Favorite Legitimately Free Concert That You Attended

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  1. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    At The Stereo
    No sneaking in, "legitimately free" means just that.

    Myself - Gov't Mule & Kenny Wayne Shepherd in 2001.

    Runner up - Jason Bonham Band in 1997 - almost every song was a Zeppelin classic performed by a tight band.
  2. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Close call between Kansas and Blue Oyster Cult, both of whom did free shows here in the mid 90's. I will go with Kansas since it was on my birthday and it was the first time hearing anything from Freaks of Nature (they played four songs from it, all of which I liked it enough to get me to buy the CD the next day).
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  3. Casino

    Casino Senior Member

    Sha-Na-Na at the so-called "City Yard" in East Boston, back when they had all the original members. Great, fun show - though I never collected their records as I have all the originals of the songs they did.
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  4. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
    Big Brother at Golden Gate Park Summer 1968 heavily dosed on psilocin.
  5. beatboy1975

    beatboy1975 Amateur Appreciator

    Portland, Oregon
    Tower Of Power at Stern Grove, San Francisco, 1999 (with my Dad)
  6. MusicLovahhh

    MusicLovahhh Active Member

    One I am certain was free was Dread Zeppelin.

    What about guest list free? Do those count?
  7. leeroy jenkins

    leeroy jenkins Forum Resident

    The United States
    Mark Farner at a 4th of July show mid 2000s
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  8. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    At The Stereo
    Yes it does.
    Also free tickets received at the box office.
  9. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    What about state fair shows. You paid the standard admission for the fair and the band played that evening?
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  10. Joseph LeVie

    Joseph LeVie Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Jaco Pastorius at the bandshell at Young Circle in Hollywood, FL. I think he did the show for community service. It was packed, but, me and my friends got great seats. The band (an incarnation of the Word Of Mouth Band) was on and Jaco gave an amazing performance. It was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.
  11. MusicLovahhh

    MusicLovahhh Active Member

    Motorhead then. 2006 or so Webster hall Hartford, ct
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  12. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    At The Stereo
    I was just thinking about those & similar fests.
  13. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    Jefferson Starship / Outlaws , Central Park , NYC, 1976
  14. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Senior Member

    Brooklyn, NY
    UMass Spring Concert 1992: Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone, fIREHOSE, Phish, Beastie Boys
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  15. rinso white

    rinso white Pale Fire

    Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park, Elton John in Central Park, and the 1990 Earth Day concert in...hmmm, I saw a lot of shows in Central Park!
  16. JerolW

    JerolW Forum Resident

  17. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Senior Member

    Grateful Dead at Vanderbilt University here in Nashville, October 1972. On the lawn outside my dorm on a pretty fall afternoon. It would have been free even if I hadn't been a student, as the University opened it to the public. Fortunately at that point the Deadhead thing was in an early stage & the crowd was quite manageable & very laid back. Second would be a taping of The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium here in early 1971. Free tickets were given out on campus & I got to see Neil Young, James Taylor & Linda Ronstadt as well as Johnny & June Cash, The Carter Family & Carl Perkins. Neil decided to record while he was in town & started what turned into his Harvest album.
  18. Radiophonic_

    Radiophonic_ Electrosonic

    Royal Oak MI
    Best was probably They Might Be Giants for free as a fan club member three or four years ago. Saw good free gigs by the Smithereens and Matthew Sweet as well in the 90s. Could have seen Big Star in 1993 when the campus radio station brought them in for a free show but I had no idea who they were at the time.
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  19. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    Haven't been to many....
    ....the one of the few thst stands out most was Five Finger Death Punch in Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, CO.
  20. DVEric

    DVEric Satirical Intellectual

    New England
    I’m sorry, but I’ve only seen illegitimate free shows; no legitimate ones.
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  21. Elvis Costello at Amoeba Records in San Francisco. The Beat Farmers at UCLA;s quad was another great one. Lots of good shows there.
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  22. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    Joe Walsh and Rick the Bass Player at Parkers in Seattle.
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  23. MYQ1

    MYQ1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    At The Stereo
    I remember seeing them on MTV's Unplugged.
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  24. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Saw Cheap Trick, Badfinger & Edgar Winter sets with Sound Production staff.
    After met Rick, Robin and Bun E. All kindly signed a couple of items too! I believe Tom Petersson had family or friends from out of town so that was not possible, also saw Joey Molland of Badfinger for chat then Rick and Robin continued the conversations as we headed out of the Hyatt around 3am...
  25. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    California Day
    Hmm... very hard for me to choose a favorite in this category.

    But I think I'll say the Terry & The Pirates show in December 1982 that Nicky Hopkins put me on the guest list for.
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