War Buddy Guy (many times) Violent Femmes Anita Baker The Police Collective Soul Sly & Robbie System of A Down Rush Live Roger Waters Willie Nelson The Grateful Dead Doobie Brothers Steely Dan Toots and the Maytals Ini Kamoze Johnny Winter (backstage) Arrested Development The Temptations The Isley Brothers Smothers Brothers Arlo Guthrie Steve Miller Band Deep Purple
Hmm... I am sure there are others. But I don't feel I go to concerts all that much, especially the big name ones. I usually don't want the hassle/expense of getting tickets.
The closest I've been to being tempted lately was the Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson concert last month. I'd only spend today's concert kind of money if the Beatles were somehow reincarnated and willing to do one more tour.
The cost is a very big factor for me as well. The only way I got to go to the Neil Young show this year was Mr. C. knew someone who had access to passes and he knew how badly I wanted to go so he arranged it.
I guess I go to concerts once or twice a month. Depends on the times of year (and on my finances in some cases). I sometimes get to hear live music as part of my various lines of work which isn't bad either.
This year, so far, if my memory serves me right, I've seen:
Panico The Cock n Bull kid Radioclit Dondolo the Binoculars Madeleine Peyroux The Pains of being pure at heart Big Ali Melody Gardot Fujiya and Miyagi Diana Krall the TV personalities some jazz manouche but I forget the name
Just got home - 8th row, centre, Tragically Hip - the quintessential Canadian rock band. Seen 'em many times this time was extra special - mind blowing (for me and my companions anyway). More tomorrow, completely exhausted.
I'm not generally a fan of country music, but I would go see Willie Nelson. And I have seen Bonnie Raitt, both in her down days and in her up days.
My very first concert was Deep Purple in 1974 or so. While I don't go to concerts so often, I have been able to see the Stones , Springsteen and Billy Joel more than once. Patti LaBelle was a memorable concert. As was Grace Jones.
I have purchased tickets to see Eric Clapton twice and both times was unable to go.
John Prine and the Cowboy Junkies (same show) was very good. Oh and I also saw Leon Redbone; he was the opener for a concert that I don't exactly remember at the moment.
James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet are also a couple of repeat concerts that come to mind. I would love to see Taylor again.
I've been to more concerts than I've listed, but my memory is sometimes a little cloudy...
Now, my son is in a band that performs around town on the first Friday of every month (our monthly Arts festival of sorts) so I try to catch his band and end up getting to listen to many good young bands as a result.
I'd probably go for free to see Willie N. too, with the right group. A few years ago at a family reunion in Texas over 4th of July, some of my cousins piled into cars and went to see him, didn't get back until the wee hours. I wasn't tempted to miss any reunion for it, and then was glad I hadn't. He didn't even start playing until after midnight, and an east coast cousin found it all an ordeal. I seem to remember you had to buy expensive drinking water vs bring your own, and it was many hours in the TX sun.
I feel very much the same lola. We are so spoiled in New Orleans with local talent that when someone mentions an"icon" such as WN, I yawn. And despite knowing more than half the music club owners and or the musicians themselves in town I pride myself on not ever asking to get in for free even though I could.
Post by patricklondon on Sept 14, 2009 18:05:20 GMT
I go in fits and starts. Most of the time, like a lot of Londoners, I just want to get home after work and not go out again; but I have occasionally gone to the Sunday morning chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, and the odd Prom at the Albert Hall (though this year there have been so many excellent Proms on TV, which gives you a much better view, I didn't feel the need). And I once went on a whim to see Diana Krall in London.
When I lived in the provinces decades ago, it was much more of an event to have a concert to go to, and you didn't pass up the opportunity: I'm extremely glad I managed to see Cleo Laine in her prime and Stéphane Grappelli in his amazing old age.
It's the whole icon-y, big business-like thing, besides the cost, that keeps me away from big time concerts. I tend to find them overblown.
I'd way rather go to hear a local band for the price of a couple of drinks or a $10 cover. There's plenty of talent around here that appreciates some attention. Or go see Throw Rag with bixa.
I've gotten to this point as well, I'd much rather see a small act in a small venue, where I can sit near the band and can walk 20 feet to the bar and get a beer than a name band in some echoey, cold impersonal concert hall. Go outside for a smoke and you can actually converse with the band as often as not- try that at a proper show! We've got so much local talent I could go to one or two really excellent shows a week if I wanted. And in the popular oeuvre I've discovered the "names" frequently just aren't any better than the local talent anyway.
I think those of us who live in N America and the UK have a huge advantage in that, at the risk of sounding chauvinistic which I'm not, there is an astonishing depth of talent for popular music that frankly seems lacking in most of the rest of the World. As much as I've enjoyed the exceptions, I think native English speakers just enjoy some imponderable and often unbridgeable advantage.
Saw a superb show last night - The New Pornographers - an indie rock collective from Vancouver whose second album, Electric Version was ranked by Rolling Stone as #79 in the top 100 albums of the decade (2000 - 2009). For the first time in a while, all members of the collective are performing together on this tour. The show, which took place in a great little venue holding only 700 people, ranks in my top 5 concerts ever.
Wow! Finally opened this thread. That is so amazaing, especially for a music lover like you, Imec. You must have been over the moon. I like Tom Petty et al, but I'm a HUGE Joe Cocker fan. Does he still have "it"?