What was the best concert you've ever been to?

I saw The Wedding Presnt play in a big tent in a field in Louth, Lincolnshire, once. (As everyone knows, they were The Smiths fans' second favourite band.) Not by any means a memorable gig, other than the extraordinary fact that any band would play in Louth (nice place - lovely parish church - but a bit remote). Anyway I actually met and spoke to David Gedge - I was so nervous I could barely string a sentence together. Never meet your heroes has been my motto ever since.

Hungryhalibut posted:

What a great story. John Peel always seemed such a nice man. I asked him to play something on his show once, but of course he never took requests. Rather than ignoring a letter from a callow youth, he wrote me a charming letter talking about how he was stationed down the road from Brysiencyn (where we lived as students) during his national service, when he was Gunner Ravenscroft. 

I'm pleased people are finding this little thread enjoyable. It's the stories around the concerts that are really interesting. I was racking my brains earlier about a Fleetwood Mac concert I went to at Wembley Arena in June 1980, but other than that I went I can remember nothing - who I went with, how I got there, where I stayed afterwards, or even what they played. Whereas with the Smiths or Joy Division and Buzzcocks gigs, I can remember them almost like it was yesterday. 

I was brought up in the Dee Valley (Llangollen) and remember (vaguely) going up to Bangor Uni, early 70's maybe, to see Procol Harum play .. I don't remember a great deal about it except the music was excellent and how grungy the band was .. I do remember the beer being ridiculously cheap.

I couldn't say what my favoruite gig was as to be honest there were too many but some of my favourites were Bobby Womack, Third World, Bob Marley in a recording studio, Nils Lofgren first solo tour, Tom Petty's first tour, Genesis as a support act, Pink Floyd in the 60's and Knebworth, Led Zepp in the early 70's, Deep Purple around the same time, Humble Pie, Ac/Dc, Hall and Oates, Eagles when the whole audience sung along from the first number to the last, Free ( also played one of the worst gigs I went to), Supertramp, Rory Gallagher, Rolling Stones etc etc etc.

 

I couldn't say what my favoruite gig was as to be honest there were too many but some of my favourites were Bobby Womack, Third World, Bob Marley in a recording studio, Nils Lofgren first solo tour, Tom Petty's first tour, Genesis as a support act, Pink Floyd in the 60's and Knebworth, Led Zepp in the early 70's, Deep Purple around the same time, Humble Pie, Ac/Dc, Hall and Oates, Doobie Bros, Little Feat, Eagles when the whole audience sung along from the first number to the last, Free ( also played one of the worst gigs I went to), Supertramp touring the COTC album, Rory Gallagher, Rolling Stones etc etc etc.

I was very lucky in so much as I basically got free tickets to any gig I wanted to see in the mid 70's to early 80's.

ewemon posted:

I couldn't say what my favoruite gig was as to be honest there were too many but some of my favourites were Bobby Womack, Third World, Bob Marley in a recording studio, Nils Lofgren first solo tour, Tom Petty's first tour, Genesis as a support act, Pink Floyd in the 60's and Knebworth, Led Zepp in the early 70's, Deep Purple around the same time, Humble Pie, Ac/Dc, Hall and Oates, Doobie Bros, Little Feat, Eagles when the whole audience sung along from the first number to the last, Free ( also played one of the worst gigs I went to), Supertramp touring the COTC album, Rory Gallagher, Rolling Stones etc etc etc.

I was very lucky in so much as I basically got free tickets to any gig I wanted to see in the mid 70's to early 80's.

C'mon, Ewe. There must have been one or two that left you with the  kind of "WTF" just happened feeling?

I  did go to one of Miles's last concerts(Hammersmith Odeon 93/94).  Bad health and back turned to the audience. The music was just mesmerising and he  could have been naked and I  could not have given a Dlying Duck! One of the best concert of my life.

Pink Floyd - Birmingham Town Hall, 1969. The Man And The Journey, complete with azimuth projector!

Caravan - (Kinetic Circus?) Birmingham, 1971. Another small venue, the band touring Land Of Grey And Pink. Nine Feet Underground in all its fresh glory.

