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Re: Concerts

Postby eejm » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:33 pm

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I waited for amost 20 years to see U2 live, and it was wonderful. Absolutely awe-inspiring. I don't know how those guys have kept up the energy and remained together all these years, but they've certainly become good at it. Mr. eejm and I are going again in June.


U2 was my first concert. I saw them with my mom on the Unforgettable Fire tour. Ironically, I forget what year that was, lol. Maybe 1984? Somewhere around there. It was pretty awesome. We were in the 12th row. I was a HUGE U2 fan, plus I was a little bit in love with Larry Mullen.


*whines* Oh, Unforgettable Fire, how COOL! I loved that album (although it was kind of short) I had that song stuck in my head last week for some reason. I had so many near misses in seeing them over the years (starting with the Zoo TV Tour, I think, because I was only about 15 and my mom wouldn't let me go) that it was something of a personal victory to finally, finally see them on the Vertigo Tour in 2005. Weirdly enough, when we see them in June, it'll be the first time I've seen a band more than once in concert.

I'm an Edge girl myself. He seems like a guy I'd like to hang out. :)

A few groups I haven't seen yet that I'd like to:

Phoenix
Big Head Todd and the Monsters (even though they tour constantly and have been in my area umpteen times, I still haven't managed to see them)
Modest Mouse
Bruce Springsteen
David Gray
Prince
Pixies

And groups I'd have loved to have seen, but they broke up or someone died:

The Beatles
Replacements
Pink Floyd
Sublime
INXS (w/Michael Hutchence)
Dusty Springfield
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Re: Concerts

Postby mockingbird » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:17 pm

Yeah I saw Pink Floyd without Roger Waters and it just was not Pink Floyd. :hrmpf: David Gilmore is too sweet and melodic, he needs Roger's bile to balance it out, lol.

I want to see The Flaming Lips, also Iron and Wine, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. And FOTC again. And again. And then maybe again. ;)
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Re: Concerts

Postby vmh » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:51 pm

I've seen The Flaming Lips twice...I think? They headlined the KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. I remember that their set was really short for having such a vast amount of music out there. I think they only played five songs.

My memory is fuzzy but I think I saw them at the Coachella festival too. The only thing I remember about it is Wayne and his bubble. That must have been 2004. The Pixies played that year and I didn't really see them but I heard them. Coachella is good for checking out many different new bands, not necessarily good for seeing acts you already know and love. It's way too crowded and I've spent more time looking for ways to be comfortable than paying attention to who is playing. I've only had one success story about getting to the front of the stage at Coachella before Beck came on. I waited in one of the tents all day and made it to the front. Sooo worth it! Beck was standing right in front of me!

I haven't gone since then because I hate large crowds and even more, I hate watching my favorite bands in large crowds. But this years line-up just came out yesterday and I'm thinking about going. This may sound weird but I really want to see Jay-Z. :lol: I'm more likely to go Sunday though. Pavement!!!

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A few groups I haven't seen yet that I'd like to:

Phoenix
Big Head Todd and the Monsters (even though they tour constantly and have been in my area umpteen times, I still haven't managed to see them)
Modest Mouse
Bruce Springsteen
David Gray
Prince
Pixies


I'd love to see Modest Mouse someday. Two of my "so called friends" went to see them without me on my 18th birthday. True story.

I also want to see Wilco.
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Re: Concerts

Postby funny schipperke » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:23 am

vmh, I saw that coachella lineup, too! Pavement!!! I'm hoping they'll come to austin and play sxsw... a free show, cause I'm too cheap (and broke) to buy a badge. :lol:

I didn't go to my first concert until I moved to Houston to go to college, because no bands ever came anywhere near where I grew up. It was The Barenaked Ladies.

Some bands I've seen that are amazing live: Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens, Belle and Sebastian

Other notable people I've seen: Bob Dylan (twice!), Paul Simon

:hrm: hmm... that's all I can remember at the moment.
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Re: Concerts

Postby closet jemainiac » Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:46 am

You've seen Sufjan?! :shock: I love him. I just discovered him...its like a whole new world! Did you go to ACL when he played there?
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Re: Concerts

Postby funny schipperke » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:25 am

I :heart: Sufjan so much! I saw him at the Paramount, which is the same theater where the GB premiere was during Fantastic Fest. Everyone on stage wore butterfly wings... it was lovely. I didn't even realize he played ACL... when was that? I don't think his music or live show would translate well at ACL. The one time I've been to ACL, I was trying to watch Wilco, but was so far back in the crowd that I could hear another band on a different stage better than I could hear Wilco. I'm not a fan of ACL. :x
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Re: Concerts

Postby closet jemainiac » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:29 am

This is my fav!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mkoNonky_w&feature=related[/youtube]
Im not sure when this was....

I also like Casimir Pulaski Day and Jacksonville :D
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Re: Concerts

Postby funny schipperke » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:08 am

Nice! I love the Illinois album, but the Michigan one is really great, too. And I have a soft spot for Detroit because my dad was born there.
I really love Casimir Pulaski Day but it also makes me want to cry.

