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What concerts have you seen?

Asked by jca (36059points) February 2nd, 2016
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What concerts have you seen?

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kritiper's avatar

Heart, Sha-Na-Na, and Jose Feliciano.

thorninmud's avatar

Not many:

A handful of Houston Symphony Orchestra concerts on school field trips when I was a kid.

When we were living in France, we saw Bobby McFerrin (near the beginning of his career), Miles Davis (I don’t like jazz, but we were invited), and Paco de Lucia (I love guitar).

Back stateside, we took our kids to a smattering of concerts by student orchestras at Northwestern U. We’ve also seen a Russian violinist whose name, sadly, escapes me, the Canadian Guitar Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Newberry Consort, Yo-Yo Ma, and a pianist whose name, sadly, escapes me.

I should add that none of these were my idea. Many were tickets given to us as presents. I’m not sure it would ever occur to me to go to a concert.

ragingloli's avatar


SecondHandStoke's avatar

Dead Can Dance 2X (Once at Atlanta Symphony Hall).

Cake 2X.

Depeche Mode 2X.

The Reverend Horton Heat.

Morrisey (Of Course).

Cocteau Twins 3X.


The Revolting Cocks. (I did the local advert).

Skinny Puppy.

Love And Rockets (We wore our handmade Bubbleman costumes and were invited to dance onstage. Then had the costumes signed by Daniel Ash.

Bauhaus (Reunion).

Airborne Toxic Event.


Belching Penguins (Personal friends).

Rosewater Elizabeth (Personal friends).

The Circle Jerks.

Social Distortion (Meh).

Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.

THE IMPOTENT SEASNAKES (Too many times to count).

Tribe 8 (Topless dyke band).

The B-52’s 2X (They also played my ex GF’s wedding).

janbb's avatar

Bruce Springsteen – 3 times, including a small local concert hall in 1976
James Taylor/Carole King
James Taylor/Joan Baez
Tom Paxton
Doc Watson/David Bromberg
Tom Rush
Neil Young
Steeleye Span
Fairport Convention

zenvelo's avatar

This year:
The Decemberists
Cowboy Junkies
Quiles and Cloud
Ruth Moody

I average 3 music events per month, from large amphitheater concerts to small house concerts, and all sizes in between.

Pachy's avatar

Tony Bennett, McCartney & Wings, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Beach Boys, Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Billy Daniels, Manhattan Transfer, Joel Grey, Carol Channing, Smothers Brothers, an up-and-comer named Frank Sinatra, and many others I can’t recall.

ucme's avatar

Live Aid (Wembley)
Depeche Mode
Tears for Fears

Cruiser's avatar

Pink Floyd
Led Zeppelin
Frank Zappa 2x’s
Rory Gallagher
Ted Nugent 3x’s
Dixie Dregs 8x’s
Steve Morse 4 x’s
Frank Marino 4x’s
Joe Walsh
Robin Trower 2x’s
Cheap Trick
Eddy Money
Rick Derringer
Pat Traverse
Blues Travelers
Joe Satriani
David Lee Roth Band (One of the best live shows ever)
Mr. Big
Flying Colors
Ritchie Kotzen Band
Winery Dogs 2x’s (Best trio rock band ever)
CSO – Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Stunning performance)
Dave Uhrich 12x’s
Jefferson Starship
Elvis Costello
Joe Jackson
Patti LaBelle (These last I got to see while working stage crew in college and one of the times I saw Zappa)
Probably a bunch more I can’t think of at the moment

somewomenarenicemaybe's avatar

I saw AC/DC they were awesome and I watched Trooper play like 6 feet in front of me at a bar one time. They were great.

Silence04's avatar

[did not mean to post yet]

tinyfaery's avatar

Oh, that’s a long list.

Depeche Mode several times
The Cure several times
Duran Duran
Psychedelic Furs
Violent Femmes a few times
Jesus & Mary Chain a few times
Love & Rockets
Ani DiFranco several times
NIN several times
Smashing Pumpkins several times
Red Hot Chili Peppers many times (back when they did not suck)
Jane’s Addiction several times
Neil Diamond
Lady Gaga a few times
Pet Yorn a few times
Beastie Boys a few times
Morrissey a few times
Queen (with Adam Lambert and it rocked)
Social Distortion
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Fishbone a few times
Oingo Boingo

I’ve been to many festivals and I cannot remember all the bands I’ve seen so this is an incomplete list. I love to go to concerts, always have.