MC5 - Barbarella's Birmingham, 1972. Small club, low stage, front row, band frighteningly powerful, Rob Tyner shoving a mike in your face  demanding you sing Ramalama Fa Fa Fa (I did, no argument). Was literally in a daze for days after. Saw them a further two times on that tour, but they didn't come close again.

Grateful Dead - Lyceum, 1972. Great setlist, you could hardly hear Donna (yay!), the place ending up completely fugged with dope smoke, towards the end they opened up the roof and you could see the stars through the fumes (I swear), ending way after the tubes had stopped running but the walk back up to Muswell Hill took minutes with feet hardly touching the ground.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hammersmith Odeon, 1976. Halfway through the roadies wheeled on this huge fan, then the band struck up Like A Hurricane, which none of us had heard before. Cue the hairs on your neck standing to attention - the song never seemed to end and his guitar solos just got ever more ecstatic. Brought the place to a bedlam-induced standstill.

Love - Royal Festival Hall, 2006. The Forever Changes concert. The first part was brilliant, with a heap of Love "hits" (Arthur admitted he was nervous - "I feel like a dog on ice") but then they brought out the orchestra, they chimed into Alone Again Or, and when the brass came in....oh my...

Mylène Farmer - Paris Bercy, 2006.  Yes it was a vast arena but the stage show was magnificent (the finale where she walks through this giant curtain of water especially), the sound astonishingly good, with the deepest, tightest bass I've ever experienced - better even than the Ramones at the Rainbow New Years concert!

These New Puritans - Barbican, 2014. Expanded, with an orchestra and choir performing Field Of Reeds (where have you gone guys?)

Bruce Springsteen, Wembley Stadium, July 1985. Born in the USA Tour.

Stadiums are not usually the best venue, but it happened to be a totally perfect (rare in the UK!) Summer's afternoon that just seemed to suit the music so well. Lucky to have a great standing position 30 yards from the stage and pretty central. Springsteen's intensity and energy as a performer is legendary and all too true and he kept that same intensity for near on 4 hours. His performance seemed to inspire the crowd into a positive feedback cycle that meant they became a key part of the occasion. I wasn't at Live Aid a few weeks later, but I think it must have had a very similar vibe. An indelibly memorable event. 

The 1971 Leonard Cohen concert in Jerusalem was pretty special. It was a Friday afternoon affair and showing up straight from the field (being in the midst of advanced training) I had no time to go home and change. So, I found myself sitting in front of Leonard Cohen wearing my smelly fatigues and dusty paratrooper boots, balancing a rifle between the knees..

The songs were familiar, but his very measured voice, the pace on a borderlines between singing and telling, completely mesmerized the audience. We just couldn't have enough of him. And then, half way through, in a middle of song, with an incomplete syllable, he unexpectedly stopped and announced that he was not going to be able to continue. He just walked off the stage. The crowd, mostly made of young people, was well behaved, and despite the fact that no one came back to inform us, people just waited patiently, murmuring softly, speculating among themselves, giving him time. All this constant soft hum put me to sleep in no time (haven't slept in the previous 48 hours) and I woke up only 35 minutes later to the lyrics of Suzanne being sung by Leonard who had returned to the stage to complete his performance.

After the concert, first thing I did at home was play his LP on the Grundig console. I sat at the table to let the mother feed me a home cooked meal and then I crawled into bed not to emerge for another day and a half.

Tony2011 posted:
ewemon posted:

I couldn't say what my favoruite gig was as to be honest there were too many but some of my favourites were Bobby Womack, Third World, Bob Marley in a recording studio, Nils Lofgren first solo tour, Tom Petty's first tour, Genesis as a support act, Pink Floyd in the 60's and Knebworth, Led Zepp in the early 70's, Deep Purple around the same time, Humble Pie, Ac/Dc, Hall and Oates, Doobie Bros, Little Feat, Eagles when the whole audience sung along from the first number to the last, Free ( also played one of the worst gigs I went to), Supertramp touring the COTC album, Rory Gallagher, Rolling Stones etc etc etc.

I was very lucky in so much as I basically got free tickets to any gig I wanted to see in the mid 70's to early 80's.

