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What's the best show you guys have ever been to? I don't care what type of music, just something that REALLY stands out, and why?

I'll give mine a bit down the line, I have a few...

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I'm not a huge concert-goer, never really was even when I was younger (although I did go to more back then than I do now), but there are a few that stand out:

* Metallica - when on tour for Load my friend Bobby called me up and was like, "Hey, I have tix to Metallica tonight and I need a ride". He was only 14 and I was probably the only kid in our neighborhood with a driver's license at the time. We missed half of the opening act, which IIRC was Corrosion of Conformity but saw all of Metallica and the dudes in front of us were literally passing a bag full of joints up and down the aisle. Good times.

* Rage Against the Machine -- I think this was 1996. It was the year before they toured with Wu-Tang. At Cobo Hall in Detroit. We had floor seats which we had gotten for free on account of the lady at Ticketmaster handed us our money back when she printed out the tickets, and being punk kids, we didn't say anything just kept our money and the tickets. Such an energetic show, truly amazing watching those guys jam out, live, and since they don't synth anything on their albums the live sound is really true. Kids were storming the floor when they went on stage. Security was overwhelmed. All of a sudden we're just getting smashed closer and closer to the stage and then that sting of pepper spray that they were using for crowd control.

* There was a Warped Tour back probably in like 1999 or 2000 at the Phoenix Center in Pontiac, MI. Met the owner of Vans (a buddy of mine knew him from growing up in Cali), he comped us some backstage passes, got my Sublime t-shirt autographed by Opie from Long Beach Dub. Local favorites, The Suicide Machines had split headline for that tour date, so that was pretty cool. A friend's band played on one of the minor stages. Dropkick Murphys, Greenday, AFI, Pennywise, GVSB, No Use For a Name, NOFX, shit I don't even remember all the bands that were there but it was a killer billing.

* Kid Rock puts on a pretty rad show even though I am not a super fan of his especially his newer stuff, but seeing him play in the D is pretty rad.

* Also saw Springsteen at Comerica Park a few years ago. Dude played a 3 hour set list. No opening act, just the E-Street band. Not my "favorite" show of all time, but worth mentioning.

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Fugazi with Shotmaker and Okara at Carleton University. After that it would be The Beastie Boys on the Ill Communication tour. Bad Brains were supposed to open but cancelled last second so we got a 3 hour Beasties set.Primus put on a damn good show too.

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Saw Metallica on the "Live shit - Binge and Purge" tour years ago and it was awesome.

I've seen Rush seven times (will be 8 after I seem them this summer) and they never fail to impress.

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Fugazi with Shotmaker and Okara at Carleton University. After that it would be The Beastie Boys on the Ill Communication tour. Bad Brains were supposed to open but cancelled last second so we got a 3 hour Beasties set.Primus put on a damn good show too.
Nice. Fugazi at plaza of nations in Vancouver on the In On the Kill Taker tour. Nirvana suprise opening for mudhoney at the Western Washington Univeristy gym in 1992.

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I used to go to lots of shows, haven't been to one for @ least 5 years though.:thumbsdown:

Saw the Beastie boys 3 times. They headlined @ Lollapalooza one year.
A huge pack of of us went together, it was epic.

The Beastie Boys were the last band of the night. When they shut it down & killed the music, everyone just chanted "Beas-tie Boys" which seemed like hours @ the time.

After being quiet for a while, all three of them ran from behind the stage & jumped of boxes or speakers?
I'm not exactly sure what they jumped off, but they all landed @ the same time.

Mmmmmm..... Drop :yahoo: Booom.

It was pandemonium, the place went mental. I swear it was like old Beatles clips you see, when chicks can't even control themselves.
Except it was everyone.

Drugs might of had something to do with it:dunno::rolleyes:

But without a doubt, THE best show I've ever been to.
I almost didn't go cause I really wasn't a big fan of this freak, although there are a few songs of his I like.
On top of that, I had partied the whole night before. I just wanted to go to bed.

The tickets were free so we weren't losing any money.
My girlfriend @ the time was the manager @ one of those music stores, HMV maybe?

Bed, I just wanted my bed. I ended up falling a sleep during the opening act, even though it was deafening.

Then freak boy came out.

Marilyn Manson:eek:hmy:

I don't know if this guy can even play an instrument, I never seen him.
So I don't think you can call him a musician?

But what he is, is a SHOWMAN. That little weirdo was born to be out in front of people.

He had arm & leg stilts, that he had mastered. I've never seen anyone move around as fast, nimble & creepy.
He must have thousands of hours on those things.

For years I wanted a set of them.

He was pulling chicks out of the audience & dry humpin' em'.
They were so scared, I guess @ first they thought it was going to be awesome?

They were wrong, they were screaming, freakin' out & he was not letting them up.

Is that freak still around?
If so & you have a chance to go see him, do it.

Then there was Pennywise, @ a Snowjam to boot.:bowdown:
Middle of summer, huge big air jump, successfully got my liquor in.

Bro Hymn, that is the ultimate sing along song.
When tens of thousands of people all start singing, it's fuckin' incredible.
My eyes just welled up from reminiscing about it.
Every year that song means more & more to me.