And the cherry on the top: Dave Matthews Band 33 times. This year will make 34.


The Shins

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I’ll try to start from the beginning.

RATT/Bon Jovi
The Cure
Smashing Pumpkins
The Black Crowes
Harry Connick Jr. with a guest appearance by B.B. King
Beastie Boys
Lollapalooza 1991— Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch
Nails, Fishbone, Ice T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, EBN, Violent Femmes

Lollapalooza 1993— Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Babes in Toyland, Tool, Rage Against the Machine

Lollapalooza 1994— The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, The Breeders, A Tribe Called Quest, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, L7, Green Day

Lollapalooza 1996— Metallica, Soundgarden, Ramones, Rancid, Shaolin monks, Screaming Trees, Psychotica , Wu-Tang Clan

Further Festival 1996 Alpine Valley, WI (the day before Lollapalooza 1996)- Bob Weir & RatDog, Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box, Bruce Hornsby, Hot Tuna

One Direction

I’m going blank on many. My husband is going to kill me because I went with him to most of the shows I’ve seen.

tinyfaery's avatar

^Thanks for the Lollapalooza line ups. went to the first and second shows.

Prince. How could I forget that?

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

@tinyfaery Prince is on my bucket list. I must see him!

Jeruba's avatar

If we’re talking about musical events in a full-size auditorium or amphitheater and not a smaller venue such as a club or coffeehouse:

Joan Baez
Pete Seeger
Bob Dylan
Ravi Shankar
a bunch of people at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in (I think) 1967
and one rock group that my friend made me go to because she said everyone should experience at least one live rock concert

Also a lot of operas and a few ballets and symphonies, but I don’t think of those as concerts.

flutherother's avatar

Martha Wainwright
Billy Bragg
The Chieftains
Frank Zappa x2

zenvelo's avatar

@dammitjanetfromvegas I saw Prince open for the Rolling Stones at Candlestick Park in 1981. He was booed off the stage.

tinyfaery's avatar

He was awesome when I saw him a few years ago.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I made it to the 1967 Monterey Pop fesitival, missed Woodstock, and did Altamont. Did a lot of Winterland and Filmore in 1969–1971, saw the Warlocks/Dead, Airplane, Van Morrison, Quicksilver, Country Joe and the Fish, Joan Baez, the Pig Farm, Phil Ochs, Credence, CSN&Y, Janis Joplin and the Holding Co., Doors, etc., all grow up and morph or die. Saw the Merry Pranksters hanging around. Saw Hendrix burn his Stratocaster on stage at Berkeley. Made it to the first San Francisco “Happening”, the first Renaissance Festival and the first Earth Day (1969).

After 1971 or 72, I slowed down a bit. I was quite the head in those days (we didn’t call ourselves hippies—that was what people who lived in the burbs Minnesota reading LIFE magazine and listening to NBC Nightly Nooz called us. Things began to change, including the music (Disco) and I pretty much went toward smaller concerts, folk, jazz. Saw Dizzy Gillespie just before he died in a small black venue in St. Pete, Fla. Jack Kerouac was in the audience. He died that October.

Saw Dylan unplugged in the basement of the Jack Tar Hotel, Clearwater, Florida around 1973—a rare thing in those days. Saw the Stones at a little softball stadium (Jack Russel) in Dunedin, Florida while on their first tour. Jagger is said to have written “Satisfaction” while staying at the Jack Tar Hotel (which since has become World HQ for Scientology—Flagship One) while there those two days. Saw Sinatra in 1978. I was looking more toward individual artists by 1973: Theloniuos Monk, Mose Allyson, Taj Mahal. By 1978 I was not much into popular music anymore. Drifted into classical and jazz. Last concert was Itzhak Perlman in a small venue in Clearwater, Florida. He warmed up with a bunch of stuff in a buch of genres, but he did the whole of Carmen from beginning to end. My favorite opera.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me, zen. The Beatles, Cow Palace, first tour, 1964, my first concert ever. My older cousins got me in.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Eddy Fisher @ Hollywood Bowl
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra
The Chiffons
Bo Diddley
Kai Winding
B. B. King
The Crystals
Stan Kenton
Louie Armstrong
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Procol Harum
Woodstock (ya that one)
Joe Cocker
Poncho Sanchez
Bobby Hutcherson
Stan Getz
John Williams with Boston Pops
Jackie McLean
Country Joe & The Fish
Dave Brubeck