C'mon, Ewe. There must have been one or two that left you with the  kind of "WTF" just happened feeling?

I  did go to one of Miles's last concerts(Hammersmith Odeon 93/94).  Bad health and back turned to the audience. The music was just mesmerising and he  could have been naked and I  could not have given a Dlying Duck! One of the best concert of my life.

If you had to really push me it would probably come down to either the Stones touring Goats Head Soup in 73 (same tour as Brussels Affair) still think they were the best Rock band I have ever seen or Rory Gallagher (really nice guy to talk to when I met him years afterwards). But I could have said the same thing about Neil Young and Crazy Horse touring Zuma which is still my fav Young set or Bowie touring Station or Cream in the 60's god the list is endless.

Now if you asked what the worst gigs I ever went were that's another story and would be an easier list, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis (just didn't get into him that night), Free,, INXS on the first night of a tour and the sound system was pish.

Almost totally forgot about the Santana tour when the audience were congoing up and down aisles that would have to be in my top 3.

Gary Shaw posted:

Pink Floyd - Birmingham Town Hall, 1969. The Man And The Journey, complete with azimuth projector!

Caravan - (Kinetic Circus?) Birmingham, 1971. Another small venue, the band touring Land Of Grey And Pink. Nine Feet Underground in all its fresh glory.

MC5 - Barbarella's Birmingham, 1972. Small club, low stage, front row, band frighteningly powerful, Rob Tyner shoving a mike in your face  demanding you sing Ramalama Fa Fa Fa (I did, no argument). Was literally in a daze for days after. Saw them a further two times on that tour, but they didn't come close again.

Grateful Dead - Lyceum, 1972. Great setlist, you could hardly hear Donna (yay!), the place ending up completely fugged with dope smoke, towards the end they opened up the roof and you could see the stars through the fumes (I swear), ending way after the tubes had stopped running but the walk back up to Muswell Hill took minutes with feet hardly touching the ground.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hammersmith Odeon, 1976. Halfway through the roadies wheeled on this huge fan, then the band struck up Like A Hurricane, which none of us had heard before. Cue the hairs on your neck standing to attention - the song never seemed to end and his guitar solos just got ever more ecstatic. Brought the place to a bedlam-induced standstill.

Love - Royal Festival Hall, 2006. The Forever Changes concert. The first part was brilliant, with a heap of Love "hits" (Arthur admitted he was nervous - "I feel like a dog on ice") but then they brought out the orchestra, they chimed into Alone Again Or, and when the brass came in....oh my...

Mylène Farmer - Paris Bercy, 2006.  Yes it was a vast arena but the stage show was magnificent (the finale where she walks through this giant curtain of water especially), the sound astonishingly good, with the deepest, tightest bass I've ever experienced - better even than the Ramones at the Rainbow New Years concert!

These New Puritans - Barbican, 2014. Expanded, with an orchestra and choir performing Field Of Reeds (where have you gone guys?)

I was at Ramones New Years Eve gig, also Love & These New Puritans. Out of the three Love just pips it for me. One of my all time favourite albums!

Best gig I've ever seen. Well it was the first one I ever went to. Bowie StationToStation tour Empire Pool May 1976. As we trundled up to Wembley full of excitement and anticipation we were met with Bowie lookalikes from various incarnations including the current Thin White Duke. We bought our Isolar newspaper (program). Wish I still had it but it was pretty fragile and I ripped out some of the pictures to blu tack on my bedroom wall!!

The gig itself my god it was loud. My ears were ringing for a good few hours afterwards.

The stage was dark and then suddenly some feedback and then it started the thumping and grinding intro to StationToStation. The stage remained in darkness until Bowie's first vocal then blinding white light dazzled everybody as The Duke had indeed returned.

Borrowing that memorable Football quote "They think it's all over. It is now"

Happy Days.

Led Zeppelin have been by far my favourite group over the years but I was too young for Knebworth so my two favourite gigs are probably the two concerts I attended in the Page and Plant format at Sheffield Arena in 1995 and Manchester MEN in 1998.

Two recent tours by Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters stick in the mind too.

