What is the best concert you have ever been to?

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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby chickenbowl » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:13 am

Radiohead, San Diego 08/08

Muse, San Diego 09/10

Streetlight Manifesto, Pamona 12/11

White Stripes
Foo Fighters
Queens of the Stone Age
Police @ Dodger's Stadium
Green Day
Death Cab For Cutie

and sorta a concert but Flight of the Conchords!
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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby mightypotato » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:50 pm

I've been to a lot of concerts over the years. Some good, some bad, some OMG AWESOME. Here are the top 5 concerts I've been to:

1. Rammstein - Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
Words cannot accurately describe just how incredible this concert was. The band's stage presence was just out of this world, and all of the special effects, lighting and pyrotechnics made this concert outstanding. During "Feuer Frei!", the lead singer and both guitarists donned flamethrower masks. And yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. If you ever get the chance to see this band live, for the love of all that is good and holy, TAKE IT!

2. Alice Cooper - Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, ON)
This was actually the second time I had seen Alice Cooper. The first time I was really disappointed as there were no theatrics or anything that makes Alice Cooper Alice Cooper. However, for this show, he went all out with "vintage Cooper". From throwing around a mannequin during "Only Women Bleed", impaling a baby with a rail spike during "Billion Dollar Babies" and then hanging himself, it was truly a sight to behold. That night, he was opening for Heaven & Hell (aka, Dio Sabbath) but he was the star of the night.

3. Finntroll - The Opera House (Toronto, ON)
I love heavy metal. I especially love folk metal. So, this was bound to be a fun show for me. But what really made this show stand head and shoulders above most other shows I've been to was the crowd. Everyone at this show was extraordinarily happy, cheerful and friendly. I've never seen so many people smiling while headbanging or in the pit. At one point during their set, everyone just kind of linked arms and started dancing/headbanging with each other. It was one of those moments where you kind of step back and think "wow...this is really awesome right now".

4. Sloan - Fed Hall (Waterloo, ON)
This was another one of those "good show made great by a killer crowd" nights. Coming into the show, I actually didn't know too much about Sloan other than "Money City Maniacs". But that night, it didn't really matter. During every song, they got the crowd extremely into it and happy. One of the greatest moments I've experienced at a concert was during "Rest of My Life" as the entire crowd starts clapping and singing along for the entire song. That night, no one left the club without a smile on their face. Also, I did tequila shots with the band that night. That was pretty awesome.

5. GWAR - Elements (Kitchener, ON)
A GWAR concert is something that every heavy metal fan should experience at least once. I really can't accurately describe what happened that night. But, effigies of the Pope, Hitler, George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein were involved. Also, a lot of various coloured liquids spraying from said effigies. Naturally, this liquid/water/whatever got all over everything and everyone...which is why people wear a plain white shirt to a GWAR show. After leaving with my (now stained) shirt and body, I got a lot of weird looks at the gas station/convenience store.
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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby scottiemon » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:04 pm

I went through the entire thread....I cannot believe nobody has mentioned my favorite (however, somebody did say David Gilmour).

I have seen Pink Floyd 4 times (as well as Roger Waters twice). All of these have been religious experiences for me. I give honorable mentions to Yes, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.

If you look at my age, that should explain things. I just cannot groove with modern music.

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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby Blind Idiot God » Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:10 am

Tie between Accept at the Palladium in September of 2012 (sound was bad and Kreator was also on the bill, but Accept's performance was completely top notch, as was their setlist, and they managed to blow Kreator off the stage) and Suffocation at the Middle East in November of 2012 (amazing performances, amazing setlist, and it was at the best larger venue in New England). Dying Fetus at Nectar's in February 2013 is very close behind.

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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby jynx242 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:13 am

Either Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie or Lollapalooza 1 (Henry Rollins, Souxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T with Body Count...)

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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby bert425 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:29 pm

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

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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby ratdogg68 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:50 pm

Been to every 1 of Madonna's Tours, MDNA has been my Favorite, followed by The Confessions Tour.
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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby XII » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:59 pm

This is easy. Roger Water's The Wall. Without a doubt, the best concert I have ever been to. Not only is it Pink Floyd (favorite band), but it was just so well run. I loved the collapse of the Wall at the end and for a second, I thought there were aircraft carriers above the stadium.

Runners Up:
2. Weird Al Yankovich
3. Primus
4. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
5. Andrew W.K
6. The Doobie Brothers
7. Pat Benetar
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Re: What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby BugEyed » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:07 pm

jynx242 wrote:Either Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie or Lollapalooza 1 (Henry Rollins, Souxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T with Body Count...)

YES! I saw both of those tours in Toronto. I met Joey Ramone in the audience at Lollapalooza 1 during NIN's set. Such a great day.

I'd also like to add Pantera. Saw them three times, but the best show was with Prong at The Diamond Club on the Cowboys From Hell tour.

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What is the best concert you have ever been to?

Postby coasterkid124 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:14 pm

Definitely The Wall (1980). Almost two hours of Gilmour and Waters rockin the house. I've seen a few Pink Floyd shows but this was the best.

Van Halens early Hagar tours and Def Leppards early 90s tours are my runners up. I personally prefer Hagar to Roth by a hair but both were great. Def Leppard also knew how to put on a good show every time.

I wish that Freddie Mercury lived long enough to do another US tour with Queen. I would have given up anything to see the Wembley show.
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