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

More than I can list. Have not been to one in a while though.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Over the years, lots and lots. Last year was pretty light on. I saw Fleetwood Mac and I also Russell Brand and John Oliver. I can’t remember who else I saw!

Other relevant concerts would be David Bowie on his last tour to Australia.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Tropical_Willie Yeah, The Count. I missed him and have always regretted it. He blew the roof off the desert for Mel Brooks. That one amazingly big, brassy finish caused me to finallly understand my parent’s music. Suddenly there was something more than Led Zeplin. The second Basie clip, from 1965, is even better. That brass, the second finish at 2:38, that drummer. The definition of class.

syz's avatar

My first (embarrassingly enough) was Loverboy.

Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd (4x)
The Who
Melissa Ethridge (4x)
Jimmy Buffet (blech)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Allison Kraus
Pearl Jam (x3)
George Clinton
Metallica (2x)
Alice In Chains
Steve Miller Band
Dave Matthews Band (5x)
John Denver
The Cranberries
The Moody Blues
The Church
Rage Against The Machine
The Breeders
Melissa Ethridge (3x)
Peter Gabriel
Cyndi Lauper
Marianne Faithful
Thomas Dolby
Bryan Adams
Bonnie Raitt
The Hooters
They Might Be Giants
Joni Mitchell
Traci Chapman
Emmylou Harris
Cheryl Crow
Annie Lennox
David Bowie
Crash Test Dummies
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Elvis Costello
Counting Crows
The Grateful Dead
Elton John
K.D. Lang
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Tom Petty
Etta Baker
The Indigo Girls (3x)
Ralph Stanley
Gillian Welch

Plus a couple of Lilith Fairs and Lollapaloozas, plus everyone that performed Roger Waters’s The Wall in Berlin. I’ve forgotten plenty, but I never kept any keepsakes….so, yeah.

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syz's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I’m jealous – Janis Joplin?! The lizard king?!

Oh, hell, I forgot Prince. And Santana. And Smashing Pumpkins.

And there were a lot of shows that I wasn’t interested in that I worked security for. The most interesting was the job guarding the pyrotechnics for Kiss.

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Jeruba's avatar

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. That’s who I saw when my friend made me go. I think. It was a long time ago. (Prompted by @syz.)

As soon as she handed me earplugs, I knew it wasn’t going to be the sort of concert I’d been used to.

filmfann's avatar

My sister has been asking me to make a list, but it really is too many.
My first was Elvis.

johnpowell's avatar

Green Day
Bad Religion
The Decendents
Jets to Brazil
The Weakerthans
Beastie Boys
Smashing Pumpkins
Rage Against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
George Clinton
Blink 182
Dropkick Murphys
Ice Cube

Those are the big ones I can think of. To many small bands in clubs to recall.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Rolling Stones x 2
Matchbox 20
Rob Thomas
Simply Red
Deep Purple
Mark Knopfler
Fleetwood Mac
Chris Isaak
Elton John x 3
Eric Clapton
David Bowie
Carole King
Carole King and James Taylor
Paul Simon and Sting
Simon and Garfunkel
Doobie Brothers
The Hollies
Paulo Nuttini
Billy Joel
Little Birdie
The Widow Birds
George Benson
Tommy Emmanuel
Foo Fighters
Rod Stewart
Wishbone Ash
John Miles
Christopher Cross
John Farnham

John Oliver
Russell Brand
Stephen Fry
Lennie Henry

Seek's avatar

Uhm… let me think…

First, there were about a million “country” (read, Nashville Pop) appearances as local festivals that I did not choose to attend and couldn’t name if I wanted to.

