Bands or Musicians you wish you could have seen live?
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
- Etta James
- Janis Joplin
- Notorious B.I.G.
- Michael Jackson
- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
- A Tribe Called Quest
- 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.
- Ice Cube
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.
Queen at Live Aid.
Simon and Garfunkel
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. :-)
Queen in their prime.
I believe I sold my ticket to Ozzy after learning of his death. I was only 13 at the time...
Here's a list of some I have seen:
Grand Funk Railroad
Ike & Tina Turner
Allman Bros. Band
Fleetwood Mac (long before Stevie/Lindsay)
J Geils Band
The Moody Blues
The Rolling Stones
Sir Paul McCartney
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
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!
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?
Niccolo Paganini, said to have been an amazing violinist.
Only one--The King (Elvis for the younger set).
Mississippi John Hurt
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.
The original Mahavishnu Orchestra.
I'm old school:
Earth, Wind and Fire
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.
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)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludvig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sly & the Family Stone
Big Bill Broonzy
Huddy Ledbetter ("Leadbelly")
John Campbell (an emerging monster who passed on way before his time) http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=KpcE15tM2Eo
^^^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!
(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):
4:30-6:45 Arrival & Intro
14:43: (shhhh!!!..) omg-YEAH BABY!!!! :shock:
No particular order
The Ramones (at CBGB's)
New York Dolls
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
The Dead Boys
70's Eddie Money
Glenn Danzig fronted Misfits
Appetite era Guns N' Roses
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