Bands or Musicians you wish you could have seen live?

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  1. onehandbh

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    Who are some of the bands/musicians you wish you could have seen live
    in their prime?

    Off the top of my head:

    - Édith Piaf
    - Maria Callas
    - Amália Rodrigues
    - Teresa Teng
    - Bob Marley
    - Karen Carpenter
    - Rat Pack
    - Amy Winehouse
    - James Brown
    - The Beatles
    - Elvis
    - Etta James
    - Janis Joplin
    - Notorious B.I.G.
    - Michael Jackson
    - Queen
    - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    - A Tribe Called Quest
    - 2Pac
    - Julie Andrews
    - Nat King Cole
    - Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong
    - Patsy Cline
    - Jeff Buckley
    - Marvin Gaye
    - Ray Charles
    - Aretha Franklin
    - Led Zeppelin
    - Dr. Dre during the period "The Chronic" was released.
    - NWA
    - Ice Cube
    - Sublime
     
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    I almost went to see Bob Marley but went out to something else I dont even remember now what.

    I could always see him next time right? Huge mistake.
     
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    Queen at Live Aid.
     
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    Peter Tosh
    Bob Marley
    Jimi Hendrix
    Led Zeppelin
    The Beatles
    Queen
    Simon and Garfunkel
    Frank Zappa
    Johnny Cash

    and more that I've forgotten. I'm far too young to have been able to see most of these people/bands perform live, which is a bit of a shame. But hey, at least there's YouTube. :)
     
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    Queen in their prime.
     
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    Randy Rhoads.

    I believe I sold my ticket to Ozzy after learning of his death. I was only 13 at the time...
     
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    Here's a list of some I have seen:

    Grand Funk Railroad
    Frank Zappa
    Ike & Tina Turner
    Jimi Hendrix
    Allman Bros. Band
    Don McLean
    Badfinger
    Fleetwood Mac (long before Stevie/Lindsay)
    Doobie Bros.
    Steven Stills
    The Kinks
    Procul Harum
    J Geils Band
    Aerosmith
    Rush
    The Moody Blues
    The Rolling Stones
    Led Zeppelin
    Bob Seger
    Supertramp
    Billy Joel
    Sir Paul McCartney
    Jimmy Buffett
    Tom Petty
    Steely Dan
    Rory Gallagher
    ZZ Top
    Slade
    The Boss
    Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
    The Police
    Sting
    Peter Frampton
    Jethro Tull
    Steve Miller
    Todd Rundgren
    Cheap Trick

    I did see two previously mentioned...Bob Marley and Queen and, sadly, missed another due to her untimely OD six weeks before a scheduled visit to my college that I would have worked on as a stage crew temp...Janis Joplin.

    ask me anything, I'll try to answer!
     
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    Those are some impressive bands you listed there stringer. I saw Rush live just recently. Lots of hemp and most of the audience were white males between 40-55. Also, how was Freddy Mercury on stage?
     
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    Niccolo Paganini, said to have been an amazing violinist.
     
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    10th row dead center @MSG on the "We Are The Champions" tour in '78. The Yanks had just won the World Series and he put on a Yankee cap for that song. Bedlam ensued! The entire show was the most visually stunning show I've witnessed. I took a 80-200 zoom Nikkor lens and a couple of motor-driven Nikon bodies to shoot the spectacle and it lived up to my expectations and beyond. Must have shot 300 frames or so and still have the best of what I got on a DVD in case I want to hang a few photos on the wall someday.
     
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    Only one--The King (Elvis for the younger set).
     
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    I wish I had seen; the Beatles; the Doors; Deep Purple; Jefferson Airplane; the Yardbirds; the Animals; Joy Division.

    Some of the major acts I have seen are; Led Zeppelin; Pink Floyd; the Rolling Stones; Jethro Tull; Aerosmith; the Police; U2; Dire Straits; Heart; the Cars; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Springsteen; Joe Jackson; Spandau Ballet; Culture Club; Depeche Mode; David Sylvian; Peter Murphy; Thomas Dolby; Ultravox.
     
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    The original Mahavishnu Orchestra.
     
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    I'm old school:

    Earth, Wind and Fire
    The Temptations
    Aretha Franklin
    The Supremes
    Bill Withers

    For my birthday a few years ago, my husband surprised me with a trip to Wolftrap (a performing venue). He wouldn't tell me who we were going to see.

    It turned out to be Earth, Wind and Fire. There were three surviving members, including lead singer Phillip Bailey.

    Best. Gift. Ever.
     
