Dave Matthews Band at the Garden in December of '02. I was in the pit for the second night of a two-night stay, and the highlight of the evening was a suprise visit by James Brown and his band. (The ensuing version of Sex Machine to initially close the show had to have been seen to be believed, even it it ultimately turned into little more than a dance contest between Dave & James.)
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; July 5, 2005) It's good to see that the WWE isn't backing away from Batista or Cena. There's still some questions lingering over a few of the draft moves they either made or didn't make (Jericho being a prime example), but the stage is set for a solid run to Summerslam that may send the indicator down. The longer Triple H stays away is also a plus...
Mystery Machine - The Spectrum, Winnipeg, MB (April 1993) Pearl Jam - Gimli, MB (August 1993) Soundgarden - Winnipeg Arena (August 1994) The Tea Party - Gimli, MB (August 1995) The Smashing Pumpkins - Winnipeg Arena (September 1996) Matthew Good Band - The Pyramid, Winnipeg, MB (March 1998) Wilco - Le Rendez-Vous, Winnipeg, MB (2002) Pearl Jam - Fargo Dome (June 2003) The Distillers - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB (May 2004) Matthew Good - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB (October 2004)
I saw the NYLONS in concert, live. For those who aren't familiar, they're an acapella group, and they are AWESOME! I think they played one of the last concerts ever before the Ontario Place Forum was closed down.
Second goes to an inhouse bar band at a trashy bar in downtown Calgary (they play at the Cecil Hotel there). Those guys do only covers, but they have so much fun when they play.
I saw AC/DC like, 10 years ago and that one has to be the best I've been to. I had to miss both the Stones and Garth Brooks concerts which I think would have also ruled, but AC/DC just put out so much of a show that I blew everyone away. Especially since most bands that come to Winnipeg really phone it in.
A close second would have to be U2's Popmart concert they did in the stadium around the same time. It might have been better than AC/DC but I was three rows from the back there whereas I was front row at AC/DC and I'm sure that affects the experience just a LITTLE.
The Rolling Stones....10/11/89, Shea Stadium (Steel Wheels tour). So loud, you couldn't even hear the planes landing at LaGuardia right above you. And Mick Jagger made ME tired just watching him run up and down the entire set all night.
"Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought this on" - Tony Soprano
Unfortunatly the best Concert I've ever seen, I wasn't actually there. I've got the Metallica S&M concert on DVD and man did that look like one fun show. I'd happily pay an obscene ticket price to see S&M2... which will never happen because the Michael Kamen is dead.
ok, Real live concerts, I'd say it's split between:
1. Cold/Evanescence at Nation in DC circa 2003
Cold put on a great show for not being the headlining band, and Evanesence put on one of their last shows before Ben Moody went batshit insane and went to go work with avril. Nothing like seeing a band in a small club with about twice as much speaker power as is needed. My friend had to tell me to shut up halfway through the set because he'd come to hear amy sing, not me. Heh, great time.
2. Stabbing Westward at the 9:30 Club in DC in 99.
Christopher Hall had a cold that day, so all his vocals had a weird gritty tone to them that worked really well with the music. Plus it was fun to hear him hack up phlegm on the mic between songs. For being obviously near fall-down sick, he did an amazing job of belting out those tunes. About even 50/50 off of WBBP and Darkest days. If they sneaked any ungod tracks on there, I missed em. This was obviously before their most recent train-wreck of a "we're going to reinvent ourselves" album which I believe led to their breakup.
Oh, I should throw in an Honorable mention for Green Day at the Hfstvial about 4 or 5 years ago. I went to that show ambivilant towards the band and left completely impressed. Tons of energy, fan favorite lineup of tunes, audience interaction, nudity, bonfires, and an acoustic finish. THAT is how you put on a live show.
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It might be that time hasn't given me proper perspective yet, but I might go out on a limb and daresay that this past Friday night's Depeche Mode "Playing the Angel" show was AWESOME. I still have no voice from it (screaming the "I Feel You" chorus with the crowd at the top of one's lungs will do that).
I had never seen a show at Glendale (AZ) Arena, and its reputation as a great place for concerts is definitely well-deserved. Sound system was perfect, and the stage lighting by DM was very inventive and cool without overwhelming the music.
You can find a great review of a show from earlier in the tour here (blogcritics.org).
If not for the heat, I would vote for Vegas. I love Vegas. I've been there twice, loved it both times. And I'm not even old enough to gamble. But if it's still gonna be crazy hot out there, like Zeruel said, don't bother.