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1. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey,

we've already had some threads on music tastes, but what concerts has everyone been to? i've always wondered what woodstock was really like.... can anyone enlighten me?

love to hear your responses,
cheers,

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I've been to a few concerts in my life but I was only a year old during Woodstock;) My favorite one was the Billy Joel/Elton John concert in Milwaukee.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I went to see Wilco last week - one of the best concerts I've ever attended. They played for 2 1/2 hours!

I've also see the Black Crows, The Rolling Stones (twice - one good one not so good), Pink Floyd, Cold Play, Crowded House (my first concert ever), the Barenaked Ladies, Oliver Jones, a variety of local bands, and unfortunately (and please don't tell anyone) New Kids on the Block. Although I INSIST it was because I had to babysit my sister and cousins.

I've also seen a bunch of outdoor live shows at the Jazz Fest here over the last few years. My favourite was a Dixie-ish band from Germany called Mardi Gras BB - the singer looked like Gary Oldman in The Professional. It was crazy, and absolutely fantastic!

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I had just turned 16 at the time of Woodstock - didn't make it there...

Concerts - in no particular order...

Rod McKuen, The Lettermen (okay - I was 12 for those two)
John Denver, The Vogues, Shawn Philips, War, Leo Kotke, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, The Bees, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Buffett (several times), Seals and Croft, Georgia Satellites, Arlo Gutherie/Pete Seeger, Emmy Lou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Steely Dan, Van Halen (w/David Lee Roth), Pink Floyd, Zachery Richard, Cheech & Chong, Eurhythmics, Charlie Daniels Band, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull, Beach Boys, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Queen, Spyro Gyra, Joan Baez, Dave Brubeck, Judy Collins - and that's just off the "top of my head"...

I used to live one block away from Ravinia Festival Grounds in Highland Park, Illinois. Some of the above acts were seen there, but I honestly can't recall every last one I saw. (The nice thing - if I didn't want to deal with the crowds from Chicago, I would sit in my front yard and just listen. But, all the ones listed above were seen in person at Ravinia or some other venue. We'dalso slip the kid at the back gate a beer for free admission. Yeah, we were bad...)

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's just not fair - I was born in the wrong decade.

6. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Isa why do i not see Santana on the list???

7. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I went to see Wilco last week - one of the best concerts I've ever attended. They played for 2 1/2 hours!

very jealous Tway, I love Wilco!

My own personal best gigs have been (not sure about the exact dates mind)...

The Pixies - Town & Country Club London - 1989
New Order - Reading Festival - 1990(?)
Sonic Youth - Shepherds Bush Theatre - 2000(?)
The Cure - Glastonbury Festival - 1990 (?)
The Flaming Lips - Adalaide, Australia - 2004
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - about five times!

Other bands seen include - REM, The Fall, Tortoise, Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin, Magic Band, Throwing Muses, The Strokes, The Darkness, James, Van Morrison, Orbital, Spiritualised, Bjork/Sugarcubes, Happy Mondays, Faith No More, De La Soul, Sea and Cake, Public Enemy.....

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Unfortunately couldn't go to Woodstock, but in the past years I've been to various other festivals throughout Europe where I saw:

Metallica, Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers,U2, Moby, REM, Santana,
Faithless, and many more I can't remember now.

I like festivals as there's usually a very relaxed atmosphere and people come together to have a good time for a whole weekend.

Concerning concerts in general, not only what concert have you been to, but also who would you really like to see playing live?

I'd probably go for Madonna.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting arancia

Isa why do i not see Santana on the list???

Carlos forgot to send the tickets! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it! )

10. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

I like to go for the festival venue, also. Missed Bonnarroo this year but caught Floyd Fest. Music festivals in the vain of Woodstock but without as many top name acts. A lot of Bluegrass here in VA. I will say Scrappy Hamilton was awesome. Sitting in the Beer Garden next to my friends over at the Starr Hill brewery truck. (I will admit I was intoxicated at the time so don't hold me to it)

Ive been lucky enough to live close to a couple cool venues like Waterloo Village in Byram, NJ. Got to see Lollapoloza 1, 2 and 3. Stopped after those. I went to the Newport Jazz Festival back in 2000. Newport is beautiful. The coastline is pretty nice for the East Coast. I'm not going to try and remember all the bands that played at these festivals. Although, I will never forget NIN. First time I broke my nose.

Lately I'm more into the local funky jam band scene. COuple local bands to check out if you get the chance X-Pornstars form C'Ville and Modern Groove Syndicate from Richmond. Along the lines of the Greyboy Allstars(haven't seen them, YET) but I have caught Karl Denson a couple times and Robert Walters. John Scofield and Charlie Hunter were cool.

Sting was cool but I think it would have been a better show if it was back in the day with the Police. Nowadays it seems like a pretty lame crowd going to his concerts.

Has anyone ever heard of Mosesonacid? I caught them once in NY at the Paladium and got a demo tape. Kinda industrial/techno. Don't think they ever made it. A shame because they rocked the house.

And I cannot leave out the greatest band ever. RUSH I've only gotten to see them 4 times but they are still rockin' it out.