Watching “The Last Waltz,” I’ve been thinking about rock shows I attended that I wish to God I could see again, professionally recorded and crisply transferred. To kick things off: (1) Blue Mountain, Richard Buckner, Son Volt at The Fillmore in San Francisco; (2) Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) at The Fabulous Satellite Lounge in Houston; (3) Guy Clark and Warren Zevon at Fitzgerald’s in Houston; (4) Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Langford (The Mekons, The Waco Brothers) at Schuba’s in Chicago; Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, and David Byrne at The Vic in Chicago.
In no particular order…
Neil Young, solo tour (2010)
Bob Dylan, Love and Theft tour (2001/2002?)
Iggy and the Stooges (2010)
Pixies acoustic (Newport Folk Festival, 2004?)
The White Stripes (2007?)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Woodstock 99 (1999)*
*The DVD would have to actually show people jumping through bonfires
Oh, and a necessary 6th: Mark Eitzel at The Hideout in Chicago. Okay, bring it on.
1. Pearl Jam at The Basement, Dallas, TX, 1991
They weren’t anybody yet, and playing at this great old joint in Dallas that doesn’t exist anymore, opening for the Chili Peppers back when they were still good. Blew me away.
2. Lollapalooza ’92, Starplex Ampitheater, Dallas, TX, 1992
Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Ministry. And acid. I was right up front for this show, back when they used to make bonfires in the field at Starplex. An amazing line up of talent and a whole lot of fun.
3. The Pixes opening up for U2, Texas Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1992
Best opening act ever? Holy shit!
4. Lenny Kravitz opening up for The Cult, don’t remember the name of the place, Dallas, TX, 1992
One of those cases where the opening act blows the main show away, and I love The Cult. This was just before Lenny got big, and Let Love Rule had the entire place holding hands and singing along. Never forget it.
5. Cowboy Mouth, my friend Jim’s house, Frisco, TX, 2002
My buddy Jim is from New Orleans and is friends with this band who’ve never been a huge hit but are a really great live show. Anyway, they played his birthday party and it was like having the Stones there. Very cool.
I have many, many more, quite a few involving Pearl Jam in the early 90s.
Does this even have anything at all to do with movies? Please put “(OT)” before the title or it (should) be considered spam and deleted.
The only one that really comes to mind is:
Pedro the Lion @ The Metro, Chicago, 2002.
There are two main reasons why I’d want to revisit this show. 1. I was unfamiliar with most of the stuff he was playing, because it was from the yet unreleased Control album. 2. I’d just said something stupid to one of my favorite people in the world, and I was consumed with regret, and couldn’t enjoy the show.
Ahh, there’s plenty of room for OT stuff on this site. S’okay.
I saw The Pixies that tour in Austin, House of Leaves. Bverilliant. They played with Killdozer.
I saw The Pixies that tour in Austin, House of Leaves. Brrilliant. They played with Killdozer.
Instead of Killdozer we had Sugarcubes.
It’s all related to movies, Anonymouse, and in suggesting that a post doesn’t bear the correct prefix, you come close to echoing those childhood voices who exclaimed, “Hey, you didn’t say this would be on the test!”. Rather than cavilling, let’s talk about our formative cultural experiences.
Suicide (Electric Ballroom, London)
The Cramps ( London Astoria)
Killing Joke (Athens)
The Dwarves (London)
The Exploited (Edinburgh home-coming)
1. Ray Davies at the Hammerstein Ballroom in 2008, my favorite musician
2. Peter Noone at Queensborough Community College 2008, he spotted me in the 2nd row, being one of the few young people there. he asked me my age [at the time I was 22] and joked “did your parents drag you here?” he walked back to the drum kit, and returned with an auotgraphed cd for me. me and my brother met him after the show.
