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Concerts that were special, and why.
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:42:13 PM »
We've all seen groovy concerts, man. People and/or bands that we dig. Some aren't around anymore, and that's sad.

This isn't a thread about that. It's about seeing a concert that was somehow made special, over and above the fact the band was wicked.

Me: Elton John

It was in the late 80's... 87? 88?, I can't be sure but I was living with my girlfriend in a nice loft in an old Victorian house that was very close to the St. George subway stop. Oh, it was Toronto, the center of the universe.

We had tickets for the Elton John concert at Exhibition Stadium. A great place for a baseball game or a concert. Our seats were in the outfield under the overhanging roof.

It was raining when we woke up. It rained all day. Nonstop. A steady, not quite heavy, rainfall.

We waited as long as we could for the short walk to the subway and then a streetcar to the gates of Exhibition Stadium.

As we walked downstairs with our umbrellas it stopped raining. The clouds hung heavy as we walked to the subway but nary a drop fell. We got out a few stops away and grabbed a streetcar. Not a drop. We arrived and grabbed our seats. We were about 1/2 way up and the 4th and 5th seats in from the edge.

We sat down. It was pretty much full. Everybody was waiting for the show. It started to pour. The heavens opened up with ferocity. The first 2 seats from the aisle had people in them. They were getting soaked. They were cold and wet. A bad combo. I've been there and so have you I'm sure.

The guy in the 3rd seat was pretty much okay. I was dry. So was my girlfriend.

The storm was nasty, man. There was thunder and lightning and hammering down rain. 80% of the sold out crowd were getting soaked and we precious few in the cheap seats were dry.

Elton arrived about 25 minutes late. He was dressed as a Toronto Blue Jay. It was cool.

He apologized and said his band was late leaving Buffalo, NY,  and would we mind if he played a few songs while we waited for the band, which was expected in about 30 minutes.

Puhlease...........

So he did it all, he played it all. He hammed with the crowd, calling us "You poor wet darlings. Thank you." and he hammered out hits. Bennie and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, Daniel...others.

Then the band showed up. And they hammered out hits for about 2 1/2 hours. They played hard, man. Every ounce of effort. They left the stage rung out, nothing left behind.

It was amazing. Then......it stopped raining. It hadn't let up since it began, not by a drop.

It took us about 30 minutes to get home. As we were opening the door, it started raining. And it rained and rained for freaking days, man.

In the period of a few days, it didn't rain for two 30 minute periods. Long enough to get to the show and then get back. Ridiculous show. Elton all alone with lightning cracking the sky far enough away to not be a bother but visible and not moving our way. Booming thunder, which at times almost seemed sequenced to the song. Elton thanked it one time to the roaring delight of we all.

Staying dry. That's what made that concert special. 
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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 07:38:57 PM »
Tom Cochrane & Red Rider

1. It was so much better than the few hits of theirs I'd heard on the radio. They rocked live. It was a beautiful summer night of our lives! I then bought their albums and listened to them a lot in my teens.

2. I got laid that night. ;D

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 08:10:36 PM »
Mozzer when he came to Korea. I'd never seen him live before as I'd heard live versions of the Smiths stuff and hated it. Fortunately he didn't do any silly voices and stayed in tune. there was a bit too much off the latest album but he did the classics beautifully. Only down side was there was no 'There is a light.'

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 08:16:45 PM »
joanna newsom just after she released Ys, at a festival in wales. just her and her harp. t'was mesmerising

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 11:18:54 PM »
I saw Muse at The Sphere in Buffalo, NY. That's a road trip for me (Toronto).

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 08:20:28 AM »
 1983  The English Beat Concert Hall Toronto.
I went to a High school in a small town where everyone liked groups like Rush ,Led Zepelin, Black Sabbath. If you didn't look like a member of the Manson family you were openly harrased.

We dressed like the Blues Brothers. Black suites with narrow ties porkpie hats and back shades. We walked up and down Young street like we owned it. Inside the concert were mods skinheads punks and new wavers. People of all races and everyone getting alone great time.

1984  The Exploited  Larry's Hideaway Toronto.
Total punk night out. In the middle of the red light destrict in Toronto in a seedy old tavern.

1986  Bow Wow Wow and The English Beat Canada's Wonderland.

1985 Angelic Upstants Oi punk band London England 100 Club

1986 Bad Manners Larry's Hideaway.

1987 Charged GBH Hardcore punk.
1987 Discharge Hardcore punk.
1986 999 Old school punk.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 08:45:55 AM »
2005 anger management tour with eminem in detroit at comerica park. a bunch of friends and i got there crazy early and our tickets were standing room up in the front. i've been to a bunch of rap concerts (Nas at the House of Blues in Cleveland was awesome) and usually the audio is kinda shitty or things are kinda unorganized, but eminem put on a showwwwwwwwww. i was in college at the time and that was all i listened to, so being able to see him live in detroit was awesome.
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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2017, 08:55:45 AM »
I've met Arctic Monkeys (twice), Kasabian (twice), Muse (4 times), Franz Ferdinand, Drake, Manic Street Preachers. Seeing British bands in Toronto is great because it's easy to meet them.

I've seen The Who twice, The Stones, MC5, Gang of Four, Television, Iggy and the Stooges twice, deadmau5 twice, Pendulum twice. Seen The White Stripes 3 times (Raconteurs once! haha), one time in Detroit

Muse are the best. Their manager brought my friends and I Fanta cuz we were first in line and it was hot. I asked Matt for political advice (I'm a poli sci major) and he said, "Beware the Bilderbergs."

I've had an amazing run of concerts, been to 150. By 150, I mean legit, ticket in hand ahead of time concerts, not live stuff at a bar.

Still need to see Glass Animals. 

