Friday, June 27, 2008

Concert Meme

Here I start the catching-up phase of my blogging summer. I'll start with a meme. They're easy, and they appeal to my self-involved side. There's opportunities for bragging-rights for this one. It's a meme that has you naming the bands you have seen in concert. The asterix show how many people who've done the meme before you have seen the same band or performer. This branch will have to end with me unless someone considers themselves tagged. Any who read this--you're it.

Dar Williams*** — Dar’s my second cousin. We saw her in Charlottesville with my parents and she did a shout-out to my dad. She said she always imagined her southern cousins running around barefoot all the time. Pretty accurate.

Sting ***—three times with the Police and once solo.

David Bowie* – Saw Bowie twice on the Serious Moonlight Tour and the next tour which was Scary Spiders or something. Serious Moonlight was great.

The Grateful Dead* –about 15 times before the real en, and several times in their post-Garcia incarnations.

Queen* – First concert ever. Pretty amazing from what I remember.

R.E.M.** – 6 times maybe? Backstage twice, once on the day after my high-school graduation.

Wilco—saw them at Bonnaroo in 2004. I was amazed at their live act.

The Rolling Stones—in 1992. Mick was about 70 then, right? He still worked the crowd like a master. One of my top five shows of all time.

Taj Mahal—once in downtown Winston where the drunk frat-boys didn’t get it at all, and another time at Bonnaroo while standing in the longest ATM line on the planet.

Bob Dylan—several times. Usually people think his shows suck. I don’t know why, but I always enjoy them because he doesn’t care that most people think his shows suck. Best time in Durham standing within arms length of the guy who wrote all those songs.

Wynton Marsalis—I saw Wynton in the auditorium of Guilford College. His band was an hour late, he only played for an hour, he did no encore, and still it was the best 25 bucks I’ve ever spent (50 if you count my girlfriend). The high-note he hit during the New Orleans dirge was worth $23.50 by itself. Saw him again at WSSU. Branford strolled on the stage about halfway through to help finish the set. Unbelievable.

David Byrne—I never had a chance to see Talking Heads but Byrne came to my burg several years ago and put on this amazing creepy show with Talking Heads and solo stuff and a lot of artistic sets. All at a club that looked like a place you’d hold a barn-dance.

Phish—I think I saw this band about three times. The first time was good, but the other times I kind of lost interest sometime during the 29th guitar solo.

Dave Mathews—not the DMB but Dave Mathews with Tim Reynolds and Trey Anastasio. Trey spent the whole concert trying to upstage everyone and Dave looked like he was trying to keep the peace. When Trey started playing the drums during Reynolds’ guitar solo all magic was ruined for me.

Doc Watson—I’ve seen Doc Watson about four times. He always puts on a good show, and he’s in his 80s!

The Radiators—I love the Radiators. I saw them in Eugene and at Bonnaroo 2004. It was on Sunday and we were feeling very worse-for-the-wear. The band revitalized us and we continued on with our revelry.

NRBQ—I saw them in Connecticut in 1991. I didn’t really appreciate them at the time, but now I love them. They always do amazing things with their guitars.

Cracker--I got a little over-excited, i.e. inebriated, at this show and burst into their dressing room before the encore to convince with them to do an encore which they were planning to do anyway. Dave Lowry wanted to know where my girlfriend was--he was kind of a jerk.

Concert wish list, post-mortem: Frank Zappa, Muddy Waters, Thelonious Monk, The Clash. I would have liked to have been at the Beatle’s rooftop concert.

Concert wish-list: REM, again, The Pretenders during their heyday, Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen and many more that aren't coming to mind right now.


Anonymous said...

Really impressive to me, of course. As you probably know, I started off with great street cred seeing Eric Clapton at age 13. After that, it was kind of downhill. Do the Eurythmics at Keele University count? Oh wait, there was Led Zeppelin at Knebworth.

What about the concerts we don't tend to bring up in front of music aficionados? (Like Elton John? Gary Glitter? The Tom Tom Club?) Does anyone remember The Boomtown Rats? linser

Anonymous said...

Actually, I didn't mean The Tom Tom Club--that would have been cool. I meant the Thompson Twins (I think that was their name)--an 80s English band with floppy hair. linser

IM said...

did you really see gary glitter linser? wow that guy's creepy. I'd forgotten all about Thompson Twins. I remember liking them. I saw Toto! "Hold the Line." I secretly liked the song "Africa."

Emily Barton said...

Linser, did you see the Boomtown Rats? I would've loved to have seen them. And also, I'm still jealous you got to go to that Led Zeppelin concert and I didn't.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I saw the Boomtown Rats. Does that help my failing street cred? I also liked the song "Africa" and, (here the street cred goes down again) "Hold the Line." linser

Richard said...

I'd love to see REM. Great band! I'm jealous you've seen them so many times. I never really go to concerts. I just usually settle for YouTube. Maybe getting a job will change my outlook a bit.

Froshty said...

Concerts I usually do not bring up: Pablo Cruise (ugh), Earth, Wind and Fire and the Beach Boys. I'm pretty lucky--I have some good street cred with Eric Clapton at 15 and Jethro Tull at 17, not to mention Lou Reed, Bonnie Rait, Talking Heads, B-52s, B.B. King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen (three times), the Stones on their Steel Wheels tour (Ian, Mick was about 60 then) and U2 in both their "U2 who?" and stadium rock days. And what Michie can ever forget us all seeing David Bowie on the Scary Monsters tour? Love, the Female Don Rickles.

IM said...

Hey Richard, part of the reason I dropped out of school the first time around was to follow the grateful Dead up to Maine. In hindsight not my best decision. Youtube is great for getting that live fix without having to sit in the nose-bleed seats.

Froshty, you did see an awful lot of shows I'm jealous about. In fact I think you win the competition. I'll never be able to thank you enough for that Stones ticket.