1000 Concerts! Whereby Oatsdad Praises Himself

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Oatsdad, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM.

  1. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    Saw Aerosmith on Tuesday, and that officially qualified as my 1000th concert.

    I don't know if I should be proud of this milestone or ashamed that I spent so much time and money on concerts over the last 42 years! :D

    To make this not a wholly self-serving thread, I'm curious to know lifetime totals of other folks here.

    Who else is with me in the 1K club???
  2. jeffmo789

    jeffmo789 Give The Gift of Music!

    New England
  3. MPLRecords

    MPLRecords Owner of nine copies of Tug of War

    Rochester, NY
    Good god, man! I'm probably under a hundred.

    ....... you gonna post your list?
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  4. goodboyfred

    goodboyfred Forum Resident

    I never kept a count but probably somewhere around 125.
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  5. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Wow! That is a concert every 2 weeks. Superb. I doubt i ever have been to more that 50 concerts in the last 42 yrs.
  6. ivan_wemple

    ivan_wemple Forum Resident

    So you've seen Springsteen about 995 times. And Aerosmith. What are the other 4?

  7. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Don't have exact records. The ones between about 1980 and 1999 are not really recorded. Probably near or over 1000 though.
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  8. Devin S

    Devin S Approaching the zero point

    Pics of every ticket stub or it didn't happen:)
  9. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    About 300 concerts by national/international acts since 1974. (My finances have allowed only 2 or 3 per year in recent years.) Probably close to 1,000 shows if I include local bands.

    Bob Dylan
    51 times since 1974 (last 11/11/17)

    Bruce Springsteen
    25 times since 1977 (last 9/9/16)

    David Johansen/Buster Poindexter/New York Dolls
    15+ times since 1978 (last 1/17/13)

    Richard Thompson
    14 times since 1983 (last 7/1/05)

    “X” band/Doe solo/Cervenka solo/Knitters
    15 times since 1983 (last 8/28/14)

    ...and about 180 more. :tiphat:
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 11:58 AM
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  10. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    Once upon a time I kept a list, and was closing on 300 performances. That counted opening acts and main acts separately. My pace slackened later due to work, travel, kid, mortgage and so forth, but I'd guess I'm around 500? Which is maybe 300 concerts or so. The bands I've seen most would be Iron Maiden, Rush, The Grateful Dead not necessarily in order. I never saw the Dead after Jerry Garcia died, though I hear the John Mayer shows are very good so I might have to check that out...at least download a taped show or such.

    Tops on my "how have I managed to never see them over all these years" list are The Doobie Brothers and The Eagles (which we WOULD have seen if my wife's m@r@n coworker hadn't filled her head with "the main guy is dead" so she didn't want to go:realmad:, I was HUGELY wanting to see them with Vince Gill-actually more than with Glenn Frey!-our friend went and later told her how fantastic it was. :().

    Tops now on my "Wow, how do they put out so much energy after so many years?!?" list is REO Speedwagon who gave a fantastic hometown show in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I was truly astounded. Rush and Maiden are on that list, but are younger...well, not by much in Rush's case, though it's now a few years since their last show.
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  11. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Houston, TX, USA
    Local bands definitely count - in fact, I think that counts MORE.
  12. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    Hmm, is that a record for this forum? I went to a Los Lonely Boys show where they announced a lady there had seen them 62 times. Are his tours the same setlist every night? Because that's one reason I don't go see Rush and Maiden (and Priest and others) more than once on each tour. While I realize different nights with the same songs can come out differently, it's just a matter of time and money and so on.
  13. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    Very impressive - good for you, @Oatsdad, for supporting live music. I have no idea how many concerts I've attended - I've often forgotten shows that someone who went with me reminded me about!
  14. How do you know? Do you have 1000 ticket- stubs? Have you been keeping a journal for 50 years? Break it down for those curious.
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  15. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    I would have to assume that it's not even close to a record for this forum! :tiphat:
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  16. BeardedSteven

    BeardedSteven Forum Resident

    Southern Indiana
    I'm definitely missing a couple dozen or more shows from the 90s that I don't have dates/stubs for in my listings, but according my data I log in at Setlist.fm I've seen 433 concerts of 232 different artists. So probably getting close to 500 for me. Kudos to 1000!
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  17. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    Of all 1000? No, but I'll put up some significant stats! :)
  18. Agerst1574

    Agerst1574 Forum Resident

    I am at over 1000 shows as well. First show was on 12/10/76 (Foghat, Rush, and Mother’s Finest). At 60 (and retired), I still average 3-4 shows a month.

    Next show is John Fogerty at Radio City tonight.
  19. nodeerforamonth

    nodeerforamonth Forum Resident

    San Diego,CA USA
    Congrats! I've hit at least 1,000 concerts and we'll over 3,000 performances (I always go early to see all opening bands). That's an extremely conservative/low estimate.

    From 1991-1999 (inclusive), I'd go out 2-3 times a week, sometimes hitting up to 3 places in a night. Since the year 2000, I've slowed down to about one concert a month. But on special weekends, like this last one at Tiki Oasis, I've seen probably 15 bands. (Fleshtones were a blast).
  20. The Ole' Rocker

    The Ole' Rocker Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    I can’t say I don’t envy you, but I congratulate on such a huge milestone.
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  21. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    You have a much broader array of artists than I do! I could count the number of headliners I've seen - might not pass 200, though!
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  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    Some stats across 42 years and 1000 concerts:

    First concert: Kiss with AC/DC opening - 12/77
    100th concert: Prince, 10/88
    500th concert: Pixies, June 2005

    Top 5 artists:

    Springsteen: 130 shows
    U2: 90 shows
    Bowie: 73 shows
    Madonna: 65 shows
    Rolling Stones: 57 shows

    My top 5 accounts for 41.5% of all shows.

    My top 10 accounts for 59.4% of all shows.

    6: Pearl Jam: 49 shows
    7: McCartney: 42 shows
    8: Gaga: 37 shows
    9: Elvis Costello: 26 shows
    10: Spice Girls: 25 shows
  23. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    Phrased like that, it seems perfectly rational . . . People eat out at restaurants and drink in bars way more than that.
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  24. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    I kept my ticket stubs for years, and sometime in the mid-90s, I put them into a Word file. I've just regularly updated that since then.

    As such, the list is likely not perfect, and in truth, Concert 1000 was probably Concert 1001 or 1002 or 1003 - maybe even Concert 1005!

    My list's very close to correct, and it may well be totally correct, but I'll never know for sure. There are bound to be a few shows in the 80s/90s where I lost the stub and simply forgot I went!
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  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    My new goal is to get to an average of 20 shows per year of life.

    If I get to 1040 by next May 9, I'll be there, as that'll be 20 shows X 52 years.

    Unlikely I'll hit 40 between now and 5/9/20 - but possible. I think I have 18 shows planned for the rest of 2019, so I'd need another 20 in the first few months of 2020...

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