Your 5 top gigs. As audience

BacteriumFendYoke

Platinum Member
Going to be 'That Guy' but:

Went to see my brother (seriously good French Horn player) play in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Bridgewater Hall in about 2009. That was amazing.

Watching my partner sing at the BBC Proms as part of the Halle Choir in the 2009 Summer at the Royal Albert Hall.

Mahler 8 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2011 was particularly special. Massed choir, huge orchestra, a coup of thousand people and at one point a single violin playing pianissimo...

A night of drone and drone-inspired music at St. Pancras Old Church in October 2014 - hilarity ensued when I got stranded in central London after the Northern Line went out. Had to call a neighbour to pick me up but fortunately she owed me a favour!

Merzbow at Café Oto, October 1st last year. Standing next to Thurston Moore - who was just hanging out - for half an hour watching one of my favourite artists from less than ten feet. That was very special indeed.
 

mikel

Platinum Member
Wow, this is cool. Lots of ol skool alley cats rummaging in this neighborhood aye! Larry, we share some common 'growing up' it seems.Andy, I could've guessed you're a Slade man, and I saw Grunter's Ringo coming from a mile away! : ))
Keep em coming folks.. this is fun

PS- Mikel, I saw Police open for Cobham! 79, I think..
That would be the tour. I saw them in Sting's, and my own, hometown of Newcastle. Magic.
 

paradiddle pete

Platinum Member
Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Free, Jethro Tull, Daddy Cool..but many more bands are just as good, these concerts were special ones though. BB King deserves a mention as well. I liked the Hash with the Gold OM symbol on it.
 
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Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Andy, I could've guessed you're a Slade man
Well, I was only 13 at the time, but I still rate Noddy as having one of the best "rock" vocals of all time, & there was some great songwriting too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U_StmOgGX0

Am I the only one who thinks Noddy would have made the best AC/DC vocalist ever?

The Sweet concert I went to the following year should really have made my list too.

I could have killed to see that Slade gig, well maybe not but you know what I mean...
I was about 10 at that time and a member in their fan club.
Did Noddy have his mirrored hat, and was Dave Hill dressed up as the Electric nun?
4th May 74 - Mountford hall, Liverpool. I went on my own, standing in the queue outside with just about everyone much older / bigger than me. I remember it was "F" loud, like way too much, but the performance vibe was stunning. Most audience involved gig I've ever been to.

Oh, Noddy & Dave - yes, & yes :)
 
J

JohnoWorld

Guest
Biffy Clyro - Leeds cockpit
Tool - Nottingham Arena
Faith No More - Nottingham Rock City
The Prodigy - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

All of which were from about 1995 - 2005

The last one is something recent - any gig where Heck are playing (Jamie Lenman, Black Peaks)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql1VfvEycHg

They play most of their gig in the crowd (if they're not restricted too much)
 

iwearnohats

Silver Member
1. Symphony X, Sydney 2016
2. Dream Theater, Sydney 2010
3. Virgil Donati Band, 2005
4. Virgil Donati drum clinic, 2010 (I think?)
5. Dave Weckl Band, 2006... or 05... I can't remember!

Most of the bands I like rarely come to Australia so I go to very few gigs :(
 

eclipseownzu

Gold Member
I had front row seats to see Tool in a 3000 seat theater in Berkeley in 2001.

Rage Against the Machine at the Cactus Club in San Jose in 1992 or 1993.

Korn at the Boathouse in Norfolk, Va in 1995

Primus at the Nightbreak in SF 1990 or 1991. I

My first show; Anthrax and Exodus in Oakland in 1989. I separated my shoulder in the pit, it was totally worth it.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Wow, this is cool. Lots of ol skool alley cats rummaging in this neighborhood aye! Larry, we share some common 'growing up' it seems.Andy, I could've guessed you're a Slade man, and I saw Grunter's Ringo coming from a mile away! : ))
Keep em coming folks.. this is fun

PS- Mikel, I saw Police open for Cobham! 79, I think..
Am I that transparent? Saw Ringo with decent seats for a decent price, two years layet the price doubled for the same seat. Sorry Ringo......
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
I'll play along and put my list up here but I will NOT surround it with all those crazy ellipses you like to use. I have my limits. However, I will take the opportunity to be verbose and explain my choices.

This is a tricky one for me, because I usually got knocked out by a record first, then attended the live gig to find out more. So most of the game-changing moments for me came in my early, formative years. And not by famous bands, but the ones I happened to see up close.

1) Junior high school, punk band playing in the cafeteria, 1979-ish. I can't remember the name of the band, or anyone in it, but in my crazy-progressive school, I got to listen to a band that played so loud I thought my head was going to explode, asking the question in one of their songs, "Do frogs have cocks?"

2) Junior high school, some kids playing in the band room, 1979-ish. I remember the name of the drummer. Everyone was fawning over him and the girls were blown away. I knew at that moment I had to play music. And probably the drums.

3) Asia, 1983. My first real concert seeing a big-time band. Being in the midst of a huge concert-going crowd and taking in the volume and spectacle of everything kinda blew me away.

