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  • Iron Maiden (saw them in Gothenburg with Anthrax as warm-up band)
Maiden always puts on a good show and I think I saw that same tour, 1990-91 for No Prayer for the Dying? Anthrax opened and definitely gave Maiden a run for their money. Out the 4 bands on Clash of the Titans I thought Anthrax was the best. I'm not a huge fan of them but they put on a great live show.
 

the Jester

Legend
I haven't seen many, but they've mostly been awesome. Roughly in chronological order, headliner followed by opening act(s):

Pink Floyd/no opener
Metallica/Faith No More
Mission UK/Wonder Stuff
Metallica/Faith No More/Soundgarden/Queensryche
Styx/? can't remember who, if there was one, the opener was
Marillion/Dada
Nine Inch Nails/Marilyn Manson
Dream Theater/Queensryche
Pigface/My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult/Zeromancer
Dada/? can't remember who, if there was one, the opener was
Insane Clown Posse/? can't remember the name of the opener
Blind Guardian/Grave Digger
Blind Guardian/Grave Digger (again)

I also had tickets to a Coheed and Cambria show, but the pandemic cancelled it.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot one- I saw Rehab a few years back.

EDIT 2: Oh yeah- and Ozfest! Saw Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, and Black Sabbath there, along with some other, more forgettable, acts.

EDIT 3: Ah! Also, the Grateful Dead, and the Further Fest right after Jerry died, where I saw a bunch of Dead-adjacent acts, including Bruce Hornsby, Mickey Hart, Los Lobos, etc, etc.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I came across this website one night Setlists | setlist.fm and just started making a list of all the shows I have seen out of curiosity. It was really cool thinking back on all of them, the memories and stories that went along with them.


Same there are shows I bought tickets to and just for one reason or another ended up not going. I get bad anxiety so I dont like being in crowds anymore. The two shows in the last year or two I missed and regret was Jack White and Brian Wilson and Al Jardine doing Pet Sounds. Though I heard Brian Wilson was hard to watch. I saw Van Halen 1992, and Alice In Chains opened for them for the Dirt tour, why the hell we decided to get drunk in the parking lot and not go in to see them I'll never know. We all liked them and knew who they were so I'm still kicking myself for that one.
Setlist is a handy site.👍🏽

A lot of the concerts I listed have strong memories associated with them, which is why I can recall them so easily, as opposed to the ones I know I’ve forgotten. (I went to a LOT of shows.)

But one show NOT listed also has strong memories. The Cult was opening a show at the open-air arena literally across the street from my university. My friends and I couldn’t go, and while we could hear the concert was going on from where we were, it wasn’t clearly. So we decided to go to dinner.

But as we crossed the elevated walkway from our dorm to the dining hall, we noticed we could hear The Cult clear as a bell! So we just hung out on the walkway for the rest of their set. We had to sit down in order to avoid the bats, though.

Soooo...heard The Cult live for free with friends under a bat-filled night sky. 😎
 

Now there's a band I've not thought about in forever and a day. I remember hearing a tape of theirs from a Swedish exchange student back in high school.

  • Cat Rapes Dog

The last time Ministry came through, they ended up cancelling. There was a storm that knocked out power at the venue. Even though it came back on in plenty of time, they decided not to risk their electronics. Shame, as it was a Ministry/Revco double billing.
 

The last time Ministry came through, they ended up cancelling.
Black Sabbath with the original line up was supposed to play here in 1997 with Pantera. Got tickets, they cancelled. Rescheduled for 1998, cancelled again. Pantera played here 4 or 5 times and I never went and regret not seeing them. At this point Ive seen just about every band I wanted to see.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Lots of bands I wanted to see but now can’t. And several active bands I keep missing...

Santana was playing in Texas. I was in school in San Antonio, and had to leave for home in Dallas 1 day before his show there- the dorms were closing for the holiday. As I was driving back to school, they announced on the radio that his Dallas show was sold out...

Still haven’t seen Santana. Duran Duran, ZZ Top & King Crimson are also high on my list, as would any version of Yes.
 


Santana was playing in Texas. I was in school in San Antonio, and had to leave for home in Dallas 1 day before his show there- the dorms were closing for the holiday. As I was driving back to school, they announced on the radio that his Dallas show was sold out...
I remember having to wait in line for tickets at JC Penny or AM&As. Or if you were real lucky you knew someone with a credit card and bought them over the phone.

I also remember here locally 9 out of 10 concerts in the 70s & 80s were promoted by Harvey and Corky Productions. I just found out last year that Harvey was none other than Harvey Weinstein.
 


