I've been to hundreds of concerts (hell, at least 30 of em KISS), but there truly are only a dozen or so that I think back to time and again, and the memory makes me smile.
my taste is all over the place, so I've been to tons of Metal, Rock, Alt., Thrash, and yes, even top 40 shows. . I saw Olivia Newton John w/ Quarterflash opening (whom I love!)).
I've seen many fantastic concerts over the years (Nine Inch Nails in a tiny club in Austin, with the Aquanettas opening (Pretty Hate Machine Tour), A Split Second (on one of their few USA dates, where they blew the power TWICE during the show), Raven/Slayer/W.A.S.P. at the Maceba Theatre in Houston, Siouxsie and the Banshees at the University of Houston Cullen Auditorium ("Tinderbox" tour), the Smiths at the Cullen auditorium . .
as well as, many, many, many KISS shows -- we just saw them Saturday with Def Leppard and both bands put on a fantastic show.
so here's my top 5 to 1:
5) KISS Revenge Tour (1992, Backstage club, Houston):
they played a Club tour, for this album, mainly to introduce "new" drummer Eric Singer. I clearly recall the hubub in the line with some fans bitching that the new member was a blonde!
Once we got into the club and realized KISS would be playing on a small stage in front of less than 250 folks?. . the most intimate, sweaty, and insane show I've ever seen from them. As such a huge KISS fan, being just 5 feet away from Gene and Paul is something I will never forget!
4) U2: Boy tour (1981, Cardi's club, Houston):
They had not yet "broken" in the States, but my best friends were huge fans because they thought Bono was "cute". .so we went. The show absolutely blew me away, and the very next time U2 came to Houston, they played in the Summit. . the big arena in town. So that we got to stand so close to them and watch them play a small club in Houston?. . .just stunning show. I STILL recall the chills I got from hearing "the Electric Co" the first time at this show.
3) K's Choice, Tonic, the Verve Pipe (1997, Austin Music Hall, Austin):
I was a big fan of the Verve Pipe album, "villains" - loving the title track and the song "photograph" (but hating "the Freshman" song) The only thing I really knew from K's choice was "not an addict", and I couldn't have named a Tonic song.
but the show was so, so strong, that I went out the next day and bought the K's choice album, as well as everything Tonic had put out to date. I'm still a Tonic fan, and just was listing to the "Cocoon Crash" K's choice CD the other day.
unfortunately, Verve Pipe only does Children's music these days. . I wish they would go back to doing pop/rock. .but I guess the kids music is more profitable.
2) Ratt & Twisted Sister / Motley Crue (1984?, Astro Arena / Sam Houston Coliseum, one weekend in Houston) -- I had heard the singles, but wasn't a huge fan, then I won a radio call in, that included not only Ratt & TS current albums (Out of The Cellar & Stay Hungry), but also Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil), and tickets to the shows that were on back to back nights. The next day, I bought the previous TS and Motley albums that were available, and became fans of all 3 (at least for two albums for Motley. . Ratt and TS I'm still a fan of today).
1) KISS Creatures of the Night Tour (1982?, Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston):
At the Sam Houston Coliseum, this is memorable to me because:
a) the crowd turn out was not huge, so we were able to move to the 2nd row on the floor. . . getting me several guitar pics (the prior album, "music from the Elder" was a huge flop, and everyone thought they had gone soft, so sales were bad despite it being one of my favorite KISS albums)
b) Vinnie Vincent had replaced Ace, and although I was disappointed at the time, I was one of the lucky ones who got to see Vinnie in full Pharoah makeup. . something many folks never saw live, since they took the makeup off after this album.
c) opening band, the Plasmatics blew me away!
d) much of the merchandise from this tour is extremely collectible (it was the 10th anniversary tour). .and I have all of it still. . >BWA-HAA-HAA