Edited to add: I just realized that this recording is from ACL the tv show! I thought you meant ACL the music festival. This makes a lot more sense.
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Re: Concerts

Postby Peaches » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:34 am

vmh wrote:Share your concert experiences here!

Ideas for discussions:
+ What was your first concert?
+ Best concert(s)? Worst?
+ Perhaps you were thrilled to see a certain artist/band but they were disappointing live? Or the opposite-You were dragged to a concert and it ended up being a great show. Maybe you couldn't care less about the band because something extraordinary happened that night?
+ Anything else that relates to live music.

This is embarrassing but my first concert was The Distillers. I was 16 and going through this mall punk phase. Brody was my idol.


Don't be embarassed! I still love Brody Dalle (or is it Homme now?), I think she's gorgeous.

I think you'll find my first concert far more embarassing....oh yes, the magic that was Salt n Pepa! I was only about 11 or something, maybe 12, but I remember it...I can still recite the lyrics from the Very Necessary albulm!

The best concert is hard, because I've seen some amazing ones. I'll have to say it was The Stooges, about 2 years before Ron Asheton died, so I'm glad I got to see the original lineup before he passed away. Iggy Pop absolutely BLEW me away! I have never seen anything like it, I was squished at the front, but I didn't care - he was just amazing, hard to believe he's over 60! He touched people in the audience (not like that...), and I was such a squeeing fan girly I nearly fainted that Iggy had held my hand...his sweat was on my hand!! Another good one was The White Stripes, just before they got big with Seven Nation Army, they played for ages and it was so electric and alive. Jack White...oh yes, a very sexy man indeed. Radiohead were amazing, NIN were amazing...lots of amazingness!

One of the worst ones was Kings of Leon, I don't know whether it was the venue or they just couldn't be bothered, but they sounded terrible. Another disappointing one was PJ Harvey, I love her music, but live...she was just...sort of...boring.

Ooh crap, nearly forgot! Bjork, I saw her at the Sydney Opera House, AMAZING! She has an out of this world voice, and was utterly magnetic.

So...who would I KILL to see live? Well Radiohead again, Pixies, Sigur Ros...so many!
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Re: Concerts

Postby mockingbird » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:55 am

I saw Allen Ginsberg give a reading with accompanying random music and hand claps. :lol: It was weird. He sat in a chair and there were about 100 of us there in this room about the size of a large lounge (this was at my university) and we all sat on the floor in front of him, no stage or anything, and he proceeded to recite poems about cocks and assholes, lol. What else would you expect from Allen Ginsberg. ;)

For you punk rock fans I saw Bad Brains at the Living Room in Providence RI. Also while we're on the subject of authors (I know we're not but humor me) I saw a "spoken word" show (ack I hate that pretentious term) by Henry Rollins about five years ago. He's actually pretty funny, and I got him to sign my first edition (lol) copy of "Pissing in the Gene Pool", which he was quite impressed by. ;)

I have never heard of some of this music, like Sufjan Stevens. I'm excited about checking it out - I love hearing good new music. :thumb:
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Re: Concerts

Postby Peaches » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:22 am

OH MY GOD MOCK.

You must be flippin psychic! I was just about to say a bit about Bad Brains and Henry Rollins! He seems kind of cool, yes, I like the man :)
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Re: Concerts

Postby mockingbird » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:25 am

How funny! I was just coming back to say, I would LOVE to see Bjork in concert. She has an amazing voice. I loved the Sugarcubes.

Gah I hate the music scene here. I was so spoiled, living in Boston for so long. :x
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Re: Concerts

Postby mockingbird » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:28 am

Oh and also, to tie in to the throw pillow theme happening on the BT thread - I have a friend who silkscreened Henry's face onto a pillow case. True story. :lol: ;)
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Re: Concerts

Postby Peaches » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:32 am

Really?! He seems like just a cool guy, pretty buff for his age too... ;)

It cost me flights and accomodation and obviously the tickets, but it was so worth it (Bjork I mean)
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Re: Concerts

Postby DangerMouse » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:14 am

Great thread 8)

First Concert: Cyndi Lauper - best friend at the time Simon won tickets and my dad was the chaufer ( he drove us and waited in a parking lot ) It was at the Summit in Houston.

Best: My top 3 are Mighty Mighty Bosstones / Reel Big Fish / Streetlight Manifesto - all here in the NW in very small venues. One of the perks living here in a very small place.

Worst: Butthole Surfers - they played a show at the University of Houston and were 'escorted' off the stage by the local law enforcement. It was crap because obvisously they were supposed to actually play and not just argue with the cops.

Honorable mentions : Hole when they played Austin - great show but the crowd was awful so had to get out (tipping point was when the guy in front of me and my sister relieved himself in a cup and then threw it over crown infront of him)
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