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    Q: How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
    A: Put it in the microwave until it's Bill Withers. *rim shot*

    In their prime (genre/alpha):

    Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (and Lillian Hardin Armstrong)
    Billie Holliday
    John Coltrane
    Oscar Peterson
    Art Tatum
    Miles Davis
    Joe Williams

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Ludvig van Beethoven
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Vladimir Horowitz

    The Beatles
    Otis Redding
    Sly & the Family Stone
    Procol Harum
    Tupac Shakur

    Johnny Cash
    Patsy Cline
    Hank Williams
    George Jones
    Jimmy Rogers
    Bill Monroe

    Ma Rainey
    Big Bill Broonzy
    Huddy Ledbetter ("Leadbelly")
    W.C. Handy
    Bessie Smith
    Son House
    John Campbell (an emerging monster who passed on way before his time) http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=KpcE15tM2Eo
     
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    ^^^was '72 what you consider prime Procul Harum? If so, my report from way back in time/up close & personal in space is a definitive yessiree! Front row @London's Rainbow Theatre got me a fine evening of their best, backed by a full orchestra. The venue was a converted vaudeville house in Finsbury Park and I visited it at least a half dozen times in my six months of "study" in Foggy Town...next most memorable show there was The Kinks with Ray Davies totally over the top, lobbing beer can grenades into the crowd!
     
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    ^^^^^
    (off-topic reply to above post-others can ignore this and carry on-thx)

    Stringertom, I saw the thread title: "wished I could've seen." Would've put The Kinks up there as well: Carnegie Hall, NYC during an April snowstorm years back, Davies in rare 'beer crowd soaking' form esp. during the song "Alcohol" (Lindsenfarne opened).

    Most memorable shows/spectacles:

    #2. The Tubes, Paladium (old Academy of Music), 14th st,nyc: This was back in the day when The Tubes had a full 20-odd complement of 'artists & freaks' on stage with them. This SF band put on a "full-cast" show that was almost 20 years before the ultra-calculating Madonna *cough* suckered sappy wuss critics into hailing her as some "pushing the envelope" trailblazer. Please...Rae Styles and Fee Waybill (as Quay Lewd) had her 'Vegas-styled' show beat by almost 20 years.

    #1. The Plasmatics, Pier 62-Hudson River, Manhattan: NYC-based punk band announced a free concert to promote upcoming LP "New Hope for the Wretched" and promised a 'spectacle' - all the TV stations covered this - band backed up the claim: insane, awesome spectacle. This shockpunk outfit btw, could play. Good show band started by a Yale University grad, Rod Swenson and the late Wendy O. Williams.

    Plasmatics arrive by helicopter onto pier, go into a quick set (stage/equipment set up against the edge of the pier/river). Then "showtime" - singer Wendy O. Williams (r.i.p.) runs down the pier, gets into a Cadillac with no brakes, revs it up and takes off down the pier towards the stage which is loaded with explosives. Car's going about 30 mph, Williams at the last minute jumps out of the Caddy which goes barreling into the stage: KA-BOOM!!...huge explosion!...stage, props, speaker towers, etc. all go up in a huge fireball and crash into the river in a twisted metal mess. Thousands jammed on the pier and rooftops go beserk....band dusts themselves off and are whisked away in an ambulance. Tom, please check this out (I'll save you the 15 min. of this clip--scroll to times listed):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLyTiko8bl8

    4:30-6:45 Arrival & Intro

    12:45: "Showtime!!"

    14:43: (shhhh!!!..) omg-YEAH BABY!!!! :shock:
     
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    The Ramones (at CBGB's)
    The Ronettes
    Elvis
    Roy Orbison
    T-Rex
    New York Dolls
    Hollywood Brats
    Exploding Hearts
    Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
    Joy Division
    The Dead Boys
    70's Eddie Money
    Glenn Danzig fronted Misfits
    Appetite era Guns N' Roses
     
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    I got you, I <3 TM! I lived about four miles from Roslyn Village, Long Island...the home of a small, cozy club named "My Father's Place". Mr. Mahoney played there for a couple nights immediately after the big splash he got from "Two Tickets...". He made a big thing of getting to the stage with a run down the center aisle of the club, high-fiveing all he could reach in the audience. Very enjoyable evening!
     
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    Jean-Michel Jarre.

    Yes, not all of it is played live and he's still a living person, but it just seems unlikely that he'll do another crazy big concert.
     
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    >Jimi Hendrix

    Aside:
    In the mid 70s I went to an amusement park (Knott's Berry Farm). They had a free concert featuring Frankie Avalon. He's best known for 50s pop music and early 60s Disney "beach" movies. Anyway, I went. I was prepared to be bored and ultimately, leave. But he was entertaining. He mentioned that when he first made records in the 50s he held his nose to give himself a distinctive sound. I was pleasantly surprised.
     
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    Johnny Cash
     
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    Man I would have dug seeing that. "Baby Hold On" was the first song I ever fell in love with as a kid and to this day I play it at any juke box at any bar/restaurant I can. I saw him a couple of years ago but I couldn't help but feel I missed out big time.
     
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    ^^^I'm sure a lot of the YouTube pieces feature Jimi from his '67 performance at Monterey. The Wild Thing finale is incredible!

    At the same time, The JHE was opening act for the Monkees on their American tour and a friend of mine from back then was forced to chaperone his younger sister to their concert. Imagine seeing Jimi as a warm-up act and never having heard him before!
     
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    I saw the pretenders and U2 back in the....day.

