I had the pleasure of going to my first 'KISS' concert on Friday, and boy was it a show. It was a 2 hour set, with pyrotechnics, fireworks, and just about every hit song in the past 25 years. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley kicked ass and neither one seems to have lost a step. So my question to you Mgobloggers is this: what's the best concert you've ever been too, and why?
OT- Saw 'KISS' on the weekend
because it is in fact a plethora of performances, but Lollapalooza 2007. That weekend I saw:
Kings of Leon
My Morning Jacket
Iggy through Pearl Jam was all one day, which for me was just amazing. Lollapalooza this year had a really weak lineup IMO.
I was supposed to see KISS back in '96 when they played at Tiger Stadium. Had to skip it because I had a horrible case of bronchitis and was already on my second round of antibiotics.
God hates me.......
no offense and no sugarcoat, but KISS blows
hey - I said "no sugarcoat" - that makes any remark acceptable.
Ben Folds puts on a fantastic show. Lots of improv on the piano and lots of energy.
Best overall concert that I've been to was probably Coldplay though.
And yes, I know how you know I'm gay.
Saw him years ago.
Best concert for me was Barry Manilow at Pine Knob. Barry's luscious voice plus the starry skies made me a Fanilow for life.
Ditto on Ben Folds. I caught his solo piano tour when he was at Hill Auditorium, and that was freakin' incredible. He's a great performer, and the acoustics in there are awesome.
Saw Ben Folds at the Hill and the Wharton Center in the span of like two weeks - both shows were great and unique.
Best show was Against Me! at the Magic Stick.
....Don't diss the Starchild, man.....
Either Lily Allen or The Dresden Dolls and Devotchka. Both at St Andrews Hall.
One time we were throwing a party at our house on Division St. when a Nickleback song came on the radio. My ex-girlfriend changed the song because she has taste and some meathead playing beer pong called her a bitch. I said something along the lines of "hey asshole, nickleback sucks and you can get the fuck out of my house."
Unfortunately he was bigger than me and backing up my big mouth has never been a strong suit of mine.
Your head and heart were in the right place though. God Nickelback sucks ass.
I saw 311 about 2 years ago at the Greek Theater and their drum routine in the middle of their set was awesome. Also Pepper opened for them, which was the worst performance I have ever seen. They were drunk or stoned or both on stage. Plus the Wailers were the second act with Bob Marley's nephew as lead vocals. Then everyone came on stage at the end to do an encore song of One Love.
Did Scott Stapp come out and challenge them to a fight?
DMB - @ Alpine Valley in Wisconsin during the year Rick James died. He did a tribute to him and played "Super Freak" among his other hits. It was awesome. I go every year but that one was exceptionally good.
This has been a really depressing thread so far. Nickelback, DMB, 311, and numerous mentions of Ben Folds?! Come on mgobloggers, we're better than this!
Ben Folds is kind of lame on album, but his shows are pretty good. The rest of those bands blow though.
How about: Minus the Bear at the Magic Stick
Brazil, Heads Will Roll, and Bear vs. Shark at Mac's Bar
Is this the show that had Russian Circles opening for Minus the Bear?
No, this was the one that had Themes opening for them.
Russian Circles are great though.
It is sort of inherently douchey to run down other people's music tastes and pump up one's own, since it's so personal. Having said that, however (warning: douchiness ahead) DMB? 311? Coldplay?
Here's my top 5 just in A2, and just in college:
1. Husker Du at the Nectarine Ballroom, October(ish) 1987. Final mini-tour. They signed my shirt at a Schoolkids in-store.
2. Replacements at Hill Auditorium, 1989ish.
3. Violent Femmes at Hill Auditorium, 1991ish.
4. R.E.M. at Crisler, 1988ish.
5. Pogues at the Power Center, 1990ish. Not the best show, but it was the one where they kicked Shane off stage and refunded everyone's money because Jem Finer/Spider Stacy didn't know any of the words.
Now stop going to DMB/311 shows and have a real experience.
so far this summer I've seen DMB, 311, Nickelback, Ben Folds and Creed. my buddy was amazed at how douchey my musical tastes are. i said - not good enough.
Wolf Eyes @ the Half-Ass
Casionauts @ some dude's basement
Athletic Mic League @ The Michigan League
One Be Lo @ The Blind Pig
Rev. Horton Heat @ The Shelter
go ahead and assume that most of your saw these shows 7-10 years ago when that sort of thing was less embarrassing. Otherwise, yikes.
And just to prove I'm not just being a dick, I'll admit that I attended a Puff Daddy & The Family concert back in 1998. I was 17.
Royal Albert Hall in January 1987. You gotta love the Spectacular Spinning Songbook.
Jane's Addiction in Kalamazoo back in the early 90's.
Radiohead at Red Rocks from the second row. (Hail to the Thief tour)
alice in chains
Did this become amazing?
I'm truly sorry Ben Folds wasn't there.lol.
Also, didn't Layne Staley die? How are Alice in Chains still a band?
ALL OF THIS IS A LIE!
I've seen Motley Crue before. Even though I'm not the biggest fan,they know how to put on a show. I like Buckcherry a lot, korn and slipnot are pretty solid. I'm jealous of this list.
Did you see KISS at Sarnia Bayfest?
Third Eye Blid in 07. I've also seen Ben Folds numerous times and met him each time. He puts on an amazing show as numerous people have said. Oh and just thinking of KISS makes me put Detroit Rock City in my dvd player.
Gwar! 2005 Sounds of the Underground Tour. Now that's entertainment.
I saw Sharon, Louis, and Bram at the Hill.
skin-a-ma-rink-a-rink-skin-a-ma-rinky-do, I love you.
I can't pick between the two but Sigur Ros and The Mars Volta (both at the Michigan Theater) were fantastic shows. I was really close to driving down to red rocks (since I've moved west) to see Sigur Ros this fall, and I'm still kicking myself for not going.
Mars Volta was worth the ticket price just to watch Thomas Pridgen on drums for the 2.5 or 3 hours. If you have never heard of him and love drumming, check the link.
I am a sporadic concert goer, but here are some of the ones that stick out in my mind.
AC/DC - for those about to Rock Tour (my first concert when I was in grade school - Met Center, Bloomington MN
Iron Maiden - 1984 - Met Center, Bloomington MN
Styx - 1984 or so - the Mr. Roboto concert - St. Paul MN - dont know if it would hold up, but at the time, with the movie about Mr Roboto before the concert in lieu of crappy warmup band and the rock opera style show was pretty unique
Dead Milkmen - Nectarine 1987 or 1988.
Violent Femmes - Summerfest Milwaukee - they are great everywhere, but getting them on home turf is extra good;
Brooks and Dunn - Summerfest Milwaukee 1995 - great show - even non country fans with us had a great time
Garth Brooks - Arlington VA 1996
Green Day - Aragon - Chicago - 2001
Bruce Springsteen - Meadowlands - 2003
Jummy Buffett - Wrigley Field 2005? - I have been to many buffet shows at Alpine Valley, but this one at Wrigley was unique - so it tops the list. I would also add Jimmy Buffet 1990 at Margaritaville in Key West to the list.
Best: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Cincinnati - 2007
Worst: OAR - Cincinnati - 2 weeks before
Pearl Jam - Crisler Arena, early 90's
Faith No More with Helmet, Club East(?) in GR, early 90's
Primus with The Melvins, Fox Theater in Detroit, early 90's**
**My understanding is that The Melvins were a very influential band, but man were they full of suck.
BRUUUUUCE at Bonnaroo this year. I was in the second row and touched the guitar. Awesome show.