albums they put out are legit. None of this computerized crap that's being put out these days where no one could ever duplicate it live...

Also, saw Bon Jovi. His opening act was Kid Rock. Unfortunately, Kid Rock stole the show. So much energy and enthusiasm in his show, that it kinda overtook Jovi.
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dunleavy75 wrote:
Lollapalooza 1994. Google for artists, it was unreal. Saw a Led Zep tribute band last night, called Get the Led Out, and they were awesome!!!


Sweet, I listened to a lot of those bands back in the day. That's the one Nirvana was going to headline, was your show one of the ones where Courtney Love came out on stage?

There was a Foo Fighters unplugged show on TV a few years back, DirectTV maybe, Dave Grohl took some time toward the end of the show to tell a few Nirvana stories, it was powerful, I need to get a copy of it somehow.

Anyway, best concert I ever saw was Triumph, not even a favorite band of mine but the show was amazing. 2nd Favorite show was Yes without Steve Howe, saw them again with Steve Howe & there was no energy, I was disappointed. Saw the Cult back in the 80's & they were awful, saw them again 10 years later & they were fantastic, play Wildflower at 100db & you get the idea. Honorable mention to Bachman Turner Overdrive for best opening act, blew Van Hagar off the stage IMO. Lenny Kravitz also gets hororable mention for the jam on Fields of Joy & attracting scantily clad girls by the thousands, maybe more.



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Hmm..when I was younger. I would have to say Depeche Mode in the 80's. Later in life, Aerosmith with Motley Crue opening.

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kevscomics wrote:
One Word ---BRUCE!!!

Which one, Man!

Hornsby?
Boxleitner?
Lee?
Jenner?
Campbell??????

Don't leave us in suspense like that!Laughing
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Come on man, lol, I think u were joking, haha, THE BOSS!
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Several years ago my room-mates and I bought tickets to see one of our favorite bands, KMFDM. They always put on a great show and their latest album, "symbols" was outstanding. We were really excited to see them, but a little concerned that the opening act was TBD as some of their previous TBD openening acts had been absolutely horrible.
When we arrived at the venue the marquee said "KMFDM with special guest Rammstein" - at that point Rammstein's first album still hadn't been released here and nobody knew who the hell they were.
Rammstein took the stage and just freakin' killed it - they put on such an amazing act and got the entire crowd up and into it so well that it was almost indescribable. By the time their set was over everybody in the place was amped and soaked with sweat. It felt like we'd already been through an epic concert and still hadn't even seen the headliner.
KMFDM kicked ass too, their best performance of all the many many times I've seen them.
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I'd have to say, seeing my favorite band Blink-182 a couple years ago was the best show. They played well, and they still made jokes between songs. Plus, My Chemical Romance opened for them, so seeing them before they broke up was nice.
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kevscomics wrote:
Come on man, lol, I think u were joking, haha, THE BOSS!

Yeah, you know I was joking, Kev! Now here's where I ask: which Boss?

Boss Tweed?
Boss Hogg?
Tony Danza?

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fenix1977 wrote:
Rush. Best show ever.


My older brother is a big fan. He's drug me to two of their shows. He's trying to get me to go this summer. Quite good, I must say.
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teh_longinator wrote:
Went and saw Linkin Park in concert. They had an opening act, but I really can't remember what the band was called. Some indie band.

But it's really nice to see a band that still plays real instruments. Also, they sound almost identical to what they put out on their albums. And this isn't because of auto-tuning or anything, it's because the albums they put out are legit. None of this computerized crap that's being put out these days where no one could ever duplicate it live...

Also, saw Bon Jovi. His opening act was Kid Rock. Unfortunately, Kid Rock stole the show. So much energy and enthusiasm in his show, that it kinda overtook Jovi.


Seen them twice with my wife (she's a big fan). I always thought Jon Bon Jovi was a performer that seemed to actually enjoy what he was doing, just full of smiles and energy.

The second time we saw them was right after it was announced that Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear had split up. Jon brought Richie out on stage and was basically announcing that he was up for grabs that night and looking for a date. Also referred to Heather as a (banned) somewhere along the lines. It was funny.
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Thundercron wrote:
fenix1977 wrote:
Rush. Best show ever.


My older brother is a big fan. He's drug me to two of their shows. He's trying to get me to go this summer. Quite good, I must say.

Not the best endorsement of a band. You had to be drugged?Rolling on the Floor
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
Thundercron wrote:
fenix1977 wrote:
Rush. Best show ever.


My older brother is a big fan. He's drug me to two of their shows. He's trying to get me to go this summer. Quite good, I must say.

Not the best endorsement of a band. You had to be drugged?Rolling on the Floor


These guys were a must see back in the 80's, saw 2 shows then & both were good, saw them again 5 years ago & was a little bummed, Geddy can't hit the high notes like he used to & they stuck to all new stuff except for The Trees & Limelight.



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Too many to mention I don't think I could pick just one, But I've seen KISS three times first time in the late 80's then again in the late 90's and then a couple years ago. The first two times were great, the last time not so much, Paul Stanley couldn't seem to sing like he used too.

Other great shows Eric Clapton
Aerosmith
Motley Crue (going to see them again in 2 weeks),|
Got a chance to see BB King a couple months ago, although he's well past his prime and can't play like he used too or remember a lot of the words to his songs, there's something about seeing a true living legend that just makes it great.

Seen Buddy Guy a couple times, both times at a free show at a casino, he puts on an amazing show.

Heading to a rock festival in a couple of weeks looking forward to seeing most of the bands like Motley Crue again, Cheap Trick, Bachman Turner, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, The Offspring, Slash.

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CrossbowComics wrote:

Saw the Cult back in the 80's & they were awful, saw them again 10 years later & they were fantastic, play Wildflower at 100db & you get the idea.


Saw The Cult about 10 years ago when they opened for Aerosmith, I would have to say one of the biggest disappointments I've ever seen, they sounded terrible.
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