Best Opening Act You Sat Through .......

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  1. John B

    John B Once Blue Gort,<br>now just blue. Thread Starter

    Toronto, Canada
    Inspired by the re-opened Worst Opening Act You Sat Through ....... thread.
    I saw Peter Frampton open for Uriah Heep at London’s Hammersmith Odeon shortly before Frampton Comes Alive was released. I liked his version of Jumpin‘ Jack Flash, the only song I recognized then.

    I would love to hear that concert again knowing what I came to know later. Uriah Heep put on a great show all the same.
  2. PooreBoy

    PooreBoy Forum Resident

    Lake City, TN
    AC/DC opening for Alice Cooper and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band opening for Black Sabbath are two that come to mind that I've seen. Both were great shows.
  3. rikki nadir

    rikki nadir Gentleman Thug

    London, UK
    Squeeze opening for A & M labelmates The Tubes in 1979.

    Merle Haggard opening for Dylan circa 2004.

    Stan Ridgway opening for Pere Ubu 2007

    In fact, Pere Ubu often provide their own opening act, the Pere Ubu Moon Unit, where they come out and improvise for a first set. The reasoning being that 'if anyone is going to come out and play our audience crappy music for thirty-five minutes, it might as well be us...'
  4. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Art in Manilla supporting Rilo Kiley in 2007. I liked them enough to buy a CD from the merchandise stand, but I haven't listened to it that much since.
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  5. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Jethro Tull opening, then Led Zeppelin , who were second on the bill. Vanilla Fudge were the headliners. February, 1969.
    Five bucks.

    Jethro Tull were great, not to mention Zeppelin of course
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  6. BSC

    BSC Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    Graham Parker opening for Dylan early 90's.....I actually saw both Iron Maiden and Def Leppard as opening acts...but.
  7. kdart91

    kdart91 Well-Known Member

    • neutral milk hotel opening for superchunk in 1998 (they played for over an hour at superchunk's behest... it was halfway through the tour and they had sold out of all their merch...incredibly mind-blowing)
    • the white stripes opening for sleater-kinney in 1999 (i remember distinctly thinking "this guy absolutely shreds at the guitar and this is awesome -- but they will never be huge"...was I wrong)
  8. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Vienna, Austria
    Joy Division opening for Buzzcocks
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  9. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    2002...The Young Dubliners (opening for Jethro Tull)

    I had never heard the Dubliners before, but they were great. Whereas, Jethro Tull were a little flat by comparison, but it was really Ian Anderson to blame. He sounded like Popeye. He was changing a lot of the melodies and rhythms just so he could strain his way thru the songs. He had been doing that on the previous tour as well, but this was...rough.
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  10. Saint Johnny

    Saint Johnny Forum Resident

    Asbury Park
    Metallica opening for Twisted Sister at the Fountain Casino in Aberdeen, NJ.
    Mother Love Bone opening for Dogs D'Amour multiple times/venues.
    Jewel opening for Deep Blue Something, Irving Plaza, NYC
    J. Geils Band opening for KISS Roosevelt Stadium, NJ

    So many others I forgot...
  11. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example

    Clutch opening for Motorhead on the Inferno tour. Instant fan.

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  12. krisjay

    krisjay Psychedelic Wanderer

    Jess And The Ancient Ones, opening for King Diamond. Outstanding in every way. They have become almost an addiction, love it.
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  13. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    The (barely known) Police opening for Black Oak Arkansas.
  14. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    Was that in Chicago? The shows when Ian's coat was stolen? Suspects included zep's roadies.
  15. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Does not play well with fascists or southern rock.

    London, England
    I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but I’ve played with a couple of bills where the support bands have been so incredible, I’ve actually been reluctant to go on.

    Conversely, about a decade ago, my old band played a few support gigs with Bearsuit (prog-punk-pop much beloved of John Peel), and one night the stars aligned and we absolutely hammered them and stole the show. Right crowd, right sound, right songs…magical. We got called back for encores.
  16. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Yes, it was. Kinetic Playground, Chicago.
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  17. sbeaupre

    sbeaupre Everything must go

    Inner Horner
    Little Feat, opening for Traffic
    Flaming Lips, opening for Beck
    John Cale, opening for Pere Ubu
    Patti Smith, opening for Bob Dylan
    Patti Smith, opening for the Grateful Dead
    Solomon Burke, opening for Van Morrison
    Bob Dylan, opening for Van Morrison
    Merle Haggard, opening for Van Morrison
    Rockpile, opening for Elvis Costello
    The Persuasions, opening for Frank Zappa
  18. Socalguy

    Socalguy Forum Resident

    Doors... opened for Buffalo Springfield, followed by The Byrds. Valley Music Theater,
    February 22, 1967.
  19. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Concord, NC
    Thin Lizzy opening for Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    Bad Company opening for Black Oak Arkansas
    John Prine opening for Bonnie Raitt
    John Hiatt opening for Jackson Browne
    Dave Mason opening for Doobie Brothers
    Jars of Clay opening for PFR
    Donovan opening for Yes
  20. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    There's been a bunch but one that comes to mind was the Hampton grease band opening for zappa at the fillmore East in 71. They got three encore calls. Pretty good opening for an act like zappa. For those who are not familiar, the was colonel Bruce Hampton who passed away not long ago.
  21. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    Probably not the most compelling introduction to "real" live rock, but they were serviceable. I remember hearing "Train Train" and I remember a blistering solo where the stage lights reflected off the guitar pick guard and temporarily blinded me. It retrospect, it was pretty cool.
  22. Nycademon

    Nycademon Bewildered Domesticated Primate

    Steve Morse opening for Rush, George Thorogood opening for Heart then The Rolling Stones, Suicidal Tendencies opening for Queensryche . . . all very nice surprises.
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  23. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    i too have been in the headlining band(we headlined probably 80% of our gigs) and have been worried about playing a bit after some really great acts that played before us!
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  24. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    AC/DC opening for lou reed
    the undertones opening for the clash

    i am sure there are others and i know i went to quite a few shows to see the opener but just can't recall them at the moment.
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  25. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

    Lightnin Hopkins opening for Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band at Jay's Cockpit and Lounge in Cankton, Louisiana, 1976. Do you think I was lucky?

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