    Both were fabulous, even though I wasn't a particularly huge fan of either. Amazing stage presence, even in a huge coliseum. :)
     
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    More than the performance itself, I am interested in observing the dynamic between the audience and musician(s). There are moments dating back to 1,000 plus years ago that I would like to observe.

    I would like to see moments where audiences are responding to something raw or new. Staying with the rock & roll theme of this thread:

    Early blues:

    Son House
    Charlie Patton
    Tommy Johnson
    Robert Johnson
    Louis Armstrong and the Hot Fives

    Early rock:

    The Beatles in Hamburg
    Jimi Hendrix in London
    The Doors on the Sunset Strip
    The Doors in Miami
    The Grateful Dead during their first audience experiments in San Francisco

    I think things became less interesting as audiences developed expectations about how they "should" react, instead of being stunned by something new, or being overwhelmed by the moment. Obviously, such moments become less frequent as time progresses.

    What are the seminal moments in music history?
     
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    Got a real visual shock when attending a Todd Rundgren's Utopia concert in '77...I went with about 4 rolls of 36-exp. 35mm film to catch what I was told was a fairly creative set construction. I had barely one roll of film left when Todd hit the stage...he had asked an unknown (to me, at least) band named Cheap Trick to open for the show. The Trick in concert are one of the most energetic and physically dynamic set of players I've watched...lots of stuff going on all the way across the stage.
     
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    Beethoven was actually very famous for his piano improvisation skills-- that's something I'd like to have seen.
     
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    It could have been worse. He could have taken you to an REO Speedwagon concert.
     
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    The Beatles
    Billie Holiday
    Pink Floyd (original and later 70s line up)
    Led Zeppelin
     
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    The Smiths

    Queen (with Freddie)
     
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    Elvis!!!!!

    It also would have been neat to have seen the Allman Brothers at Filmore East (with Duane, of course).
     
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    The Rolling Stones when they weren't past it yet charging hundreds for a ticket.
     
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    That's correct, i saw them a couple of years ago and it's not in my list of best concerts...

    wish list:

    AC/DC : still can...
    Neil Young: still can...
    The Who
    The Doors
     
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    They were based in Macon, GA...a scant 150 miles from FSU campus (Tallahassee), where I worked part-time on the stage crew while studying. I worked six shows they did, three while all were alive, two after Duane died and the final gig after Barry Oakley died. Just incredible vibe to every gig and very long regular and encore sets...one encore was as long as most standard sets from current touring bands!

    What I really would have loved seeing was Duane and Eric taking Derek & The Dominoes on tour! "Key to the Highway" is an all-time favorite of mine...two so distinctly outstanding lead riffs in one song!
     
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    I think this is one of things I would do if I had a time machine. Catch some
    of the legendary live bands.

    Who are some of the great (contemporary or still good) live bands that I
    can see today?

    I heard Adam Lambert is pretty good live, but I'm not super crazy about
    his music.

    Not exactly in the same genre, but I heard Judi Dench's performance a while
    back in "A Little Night Music" was quite good.
     
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    I was lucky enough to see the Stones and the Who a few times. But here's a 2-night lineup that you old-timers might appreciate---
    Philadelphia, 1969, a month before Woodstock---Zappa and the Mothers, Sly+the Family Stone., Jeff Beck w/ Rod Stewart, and Ten Years After. (I was there.)
    The next night? Buddy Guy, Al Kooper, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, and Led Zeppelin (their first USA tour). (No, I wasn't there.....)
    Tickets ranged from $3.50 to $5.50.
     
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    Nice list

    10bachs
     
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    Got to C Temptations in 1964, at our high school dance.
    Then saw Commodores leading out for Sly, Riche blowing doors on Sly, in 1967.
     
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    Did you mean 'Riche' or Pamela Des Barres?
     
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    I lived at the Hollywood Bowl for the two years I was in LA... and must say, seeing Earth Wind and Fire perform on the 4th of July was one of the best shows I've seen.

    If there was just one group I wish I could have seen live, I'll echo many in this thread and say... Freddy Mercury with Queen.
     
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    It was Lionel, the lead singer. Twas the first performance of that tour, the first lead in for Commodores, and they blew Sly out of the water by a country mile. AvalonBallroom, by the ocean. Everyone went to see Sly. Sly was shocked and very stoned, almost placid in his performance. Encore called for Commodores to come out again, but they had already left before Sly finished.
     
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    Johny Cash <----
    Michael jackson
    Jimmy Hendrix
    The Beatles
    Elvis
    Led Zepellin
     
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    Actually, Mariah Carey in her prime. Her vocals in her prime were next to none, actually.

    Queen was a pretty intriguing band that I would've loved to see live too.
     
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    In their prime... is given :)

    There are many, but I would give an arm to see...
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • Pink Floyd (with Roger Waters)
    • Queen
    • Santana
    • Metallica
     
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    I've seen all of my favorite bands live at least once, except AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

    I only wish that I could see Nine Inch Nails perform "The Fragile" album once in my life, but that it's very away from happening...
     
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