I don’t go to as many concerts as I would like to, both because I’m always broke and because most of my favourite musicians are retired or dead, but the concerts I have gone to have all been great, so I’ll just list them (in semi-order):
System of a Down w/ Mars Volta – ACC (My first)
Our Lady Peace w/ Keane, Hot Hot Heat and a bunch of others – Edgefest @ Molson Ampitheatre
White Stripes – Molson Ampitheatre
Ours – El Mocambo (went backstage after the show)
The Cure – ACC (Probably the best one…4 encores and all of my favourite songs…our seats sounded terrible, but we were right above the stage)
Leonard Cohen – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, I believe it was
X, Mudhoney, otherss – Free show at Dundas Square
Iggy Pop, Raveonettes, others – another free show at Dundas Square
i have seen a lot of great concerts, but the most special one was:
Gene Loves Jezebel last year @ WGT !!!
Explosions in the Sky at the Hollywood Palladium 2009
“Elmer fishsticks” & “branduponthebrain”,I am seriously jealous,lucky bastards!
Roger Waters – The Wall, Zagreb 2011
The best concert I’ve ever seen was The Joy Formidable just three weeks ago in a smallish venue in Sacramento. I sure I’ve said several times that a show was the best ever as it ended, but now after three weeks, I still think this Joy Formidable was the best.
The place was fairly small, but the crowd was psyched, and I snagged the spot right against the stage and right in front of Ritzy Bryan. Amazing. Picked up her set list too.
Oh, and that site Songkick that Jose mentioned is a great way to keep tabs on who is coming to your area and to keep a record of what you’ve been to.
I think there was a similar (if not EXACTLY the same) thread several years ago. I’ll reproduce what I wrote there:
I’ll be giving away my age, but:
Ravi Shankar and his whole troupe at Lincoln Center
Ravi Shankar at Fillmore East (in the midst of a 2-hour raga, a sitar string burst and flew across the stage. Ravi repaired it and started over from the beginning!)
Ravi Shankar in Central Park (My girlfriend and I were seated in the first row, about 8 feet from Ravi, who was up on the stage. She decided to light up a joint. When she passed it to me, I said, “You’re not supposed to smoke pot at a Ravi Shankar concert. He disapproves. The music is holy to him.” She continued to puff away. Then, Ravi smelled the weed wafting up to the stage. He stared at her and said into his microphone, “Would you please stop smoking whatever it is you’re smoking? I cannot smell my incense on the stage!” I pretended that I wasn’t with my pothead girlfriend, especially since about 3,000 people (and a dozen cops) were now staring at her. Finally, Ravi advised her to “Get high on the music.” The audience exploded with applause.) MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT IN MY LIFE!
Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder tour with the Band, Madison Square Garden (Dylan’s last song was, appropriately “You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.” However, the audience wanted an encore. New to “rock” concerts, I didn’t know what it meant when hundreds of audience members started lighting matches and flicking on cigarette lighters. I thought they were going to BURN DOWN Madison Square Garden because Dylan wouldn’t come out for another song. I started looking for the fire exit, until my hip fiends calmed me down. After 15-20 minutes, Dylan and the Band came out and sang (Guess what?) … “You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.” Then everyone got the message.)
Beethoven’s Ninth in the Hollywood Bowl
I told you I was old…
Bob Dylan , Zagreb , 07.06.2010
secret chiefs 3 , prefaced by fat32, a crazy band that couldn’t define their style. and they were right.
i haven’t been to many concerts, anyway.
and i’ve been to Negură Bunget, a few years ago, on my birthday.
Uzeda. At Monastero dei benedettini, Catania, july 9th 2005
David Bazan Living Room Tour. I hope more bands do things like this. It’s sort of a bourgeois punk-house-concert because people are usually sitting quietly in a circle drinking imported beer as opposed to moshpitting and throwing stuff as the band screams incoherently—but it’s still great.Living Room Tours
We saw Pavement at the Sasquatch festival and it was great because they were very Pavement-ey: they kept on restarting their first song for some reason, they stopped midway through another one, they came on late and went way over their alloted time, they made fun of Sandra Day O’Connor, made fun of themselves, darkly bantered with each other to the point where no one could tell if they were serious or not, and looked generally peeved at each other the entire time. Non-Pavement fans were flummoxed and yelled obscenities, most of whom were just waiting for LCD Soundsystm to come back on stage (to about twice the audience). They basically played in front of thousands of people with the enthusiasm of playing in some dude’s living room. To Pavement fans, however, it was like the perfect Pavement show.
I would like to see Dylan, Prine, Van Morrison, and Haggard before they… die.
Hard to believe the two best live concerts I’ve seen were held only 15 days apart in December 1975.
Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s Born to Run Tour