My husband and I go to a lot of concerts, both local and national and international acts. I’ll try to remember most of the “big name” bands I’ve seen. Many I’ve seen more than once (some more than a handful of times). This is in no particular order, as I remember them. There’s also no way I could possibly name all of the local acts I’ve seen.

Opeth, Katatonia, Dream Theater, Three, Between the Buried and Me. Lamb of God, Megadeth, Into Eternity, Overkill, ZZ Top, The Hidden Hand, Rob Zombie, Krisiun, Sepultura, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Atheist, Trouble, Autopsy, Obituary, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Danzig, Clutch, Saint Vitus, Hate Eternal, Crowbar, Angelcorpse, Ghoul, Soilent Green, Machine Head, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Arch Enemy, Pimpslap the Atmosphere, Wino

and because I’m pre-coffee, I can’t think of anything else. There is oh, so much more.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I can’t believe I forgot the most recent. Old Crow Medicine Show. We saw them in June. What a great show.

tinyfaery's avatar

Ok. I forgot

Pearl Jam
Fleetwood Mac
Simon & Garfunkle
The Sugarcubes a few times

I’m sure I’ll remember more.

jca's avatar

Here’s mine:
Soft Cell
The Who
Ramones (several times)
Lesley West and Mountain
Flock of Seagulls
The Tubes
Rolling Stones
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash
Pink Floyd (twice)
Eric Clapton (twice)
Black Crowes
Def Leppard/Journey
Motley Crue

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Jeruba's avatar

Also seen “in concert,” even if not in an auditorium or concert hall:

Ian & Sylvia
Tom Rush
Chris Smither (many times)
Gordon Lightfoot
Tom Paxton
Mississippi John Hurt
Doc Watson & son
Lisa Kindred
Jackie Washington
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Oh, goodness, there are lots more in this category.

Oh, and I must add (in a category of his own) P.D.Q. Bach—Peter Schickele.

Silence04's avatar

Too many to list (or remember)
here are some notable ones:

Tool (7x)
NIN (5x)
A Perfect Circle (4x)
Radiohead (3x)
Dave Matthews Band (3x)
Crystal Castles (3x)
My Morning Jacket (3x)
Grace Potter (3x)
Cage the Elephant (3x)
Deadmau5 (3x)
Skrillex (2x)
Gov’t Mule (2x)
Phish (2x)
Disco Biscuits (2x)
Beastie Boys (2x)
Tame Impala (2x)
Jimmy Buffet (2x)
Coldplay (2x)
Paul McCartney
The Police
Tom Petty
ZZ Top
David Byrne
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Beach Boys
The Mars Volta
Foo Fighters
Snoop Dogg
Kendrick Lamar
The Cars
The Roots
R. Kelly
White Stripes
Flaming Lips
The Black Keys

Bonnaroo 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
Lollapalooza 2010, 2011, 2013

jca's avatar

Oh yeah I forgot Tom Petty. I was about 14 then, and my friend’s father came with us, because he didn’t like the idea of two young girls going to a concert alone. We made him sit in the row behind us because we were embarrassed. The concert hall was half empty because Tom Petty wasn’t famous yet.

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tinyfaery's avatar

These lists really age us all.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

Hey, I had One Direction on my list.

tinyfaery's avatar

Haha. I’m not sure I’d admit to that. Okay, I like 2 of their songs.

Kardamom's avatar

I’ll try to remember them all. David Cassidy, The Monkees, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (together, as duos and solo), The Beach Boys, Cheap Trick, The Scorpions, The Association, The Byrds, The Mavericks, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, K.D. Lang, Martina McBride, Gary Allen, The Mama’s and the Papas, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale, The Surfaris, Del Shannon, Jethro Tull, Paul McCartney, U2, Tiny Tim, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Neil Sedaka, Ravi Shankar and a lot of classical stuff.

AshlynM's avatar

3 Doors Down and Shinedown, a long time ago. I haven’t been to many.

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