But really, over the years, there are too many great ones to mention. Springsteen never disappoints and I've seen him numerous times since the early 90's, Neil Young in his various incarnations, AC/DC in 1985 sticks in the memory, Blur on the Parklife tour at Manchester Academy just before they broke big, Oasis in a tent in Preston before they'd released Definitely Maybe to name but a few.

One group I wish I'd seen but never managed to was Nirvana. They played Bradford university on my freshers week but no one had heard of them then and we went to the pub instead. A few years later I had a ticket to see them at GMex in Manchester a few weeks after Kurtis tragic end.

Some amazing memories and some Im very, very jealous of Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley (in a recording studio!!!!!). To add to the thread a night I didn't put them in my last post because I didn't know if they counted but they are musical so I will add celebrating my 19th Birthday at Sunrise on Guy Fawkes Night 1988, that felt like something very, very special at the time but of course Mrs Thatcher would put a stop to any of that nonsense with her startlingly fascist Criminal Justice Bill.

Prince at the O2 in 2007, one of 21 nights he played there that year. He was totally on it and clearly loving every second. My wife said it was like everyone in the room felt he was singing just to them. He had that same live magic that Marvin Gaye had.

I sometimes you're lucky to see a band at the perfect moment in their career. The Police headline Reading in '79. It was just before they released Message in a Bottle. I saw them a few years later at Wembley Arena and was bored. 

Same thing with Oasis. They could no wrong when we saw them at Earl's Court in '95 touring What's the Story Morning Glory, but were average a couple of years later at Wembley.

I saw Rush a few times, but never topped the first time - Hammersmith Odeon in '77.

Pink Floyd 1986 in Dortmund, my second concert ever. music light, everything was perfect. Blown away for many days. And Neil Young with Crazy Horse, two or three years ago. Open air, very relaxed atmosphere, easy to come direct in front of stage. my wife started to cry, it was so great to stand five meters in front of that old man who is so important for our lives. and he did an acoustic version of Dylans "blowing in the wind" to die for...

KRM posted:

Prince at the O2 in 2007, one of 21 nights he played there that year. He was totally on it and clearly loving every second. My wife said it was like everyone in the room felt he was singing just to them. He had that same live magic that Marvin Gaye had.

I sometimes you're lucky to see a band at the perfect moment in their career. The Police headline Reading in '79. It was just before they released Message in a Bottle. I saw them a few years later at Wembley Arena and was bored. 

Same thing with Oasis. They could no wrong when we saw them at Earl's Court in '95 touring What's the Story Morning Glory, but were average a couple of years later at Wembley.

I saw Rush a few times, but never topped the first time - Hammersmith Odeon in '77.

Never saw Prince  but had a friend who told me that when he saw him that it was the best gig he'd ever been to. 

 

Hungryhalibut posted:

 

The other best, and I can't really divide then, was Joy Division and The Buzzcocks at Bangor University, in October 1979. It was my first year at Uni and I want with my friends Tim, Frank and Marten. It was in the Refectory, and despite the sound being ropey and the fact that the full lighting rig couldn't be used because there wasn't enough power, it was just wonderful. Joy Division were such a high energy band live, very different to their two albums. It was so hot that the walls were running with sweat. Of course, we were all dripping with sweat and after turning out into the Welsh evening and walking back to our hall, we all ended up in bed with dreadful colds. But it was worth it. And only £2.50 too. 

A couple of years later one of my friends told be that he was having lunch in the refectory on the day of the gig and four mancunians joined him at the table. If was only when the band came onstage that he realised who they were. 

I saw JD on that tour too - at the old Rainbow in Finsbury Park, London. It was a Friday night, but I can't remember a huge amount  about it, other than JD blew the Buzzcocks offstage and that the sound was rubbish.

Oddly enough, that Rainbow gig was one of the largest - if not the largest - audiences the group ever played in front of; about 2,000 people, I think.

ewemon posted:
KRM posted:

Prince at the O2 in 2007, one of 21 nights he played there that year. He was totally on it and clearly loving every second. My wife said it was like everyone in the room felt he was singing just to them. He had that same live magic that Marvin Gaye had.

