General Concert Thread

Discussion in 'The Musiquarium' started by The Cartoon, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Harley

    Harley Embarassment Ninja
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    Brian and I are going to Sick of It All's 25th Anniversary show on the 26th. Last show we saw was awesome.
     
  2. Michael24

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    Haven't been to any concerts in a few years, but here's what I have been to.

    * The Beach Boys (June 1989)
    My very first concert. I was eight years old, and my parents surprised me with tickets. I took a friend with us and had a great time. My seat was on the main aisle, too, so as they left the stage at the end of the concert, they came right up by us and I got to high five them all as they hurried by. Mike Love (might have been someone else) even commented that it was probably past my bedtime. LOL!

    * Huey Lewis and the News (August 1, 2006)
    Even thought I've been a fan since a kid, this was my first HLN concert. They played our county fair, and I managed to get third row seats. It was a thrill to finally see them live, and my friend and I had a great time and didn't hold back in jumping up to sing along. The encore ended with a jam session with the opening act and was just a blast of rock-bluesy fun.

    * Dierks Bentley (December 6, 2006)
    Went down to see him at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios with my mom. The show itself was pretty good, but the crowd was a little too rowdy and we were afraid that somebody was going to spill beer on us, so we gave up our (decent) seats and took some empty ones further back in a more sparse section.

    * Hilary Duff (August 15, 2007)
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, so sue me. I was actually going to attend Kelly Clarkson's tour that summer, but after it was postponed and I got my refund, I was in a concert mode and looking for others, so I went to this one, again at the Gibson Amphitheater. It was actually a lot of fun, especially when I got there and discovered that The Click Five were the opening act. They were filming for a DVD release and I know I was on camera at least a few times, but the label never released it and just did a live album on iTunes instead.

    * Huey Lewis and the News (August 21, 2007)
    Saw them at the state fair this time, and it eclipsed the 2006 concert. It was almost an epic show, and the encore featured the original bassist returning for his first on-stage appearance with the group since 1994. I had stage center fourth seats for this, but at the encore I got to stand right up against the stage. This is my favorite concert I've been to.

    * Rick Springfield (October 19, 2007)
    Saw him at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney and was blown away. The guy has a tremendous amount of energy that he just pours into his show from start to finish. And his crowd interactions are fantastic, leaving the stage to wander through the crowd and sing with the audience, and shredding the guitar while standing atop a banister no more than two feet from me. Nothing fancy, no pyrotechnics, but it was an incredibly fun show.

    * Huey Lewis and the News (March 3, 2008)
    This third concert was at a casino here in Central California, so it wasn't quite as good as the others since the set list was a tad shorter. Plus our seats were in the very back row, just before the general admission bleachers. It was still fun, but suffice it to say sitting 20+ rows back is a whole different experience from being in the first few.

    * Gin Blossoms (August 22, 2008)
    This concert at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was disappointing. Not because of the performance, but because of how the Boardwalk apparently does their concerts. The website listed them as performing at, I think, 6PM and 8PM. I figured that meant two separates performances with about a thirty minute break in between. Instead, it was about a 40-minute performance at 6PM, then almost an hour-and-a-half until another 40 minutes of music. Basically, it was just a regular set list with a 90-minute intermission halfway through. I have no idea why they do this, and because we had plans later that night, we thought we'd just watch the first performance. But we instead only got into enjoy 40 minutes of music before having to leave because of this strange schedule. They're performing there again this summer, but I don't know if I'll go back. It just seems to stupid to interrupt the set list with a 90-minute break just as the show is getting into full swing. Maybe one day I can just catch them in a proper concert setting.

    And that's it. I don't go to very many concerts because of ticket prices and travel expenses, so I usually have to wait for someone I like to perform closer by. I don't mind going to Southern California for a concert, but it just has to work out with regards to timing and expense. I envy some people I know who seem to spend all year long going to concerts, either in-state or practically on the other side of the country, like they're just spending pocket change on everything.
     
  3. Cassie Star

    Cassie Star I have no gender.

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    Ack, I forgot one.

    The Goo Goo Dolls played at the Arizona State Fair in 2008. My dad and I went with a couple friends of his. Pretty good live band IMO. Unfortunately, John Rzeznik can't hit the high notes in "Iris" anymore.
     
