Concerts you went to for the opening act, not the headliner

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  1. jparis51

    jparis51 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Jersey City, NJ
    Two that I can recall:

    The Allman Brothers opening for the Mothers of Invention
    The Byrds opening for Grand Funk Railroad
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  2. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    Faith No More and Soundgarden opening for Voivod.
    Jane’s Addiction opening for Iggy Pop.
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  3. Mike McMann

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  4. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Not that I dislike(d) Huey Lewis & The News, but I went to see them in 1987 only because Robert Cray was opening.
  5. savemenow

    savemenow Forum Resident

    SE Pa
    Kinks opened for Hall and Oates on their School Boys in Disgrace (or was it Soap Opera) tour. Left when the Kinks set was over! Loved the Headmaster mask Ray wore on "The Hard Way"!
  6. Mr.Sean

    Mr.Sean Senior Member

    I knew a guy who went to see Colin James who was opening for ZZ Top.
    After the 3rd song from ZZ Top he left the show. This was probably around 1990-91.
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  7. boe

    boe Forum Resident

    buffalo ny
    James Hunter opening for Susan Tedeschi.
    Pharoah Sanders opening for Lonnie Liston Smith.
    Dictators opening for Ramones.
    Brian Wilson opening for Paul Simon.

    All the headliners were worthy, but I paid to see the opening act.
  8. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

    South Shields
    My dad took me to see Robert Plant in the 80s, because It Bites were supporting him and I loved them.
  9. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Pegboy opening for Social Distortion
    Tar opening for Jesus Lizard
    Paw opening for Reverend Horton Heat
    The Mendoza Line opening for Elf Power
    The Godfathers opening for Living Colour
    Prong opening for some other metal band that I can't remember
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  10. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

    Golden, CO USA
    I went to see The Replacements opening for Tom Petty.

    Boy, was I in the minority!
  11. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    Be Bop Deluxe, back in the day.

    I don't even remember who the headlining act was...
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  12. segue

    segue Forum Resident

    this was a weird one...

    U2 opening for J. Geils Band
    L.A. Sports Arena
    March 3, 1982

    U2 wasn't that well known, and this evening was a huge Record Company Party blow-out for
    J. Geils Band Freeze Frame album hitting Platinum. My buddy & I saw U2 standing around backstage & had a Heineken with them, totally casual!
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  13. tdcrjeff

    tdcrjeff Forum Resident

    Hermosa Beach, CA
    Toad the Wet Sprocket opening for The Cranberries. Left about 5 songs into Cranberries set.
    Julie Christensen opening for David J.
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  14. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas

    Black Oak Arkansas opening for War.
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  15. moople72

    moople72 Forum Resident

    Bob Dylan.......opened for Phil Lesh in 2000 (this wasn't clear from the way the show was promoted or the ticket stub-----i didn't have the internet then but my friend did so fortunately we knew to get there on time!)
  16. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member

    I've seen Deep Purple 3 times. Each time they were not the headliner. Not the nights I saw them anyway. They rotated being headliner with another band on a couple of these tours I believe. Maybe all 3. Thing is...they were the best band on the bill all 3 times. They should've been top of the bill all 3 imo.

    1971 - played before Faces
    2001 - played before Lynyrd Skynyrd
    2002 - played before Scorpions
  17. karmaman

    karmaman Forum Resident

    elliott smith opening for belle and sebastian.
    jim white opening for david byrne.
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  18. bigtyke66

    bigtyke66 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    Santana opening for Bob Dylan, Hollywood Bowl 1993
  19. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    Love & Rockets opening for the Cure
    Public Enemy opening for U2
    Los Lobos opening for Dave Matthews
    Sleeper opening for Elvis Costello
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  20. bigtyke66

    bigtyke66 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    Wow! When was that? Would loved to have seen that show, for both acts.
  21. CaseyJames

    CaseyJames Relaxed Fit Jeans Vibe

    Felice Brothers opening for Conor Oberst. But then the Felice Brothers came back out as the backing band for Conor, so that was cool.

    Oh another one: Levon Helm Band opening for Phil Lesh.
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  22. wrappedinsky

    wrappedinsky Forum Resident

    I had really gotten into Drivin N Cryin, so was very excited to see them playing free in Olympic Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta. I didn't even realize that Collective Soul was playing afterwards! That was pretty cool. I went on to see DnC play many times in other cities throughout the SE USA. What a fun band. They bring it every night, and there is never any way to know what will appear on the set lists.
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  23. dbucki

    dbucki Forum Resident

    Ottawa, Canada
    Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) opening for Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) in Montreal, 2011.
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  24. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    When I saw Lollapalooza 92 the first band Lush was my favorite. Many people evidently came for the second band, Pearl Jam.
  25. Indy500

    Indy500 Forum Resident

    UFO opening for the Outlaws. 1981 Houston, TX

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