I sometimes you're lucky to see a band at the perfect moment in their career. The Police headline Reading in '79. It was just before they released Message in a Bottle. I saw them a few years later at Wembley Arena and was bored. 

Same thing with Oasis. They could no wrong when we saw them at Earl's Court in '95 touring What's the Story Morning Glory, but were average a couple of years later at Wembley.

I saw Rush a few times, but never topped the first time - Hammersmith Odeon in '77.

Never saw Prince  but had a friend who told me that when he saw him that it was the best gig he'd ever been to. 

 

My wife's opinion too. I've also seen quotes from Steven Wilson to the same effect.

Premmyboy posted:

I was at Ramones New Years Eve gig, also Love & These New Puritans. Out of the three Love just pips it for me. One of my all time favourite albums!

Best gig I've ever seen. Well it was the first one I ever went to. Bowie StationToStation tour Empire Pool May 1976. As we trundled up to Wembley full of excitement and anticipation we were met with Bowie lookalikes from various incarnations including the current Thin White Duke. We bought our Isolar newspaper (program). Wish I still had it but it was pretty fragile and I ripped out some of the pictures to blu tack on my bedroom wall!!

The gig itself my god it was loud. My ears were ringing for a good few hours afterwards.

The stage was dark and then suddenly some feedback and then it started the thumping and grinding intro to StationToStation. The stage remained in darkness until Bowie's first vocal then blinding white light dazzled everybody as The Duke had indeed returned.

Borrowing that memorable Football quote "They think it's all over. It is now"

Happy Days.

Lucky sod! If there's one tour I'd loved to have seen, it was the Isolar tour.

I've got a number.

First of all, my first-ever concert: Pink Floyd at the Empire Pool, Wembley on the Animals tour - Saturday 19th March 1977, 40 years ago this month, scarily enough.

My big cousin, who was 10 years older than me, took me along. I was just 14 at the time, any my mind was well and truly blown. The Floyd played all of Animals first half, all of Wish You Were Here in the second, and "Money" as an encore.

I'd never seen anything so big, heard anything so loud or seen so much blue hash fug. I still have the ticket stub somewhere - £2.50 I think it cost.

Another great gig was Kraftwerk at the Lyceum in London on Sunday, 28th June 1981. They were playing the KlingKlang studio, and it was a remarkable multi-media presentation for the time.

It was still the analogue era, and Ralf, Florian, Karl and Wolfgang improvised an awful lot. They would never be this good again, IMO.

Can't remember the exact order, but the setlist comprised: Numbers>Computerworld>Home Computer> Computerlove>Model>Neon Lights>Radioactivity>Voice of Energy>Radio Stars>Uranium>Ohm Sweet Ohm>Autobahn>Hall of Mirrors>Showroom Dummies>Trans Europe Express>Pocket Calculator>The Robots>It's More Fun to Compute

 

 

Richard Morris posted:

Van Morrison at the Rainbow in 1973.

 

Which just goes to show  

If we had a worst concerts thread, this would be one of mine. I was a huge Morrison fan, bought everything on spec etc. At that gig I thought he resented the audience being there, resented his musicians and treated his own songs with complete disrespect. Never bought another of his albums. 

Went with a friend who loved every grumpy, miserable minute of it though

Gary Shaw posted:
Richard Morris posted:

Van Morrison at the Rainbow in 1973.

 

Which just goes to show  

If we had a worst concerts thread, this would be one of mine. I was a huge Morrison fan, bought everything on spec etc. At that gig I thought he resented the audience being there, resented his musicians and treated his own songs with complete disrespect. Never bought another of his albums. 

Went with a friend who loved every grumpy, miserable minute of it though

Ah! If we had a worst concert thread, it would definitely be Bob Dylan about three years ago in Cardiff. I went with a mate after deciding that seeing his Bobness was one of those things that had to be done in life. He crucified every song. He didn't play any guitar, rather just hovered behind a small electronic keyboard. We left before the end. Dreadful. 