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 09:25:08 AM »
Weird Al in the mid-90s. He and his group change outfits every two songs. Devo outfits for Dare to be Stupid. Fat suit for Fat. There's no lull in the entertainment at all. It's a huge production and probably incredibly stressful for everyone. His stage crew deserves accolades. He played Christmas at Ground Zero (in the middle of the summer) and buried the front of the audience in fake snow. It was amazing.

My #2 was probably Godspeed You! Black Emperor in a small club in the early 00s. It was like being inside a jet engine made of drums, violins and guitars. I've never been much for their albums. They're so much better live.

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
Funny Kasabian story.

I'm talking to the singer, Tom, outside Lee's Palace in TO.

 :police: How's your tour going so far? You just got here, eh?

 :afro: Ah fukk man, 3 days ago, first NA gig, mate. La Tulipe in Montreal. So, never been to North America in me life, man. We got off the Airport in Montreal and I'm looking around, and all the signs are in fuckkin French, man. So I ran over to our manager, like, and I start shakin him.

 :police: What????

 :afro: Haha, Yeah, and I'm yelling at him, "We got on the wrong fukkin plane, man. We're in France!" So, he just starts laughing and he tells me, he tells me, "Tom, we're in Quebec, they speak French here. We're in Montreal, Canada." I had no idea.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2017, 03:02:36 PM »
Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine at Skate and Surf Fest in 2015. Kevin Devin was a force to be reckoned with. Absolutely adore Brother's Blood as an album.

I saw Brand New once at Penn State University in 2013 I think. They're one of my all time favorite bands from my teens and college. The set was so-so but I remember the concert for the couple on the blanket in front of where my friend and I were standing. They started pulling off all their clothes and going at it like animals. When the cops came (PSU had police on hand), they ended up having to taze the interlopers to get them to comply. I remember the guy being dragged away in handcuffs with drool just rolling down his chin. Great concert.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2017, 01:37:43 PM »
Nirvana 1992. It was a sweaty night in flannel and Doc Martin boots There were too many people to have a mosh pit so the crowd was just surging like a wave; one minute I was near the front and the next thing I knew I was near the back.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2017, 02:45:51 PM »
Seen Foo Fighters (twice).  Dave Grohl is a legit entertainer. 

One of those times, his foot was in a cast and he had this ridiculously awesome throne.   :laugh:

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2017, 03:27:36 PM »
First show ever was Tripping Daisy at Spectrum in Montreal in '94 or '95 I guess? Wouldn't say it was exceptional now but at the time it was probably the most fun I'd ever had up until that point. I mean, first show, right?

Radiohead Ok Computer tour '97. Mind-blowing for younger me. I've seen Radiohead again since but this one was my favorite. Real zeitgeist show for me.

I've seen a ton of great shows that all seem to blur together for me now, unfortunately, but one of the more memorable ones was Wolf Parade's "final" Montreal show at Le National in 2010. Awesome night, if a bit bittersweet.

They're back now though  :azn: :azn:


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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2017, 04:06:54 PM »
Mr Bungle in a small club was pretty out there, and the second Big Day Out show with Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Helmet on the bill or New Years Eve in Amsterdam in a trance club was wild as well.

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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2017, 04:31:00 PM »
DBX (Dave Brockie, of Gwar fame) in Lorain, OH. Maybe 20 people total in some bar. We got to see Dave piss himself on stage. Gwar at Harpo's was good as I got to meet the famous Pop-eye and one of the Nazis there actually thought I was alright (Hey, its Gwar).

Dropkick Murphys at the Fox Theater. Managed to avoid puking till the parking lot.

Kottonmouth Kings at Clutch Cargo's. I almost saw them for a few seconds through the cloud of smoke.

Black Crowes at some casino. Bunch of fascists told everyone to stop smoking or they were going to stop the show. Chris Robinson gets on the mic and tells them "Hey! Let the people do what they're gonna do!" Everyone goes wild and security backs off. Also had the joy of blowing 200 bucks in 2 hands when my straight got beat by a flush.

Bummed I missed out on Itzhak Perlman when he was here a year or two ago.

Not quite a concert, but I got to see Mitch Hedberg do a set about 3 months before he died.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2017, 04:50:23 PM »
Nirvana 1992.
Amazing! Where was this?

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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2017, 09:19:32 AM »
Nirvana 1992.
Amazing! Where was this?

Melbourne, Australia. They did two gigs at a place called the Palace. I picked up a copy of the limited EP Hormoaning as well, but alas, there are many fake copies on CD so I can't sell it for much. They kicked off the set with Aneurysm, but the rest is a blur.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2017, 09:54:57 AM »
We've all seen groovy concerts, man. People and/or bands that we dig.

Dude, you used 'dig, 'man' and 'groovy' right off the bat.

10 bonus points.

Well done.

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Re: Concerts that were special, and why.
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2017, 07:47:14 AM »
First ever concert was John Denver....at his peak. Yeah, I'm dating myself.

The best show? Bruce Springsteen back in his prime. You just can't beat the energy. Santana at an outdoor venue while the sun is setting? Bonnie Raitt at Santa Barbara County Bowl? B52's at L.A. Sports Arena? Or the B52's as an opening act for Talking Heads at UC Davis... so much fun.

Elton at Dodger Stadium, the Police at UCSB (with Iggy Pop and XTC), and multiple Dead concerts all over California.

Sting and Elton here in Seoul. You just have to admire their musicianship. Unbelievable. And to see Sir Elton banging away on his piano, in all his chubbiness, and at 64ish? Amazing.

Bi in Las Vegas? That was fun! Or Wubai in L.A.?  Leslie Cheung in Las Vegas? Memorable, considering.

I can't name a fav.