Best live shows you've seen

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#1 NewMarketSean



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Posted 09 May 2022 - 01:53 PM

In no order:


GnR, Hershey, PA 2017

First time seeing them live. Sounded amazing and played all their hits with some great covers.


Foo Fighters, Merriweather 2018

Friend drunk purchased some $250 seats that he sold me for $50. Wasn't a big fan of the band but they blew me away.


The National, Porto 2011

First international show. Such an amazing crowd. I think about this show more than any other.


Radiohead, Jiffy Lube 2008

Rained the whole day and night but the band played some songs they usually don't.


Arcade Fire, DAR 2007

The National opened. First time seeing AF. Such a great energy.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 02:21 PM

2004 Jazzfest Beastie Boys

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 03:23 PM

Pink Floyd, Rose Bowl 1994

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 08:03 PM

Metallica. M&T Bank 2017
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Posted 17 May 2022 - 10:08 PM

Best two shows: Roger Waters, The Wall (seen twice)


Third best: Roger Waters' last tour.

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Posted 09 June 2022 - 02:55 PM

Best shows...


I've seen *a lot* of Phish shows. So of them, the best individual show I've seen I'd probably give the nod to November 2nd, 1996. You see, two nights prior Phish were joined on stage by Santana's percussionist, Karl Perazzo for their Halloween "musical" costume in Atlanta, GA where they played The Talking Heads' "Remain in Light" LP in its entirety. If you're familiar with that LP, they needed a percussionist in addition to their standard rhythm section. Anyway, Karl stayed on for the following two dates in Florida (West Palm, and then back up to Gainesville). 


I saw both of those shows, but the one at Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach takes the cake. 


Other shows of note:


The Stone Roses up at Madison Square Garden back in the summer of 2016 was amazing. 


Courtney Barnett, The National, and The War on Drugs all put on memorable shows at the Shaky Knees Festival down in Atlanta in 2018. 


Wilco (another band I've seen often) at their Solid Sound Festival back in 2017 opened their time slot on the first evening by playing the album, "Being There" in its entirety (this was fan-voted beforehand). For the encore, they decided to play the runners-up in the fan vote, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,", also in its entirety. 


I saw The Tower of Power at the House of Blues in New Orleans back in 2011. Great time. Dr. John came out for a bit that night, and the spotlight shined on none-other-than Allan Toussaint who was in the balcony. 


I caught Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son tour down at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Florida. What was that? 1987? 88? I also caught the Def Leppard Hysteria tour over the holidays at the same venue, and their opening band, Tesla, blew them off the stage. That was the Mechanical Resonance tour. Another show I saw where the opening act completely upstaged the main event was when Soundgarden opened for Guns-n-Roses 12/31/91 at Joe Robbie Stadium down in Miami. 


Lots of shows....I caught Blind Melon at USF (free show) before they hit it big. Holy crap were they good. That ticket also featured the headliner, Kevn Kinney's Drivin' n Cryin' on their "Fly Me Courageous" tour. Technically Blind Melon opened, but Drivin' n Cryin' brought the same amount of energy. 


Damn - that was free, too. 

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Posted 12 June 2022 - 12:19 PM

1) T.Rex opening for Three Dog Nite 1973 I think. First concert ever. Marc Bolan was the ultimate Rock Star.

2)The Police 1983 Sychronicity Tour. REM opened and I can't remember them playing. The Police were that tight.

3) Metallica (And justice for All Tour..) Incredible. 1988

4) Motley Crue Theatre of Pain Tour 1985. They destroyed the Baltimore Civic Cener that Night.

5) The Ramones several times. Always a great time and a ridiculously wild pit.

Honoarable Mention: Bruce Springsteen (The guy leaves it on the stage.) Judas Priest (Professional Masters of Metal) Kix ( Hammerjack's houseband from the 80's and nineties never disappoints. Saw them at a little league fund raiser in Carroll County about eight years ago and they were incredible.)
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