There has been so many but two unforgettable ones where

Genesis at Knebworth in 1978.It was my first gig and I was 13 and for the last 3 years I had been getting into Zeppelin,Floyd,Yes and punk from older mates brothers.I loved my Genesis albums and my oldest sisters boyfriend took me as a surprise Birthday present.I was literally counting down the days after they told me.Couldnt believe how big the crowd was and how much beer and cannabis they where indulging in.Fantastic sound from the PA and fantastic light show with lasers and revolving mirrors above the stage.Amazing experience .

AC DC at Wembely Arena 1996.

I was right at the front of the stage and it was so powerful.You could see the sweat coming off Angus Young.Although it was in a 12 OOO seater arena being so close made it feel like a pub gig.You could really feel the energy coming off the stage.Awesome.

Premmyboy posted:

I was at Ramones New Years Eve gig, also Love & These New Puritans. Out of the three Love just pips it for me. One of my all time favourite albums!

 

I was at the very first UK gig The Ramones ever played along with The Stranglers and Flamin Groovies at The Roundhouse. 

 

Clive B posted:
Gary Shaw posted:
Richard Morris posted:

Van Morrison at the Rainbow in 1973.

 

Which just goes to show  

If we had a worst concerts thread, this would be one of mine. I was a huge Morrison fan, bought everything on spec etc. At that gig I thought he resented the audience being there, resented his musicians and treated his own songs with complete disrespect. Never bought another of his albums. 

Went with a friend who loved every grumpy, miserable minute of it though

Ah! If we had a worst concert thread, it would definitely be Bob Dylan about three years ago in Cardiff. I went with a mate after deciding that seeing his Bobness was one of those things that had to be done in life. He crucified every song. He didn't play any guitar, rather just hovered behind a small electronic keyboard. We left before the end. Dreadful. 

thats Dylan, you like him or not i like his destruction of his songs every night, it is always the resurrection of a new one...

Another one was my first (and, sadly only) Grateful Dead show. It was at Wembley Arena on Hallowe'en night, 1990. That show began my love affair with the Dead, whom I'd dismissed previously as a bunch of creaky old hippie has-beens.

I was taken there by my editor at the time, who was writing a feature on the Dead for one of the national newspapers. In exchange for a free ticket and £100, I was to get some "local colour" - ie interview the fans.

They were an extraordinary bunch - mostly Americans who'd made the trip over or who were resident here in Blighty. Many of them had seen the Dead hundreds of times. There were the tapers, jealously guarding their position in front of the enormous sound dessk, many of them with Walkman Pros and Nagra reel-to-reels plugged into mikes on very high stand; there were the refugeees from "the Phil Zone", Deadheads who stood in front of Lesh's bass rig, hoping to have their skulls reshaped by a "Phil Bomb".

Most interestingly there was a guy next to me who was using a stopwatch and frantically writing stuff in a notebook. During the interval I asked him what he was doing; he replied that he timed Jerry's guitar solos and rated them out of 10. He then shared the information on a "Usenet newsgroup on the internet", he explained.

What's a usenet newsgroup? I asked (this was 27 years ago, remember). The Deadhead then explained that there were a lot of computers connected together by phone lines, and that you could share information (and even pictures and sound clips) with other like-minded computer users. Thousands of Deadheads swapped setlists, reviews, stories, gossip etc in this way, he said. It would be the future of communication if it could be made faster and more reliable, he concluded. Looks like he knew something...

Jerry's voice was shot that but his guitar playing was magnificent. I was also impressed with the quad sound system, the best I had heard outside of a Pink Floyd show. The gig (not one of the Dead's best, admittedly, but it was more than good enough for me) was like going to the biggest party ever, with 14,000 freaked-out revellers united around a common cause.

And i've loved the Dead ever since. In fact, I'm listening to them now.

 

Kevin-W posted:

I've got a number.

First of all, my first-ever concert: Pink Floyd at the Empire Pool, Wembley on the Animals tour - Saturday 19th March 1977, 40 years ago this month, scarily enough.

My big cousin, who was 10 years older than me, took me along. I was just 14 at the time, any my mind was well and truly blown. The Floyd played all of Animals first half, all of Wish You Were Here in the second, and "Money" as an encore.

I'd never seen anything so big, heard anything so loud or seen so much blue hash fug. I still have the ticket stub somewhere - £2.50 I think it cost.