With more than a hand full of family & friends passing away in the past 2 years. (single parent mom & my father figure Grampa, 2 months apart)

I can't listen to that song without getting all teary eyed.
It goes 2wice on every media device I have.

Here just substitute a loved ones name in here & start singing along.
Bro hymn-Pennywise - YouTube
I'm about too, you should too.


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Been to lots of great shows….the best were in the Zoo Bar 1975-1989
Hot for the blues? Lincoln's Zoo Bar delivers | NewsNetNebraska
MAGIC SLIM ZOO BAR 1982 - YouTube!
Everybody's Rockin' at the Zoo Bar | Venue History | Hear Nebraska

Got to see the likes….these days no love for the blues and lots of folks probably have no clue but I started going at the ripe age of 16 to the bar and most shows were $1-5 dollars for 3 set shows in a 125 capacity bar...I'm in the Magic Slim footy.
Luther Allison
Carrie Bell
Elvin Bishop
Lonnie Brooks
Gatemouth Brown
Bo Diddly
Albert Lee
Otis Rush
Roy Buchanan
Buckwheat Zydeco
RL Burnside
Clifton Chenier
Eddie Clearwater
Albert Collins (lots)
Johnny Copeland
James Cotton
Robert Cray
Jimmy Dawkins
Dr John
Champion Jack Dupree
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets
Buddy Guy
James Harman Band
Sonny Terry
Brownie McGhee
JB Hutto
Jimmy Johnson
Casey Jones
Magic Slim and the Teardrops
Little Charlie and Nightcats
Robert Jr Lockwood
Matt Guitar Murphy
Charlie Musselwhite
Pinetop Perkins
Queen Ida
AC Reed
Jimmy Rogers
Son Seals
Big Walter Horton
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Jimmy Vaughn
Junior Wells
Big Joe Williams
Johnny Winter
Mighty Joe Young
Long John Baldry
Etta James
Big Mama Thornton
Hubert Sumlin

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edit: I realize I probably should explain more. I saw the Deftones, Alice in Chains, and Mastodon a couple years ago at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. We had awesome seats, about 10 rows back in the 200 section. AiC and Deftones were alternating who headlined, and AiC ended up headlining our show. They were really good but Deftones stole it. Chino's stage presence is intoxicating, my GF is a mellow rock girl and even she was bouncing around all over the place having a great time!!! Best sound, feel, and music I've ever seen at a show...

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My best show was when I lived in Bristol in the UK for a few years ago and was fortunate enough to go to a benefit gig for the '04 boxing day tsunami.

it was Massive Attack & Portishead playing on the same lineup for the first time ever in their hometown, Portishead's first live show in about 5 years and the support act was Robert Plant from Led Zep. such an amazing evening!

a close second was in November of last year. flew to Melbourne from NZ to see Radiohead play and when i arrived i found out that The Refused were playing the night before. the gig was sold out already but i managed to score a ticket from someone a couple of hours beforehand. i think i was more stoked with The Refused than Radiohead 'cos i never thought i'd get the chance to see them live!

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crystal castles
the XX
modest mouse
the roots
me without You
Band of horses

non music
Kevin Heart
Daniel Tosh
Aziz Ansari

Upcoming Vegas MDW
Benny benassi

Everything is better live!:D

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Best festival show was by The Bloodhound Gang. Not because of the music but cause of their interaction with the audience. They really entertained the crowd. Don't like those bands on festivals with an "enter the the stage-play some songs-leave the stage" attitude.

Best show concerning quality of music was by The John Butler Trio. While many bands are awful live (Counting Crows was a terrible disaster), the JBT guys are live even better than on studio records. Really worth every penny! How well known are they at yours?

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'85 London, RUN DMC, Whodini and some shouty white dudes that hardly anyone had heard of called the Beastie Boys. I was 12 and had my mind blown.

'89 London, Chilli Peppers touring Mother's Milk in a pretty tight venue (now gone) crazy moshing and crowd surfing. I'd been skating and listening to Uplift Mofo Party Plan. A lot.

See The Prodigy in '91 and '99. First was a little P.A at a Raindance rave second was a massive festival headliner. Both times amazing, I was pretty hammered both times.

If I had to pick one I don't think I could.

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Bob Log III .
Saw him in a venue not much bigger than my living room with 30 people-tops.
Never seen or heard anything like that before .
I've seen many big name and not so big name acts in the last 3-4 decades,but this one was how can I say it........unique .

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Shit I forgot to mention USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) who I've seen 4 times now. They headlined a new years show I went to in Toronto a couple years ago.

The opener was a very small Indian (from India) sounding band. It really set the vibe for the night. Then there was a crazy 80's workout style "band" that just got everybody weird. We started by stretching (yes the whole crowd followed along), and by the end we were dry humping our neighbours. Then USS came on and the place pumped... :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:


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I second what TT said, I saw Marilyn Manson live back when I was in high school and the stage show was incredible. Very theatrical. Best ever was probably Nine Inch Nails (in fact they were opening for David Bowie), great performance and sounded like I expected. Close rival though, I went to see Pretty Lights last October and was blown away, the light show was amazing and really didn't expect it to be as non-stop as it was. :thumbsup:
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