4) Alexander Zonjic, 1984-ish. He's a local jazz-fusion flautist. It was the first time I sat in a small club really close to a band that was doing extended improvisations. Left a huge impression on me.

5) Rush, 1985. My favorite band at the time, featuring my then-favorite drummer. It was kind of a religious experience.
 

Macarina

Silver Member
Pink Floyd '87 (A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour)
Elton John (Yellow Brick Road tour)(Face to Face w/ Billy Joel)
Bad Co 2016
Supertramp
Kansas
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I'll play along and put my list up here but I will NOT surround it with all those crazy ellipses you like to use. I have my limits. However, I will take the opportunity to be verbose and explain my choices.

This is a tricky one for me, because I usually got knocked out by a record first, then attended the live gig to find out more. So most of the game-changing moments for me came in my early, formative years. And not by famous bands, but the ones I happened to see up close.

1) Junior high school, punk band playing in the cafeteria, 1979-ish. I can't remember the name of the band, or anyone in it, but in my crazy-progressive school, I got to listen to a band that played so loud I thought my head was going to explode, asking the question in one of their songs, "Do frogs have cocks?"

2) Junior high school, some kids playing in the band room, 1979-ish. I remember the name of the drummer. Everyone was fawning over him and the girls were blown away. I knew at that moment I had to play music. And probably the drums.

3) Asia, 1983. My first real concert seeing a big-time band. Being in the midst of a huge concert-going crowd and taking in the volume and spectacle of everything kinda blew me away.

4) Alexander Zonjic, 1984-ish. He's a local jazz-fusion flautist. It was the first time I sat in a small club really close to a band that was doing extended improvisations. Left a huge impression on me.

5) Rush, 1985. My favorite band at the time, featuring my then-favorite drummer. It was kind of a religious experience.
So was the question in number 1 above ever answered?
 

aydee

Platinum Member
So was the question in number 1 above ever answered?
They probably know by now that a more general term for fertilization is accomplished outside the female's body, and therefore including amplexus, is external fertilization. Frogs and toads don't have penises. During amplexus the female discharges eggs -- usually into water -- while the male sheds sperms over the eggs.

....
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
Jean Luc Ponty 1977 at the Syria Mosque (Casey Scheuerell drums)
Steps Ahead Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley (Peter Erskine drums)
Pat Metheny Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley (Danny Gottlieb drums)
Warriors Keystone Berkeley 1983 (Narada Michael Walden drums)
Rush Stanley Theater Pittsburgh 1975 (you know who drums)
 

opentune

Platinum Member
4) Alexander Zonjic, 1984-ish. He's a local jazz-fusion flautist. It was the first time I sat in a small club really close to a band that was doing extended improvisations. Left a huge impression on me.
Wow shocked you know/mention him! I grew up in Windsor and my friends took guitar lessons with him. I even roadied for him one night in Detroit. Great guy.
 

BacteriumFendYoke

Platinum Member
Wow shocked you know/mention him! I grew up in Windsor and my friends took guitar lessons with him. I even roadied for him one night in Detroit. Great guy.
A flautist needs a roadie? What next? The piccolo player?!

It's a longstanding joke when I'm playing out that I wish I played the piccolo. Now I know I wouldn't even need to carry that!
 

drumhedd

Senior Member
1) Iron Maiden - Book of Souls World Tour, Ft. Lauderdale 2/24/16
2) Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back In Time World Tour, Chicago 6/11/08
3) Iron Maiden - Book of Souls World Tour, Chicago 4/6/16
4) Iron Maiden - Final Frontier World Tour, Tinley Park 7/18/10
5) Tool - 10,000 Days Tour, Milwaukee 7/4/07
 

Zero Mercury Drummer

Senior Member
1. Rush, Baltimore Clockwork Angels tour about ten rows back. It was awesome being so close and the musicianship was ridiculous. A high point for me just seeing what is possible with hard work.
2. Earthworks- Apart and Yet Apart tour, Washington DC. Sat about two feet from Bruford's kit for the whole show. Pretty mesmerizing.
3. Dream Theater- Scenes From a Memory, Jaxx, Springfield VA. Last time I saw DT in a club. Absolutely mind-blowing.
4. The Clash- Washington DC, Combat Rock tour- for obvious reasons.
5. Zappa Plays Zappa- every time I see them.
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
So was the question in number 1 above ever answered?
As a funny aside, I reconnected with a classmate from that year who I hadn't heard from in about 35 years. We had breakfast together to catch up on things and he brought the same moment up. I guess it was as significant for him as it was for me!
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
Wow shocked you know/mention him! I grew up in Windsor and my friends took guitar lessons with him. I even roadied for him one night in Detroit. Great guy.
He used to play pretty regularly at a restaurant/bar in Rochester Hills called Murdocks back then. My parents liked the place and became fans of his. They had live jazz every weekend and a really good beer selection for that time (this was before they distributed all the beers everywhere and pre-microbrew craze in the States).
 
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