I think that's the one I went to Kevin. Drove up to London from Pompey with a mate in his MG Midget. Mooched around the many Hi-fi stores in Tottenham Court Road in the afternoon, then over to Wembley. I seem to recall we popped over to Heathrow Airport on the way back when they still had an observation facility but because it was dark couldn't see much more than coloured lights. Bloody cold and draughty driving back in the early hours with that crude canvas roof but a bl**dy good day. Wish I still had my ticket stub.  

Kevin-W posted:

I've got a number.

First of all, my first-ever concert: Pink Floyd at the Empire Pool, Wembley on the Animals tour - Saturday 19th March 1977, 40 years ago this month, scarily enough.

My big cousin, who was 10 years older than me, took me along. I was just 14 at the time, any my mind was well and truly blown. The Floyd played all of Animals first half, all of Wish You Were Here in the second, and "Money" as an encore.

I'd never seen anything so big, heard anything so loud or seen so much blue hash fug. I still have the ticket stub somewhere - £2.50 I think it cost.

Hi Kev, That was my second gig after Bowie Isolar. I'm a couple of years older than you. I would have been 17 at the time of the Floyd gig. We were still at school locally in Kingsbury. They released restricted view tickets on the day and a mate bunked off school to get a few of those tickets. Yeah it was a classic as well.

prem.

It's sad that my best memory is of a Pentangle concert in Dublin in c.1970. John Peel acted as compère, in Earlsfort Terrace, now the site of the National Concert Hall. I have been to some, but not many, concerts since, albeit to many operas. The reason? Horrible sound. I have twice walked out from Bob Dylan for that reason. I cannot understand the critics who fawn over these performances. Nobody would buy a CD which sounded like what audiences are expected to lap up.

Leonard Cohen in Royal Hospital Dublin 2012 was really special, and I have been to a couple of  Paul Simon evenings which have avoided the worst of what has become accepted. Elbow in Dublin 2011 was on the borderline, but Wilco in Iveagh Gardens Dublin last year had me leaving after 4 or 5 numbers, with Jeff Tweedy mocking some of the audience who were prepared to to complain.

I have booked Belle and Sebastian and Fleet Foxes in Iveagh Gardens in July, with fingers crossed! 

Interesting thread this. Difficult to pick one out as the best. For me, live highlights have been:

Pink Floyd - The Wall at Earls Court (think this was about 1980). It was a fantastic concert with lots of special effects.  I was only 17 and borrowed my dad's car to drive to London from Lancashire with my  younger brother. It was a bit. Of an adventure at that age. We stayed in a hotel near Earls Court.

Calexico - maybe around 2000 at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester - great venue with excellent sound.

Lambchop - Bridgewater Hall again, I think this was the tour after they had released "Is A Woman"

PJ Harvey - Manchester Apollo (probably around 2004). Also saw Nick Cave & Bad Seeds at same venue that year - both brilliant.

Prefab Sprout, early 90s at the Apollo.

Pixies - Gmex Manchester. Not usually a fan of arena type venues, as the sound quality is usually poor, but this wasn't too bad and it was a storming performance by the Pixies.

Hungryhalibut posted:

What a great story. John Peel always seemed such a nice man. I asked him to play something on his show once, but of course he never took requests. Rather than ignoring a letter from a callow youth, he wrote me a charming letter talking about how he was stationed down the road from Brysiencyn (where we lived as students) during his national service, when he was Gunner Ravenscroft. 

I'm pleased people are finding this little thread enjoyable. It's the stories around the concerts that are really interesting. I was racking my brains earlier about a Fleetwood Mac concert I went to at Wembley Arena in June 1980, but other than that I went I can remember nothing - who I went with, how I got there, where I stayed afterwards, or even what they played. Whereas with the Smiths or Joy Division and Buzzcocks gigs, I can remember them almost like it was yesterday. 

I saw hm in Sainsburys once, at the till with his wife, and like any decent man he looked very grumpy.  Some friends persuaded him to play a song for me for my 19th birthday but I can't quite remember what it was.

His festive 50s were terrific especially the 1983 one with songs like the studio version of Reel Around the Fountain.

 

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