Mannahnin

Explorer
Black Sabbath with the original line up was supposed to play here in 1997 with Pantera. Got tickets, they cancelled. Rescheduled for 1998, cancelled again. Pantera played here 4 or 5 times and I never went and regret not seeing them. At this point Ive seen just about every band I wanted to see.
I saw them a few years later on Ozzfest. I think I wound up seeing full lineup once and Ozzy twice? It's been a while. :D
 

Mannahnin

Explorer
The last time Ministry came through, they ended up cancelling. There was a storm that knocked out power at the venue. Even though it came back on in plenty of time, they decided not to risk their electronics. Shame, as it was a Ministry/Revco double billing.
I was supposed to see them this Summer with KMFDM. Hopefully that gets rescheduled for next year.

I got to see Heilung in January in Montreal, but SO many other shows I had tickets for or was planning to attend got cancelled and here I am, hoping for next year.

They Might Be Giants for the Flood 30th anniversary.
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Dead Can Dance
Ministry and KMFDM
Rammstein (was also going up to Montreal, renting an AirBNB with several friends)
Wardruna at the Orpheum...
 

I saw them a few years later on Ozzfest. I think I wound up seeing full lineup once and Ozzy twice? It's been a while. :D
I saw Sabbath in '05. From between 1995-2000 I didnt go to many shows. Thats when grunge was dying and nu-metal was taking over. Wasnt much I was interested in so I missed a few I probably wouldve seen but I just stopped paying attention for awhile.
 

I've been very lucky in that, barring those musicians that have passed or bands that have broken up, I've seen most of the bands I once only dreamed of seeing. Those on my list remaining are pretty much just Tom Waits (tried once, but the show sold out in minutes), Sleep Chamber, Ministry, Mayhem, and Einsturzende Neubauten.

At this point Ive seen just about every band I wanted to see.

Oooh, Heilung, awesome. I was supposed to see Das Ich in March, but yeah, that got cancelled. At least I have the consolation of having already seen them.

I got to see Heilung in January in Montreal, but SO many other shows I had tickets for or was planning to attend got cancelled and here I am, hoping for next year.
 

I've been very lucky in that, barring those musicians that have passed or bands that have broken up, I've seen most of the bands I once only dreamed of seeing. Those on my list remaining are pretty much just Tom Waits (tried once, but the show sold out in minutes)
I have a friend who saw Tom Waits. Told me the process of getting tickets was pretty difficult as they took greats pains to make sure fans got tickets and not scalpers. He said it was well worth it and was an amazing show.
 


MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Three very different shows that were impactful to me:

Grateful Dead '88 - I liked their music but wasn't a deadhead. That show converted me. I rarely listed to the Dead any more, I really need to be in the right mood, and when I do, I prefer recordings of their live shows over their studio albums. They were an incredible live band.

Bruce Springsteen, late 80s, I think. I wasn't much of a Springsteen fan but went with my dad. Man, Springsteen and the E Street Band put on a great show. Maybe it was because I had low expectations, but, wow, I was blown away.

Chris Smithers in the mid 2000s in a small venue in White Plains, NY. My wife and I liked a song of his we heard on Fordham University Radio ("No Love Today") and decided to go see him live. He was incredible. Some of the best shows are small, intimate shows that you go to not really knowing what to expect. For months Chris Smither was almost all I listened to. Great guitarist and lyricist who should be better known, but struggled for a long time with alcoholism.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Three very different shows that were impactful to me:

Grateful Dead '88 - I liked their music but wasn't a deadhead. That show converted me. I rarely listed to the Dead any more, I really need to be in the right mood, and when I do, I prefer recordings of their live shows over their studio albums. They were an incredible live band.

Bruce Springsteen, late 80s, I think. I wasn't much of a Springsteen fan but went with my dad. Man, Springsteen and the E Street Band put on a great show. Maybe it was because I had low expectations, but, wow, I was blown away.

Chris Smithers in the mid 2000s in a small venue in White Plains, NY. My wife and I liked a song of his we heard on Fordham University Radio ("No Love Today") and decided to go see him live. He was incredible. Some of the best shows are small, intimate shows that you go to not really knowing what to expect. For months Chris Smither was almost all I listened to. Great guitarist and lyricist who should be better known, but struggled for a long time with alcoholism.
I know what you mean. The two sets I saw of The Forgotten Rebels were literal spitting distance from the stage. Yes, the table had to be wiped down after each set.
 

