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What Were the Three Best Concerts You Ever Saw?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Harlanator, Nov 17, 2012.

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  1. tgdinamo

    tgdinamo Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    1. Albert Collins (late 80's in small club in Knoxville, TN) - did not know much about him before I went to the concert but was completely blown away like never before or after by anyone else - off the charts all around performance and by far the most incredible guitar playing I have ever seen/heard (and I have seen BB King, SRV, Clapton, EVH, Knopfler, and many other greats)
    2. Talking Heads (early 80's)
    3. Dire Straits (early 80's)
  2. vonwegen

    vonwegen Forum Resident

    Oh, I forgot to mention seeing R.E.M. at a seedy little club in Knoxville, TN called "The Place" in Feb 1982, along with 12 other friends and nobody else. Also my first psychedelic trip. Spent the whole time dancing with another girl while my soon-to-be ex-wife looked on. Great times!
  3. Blender

    Blender Forum Resident

    1. Prince - House Of Blues Las Vegas, 2004
    2. Prince - The Fillmore, 2004
    3. The Eurythmics, acoustic set, Dave Stewart's living room, Encino, CA, 1989
  4. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    I can't remember the exact dates but in the early 80s

    Earth Wind and Fire at Wembley Arena
    Stevie Wonder, also at Wembley Arena
    Bob Marley open air at Crystal Palace, not long before he sadly succumbed to cancer.

    Led Zep 75 at Earls Court, Peter Gabriel there too c. 86 (when Kate Bush duetted on Don't Give Up), various Springsteen's inc Wembley 85, and 2007 Prince at the O2.
  5. Paul W

    Paul W Forum Resident

    Bob Dylan & The Band at the Montreal Forum - January 12, 1974 (3rd row centre seats)
    Procol Harum with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus at the Dominion, London, UK - November 24, 2014
    Rockpile - Montreal 1978
    Bruce Springsteen at La Courneuve, Paris - June 30, 1985

    (In contention: Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in Montreal - 1972)
    Last edited: May 29, 2015
  6. Say

    Say Forum Resident

    J Geils Band - 1979
    this one wins on pure fun

    Thin Lizzy/B.O.C. - 1978
    the overall winner

    Supertramp - 1979
    best sound

    in contention: Pretenders '84, Gabriel '83
  7. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Bruce Springsteen, Nassau Coliseum--12/29/80
    U2, Capitol Theater Passaic, NJ--5/12/83
    REM, Capitol Theater Passaic, NJ--1984

    Honorable mention
    Elton John, Madison Square Garden--1976
    (First concert I ever attended)
  8. Zephead2112

    Zephead2112 Forum Resident

    Queen - Leeds AFC, 29th May 1982
    Queen - Birmingham NEC, 1st September 1984
    Led Zeppelin - O2 London, December 10th 2007.

    I chose the LZ O2 reunion because I really struggled to choose a 3rd out of many, many other great gigs. It was a spectacle and a very special night although I cannot class it as seeing the Led Zeppelin as many other forum members will have been lucky enough to have done.
  9. SoporJoe

    SoporJoe Huge fan of alexpop

    British Columbia
    Killing Joke...Pandemonium tour.
    Pigface...don't know the name of the tour.
    Peter Gabriel...Back to Front.
  10. on7green

    on7green Bionic Man

    NY & TN
    Long ago but I still remember these.

    Otis Redding - Municipal Auditorium Birmingham AL 1967
    Grateful Dead - Piedmont Park Atlanta 1969
    The Allman Brothers Band - Atlanta Pop Festival Byron, GA 1970
  11. Jason W

    Jason W Forum Resident

    Mill Valley, CA
    Bowie- Orpheum Boston 1997
    Paul McCartney- MSG 2002?
    Transglobal Underground- Pearl Street 1996?
  12. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Just off the top of my head...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan with The Fabulous Thunderbirds opening, Miami, 1986
    Springsteen at the Orange Bowl, 1985
    Royal Crescent Mob in NYC, probably 1989
  13. Spiritual Architect

    Spiritual Architect Well-Known Member


    Stones '75 ~ What you do not see in the film above is that the Stones were about 45 minutes late that night getting on stage. Needles to say, we natives were restless. Then finally the star petals started to open and there was Jagger and we got to hear one of the greatest songs ever.

    At that time Mick and the boys were only about 2 inches tall and the sound was cavernous. What I now see on screen matches my memory except for the finger. All these years I had thought it was a dick and I thought Jagger rode on it for a bit. The sound may not be as live as when I was there but they still did a good job restoring this and bringing back to life my most cherished musical moment.

    In the half year before this I had seen The Who and Led Zeppelin, but this concert had much more passion, better songs and no 20 minute drum and violin solos. It was just straight ahead hard rock and rolling. Maybe you had to have been there, but so far, this remains the greatest concert I have ever seen.

    The next two would be
    Uriah Heep '75
    Yes '77
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