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

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by John B, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    My answer would likely be Talk Talk opening for Elvis Costello (Toronto 1982) - had I not arrived late and missed them.
  2. Blair G.

    Blair G. Senior Member

    Delta, BC, Canada
    The Clash opening for The Who
    Billy Squier opening for Pat Benatar
    Shriekback opening for Simple Minds
    Level 42 opening for Tears For Fears
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  3. Mr. LP Collector

    Mr. LP Collector Forum Resident

    There's several that I've been fortunate to see in concert, but I'll start with December 26, 1968

    It was in Denver the day after Christmas in 1968, I was home for college break and was lucky to get a ticket, it actually was a Christmas present from my mom:) First band up was Led Zeppelin, it was their first American tour and their first concert in the States. Talk about getting my attention--WHOA! Spirit was the second band out, their hit single "I Got A Line On You" just hit the charts at that time. They were on for about 45 minutes or so. I had previously bought their first lp at Durango Music when I heard the local station play "Fresh Garbage." Bought the 8 track later at the local Woolworth's. Headline band was the Vanilla Fudge.

    About 3/4 of the way through Fudge's set people were spent and starting to file out. I stayed till the end. I was up in the cheap seats but I didn't care, I was just lucky to be there. It was just one hell of an evening!:righton:
  4. rl1856

    rl1856 Forum Resident

    English Beat opening for the Pretenders. Capital Theater 1980

    Duran Duran *then* David Johansen opening for Blondie. Brendan Byrne Area 1982
  5. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Forum Resident

    KISS opening for The New York Dolls, June 15 1974.
    Blue Öyster Cult opening for KISS, Sept 6 1976
  6. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    Danny Gatton Band two times in 1989 & 1991.
  7. john beacham

    john beacham Forum Resident

    Shovels & Rope opening for DAWES, who I knew nothing about, but they blew everybody away, including myself.
  8. Funky Boss

    Funky Boss Well-Known Member

    Widespread Panic opening for Blues Traveler
    Oh how the turntables
  9. Funky Boss

    Funky Boss Well-Known Member

    Hank Jr opening for lynyrd skynyrd
    Blew them off the stage
  10. rockinlazys

    rockinlazys Forum Resident

    Rhode Island
    I recall X but am a bit murky on any others, I seemed to recall Siouxie and The Banshees but Dada I am totally un aware of at this show. The opening slot?
  11. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 Keep Florida Weird!!!

    U2 opening for J. Geils Band, 1982.
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  12. trumpet sounds

    trumpet sounds "The radio makes hideous sounds." Bob Dylan

    Chicago, IL, US
    Opening act Graham Parker and the Rumours for Thin Lizzy
    Opening act Cheap Trick for The Kinks
  13. Ed Casey

    Ed Casey Active Member

    English Beat opening for Pretenders at the Palladium
    Pylon opening for B-52s Central Park
    My beloved Pulsallama opening for The Clash in Asbury Park
    Also saw Bush Tetras open for a number bands during the early 80s.
  14. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Hilarious order, Sham yes yes!
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  15. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Maybe Tommy Emmanuel opening for Eric Clapton in Brisbane in late 1990 from memory.
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  16. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Albert King was special and could hold his own live with anyone.
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  17. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    Historic stuff, I knew Zep started on boxing day 1968 but being there not knowing quite what to expect was amazing.
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  18. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    AC/DC opening for Aerosmith. :shh:
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  19. hyntsonsvmse

    hyntsonsvmse Johnny Guitar

    A band called Blazer Blazer. They opened for Acdc in 1978 and were brilliant. We saw them again but can't remember who they opened for.
  20. scotti

    scotti Forum Resident

    Atlanta GA
    Status Quo opened for Wishbone Ash on May 1 and 2nd, 1976 at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis and both nights they blew them away...and I love Wishbone Ash. By the way, I was not sitting...I'm sure I have other examples, but this would be at the top.
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  21. John Fell

    John Fell Forum Survivor

    That would have been a great show to see.
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  22. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

    No, i know you were!
  23. poisonedhangman

    poisonedhangman Forum Resident

    Cascadia, USA
    Anthrax probably. Back when John Bush was still fronting them they were incredible.
  24. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    White Stripes opening for Sleater-Kinney, Newport, KY 2000

    That said, at the time I couldn't foresee the Stripes every becoming popular... they were just another garage band. I was thinking maybe a modest level of cult success like Flat Duo Jets.
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  25. TerpStation

    TerpStation "Music's not for everyone."

    washington, dc
    Endless Boogie opening for Sonic Youth at the 930 club. The boogie were not bette than the youth, but different and amazing.

    Also Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds opening for Nick Cave at the 930...again, not better, but fantastic in their own way and made be a big fan.....

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