3. The Who & Robert Plant at Jones Beach 2002 – good yet sad show, John Entwistle passed away on the eve of the tour, and I was looking foward to seeing him especially. they had a tribute to him. and Robert Plant dedicated each song to the women, Pete and Roger, etc
4. Jethro Tull & Peter Frampton – Ian Anderson was as funny as he is talented
5. Cream at Madison Square Garden 2005 – once in a lifetime reunion, amazing show
and maybe the Zombies & Yardbirds at Westbury in 2009
I saw The Ramones in New Orleans.
Never saw Nirvana.
Wish I’d seen The Doors.
“I saw The Ramones in New Orleans”
Lucky bastard :( When did you see them?
I got to meet Dee Dee at a book signing in London, would have killed for the chance to have seen them Live.
1994. I was in college in Dallas and a high school friend going to Tulane called me up with two extra tickets to Pearl Jam in NO the next night. I immediately said yes, called to invite my brother, and we left within a few hours. Part of that was because The Ramones were opening for them.
And I was right up front. to be honest, their sound in that place (an outdoor arena) was terrible, and if I didn’t know all their songs by heart I wouldn’t have understood anything Joey said, but I’ll still never forget it.
On the contrary, I was merely stating that putting “(OT)” before the topic (which is pretty standard practice these days on the forum) is a nice gesture. In general, this is a movie forum however. Self-professed.
Muse 2009 – The Resistance tour. One of the most amazing concert spectacles I have ever seen. And I caught Matt Belamy’s illuminated shutter shades. Yeeeeeeah.
Iron Maiden & Dream Theater 2010 – The Final Frontier tour. Despite the fact I wasn’t on the floor, this was a very good show. Maiden was great but the best part was Dream Theater. The rest of the crowd may not have been able to appreciate them but it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I only pray that Mike Portnoy (the drummer) returns to the band in a few years.
In Flames, All that Remains and Gojira 2007 – Hearing Satellites and Astronauts live was a life changing experience.
1) Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream Tour (front row!)- 2009
2) Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love Tour – 1988
3) Neil Young (with Social Distortion and Sonic Youth) – Ragged Glory Tour – 1992
4) Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt Tour – 1989
5) Arcade Fire – Lolapallooza 2010
6) The White Stripes – Elephant Tour – 2004
7) The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels Tour – 1989
8) Rush (first concert seen) – Power Windows Tour – 1986
In your fervor for rules, Anonymouse, you seem boderline fascistic. This post was spurred by a film and involves cinematic sensibilities. Your suggestion that it should be “deleted as spam” because it doesn’s bear the appropriate prefix is absurd.
Also, if you read the thread title and still need an “(OT)” to know that it’s off topic, well, that’s just somethin’ else.
Thank you, Nathan, and Happy Halloween.
I would NEVER want to revisit my favorite concerts on DVD. To me, it’s about the experience in the moment, and a DVD would ruin that.
1. Interpol with The Stills in Seattle for their first album
2. Alice In Chains at very small club in Vancouver early 1992
3. Doves for 2nd album at the Commodore Ballroom in Van 2002
4.Tool at Plaza Of Nations in Van for first album 1994
5. Pearl Jam at Nations for only 9 bucks 1992 (and my friends band opened for them)
6. NIN with Marylin Manson (unknown at the time) at small venue 1994
7. Mr. Bungle Vancouver 1995 (they played the same Loverboy cover song 5 times in a row)
8.Hayden at local pub in 1997
9.Slipknot in 2000 at Commodore (not much of a fan now but what a crazy experience)
10. Trail Of Dead at Richards in Van 2003 (they destroyed everything)
11. Libertines at very small venue in Vancouver (bass player was super high,lol)
I haven’t attended too many concerts in my life but I am still going to make a list of the ones that have impressed me the most (although I am not going to be fair to the original topic, because I wouldn’t care at all about revisiting those experiences on a DVD):
- GRINDERMAN – just 10 days ago in Hamburg – I haven’t seen Nick Cave performing with the Bad Seeds
yet but the performance with his side project was mindblowing, so much exceeding my
expectations, and of course Warren Ellis turned out to be such a charming psycho on stage!