Mad_Jack

Explorer
There used to be a place in New London, CT called the L & G Club. That place was freakin tiny, and the stage was just high enough that I spent Henry Rollins' entire show with his sweaty nuts about a foot from my face, lol.
Anyway... :D

I'd always meant to go see the Dead at some point, and had at least three opportunities to do so but just never got around to it. Then Jerry died.
After that, it sort of hit me that I should go see bands play when I had the chance, so I started going to more shows. Then, later on, the local casino a mile down the road opened not just a 10,000 seat arena, but also a free music venue right in the middle of the gaming floor. So for years anytime there was a band playing there that I'd heard of or that sounded interesting, I'd go catch the show. Sometimes I'd go because I liked the music (or thought I might), other times I went just to be able to say I'd seen <insert name here> in concert. Everything from Herman's Hermits (that guy does a hell of a live show) to MC Hammer to the Trans Siberian Orchestra. My list is ecclectic bordering on random, lol.


There's one concert that I have absolutely no regrets about missing, though:

My buddy was supposed to get us tickets to go see Great White at The Station in Rhode Island...

He flaked on me at the last minute.
(One of my other buddies had a ticket for the show but ended up having to work that night. Hew kept his ticket taped to his bedroom wall til the day he died.)


First concerts I ever went to were Kool and the Gang (with Taylor Dane opening) at a local festival, I accidentally saw Accept (the Metal Heart tour) at a local amusement part, lol, and my first real concert - Heart... The self-titled album from the mid-'80's.
Some of the best were the Dropkick Murphys, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Worst show I ever saw was actually Bob Dylan... I'm not a huge Dylan fan, but I figured he was playing a mile from my house for a reasonable price, so I should go, right? There was a small circle of light on the stage with all the band's gear in it. They walked on stage without a single <bleep>ing word, started playing these long, extended jam versions of some of his more obscure songs, did the entire show without a single interaction with the audience, then got up and left. :rolleyes:

I'm sure I'm missing a few off the list, since I didn't bother to start the list until my mid-30's, but here it is.

ACCEPT (Metal Heart Tour at Rocky Point Amusement Park) - accidentally, they just happened to be playing out in the midway on the day I was there
Heart (2x) (4 total)
Heart/the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience
Def Leppard/Heart
Sixpence None The Richer
.38 Special
Debbie Harry and the Jazz Passengers
Burton Cummings (the Guess Who)
Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
Jake Shimabukuro
POCO
Don McLean/Christine Olhman/Meadows Bros.
Christine Olhman and Rebel Montez (2 total)
America (3x)
Bread
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (7x)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (2x)
MC Hammer
Blues Traveller
Trans Siberian Orchestra (7x)
Celtic Woman (2x)
Dropkick Murphys (2x total)
Dropkick Murphys w/ Tiger Army and Darkbuster
Type O Negative/Christian Death
Prong/Clutch/Drowned
Bowser's Rock'N'Roll Party
Nelson
Skid Row
Meatloaf (2x)
Judas Priest (missed Queensryche opening)
Kool and the Gang/Taylor Dane
Henry Rollins
The Misfits/Orange 9mm
Morris Day and The Time
Bob Dylan
The J. Geils Band/Jesse Dee
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
Vince Neil (Motley Crue) (2x)
Classic Albums Live (6x - Fleetwood Mac's RUMORS, Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, LED ZEPPELIN II, Prince's PURPLE RAIN, Pink Floyd's THE WALL) This is a band with a very fluid lineup that recreates exactly note-for-note a different classic album on each tour
The Who/Vintage Trouble
Blue Oyster Cult
The Association
Lita Ford
Jethro Tull
Uncle Kracker
Saw Doctors
Railroad Earth
Herman's Hermits (4x)
The Irish Rovers
Robert Randolph and the Family Band (2x)
Queensryche (2x)
The Reverend Horton Heat w/ Continental
Kix
Company Men
Spin Doctors
Survivor
The Zombies (3x)
Joan Osbourne
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Vertical Horizon
Robert Cray
QUIET RIOT
Scrap Metal (2x)
Pop Evil
The Marshall Tucker Band
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Boogie Wonder Band
Psychedelic Furs
Living Color
Filter
Leann Rimes
Salt N Pepa
Jana Kramer
Foghat
They Might be Giants
Secret Someones
Blind Boys of Alabama
Jill Hennessy
Gaelic Storm (2x)
Vixen
Los Lobos
Reel Big Fish
Slaughter
Esteban
Stryper
Brian Howe (former Ted Nugent and Bad Company vocalist)
Red Sun Rising
Uriah Heep
 
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Bohandas

Adventurer
Oh, and I forgot, I also went to a Rob Zombie concert in like 2016 or 2017 that I got into for free because I worked at the venue and the manager let some of the ticket takers punch out early and watch the end of the show.
 

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