  4. Harmonie

    Harmonie Foreverrrrr!

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    I've only been to one concert, and that was very recently. I went to Streetlight Manifesto's concert here a couple of weeks ago.

    It only cost me $15. I couldn't resist. They have become one of my favorite bands recently, and now they're even more set in stone as one of my favorites. They were great live! I had always heard they were, I just didn't think I'd ever get the chance to go see them. I didn't know that they'd ever come to town, and even if they did I didn't think it would be affordable.

    I've had to miss out on two great concerts that I would have loved to have gone to in the last few years - Chicago and the Eagles. Chicago is my favorite band. They aren't the same Chicago from the late 60s/70s, but I was yet to be born back then. I know for a fact that they play the songs from those times at their concerts, though, so it was something I really wanted to do. Those ticket prices are just too steep. D:
     
  5. Michael24

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    My brother got us tickets this evening to see Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry in Anaheim at the end of the mouth. We discovered them probably less than a year ago, thanks to one of those audio-only music channels that plays via the TV.
     
  6. purplehairedwonder

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    Ooh, I'll play.

    My first concert was when I was probably 7 or 8, my sister took me to see Mary Chapin Carptenter. I don't have a lot of memories of that other than being excited to go to an actual concert with my older sister, though. I do have some MCC on my iPod thanks to my sister's influence, though.

    I've seen the Backstreet Boys three times, during the Millennium tour, the Black and Blue tour (we had floor seats for that one and it was awesome), and most recently during the Unbreakable tour when I went on my own, haha.

    I saw Nickelback in concert--had to be 2004 or 2005. They put on a great show.

    The last concert I went to was R.E.M. a couple years ago. My brother had tickets but couldn't end up going and couldn't sell his tickets so gave them to me. I couldn't find anyone to go with on short notice, so went on my own and it was awesome. I got to see "Losing My Religion" performed live, which is my favorite song of all time. Good times.
     
  7. Harley

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    The Sick of It All concert was awesome. The band rocked the hell out. The audience shouted along with the songs. It was even more fun because my uncle and younger cousin showed up too.

    It's always fun to watch what the crowd does at their shows. Lots of stage diving because they took down the barricades. People would periodically climb on the stage, put their arm around Lou and start singing into the mic with him. One larger fellow dove off the stage and the seas parted. The people around the guy helped him up at least.

    There was some weird dude who climbed up on stage, stared at Lou and then climbed down into the crowd. But then he stood on stage again later, stared at Lou for an uncomfortable length of time and then got shoved back into the crowd by someone not performing.

    Great show. Can't wait until the next one.
     
  8. SpongeJosh

    SpongeJosh A Bold Kid

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    Just bought a few tickets for a Jonathan Coulton concert next friday. Never seen him live, so it'll be a nice way to end spring break.
     
  9. Kolbar

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    An Evening with the Monkees: 45th Anniversary Reunion Tour

    Sunday night I finally got to see my dream come true: The Monkees live in concert. Well, at least 3 out of 4 (no Michael Nesmith this time around). It was an amazing experience, and they were fantastic, putting on a great show. These guys were born entertainers. Of course, for the Monkees, it's always more about the singing and the personalities since originally they didn't even play their own instruments, but who really cares? The best part about it was that they sang almost all of their greatest hits in addition to weird and rare obscure songs that only really dedicated fans knew, especially some songs from "Head," their movie. I really liked the band members they brought with them, who brought a little bit more of a rockin sound to the songs, making them a bit more modern and upbeat. Besides singing, the three Monkees also lent a hand to the band with Micky occasionally on the drums or guitar, Peter on the keyboard, and Davy of course on the tambourine and maracas.

    Davy Jones was by far the best. He's still got it and did a marvelous job on his songs. My favorite Monkees songs were usually his anyways, like "Daydream Believer," "When Love Comes Knockin At Your Door," "Someday Man," and "Valleri" which was one of my personal favorite of the night. Micky Dolenz was great but I think he had a bit of a harder time recapturing some of the softer songs. He was fantastic on songs like "She" or "No Time" where he was screaming it out. I was particularly impressed with Peter Tork, though, usually my least favorite of the group. In fact, this performance totally changed my opinion of him, as they finally found lots of stuff for him to do. He took over for almost all of Michael's songs which are sometimes a bit more country themed, along with his own songs like "Auntie Grizelda." He did a fantastic job and for "Papa Gene's Blues," I almost could not tell the difference.