- SUICIDE – performing their legendary first album, 2 months ago in Bologna – a couple of 72-year-old men
giving me some of the most intensive and intoxicating 45 minutes of my life!
- RESIDENTS – on their ‘’Bunny Boy’’ tour, November 2008 in Thessaloniki – so much more than a regular
- TUXEDOMOON – February 2007 in Belgrade – it was on their ‘’Bordeaux Hotel Soundtrack’’ tour which may
have not been the perfect choice but it was such a dream come true seeing those guys
perform live that it was still a great experience
- LAIBACH – February 2007 in Sofia on their ’’Volk’’ tour – some hardcore Laibach fans were utterly
disappointed with both the album and the live show, but for me it was a very deep and
revelating experience, superb use of visuals while performing each anthem, the pinnacle being
on the Italian anthem which was accompanied by juxtaposed images from Fellini’s ‘’La Dolce
Vita’’ and Pasolini’s ’’Salo’’, thus juxtaposing the sweet and sour extremes of Italian culture.
- NEW MODEL ARMY – seen them twice in Bulgaria, will never become very enthusiastic about their music but
it is astonishing to see what an army of devoted fans this band has, following them all
over Europe (and I guess, even overseas).
- LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – in Bucharest, on their ‘’Plutonium Blonde’’ tour – one of those great
underappreciated bands giving such a powerful performance, it is a pity that
Niels, the saxophone guy, left the band soon afterwards, it was so exhilarating
when he was walking with his saxophone among the audience.
- SISTERS OF MERCY – performing on a stage on the beach of my hometown, Burgas, in August 2008, as a
part of a summer festival. Probably the worst sound I have ever experienced on a
live show, but still maybe the greatest emotional impact a concert had on me, having
so many friends from the whole country visiting your hometown to sing
‘’First and Last and Always’’ along with that legendary band was priceless!
- MARKY RAMONE’s BLITZKRIEG BOP – the closest I ever came to see from ‘Ramones’ performing live,
- SINNER’s DAY FESTIVAL – exactly one year ago in Hasselt, Belgium – with performances by LYDIA LUNCH,
GANG OF FOUR, ANNE CLARK, GARY NUMAN, FRONT 242. I wish I could
see each of those artists with a performance of their own and not as a part of a
I am desperate to see one of those Tribute to Nico concerts that John Cale has been organizing during the last few years, missed 4 golden opportunities already, 2 this year, one in 2009, and one in 2008, I hope that he will be organizing more of those…
WILCO. I attended one of the May 2005 Chicago shows recorded for the “Kicking Television” concert DVD that was later abandoned; it was released instead only as a live CD.
THE WHITE STRIPES. The September 2005 show in Milwaukee was the last concert I attended with my little brother before he died in a car wreck.
THE NATIONAL. A September 2007 show in Milwaukee remains one of my favorite shows ever.
JAMES. Had the good fortune of seeing the reunited band perform not in a gigantic arena but in a tiny, intimate venue in Milwaukee in September 2008.
EELS. I’m still reeling from the energy and beauty of Everett’s show in Milwaukee last month.
the resistance tour of MUSE, the best show i have ever seen.
Iron Maiden somewhere back in time tour
Bryan Adams was my first, so yeah
The Protomen, they had all the gutso and goforit that a huge million dollar production would have but on a miniscule budget.
Video games Live, i am not spending 85$ for a dvd of that thing.
3 inches of Blood with Evile, i had to go to the hospital, so i missed the last half of the show.
Bryan Adams. Ha!
My first was Huey Lewis and the News. Yay 80s!
Also, I completely agree with Max and Grey Daisies.
Last week I would have said:
1) Matthew Good, Solo Acoustic
3) Arcade Fire
On thursday night, all these were surpassed by Sufjan Stevens.
Oh, and I’m ignoring the DVD part of the question.