How often do you pay to see live music? I know that not everybody lives in a place where they can see major world stars performing, but even small towns sometimes have some music events that you have to pay to see.
Do you do this regularly? Have you ever done it? Is it a major part of your life?
Okay, I go out a lot less than I used to, but I will nevertheless say that one thing that has 'restricted' my attendance at musical events is how far you have to plan such things in advance (since I live in a major world city with major stars who start selling tickets 6 months before the concert).
Nevertheless, here are some people that I have paid to see in the past:
The Who U2 + UB40 Murray Head Sting Pet Shop Boys Chris de Burgh Kraftwerk David Bowie Charles Aznavour Peter Cincotti Laurie Anderson Steppenwolf
That's just my starter list. I'm sure I'll think of more.
I've made something of a second career of going to concerts and have seen well over 100. My very first one was in 1972 - Three Dog Night. Here are a few others:
Led Zeppelin - 3 times Rolling Stones - 4 times The Who - 3 times (first 2 when Keith was still alive) Yes Genesis Radiohead Nine Inch Nails Bowie - 4 times Dylan - 3 times Wilco - 4 times Oasis Johnny Winter Edgar Winter REM Pink Floyd - twice Steppenwolf Moody Blues
T Rex Ten Years After The Eagles Steve Miller Band Jann Arden AC/DC Smashing Pumpkins Tragically Hip (4? 5 times? and again this September) Emerson Lake and Palmer Neville Brothers Great Big Sea - twice The Cars
I would have liked to have heard Jeff Beck,when was that imec.? I've not been to near as many concerts as I once used to. Many of those 60's/70's era bands,Tull,Stones,Dead,Traffic,Moody Blues,Pink Floyd,funny, hadn't heard Ten Years After mentioned in a good long while. Was 15 at Woodstock and got sick (probably dysentery) and got into a shit load of trouble,basically left home without telling my mother where I was going(she knew). In recent years have enjoyed John Hiatt,James Hunter,Patti Smith,and last month Neil Young for the first time which I'm still reeling from. We have so much local talent and I know alot of musicians here from over the years,many who have struggled greatly to achieve notoriety and many who died first.
Wow, I don't think I've ever actually met anyone who was at Woodstock! Although, don't they say "If you remember it, you weren't there"?
I first saw Jeff Beck in about 1974 - he was touring the Blow by Blow album. I think he's possibly the best guitarist still alive. Saw him again in 1997. Just bought his new DVD on Friday - Live at Ronnie Scott's in London. It's really quite good.
Little Richard Van Morrison U2 The Tubes Oscar Peterson Joe Pass Robert Plant Uriah Heep Blue Oyster Cult T Bone Burnett (notable cuz Mick Ronson was with him) Living Color Death Cab for Cutie Midnight Oil
I know I'm forgetting some, but then, that's what happens to aging hippies.
Don't get me started on the "music industry"! I don't mind supporting the artists, but after studying a music industry business case while at an employer sponsored program at Harvard, I truly hate the bastards!
AND, now that the live performance business has been fixed to the extent that performers can make very good money from touring, I'm no longer convinced they deserve to cash in on the private use of their recordings. Why should the Bono's of the world get rich by releasing an album (which in my view is their advertisement) and then sitting on their asses collecting cash? They should get out and tour - and play more gigs at smaller venues - this stadium thing is ludicrous!
I think you'll be surprised at this and, actually, I'm surprised at the answer myself. Believe it or not, I think Nine Inch Nails performed the best live show I've ever seen. Absolutely amazing effects which were truly integrated into the show - almost choreographed - on top of a near flawless musical performance.
Having said this, I'm not one for picking favorites so I reserve the right to change my mind at any time.