    They really played a diverse group of songs including "All of Your Toys," "Words," "She Hangs Out," "The Porpoise Song," "Circle Sky," "Can You Dig It?," "That Was Then, This is Now," and "It's Nice to Be With You," among others. They must have played around 40 songs for around two and a half to three hours, and they could have gone on longer.

    I don't get to many concerts, but this has by far been my favorite and a very special one to me, one I'll always remember.
     
  10. SpongeJosh

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    I made the near 2 hour trek up to Milwaukee from Chicago to Summerfest for the first time since over a decade ago. I went to see Heart and Def Leppard who have been touring together and it was awesome. They're both in great shape and it was a blast to hear their music live. The show also introduced me to their opening act, Evan Watson, who played some cool blues songs all his own. Overall terrific night.
     
  11. Harmonie

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    So I posted this months ago:

    Well, last night, I got to go see Chicago perform! The tickets were still somewhat steep, but my parents treated me to it for an early birthday present.

    It was amazing. It's a band that has gone through a lot of changes in members, obviously. From the lead guitarist dying way back toward the beginning of the career, to a big singer and bassist (Peter Cetera) leaving in the 80s for a solo career.

    Despite that, and them having a wide variety of albums released post 80s, 90% of the concert was 60s/70s/80s and to my real delight, most of it was 60s/70s. They played every song that I wanted them to play the most. It was amazing. They still sound so good with those old songs. Perhaps because it's the same people on the winds and then the founder of the band who is a singer and keyboardist (I think?) is still there as well. He sung a lot of the songs that I loved in the recordings, so it's great to have him still there.

    Best birthday present ever! ^_^

    And a great end to my first year of concerts. I got to see both Streetlight Manifesto and Chicago. Me at the beginning of the year couldn't have seen this coming, as I had never seen a concert before, and I never expected to get to see either of these bands live. I like them a lot more than I ever did afterward, and that's saying a lot! Because I loved both of them beforehand.
     
  12. PunkPhantom

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    I saw Green Day in 2009. They were amazing!

    Next month I will see Rise Against, I'm so excited! A Day To Remember is opening for them, I heard a couple of their songs and they sound awesome too!:D
     
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    As you can see on my avatar, I got front row Esperanza Spalding tickets
     
  14. deserteagle

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    It's been so long, but last year saw The Smith Street Band in Manchester, UK. Sweet show :)
     
  15. DarkAngel

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    Black Sabbath last night at Mandalay Bay. Great end to a great vacation. Fun show and crowd.
     
  16. The Great Gazoo

    The Great Gazoo Hello Dumb Dumbs

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    I love music and have been to several concerts in my young 19 years on existence. I have had the privilege to see The Rolling Stones, Rush, U2, REM(without Bill Berry), Yes, The B-52's, The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Guess Who, Dolores O' Riordan, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Jethro Tull, Roger McGuinn, and Paramore.
     
  17. James Bester

    James Bester Screaming for Vengeance

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    I decided to drive 10 hours to go up and see Iron Maiden in Virginia couple weeks ago with a friend of mine. I was surprised by the turnout, as the metal shows I've been to have never exceeded an audience of a few thousand people... this had close to 30,000. I thought the band was top notch with its performance, and it's amazing to me that Bruce Dickinson still has such incredible vocals after his recent cancer treatment. My only wish is that half of the set hadn't been just Book of Souls material. My overall position on that album is kind of "meh," even though I loved "If Eternity Should Fail," "Death or Glory," and the title track live. It just would've been nice to have some material from "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and "Somewhere in Time." Nonetheless, it was an incredible performance considering the age of the members and how they could easily just phone it in if they wanted to at this point in their careers.

    I also wanted to bring up that I saw A Perfect Circle a month ago, and they were incredible. Each member's performance was top notch, and I LOVED that they played nearly every track from Thirteenth Step. I'm even debating traveling out to see them a second time when they go on tour again later this year.
     

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