-Roger Waters (The Wall Tour) at the Staples Center
-Patti Smith (a free show at the Santa Monica Pier)
-Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at the Hollywood Bowl
-The Swell Season at the Greek Theater
-Iron & Wine at the Wiltern
-Sufjan Stevens at the Wiltern
-Beirut at Terminal 5
@DEN B “Pia Zadora (Razz Room San Fran) last May”
Sounds great. Too bad I missed it, but a good friend of mine wouldn’t stop talking about the show. He even have a picture taken with Pia and her daughter at the Razz.
Although seeing things from other people’s perspectives may not be one of your strong suits—stridency certainly is—you are surely perceptive enough to realize that some participants on this site have familial obligations (e.g. small children) that curtail their ability to spend all their free hours at the cinema. For many of us—as alien as it may seem to you—after-hours DVD-viewing has become our primary means of staying connected to cinematic experiences and trends. Ah, you might protest, these experiences are hardly “cinematic” if not discovered in a glorious cinema (in Richmond or glorious Melbourne), but the direct engagements cinephiles find at home, on their TVs or computers, are no less legitimate, admirable, or real. Post after post, you show an uncannily and uncommonly myopic and solipsistic vision of what really matters in this world.
Thanks for the details. Sounds like you definitely got the full historic package there—alternately enthused and outraged audience and all . And needless to say, that’s a powerhouse of a setlist. Particularly the presence of Tombstone Blues, which Bob didn’t really perform for years after that tour.
Since you mention it, I’d love to hear any thoughts about the Rolling Thunder show.
“He even have a picture taken with Pia and her daughter at the Razz”
so did I!
peter hook and the light perform unknown pleasures and closer
My Bloody Valentine
Yo La Tengo
Haven’t been to much concerts in Lebanon – everything that comes our way is either Euro-trash trance music or commercial Hip-Hop artists.
Patti Smith (Byblos , 2008)
Triple Bill : French Band Coco Rosie , Pianist Gonzales and Lebanese project YAS (Yasmine Hamdan and Producer Mirwais (Byblos , 2009)Steppenwolf / Deep Purple (Atlanta GA , 2007)Placebo (Beirut , 2009 or 2010)Moby (Byblos , 2011)
Off the top of my head….
Bon Iver – Space Gallery in Portland, Me. Maybe 2009. Super intimate, pre-blow-up. Bowerbirds opened and they too are solid.
James Brown – Lowell, Ma. Maybe 1996. He had just been released from prison. It was packed and jumpin’
Bob Dylan – Highgate, VT. Maybe 1995. He opened up for the Grateful Dead and was lucid and rockin. At least that is how I recall it. The weather was perfect and people were only mostly paying attention giving it a really relaxed effortless feel.
Ween – Horde Tour Great Woods, Ma (might be the Tweeter Center now). Maybe 1995. Driving summer rain. Crowd was into it and moderately naked. Primus, Beck, Neil Young, and Ben Folds were all on the bill and the day essentailly blew my mind.
Toots and the Maytals/Marley Family – Western Mass on the side of a mountain. Maybe 2004.
@ Z. Bart…..I would love to catch Will Oldham. His latest is on heavy rotation at my house currently.
I find it peculiar that people refer to pop shows by pop and rock singers as “concerts”. It’s a case of lowbrow culture appropriating language. A bit like calling pop singers “artists” (or even worse: “artistes”, yucch).
Death cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys tour! Though, I don’t like their recent album, but It was really great!
I do revisit Talking Heads Stop Making Sense from time to time. I wouldn’t mind revisiting Burning Spear. I saw him in Charleston, SC, in 1994. The Neville Brothers with special guest Stevie Ray Vaughn at Tipitina’s during Mardi Gras, 1987 I believe. Rebirth Brass Band provided the warm up. Tom Petty with Stevie Nicks in Gainesville, 1981 as I recall. Boozoo Chavis at the Barns of Wolf Trap (1992).
It’s not very cinematic or classy but I’ll mention it anyway;
My Bloody Valentine at the Manchester Apollo was their first gig in so many years, all suffering from tinnitus, hearing problems and nearly deaf from when they last played together 20 years previous. At the end of the gig they played the noise section from You Made Me Realise, people started running for the exit and cleared over half of the people out of the venue within minutes. Bouncers running around hysterically handing out ear plugs, glasses falling off tables and all the bar staff were nearly in tears.
Kevin Shields is a perfectionist engineer and this gig was possibly the loudest in history, you can’t really go much louder than this and maybe only a few Japanese musicians could compete. If you’re doing a film soundtrack I doubt something like this would be appropriate. There is a lot of music in my family and I think I can safely say rock and roll is nothing to be ashamed of, they have suffered greatly for their art.
1. Pearl Jam in 1993 (saw Nirvana the same year and honestly PJ was much better live)
2. Smashing Pumpkins in 1995 or 1996 (?) after Mellon Collie came out
3. Modest Mouse and a then unknown Shins around 2000 or 2001 (?)
4. A relatively unknown Arcade Fire in 2004 right after Funeral came out. It was in a small club in Santa Fe with only 100 or so people in the audience. They blew me the fuck away. I remember telling some girl there that they were going to blow up, and sure enough, they did. I also got to talk to Win and Regine after the show and they were really nice, humble, and I got them to sign my CD.
5. Yo La Tengo in 2011 underneath a beautiful sunset in Santa Fe, NM
Wish I could remember the dates, but:
1. Pink Floyd – Animals tour
2. Tina Turner – sometime in the 80’s.
3. Smashing Pumpkins – in the mid-90’s, in Philadelphia, just a week before the drummer OD’d in New York.
4. Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery tour
5. Elvis Costello – Armed Forces tour